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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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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Dark Caddis

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Dark Caddis, a fly tied by Polly Rosborough.

Dark Caddis by Polly Rosborough |

I found this fly on a display at the International Federation of Fly Fishers Museum in Livingston, MT. It’s is one of several flies in a display entitled Polly’s Proven Killers.

I took this picture of the Dark Caddis through the glass display in a dark room and I think it turned out quite well. It was one of several flies in the collection of Polly Rosborugh.

The Dark Caddis reminds me of an October Caddis, an appropriate fly pattern for this time of year.

Ernest H. “Polly” Rosborough (1902 – 1997) tied a large variety of flies but is probably best known as an author of Tying and Fishing the Fuzzy Nymph (1965).

Polly lived in Chiloquin, Oregon and his home river was the Williamson River.

Enjoy…go fish!

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Tying Small Flies

I’ve been tying small flies recently in my attempt to catch very picky, selective trout. You can read more about my dilemma in the post – What are the Fish Eating?

I enjoy a challenge and these particular fish continue to test my patience. I’ve used almost every fly in my fly boxes and none consistently make those fish rise. Occasionally the fish gods smile down on me and a fish rises to my fly.

My latest theory is the fish are keying on midges or midge emergers. Hence, the reason I’m tying small flies.

Tying Small Flies by Ed Engle

I remember several years ago stating “if I need any flies size 20 or smaller, I’ll buy them!” Well, I’m having to eat those words right now. Continue reading

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Montana Fly Box

Over the last few weeks, I’ve written about our Montana Road Trip where we fished the Madison, Depuy Spring Creek, Stillwater, and Slough Creek & the Lamar. I thought I’d provide a summary of the effective flies we used in our Montana fly box.

Madison River - Relaxed Fishing |

When selecting flies, I always try to imitate the insects I think will be hatching. How do I know? I use my experience from the past if it’s a river I’ve fished before or my other source of information are local fly shops who provide updated fishing reports and hatch charts for the rivers I plan to fish. Be sure to stop in and purchase a few flies or fly tying materials as a “thank you”. Remember, these fly shops need to stay in business to provide timely and quality information. Continue reading

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Steelhead Caddis

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Steelhead Caddis.

Steelhead Caddis |

The Steelhead Caddis was created by Bill McMillan in 1975 as a low-water variation of the Muddler Minnow. This fly is fished dry on the surface with a trailing wake, making a comotion to get the steelhead’s attention. Use a riffling hitch or cast the fly downstream and use a tight line to lead the fly across the river with your rod.

I pulled this fly out of one of my steelhead fly boxes. It’s a little worn from being used a few times, but it hasn’t caught a steelhead. I’m not sure how I would react to a big sea-run rainbow trout rising to take this fly, but I’d sure like to find out! It’s one of my dreams for that to happen.

I haven’t tied any of the Steelhead Caddis, but perhaps I should tie a few up.

Enjoy…go fish! 


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Select the Right Dry Fly

How do you select the right dry fly to tie on the end of your leader? Here are a few tips to make the selection process a little easier the next time you’re at the river.

Let’s make it simple. You arrive at the river and it’s your lucky day, bugs are hatching. You were dreaming about this last night, anticipating your upcoming fishing trip. So let’s talk about selecting a dry fly.

Is it a mayfly with upright wings?

Caudatella Mayfly|

How about a caddis with tent-shaped wings? Continue reading

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Recent Changes

Every once in awhile, I create a Recent Changes post to catch you up on what’s been happening behind the scenes at RiverKeeper Flies. And this is the week for it.

Did you notice the Youtube video my wife took recently at the Central Oregon Sportsman Show in Redmond, Oregon? She was there with a few of the Next Cast Flyfishers (our club’s youth flyfishers) as they staffed the Sportsman’s fishing pond. Yes, those are Next Cast Flyfishers attempting to corral the monster trout! If you missed it, be sure to check it out. I laugh out loud every time I watch the video.

Over the past few months, you might have seen a few additional fly patterns. Or perhaps noticed I added an East Lake Fly Box. Continue reading

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