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.

Metolius 20 Inch Rainbow | www.johnkreft.com Continue reading

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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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Effective Chubby Chernobyl Flies

I wrote a post about Chubby Chernobyl fly patterns flies a couple of years ago. Did you read it? This is the time of year when you should have them in you fly box and another opportunity for me to tout how effective Chubby Chernobyl flies can be.

Chubby Chernobyl Golden Stone|www.johnkreft.com

For some reason, the Chubby Chernobyl is a great imitation for the Salmonflies and Golden Stoneflies hatching right now. I remember seeing this fly many years ago and saying to myself “you’ve got to be kidding”! Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong about the fly’s success. Continue reading

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Favorite Salmonfly Patterns

The word on the street this week is Salmonflies are beginning to hatch. While it may be early for your river, these big bugs will be available for several weeks. So I thought I’d provide a few pictures of the real bug and offer some of my favorite Salmonfly patterns I plan to carry in my fly box.

Remember what they look like? These are the biggest bugs the fish in my area will see all year, so the fish usually go crazy when they’re around. Salmonflies range from size 6, with some stretching out to size 2!

Salmonfly adult|www.johnkreft.com

OK, now I have your attention! Continue reading

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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|www.johnkreft.com

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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Fall Fishing

Yes, fall fishing is here. My wife is still clinging to the notion summer is not over, but the weather and changing leaves tell a different story.

And the fishing is different too. Dry fly fishing is back with a vengeance. Gone are the dog days of summer and it’s been replaced with fish rising to strong hatches of caddis, mayflies, and stoneflies.

I love this time of year.

One day last week, my fishing partner landed 6 fish to my 1. And it wasn’t because the fish weren’t rising where I was fishing. I couldn’t dial it in. Frustrating, but quite a challenge. And you know the fish win when I leave the river with respect for the fish that continue to rise. 

I’m a fly tyer, so I’ve been working on a few “beta” flies I’ve tied recently and testing out this year. These flies are the result of being “schooled” by rising fish. It’s part of the chess match I enjoy.

Here are a couple of size 18 caddis patterns I’ve tied recently.

Caddis - Beta 1 | www.johnkreft.com

Caddis Beta 2 | www.johnkreft.comAnd then there’s the different versions of CDC Caddis I’m tying for matching the Little Continue reading

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