It’s the last Thursday of the year and I thought it was appropriate to share a few of my favorite Throw Back Thursday Flies for 2021 on RiverKeeper Flies. I hope you liked them as much as I did!

In case you missed the flies and their stories, just click on the fly’s name to learn more.

Roy Steenrod’s Light Hendrickson – February 2021

Light Hendrickson Flies |

Adams Fly Pattern History – April 2021

Adams TBT |

Dave’s Hopper Fly Pattern – June 2021

Dave's Hopper Flies |

Stranahan’s Olive Brindle Chute – July 2021

Stranahan's Olive Brindle Chute |

Improved Governor – September 2021

Improved Governor |

Bergman’s Yankee – September 2021

Bergman's Yankee |

Stalcup’s CDC Emerging Dun – Green Drake – September 2021

CDC Emerging Dun - Green Drake |

Atherton flies – For some reason, the Atherton series of dry flies really spoke to me this year. I like the classic dry fly style and am still working hard to tie them in a consistent way.

Here’s looking forward to a safe and prosperous New Year!

Enjoy…go fish, stay safe!

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    1. Hi John

      No, I don’t. I select flies who speak to me and try to provide examples from the past. Turns out I seem to fish fewer and fewer flies.


  1. An honor to have one of my patterns included among these classics – thanks for the recognition, John.
    When I see RiverKeeper entries in my email, it’s always brings a pleasant “Oh boy!” response – especially on Throwback Thursday. Your photos and remembrances of some of my favorite waters, from Montana to the Metolious, are always a treat.
    Best to you and Karen this coming year, and although the shop will no longer be there I won’t be that hard to find. Stay in touch – we’re overdue for some fishing.
    – Chuck Stranahan

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