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.
Part 1: Once I meet someone new it becomes apparent to them quite quickly that I have a lot of hobbies, like to stay busy and might be classified as having an “Type A” personality. I have a hard time sitting still and am always up for trying something new.
I rock climb, mountain bike, road bike, hike, camp, backpack, travel, hangout with my dog and am an avid photographer. Sometimes the better question is what don’t I do? For the longest time one of those hobbies was fly fishing. Continue reading “The Fly Fishing Obsession that Happened by Accident”
Have you ever been on the water and wondered why the guy or gal fishing near you continually lands fish after fish? All the while your day is going relatively uneventful. You were hoping to have a fantastic day on the water. You took the day off work, loaded up on good flies, and arrived at the water early. Why is the other person doing so well? Are they using some hot fly pattern that’s irresistible to the trout? Are they in a better spot? What if I was to tell you it is probably neither of these things… Continue reading “How To Fly Fish Using Indicator Nymphing Techniques”
For me thinking about what I was going to use to tie a fly to imitate the cased caddis was fairly daunting. A bug that covers itself in natural materials like rocks and sticks from the bottom of the river creating a natural camo seemed very difficult to imitate most of the time using dubbing. That is until I was turned on to this pattern. The look created by burning the root beer cactus chenille is perfect! You can burn the material slightly more or less to get some different colors/shades to match your specific river bottom. This is a great point fly when nymph fishing.
The good old prince nymph right? Almost, but why not make it flashy? This is a great attractor fly that brings me personally a lot of confidence when fishing it. Some say fish flashy on sunny days and others say they work better on overcast days and in deep dark water. My belief tends to be the former as I see the truth in the theory that light penetration is key for lighting up the bugs at the bottom of the river to make them glow. However, I, and I’m sure many others have experienced good luck with flashy flies on dark dull days as there is something to fishing an attractor fly that does just that and draws attraction. This is an awesome dropper fly in a hopper dropper rig from spring to fall and can even produce on warmer days in the winter.
Not sure what name you have for this fly but regardless fish will eat it. Simulating a large stonefly this pattern has become widely known for it’s fishability.
The version tied here is heavily weighted to help search deeper holes and faster runs. It is an awesome pattern in drop shot style nymph rigs with an emerger on lead. Or switch it around and have this as your lead fly with a smaller nymph/pupae trailing on the point. Continue reading “How to Tie a Rubber Legs Stone: Fly Tying Video”
The Perdigon Nymph is a popular Spanish style nymph for use in fast water. The heavy bead and slim body of this fly help it sink fast in speedy currents. Because of this, it may not be the best option for slower moving water. It is designed for fast moving water, so fish don’t have much of a chance to examine the fly before they slurp it up. It imitates a wide variety of insect larvae and you can tie it in many different color patterns. Size 16 and 18 are very effective. This can be fished as the bottom fly in a tandem rig, or you can try fishing two of these at the same time where normal nymph patterns are not working for you. We tied it here with a fluorescing thread that lights up under UV light. Continue reading “How to Tie a Perdigon Nymph : Video”