Confused Rufus Pattern & Toxic Waste

I combined the tail of a Minnow Bugger and the Marabou wing of a Rufus Fly. Normally, the marabou wing is situated so the fly will ride point up. So, the wing is tied on the underside of the shank, ‘beard’ style. This reportedly causes the hook to rotate over and present the hook, point up. The slow descent of the fly through the water column should have the marabou wing fluttering upward until the presentation propels the fly forward. All these stillwater ‘bugger’ patterns are tiresome to some, but I find them more tiresome to the arm. I believe the pattern is named for the Rufus Woods Reservoir (Upper Columbia River) Washington State          SwittersB

Speaking of Washington State, while doing a little research on the excellent fishing at Rufus Woods, I came upon a site, The Spokesman, that reports on local fishing in Central/Eastern Washington. They posted a very interesting clip of a 1947 newsreel about Lake Lenore and the dumping of WWII materials into the lake. Zero comments on the blog, but given what a fishery it has become, I wonder what the fishery’s biologist considered when they started developing Lenore?  The Rufus Fly & Chemical Dumping…what a diverse post this was.

1 Response to “Confused Rufus Pattern & Toxic Waste”

  1. August 18, 2012 at 19:03

    I have not personally fished that area, but have always heard the Yakima River (Yak) is an excellent fishery. I have heard Red’s Fly Shop is a good shop http://www.redsflyshop.com/) Worley-Bugger also seems to have a good presentation on the area http://www.worleybuggerflyco.com/index.html. Get a map and study the area so you know the towns and area rivers/streams/campgrounds/motels. They make some calls and see what shakes. Also, check with your local fly shop as they may have contacts up there as maybe also someone in your area club. Nice time to be over there. Best wishes.


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