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The Orb (Callibaetis Nymph or Emerger Presentations)

In fishing the Orb as a Callibaetis nymph or emerger there are a couple observations I want to share. They are perhaps basic to the experienced flyfisher but if you are like me you are still wanting to learn, so here you go: the Callibaetis is light dependent. Penetrating light that fosters plant growth, that creates feed for the nymph and generates the emergence. It is, from my observations, important that you fish where light penetrates, whether ten feet or twenty feet, the penetrating stimulating action. I fish with two rods from a pontoon boat…not as easy when fishing from a tube. I string an Intermediate clear line and a WF floating line. The Intermediate carries the Orb or whatever subsurface fly I search with. The floater carries the dry or emerger. I can easily switch my approach/attack within a minute or so. If I were to only carry one rod or fish from a tube, I would be in the precarious position (which I have done many times) of switching spools. My advice re that: make sure the rod is balanced and remove the spool. Clutch with a grip equal to the spare spool + line’s cost and make sure that the rod is not tip heavy now minus the spool and slips off the edge. Put away the spool and only then secure the other spool you are going to put on. When stringing the line thru the guides make sure to not overly bend the tip while stripping the line up through to avoid breaking a graphite tip (I have done this twice). Operating as one does off the apron of a pontoon boat or float tube is always tenuous and spools, pliers, etc are easily lost.

Back to the Orb…fish it slow, fish is twitchy and seduce/trick/convince that fish. Imagery is everything to presentation..know enough about the emerging nymph and the hours long pre-emergence actions below the surface. Study all the articles on how insects move beneath the surface during pre-emerge or during the emergence and visualize/imagine that during your presentation. Basic, I know, but small details to enhance your experience.   

search this site for additional posts re The Orb and Callibaetis by me. The Orb by Gary Muncy, May 2008.


Scuds (Streams & Stillwaters)

I have opted for the straighter shanked hook (or very slight bend) for lake scuds. I have not yet attempted to perfect how to rib the shellback with the bead in the middle. With the straighter shank the shellback appears to be more durable and likely to stay in place, rather than skewing to the side as it seems to do on a curved pupa/scud hook. Still an experiment for me….no sweat. I will get back to it some day. I tied a dozen of these and never got around to smaller sizes. I will see how they work. The dubbing mix was a leech pattern mixture I bought from some Kamloops’ tyers at a flytying expo. It was sold as a good leech dubbing…the photo shows the mixture of colored filaments quite well.  



Stillwater Nuances, Snippets & Images


Winter’s grasp is waning in the Northwest, giving way to a teasing mix of warming temps and Spring rains. The tying is almost done…if it is really ever done…and the images that dance through the mind and quicken the pulse are causing that twitchy yearning to get away from urban environs and connect in all ways possible with the fish and the surroundings.

Some random thoughts about being on a lake whether in a float tube, pontoon boat, pram, drift boat or an old Lund etc: Calm mornings~ drifting fog on the lake’s surface~ mumbled voices carried across the lake~ periodic dimples to the surface~ casting in toward the reeds as a cruiser feeds, rustling the reeds~ lazily wind drifting along and picking up more hits than moving into the wind~ disgruntled voices from Power Bait plunkers sitting in their folding chairs as you catch one after another~ looking down to change a fly or fine tune a rig and having been blown out of position~ sharing info, flies and encouragement with a stranger (Pass It On)~ the increased pace of a hatch~ the fish that rises right beside you as you kick or row along~ the missed hit, the perfect cast and take~ settling in and reminding yourself to calm down and enjoy~ looking upward at the Osprey, Eagle or Red winged Blackbird~ afternoon winds and waves and seeing the rises in the troughs~ admiring a big fish, feeling the adrenaline after releasing a bigger fish~ looking around to see if anyone noticed your success~ shore side siestas~ the last two hours of the day~ the setting sun and seeing fish rise in the pale, last light.  

Picture ‘borrowed’ and sorry to say I can’t credit the source…but it depicts the morning calm for sure.



Stillwater Variety Pack

By no means a complete assortment of all the flies I would carry out onto a lake, this picture depicts many of the flies I carry. The caddis pupa and adults (Elk Hair Caddis and Stimulator for Traveling Sedge), the damsel and dragons, scuds, Callibaetis nymphs and adults, Chironomid pupas. Previous posts have shown the woolly buggers I prefer. I don’t show an ant, diving back swimmer, adult damsel or any number of other patterns I have and sometimes carry. These are the basics that I build upon. You could incorporate Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Hare’s Ears, Adams or Griffiths Gnats. I am assessing and planning for the upcoming season.     



Little Fort Leech~Oregon Staple (Kamloops Origin)

Yes, I know, we are all beyond the Woolly Bugger. But really, as a stillwater flyfisher you most probably fish one every time out. This pattern (the Little Fort Leech, is a basic black WB but the fly honestly outfishes the basic black so much that I have to wonder if the red tuft of marabou enhances its’ effectiveness. I first bought a version of this fly…the original I the Little Fort Fly shop about fifteen years ago. I fished it then on the Lac des Roches near Little Fort, BC and it was great. I have sense used it for years and it always produces in sizes 6 to 10.  I have experimented with hot orange, hot green and purple. I can’t yet say if they are as effective as the red highlight. For now, red is the ticket. I am going to reread my earlier post re UV markers for certain feathers and perhaps try yellow or chartreuse as I noted they displayed more ‘flash’. All this may be moot depending upon the depths and available light. Blues/Purple may do better for the deeper waters? My steelheading studies make me recall colors fading with depth and available light. Anyway, this fly works on stillwaters, reservoirs, ponds AND rivers. Last fall while swinging this exact fly on the Deschutes R. near Harpham Flats for first light steelhead, I caught a gorgeous, large redside trout with this exact fly. I have not fished WB’s and other streamers on rivers like they do in say Montana. But, the early morning success has made me reconsider the option. As for stillwaters, this and the Minnow Bugger are my go to search patterns.  

The Minnow Bugger; originally found at the Sunriver Flyshop. Owner, Robert Gaviglio, introduced us to it and touted it as a great fly. Well, he was right! The Little Fort Leech,the Minnow Bugger and the Calico Bugger are a great threesome.  

The Calico Bugger was created from a boa from a craft store, a multi-colored boa. The tail colors of gray, tan, brown and black are a perfect blend of colors. This fly has been successful on many occasions on lakes east of Merritt, BC.

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