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Here’s Mud in Your Eye

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

This might seem an odd introduction to a fly tying blog, but trust me there’s a connection, albeit fanciful. Which of the following would you chose as the answer to this question?

What is the meaning of “Here’s mud in your eye!

1. It’s is a congratulatory drinking toast, similar to “bottoms up!

2. A phrase a jockey might use to encourage other riders to come in second or worse (the first horse kicks up mud, but doesn’t get any in their face.)

3. The story of a biblical miracle where Jesus cured a blind man by placing mud in his eyes. more…

Two Trout in a Riffle

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana
mctroutTwo middle age female trout were hanging out along the edge of a nice riffle on a cloudy fall morning. Mrs. Bow said to Mrs. Brown, “Aren’t these Caramel Macchiato Baetis nymphs just delightful? It’s a shame they only serve them on cloudy days.” Mrs. Brown replied. “But I like cloudy days, I feel so much more comfortable and at home in the riffle when it’s cloudy, especially when there’s this almost limitless helpings of these delicious baetis.” “Well”, said Mrs. Bow, “It sure looks like you’ve been snacking when I wasn’t around as you’ve definitely put on some weight. But, it looks good, you’re carrying it well. Are you expecting?” “Of course, you know it’s that time of year where Milt comes around and does his thing. He’s pretty picky about the Redd and I’ve got to keep my energy up.” “When’s the blessed event?” “Well according to my biological clock, the national weather service, NOAA and mother nature, I suspect I’ll have the Redd done by mid-October. Milt’s been hanging around a lot lately, plus all the pretentious young browns have been bugging me as well.” Mrs. Bow remarked “Isn’t Milt jealous, doesn’t he chase the young ones away?” “Of course, but he doesn’t really get aggressive until I am on the Redd, then watch out, he’ll attack anything that comes close. He’s such a sweetheart.” more…

A Brief Guide To Terrestrial Insects – Part 3

Guest Blogger: Mary S. Kuss, Life-long avid angler, licensed PA fishing guide, founder of the Delaware Valley Women’s Fly Fishing Association

(NOTE: You can find Part 1 and Part 2 of this post here.) Many anglers don’t start fishing terrestrial patterns until early summer, once the heavy aquatic hatches of the spring season have dwindled. But terrestrials are available to the fish much earlier than that, and if no hatch is evident they can be an excellent choice, particularly on heavily fished waters. As soon as you start seeing insects in your yard and garden, you should consider fishing terrestrial patterns. They will be productive well into the fall. Because fish get so attuned to feeding on terrestrials throughout such a long season, imitations will continue to produce for a week or two after the first frosts of autumn have killed off most of the naturals.

When you don’t have any obvious clues about what terrestrial pattern to choose, take your best guess and give it a fair try. If you get some interest from the fish but no hook-ups, it’s an indication that you’re close but don’t quite have it right. You might try the same fly a size or two smaller. Make sure that your tippet is appropriate for the fly you’re using, and that it’s long enough to provide a good, drag-free presentation. If there’s no interest at all, try something completely different. It’s a good general principle in fly fishing that if what you’re doing doesn’t produce a positive result within 20 minutes or so, change something—different location, different fly, or different approach and presentation. more…