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Entries from February 2009

Flies for Henry’s Lake

February 27th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Here are a few flies for Henry’s Lake. The first set are caddis pupa, useful for the eastern half of the lake in early summer.



In late June, early July, the Damsels start coming.   Look towards the western side of the lake.


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Tags: Fly Fishing · Fly Tying

Free drift boat

February 24th, 2009 · No Comments

Here is a free drift boat, ready to sneak up on those skittish spring creek trout.

Contact the US Navy. It’s free for pickup in Rhode Island. Unfortunately, my tow vehicle isn’t up to it at the moment.

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Weather stinks, catch up on my tying

February 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Stormy Sunday, perfect for tying flies.
Tan Para Hopper
Hook: 3x long, size 12
Parachute post: white poly yarn
Body: Tan antron/hare’s ear blend
Wing: Turkey Tail fibers
Legs: Pheasant Tail fibers, knotted
Parachute Hackle: Grizzly
This was the first time I tied these. Knotting the pheasant tail started out as a pain, trying all types of tools (hackle pliers, hemostats, bobbin [...]

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Tying Tips: Epoxy tips and substitutes

February 21st, 2009 · 4 Comments

A new fly tying tip has been posted to FFOTW, Working with Epoxy:

In this one, I share some basic tips for working with epoxy, and cover a couple of substitutes.  Epoxy is used for many trout fly patterns like the Copper John, Flashback nymphs, and Clouser Minnows.
I use the 5-minute epoxy that comes in the [...]

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Fly Tying Tips, tying faster, part three

February 16th, 2009 · No Comments

A couple of days last week featured fly tying tips centered around tying faster.  Here are a few more tips from Jamie Clous, fishing guide from Fuller’s NBOC.

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Why not Dick?

February 15th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Fly fishing gets me away from life’s stresses. Work, bills, the 401k, politics, and war all disappear while fishing. I even weigh less while wading. So, when I read other fly fisherman who get upset that one of us happens to have been the vice president, I wonder what stresses them out so much. Dick [...]

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Tags: Conservation · Fly Fishing

Baker’s Hole Bugger

February 14th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The Baker’s Hole Bugger is a fly pattern designed at Blue Ribbon Flies for the spawning browns in the fall that migrate through the Baker’s Hole campground. This pattern is featured in their excellent book, Fly Patterns of Yellowstone, Volume 2.   This excellent books gives the back story, recipes, and special tying instructions for several [...]

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Jungle Cock

February 12th, 2009 · No Comments

Jungle cock nails are a classic material used to tie classic flies, but can be very intimidating to work with.  Here are a few different ways to incorporate jungle cock into your flies.
There’s nothing like the real thing
Unless you are getting some TARP funds, that $250 jungle cock cape may be just beyond your financial [...]

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Fly Tying tips, tying faster, part two

February 11th, 2009 · No Comments

Yesterday featured the latest FFOTW fly tying tips, centered around tying faster.  Here are a few more tips from Jamie Clous, fishing guide from Fuller’s NBOC.

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Fly Tying Tips – Tying Faster

February 10th, 2009 · No Comments

This week, the FFOTW fly tying tips podcast was about tying faster.

Notes from the podcast:
Tying faster
Production fly tying – not just for pros.
- Faster you tie, more flies in your box, more proficient & efficient
Planning & preparation
- choose simple patterns over complex
- Elk hair caddis, x-caddis over Goddard
- Joe Roope patterns from the FFOTW board.
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