The Mermaid Man Articulated Kreelex Pike Fly
This fly is big, mean and bright. This fly will turn heads and make pike or musky very angry. Expect an aggressive take and a major fight when you hook a fish with this fly. It is a light fly that is easy to cast to the furthest targets. It swims through the water with an incredible amount of movement and a very natural look to it. Strip it fast or strip it slow, it doesn’t matter. It will get the job done.
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The Splatte Roller
The Splatte Roller is a pattern by Umpqua Feather Merchants signature tyer Shea Gunkel. This is a perfect little caddis pupa/emerger pattern for the South Platte River and many other Colorado drainages. An excellent blend of just a few materials creates a fly that works as an attractor but is still very imitative. I like to fish this as the lead fly with a heavier point fly such as a Pat’s Rubber Legs or a Jigged Biot Stone.
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Whether you are a seasoned angler or new to the sport, there are a number of things to consider when choosing where to fly fish. In general, fly fishing is most commonly associated with remote rivers. However, if you are willing to get creative, the options are seemingly limitless. Here, we will discuss the various locations anglers can fish, the most productive time to fish each location and how to effectively fish them. Continue reading “How to Choose the Right Location to Fly Fish”
The Choker Fly
The choker is tied normally on a 3XL or 4XL straight or down eye streamer hook. I went with the jig and heavy tungsten bead to keep the fly down in fast currents. This protein-packed morsel represents a chuck of salmon flesh clumped with some eggs floating downriver in the current. This is an easy meal for big trout. Look for spots on the river where the salmon pile up and fish downriver. 0x or 1x tippet is highly recommended. Dead drift this fly under an indicator. When fishing this jig style make sure it is the last fly in your rig.
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The Back Stabber
The Back Stabber is a great go-to fly when they just wont eat. It can be a swimming fly, a bottom fly, a piece of moss, a bug or anything in between. Don’t underestimate simplicity when carp fishing. This fly can make a tough day better and a great day amazing.
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Back in the day when I was about 9 years old and deemed old enough by “Mom” to go fishing alone, it was all I wanted to do – and all I did after chores were done. We lived about a quarter-mile from a river that was stocked for the trout season and had its share of typical river species as well. Unfortunately, my dad was always working in the family business to make ends meet for us, so it was just me and my meager gear. Continue reading “Learning A Good Fly Fishing Knot”
The Two Bit Hooker
The Two Bit Hooker is yet another masterpiece from local fly tyer and fisher Charlie Craven. The brilliance of adding two beads to a fly could have only been though of by him. Adding lead wire to a fly can be a great concept but doesn’t help keep a thin mayfly like abdomen that is necessary for a lot of our matching the hatch needs. With an extra bead under the thorax you get the needed added weight and are still able to keep the slim body profile. This fly is a must during run off and will also fish great year round in faster and deeper water.
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