Fall and a Dry Fly

Last week I talked about how much I enjoy fall fly fishing. It’s been great this year! What I wanted to share this week is how effective one fly has been for me…a Green Drake Sparkle Dun. Yes, Fall and a dry fly just go together.

Baby Rainbow Trout Eating Big Fly | www.johnkreft.com

Even the smaller fish eat this bug! It amazes me how a small trout rises to a larger fly. This is a #12 fly a 6″ fish ate.

And bigger fish eat them too. Continue reading

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October Fly Fishing

October fly fishing is a special time of year. It’s the last hurrah for both fly fishers AND fish. I’ve said before that fishing tapers off dramatically around November 1, so that means I have less than one month to get my fix for awhile.

So I need to make sure I have the right flies in my fly box.

I knew I had written a post a couple of years ago entitled October Fly Box, so I looked it up. Low an behold, it’s right on for the bugs I saw on the river today.

Let me start with a blanket hatch of PMDs or PMD look-alike mayflies

Blanket Hatch | www.johnkreft.com

This is what I found at the river. It was made up of hundreds of these… Continue reading

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Quigley Victory Drake

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Quigley Victory Drake.

Quigley Victory Drake | www.johnkreft.com

I saw this fly for the first time a little over a week ago during our trip on the Upper Columbia River. If you haven’t seen the post, be sure to read my story of dry fly fishing with Green Drake mayflies is BIG water!

Check out the front view of this fly and you’ll understand why it has a “V” in it’s name.

Quigley Victory Drake Front View | www.johnkreft.com

I don’t know the history of how Bob Quigley created or named the fly, but I liked it the moment my guide Rial tied it on my leader.

You’ll note the Quigley Victory Drake has a few similar materials and style of the Quigley Cripple and the Quigley Hackle Stacker.

Quigley Cripple | www.johnkreft.comQuigleys PMD Hackle Stacker | www.johnkreft.com

When I get more time, I think I’ll have to tie a few of the Quigley Victory Drake for myself!

Enjoy…go fish!


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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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Lempke’s Extended Body Green Drake – TBT

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Lempke’s Extended Body Green Drake – TBT.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sandy Pittendrigh (www.fliesfliesflies.com)

Cyril ‘Bing’ Lempke (1917 – 1991) was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, but moved to Idaho as a youngster. He fished the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River and the Teton River during his teens. It was there he learned to tie flies. Continue reading

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Green Drake Hairwing Dun

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Green Drake Hairwing Dun.

The fly was created by Rene Harrop in the 1980’s. In fact, I found a Fly Fisherman magazine article Rene wrote explaining how he developed the Hairwing Dun.

Green Drake Hairwing Dun | www.johnkreft.com

Looks like the fly was born in Rene’s mind as he fished the Firehole River. Evidently, mayflies were hatching and he didn’t have a likely looking imitation. He pulled out an Elk Hair Caddis and made a few changes “with some judicious manicuring”, making it into a mayfly imitation. It caught fish. And that experience started the mind of a fly tying designer thinking…how can I make it work better? Continue reading

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October Fly Box

Here are the flies I’m carrying in my October fly box.

I’ll begin with the October Caddis just because of it’s name.

October Caddis | www.johnkreft.com

These are big bugs, sizes 8 – 10. You’ll see October Caddis flitting over the water laying eggs. I usually blind cast an imitation because fish don’t take them like a normal “hatch”. The take is always exciting as the fish EXPLODE on this fly! Continue reading

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Splashy Rises

I love to see fish rise. That’s why I fish dry flies. Splashy rises are my favorite. It’s the type of rise form which tells me the fish are exploding at the surface with reckless abandon. I like those two words…reckless abandon. These takes may be the most memorable. Makes me smile just thinking about it.

Splashy rises are what makes the Salmonfly hatch so much fun. You know where the fish are. There is no doubt when a fish takes your fly!

Ever thought about why fish make different rise forms? Splashy rises…head and tail rises…tails only…a sipping fish which only leaves a barely perceptible ring? I’m lucky enough to fish quite a bit and I see these different rise forms all the time. 

Rising Fish | www.johnkreft.com

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Fan Wing Green Drake

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is a Fan Wing Green Drake. I chose this week’s fly in hopes the Green Drake hatch on the Metolius will start soon. I’ve seen a handful, but not enough for the fish to take notice.

Fan Wing Green Drake | www.johnkreft.com

If this fly has a different well-known name, I don’t know it. And I don’t know who originated this fly. But I do know that fan wing flies aren’t very common with the fly fishers I know.

In the 1920’s, fan wing flies became popular and it was only natural to create fan wing flies from the popular flies at the time. I think that’s still done today. We fly tyers try to improve flies with the latest fad or new technique. Will they out fish the original? Perhaps.

If you know a different name for this fly, I’d appreciate knowing it.

Maybe I’ll tie this on my leader in the next few days and see if it still works.

When was the last time you used a fan wing fly?


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