Braided Butt Damsel

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Braided Butt Damsel.

Braided Butt Damsel | www.johnkreft.com

I first found this fly in Randall Kaufmann’s book Tying Dry Flies (1991) in the early 1990s. I tied the fly using the instructions from the book and took it to Antone Ranch in Eastern Oregon when it was a pay-to-play lake. I can still remember the toilet-bowl takes from the huge trout in some of their lakes. The trout were cruising along the shallow reeds and our trip had timed the damselfly hatch just perfectly. Continue reading

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August Flies

Well, it’s here…the dog days of summer. You may recall I recently wrote a post called The River Wins. I’ve had some up and down days since writing that. But that’s to be expected this time of year. I haven’t given up. So I thought I’d provide a list of August flies I’ll be fishing.

Rainbow with Beetle Bailey|www.johnkreft.com

The lakes are fishing well in my area. Callibaetis mayflies are still coming off. Here’s the flies that have worked for me lately. Continue reading

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Top 10 Dry Flies for July

The Green Drakes are winding down, so I decided I better begin thinking about what fly patterns I’ll be fishing soon and make sure the fly boxes are stocked. What better way than to come up with a list of the Top 10 Dry Flies for July?

The list I compiled could be used on many rivers and lakes this month.

1. Clarks Golden Stone

Clark's Golden Stone|www.johnkreft.com

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Damsel Flies

Have you ever fished with adult damsel flies? Talk about exciting! These bugs are quick, so when a fish takes your fly, it’s more like a toilet bowl flushing…a big ring from the fish taking the fly with gusto!

Damsel Fly | johnkreft.com

At times, there can be massive hatches or swarms.

Here is a recent picture of a great swarm at Crane Prairie Reservoir…amazing! All the reeds we saw were COVERED with damsel flies. Looks like a damsel flag, doesn’t it?

Damsels on Reeds | johnkreft.com

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