1st Time Out With My Tenkara

1st Time Out With My Tenkara

In one of my earlier posts, I mentioned that I had bought my son an awesome new fly rod for his birthday, a Tenkara rod. While it is his rod and he loves it, here’s the truth. Part of the reason that I bought it for him is because I thought it looked awesome. For me, one of the places that I thought it would be great was out on a belly boat in the middle of a lake. For quite a while now, I’ve tired to take two rods with me when I go out to a lake. I’ve got a reel that has some sinking fly line on it, and with the right streamer on there, it’s sometimes hard to make a cast without catching a fish! Continue reading “1st Time Out With My Tenkara”

How to tie a Parachute Adams Fly: Video

How to tie a Parachute Adams Fly: Video

Are the fish rising? Is the hatch made up of small mayflies or midges? Put on a Parachute Adams!

The Parachute Adams is a go-to fly; most directly imitating mayflies, this classic pattern is a great midge fly as well. Not only is it easy for the fisher to see with a white or bright parachute post, but the fish love it too!

Fish this fly solo to gentle risers on still water or any river, or as a sighter with a larger dry fly in a two-fly rig.

Now let’s see what you can do. #avidmaxflytyers

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How to Tie a Zebra Midge Christmas Colors

How to Tie a Zebra Midge Christmas Colors

If you are just getting into fly tying and trying to figure out what fly to tie first, the Zebra Midge is a perfect pattern. It’s very simple and straightforward– The Zebra Midge is also  only comprised of a few materials: bead, thread, and wire.

This is a great fly in the winter months when trout are fickle and only taking small bugs. Tying sizes 22-24? That will be no problem! You can make a bundle of these in many colors with ease.

On the other side of things, try tying this in larger elongated versions for your Stillwater Chironomid needs. Add a little white thorax or head for some gills, then throw it on a midge tip line and you are ready to slay.

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Tenkara Fly Fishing With My Son

Tenkara Fly Fishing With My Son

Sometime last summer, my son and I were standing on the edge of a river – something we do often. It was a pretty warm day, and instead of his waders, he wanted to stand in the river with just his shorts on. We stood there for a quite a while as I was trying to teach him a little bit more about how to cast with a fly rod. At the time, he was only 6, and despite my best efforts, he wasn’t that interested. He loved being out on the river, and anytime I hooked into a fish, he would rush over, reel it in, and then give it a kiss (I know it’s weird, but he loves to do that) before we put it back in the water. But, he just didn’t want to stand there and figure out how to cast. Continue reading “Tenkara Fly Fishing With My Son”