Monthly Archives: December 2020

Fly of the Month – 7″ Sizzle

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

Fly Recipe:

Thread: Semperfli Nanosilk 6/0
Hook: 5/0 Gamakatsu B10S or Ahrex PR320 Predator Stinger Hook
Buck Tail Spreader, Back of Chartreuse Bucktail
Tail: EP Game Changer Blend “Limetruse” Fibers
Flash:  Semperfli Mirror Orange Mirage
Flash: Semperfli Flash Krinkle Fluoro Green
Wing:  Hairline Extra Select Craft Fur Salmon Pink

This fly is excellent for the sweet or salty waters…
This is a large fly that can be used for pike, musky, or saltwater fish.

Winter Fishing

J. Stockard Pro Tyer, Son Tao, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Son can be found on Instagram.

As the leaves fall off the trees and the temperatures begin to dip, many fly fishermen hang up their waders and spend more time behind the vise. While trout aren’t as active and the bitter cold can be miserable, you can still have a successful day on the river. Best of all, you’ll most likely have no crowds.

The key to winter fishing is preparation and fly selection. Wearing proper layers ensures you are properly protected from the elements. So what is layering? Dependent upon the temperatures, a base layer, insulating layer and outer shell is critical.

Base layer – this is the layer that touches your skin. You want materials that not only keeps you warm but wicks away moisture. Merino wool and synthetic materials are ideal. Stay away from cotton.

Insulating layer – this is the layer that will help retain the heat! Fleece, merino wool and in very cold temperatures, a down jacket are ideal. Again, stay away from cotton! more…

A “Fishy Spot” Is Always a Good Spot-Eventually

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury MN

Have you ever looked at a spot on a river and thought to yourself “Wow, there has to be a fish there!”? Then you fish it thoroughly and nothing-totally bewildering. Years ago, I went through a phase where I spin casted for trout. This happened after I had just finished fly fishing a hole and caught nothing. A spin caster walked up to the exact spot and after three casts with a Rapala, he hooked and landed a nice 16” brown. I was amazed and dumbfounded. To my total astonishment he threw the fish back while saying, “Too small” with a disgusted voice. I promptly started asking questions about his catch rate and size of fish. Impressed by his accomplishments, I switched to spin casting.

This is not the point of my article, but I needed to set up why I was spin casting in one of those “fishy spots.” It was late summer and overcast, a storm front was on its way when I reached this spot where I never had a follow or hit prior to this day. Despite my lack of success, I began casting through the section (My wife claims I am part bull dog!) expecting nothing to happen as usual. My cast went perfectly up against a partially submerged tree in the water and thankfully just missed two branches in the water. Just as the Rapala cleared the last branch the water exploded. The fish hit the lure so hard he knocked it 3-4 inches out of the water. I was thinking “Oh, I hate when that happens,” when to my amazement the fish hit the lure again. In my excitement I over set the hook and pulled defeat out of the jaws of success. My heart rate goes up every time I tell someone about this incident. more…