Salmonfly Season

Salmonfly Season

I’ve heard it’s time. The first few big bugs are just beginning to hatch. Salmonfly season is here! These are the biggest bugs of the season (I tie flies as large as size 4 to imitate them) and this hatch is much anticipated by many fly fishers. The image above is of an adult breaking…

Kaufmann’s Stonefly Nymph

Kaufmann’s Stonefly Nymph

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Kaufmann’s Stonefly Nymph. Kaufmann’s Stonefly Nymph was created by Randall Kaufmann in the early 1990’s. I first found the fly in the classic book entitled Tying Nymphs (1994) by Kaufmann. It was listed as the Kaufmann Golden Stone, Rubber Legs. The write-up described the Golden Stone version, along with the…

May Fly Box

May Fly Box

Wow! The weather has changed dramatically this week. The forecast shows 81 degrees on Thursday. The anticipation of some major hatches is very exciting and I decided I have to get a May fly box ready for the river. This is what I hope to catch. I’ve found the fish to be a little more…

Rosborough Dark Stone

Rosborough Dark Stone

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Rosborough Dark Stone Nymph. I found the fly on display at the International Federation of Fly Fishers Museum in Livingston, MT and took this picture of the Rosborough Dark Stone Nymph through the glass display in a dark room. I think it turned out quite well. It was…

Montana Fly Box

Montana Fly Box

Over the last few weeks, I’ve written about our Montana Road Trip where we fished the Madison, Depuy Spring Creek, Stillwater, and Slough Creek & the Lamar. I thought I’d provide a summary of the effective flies we used in our┬áMontana fly box. When selecting flies, I always try to imitate the insects I think…

Girdle Bug

Girdle Bug

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Girdle Bug. Frank McGinnis of Anaconda, Montana is credited with developing the Girdle Bug, sometimes call a McGinnis Rubberlegs. The fly was first fished on the Big Hole River in the 1930’s and 1940’s. You might recognize this fly if it used a variegated chenille body and…