Monthly Archives: December 2015

The Back Bend

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT

My first bend back pattern

My first bend back pattern

You might think “The Bend Back” is some esoteric, magical cast that guarantees long, accurate casts each and every time you try it. Or it’s a great exercise to get ready for a long season of fishing. Wrong, “Bend Backs” are really just a somewhat obscure type of fly, unless you are a regular Florida Keys angler. I was introduced to “Bend Backs” about 15 years ago when I first got the opportunity to fish in the Tampa Bay, Sarasota area for redfish and snook. For many years, TMC had a hook model called 411S. The 411S was essentially an 811S with the 1st 20% of the shank bent approximately 15 degrees up and away from the hook point. Unfortunately, TMC discontinued the “Bend Back” hook so now you’ve pretty much got to do the bending on your own. more…

My Dad and the Irrational Joy of Creating Stuff

Guest Blogger: Mike Vorhis, Fly Fisher & Author, FreeFlight Publishing

Image 1__Top_ViewWith apologies to my father and hero, still hale and hearty at 92, sharp as a #24 Signature Mustad, and headed well past the century mark, this article is not about him.

Here’s a ‘dad pattern I dreamed up. I looked at photos of many other crawdad imitations, applied my primary requirements to the project, imagined what stuff I had to tie on & in what order, and then stuck a hook in the vise. more…

Whether It Is Better to Twitch or Strip?

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Always Looking to Learn from the Rivers

A 14" brown caught twitching (he was almost a meal for an eagle!)

A 14″ brown caught twitching (he was almost a meal for an eagle!)

Trout season ended last week. I made it a point to end the season on my favorite river.

The sun was just about to peek over the horizon as I faced a big decision. There was no question where I would start fishing. The only question was how. Should I put on a big streamer and aggressively strip or resort to twitching?

Truthfully, pitching big heavy streamers and stripping them makes my shoulder ache just thinking about it. On the other hand, that can be an extremely effective way to cover water looking for big fish. I definitely had big fish on my mind – but decided to twitch as the fish had been particularly lethargic the past two outings. more…