Category Archives: Fly Fishing Tips

We Buy TVs With It, Why Not Tie Flies with It?

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

Recently several things came together in my mind about the role of “Contrast” in tying effective flies. The family was in the market for a new TV and as it had been eight years since the last one, we were quickly overwhelmed with the plethora of acronyms that describe today’s TV characteristics. One of those was “High Dynamic Range” or HDR. It was apparently a good thing for a TV to have. The greater than range of contrasts between the darkest and lightest parts of the picture makes it look more naturally like what humans see with their eyes. A few days later, my Autumn 2017 issue of Fly Tyer magazine showed up and it had two articles that prompted me to think more about contrasts in artificial flies. more…

The Kings and I

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

I’ve never been fishing in Alaska, or anywhere in the native range of the King Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). And unless I hit a big lottery jackpot I am unlikely to do so. However, my home near Philadelphia is about a five-hour drive from Pulaski, New York, which is arguably the King Salmon capital of the eastern United States. And by the way, the name of this town is pronounced to rhyme with “sky,” not “ski.” I have no idea why.

Pulaski’s economy revolves around the Salmon River, and the many fishing tourists who flock there in pursuit of the King Salmon, Coho Salmon, and Steelhead that come into the river from Lake Ontario each autumn on their annual spawning runs. In most years, the salmon run begins by early-September and ends in November. Steelhead enter the river throughout the fall and winter, heading back to the lake in early-May when water temperatures rise. There have been attempts, with limited success so far, to extend the fishing season by introducing Skamania-strain Steelhead, which are a summer-run fish, and Atlantic Salmon. more…

Rattle Their Cage

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

The Lateral Line is a system of sense organs found in aquatic vertebrates, used to detect movement, vibration, and pressure gradients in the surrounding water. The fish we routinely target have and depend on their lateral lines to detect and find food. Many flies, especially streamers and top water patterns, are specifically designed to “push or disturb water” in a way that most probably stimulates a fish’s lateral line. The Muddler Minnow, Dahlberg Diver or any fly with a large, stiff head pushes or displaces water when retrieved. That displacement is detectable by a fish’s lateral line. more…