Hares Ear Nymph | www.johnkreft.com

Hares Ear Nymph

This week’s TBT fly is the Hares Ear Nymph. It’s an old pattern and usually one of the first flies taught to beginner fly tyers. For some reason, many fly fishers start fishing this fly and…

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Cate's Turkey | www.johnkreft.com

Cates Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Since it is Thanksgiving, my wife thought is appropriate this week’s TBT would be the Cates Turkey. I tied one years ago on Thanksgiving. It was developed by Jerry Cate in the…

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November snow | www.johnkreft.com

Back to Fly Tying

Seasons have definitely changed! I’m back to fly tying. It seems like it was just fall and I was fishing several days per week. We had close to two feet of snow in a couple of…

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Parachute Adams|www.johnkreft.com

Parachute Adams

This week’s TBT fly is the Parachute Adams. I’m sure you’ve used this highly effective fly. It originally was known as a Gyro fly and sold by William Mills & Son of New York. I’ve…

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Peacock Eye | www.johnkreft.com

Magic Fly Materials – Peacock and Grizzly

There are two fly tying materials I have confidence in – peacock and grizzly hackle. For some reason, they catch fish. I just like the multiple colors of each material. Whether you are tying your…

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Golden Butterfly | www.johnkreft.com

Golden Butterfly

Here’s my first attempt at a classic Atlantic Salmon Fly – the Golden Butterfly (1810 version). I tie dozens and dozens of trout flies, but nothing like this. I’ve got some work to do!

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RiverKeeper October Caddis | www.johnkreft.com

Fish a Hopper-Dropper Fly Rig

Do you fish a hopper-dropper fly rig? It’s a method of fly fishing which utilizes a large fly that can be seen (think strike indicator) and tying a dropper to the bend of the hook. The…

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Light Cahill | www.johnkreft.com

Light Cahill

I’m starting to read Tying Catskill Style Dry Flies by Mike Valla and thought of a Catskill fly I tied years ago. This Light Cahill is from a class taught by Dave McNeese. Perfect for…

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Plate of flies | www.johnkreft.com

Seasons Change

November 1st is a time when seasons change for me. I just finished tying 100 dozen flies for the year. Whew! Finally got ‘em done. Wasn’t sure if I would meet my goal this year. Had…

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Rainbow & $3 Dip | www.johnkreft.com

Serendipity and $3 Dip

The Serendipity and $3 Dip, originally known as the $3 Bridge Serendipity are effective patterns to have in your fly box. I posted the following picture on my RiverKeeper Flies Facebook recently to share its effectiveness… …and received a…

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