June Fly Box

Perhaps you saw last week’s post entitled Fishing the Lower Deschutes. I drifted the river twice last week. My fly box was full of Salmonfly and Golden Stonefly imitations. So I returned to my home river today and found many more PMD’s hatching and thought I better get my June fly box in order.

Where you fish will determine what should be in your fly box, but we are all after the same thing…

Metolius redside on drake | www.johnkreft.com

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Buszek’s Kings River Caddis

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Buszek’s Kings River Caddis.

King River Caddis | www.johnkreft.com

I recently finished up a fly order for a customer that included a few of Buszek’s Kings River Caddis. After filling his order and tying a few for myself, I decided this fly would be a good candidate for this week’s TBT post.

Buszek’s Kings River Caddis was created by Wayne “Buz” Buszek (1912 – 1965) in the 1950’s for the Kings River, CA. The fly uses undersized hackle to sit lower in the water and imitates the Hydropsyche or spotted sedge found in his local fishing water. Changing color and size will allow you to imitate many other caddisflies as well.

Other Buszek originals include the Old Gray Mare, Flot-n-Fools, Buz’s Shad Fly and probably the most popular, the Western Coachman

In 1947, Buszek opened Buz’s Fly and Tackle Shop at his home in Visalia, CA, close to the Kings River in the Sierra Nevadas.

I never met Buz, but I wish I had. He must have been a great tyer. In 1970, the International Federation of Fly Fishers named it’s annual fly tyer award in his name. It’s a coveted award and there have been some great fly tyers who were fortunate enough to win it. I’m blessed to know some of them personally – Al Beatty, Wayne Luallen, Steven Fernandez, and Jim Ferguson. 

Enjoy…go fish!

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Granam or Green-Tail

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Granam or Green-Tail fly.

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I thought this was a good fly to go along with the Mother’s Day Caddis post about the American Grannom.

I’ve told you before that my Throw Back Thursday Fly segment celebrates older flies and that “old” is in the eye of the beholder. Well, the Granam or Green-Tail is over 250 years old! Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Caddis

The Mother’s Day Caddis hatch is well-known and can be amazing to see. And it’s right around the corner.

Massive Caddis Hatch | www.johnkreft.com

Yes, all those dots in the picture are caddis flying over the water!

Thousands and thousands of American Grannom (Brachycentrus occidentalis) hatch at this time of year. These caddis are the ones building square-shaped cases you see on rocks in riffly water or in runs of moderate to fast flows. Continue reading

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McKenzie Caddis Dry Fly

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the McKenzie Caddis dry fly.

McKenzie Caddis Dry Fly | www.johnkreft.com

This odd looking body color matches the real insect found on the McKenzie River in Oregon. I found this fly pattern in the 1980’s when I tied a few of these flies for the first time.

These caddis flies begin hatching in mid-May and is a major hatch anticipated by many fly fishers. And they are big! Females can be in the #8 – 10 range, while males will be a little smaller in size 10 – 12. 

So if you live in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, you better have a few of these bugs in your fly box.

Enjoy…go fish!


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Restocking and Organizing Your Fly Boxes

Winter is a great time for restocking and organizing your fly boxes. How many fly boxes do you carry? How do you organize them?

Fly Boxes | www.johnkreft.com

It’s been too long and my fly boxes have seen some serious neglect the last few months. I fish over 100 days a year. How many over 100? I used to count them. Continue reading

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Lawson’s E-Z Caddis

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Lawson’s E-Z Caddis, developed by Mike Lawson from Last Chance, ID.

Lawsons E-Z Caddis | www.johnkreft.com

I bought this fly a several years ago in Maupin, OR for a fly fishing trip with friends on the Deschutes River.

I really liked the profile of the fly and the under and overwing made of a Zelon and partridge caught my eye.

I think I should tie some of these this winter and give them a try when caddis start hatching.

Enjoy…go fish!

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Fishing Changes in November

I’ve said for the last couple of years the fish gods flip a switch and the fishing changes in November. But this year, the weather forecast is such that I might get another week of good fishing.

Metolius Rainbow Rosy Cheeks | www.johnkreft.com

Each day is different and the hatches are getting shorter, just like daylight hours. What this means is if I want to catch fish, I might have to consider tying a few nymphs on the end of my line! Continue reading

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October Caddis and Their Imitations

October Caddis have been flitting over the river and along the streamside brush the last few weeks. I believe these bugs are important to the fish and they sure seem to key on them at times. This is a perfect time to talk about October Caddis and their imitations.

October Caddis | www.johnkreft.com

The October Caddis (Dicosmoecus), otherwise known as the Giant Orange Sedge, hatches in September and October. These bugs are too big for the fish to ignore.

October Caddis Bottom View

This is one of the bugs big trout key on during the year. Other big bugs are the Golden StoneflySalmonfly, and my favorite – the Green Drake. My experience is the bigger fish show themselves during these hatches and it can be some of the best fishing of the year for large trout. Continue reading

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