How To Tie Pav’s Shimmer Swimmer: Fly Tying Video

How To Tie Pav’s Shimmer Swimmer: Fly Tying Video

Pav’s Shimmer Swimmer

Think of this fly as an improved Sparkle Minnow. Bright day, bright streamer, as the saying goes. This silvery and white baby fish imitation is sure to entice a lunker.  Pounding the banks from a boat is my favorite way to fish it, however fishing it on stillwater is very effective as well. When stocked rainbows get dropped in the lake they become part of the menu for those bigger predatory fish. Swim this fly like a wounded bait fish and don’t miss the aggressive take. Designed by Max Pavel
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The Fly Fishing Photographer

The Fly Fishing Photographer

For anglers, being on the water is where many of our most memorable experiences are created. Capturing those moments on film, or in megapixels helps us to relive the instances that frame our experience. But balancing photography time with fishing time is a tricky business which requires a balancing act between rod and camera.

Elevenmile Rainbow
As a photographer, capturing images like this pre-release shot are no problem when the camera is out and ready to go. Rather than fumbling to stow your rod and get into a suitable position you are able to get the shot quickly and get the trout back into the water with minimal handling stress.

For those who aspire to strike the balance between rod and camera, take heart because it can be done by keeping one thing in mind; you can’t get the shot with a fly rod in your hands, believe me I’ve tried. Continue reading “The Fly Fishing Photographer”

How To Tie The Darth Baetis Variation: Fly Tying Video

How To Tie The Darth Baetis Variation: Fly Tying Video

Another great fly from Umpqua Feather Merchants signature tier Greg Garcia. Today we tie a variation of the Darth Baetis. Click here to see the original version of the Darth Baetis.

I love this fly! Using a UV finish to help create a translucent abdomen for an excellent looking fly. Possibly most popularly tied in the brown variation this fly works great in olive, grey and the black variation shown here. This is a great fly to fish year round and will consistently turn fish. Get it down and get hooked up!

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Fly Box Frustration and Redemption

Fly Box Frustration and Redemption

What do these 3 fly fishing scenarios have in common?

Scenario 1:

You’ve been on the water for an hour, just blind casting and waiting for something to happen. Praying for the hatch or to see some rises. Suddenly it happens, a couple BWOs start floating off the water and the trout start rising. You reel in, re-rig your leader and pull out your fly box to grab a BWO emerger because you can tell that’s what they’re eating . . . Continue reading “Fly Box Frustration and Redemption”