This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Denny Rickard’s Callibaetis Nymph.
I started my fly fishing journey fishing rivers. As I ventured to new water, I was intimidated by lakes. I didn’t understand the structure and where the fish lived in them. But I was aware big fish lived in lakes!
My wife and I took a class about fishing lakes from Denny Rickards many years ago. He talked about the structure, how to retrieve a fly, and successful flies.
We purchased our first lake fly lines from him, a Cortland intermediate sinking line. He taught us how to use them.
I was impressed by the simple fly patterns he developed and their ability to catch fish. I purchased his book entitled Fly-Fishing Stillwaters for Trophy Trout (1997). Doesn’t the title say it all? Why wouldn’t I want to catch large, trophy trout?
Several of Denny’s fly patterns utilize Wood Duck in the fly. The tail and wingcase of this fly is a good example. The downside is the material is prone to break when a fish’s tooth breaks it. But it does work!
If you can find this book, buy it. Even though it’s 24 year’s old, it’s still has a lot of valuable information in it.
Here is his newest book, which might be available in your local fly shop. If not, here is the Amazon link.
I haven’t reviewed the book, but I’m sure it’s up to the same standard of the book shown above.
Tie up a few while you are waiting for the lakes to open later this year.
Enjoy…go fish, stay safe!
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