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The 25th anniversary of the film, A River Runs Through It, is coming up shortly (October 9). Below is a link to a good read about some aspects of the film’s pre-production/production and post-release influences. I’ll be posting a few memories of my own related to the fly-fishing scenes closer to the anniversary date. Haunted By Waters: A River Runs … Continue reading A Good “River Runs” Read

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

If you ordered a copy of Single-Handed Fly Casting up through yesterday, all the books are signed and sealed and will soon be sent for delivery. I should, at very long last, be totally caught up on everything book-related by the weekend.

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

Recent rains have caused the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers to rise quite a bit. This fresh water surge is sure to push fish into a “fall feeding mode”. Cooler water temps, lower light conditions, and increased insect activity will make … Continue reading →

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

The following narrative is based on my book, Sea Run Cutthroat Flies and Fishing (2016 available on Amazon and from the Caddis Fly Shop). ______________________________________________________ Sea Run Cutthroat I will refer to the sea-run form of Oncorhynchus clarki clarki, coastal cutthroat, as … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: fishing porn, fly fishing books

Several customers have contacted the Shop or called me directly, asking for my recommendations regarding tackle and flies to fish for sea-run cutthroat. I’m drafting this blog post to cover the highlights of my thoughts. In the good old days: … Continue reading →

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

From The Deschutes River Alliance Dear Deschutes River Alliance Community, There has been a lot of discussion these last few years about how Selective Water Withdrawal operations at the Pelton Round Butte Project have impacted temperatures in the lower Deschutes … Continue reading →

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

Water levels have come down a bit and hatches are increasing the McKenzie River. We are looking at a cool down in terms of weather that will turn the lower river on and have then entire river fishing well. Look … Continue reading →

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

Redsides chapter of TU Where: Roaring rapids Pizza When: Sept 11th 6:30 Join us to discuss the future of our chapter: What are our conservation priorities? What kind of presentations do you want to see? Would you like to have … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: oregon conservation news, oregon fly fishing clubs and events

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued two contracts recently to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for the operation of five hatcheries and the production of salmon and steelhead to offset … Continue reading →

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

Just a quick note for all those who ordered this week (September 4 onward). I’ll be shipping this week’s books either late this week or early next (likely early next). Still working through the remaining outside-the-USA pre-orders and should have them clear by the weekend. Thanks for your patience.

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

When: Saturday, September 30th 2017 9:00am – 12:00pm Where: Native Fish Society, 813 7th St. Suite 200A Oregon City, OR 97045 Join Native Fish Society staff on Saturday, September 30th from 9am to 12pm for our First Annual Fall Garage … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: oregon conservation news, oregon fly fishing clubs and events

As a on again – off again user of various super glues, I’ve recently found a product (new to me) that I find is superior, at least for my skill level and preferred uses. I was formerly of the … Continue reading →

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

The two latest reviews for Single-Handed Fly Casting appeared over the extended (for the USA) weekend. The first is from Aitor Coterón at onemorelastcast.net, the other is from Paul Arden at the one-and-only sexyloops.com. One More Last Cast review Sexyloops review And full disclosure here: Aitor Coterón was one of my go-to guys for English-as-a-second-language … Continue reading SHFC Reviews – Two Thumbs Up

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

The last of the USA copies, ready to be packed. If you ordered a book through September 3, and haven’t yet received it or been sent an email saying it’s on the way, it should be in one of those stacks. If you’re outside the USA and the same circumstances apply, there will be another … Continue reading SHFC – Shipping Update September 3

Source Feed: Fish, Flies & Water
Categories: uncategorized

My friend and fellow Salmon Journal Prodction team Leader, Al James, sent me a few photo images from his recent family vacation back in Maine. Fishing from Scarborough to Kettery, Al found just enough willing striped bass to make the … Continue reading →

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

So, an SHFC shipping update as of early morning, August 31: I am in the process of having *all* remaining USA books packed and ready to ship (or already shipped) by the end of the Labor Day weekend. That’s everyone who pre-ordered/ordered through yesterday, August 30. Next week (that’s after September 4, *all* NON-USA books … Continue reading SHFC – Shipping Update August 30

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

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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If you have not yet received your pre-ordered copy (or copies) of Single-Handed Fly Casting and are wondering about your book’s whereabouts, there are three possibilities: It is on a truck or airplane heading your way (though you should hopefully know that by now via email). It is in my garage, either in a box or … Continue reading SHFC – Where’s My Book?

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

If you pre-ordered multiple books, and you don’t already have them or been told that they’re on the way (with one exception I’m aware of), they should be in this box. The box will feed other boxes today and then I’m into the rest of the single-book pre-orders.

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

Another review of Single-Handed Fly Casting is in, this time from the “The Loop,” which is the casting instructor journal of Fly Fishers International. The review itself is behind a password wall, but here are some key bits: We at The Loop have anticipated Jason Borger’s newest fly-casting tome, Single-Handed Fly Casting, for a year or … Continue reading SFHC Review – The Loop

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

The review of Single-Handed Fly Casting is in from the fly-industry mag, “Angling Trade.” I’ll take it! A Book You Should Carry…

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

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....

Source Feed: Paflyfish

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...

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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

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

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

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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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