Denny Rickards Seal Bugger

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Denny Rickards Seal Bugger.

Denny's Seal Bugger | www.johnkreft.com

Denny created this fly in the mid-80’s on Oregon’s Upper Klamath Lake, his home waters. The fly is a variation of the popular Woolly Bugger. 

I’d seen this fly years ago, but found it again in Rickards Fly-Fishing Stillwaters for Trophy Trout (1997). It’s the first fly listed in his “Deadly Dozen”. That should tell you something about how successful this fly can be. I love many of Denny’s flies and I highly recommend this book for your fly fishing library. It includes information and fly patterns like Denny’s Stillwater Nymph and Denny’s AP Emerger, two flies I use a lot. And he covers how to successfully fish lakes, which was very helpful to me as I branched out from being a river fisherman.

The fly can be tied in a variety of color combinations, but the picture above is my favorite, with the burnt orange tail and hackle. The other color I like is black with purple or burgundy hackle. It should be tied sparse to allow movement from the seal or seal substitute dubbing.

I fish this fly with an intermediate fly line and use the count-down method to locate trout. Cast a long distance and count to 10, which allows the fly to sink. Strip back using a variety of retrieves, short and rapid or long and slow. If you don’t get any takes, cast again and count to 15. Continue to experiment until fish are found.

Be sure to use at least 2x or 3x leader because you’ll get some violent strikes!

Denny Rickards Seal Bugger is still popular today and can be found in your local fly shop, or tie some up using the link to my fly pattern sheet. 

To find out more about Denny Rickards, visit his website – www.flyfishingstillwaters.co

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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Sheep Creek Special TBT

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Sheep Creek Special.

Sheep Creek Special | www.johnkreft.com

I found the fly was developed by George Biggs of Jerome, Idaho in the 1960’s where he fished it at Sheep Creek Reservoir on the Nevada/Idaho border.

Some say the Sheep Creek Special imitates leeches is larger sizes and midges in smaller sizes. It might even imitate damselfly and dragonfly nymphs. That seems to cover every major lake fly! Sounds like an all-around fly to use.

It’s a pattern still used today by a few “experienced” fly fishers. A friend down the street has tied them for my local fly shop and I understand it’s a good pattern at Three Creek’s Lake outside of Sisters, Oregon.

My friend Jerry Criss taught this fly in 2014 at a Central Oregon Flyfishers Winter Fly Tying class.

To be honest, I think the Sheep Creek Special is an odd looking fly and have questioned whether I would tie the fly on the end of my leader. I think I’ll give it a try the next time I’m lake fishing.

Tie up a few Sheep Creek Specials for your fly box and give them a try on your favorite lake. 

Let me know how they work.

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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Dennys Stillwater Nymph

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Dennys Stillwater Nymph.

Denny's Stillwater Nymph | www.johnkreft.comAs I thought about which fly to choose for a TBT Fly, this one came to mind. It seems appropriate as I’ve recently posted pictures on my RiverKeeper Flies Facebook page and the fly was front and center in this week’s Fly Fishing at Diamond Lake post. Continue reading

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Lake Flies

One inch long and green. What?

Yup, if there’s any question about what lake flies to use, a friend of mine always says “Try something one inch long and green.”

Dennys Stillwater Nymph

Denny's Stillwater Nymph | www.johnkreft.com

I like simple flies for a variety of reasons, but even that recommendation is a little too simple for me. It’s like saying – just fish with an Adams.

Parachute Adams

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