The Dirty Damsel is a win on still waters. A very effective fly in the late summer months when those bright baby blue damsel flies are buzzing around everywhere. Damsel flies and dragon flies go through three stages in their lifestyle, with the major part of their lifetime spent in the water in the nymph stage. Some species spend up to 5 years as a nymph feeding on small vertebrates and invertebrates. The fish really key in on these bugs because they are an easy big-ticket meal packed with protein. Find weed beds or vegetation and slowly strip your fly through these areas. I like fishing it on a sink tip because I can let it sink and depending on my retrieve I can make it look like it’s coming up to the surface to emerge into an adult or keep it on the bottom foraging for food making it an easy meal depending on where the fish are feeding.
It takes a strong constitution and a true dedication to go out fly fishing in winter. You’re going to want to wear more than your Hawaiian shirt and waders. So, let’s take a look at what gear is designed to help you out in some of the coldest water climates fish-able.
You not only want to stay dry, but warm. You also need the flexibility of being able to move to cast your line. Some winter clothing will stiffen you up like a straight jacket, and that just won’t work! Continue reading “Layering for Winter Fly Fishing with Patagonia Gear”
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Serendipity indeed! This is a versatile pattern that can imitate midges and caddis pupa easily with a simple change in size and or color. Typically we see this pattern in red but it can also be tied in brown (seen here) olive or black. With only a couple of materials this fly is a great option if you need to fill a box fast with really effective flies. I like to fish this pattern as my lead fly keeping it slightly higher in the water column than my point fly.
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Congratulations to Jack from New York! He was our winner of $25 in AvidMax rewards during the week of Dec. 3rd-9th 2018. Thank you very much for reviewing your new TFO Mangrove Series Fly Rod!
Happy 2019! Today we kick off our first fly tying tutorial of the new year. Have a great day and we look forward to serving you and teaching you how to tie more flies in 2019!
Starting out on the Bighorn River the Ray Charles is a banger of a fly pattern. Most closely imitating a Sow bug this fly can also pass for a scud and even a Mysis shrimp in the right color combinations. Although it is most often tied in white this pattern can also effective in pink tan and grey variations. I tend to always keep a nice hot spot head as well, whether it is a fluorescent thread or a bright red. If you master this pattern, take a look at the soft hackle version as well as it can be just as effective.