Monthly Archives: May 2016

Lake Michigan River Run Kings

006Guest Blogger: Perry Morrison aka Montana Guy Flies

I was raised in Montana with a fly pole in my hand. Shortly after moving to Wisconsin I was, by a friend, introduced to the October run of salmon into the Root River in Racine Wisconsin. I immediately purchased an 8 weight fly rod with reel and scoured the internet for ideas for flies to tie. I tried everything from egg patterns to stone fly patterns. I came up with a very simple pattern to tie that works great for the river run Kings and Browns. Using large sparkle chenille in black with green I made the bodies. The one thing that I have found the color of the chenille is not what determines the aggressive strikes but the clear sparkle crazy legs I tie into the body are what drives the fish crazy. I use this in a two fly combination with an egg pattern or stonefly pattern as the bottom fly. I weight the stoneflies enough to get them down quick. I tie most of the patterns on a #4 TMC 7999 steelhead/salmon hook. I have tied different egg patterns using Cactus Chenille in orange, pink, and chartreuse. With these patterns I have added both the clear and shrimp colored crazy legs. I have found these patterns also to be very successful. These patterns work on steelhead as well and big brown trout. Thank you J. Stockard for having such a wide variety of fly tying materials to chose from. Only problem is I am running out of space on the wall to hang everything. To all my fellow fly tiers and fisherman give these a try in your neck of the woods you may be pleasantly surprised.

Fly Rods

Guest Blogger: Clay Cunningham, Cody, Wyoming, retired National Park Superintendent

orvis fit and fineI own three fly rods that most outdoor writers and many fly fishermen would agree are among the leading names in the fly rod industry. One is a Sage eight and one-half foot, five weight, that I built from a blank in 1997, one is a Winston eight foot, four weight that I bought from Winston in 2004, they build them in Twin Bridges, Montana, and one is an Orvis seven foot, nine inch, Far and Fine, five weight that I built from a blank in 1973. more…

The River Will Teach You: “Bobber Fly Fishing”

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury MN

This technique was developed out of a dire need. Everyone agreed that spring 2015 was one of the toughest ever for catching trout in our area. No one was catching or even seeing many fish on my two favorite rivers. Tried and true methods from past years failed completely. I had not been skunked in years. It took me four outings to hook and land my first trout.

Obviously, something had changed. I was befuddled and frustrated as I was watching the river while eating a sandwich on the bridge next to my parking spot. After a couple of minutes an over twenty inch brown slowly inched its way out of the bridge’s shadow and moved up to a holding spot in over five feet of water. Spell bound I watched as the fish started moving sharply to either side or up. Each move was followed by an open mouth and returning to the holding spot. The fish was feeding on nymphs! I watched for several minutes astounded by the flurry of activity by such a large fish. more…