Seven Years

Seven Years

Seven years ago this week, I shared my first post on RiverKeeper Flies. Actually, my wife is the one responsible. She encouraged me to start a website. Little did I know then where my journey would take me. Initially, I thought it was a way to organize the fly pattern sheets I used and always…

Disco Midge TBT

Disco Midge TBT

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Disco Midge TBT. The Disco Midge is a very simple fly to tie and one I found in Ed Engle’s Tying Small Flies (2004). He writes it was developed on the Frying Pan River in Colorado. There are variants which utilize synthetic materials for the body. I…

New Look for RiverKeeper Flies

New Look for RiverKeeper Flies

It’s been 7 years since I started RiverKeeper Flies and a lot has changed technology-wise in that time. I decided it was time for a new look for RiverKeeper Flies. In addition, this update with my new Kadence WordPress theme is designed to smoothly adjust its layout based on your screen size and resolution. This improvement…

Dark Hendrickson

Dark Hendrickson

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Dark Hendrickson. I hope you read last week’s TBT post about Roy Steenrod’s Light Hendrickson fly pattern. I thought the Dark Hendrickson was an appropriate fly to highlight this week.

Diversity of Flies I Tie

Diversity of Flies I Tie

One of the things I really enjoy about tying flies are the diversity of the flies I tie. The flies that came off my vice in the last week or so highlight this point. From a size 18 Improved Sparkle Dun BWO to the classic Catskill Quill Gordon and Light Hendrickson or a 2/0 saltwater…

Using Wood Duck, Mallard, and Teal Feathers for Fly Tying

Using Wood Duck, Mallard, and Teal Feathers for Fly Tying

I enjoy tying flies with natural materials. A plethora of man-made materials have been introduced in recent years and all make very effective flies. I’m not suggesting all-natural flies catch more fish. There’s just something esthetically pleasing to my eye. I enjoy using Wood Duck, Mallard, and Teal feathers for fly tying. As a fly…

How to Carry a Landing Net

How to Carry a Landing Net

Last week I wrote about How to Choose Between Vests and Packs for Fly Fishing. The next logical question is how to carry a landing net? In fact, I received a couple comments about nets from that post. I’ll share some thoughts and practices that have or haven’t worked for me. Let me know if I missed something.

Ken Morrish Hopper

Ken Morrish Hopper

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Ken Morrish Hopper. I recently listened to a podcast from Wet Fly Swing where Dave Stewart interviewed Ken Morrish. In the podcast, Ken talked about developing the fly in 2010. Knowing how deadly the fly imitates a grasshopper, I was astounded that Idylwilde Flies passed on the…