Monthly Archives: June 2014

Amadou & CDC – Getting Your Flies Dry

amadou-fly-dryer-large-best-hareline cropFrom Guest Blogger: Jeff Jordon

I have always had issues with flies tied with CDC. They are beautiful and float like a dream until a dreaded riffle swamps the fly. Now drenched, I retrieve it and begin the ritual of drying – by rubbing it on my shirt, blowing on it – thinking I’ve done an effective job. I then put it my desiccant, shake it and await the results. What appears is my former nice looking fly, now matted with desiccant caked into the CDC.

A friend of mine suggested the ‘Amadou Patch’. I’m sorry, I replied, I thought you said fungus… more…

Why I Fly Fish

J. Stockard recommends this post from James Belekanich of

why I fish james bOften I find myself attempting to balance conventional fishing and fly fishing.  As a passionate angler, I enjoy both equally but lately, I tend to grab my fly rod over my baitcaster when I head out to fish.  Which begs the question, why is fly fishing slowly winning my heart and why is it more enjoyable than conventional fishing?

Read James’ complete post @ Why I Fly Fish.

Prince Nymph – Prepare for Battle

prince nymph 2From Guest Blogger: John D. Lemont, Esq.

What a fantastic fly is the Prince Nymph.  Streamline but buggy.  Sharp and angry yet beauty shines through in its simplicity.  Generally considered an attractor but clearly displaying traits in line with a stone. Size 16 and 18 have produced for me over the years.  They are particularly effective in the early season on brookies in the northeast and rainbows in the west, although a brown or two has occasionally fell victim.   Use a tungsten bead and some fine lead wire to get down to the deeper feeding zones.   The red throat is a key element of the design which is emphasized in European styles.  Jungle cock soft hackle can make a statement. Tie up a few dozen and get ready to battle.