This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Comparadun mayfly.
I first tied a Comparadun mayfly in the early 1990’s. The fly was a pattern I found in Randall Kaufmann’s book Tying Dry Flies. Kaufmann presented the Comparadun along with a Sparkle Dun. Continue reading
Have you ever wondered about the history of fly fishing? It’s an interesting topic to me, which explains why I’ve been reading old fly fishing and fly tying books lately. Why? First, they are a source for my Throw Back Thursday Flies. Secondly, I wonder how previous generations fished and what some of their streamside conversations were.
I always enjoyed reading the Pioneers & Legends stories in NW Fly Fishing Magazine. John Shewey, the magazine’s editor, writes some of these articles. It’s one of the reasons I purchased his books Classic Steelhead Flies and Spey Flies & Dee Flies, Their History & Construction to read more about our fly fishing history. Continue readingPlease Share This:
This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Walla-Walla, another Ray Bergman wet fly.
The Walla-Walla can be found on Plate 9, page 254 of Ray Bergman’s book Trout (1938). Continue readingPlease Share This:
I’ve taken a break from the snow in Sisters and have been soaking in the sun from Kona, HI. And you know me, I can tie flies anywhere! This week’s post includes a few odds and ends.
This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Whirling Dun.
The Whirling Dun can be found on Plate 9, page 254 of Ray Bergman’s book Trout (1938). Continue readingPlease Share This:
Winter is a great time to conduct a thorough inventory of your fishing vest or pack and throw away a few items you said you’d do while on the river and forgot…like me. I’ve got a some leaders I tried to save from last year, but it’s time to throw out and replace bad leader.
In addition, I need to check out those tippet spools and see how full they are and the date I purchased them. If they’re over a year old, I’ll throw them out. I don’t want to take a chance hooking a big fish in fast water only to lose it from old, brittle, or UV damaged (from the sun) tippet! You’ll notice on the picture there is a place on the tippet spool for you to add a date. I recommend using it.
Just to be clear, a tapered leader is in the Ziploc bag and tippet in on the spool. Tippet spools hold anywhere from 30 to 100 yards of material stated on the spool. In the picture above, the spool hold 110 yards of 6X leader measured at 3.4 pound breaking strength. I use this “guide” spool which holds 110 yards because I go through a lot of 6X. Most of the other tippet spools I carry are around 30 yards. Continue readingPlease Share This:
This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Crossfield, a strip-winged Atlantic Salmon fly.
The Crossfield is the second Atlantic Salmon fly I’ve tied from Poul Jorgensen’s book entitled Salmon Flies – Their Character, Style, and Dressing (1978). The first fly I tied from his book is the Blue Charm. Continue readingPlease Share This:
Winter is a great time for restocking and organizing your fly boxes. How many fly boxes do you carry? How do you organize them?
It’s been too long and my fly boxes have seen some serious neglect the last few months. I fish over 100 days a year. How many over 100? I used to count them. Continue readingPlease Share This:
This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the classic Royal Coachman dry fly.
This attractor fly pattern is one that many older fly fishers recognize. It truly is a classic! It was one of many flies I found in a friend’s old fly box. Continue readingPlease Share This:
Last week, I took advantage of the snowy weather which has kept me off the river and and said “yes” to an opportunity. A friend of mine who is a duck hunter gave me a call to see if I wanted any feathers. How could I say no? So this week’s post will be about preparing mallard wings for soft hackle flies. For the non-fly tyer, check out a few great fly patterns below to add to your fly box. You won’t be sorry!
I asked him to save the mallard wings along with a few breast feathers.
I hoped he would keep the matching wings from each bird separate so I could use them for dry fly upright wings and wet fly wings used in some of the classic Ray Bergman flies you see occasionally in Throw Back Thursday Flies. Continue readingPlease Share This: