Monthly Archives: October 2019

Fly of the Month – Emperor Mouse

J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Steve Yewchuck, Beacon, NY, You can find Steve @:

The Emperor Mouse pattern was designed on my home water in the Catskills but has proven itself globally as well. The blend of natural bunny brush and foam allows it to stay afloat but stick to the waters surface when hit hard by trophy size fish. It has a realistic mouse profile from underneath but had to be light enough to cast for long periods of time. The fly’s head was designed to push large amounts of water for a small profile fly. The fly has great movement to entice even the most finicky fish. The pattern has evolved into a few different versions, from the mini to the articulated to entice a variety of species. more…

Windows to the Soul

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

We tell our friends we’re going out there to catch fish. Is that the truth?

In any endeavor, the progressions we adopt–the order in which we tend to do things and the different things we elect to try–belie our subliminal priorities. So it is with fly fishing. Weather and calendar and logistical constraints aside, and for the moment excepting the decisions we make that fall out of past experience on a given stretch of water, a stream angler will often tend to have an innate approach to a day’s fishing…such as:

1. Fish a particular unfamiliar glide or riffle with a dry fly first, hoping to have a good day of surface takes.

2. If that doesn’t work, try the next closest thing–an in-the-film emerger pattern.

3. If that too fails to tempt a strike, re-rig for dead-drifting a nymph through lower levels of the water column.

4. If that still disappoints, perhaps swing a soft-hackle wetfly, or a streamer.

5. If actively-worked flies come up short, well, move on upstream and circle back to Step 1.

And there may be some hybrid steps in between, wherein multiple techniques are “ganged” together to approximate one or the other. more…

Pink Things and Goodoo Gurglers

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

Last October I gave a presentation at our local TU Chapter on a different type of kayak fishing—Fishing the Last Mile First. This year I’ve been asked to talk about our 2017 trip to Australia. I am not sure that the program chair asked me because I am a good speaker, or he just needs to fill a slot. So, this year in October I’ll be giving my perspective on fly fishing for trout in Australia. As I’ve pieced together the skeleton of a presentation, I wish I had taken far more photographs than I did. Despite clearly not being any kind of expert on Australian trout fishing, talking about my fly fishing experiences in Victoria and Tasmania isn’t all that challenging. We tossed out a few different flies and caught fish in rivers and lakes that are much different than those I am used to. As I wrote about several times in this blog, fly fishing for trout in Australia isn’t all that different than here in the U.S. except that the trout swim on the left side of the river instead of the right. more…