Lawson’s Caddis Emerger

Lawson’s Caddis Emerger

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Mike Lawson’s Caddis Emerger. This is another one of Mike Lawson’s flies I picked up at Henry’s Fork Anglers on a recent fly fishing road trip. I asked the guys working behind the counter if they could point out a few flies Mike developed. I purchased several of…

Ready for October Caddis?

Ready for October Caddis?

It’s late September and October will be here before we know it. Can you believe Summer is almost over? I just finished a fly order for some October Caddis and that got me thinking about checking my fly boxes to see if I have enough flies for myself! Are you ready for October Caddis? I was…

Caddis Time

Caddis Time

It’s the middle of summer and that means it’s caddis time. Yes, all those spots are caddis…thousands and thousands of them. You might recognize this image a little better.

Purple Serendipity

Purple Serendipity

This week’s post presents Serendipity fly variations, including my favorite, the $3 Dip. If you are a regular here at RiverKeeper Flies, you have seen pictures of the $3 Dip as well as a few pics of the fly in a fish or two.  Last week at our fly club’s Winter Fly Tying class, one of…

Preparing for October Caddis

Preparing for October Caddis

It might be a little early to begin talking about and preparing for October Caddis, but while fishing last week, we happened to see a large number of caddis cases … big caddis cases … attached to a rock partially submerged in the water. It looked as though someone had collected all of them and…

June Fly Box

June Fly Box

Perhaps you saw last week’s post entitled Fishing the Lower Deschutes. I drifted the river twice last week. My fly box was full of Salmonfly and Golden Stonefly imitations. So I returned to my home river today and found many more PMD’s hatching and thought I better get my June fly box in order. Where…

Mother’s Day Caddis

Mother’s Day Caddis

The Mother’s Day Caddis hatch is well-known and can be amazing to see. And it’s right around the corner. Yes, all those dots in the picture are caddis flying over the water! Thousands and thousands of American Grannom (Brachycentrus occidentalis) hatch at this time of year. These caddis are the ones building square-shaped cases you…

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…

McKenzie Caddis Wet Fly

McKenzie Caddis Wet Fly

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the McKenzie Caddis Wet Fly. This is the companion fly to last week’s TBT fly – the McKenzie Caddis Dry Fly. As I mentioned in last week’s post, I found these fly patterns from the Caddis Fly Shop in Eugene, OR probably in the 1980’s. These caddis flies…