Monthly Archives: September 2016

Plecoptra –The Stoneflies

By Walter Siegmund (talk) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

By Walter Siegmund (talk) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Guest Blogger: Clay Cunningham, Cody WY, Former National Park Superintendent

I am primarily a nymph fisherman. I fish all the well known nymph patterns that many fishermen have used, because aquatic insects in their development stages under water make up the highest percentage of trout food sources. Among my favorites are the stoneflies. Stoneflies require highly oxygenated water and their presence in any stream or river is a bio-indicator that the water is uncontaminated and oxygenated. The oxygenation is a result of swift water absorbing oxygen through its rapid runoff motion. Most stoneflies nymphs breathe through their skin, or through wispy filaments on the side of their segmented body. Therefore, stoneflies cannot survive in motionless water . They cannot absorb oxygen in a motionless environment. more…

Fly Fishing Roads

Guest Blogger: Phil Rispin, fly fisher, photographer & more, find Phil’s photography here

In graduate school I got the opportunity to teach a basic statistics course while performing my duties as a TA or teaching assistant at Penn State University. I’ve always enjoyed numbers and what they can tell us so it was natural to start applying statistical concepts or formulas to my fly fishing. My favorite one is as follows “The size and number of fish in the stream goes up as a function of distance from the parking lot.” In fact I’ve even been able to identify a distance from the parking lot within which most of the fishermen can be found and that is two miles. If you have the patience to get two miles or further from the parking lot you are most likely to be rewarded with large amounts of relatively unused trout stream. more…

A Photo-Negative Phly?

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

Here’s a pattern I made up awhile back, just as a lark (although not made from one), that seems to entice takes when my other go-to flies do not. Since it seems wrong from a color scheme perspective but still draws strikes, I *almost* have a theory that it could appear like an “optical inversion” of common aquatic insects, and that this may confuse or appeal strangely to trout. After all, who knows what the brains of creatures who detect UV light will register? We don’t know exactly what their imaging system “sees.” Anyway that’s just one theory, and you know what theories are worth.

I tend to tie this fly “in the round,” for a ratty, buggy look, and I use longer than normal tail and soft hackle fibers. I’ve tried tying these same colors into a more precise and concise nymph shape, but by far my best luck has been with the wild-and-wooly ultra-long-hackle look. more…