Category Archives: Michael Vorhis, Fly Fisher & Author

Cycles of the Stream: Robbing the Cradle

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

Some time back I offered up a streamer pattern of my own design. Built on an inverted “swimming nymph” hook, it has many advantages, including:

— Serious snag resistance without need of a point guard

— Natural upright swimming

— Ease of tying

— Ease of adding weight to achieve various depths without impacting its swimming posture

— Hair body that moves like water itself

— Ability to mimic nearly any small baitfish

— Positive hooking when a fish takes it

— Easy casting, courtesy of minimal water-holding materials
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Seasons

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

There’s a haunting lyric in a “Phantom of the Opera” song (now, stay with me here, I won’t take this gooey culture stuff very far) that goes something like, “Flowers fade, the fruits of summer fade; they have their seasons, so do we….”

The fact is that everything has its seasons–apples, screech owls, mountainsides, trout, athletics, human beings…and fly tying materials. In a world that has us tying flashabou this and antron that, using mylar sheet material for wing case covers and trilobal streamer hair, adding latex wiggly-legs, and watching as even synthetic hackle makes its way onto the market, Mother Nature can sometimes take an unintended back seat. A “season” to us is the length of time the fishing license remains current. We default to engineered polyester dubbing; we install long perfect monofilament mayfly tails. We skip the body-tapering step entirely and just shoe-goo on a hotdog-shaped piece of open-cell foam. Depending on the species we target and our capacity for patience, it can be easy to go periods of time without ever using natural materials. more…

A Dance of Life

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

“Vigor of youth,” they call it, and it vows to never end.
Cheap hackle ads, a Bergman book, pop music loud at work…
A creek ‘tween cornfields rumored to hold browns north of the bend;
I watched from near the guardrail silver flashes in the murk.

True trout streams… more…