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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Stalcup’s Medallion Biot Green Drake Wet Fly

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Stalcup’s Medallion Biot Green Drake Wet Fly.

Medallion Biot Wet Fly | www.johnkreft.com

I first learned of Stalcup’s flies in his book Mayflies “Top to Bottom” (2002). I thought the materials he used were creative and interesting. The flies he tied were close imitations of the real insects. It was the first time I had heard of Medallion sheeting. It wasn’t long before I had that material in several colors. Many of the flies in his book used biots for bodies and this fly is no exception.

Here is a Green Drake from the Metolius river a few days ago.

Metolius River Green Drake | www.johnkreft.com

I tie and fish the Green Drake version. It’s an effective fly and you’ll receive savage strikes, so you might think about a little heavier tippet size when fishing the fly. I’ve lost several of these over the years, because I use 6X tippet when fishing fly on the Metolius River. The other caution I would share is the fly has a tendency to spin your leader if small tippet sizes.

While I’ve shown the Stalcup’s Medallion Biot Green Drake Wet Fly as a Green Drake imitation, it can be tied in sizes 8 – 16 using colors of olive, tan, and gray.

Stalcup created some wonderful fly tying videos and those videos can now be seen on my friend John Sherry’s Youtube NetKnots Fly Tying channel. I encourage you to take a look. 

Unfortunately, Shane passed away prematurely in 2011 at the age of 48.

Many of his flies can still be purchased in your local fly shop. You might give them a try. Watch a video or two of Shane tying his flies. You’ll see how “fishy” they really are.

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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Medallion Biot Wet Fly

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Medallion Biot Wet Fly.

Medallion Biot Wet Fly | www.johnkreft.com

I selected this fly to continue the theme of biot flies I presented in the Goose and Turkey Biot Flies post this week.

The Medallion Biot Wet Fly is another fly by Shane Stalcup and can be tied in different sizes and colors to imitate a variety of mayflies. Shane’s fly pattern can be tied in sizes 8 – 16 in olive, tan, and gray. He suggests fishing this fly in the upper part of the rough waters to imitate a drowned adult mayfly.

This is one of the first flies I saw using Medallion sheeting for wings. If you like the look of this fly, be sure to check out additional fly patterns in Stalcup’s book Mayflies “Top to Bottom” (2002).

For more about Shane, see the Stalcup CDC Loop Wing Emerger Throw Back Thursday Fly post.

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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LaFontaine Diving Blue-Winged Olive Egg Layer

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the LaFontaine Diving Blue-Winged Olive Egg Layer.

LaFontaine Diving Blue-Winged Olive Egg Layer | www.johnkreft.com

A friend of mine recently gave me this fly purportedly tied by Gary LaFontaine himself and I thought it would be a great candidate for a TBT fly.

To be honest, I didn’t really know much about the diving activity of the BWO. My fishing partner and I recently discussed the fact we haven’t seen BWO spinners on the water. We guessed it may be due to the fact the spinner fall happened in the evening or morning when we weren’t at the river or perhaps they’re so small we just couldn’t see them.

The first place I looked to find the LaFontaine Diving Blue-Winged Olive Egg Layer was in the book LaFontaine’s Legacy, written by my friends Al and Gretchen Beatty. And there it was along with a brief story about these mayflies swimming through the water to lay their eggs on the bottom. In fact, the males follow the females in their swimming venture. Isn’t nature amazing? Continue reading

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