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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Craig Mathews Winter Seminar

What a great weekend. I had an opportunity to attend the Craig Mathews Winter Seminar sponsored jointly by my own Central Oregon Flyfishers and Sunriver Anglers.

I’ve written about Craig Mathews in previous posts (Craig Mathews and Blue Ribbon Flies) and how much I like and fish flies from Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, Montana. Blue Ribbon Flies has influenced my fly tying and fly fishing for many years. You’ll see many of their flies on the Fly Patterns page. Their flies fit my fly tying style…simple, yet effective.

And many of those flies use Zelon. In fact, there were a few times during his fly tying demonstrations where a little laughter came across the crowd…”and we’ll begin with a tail of Zelon…”

Zelon | www.johnkreft.com

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Midges

Midges. Do you know what a midge is? And how important midges are in the trout’s diet? Very! You’ll find midges in rivers and lakes.

Most of the time, midge pupae are the fly patterns experienced fly fishers concentrate on fishing. More on what that means shortly. 

Midges | www.johnkreft.com

I just finished these flies as I complete my Crooked River Fly box. I still have a few slots open.

Crooked River Flies| www.johnkreft.com

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