Posts Tagged ‘stillwaters


Nature & the Dragon Fly: Amazing

The ever inspiring Marc Fauvet at Limp Cobra presented this Vimeo vid by Andy Holt. I was so inspired by it for a multitude of reasons: photography, videography, nature, fly fishing presentation, fly tying, habitat, entomology. If you are into insects, macro photography, fly fishing, the outdoors then you need to watch it! Even you photo buffs who focus on urban lines and rock scapes will enjoy this effort by Andy Holt. Please give it a watch and enjoy.

photography-dragon nymph-Andy Holt-fly fishing-SwittersBI took this screen shot during the Andy Holt Vimeo and the detail is remarkable. For the fly tier, the clarity for tying is exciting. The eye structure, the abdomen shape and ribbing lead to the possibilities of materials and flash/segmentation. The legs, darker backstrap are equally important. I have always been enamored with Dragonfly Nymphs as a fly pattern option in stillwaters. 

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Dragon Fly Nymph: Think Predator

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Predator Beneath


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This Rainbow Trout fell prey to a Dragon Fly Nymph worked slowly along the edge of a weed line. Envisioning the darts, stops and predatory movements in your subsurface presentation is important in successfully fishing a dragon fly nymph. Caught & Safely Released


Fly Fishing: Rising or Diving Caddis

LaFontaine Sparkle Pupa (SwittersB)

Caddis patterns are fun to fish because the take is often aggressive. Whether you are swinging a pupa pattern along bottom or swinging it up toward the surface, the takes are solid. Fish often leap out of the water on lakes in pursuit of emerging (escaping) Caddis. But, another consideration is female Caddis returning to the surface and diving down to lay eggs. This diving (sinking) presentation is less often considered, but has been successful for me on lakes. I have  seen feeding activity and mistaken it for feeding upon emerging adults. Rising or Diving, the Pupa like patterns are a good offering. Even a dry (Elk Hair Caddis/Hairwing patterns) pulled under can serve in a pinch with a bit of shot (if allowed) a foot or so above the fly, or with a sinking line, or a heavier bead head nymph above the Caddis pattern. Many of the Caddis Pupa/Bead Head Pupa patterns, one sees these days, will suffice for this presentation. Check Google Images (or Scroogle Images-less selection-if you are a rebel) for patterns and see the variety of tying options. Bright greens are attractive, as depicted here, but earth tones are always a good bet.

Bead Head Pupa (SwittersB)


Stillwater Fly Fishing (Larry Tamiyasu Pays His Dues…and not just in fairweather)

Rainbow (OrchysBrusis)~Larry Tamiyasu

Rainbow (Oncorynchus Bruisus)~Larry Tamiyasu


I have remarked before that Larry Tamiyasu is a very dedicated stillwater fly fisher from Oregon. He started the season in the snow from one lake to another and finished (well who knows…if it isn’t frozen over, he may still be there) the season in the snow. This beautiful rainbow fell to a black leech in the Spring on a very chilly day. This fish and others went back to the depths, unharmed. And, no, it was not a pay lake. You will note the top of Larry’s head was cut off. The photographer took the liberty of cropping the shot to eliminate the bizarre stocking cap that Larry is often seen wearing. I told Larry that, today, pink is not an uncommon color for a man, but perhaps a more somber color on stillwaters is in order. Actually, I have no idea why it was cropped that way, a misplaced tree, inappropriate logo on a trucker’s hat or……………….? No matter…the fish captures your gaze, doesn’t it?


Leech Lust Reconsidered…



In October 2006, Jeff Morgan wrote a very thought provoking newsletter on Westfly~Oregon re his extensive findings on Leeches’ place in the trout’s diet. He challenges our use of sizes, weighting locations, colors and presentations. This is a very interesting article and at a minimum it makes me affirm the following: tie more multicolored mini leeches and don’t jonly use long strips when imitating leeches. I wonder when we use Buggers and utilize longer, fast strips if we are not imitating baitfish rather than leeches, but don’t always realize that is what we are doing. Check out the article a page or so down into the newsletter. Check out Westfly for great NW US info on all facets of flyfishing and tying.  Jeff was a very creative and refreshing force while at Westfly. He now teaches at a Mid-West university.


Flyfishing & Kids (Two great how to books for kids and you too)

the Curtis Creek Manifesto has been around since 1978 and the Fish Bum’s Guide to Catching Larger Trout since 1998. Both are excellent books filled with humorous cartoon like characters, who delve into the basics of flyfishing with amazing clarity. Any seasoned flyfisher would look at these two books and immediately recommend them to anyone seeking clear and concise information to capture their kid’s imagination. There are many expensive and detailed books out there that overwhelm us let alone a child. These two books are guarnteed to create a positive and lasting impression on your son, daughter, nephew or son-in-law. the Curtis Creek Manifesto deals with stream fishing and the Bum’s Guide does a great job explaining float tubing and stillwater environs. They are not big but they are mighty.      


Scuds and Stillwaters (Ian James pattern and info re scuds)


My sights are set upon scuds and this is a perfect pattern. Fine tune the colors of the blended dubbing as Ian James has and give thought to the bead’s color. I like this pattern a lot and will soon be experimenting on the materials. In the meantime check out James’ article on Scuds….very informative!


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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