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Hatches 2011: Tiers From Across the Pond – Rune Andre Stokkebekk

Hatches 2011: Tiers From Across the Pond – Rune Andre Stokkebekk

The instructional portion of this presentation features a buzzer pattern that has been very successful for me. The most important feature in this pattern is the stretch tubing, which gives a nice translucent effect quite close to the natural. Most of the time trout look at this fly from below. When you look at this […]

Hatches 2011: A Life Full of Squid by Steve Silverio

Hatches 2011: A Life Full of Squid by Steve Silverio

My relationship with stripers and squid has been an almost life long affair. I remember summer nights as a kid, jigging for squid under pier lights and trying to “stink ink” my fishing partners. As we lifted up the pale white specters that clung to our jigs, they transformed into erupting black fountains of slimy […]

Hatches 2011: Tiers from Across the Pond – Marco Reisen

Hatches 2011: Tiers from Across the Pond – Marco Reisen

I would like to introduce you one of my special CDC dry flies. This fly pattern matches a group of delicate yellow mayflies. It works well in the slow-flowing rivers of the Eifel. It can be fished as a dun pattern on the surface, or as an emerger in the surface film. In either case, […]

Hatches 2011: Tiers from Across the Pond – John Terje Refsahl

Hatches 2011: Tiers from Across the Pond – John Terje Refsahl

In the Rena River, caddis pupae hatch in enormous numbers and often make their way across the currents at high speeds. The trout take them really hard, so the fishing is action-packed from start to finish. The Foamblingpupa often yields great results. I always start with a few dead-drift casts with the pattern. If that […]

Hatches 2011: Parafoam Dry Flies by Alex Cerveniak

Hatches 2011: Parafoam Dry Flies by Alex Cerveniak

The dry fly has been evolving for more than 100 years. It started in England, crossed the Atlantic, and then took the world by storm in the Catskills. Despite the fact that the Catskill-style dry flies are still widely used today, Catskill patterns are plagued by issues that fly tiers have been trying to overcome […]

Hatches 2011: The Sasquatch by Nick Granato

Hatches 2011: The Sasquatch by Nick Granato

A few years back I joined a fly swap on Drake Magazine’s forum. Since it was my first swap, with people from all over the country who target any number of species, I found myself a little perplexed as to which pattern to tie. Since the streamer was to go to quite a diverse group […]

Hatches 2011: Geezus Lizard and Texas Ringworm by Jay Zimmerman

Hatches 2011: Geezus Lizard and Texas Ringworm by Jay Zimmerman

The Geezus Lizard and Texas Ringworm are two bass flies that have finally evened the playing field. They have allowed fly fishermen to dabble into the not-so-secret voodoo world of conventional bass anglers worldwide. Their existence was born of a desire to find a viable fly rod application for lessons I’d learned in youth about […]

Hatches 2011: Emerging Patterns – Tying the Missing Link by Russ Forney

Hatches 2011: Emerging Patterns – Tying the Missing Link by Russ Forney

For some, a flurry of mayflies hovering over the water is the initial sign of a hatch. In reality, though, insect activity might have been churning frenetically below the water’s surface for many hours before. Emergence begins well before the first dun pops off the water, and so does some of the most productive fishing. […]

Hatches 2010: A Midwinter Refection on Flies by Bob White

Hatches 2010: A Midwinter Refection on Flies by Bob White

It was my first season in Alaska, and I was one of several new fishing guides that had gathered around the bonfire to unwind, review the day, and listen to Rusty. The old guide was the consummate bush rat, and had forgotten more about living and working in the North Country than many of us […]

Hatches 2010: Tying the Devil’s Reject by Brent Drew & Alex Cerveniak

Hatches 2010: Tying the Devil’s Reject by Brent Drew & Alex Cerveniak

A deceptive calm fills the air. The river gurgles. A light breeze whispers like a witch’s spell, enticing the angler to take a nap at the water’s edge. But even as he dozes off, he senses that something isn’t quite right. A sixth sense has his subconscious on guard. He glances uneasily over his shoulder […]

Hatches 2010: Covering the Hendrickson Hatch by Nick Pionessa

Hatches 2010: Covering the Hendrickson Hatch by Nick Pionessa

My mind leafed through the pages of a crumbling paperback to drawings made by a master with whom I was barely familiar. “This must be a Quill Gordon,” I said. “No, I think it’s a Hendrickson.” I remember the day as if it were yesterday because it was my birthday and that Hendrickson was one […]

Hatches 2010: The Bunny Split by Mark Dysinger

Hatches 2010: The Bunny Split by Mark Dysinger

Of all the species I fish for, saltwater and fresh, pike are my favorite. They excite me. They intimidate me. They’re primitive-looking, Jurassic in appearance and nature. Their appetites are enormous. Their strikes are savage. My hands shake with adrenaline when I release them. Predatory fish — especially those better measured in feet than in […]

Hatches 2010: Improving Your Tying Skills by Al & Gretchen Beatty

Hatches 2010: Improving Your Tying Skills by Al & Gretchen Beatty

Fly tying is like a journey; you can go as far as you wish or make as much of it as time and inclination permit. In other words, you can stop at the gas station in Tyingtown, U.S.A., and continue on your trip, or you can stay a while and learn about the area by […]

Hatches 2010: On the Tenth Day by Ulf Hagström

Hatches 2010: On the Tenth Day by Ulf Hagström

For the sixth time I place the CDC fly upstream from the long shadow hovering over the bottom, and for the sixth time I see it pass by without a reaction. Further upstream I see Chris catch another good sized grayling. Dammit, why won’t this fish rise to the one fly that seems to be […]

Hatches 2010: In Pursuit of Perfection by Capt. John Meskauskas

Hatches 2010: In Pursuit of Perfection by Capt. John Meskauskas

As fly fishermen we are always in search of perfection — the perfect drift, the perfect presentation or the perfect fly. That search for something better helped inspire my new pattern. When most of us picture a tarpon fly, we imagine Stu Apte-style or Keys-style patterns. But here Florida’s east coast, our migrating tarpon feed […]

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