Monthly Archives: September 2018

Fly of the Month – Fordice’s Uncle Leo

J. Stockard Pro Tyer and fly fishing guide: Brita Fordice, Bremerton WA, find Brita on Instagram

This fly was designed as a perch fly for bass and lake trout in an eastern Washington lake that I fished frequently when the lakers were in the shallows in the spring and fall. I then found that folks wanted to buy it for bass fishing in the mid-west, and the south. What I love about this fly is the profile. Very few perch patterns hold their shape in the water, and even less have a rounded form that is natural to the fish. This pattern fit the bill, and is a very simple pattern to change up the fiber color and achieve a whole different fish species! more…

Big Antlered Brute

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

We’re all familiar with the Elk Hair Caddis dry fly pattern–very productive, easy to tie, floats high, good for prospecting, works like a wet fly if it gets sucked under. Introduced to the fly fishing world by notable tier Al Troth 61 years ago, it’s said to be a stand-in for an adult caddis fly, although its hair wing fans out far wider and higher than the closed tent-shaped wing of a real resting caddis.

Its current form differs somewhat from the original, which was in fact intended to float low, in the film, like an emerger–an eastern green caddis emerger to be specific. Despite Troth’s love for palmered-bodied flies, this one was not intended to ride high on good dry fly hackle…nor to wiggle like a soft-hackle wet. He envisioned it a ‘tweener.

But now it’s typically tied as dry as can be. The reigning theory is that its modern hairdo–the splayed-wide elk hair wing–may appear to trout to be caddis wings that are vigorously flapping rather than folded. In truth, this fly pattern lets us defy the “perfect drift” rule of fly fishing because with the application of a little gink it can be skittered across the surface, even cross-current…heck, even up-current…and doing so will draw strikes. Skittering the fly makes it resemble a caddis fly ovipositing as it dances around on the top. Trout cannot waste time studying it; they need to strike or it’ll be gone, and ‘gone’ is not in their playbook when it comes to a tasty caddis. more…

Wyoming’s Snowy Range on the Fly

Guest Blogger: Seth Cagle

Snowy Range

The glaciers that carved the mountains of southern Wyoming’s Snowy Range left behind beautiful and breathtaking views. Those glaciers also left behind an abundance of kettle lakes which are now full of hungry trout. Whether you’re a seasoned fly fisherman, or just getting out on the water, the Snowy Range offers ample opportunity and excitement for everyone. Here are some reasons you should visit Wyoming to wet a fly in the Snowy Range.

A Perfect Place to Start

First off, the Snowy Range is named appropriately. For a majority of the year, the area is covered in snow, leaving lakes completely iced over. This gives trout a very short season of open water in which to feed. As a result, I find the trout are aggressive and not very picky about fly choice. The lakes are perfect for beginners, or any fly fisherman who simply wants to land a fish. Because of the short growing season, most of the trout aren’t very large, so don’t plan on setting the hook in a 20-inch giant. more…