I’ve been prospecting with my dry flies recently and don’t have much to show for my time on the water. I fished last week and noticed small mayflies, probably size 20 – 22 Blue Wing Olives, floating downstream. A couple of fish rose sporadically. But drifting a fly over them didn’t produce even a look. I continued watching the water hoping for more rises. Another rise…once. I call that consistently sporadic. Yes, it’s a technical term I use for fish in my local waters. Slow fishing and looking out the window at my snowy landscape means I’m spending more time tying flies than fishing.

John on Metolius | www.riverkeeperflies.com

I’ve been at the vise working on a fly tying order for a good friend headed to Argentina in early January. It turns out many of my favorite dry flies work there too!

He sent me a list of the recommended flies which I reviewed. We sat down last week and went through the list. I told him I could tie most of them, but I looked at the fly profile and recommended reliable flies we both fish with great success. The X Caddis was at the top of the list.

I just finished six dozen X Caddis flies in tan, gray, and olive brown.

6 Dozen X Caddis | www.riverkeeperflies.com

He asked me to tie a dozen each, but since I had the materials out, I decided to tie another dozen for the provider box.

We fish a lot of X Caddis in July on the Madison River. Turns out the trout really like them!

Madison River Rainbow with X Caddis | www.johnkreft.com

If you need a little nudge to tie a fly or two, here is a link to my RiverKeeper Flies YouTube Channel where I demonstrate how to tie the fly.

Next fly to tie…a Cicada imitation.

See you soon!

Fishing on a Fall Day | www.riverkeeperflies.com

Enjoy…go fish!

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  1. John:
    Did you notice the midge in the fishes mouth on the pic above? Cool! When you post pics of you fishing on the Metolious, I always try to figure out where you are cause I love fishing that river, but seldom, if ever, catch anything! In this photo, I think you are below the hatchery. Tight lines.

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