October Caddis|www.johnkreft.com

October Caddis

Summer’s over. It’s Fall and the weather is just beginning to turn. My wife doesn’t like hearing that. But what does that mean to a fly fisher? Well, October is just around the corner and…

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Matts Fur | www.johnkreft.com

Matts Fur

Here is a Matts Fur fly I tied and fished in the 1970’s. Found it in Kaufmann’s Tying Nymphs book which was my bible in those days.  It still works! Use it for a Golden…

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Water Window | www.johnkreft.com

Fly Casting to Windows

Fly casting to windows? You probably think I’ve lost my mind. What am I talking about? Have you ever really looked and studied the water when you are waiting for fish to rise? Notice how…

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Adams - Original | www.johnkreft.com


TBT again! Here is one of my classic Adams flies I tied many years ago. My tribute to Len Halladay who originated the fly in the summer of 1922. In some of my research, I…

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Nymph Box | www.johnkreft.com

What Nymphs Should I Use?

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog entitled New to Fly Fishing? What Flies Should I Use? It was my way of suggesting a dozen dry flies to start filling your fly box. And for…

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Metolius Rainbow | www.johnkreft.com

Recent Changes

OK, let’s see if I can get your attention… Metolius River Rainbow Nice rainbow, huh? We’ve been catching fish on $3 Dip, RiverKeeper Soft Hackle Cripple, Beetle Bailey, and an occasional Elk Hair Caddis. Now…

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Zug Bug | www.johnkreft.com

Zug Bug

Zug Bug is the next fly for Thow Back Thursday. I tied it on an old Mustad 3906 hook. This fly was created by Cliff Zug in the 1930s. It was one of a handful…

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Improved Chaos Hopper | www.johnkreft.com

Hopper Fly Patterns

Yes, it’s that time of year. It’s time to pull out your hopper fly patterns and start fishing them. What are your favorite patterns?  My favorite hopper fly patterns have changed over the years as…

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Tied Down Caddis | www.johnkreft.com

Tied Down Caddis

Here’s a little twist for Throw Back Thursday. I’m doing it with older flies. Why not? This fly is a Tied Down Caddis. It’s one of the first flies I used over 40 years ago….

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My Old Flies | www.johnkreft.com

My First Flies

Do you remember the first flies you used when you began fly fishing? I remember some of my first flies. Oh my, that was years ago! Let’s see…there were the Woolly Worm, Zug Bug, and Hare’s Ear….

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