Fly Fishing For Spring’s Gray Ghosts

Fly Fishing For Spring’s Gray Ghosts

The desperate urge strikes every year, sometimes as early as January, and it grows stronger with every warm day. Grayling come from the arctic, but ironically, we have to wait for winter’s grip to ebb before they re-emerge from the ethereal depths of imagination. So the memory of billowing iridescent sails takes hold, and I wait.

We need snow to fill our lakes and reservoirs so we can keep the forests lush and green through summer and to fill streams with cold, clear water for trout, char, and whitefish, and for something else too: Arctic Grayling. Continue reading “Fly Fishing For Spring’s Gray Ghosts”

How to Tie a Tube Midge Fly: Video

How to Tie a Tube Midge Fly: Video

Not very often is fly tying easy, but this pattern sure does make it so. With a simple pattern like the Tube Midge, you can whip out a dozen flies in various colors and be ready to fool picky trout.

This is a great pattern through the winter when tied in the smallest of sizes. Get it deep into a hole with some weight or fish it in a tandem rig to help it reach the bottom.

Make sure to watch your indicator carefully while fishing this fly. Although it is very effective the takes during the colder months on such a small pattern can be very subtle.

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How to Tie a Foam Back Midge: Video

How to Tie a Foam Back Midge: Video

We have been hearing a lot about this fly over the last few months at the AvidMax store. The name varies but the fly is very productive in the different variations we have seen. The creator of this fly is a little bit of a mystery to us still so if you know who came up with this gem please let us know!

I like to fish my emerger patterns in a “drop shot” (if you are familiar with conventional style fishing) style rig. Use a larger weighted jig fly as the point fly with this 6-10″ above and you will see great success. If you prefer to have the smaller fly on the point of your rig no problem. Add some weight to get it down and you are good to go. Continue reading “How to Tie a Foam Back Midge: Video”

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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