My Favorite Caddis Imitations

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 was rewarded…other days I sat a lot and watched the river. While waiting, I decided to look in the streamside vegetation to see if I could locate some bugs. I thought it…

What Fly Should I Use?

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. I arrived at the river and pulled out my backup Winston rod, an 8 1/2 foot 5 weight with my Ross Evolution LTX reel. Nice backup, right?

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

I continue to work on fly tying orders and head to the river to try my luck. Fishing has been a slow for me, which is normal in April. It’s one of the reasons I wrote If I Only Had Two Flies last week. I was reminiscing about hatches I’m looking forward to rising fish….

Wright’s Fluttering Caddis

Wright’s Fluttering Caddis

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Wright’s Fluttering Caddis. This is a fly that was recently brought to my attention by a customer asking me to tie some. I hadn’t heard of the fly before, but it’s similar to Buz Buszek’s Kings River Caddis below. The only real difference is the wing. Leonard Wright…

If I Only Had Two Dry Flies

If I Only Had Two Dry Flies

I’ve been at the fly tying bench lately working on orders. I’m currently tying a few Green Drake imitations. It got me thinking about three important hatches I’m really looking forward to this year…Green Drakes, Salmonflies & Golden Stones, and Caddis. Are you looking forward to a favorite hatch? Yes, my mind wanders a little…

Royal Stimulator TBT

Royal Stimulator TBT

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Royal Stimulator TBT. The Royal Stimulator is a fly I tied recently for a customer and thought is would be a good candidate for a TBT post. checked Randall Kaufmann’s Tying Dry Flies (1991) to see if the fly was listed. The fly pattern at the end…

Jumbo Flies

Jumbo Flies

I’ve been tying flies for customer orders and thought I’d share a few flies I’ve been working on. A recent customer asked if I could tie some jumbo flies for his grayling fishing. I was intrigued. The image above includes a “normal” size 14 soft hackle for comparison. I’ve used two feathers on each of…

Overton Wax

Overton Wax

This week’s Throw Back Thursday post is about Overton wax. If you aren’t a fly tyer, you might be wondering why I chose this item. I attended a Zoom fly tying class last week taught by my friends Gretchen and Al Beatty. Many of the flies they demonstrate utilize touch-dubbing, which they learned from Gary…

Practice Tying Your Knots

Practice Tying Your Knots

Did you practice tying your knots this winter? No, I didn’t either. I’ve been fishing a little and tying knots as usual when I change flies. But I did have to stop and think the first time I hit the water this year. Lucky for me, my muscle memory took over and I tied a…