Monthly Archives: April 2016

Flies for Yellowstone and Eastern Streams

trout flies 2Guest Blogger: Clay Cunningham, Cody, WY, retired National Park Superintendent

These are the patterns of flies that are most likely to appear on both the trout streams of the eastern United States and the Rocky Mountain rivers and streams. Quite a few fishermen from the east make the trip west to fish the Yellowstone country, which is why I have included the patterns that are the most productive for both regions. You would be well prepared in both regions with the patterns listed. Depending on the particular geographic location of the stream (southern, central or northern locations), the makeup of the stream bottom; large and small rocks, silts, decaying foliage, water temperature, mineral content (limestone enhances insect populations), and the time of year are all factors influencing the presence and timing of a particular species of insects that could be present or hatching.
If you are a fly tier and have a computer you can usually find the patterns for these flies with an internet search. One of the best books for every pattern is Dave Hughes’ Trout Flies, The Tier’s Reference. All the flies I list here are well known to fly shop owners. They should be able to supply them if you buy your flies. more…

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Even small soft hackles can be tied on tubes

Even small soft hackles can be tied on tubes

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

Like all things Latin, tube flies were a mystery to me until I started gathering up some materials and tying them. Apart from just learning how to tie tube flies, my goal was to create a decent selection of flies suitable for our SW Montana trout (and maybe a few for Puget Sound cutthroat). This really meant adapting most of the patterns I already use to the tube fly style. Of course it is still a work in progress but as the title of this post reflects, as a novice tube fly tier, I have developed a few initial observations that may prove useful to others. For the moment, we will have to leave the question as to whether tube flies provide any significant advantage on the water for the trout angler over traditional hook based flies. Many tube fly enthusiasts claim they do, but until I can test out some tube flies on the water, I cannot claim any advice one way or the other. Although there are ample suppliers of tube fly materials online (J. Stockard included), tube fly supplies aren’t that prevalent in brick and mortar fly shops and retailers, so despite claimed advantages, this style of tying isn’t mainstream as far as I can tell. more…

Fly Fishing Saved My Life

Guest Blogger: Leroy Dickey, Manchester NH

I entered my doctor’s office this morning with not a single thought of people that touch our lives, feeling that I didn’t have time to worry about my health because everyone in my life was depending upon my me for their success – with absolutely no regard for my physical and mental health.  Deadlines to meet, careers at stake and customers facing shutdowns…several million dollars at stake if I did not come through.

Thanks to one special Physician’s Assistant, Bonnie, whose father is surely looking upon from heaven with more joy than we are capable of imagining, my perception quickly changed as I began to think how people touch our lives.  First, she not only read the chart from my last visit, but also recalled personal conversations that I had long since put behind me.   Most importantly, she listened.  Not simply to the words projecting from my mouth, but truly listened with an open heart, which enabled her to see the whole [entire] message that I was conveying.  A message that I, myself did not realize was there. more…