Metolius River Bull Trout, Bamboo and Christmas

I had a difficult time creating today’s post title of Metolius River Bull Trout, Bamboo and Christmas. Too many things to talk about. Did you think I might have used a bamboo rod to fish for Bull Trout? Read on and it will all make sense.

I’m into bonus fishing time. I’ve always said the fishing slows considerably after November 1, but the weather hasn’t turned yet this year. Temperatures have been in the lower 60’s on some days. In fact as I write this, the forecast is for a high of 67 today. Is it really NOVEMBER?

Sure, the dry fly fishing has slowed a little, but there’s still fish to be had.

And sometimes I decide to try my hand at coaxing a Bull Trout onto my fly.

Holding Metolius River Bull Trout | www.johnkreft.com

I thought this picture would get your attention! Continue reading

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Spruce Peacock

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Spruce Peacock, a fly pattern developed by Polly Rosborough.

Spruce Peacock | www.johnkreft.com

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

The Spruce Peacock appears to be a variation of the Spruce Fly, originally developed in the 1930’s by Don Godfrey to catch sea-run cutthroat trout on the Oregon coast.

Ernest H. “Polly” Rosborough (1902 – 1997) tied a large variety of flies but is probably best known as an author of Tying and Fishing the Fuzzy Nymph (1965). Polly lived in Chiloquin, Oregon and his home river was the Williamson River. 

Here are a couple other TBT Rosborough flies – the Dark Caddis and his Grasshopper

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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Stayner Ducktail TBT

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Stayner Ducktail TBT.

Stayner Ducktail | www.johnkreft.com

Ruel Stayner of Twin Falls, ID created this bait fish fly pattern to imitate bait fish in the lakes and reservoirs he fished.

Stayner owned and operated a sporting goods store in Twin Falls and created this fly in the late 1960’s. He attempted to create a fly to imitate perch fry in Idaho’s Magic Reservoir.

Seasoned anglers in Idaho also use the Stayner Ducktail streamer as well. Others have used it all over the world to imitate shiner minnows as well as trout fry.

My friend Jim Fisher, a noted fly tyer in his own right, tied this fly for me and I thought it a perfect fly to feature as a Throw Back Thursday Fly. Jim was the 2011 Stan Walters Memorial Tyer of the Year. The Oregon Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers awards this annually “in recognition of your skills, teaching, and innovation in the art of fly tying.”

When I first looked at the fly, it reminded me of a streamer fly pattern I learned in the 1980’s when fishing the Metolius, something we called a Stovepipe.

I think I might have to tie up a few of the Stayner Ducktail this winter.

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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What Are the Fish Eating

I’m fortunate to be able to fish over 100 days per year. Why did I begin this week’s post with that statement? Well, spending that much time on the water has changed the way I fish in the last 10 years. I observe the water more. The result is I’m able to see fish rising to hatching bugs. So I’ve turned into a dry fly fisherman. And when they don’t rise to my flies, I ask what are the fish eating?

For some reason, I’m asking that question more and more these days and it leads me to tie more flies to try on these hard to catch fish. Here is my most recent fly.

Four Midges | www.johnkreft.com

It’s a simple #22 Parachute Midge Emerger, otherwise known as a “beta” fly, meaning I’m testing the fly to see if I should add it to the RiverKeeper Flies Fly Patterns. Continue reading

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Muddler Minnow

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Muddler Minnow. Muddlers imitate various bait fish, namely sculpins.

Muddler Minnow | www.johnkreft.com

 

This is a fly I tied many years ago…a feeble attempt at best.

The development of the Muddler Minnow was attributed to Don Gapen of Anoka, Minnesota in 1937. Don’s parents ran the Gateway Lodge Resort on the shore of Hungry Jack Lake. A second resort was opened on the Nipigon River in Ontario called the Chalet Bungalow Lodge. Evidently, Don developed the Muddler there to catch brook trout. After that, the fly reached legendary status as it was popularized in Montana and now everyone knows about it.

I have to be honest, I haven’t fished this fly much. I really don’t fish many streamers except an occasional attempt trying to hook up on a Bull Trout in the Metolius. But I know many fly fishers do and swear by it.

Maybe you have.

 

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Carrie Stevens Pink Beauty Streamer

Time for another Throw Back Thursday fly…the Carrie Stevens Pink Beauty Streamer.

Carrie Stevens - Pink Beauty | www.johnkreft.com

Some of you may have seen the Carrie Stevens Pink Beauty Streamer before, but this is the first time as a TBT fly.

There is a certain beauty about Carrie Stevens streamers. The sleekness of lines, combination of colors…I’ve only tied two of them, but I think I’ll have to give some more a try.

Here is an entry from the Carrie Stevens Green Drake Streamer TBT post a few weeks ago to provide a little history:

“Carrie Stevens created her own versions of streamers for Maine’s Rangeley Lakes Region. In July 1924, she landed a 6 pound 13 ounce brook trout, winning 2nd place in the Field & Stream magazine contest. Shortly after that, she began selling her flies.”

Hope you enjoy the Carrie Stevens Pink Beauty Streamer! 

 

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Carrie Stevens Green Drake Streamer

Today’s Throw Back Thursday fly is the Carrie Stevens Green Drake streamer. I tied this fly for last year’s Expo Poster Plate, but they used my Pink Beauty instead.

Carrie Stevens created her own versions of streamers for Maine’s Rangeley Lakes Region. In July 1924, she landed a 6 pound 13 ounce brook trout, winning 2nd place in the Field & Stream magazine contest. Shortly after that, she began selling her flies.

Carrie Stevens Green Drake Streamer | www.johnkreft.com

 

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