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In this video, Jay ties a Chinook Style Dragon Tail pattern using Mangum’s UV2 Dragon Tails. This is essentially a Clouser fly on steroids! Tied using classic Chinook colors – pink and chartreuse, this is a bold option for the … Continue reading →

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

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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From: The Native Fish Society Across Oregon, we are all feeling the effects of hot summer weather. We seek out cool air, take a dip in our local waters, and find refuge to avoid the summer heat. For many rivers, … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: north umpqua river fishing reports, oregon conservation news

From Chris Santella – In the spring of 2017, I researched and wrote a story for “American Angler” on the plight of wild steelhead in the Columbia Basin, which impacts Oregon, Washington and Idaho. As a die-hard Deschutes River steelhead … Continue reading →

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

I was looking for a short head fly line that I could cast from a dory offshore Pacific City. Many floating fly lines work well for this purpose, including most of the short head floating fly lines such as the RIO … Continue reading →

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

Many of you know how much great work the McKenzie River Trust does to protect, restore and expand treasured outdoor spaces. We have held our annual Two Fly Tournament to help the trust for over 10 years now and Patagonia … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: oregon conservation news, shop sales and specials

From Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Columbia River at Deschutes River mouth closes to all fishing beginning Aug. 9: Action taken to help protect upriver steelhead Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 SALEM — The Columbia River around the mouth of … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: eastern oregon, oregon conservation news, summer steelhead

From the McKenzie Watershed Council Phase I of the Lower South Fork McKenzie River Floodplain Enhancement Project is nearing completion. Over the course of the last 10 weeks, the Project has placed over 1,300 pieces of large wood, and redistributed … Continue reading →

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

From ODFW Anglers: 2 p.m. emergency angling closure for North Umpqua River begins Monday Closure affects fly water area through September 30. Thursday, August 2, 2018 ROSEBURG, Ore – Beginning Monday, August 6, angling the North Umpqua River fly area … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: north umpqua river fishing reports, oregon conservation news

So OK, this is a rather simplistic post but still it seems relevant, at least the question is one that i’m constantly asking myself each time I set to sea with fly rod in hand here at Pacific City, and … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: oregon salmon fly fishing, oregon saltwater fishing

In this video, Tony Torrence ties a Spruce Fly. An old fly that’s been a consistent producer for Sea-Run Cutthroat, Rainbows, and Brown Trout. Enjoy! SPRUCE STREAMER Thread: Veevus 10/0, Black Hook: TMC 5262 or TMC 5263, Sizes 2-12 Tail: … Continue reading →

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


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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The river is now stable a bit over 6k CFS.  The fish have adapted to the change quickly and the river is fishing awesome.  The latest word from the Bureau is river flows coming back up into the 8-10K range by early June.   It also seems the moss drift has slowed a bit, although... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

Flows are on the way down on the Bighorn.  Potential flooding from the Yellowstone’s major flows combined with our somewhat high flows pose a threat to our neighbors downstream.  The fish have settled in nicely to their 8K flows, but might be stirred up a bit after the drop to around 6K tomorrow.  The rainbow... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

The Bighorn is starting to fish more like the consistent Spring fishery we are used to.  Water temps have warmed up just enough that the fish are now spreading out into multiple areas of runs, making it a bit easier to find them vs. having a pile of fish in just a few spots.  Plenty... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

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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The river has been fishing quite different than most visiting anglers are used to.  Many people who are used to fishing the textbook wade spots are not doing as well.  The river and fish are in great shape, but the Bighorn is fishing more like a normal river vs. the sit in one hole and catch fish... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

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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The Bighorn River continues to rock in full Spring mode.  Flows are still stable at 7500 and the river looks great.  A bit of algae showing up on the lower end of 3 to B, but definitely not much of a deal.  It’s been pretty busy, especially on the weekends, so take that into consideration.... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

I’ll be chatting live about fly casting on Ask About Fly Fishing internet radio this coming April 25 at 7pm MST. Join me if you can, or tune in later for a re-play.

Source Feed: Fish, Flies & Water
Categories: casting, other people's blogs, podcasts / radio, talking & hand-waving

The Bighorn continues to be in full spring swing and fishing well.  A few more folks are showing up, but plenty of great water to fish right now. Here’s the lowdown on what’s happening on each stretch: A to 3 Good streamer fishing and boat nymphing.  The wade fishing spots have been a bit more limited... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

Spring is rolling on the Bighorn.  Anglers from all around are here, the weather is nice (for the most part) and the fishing keeps getting better. BWO’s and Midges are out in full force from late morning to early afternoon.  Not many fish up in the sun the past few days, but when it’s cloudy,... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

Steve and Pete’s Favorite Things 2018 – A look at all the must have fly fishing products for 2018 Each year Oprah Winfrey and her team go through the daunting task of sorting through and testing the most innovative and trend setting products in the marketplace. What they end up with is a must have list... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: uncategorized

Is winter over yet?? It doesn’t appear so in this little corner of MT.  Spring is trying to show up, but is having a hard time doing so.  River flows are right at 7500 cfs, but no rumor or word of more increases.  We wouldn’t doubt if they do, based on the track record.  ... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

Reprising my stunt caster roll this summer: MidCurrent gets the scoop!

Source Feed: Fish, Flies & Water
Categories: uncategorized

One of the first signs of spring is the emergence of the little black stonefly in many streams in the East. A variety of stoneflies (Order Plecoptera) in different sizes and colors follow suit throughout the season. Stoneflies are often overlooked by many Eastern anglers as mayflies and caddis are much more prolific. They rarely show up in any great numbers and their timing is not very predictable. Still, it is an important insect to understand for both nymphing and dry fly fishing.In the...

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The Bighorn River system is full of water right now and conditions are changing.  Current flows from the Afterbay are right at 6500 CFS and expected to go to 7K at some point this next week.  Despite the higher water, the fish are happily eating right now.   The river is fishing a bit different... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

One of the great things about Paflyfish is the tremendous knowledge and sharing that is done especially in the forums. Tom "afishinado" Ciannilli, like many, regularly contributes to answering questions in the Beginners Forums. As the early trout season is about to get started he offered some great advice on A Dozen Top Flies. A very subjective topic, but for anglers just getting started, Tom's picks are are spot on. Tom's selection is broken into six sinking flies for subsurface fishing...

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Fly fishing anglers can pursue many types of freshwater fish in the region including bass, carp and sunfish. Undoubtedly, fly fishing for trout is by far the most popular. Millions of brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout are stocked in the Northeast every year. Aside from state and local club stocking efforts, all three species can be found naturally reproducing with varying degrees of success as well. Trout flourish in waters that sustain fertile, cooler conditions year-round....

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The Moldy Chum Chumion breaks the story! I can neither confirm nor deny. The satire is strong with this one… Chumion Breaking News: Secretary Zinke tries to go Paul Maclean on us

Source Feed: Fish, Flies & Water
Categories: #notserious, casting, fly fishing life, other people's blogs

1/10/2018
It’s tying season here on the northern 45th parallel, so here’s something for the tyers who follow this blog. A little video on the Double Hitch knot, a skill that I learned as a young kid as part of my tying education. It’s versatile and easy and has served me well for decades. Worth dropping … Continue reading Double Hitch

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Categories: media, tying, video

A short and sweet review of Single-Handed Fly Casting, from the Winter 2018 edition of Trout Unlimited’s “Trout” magazine: Truly pleased that the editors had such a positive impression of the text. Thanks TU!

Source Feed: Fish, Flies & Water
Categories: books, casting, media

12/10/2017
Got new rods, lines, and reels for the next fly casting book project. Special thanks to Paul Arden at Sexyloops for the HT6 Instructor rod and Thunderbolt line, and Tim Rajeff at Echo Fly Fishing for Ion reels (and more lines). Popped in at Tim’s Echo world empire HQ the other day and wiggled a … Continue reading More Book Gear

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Categories: uncategorized

12/6/2017
If you want a copy of the limited-edition book, Single-Handed Fly Casting, you’re in the right place. ABOUT THE BOOK: 1001 copies, signed/numbered; hardcover; 320 pages; fully illustrated, with drawings based on slow-motion HD video. DOWNLOAD: Table of Contents | Chapter One TO ORDER: Click on the option below that applies to you and proceed. NOTE: If you are … Continue reading Order SHFC

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Categories: books, casting, media

Looks like I’ll be up at Sundance Mountain Resort November 10-11 to be a part of the 25th anniversary celebration of A River Runs Through It. Planning on doing some casting and a bit of storytelling from days on the set. I’ll even have a few copies of SHFC floating around. If you’re in the neighborhood … Continue reading Sundance for ARRTI – November 10

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

Another review of SHFC (this time from Lars Chr. Bentsen) at sexyloops.com. Lars sums it up like this: …if you find yourself “left in a place that’s full of movement with speed, but not much in the way of mental and physical direction”, this book will help you find a path! Thanks, Lars! Truly pleased … Continue reading SHFC Review – Sexyloops.com Again

Source Feed: Fish, Flies & Water
Categories: books, casting, media

So, I’ve gotten some emails concerning PayPal and SHFC book order/tee order confirmation. The issue revolves around a PayPal receipt, but no apparent response in terms of direct verification of an order from Fish, Flies & Water (FF&W). Once a PayPal order is placed, it is processed on direct behalf of my LLC, and it is … Continue reading About PayPal Orders

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Categories: gear, media

9/21/2016
My new Indiana blog can be found at:http://rifflesandslicks.blogspot.com/

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...

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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

Read it HERE.

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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...

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Categories: august, marabou muddler, muddler variations, rainbow trout, summer on the water, sunset, trout lake, waves, wind

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