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.
Lempke Extended Body Green Drake - Courtesy www.fliesfliesflies.com

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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Craig Mathews Winter Seminar

What a great weekend. I had an opportunity to attend the Craig Mathews Winter Seminar sponsored jointly by my own Central Oregon Flyfishers and Sunriver Anglers.

I’ve written about Craig Mathews in previous posts (Craig Mathews and Blue Ribbon Flies) and how much I like and fish flies from Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, Montana. Blue Ribbon Flies has influenced my fly tying and fly fishing for many years. You’ll see many of their flies on the Fly Patterns page. Their flies fit my fly tying style…simple, yet effective.

And many of those flies use Zelon. In fact, there were a few times during his fly tying demonstrations where a little laughter came across the crowd…”and we’ll begin with a tail of Zelon…”

Zelon | www.johnkreft.com

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Craig Mathews and Blue Ribbon Flies

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I talk about Craig Mathews and Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, Montana.

Blue Ribbon Flies | www.johnkreft.com

Craig and the rest of the guys in the shop are responsible for many of the flies I fish. The flies they develop fit my description for success – simple to tie, effective in catching fish. Perhaps that is the ultimate definition of a “guide fly”. I know fly fishermen who wait for the annual Blue Ribbon Flies catalog to see the new flies developed and tested by these tyers. Continue reading

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A Fall Fly Box

What flies do you carry in your fall fly box?

Fall is a wonderful time of year and in my opinion, one of the best times to catch some great fish. Here’s one of them.

Rainbow trout | www.johnkreft.com

There are still bugs that need to hatch and only so many warm days left for them to complete their life cycle.

For some reason, the fish know winter is not far away and are hurriedly getting prepared by eating everything in sight. These fish plan to put on some winter fat…and that activity is good for the fisherman!

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