Archive for March 16th, 2013


Fly Tying: Tim Tollett’s Smidget Pattern

There are many thousands of fly patterns and derivations of those. So when I was perusing the Frontier Angler’s 2013 catalog and saw “Smidget…The most effective fly pattern of all time.” I thought I’ve never heard of this pattern…a magic bullet for trout! I better check it out. Of course, this is the creation of the owner of Frontier Anglers, Tim Tollett. So, hype? It looks like a nice pattern and not too difficult to tie.

smidget tim tollettTim Tollett’s Smidget Fly Pattern

I imagine it is as claimed, a very productive pattern. Here is the video with Tim Tollett tying the pattern. This is a pattern tied on a 16 or smaller hook. You may want to start slightly bigger at first. Have sharp scissors for the McFlyfoam. Don’t use to thick a strand of McFlyfoam. Use dry fly quality hackle.


Fighting Fish: Breaking Rod Tips

The Surface SwirlI was reading this piece on MidCurrent about fighting big fish. For many of us, fighting a fish over 50# on a fly rod is rare. Studying how to apply pressure on such big fish is important and learning from our mishaps along the way does help for the next time we are so fortunate to hook into those special fish.

I have broken six rods (3 through falls, 3 fighting fish). The fighting fish encounters were against fish sub-10#’s with the fish close at hand, the rod held more vertical, the tip bent down and hoisting/drawing the fish near me to grab the leader. That is the dangerous moment for the rod. Whether the rod tip was previously damaged by me or faulty I don’t know, but the position I put the bent rod into is often a fatal error for the rod.


Be mindful of a vertical rod with a very bent tip!!! Use the full power of the rod down down into the mid section toward the butt/handle when managing fish. And, be very careful in protecting those rod tips from banging against anything while casting or improperly storing the rod sections.  

Rod Tip Up SB

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