Monthly Archives: December 2017

Fly of the Month – Nome’s Nuisance

J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Nome Buckman, Portland, ME. Fly tying instructor, guide & educator. You can find her @ReelNorthLLC and on Facebook & Instagram

After an accidental one fly day  – I left all my fly boxes out to dry and out of eyesight – I had one fly on my patch when arriving at the river.  It was a very sad slump buster that did not start out all that great looking with my beginner’s hands – longer streamer hook, too lazy to put in the wire to matuka the bunny properly and so on.  It not only lasted my one day of fishing, it also landed some nice trout. It quickly became one of my ‘go to’ guide flies.  I took the best parts of a slumpbuster and matuka style flies to create a highly versatile, but very effective baitfish pattern.  I’ve found this pattern to be just as useful in larger sizes in the salt as well as in freshwater. more…

Take It To The Limit

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

It occurred to me in that genius zone between sleep and wakefulness how ridiculous it is to forever seek a false balance in fly design–a balance sought through extreme measures. This quest for the perfect shade of dubbing, the perfect hue of feather, the most endangered creature’s newly sprouted whiskers–we have this silly notion that gentle nuance can be found somewhere in Nature if only we look for it with frenetic haste and a hammer. And so we poke our noses and rake our clumsy hamhocks through the very corners of the globe, deep in the gooey ooze of rainforest marshlands and under rocks that are buried under other rocks that are themselves beneath volcanoes or pinned between slabs of polar ice, hoping to find that which is…moderate, that which is…subtle, that which is…harmonious. more…

Simple Flies – Hidalgo’s Flash Minnow

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

When you go through your pattern books, you end up tying a lot of flies that either don’t work well or you never fish. Despite the great claims in the book, some flies just don’t work for you and you abandon them. However, every once and a while you tie up one of those touted flies and it does work. So, you tie up more, continue to have success and begin the inevitable process of introducing variations. Such was my case with Hidalgo’s Flash Minnow. I tied my first one about a year ago and have had success with the pattern ever since. more…