Odds 'n' Sods of Information and Opinion

Advanced Tube Fly Design

The current steelhead season has been a frustrating one for me as the flies that had been so effective in past seasons, have failed to hook fish this fall. I have had numerous tugs from fish, sometimes three plucks in a row from the same fish or a tug followed by a smashing take, but few hookups. Most of those I did hook got off. However there is a solution.
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Downforce Flies

All of our attention to leaders and sinktips wouldn't be of much value if our flies sank poorly. My typical wet fly is tied sparsely on a salmon iron, using materials that have a neutral to negative buoyancy. Read More...

Emerald Shiner - the steelhead nemesis

This simple looking little tube fly has proved over the last few years to be a very consistent producer of both bass and steelhead with the occasional walleye thrown in for good measure.

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Importance of fly sink rate

All of our careful preparations can go for naught if our fly doesn’t perform as expected. Many beautifully tied patterns sink rather poorly or not at all. Even T14 can struggle to pull these flies down, resulting in a fly that is out of position for much of the swing. If we want our flies to get down fast we have two choices: add weight or design them to sink.
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Sorting things out Part II

Redesigned my tube flies to set the hook farther back, add material close to the hook, and end all materials at the gape of the hook. Read More...

Sorting things out

Frankly, I don’t believe in luck. When four guys work their way down a run and only one catches the fish, it isn’t luck. There is a reason. Read More...

Last Year's Flies

This is a weird phenomenom, but it has held true every year. Last year’s flies don’t work. Read More...