Monthly Archives: October 2014

Tying the Evolution™ Mayfly Clinger

MayflyClinger cropFlymen Fishing continues to expand their innovative line of fly tying products. And, just in time for tying season, their NEW Evolution™ Tungsten Beads are available in a variety of styles, sizes and colors. Flymen is introducing a series of new flies featuring these new beads including the Evolution™ Mayfly Clinger. This simple Hare’s Ear style nymph pattern is designed to imitate mayfly clinger nymphs. It is tied using a modern hare’s ear blended dubbing and an Evolution™ Mayfly Clinger & Crawler Tungsten Bead to imitate the broad, flat profile typical of these nymphs.

Use these Mayfly Clinger Tying Instructions to tie your own fly before they are even available from Flymen Fishing and get all the materials you need @ J. Stockard:

Hook: Standard Nymph Hook 2XL
Bead: Evolution Mayfly Clinger & Crawler
Thread: Choose VEEVUS, UNI or Danville
Wire: Lead‐Wire
Rib: Ultra Wire
Abdomen & Thorax: Hareline Hare’s Ear PLUS Dubbing
Tail & Wingcase: Pheasant Tail

Classic Trout Fin Wet Flies

trout fin kineoGuest Blogger: Eunan Hendron, Eunan blogs @ Addicted to Vise
Trout Fin Flies accurately represent the pectoral (and other) fins of, in my opinion, the most beautiful of the trout species, Salvelinus fontinalis, the veritable Brook Trout. In times of told, fishermen used to clip the fins off brook trout and impale them on hooks as bait. I suppose as time went on, the ingenuity of the fly fisherman took over and he developed wet flies to imitate the brook trout fin using dyed feathers. When I first saw these flies, I was immediately enamored with them, and since then I’ve tied them many times over, for myself and for other collectors. more…

Counting Fish – Montana’s Fishing Log Program

counting fish 1Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman MT
It’s a common set of questions in our fly fishing world. How was the fishing? How many did you catch? How big?, what kind?, where? Of course we provide answers—exaggerations, understatements, misinformation and occasionally the truth. In fact, truthful answers to these questions are useful to those who are charged with managing the resource. As early as 1951, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks used angler’s logs to help manage fisheries in the state. Mandated assessments of water quality and research on Whirling Disease have benefited from data collected from angler’s logs. Today there’s a formal Fishing Log Program where anglers from around the state maintain a record of their catches in a small waterproof log provided by the department. Collected at the end of each season, the data from the logs is compiled into a comprehensive summary detailing the collective fishing activity of those participating in the program. I’ve been keeping a Montana Fishing Log since 2009 and have my logs for each year since. The department returns the logs to anglers each January with a new, empty log for the coming season. Even visiting out of state anglers are encouraged to participate.