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From the McKenzie River Trust As many of you know, In 2016 McKenzie River Trust purchased 278 acres from Roseboro Lumber Company including the Finn Rock Boat Landing on the McKenzie River. As we work towards developing our conservation management … Continue reading →

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

While waiting for the press to deliver three pallets of SHFC to me, I did a little work on this: What started out as big project ended up as a huge project. I added my intro late in the game just to be sure that the page count got boosted a bit more (656 now, I … Continue reading Not an SHFC Update – AFF

Source Feed: Fish, Flies & Water
Categories: books, media, other people's blogs

But not by me. My friends will be charging out into the ocean offshore Pacific City at about 0445 hours this morning. I will have wished them all well, anxiously awaiting the return of the tuna fleet late in the afternoon. This … Continue reading →

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

Water levels have dropped, hatches have diminished and there are more folks out fishing than almost anytime of year. Sound like a great recipe for tough fishing? Well, it can be. High sun in the afternoon can be tough, trout … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: fishing reports, mckenzie river, middle fork willamette river fishing

Most people who are regular visitors to Youtube and the Oregon fly Fishing Blog probably recognize that the Clouser is one of my best, most favorite, gotta have some fly patterns. I’ll tie them with different materials, in different proportions, … Continue reading →

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

7/17/2017
For the next book. Video anyone? At Sexyloops: Jason Borger’s Custom Fly Rod.

Source Feed: Fish, Flies & Water
Categories: casting, gear, other people's blogs

7/17/2017
As many friends know, my primary grip for single-handed rods is the 3-Point (note that I wrote “primary,” not “only”). The 3-Point figures pretty large in my new Single-Handed Fly Casting book, so I figured I’d toss a video up here, as well. This is from 2003, so take it easy on me in terms … Continue reading 3-Point Grip

Source Feed: Fish, Flies & Water
Categories: casting, media, talking & hand-waving, video

My nightlife. SHFC being signed, sealed and (almost) delivered. A few readers have copies already, with a bunch more to follow. Going as fast as the time that I have will allow.

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

This list might help folks prepare for a week-long venture to Gary Bullla’s destination fishing camp in Baja. It pretty much captures what I felt that I needed after reviewing my week long fishing trip in late May 2017.  So for what … Continue reading →

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

Having just returned from a fine week fly fishing Baja, I wanted to say a little, and I really mean a little, about the two fly reels that I fish most often these days. These are fly reels that I … Continue reading →

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

Wading anglers will be pleased about yesterdays significant water level reduction out of Hills Creek Dam. Fishing was good all day subsurface with Jigged Mega Prince nymphs. We caught a few fish on Golden Stone adults as well. Small brown … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: fishing reports, middle fork willamette river fishing

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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It was hot last week on the John Day river. The kids spent as much time swimming in the water as they did fishing in it. With low water and a plethora of insects on the water the smallmouth bass … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: fishing reports, fly fishing travel, oregon fly fishing links, oregon warmwater fly fishing, oregon weekend fishing forecast


I’m going to keep this review short. Winston’s reputation for superior performance, rod components, durability, and appearance is well established. I have fished the 12 wt Winston B3 Plus Saltwater offshore Oregon for Albacore and lingcod. I’ve now fished in … Continue reading →

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

The book is here, and it will be shipping starting this weekend. There are a fair number of pre-orders and I’ll get them out the door as quickly as I reasonably can. A/P copies will ship first, followed by the rest of the standard signed/numbered. Check back here for progress, and thanks to everyone for your … Continue reading SHFC Update – Shipping

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

So let’s say you pony up the bucks and buy a copy of Single-Handed Fly Casting. What do you get for your hard-earned cash? A bunch of paper, for starters. Some ink. Several decades of fly casting instruction experience and research (with actual scientist types). And lots of drawings of me. You also get one … Continue reading SHFC Update – An Extra Bit

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

Don’t really need to say much else. Here it is. Shipping is next.

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

Single-Handed Fly Casting is on a truck somewhere between Ohio and Oregon. The books will be passing some good water on the way! Should be here by mid-week, and then the fun starts: shipping. The Artist’s Proofs will go out first, and then into the standard signed/numbered in order. I’ll be posting about progress as I … Continue reading SHFC Update – Incoming!

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

Got word that SHFC books are getting dust jackets (as I write this) and are being packed into boxes (also as I write this)! Soon to be here…

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

6/9/2017
Since I’ve been posting a bit about A River Runs Through It, I figured I’d also add link to George Croonenberghs. If you don’t know who George was, the link below should fill you in (he’s in Norman’s novella, too). I first met George on-set and immediately liked him (as did everyone else I can think … Continue reading George

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

All students across the country get a chance to learn about biology and environmental sciences when attending middle school. However, the students at Tredyffrin/Easttown Middle School (TEMs) have the unique opportunity to actually go beyond the regular curriculum with raising trout in their classroom.The program is led by Mr. Gordon Davis, 7th English/8th science teacher at TEMS. The Trout in the Classroom program at TEMS is supported by the PA Fish and Boat Commission, PA Council of Trout...

Source Feed: Paflyfish

It’s a busy weekend on the Bighorn.  Not record setting, but plenty of anglers taking advantage of the great weather and great fishing.  It’s still cranking along at 14,000 cfs and there is a bit of salad in the water to deal with, but all in all, it’s been fishing pretty well. A to B... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

Inside the cabin by TigerTrout4wt (Kevin) I went out with Tom Ciannilli on Friday evening to my favorite place on the the Little J. Great night and a classic May Sulphur hatch at about 8:00 pm to close the evening. Saturday Dave, Maurice, Tom, Mick and I went over to Penns. A big change in the weather with a cold front dropping the temps into the 50's and some light rain in the morning.Dave showing off with catching a nice bow on his first cast in the Class A section of Penns.The long and...

Source Feed: Paflyfish

Great high water fishing on the Bighorn continues.  Flows stable at just around 13,000 and rumors of a slight increase this week.  The crowds are way lighter than normal right now as many ‘Do-it-yourself’ anglers are staying away from the high flows.  Guide trips are out daily and anglers are coming back with smiles on... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

Finally we are are seeing stable flows here on the Bighorn.  The crowds aren’t too bad and the fishing is very consistent.   As Spring temps climb and the snow really starts to melt, we will soon be the only solid fishery in the State.   The Shiners are still the talk of the town... 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)...

Source Feed: Paflyfish

Friday, May 19th 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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Spring is in full effect on the Bighorn.  Lots of water in the river and still plenty to come down from the high country.  Flows are stable at just under 12,000.  Our Spring crowd is here, although high water is keeping the normal masses down. The fish are still happy and eating really well! Streamer... 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...

Source Feed: Paflyfish

Happy Easter everyone! Some are getting out on the water while others staying at home and hanging with the fam.  We like the fishing part.  Still not crazy busy here on the Bighorn but definitely picking up a bit.  Flows are almost 11,000 and there is a good chance they could increase as we have... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

7 Must Have Sowbug Fly Patterns In tailwater rivers and spring creeks crustaceans such as sowbugs provide a consistent source of protein throughout the year. On famous tailwater rivers such as the Bighorn and Missouri Rivers in Montana you will find anglers taking fish on these patterns every day of the year. Not only are... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: bighorn river fly patterns

Well after almost 30 years of fly fishing I have assembled quite a sundry of storage boxes for my flies, nymphs and streamers. Not that any of these boxes are special. Just a real eclectic set of Plano, Orvis, Perrine and Tupperware containers. I have Adams stuck with Sulphurs, midges with my little BWO’s and Caddis flies with my nymphs. Imagine a house with about seventeen additions of all different shapes and sizes bolted on.How I got to this point is anybodies guess. Probably it has...

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We’re in Spring mode on the Bighorn.  Lots of recent precip is greening everything up and adding to our river volume as well.  Current flows are right around 9,000 and we don’t see any possibility for a drop in the near future.  The big runoff is still a ways out, so no telling what will happen... View Article

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

While most Pennsylvania fly fishermen target river smallmouths during the summer, bass can be successfully targeted all year and the "pre-spawn" is among the best times, especially if you're after large fish. When water temps hit the mid 40s - this would usually coincide with mid March here in the southcentral part of the state - river smallies become noticeably more active and move up out of their winter hibernacula. These winter locations are usually the deepest part of a river, often the...

Source Feed: Paflyfish

3/16/2017
We are now at 8,000 cfs and look to be there for the near future (some sources say until July).  A handful of people are wondering what’s going on and the reasoning for this.  In a nutshell, if the B.O.R. doesn’t keep the steady flow now, we could see real potential flooding as we near... 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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Up it goes!  Flows are projected to bump to 6,000 cfs today to offset projected runoff.  Is this a lot of water in the Bighorn? Not really.  We like the extra water and the fish seem to like it as well.  The wading will be a bit more limited but plenty of opportunity still left out... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

Many times the rising fish you see in the winter are taking midges. I’ve done well in the winter fishing midges on warmer afternoons. It’s great covering rising fish fish in the winter since I become tired of dredging the bottom, doing the chuck-and-chance-it to unseen fish. I could never stand watching fish rise in front of me without giving them a try.Tying MidgesMidges are not hard to tie. I use a small sized emerger hook which is a wide gape 2x short curved hook. For dries, just add a...

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Finally a big change of weather for us on the Bighorn.  We don’t know how long this nice break from the brutal winter will continue, but we are making the most of it.  It’s a little busy some weekends, but it is getting to be that cabin fever time of year.  The fishing remains great and... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

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...

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

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...

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

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