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  • My Favorite Caddis Imitations
    I’ve spent some time on my favorite river over the last couple of weeks waiting for hatches and rising fish. Some days, I…
  • Parachute Adams Encore
    This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is a Parachute Adams encore. I call it an encore because I featured this fly back in…
  • What Fly Should I Use?
    What fly should I use? That was the question I asked myself last week. I bet you ask yourself that question a lot….

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RK Callibaetis Emerger | www.johnkreft.com

Use Fly Patterns with CDC Feathers

Do you use fly patterns with CDC feathers in them? Hopefully, your fly box has a few of ’em. CDC is a marvelous material. It’s like magic. 

Selecting Deer Hair | www.johnkreft.com

Selecting Deer Hair

I thought it would be an appropriate time to share a few thoughts about selecting the proper deer hair to tie Sparkle Dun and X Caddis flies.

Rio Leader & Tippet | www.johnkreft.com

Fly Fishing Leaders

What leader length do I use? What tippet size do I fish? I’ve been asked those questions quite a bit. And I always point people to a previous RiverKeeper Flies post entitled Make Your Fly Fishing Leader Last Longer about the fly fishing leaders I use to fish dry flies.

Winter Rainbow with $3 Dip | www.johnkreft.com

Serendipity & $3 Dip

The Serendipity and $3 Dip, originally known as the $3 Bridge Serendipity are effective patterns to have in your fly box


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Recent Throw Back Thursday Flies


Resources

Fly Tying Hook Conversion Table

There are no exact standards for hooks. Seems like each major manufacturer makes up what works for them. If you are a fly tyer and try to tie flies using a pattern sheet, you may have to convert to the brand of hook that’s at your tying table.

There are lots of Fly Tying Hook Conversion Tables online. You may have a favorite. This is mine.

Daiichi Hooks | www.johnkreft.com

Pheasant Tail Perdigon Variants | www.johnkreft.com

Bead Conversion Table

If you’re like me, I’m not always sure what is the best bead to use on a hook. When I started tying flies, I used to guess which bead to use. Then I purchased fly tying books that included pattern sheets with the bead size in them. Sizes were 1/8″, 5/64″, 5/32″ etc. Next I had to get used to 1.5 mm, 2.0 mm, 3.0 mm. I still have a few packages that are Non-metric so I use this Bead Conversion Table as a quick reference guide.


Custom Flies

I’m not a commercial fly tyer. I call myself a custom fly tyer. What does that mean? I’ll tie almost anything you need to catch a fish…at least I’ll try. For more about my fly tying journey, be sure to read the About Me page.


Other Resources

Links to Free Old Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Books

Here is a list of free old fly fishing and fly tying books in my digital library. Click on the links to read these books. In addition, scroll down on each of them to download and create your own digital library in PDF, Kindle, or other formats.

Favorite Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Books

Here are a few of my favorite fly fishing and fly tying books. They’ve helped me and I encourage you to consider them for your fly fishing and fly tying library. And I encourage you to support your local fly shop. Check in with them and see if they carry it. Otherwise, click on the links I’ve provided for quick delivery from Amazon.com

Fishing Knots

Here are some links to knots I use. Go to the page bottom and click on the NetKnots link for an easy to learn animated presentation.

Atlas of Oregon Lakes

If you fish lakes, this in an invaluable resource which shows detailed information. You’ll find ramps and depths which helps determine where the fish are located.

Fly Fishing Road Trips

I’ve been fortunate to travel and fish some beautiful spots. Usually, it’s 2 – 3 weeks fly fishing at a time. In addition, I’ve written about some local waters as well. I decided to create a Fly Fishing Road Trips page.


Other Links

Presentations

Here is the current offering of presentations available by RiverKeeper Flies for your fly club. PowerPoint presentations include the quality pictures you’re used to seeing on my RiverKeeper Flies website. 

Products

Here are some Products we use. Be sure to support your local fly shop first, but if you can’t find them, I’ve added a few links.


Fly Shop Gallery


About Me

I’ve been fly fishing and fly tying for a long time. I won’t call myself an expert, but I know a lot of things I hope will help you in your fly fishing journey.

How did I start fly fishing?

Read the rest of the story…

Fall Fishing | www.johnkreft.com

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