Monthly Archives: July 2018

Fly of the Month – Winged CDC Biot Dun

J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Paul Shurtleff, Springville, UT

I first came up with the idea for this pattern after a long afternoon of being humbled by the trout during an epic BWO hatch on my local tailwater a few years ago. The fish in that particular tailwater are fairly pressured as well, which typically makes them harder to catch anyway, but that day the fish were being extra picky and would only look at and eat the naturals… I had a close matching fly in my box but the trout still give refusal after refusal to where all I could do is watch boil after boil and rise after rise seeing trout noses coming out of the water. Cast after cast and still nothing… I couldn’t buy a rise to my fly, even by accident, let alone hook one by mistake! Anyone that has ever experienced this knows exactly the frustrations I met with that day… Anyway, after I got home that night, still feeling the sting of being skunked and reflecting upon the refusals made by the trout… I watched a few YouTube videos for some inspiration in an attempt to come up with a mayfly dun pattern that would more closely match the naturals in hopes of fooling the fish for my next outing. The following pattern is the result… Upon my next outing armed with a few of my new creations, my very first cast to an active rising fish ended with a fat 18″ brown trout in my net… What surprised me most about that fish, is that the wind caught and picked up my cast, which fell a bit short and I missed the ideal presentation but the fish moved out of its feeding lane at least 3 feet to sip down my fly despite my bad cast! 2 casts later and I had another brown trout to net, not as big as the first, but just as spunky. Moving up river hitting the pockets and other fishy spots with risers yielded a few more fish to net… The new fly was proving itself worthy of seducing the super selective and pressured trout of my local tailwater… I can’t remember how many fish came to net that day falling victim to my new fly, but I do know I went home that night very satisfied and tied at least a dozen more flies just like it! more…

Things I Keep “Relearning”

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury MN

As my good friend Tom often says with a sheepish grin, “It’s not that I am opposed to learning, I am just not very good at it!” Sad to say, I have the same problem when it comes to things I do on the river (and in other areas of my life). There are things I keep doing and oddly enough, when I keep doing the same thing, I keep getting the same result (who would have thought?!). My hope is that my confessions and solutions will save you time and money and that I will start following my own advice!

In each section I describe what I keep relearning, the problem(s) it causes, and my solution. If you have a better solution, be sure to reply to this blog so I can take advantage of your solution! There are plenty of other situations to discuss, these are the ones I face most often. more…

Knock Knock

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

Going back a few eons here…it can be fun to remember the progressions and epiphanies of our angling and tying journeys. From time to time I take a look at the odd tying tool, be it mainstream or nouveau, and how it fits into my tying.

For some years I tied flies using various kinds of natural hair, without bothering with any hair strand alignment at all. “Natural animal hair should be all over the place…like mine is,” I reasoned, looking in the mirror. “Wind exists out there, and we should mimic its effects in our flies. Bug wings are ratty and beat to hell, and fish wouldn’t have it any other way.” So my flies looked and held together like you’d expect: Horribly. more…