Category Archives: Mike Cline, Bozeman MT

The White Pelican

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

Growing up in Southern California in the 1950s and 1960s, I must admit I was a bit of a birder. Although I’d seen a few Brown Pelicans along SoCal beaches, a White Pelican sighting eluded me for many years. At the time, pelican populations were in decline due for the most part to pesticides, pollution and habitat loss. I remember my first White Pelican sighting during a winter trip to the Salton Sea. Hugh flocks of these large birds were scattered along the shoreline. The White Pelican is indeed a large bird having the second longest wingspan of any North American bird – up to 10 feet and can attain weights up to 30 lbs. The White Pelican is indeed a distinctive bird and difficult to miss when you find them—white body, wings, large yellow bill, legs and feet. In flight the distinctive black wing tips can’t be missed. White Pelicans are widespread throughout the West during northern migration and concentrated along the west and southern coasts in Winter. Unfortunately, though for anglers is the White Pelican’s year round appetite. more…

Simple Flies – CDL BB

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

Adaptation of new materials to old ideas can sometimes foster simplicity in tying but also produce effective flies. The CDL BB is such a fly. Part Clouser, part bottom bouncer, the CDL BB takes advantage of a new hook, the 523 Firehole Stick heavy jig hook from Firehole Outdoors and the ever increasing variety of Coq de Leon rooster and hen saddles coming out of the Whiting Farms. The pattern is desperately simple: more…

Furl and Flash Flies

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

To “Furl” is too roll up, a nautical term that had its origins in the 1500s. Furling sails on booms or yardarms was the method of securing and protecting sails when not in use. When it comes to fly fishing, we are all familiar with “furled leaders”. My introduction to furled flies was when I started tying Walter Wiese’s “Prom Queen” several years ago. Although I’ve never seen it in print, there is a 2008 book by Ken Hanley entitled “Tying Furled Flies” so the technique is not new. In an epiphany moment last fall, I attempted to add some flash to the furled body of a Prom Queen. After a few attempts, I settled on a technique that I’ve expanded to a whole range of patterns.