Archive for February 13th, 2010


Fly Tying: A Tying Station Idea

This is a nice design for those in confined spaces. If I could find a place for the dozen or so large Rubbermaid tubs and assorted plastic containers I would be equally organized…alas, that has yet to happen….but, for those of you with a more orderly bent…good idea here at Reinis Rutkis Blog.


Fly Tying: CDC Snowshoe Dun by Davie McPhail

This is a simple pattern that could be dubbed and winged in a great variety of colors. The dubbing is by spinning the dubbing material onto the thread (as opposed to a dubbing loop or touch dubbing). The CDC wing is comprised of a bunched/grouping of 4 CDC feathers (never treat CDC feathers with floatant). Another trick which I have not seen in awhile is to treat your thread with head cement before you whip finish the head not after.This pattern could be an adult Caddis by omitting the hackle fiber tail.

Tying a Small CDC Dun (low riding)Pattern

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Mountain Lion (0) v. Mule (1)

These pics have been around awhile but still interesting. The incident has been located both in Montana and Idaho. Perhaps someone knows. Ms. Vikki of Idaho sent it to me:

A couple from Montana were out riding on the range, he with his rifle and she (fortunately) with her camera. Their dogs always followed them, but on this occasion a Mountain Lion decided that he wanted to stalk the dogs…(you’ll see the dogs in the background watching). Very, very, bad decision on the cat’s part.

The guy got off the mule with his rifle and decided to shoot in the air to scare away the lion, but before he could get off a shot the lion charged in and decided he wanted a piece of those dogs.
With that, the mule took off and decided HE wanted a piece of that lion. That’s when all hell broke loose for the lion. As the lion approached the dogs, the mule snatched him up by the tail and started whirling him around, banging its head on the ground on every pass. Then he dropped it, stomped on it and held it to the ground by the throat.

The mule then got down on his knees and bit the thing all over a couple of dozen times to make sure it was dead, then whipped it into the air again, walked back over to the couple (that were stunned in silence) and stood there ready to continue his ride as if nothing had just happened.

Fortunately, even though the hunter didn’t get off a shot, his wife got off these four pictures.


Fly Tying: Possie Bugger (What Is This?)

Possie Bugger (OFFB)

What is this pattern? It is normally tied in a size 8-10 or so. What could it be used for? It is highly thought of on special Oregon rivers. Caddis, Big Mayfly, Stonefly, Stillwater Dragon? The name must be an interesting story?

Posse Bugger by Jeff Kennedy

It must be a pretty good fly if worthy of a drawing by Jeff Kennedy


Tampa Fly Fishing: The Spring Itch or Bitch

A good friend in St. Pete’s area is scouting Charlotte Harbor to Venice to Siesta Key for snook, baby tarps and speckled trout. He  wades along the edge of the grass and throws  Clousers, Deceivers and his own concocted streamer patters  in a combo of dark over grey, white, silver, maybe a touch of red. He uses an 8 wt. and a floating line. He spends most of his time stalking along the edges and does not fish blind. I have not fished down this way, but my son has with our good friend and they find fish in the Spring (year around for that matter). Bill Jackson’s (sporting goods store in area) is a source of info (and gear) for our friend. He is self taught from wandering the bays and shorelines. No boat or guides, he has spent a great deal of time, when not golfing, exploring and observing. Says it has been unusually cold recently (Additional Info about Tampa area) (Primal Fly Crew Doubtful Starters..Cold Snap Hurt) (Florida Snook Closure extention)

Clouser, La Buena, Lefty RayLa Buena Clouser by Lefty Ray

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