Monthly Archives: September 2014

Thoughts from the Center of My Universe

125 miles SE of Center on the Lamar River

125 miles SE of Center on the Lamar River

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT
As a young teenager growing up in Southern California suburbia in the 1960s fishing wasn’t high on my list of things to do. Even so, as a family we’d make regular summer trips to the beach to fish off the piers for perch and swim in the surf and there was also an occasional trip into the Sierras where we dunked salmon eggs for hatchery rainbows. In retrospect, my dad was an inept angler, but he was enthusiastic and somehow instilled a spark in me that has flamed for over 50 years. more…

Tying Cornie’s Quill

Cornies Quill tied by Paul Beel

Cornies Quill tied by Paul Beel

Guest Blogger: Paul Beel Blogs @ FrankenFly
On July 18, 1959 a meeting was held at George Griffith’s cabin known as the “Barbless Hook.” The cabin sat on the Au Sable River in Michigan along a stretch known as the “Holy Waters.”

The meeting was called by George Mason and George Griffith to discuss the need for an organization that would help to preserve trout fishing for years to come. This organization became Trout Unlimited. Among those present were Lon Adams, Fred Bear, Earl Madsen, Art Neumann and Casey Westell, Jr.

Another fly fisherman present was Mr. Cornie Schrems of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Cornie was not a fly tyer himself. Instead, he had either Art Neumann or Dan Bailey tie the flies he fished. Art Neumann named a fly after him, called Cornie’s Quill. The fly was likely created in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s. It has become a very effective and classic dry fly which can be used throughout the season.

Materials list for Cornies Quill:
Hook: standard dry fly hook (JS Hook # 105)
Thread: Black, 6/0 (Danville 6/0 Flymaster)
Tail: Brown Hackle Fibers (Whiting 100’s Saddle Pack)
Wing: Mallard Flank Feathers, upright and divided (Mallard Flank Feathers)
Body: Stripped Peacock Herl (Strung Peacock Herl)
Hackle: Grizzly & Brown, mixed (Whiting 100’s Saddle Pack)

Easy as Cherry Pie

kline cherry 3Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT

Of the thousands of fly patterns available to today’s trout angler, many are productive throughout the season. The Adams, woolly bugger, pheasant tail nymph, copper john, sparkle dun and stimulator, for example, are generally just as effective in March as they are in October and throughout the season. If you can find feeding fish, these flies work. However some flies, just like cherry pie, are seasonal. Out here in Southwest Montana, my favorite seasonal fly is the foam hopper. Regardless of whether you are fishing a high mountain stream in a green meadow, the rough and tumble tributaries as they flow into the big valley streams or those big, wide valley rivers our region is famous for, in season, the foam hopper will produce. more…