Fishing with Nymphs

I’ve been busy tying flies lately. But I was able to get to the river a couple of times recently and reconciled to myself if I really wanted to catch fish, fishing with nymphs was the best solution.

Winter Rainbow with $3 Dip | www.johnkreft.com

What a difference a year makes. Last year by this time, we had five feet of snow that had fallen. I can’t tell you how many hours I was behind my snowblower or shoveling snow. Continue reading

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Refilling Fly Boxes

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful 2017 and are beginning to develop fishing plans for 2018. I’ve been tying flies the last week as I begin refilling fly boxes. Mostly Beetle Bailey flies for a customer who plans to use them in Patagonia.

But we had a new fly fisher stop by the house yesterday and I gave her a few flies. While looking through my “provider boxes”, I noted there were a lot of empty spots. Those flies were either sent to customers, used in club raffles, or used by dancingtrout and me this last year.

But those empty bins…kinda sad looking.

Empty Provider Box | www.johnkreft.com

I’ve expressed how good Beetle Bailey has been for us and I decided a few weeks ago to begin tying these to create a little inventory. I know I will be getting orders for these flies in a few months. Continue reading

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Egan’s Rainbow Warrior

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Rainbow Warrior, a fly developed by Lance Egan.

Rainbow Warrior | www.johnkreft.com

The Rainbow Warrior is a relatively new “old” fly. I enjoy highlighting a variety of flies and this is fly catches fish. 

Lance Egan has been a member of Fly Fishing Team USA since 2003 at the World Fly Fishing Championships. He won the a personal bronze medal at the 2016 event. This is just to say he knows how to catch fish and designs flies that work.

Lance tells the story of how he developed the Rainbow Warrior in his own words in a TroutLegend Forum post. You can read it HERE.

I plan on tying a few more of these flies for my upcoming fly fishing road trip.

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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Effective East Lake Flies

I haven’t fished any lakes yet this year, but hopefully that will change this week. I think East Lake will be my fishing destination in a couple of days. I thought I’d use my own resources to refresh my memory for a few effective East Lake flies I need in my fly box. I created a separate fly box for East Lake called…you guessed it, East Lake Fly Box. In addition, I looked in the Lake Flies box to see if I missed anything.

I can’t wait to get back up there. It’s a very peaceful place when the wind isn’t blowing.

East Lake September | www.johnkreft.com

If you are a regular RiverKeeper Flies reader, you might remember my post entitled Fishing East Lake a couple of years ago. I talked about the flies I needed there as well and which flies worked for us. Continue reading

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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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Kaufmann’s Stonefly Nymph

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Kaufmann’s Stonefly Nymph.

Kaufmanns Stonefly | www.johnkreft.comKaufmann’s Stonefly Nymph was created by Randall Kaufmann in the early 1990’s. I first found the fly in the classic book entitled Tying Nymphs (1994) by Kaufmann. It was listed as the Kaufmann Golden Stone, Rubber Legs. The write-up described the Golden Stone version, along with the Kaufmann Black Stone, Bead-Head Rubber Legs. This version has a date of 1992 beside the fly pattern sheet.

Tying Nymphs and it’s companion Tying Dry Flies were two important books for me in my early fly tying years. I poured over both those books and tied many of the flies listed in them.

Several other TBT flies were from these books and include Swannundaze Midge, Janssens Damsel Nymph, Olive Thorax, Dougs Damsel Nymph, Brassie, Metallic Caddis, and Matt’s Fur.

This is still a very effective nymph to imitate the large Salmonfly (Pteronarcys californica). 

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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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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Spring Fly Fishing

I can’t lie. I’ve been a little frustrated lately with spring fly fishing. It always happens this time of year for me. Winter is over and I have expectations of going to the river and see a few mayflies hatching.

I love mayflies.

There is something elegant about that bug.

Cinygmula Mayfly | www.johnkreft.com

I enjoy watching them float down the river and seeing a nose break the surface and eat the bug. Continue reading

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