Monthly Archives: April 2015

Tying Simple Hoppers – The Slim Jim

hoppers 1. Materials (1)Guest Blogger: Eunan Hendron, Eunan blogs at Addicted to Vise

Frequently I take up a challenge to tie a fly out of my traditional comfort zone; a situation usually afforded me by my participation in fly swaps. These hoppers are the result of that very situation.

I agreed to enter a top water fly swap, and not really being a traditional dry fly tyer, I went in search of some inspiration. I landed on a neat pattern called the Slim Jim, which is a foam hopper and decided that was the one for me.

Off I went to the J Stockard catalog and searched out the materials. I bought the entire line of Furry Foam, some hopper/caddis/ant body cutters from River Road Creations, and with an already full inventory of 2mm foam sheets at home, I set about making the bodies. more…

Firehole Fly Box – Part II – Fishing the River

Heavy grass beds abound in the Firehole

Heavy grass beds abound in the Firehole

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT

Firehole Fly Box (discussed in my previous post) in hand, what’s my approach to this storied river. The Firehole is unusual in the sense that for the most part, it is a river that runs over solid volcanic bedrock and doesn’t have large concentrations of loose rock or cobble and few large boulders. From Biscuit Basin all the way to Firehole Canyon, long sections of the river contain extensive mounds of aquatic weeds rooted in muddy soil. Those weeds and their long flowing tops provide cover for trout from one side of the river to the other and make traditional nymphing with an indicator nearly impossible. I am always surprised by how many anglers try anyway.

In the more wooded areas of the river, deadfall provides a lot of streamside cover for trout. more…