Langtry Special TBT

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Langtry Special TBT.

Langtry Special | www.johnkreft.com

I found this old article from the Bend Bulletin in a box of donated fly tying materials describing the Langtry Special.

Langtry Special Article | www.johnkreft.com

A friend of mine took his first fly tying lesson many years ago from Judge Virgil Langtry in a Maupin, Oregon church basement. Langtry was an Oregon Circuit Court Judge and evidently enjoyed fishing the Deschutes River around Maupin. 

As with many popular flies, there are many variations. Kaufmann’s Stimulator comes to mind and looks very much like the Langtry Special. In Randall Kaufmann’s book entitled Tying Dry Flies (1991), he states his Stimulator was developed from a variety of other popular flies.

Here is Kaufmann’s Stimulator Golden Stone.

Kaufmanns Stimulator - Golden Stone | www.johnkreft.com

I tied this size 8 Langtry Special today to imitate a Golden Stonefly, but wished I had it on the Lower Deschutes last week on our fishing trip. I wonder if any of the fish still recognize the fly! I’ll save it for the next trip down the river.

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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Patient Angler Stone TBT

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Patient Angler Stone TBT.

Patient Angler Stone | www.johnkreft.com

I found this old article from the Bend Bulletin in a box of donated fly tying materials describing the Patient Angler Stone.

Patient Angler Stone Article | www.johnkreft.com

The Patient Angler is a local Bend, OR fly shop. The fly in the article was tied and described by John Harken, who was the previous owner.

This fly is fairly easy to tie and has the right profile, along with the black and orange colors found on the real Salmonfly.

I tied this size 6 Patient Angler Stone today to imitate a Salmonfly, but wished I had it on the Lower Deschutes yesterday on our fishing trip. I’ll save it for the next one.

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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Fishing the Lower Deschutes

Monday I was fishing the Lower Deschutes from Warm Springs to Trout Creek with my wife and a friend. We were hoping to find some fish still looking to eat Salmonflies and Golden Stones dry flies.

Driftboat on Deschutes | www.johnkreft.com

This is a busy section of water and it’s tough to find my Zen sometimes. We decided to let all the guide boats launch first and be the first of the second wave down the river. Our strategy worked. Sure, there were a few boats with fly fishers in a couple of spots we would have liked to fish, but it wasn’t crazy.

I was hoping to fish dry flies and coax some rainbows to the surface. This one came to the net shortly after launching the driftboat.

Deschutes Rainbow | www.johnkreft.com

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Salmonflies and Golden Stones are Hatching

It’s that special time of year when Salmonflies and Golden Stones are hatching on major rivers close to me.

These are the bugs many fly fishers wait for with high expectations. Some fly fishers start shaking as they approach the river knowing the bugs are out and the fish are looking up, ready to explode on their fly!

Today’s post provides a few pictures of the real bug and offers some of the favorite stonefly patterns I carry in my fly box.

The following picture includes Salmonflies and a Golden Stone apparently trying to mate.

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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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Rosborough Dark Stone

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Rosborough Dark Stone Nymph.

Dark Stone Nymph | www.johnkreft.com

I found the fly on display at the International Federation of Fly Fishers Museum in Livingston, MT and took this picture of the Rosborough Dark Stone Nymph through the glass display in a dark room. I think it turned out quite well. It was one of several flies in the collection of Polly Rosborugh. It’s is one of several flies in a display entitled Polly’s Proven Killers. Continue reading

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Changing Seasons

The temperatures have dropped and the dog days of summer are over. In fact, rain showers are in the forecast for today. What does that signal? Changing seasons for the fly fisher.

I always look forward to arriving at the river and see if fish are rising. It’s more the norm now than it was during July and August. The only problem is trying to determine what bugs the fish are taking.

And fall is the time when the big fish come out to bulk up before winter sets in.

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Eric’s Deschutes River Bar and Grill

We fished the Lower D recently while drifting from Warm Springs to Trout Creek and happened to run into Eric’s Deschutes River Bar and Grill. Have you seen it along the river as you’ve floated? The location is a secret, but if you can find it, I highly recommend it.

Launch your drift boat at Warm Springs and begin floating downstream.

Deschutes River Float | www.johnkreft.com

Be sure to enjoy the scenery along the way.

Deschutes River Scenery | www.johnkreft.com

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Just in Time Fly Tyer

Earlier this month, I wrote a post entitled Where to Fish where I tried to describe the difficulty of all the fly fishing choices available to me. Today I’m headed to the Lower Deschutes to see if the Golden Stoneflies are still around in numbers to have a few fish looking up. And that means tying a few more flies for the trip. This time of year, I’m a “just in time” fly tyer.

Golden and stonefly|www.johnkreft.com

I’ll be carrying the Chubby Chernobyl and the Chubby Chernobyl in purple. Continue reading

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