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Wild winter steelhead in the Willamette Valley are extremely rare. Due to the tireless work of The Conservation Angler and the Willamette River Keeper they may get added protection in the coming years. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife faces … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: oregon conservation news

Had an absolute blast with Captain Mike Costello on the Sacramento Delta fly fishing for Striped Bass! The weather was amazing. Mike is a great guide. I highly recommend this fishery if you get a chance to do it.

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: fishing reports, fly fishing travel

Recently, forecast called for ” possible showers”, which immediately triggered, steelhead! . I had one of technical men’s conference attendees (old dawgs who have fished together for decades) along, the one from Burns. It appears we have all reached the … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: central oregon fishing report, eastern oregon, fishing reports, fly fishing gear review

Our 11th annual Two Fly Tournament was the most successful yet in terms of raising funds for McKenzie River Trust. Thanks to the guides who donate their time and the guests who participate in the fun weekend event. The “Two … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: fly fishing contests, mckenzie river


I took a walk up the lower South Fork of the McKenzie the other day to examine the restoration project that has been ongoing this summer. We had a great presentation at the Two Fly Tournament from Jared Weybright the … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: mckenzie river, oregon conservation news

In this video, Jay shows us how to tie an Olive themed Steelhead Tube Fly with Ginger Grizzly Saddle Hackle Tips and Orange Aqua Flies Intruder Eyes. This is a vibrant Winter Steelhead pattern that can be fished on the … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: fly tying, fly tying materials and supplies

For the past couple months a lot of customers have been coming to the shop asking about European Nymphing, or Czech style nymphing – and for good reason: it’s a lot of fun and a very productive way to catch … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: fly fishing gear review

The past few years, low water was an issue. Obviously, that wasn't the case this year. Unfortunately on Thursday, the day began with more rain. But we managed to get out Thursday afternoon into the evening. Jerry and I fished some streams that are normally non-existent this time of year, but even they were bordering on too high. We then headed up into the Sinnemehoning watershed-a watershed that despite going up there almost my whole life, we never fished much-and found some nice big pools and...

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In this video, Jay ties a Steelhead Super Bugger Swing-Jig. He finishes the fly with an optional Laser Dub enhancement that adds a little more color. This fly can be cast, stripped, and swung, or fished under an indicator for … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: fly tying, fly tying materials and supplies

The Caddis Fly Angling Shop’s 11th annual Two Fly Tournament kicks off this Friday. In the shop today 10% of sales will go to The McKenzie River Trust. Over the years the tournament has raised over $80,0000 for the trust. … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: fly fishing contests, mckenzie river, oregon conservation news, shop sales and specials

By Brian McGeehan at Montana Angler Fly FishingFor myself and many other local anglers, Montana’s fall run of Brown Trout is the most anticipated event of the year. Large, lake dwelling trout begin moving into the river systems during late September and October and are accessible to fly anglers during this pre-spawn period. Productive fishing will last as long as the weather (or in some cases, regulations) allows, usually sometime in mid-November. This is far and away my favorite time to...

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There’s a new fly mag about to hatch. I’m writing for it. No how-to, all why-to, and no adverts. Published in the UK, but can be bought from anywhere. Check it out: https://digital.flyculturemag.com/

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Categories: mags, media, other people's blogs

9/4/2018
I’m fortunate enough to have a first-run poster from “the movie”, but I’d love to add this one right next to it.

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Categories: artistic, casting, film

A lot of river has run over the past 25+ years, but I still like this interview. https://www.rogerebert.com/interviews/redfords-cast-into-past-a-tale-runs-through-it

Source Feed: Fish, Flies & Water
Categories: artistic, film, fly fishing life, special

By Matt Yancheff ("Swattie87"- Images Courtesy Author)I often see a common question come up early in the learning curve for anglers looking to get into small stream, wild trout angling: How do I find good streams to fish? It can be an intimidating first hurdle to overcome, but once over it, the way is open to a very rewarding angling experience. It requires some homework, often good for a cold evening in the dead of winter with your beverage of choice. You’ll swing and miss sometimes,...

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We have a bit of a weather shift here in the Bighorn Valley.  The past couple days of cooler weather have made our consistent Trico activity not so consistent.  Look for the end of the week for stable weather and the fish to get back on the Trico program.  Crowds have thinned out a bit,... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

Fall fly fishing in the the region offers plenty of great opportunities. The cooler weather offers anglers some solitude of fly fishing while many are caught up with other fall activities. A little bit of preparation can be a rewarding opportunity for those who can make the time.Reproduction plays an important part of the trout lifecycle during the fall months for both brook and brown trout. Brook trout, native to the US, usually begin to spawn during late September through October. Brown...

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The Bighorn is finally coming around and shaping up into the consistent river we have been waiting for.  The clarity is improving slightly and gets better as you go downstream.  The grass is growing quick and is shifting the fish around a bit.  It’s busy out there, but the fishing is great! TRICOS Happening big... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

Fly Fishing the Trico Hatch There may not be a hatch that provides more intrigue to the dry fly angler than that of the trico emergence. While tricos are an intimidating hatch for some anglers to match, these size 18 – 24 mayflies turn trout into voracious feeders during the dog days of summer. On... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: bighorn river articles, bighorn river hatches, uncategorized

Well folks, it’s getting a little tough out there.  Not to sound like a total downer, but you had better have your ‘A’ game on right now.  Our fish have seen a lot of pressure the past couple weeks and aren’t too keen on being slapped in the head by fly line any more.  Needless... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports


The Bighorn has become a fisherman’s river as we move towards July.  What does this mean?  You get out of it what you put into it.  It’s not all that easy out there right now, but it’s good. Gone are the days of dropping the nymph rig off the oars and dragging bugs around.  The grass... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

The Bighorn continues to drop every day until it hits the 3k mark, which should be early this next week.  The fishing has been a bit up and down as far as consistency, but overall is good and should be excellent once flows stabilize.  The clarity is getting better and the drifting vegetation is not much... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

The Bighorn is now stable at just under 6500K CFS.  The fish are still adapting to their new homes and fishing seems to be getting a bit more consistent.   We have seen the first decent numbers of Tricos for the year and a fair amount of fish are on them in the mornings.  We are... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

We got word yesterday that flows will reduced 6500k by Wednesday.  This is great news.  A perfect level for wading and just about everything on the Bighorn.  Let’s just hope they don’t ramp it up again.  If you haven’t booked your summer trip to the Bighorn, you might want to as prime dates are filling up... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

Finally, the news we have been waiting to hear – Bighorn River flows will be at 8K this weekend.  The Black Caddis are here and the fishing is just starting to get better.  As long as the water stabilizes or drops even more, we are looking at some primo summer conditions on the Bighorn. Evening... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

The Bighorn River is big – it has been for the past month. The good news is flows have started to drop! We are currently flowing at 10,000 cfs and dropping to 8,500 cfs over the next few days!  Despite being confined to fishing from the boat, fishing has been quite good and has provided... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports, uncategorized

Mid summer into mid autumn is prime time for small stream, warm water fly fishing. While this summer has, so far, been unseasonably wet and cool here in southcentral Pennsylvania, mid-June has traditionally been the time I start to look to local creeks for bass and panfish. The main game are smallmouth bass, rock bass, and red-breast sunfish. Many of these creeks also have largemouth bass, carp, fallfish, green sunfish, bluegills, hatchery trout, crappies, even pickerel and walleyes. However,...

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With the best hatch of the season fast approaching, I thought it might be helpful for some of the “Newbie’s” to post a few words on the Sulphur Hatch to get them off to a flying start this month… so if anyone has anything to add in the way of tips, tricks, details, etc. PLEASE feel free to chime in!The months of May and June here in southeastern PA bring forth the greatest event of the fly-fishing season… the SULPHUR HATCH. These yellowish mayflies are actually made up of three (3)...

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Friday, May 18th is the start of our annual gathering for the Paflyfish Spring Jamboree Weekend. This is our annual meet-up for members of the site to get together to fly fish, tie flies, camp and share a few stories. We have a lot of fun fishing over some of Pennsylvania's finest streams including the Little J, Penns Creek, Spring Creek, Fishing Creek and plenty more in the region. The pavilion at Seven Mountains Campground is rented by Paflyfish and is used as a meeting point during the...

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A mayfly hatch is the grand finale in the year long seasonal play that returns annually for trout and anglers. This show begins the previous season with mature female mayflies, called spinners, laying their eggs on the surface of the water(video). The eggs shortly hatch into small larvae and quickly change into nymphs.The nymph phase of the mayfly is the longest and will last just about one year. Different species of mayflies can be found in different parts of a stream. Some prefer the faster...

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Source Feed: Fish, Flies & Water
Categories: film, media, special

12/6/2017
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Categories: books, casting, media

A little remembrance from days gone by… Remembering “The Movie”

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Categories: film, fly fishing life, other people's blogs

Listening to the ARRTI soundtrack. Still swirls up such nostalgia and longing for me after all these years. Days perfected into memories that remain forever despite the endless flow of time.

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Categories: artistic, fly fishing life, special

10/4/2016
When working on A River Runs Through It,  I had the great pleasure of being introduced to George Croonenberghs, who “was there” when it all happened the first time. I immediately and permanently liked George, and he’s someone whose memory is still fond in my mind decades later. In addition to handing out both captivating stories … Continue reading George

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Categories: film, fly fishing life, other people's blogs, special

9/21/2016
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Source Feed: Home Waters: A Fly Fishing Life

I have decided to shut down this blog.As you have gathered by now, my family and I have moved. We're back in the Midwest. It was time. After ten years of being 2,000 miles away from three daughters and four grandchildren, we are now practically neighbors. And my daughter Lidia and grandson Sebastian came with us, so now all the grandchildren are together. We're looking forward to being an ongoing part of their lives.I will miss the trout fishing that I have left behind, and I will miss the...

Source Feed: Home Waters: A Fly Fishing Life
Categories: so long

You squeeze in one more trip to the lake--the last trip. You get that last fish--on a muddler. Seasons come and seasons go, and a long season with this lake--ten years--comes to an end. It has been good.So long, lake.

Source Feed: Home Waters: A Fly Fishing Life
Categories: muddler variations, rainbow trout, so long, trout lake

You think this will be your last trip to the lake for a long time. You're in the middle of packing everything in the house, loading a U-Haul truck, and getting ready for a move away from Washington back to the Midwest. It's too busy to fish anymore.So you document the last time you park the truck at the channel (the truck is sold; the new owners will pick it up in a day or two) and the last time you launch the float tube.But then something goes wrong. You can't document the last fish you catch...

Source Feed: Home Waters: A Fly Fishing Life
Categories: august, stars and planets, summer on the water, sunset, trout lake

Change is hard--and hard work--but you get away to the lake once again. You range a little farther down the familiar shorelines, saying your goodbyes. A trusty muddler brings some fish.

Source Feed: Home Waters: A Fly Fishing Life
Categories: august, muddler variations, rainbow trout, summer on the water, trout lake

Busy times. Big changes afoot. But you can still make time for Trout Lake. The trout are still standoffish, but you fool one with a little caddis.

Source Feed: Home Waters: A Fly Fishing Life
Categories: august, rainbow trout, summer on the water, trout lake

It's windy, then calm. The weather is cool, and the hatches are impressive. But the fish are strangely silent.Saturn, Mars, Antares (top to bottom)You watch the planets align and decide to keep your mouth closed about the fact that you couldn't coax a single fish to open theirs.

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Categories: antares, august, getting skunked, mars, saturn, stars and planets, summer on the water, sunset, trout lake

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Categories: eat sleep fish, europe, fly fishing ezines, united kingdom

Today is the Centennial of the creation of the National Park Service. The Adventure Blog shares some of the history and what the NPS is doing to celebrate 100 years of protecting our National Parks. Click the link for more.

Source Feed: Home Waters: A Fly Fishing Life

Back to the drop off for the evening.The wind is blowing from the south. You hope it will back off. It steadily increases to a roar.Your new muddler fits the bill. Lots of marabou.You rip it through the waves.Then the wind does back off.An otter checks you out.You work the muddler around the weed beds.Your efforts are rewarded.Then the wind picks up again, and begins to shift. The waves don't know which direction to roll.Then it settles into the north and steadily increases to a roar.The...

Source Feed: Home Waters: A Fly Fishing Life
Categories: august, marabou muddler, muddler variations, rainbow trout, summer on the water, sunset, trout lake, waves, wind

Recently, Yobi Adventures, a new, online, community-based, fly fishing expedition and booking outfit, contacted me about buying the Trout Underground. Because M1 and M2 always need a new pair of shoes (and skis, and soccer balls, and baseball gloves, and fishing gear, and chess sets, and books, and bicycles, and… you get the picture), I […]

Source Feed: The Trout Underground Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: underground entertainment

Fly Fishing Idaho There is no denying that us frenziers like to throw some meat in the fall in search of nice browns.  We venture out as much as time permits in hopes to get those turns, looks, or bumps that  get the adrenaline pumping.  Few things get me more excited out on the river […]

Source Feed: Fly Fishing Frenzy | blog | stories | reports
Categories: fly fishing idaho, henry's fork, pictures, dropjaw flies, fly fishing streamers

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