Monthly Archives: July 2015

Not Just for Beginners – Setting Up Your Rod & Reel

DWWFFGuest Blogger: Mary Kuss. All Photos: Rabbit Jensen. Both Mary and Rabbit are avid fly fishers and leaders in the Delaware Valley Women’s Fly Fishing Association.

Most of us are familiar with a certain very popular series of books, with black and yellow covers. These books have a title that implies that they can teach even a “dummy” how to do whatever the subject in question might be. I think there’s even a book in this series on fly fishing. I can’t jam even a modestly-sized book’s worth of information into this article, but if you’re a fly fisher just starting out I think I can give you a few tips that will make the early days of your journey a lot easier. Intermediate-level fly fishers may even learn a few new tricks.

The complexity of fly fishing becomes quickly apparent to anyone who takes up the sport. It’s very easy to become daunted and discouraged. Part of the problem is that many people who write books or produce other fly fishing instructional materials have been fly fishing long enough that they have lost the beginner’s perspective. They tend to take for granted and omit a lot of things that are so obvious to them that they don’t seem to bear mentioning. Yet these seemingly insignificant bits of information can be a total mystery to someone with no fly fishing background. more…

Fly Fishing in Paradise, Part Four

Figure 13 - Merced_Below_GorgeGuest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, Fly Fisher & Author, FreeFlight Publishing

Yosemite Valley itself, handiwork of the noble Merced River, is a feast for any senses to which one might be a slave. To get one’s head around the impossibility of the monstrous stone walls, and to try to imagine what a cupful of water must think when it comes quite unexpectedly to the brink of a three thousand foot freefall, can leave one at a loss to describe or understand. And few visitors give thought to the equally enrapturing world beneath the waterline; but a fly fisherman’s mind goes immediately to that image. more…

Three Great Wet Flies For Summer

Guest Blogger: Steve Culton

Taking a leisurely wade while swinging a team of wet flies is one of summer’s most pleasant angling experiences. The cool of the river envelopes your legs, acting as a salve against the stifling heat. Even though there may be no visible hatch activity, you can always expect to catch trout – even in the middle of a bright, sunny day. The swung wet fly draws out the more aggressive fish that are waiting to ambush a rogue emerger or a drowned terrestrial.

Here are three high-confidence wet flies that get a lot of playing time on my team of three. From top dropper to middle dropper to point fly on my leader, the Squirrel and Ginger; the Drowned Ant soft-hackle; and the Hackled March Brown spider. They are fairly simple ties, and you can find all the materials at J. Stockard. Best of all, they are proven fish-catchers.

culton Squirrel & GingerThe Squirrel and Ginger

Hook: TMC 2457, size 12

Thread: Hot Orange

Body: Ginger Angora goat

Rib: Green Krystal flash

Hackle: Fox squirrel fur