Archive for September, 2008

30
Sep
08

Comet Fly Pattern (Fox’s Hot Shot Comet)

Picked this pattern up in two colors (my favorite two) at The Caddis Fly Shop in Eugene, Oregon (nice shop, nice people, great advice). This is a straight forward Comet pattern. The heavy dumb bell eyes will flip the fly over with the point up. The tail could use some flash, but really that thorax with the flashabou collar is a great hot spot along with the color. I am going to try these this Fall, along with some Intruder, Hobo, Hobbits. These new names and designs are all different then the old Green Butt Skunks, Babine Specials, Stewart Specials and Skyhomish Sunrise. Boy did that date me. Unless your good with that Spey rod..barb the hooks for sure; you or your buddy will appreciate it.

29
Sep
08

Silver’s: Last Week It was Amazing….This Week, Ugh

stella-drift-x1

Yes, yes last week the river was choked with silvers  and a few steelhead. The water was perfect and the fished rolled on the surface. It was an enticing enough story, from my son, that I thought why not. I will try again to catch a silver on a fly. Don’t ask me why, but I have had little success over the years  enticing coho to a fly in the frog waters of Fall. But, it was a sunny and hot afternoon, so I thought just go and wait for the shadows on the water and find a head of a drift with some flowing water and perhaps you can swing one through enough times to entice a hit.
My son, Tony and I headed out. Him still moving slow from a serious infection in his foot and me almost over a late Summer bug. It was, as I said, hot and as we boulder hopped upstream my ankles felt stiff and my balance tentative. I felt a bit dazed. I looked upstream to the intended water..right above Stella’s Drift, and it looked promising as the sun had already moved over the ridge casting the water into the shade. The river’s color was good and there was some flow to it allowing for a drift.
We arrived to the likely spot and we dropped the gear and grabbed a level boulder. First mistake, neither one of us felt up to wearing the Simms so we were bank bound and distance bound. Not so much Tony as he can cast and he had a floating line on. Me..why did I only bring a 200 grain line? AND, why or how did I mismatch a 10 wt. to the line. Wear was my 8 wt.?  For the time I fished, I felt like I was waving a short broom stick with a string. The rod did not load for me and roll casts were frustratingly ineffective, even with only 20′ of line out past the tip. I moved the line through the drift ok, when I was fortunate enough to get the line out to the target…but the drift was slow enough that the inevitable hangups ensued and break offs. Ugh! And, I was not really over that bug. I sat down…I never sit down. I watched the water and noticed not one fish rolling. AND the obvious indicator not another fisher within a half mile. We were below the fish…not early…but rather bringing up the rear. Forgot our headlamps, so hiked out early. Actually, pretty early as I tired of waving the broomstick and string and it just wasn’t happening. Not a very auspicious way to end Summer, and I still have not perfected a Silver to a fly. By the time we made it back to the rig, Tony’s ankel was swollen and I was gassed. Should have stayed in the recliner fantasizing. Well, a Deschutes trip looms with Matt McCrary, so that will provide me something to help forget this trip.       
Stella's Drift~Sandy R.

Stella's Drift~Sandy River

28
Sep
08

October Caddis (Stimulator Tutorial & Morrish Caddis)

Stimulator

Stimulator

Yes, the Stimulator is most often tied as a Stonefly pattern, especially Golden Stone. However, this is the perfect pattern for the October Caddis. Frankly, I have used it with good success as a Traveling Sedge in B.C. Attached here is a link to an excellent! tutorial on how to tie the Stimulator.
Morrish Caddis~OFFB

Morrish Caddis~OFFB

http://oregonflyfishingblog.com/2008/09/26/fly-tying-video-morrish-october-caddis/

28
Sep
08

October Caddis (How About a Stimulator or Morrish October Caddis?)

http://www.westfly.com/entomology/caddis/october.shtml

About October Caddis

‘This is the Great Pumpkin of Western rivers, a caddis that is almost as large as a golden stonefly. As the name suggests, it emerges in fall.

http://oregonflyfishingblog.com/2008/09/26/fly-tying-video-morrish-october-caddis/

 

 

26
Sep
08

Egg Cluster Pattern

Egg Cluster & Skein~T. Muncy

Egg Cluster & Skein~T. Muncy

Egg Cluster & Skein Wet~T. Muncy

Egg Cluster & Skein Wet~T. Muncy

This is an egg pattern utilizing strung beads and a synthetic veil. It appears over dressed in veil when dry but when it is wet, the veils takes on a translucent look. A strong inner cord was used to string on (10) 6mm beads. The skein/shroud might be a touch excessive but, hey, his work in progress.

23
Sep
08

‘Sometimes, I…..’ Rogue Angel K8 thinks a lot

‘thanks to all those who go on guided trips and hand their rod to their guide, tell them to fish, and then go take an extended bathroom break….’
Varieties of Beauty

Varieties of Beauty

Sometimes…. by K8

….I get to fish.
Most of the time I live vicariously through others fishing.
..Sometimes I try to sleep behind my polarized glasses….
Most of the time I am wide awake searching for fish or how to explain a better technique.
…Sometimes I am apathetic…..
Most of the time I work on being a professional encourager….I learned from the best 😉
….Sometimes I count how many times the fish jump out LOUD, kind of like the Count from Sesame Street…..(the record standing is eight)
Most of the time I giggle or laugh out loud….I can’t help it, I believe nothing pleases me more in fishing than a great jump.
….Sometimes I complain about how tired I am….
Most of the time I give thanks for having the best office in the world.
…Sometimes I stay awake in the plane….
Most of the time I sleep.
….Sometimes I go fishing all day and come home dry…
Most of the time my waders leak….this is a curse I have, may the dry wader gods have mercy on me one day…
…Sometimes I talk about my dreams to people…
Most of the time I just think about my dreams on the river….

(The Best Female Flyfishing Blogger and Angels)

22
Sep
08

Matt McCrary’s Magic

Transitional Tease

Transitional Tease~McCrary

Mood Swing~McCrary

Mood Swing~McCrary

Green With Envy~McCrary

Green With Envy~McCrary

McCrary Magic

McCrary Magic

My photography does not do justice to Matt’s flies. I need to improve (still), but you get the idea of how beautiful and well proportioned these flies are. Matt describes them as ‘transitional’ (Summer to Fall). Each fly is approximately 2″ long. Matt, because he is such an exceptional guide, is very busy. Yet, his mind, like all creative ‘what if’ flyfishers is always working and experimenting. He has worked with and for some of the elite of Spey flyfishing. He, now, easily occupies a special place in Spey/Steelhead flyfishing. He is humble and gifted.




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