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How often have you seen something on your computer and thought “Gosh it would be nice to have this photo, or recipe, or story  or sketch or …….. in printed form.” Maybe like this …….Steelhead Tube fly?     Or this page … Continue reading →

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

After careful deliberation, and in following the latest guidance from national, state and local authorities, we are sad to announce that the Paflyfish Spring Jamboree will not take place the weekend of May 15-17, 2020. We greatly appreciate your understanding as our actions are always in the best interest of our fly fishing community.We may consider some sort of Fall Jamboree, but we will have to evaluate that at a later date.As of March 26, 2020, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission...

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Steelheaders, forget your bucket list, this is a shot at the Holy Grail! Thanks to the remarkable generosity of one Native Fish Lifetime Member, we are raffling off a seven-day adventure for one angler to Hodson’s Dean River Lodge during … Continue reading →

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

Fishing on the McKenzie and Willamette has been very good the past three weeks. Both the lower and upper sections of both rivers have been fishing well, and with low water levels and some warmer days, dry fly fishing during … Continue reading →

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

This is the olive-hued jigged nymph in the three-pattern series.  Frankly, the olive hue to be in the eye  of the beholder, but trust that you can adjust the body and bead colors to achieve the colors that suit you and the … Continue reading →

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

Best most practical method for storing fly samples. As a fly tyer and fly fisher, I have accumulated a fair number of fly samples. These range from giant beasties to very little midge no-see-ems and many have been helpful when I … Continue reading →

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

HARRISBURG, Pa (March 26) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) knows that anglers and boaters are ethically minded, passionate outdoor enthusiasts who might have some questions about how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting their favorite activities this spring.As we continue to face the challenges of this rapidly shifting situation including travel restrictions, business and facility closures, and the desire to find safe and beneficial recreational activities, the PFBC is...

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Register NOW for the Homewaters: Rise-Up online auction, so you can bid on our best Silent, Super Silent and Live Item line-up yet! REGISTER HERE Unsure about how to register? Watch Native Fish Society’s Executive Director Mark Sherwood take you … Continue reading →

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

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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Hello and welcome.  Whether you are a loyal reader or a first time visitors to the Oregon Fly Fishing Blog, –  welcome – in this difficult time in our nation’s history. While I’m sheltering in place here at my home today, I’ve been receiving … Continue reading →

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

3/25/2020
With the acceleration of COVID-19 cases worldwide (and related travel restrictions), I am cancelling all speaking, clinics, and other engagements through June. I will re-assess the situation for July and beyond once those dates are closer. I will be contacting currently booked clubs and individuals via email or phone this week (week of March 23) … Continue reading "Change of Plans"

Source Feed: fishfliesandwater.com
Categories: uncategorized

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Our hard working friends at the Conservation Angler need our help telling ODFW how important Thermal Angling Sanctuaries are to our wild steelhead populations. Please have a look at the post below and call in or write an email voicing … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: central oregon fishing report, oregon conservation news

In this video, Jay Nicholas ties a variation of the classic Clouser Minnow using yak hair and a Gamakatsu 60º jig hook. Used as a baitfish pattern, this fly catches just about anything that swims including stripper, bass, tuna, salmon…. … Continue reading →

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

We all have some time on our hands at the moment, why not enjoy a new book from John Gierach. We have hard cover first edition signed copies of DUMB LUCK AND THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS at the shop right … Continue reading →

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

PFBC ANNOUNCES CONSOLIDATED STATEWIDE SCHEDULE FOR TROUT SEASON, BEGINS ACCELERATED STOCKING OPERATIONS, ADDS MORE CONVENIENT ONLINE LICENSE PURCHASE AND DISPLAY OPTIONSHARRISBURG, Pa (March 16) – Amid concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today announced several changes to the 2020 trout season intended to protect the safety of the public and staff, while preserving the opportunity to enjoy the fun and recreational health benefits of...

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By Matthew LourdeauMinor league baseball is all about fun. Sure, the players are doing everything they can to succeed at the lower levels of professional baseball with the hopes of getting to the majors. But while they’re giving it their all on the field, there is a whole lot more going on around them. T-shirt cannons, “bring your dog” nights, and appearances from B-list celebrities draw crowds that include die-hard fans and families looking for a night out.If you are an angler who...

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In this episode, Coty and Steve talk with Dave Kile from Paflyfish. We talk about starting a site, choosing flies, places to fish, and much more.Open Air Podcast Episode 68 - Paflyfish’s Dave KileThe Open Air Project is a podcast by Coty Soult and Steve Sunderland. The podcast is about hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. The vision for The Open Air project is to share with people the stories of them and their guests, all while educating everyone in the process. They feel that learning is a...

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The second annual Central PA Fly Fishing Show will be held Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Myers Elementary School in Bellwood, Pa. The show has expanded this year to feature more than 35 high-quality fly-fishing vendors displaying all types of great products including custom rods, handmade reels, classic tackle, guided expeditions, flies, and tying materials. The show will continue to offer a strong focus on education and introducing new people to the sport, especially kids....

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The 2020 tying jam was a great success. Jack Fields arrived at my house the night before. We took off early and headed to the nature center. They let us in at 9 and we set up. We had a great range of fly tyers from seasoned fly fishers to novice and even a couple newbies who have only been tying for a couple of months. Everyone did a great job. We all had a lot of fun. Many of us look forward to this every year. I think this year a few of the 1st timers will certainly come back next year. I...

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Some of the images and sights at The Fly Fishing Show in Edison, NJ. Plenty of Paflyfish members attending and in the booths.

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By Alan RittThere are times when I just don’t feel inspired to sit down and tie more of “the same.” Whether “the same” means flies others and I have tied for years, or it means patterns I’ve conjured up and like to think of as more or less mine. The point is a change is needed. During one of these restless periods a decade or so ago I was thinking to myself that I didn’t fish nearly enough large flies. You know, the ones regularly hanging from the jaws of those fish in the...

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SOLD OUT! A sincere “thank you” to all who purchased a copy of SHFC. If you are still interested in a signed, limited-edition copy of the book, a few on-line fly shops may still have stock.   Some further details about the book itself here.

Source Feed: fishfliesandwater.com
Categories: books, casting, media

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/

Source Feed: fishfliesandwater.com
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.

Source Feed: fishfliesandwater.com
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: fishfliesandwater.com
Categories: artistic, film, fly fishing life, special

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

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

Not from me, but from the man who made it happen.

Source Feed: fishfliesandwater.com
Categories: film, media, special

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.

Source Feed: fishfliesandwater.com
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"

Source Feed: fishfliesandwater.com
Categories: film, fly fishing life, other people's blogs, special

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.

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

Read it HERE.

Source Feed: Home Waters: A Fly Fishing Life
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 […]

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Categories: underground entertainment

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