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Bright Sunny Days, Clear Water and Red Flies

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As we head into the fall the color red has been on my mind.  My box really doesn’t have much red as I am usually all about the purple, black and blue.  I am one to worry about such things,

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Green Butt “No Skunk”

I am such a fan of the Lady Caroline and wanted to come up with a hybrid cross version that would fish higher up on the Lower Deschutes where the fish seem to like more buggy and natural looking flies.

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Trout Counting and Investing

I just had my first epic day of the non-winter fishing season, it had very little to do with the number of trout brought to hand. It has become a bit of a tradition in our household to take a

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How to make furled leaders – Simple

I have been researching furled leaders for the last few years. Every time I commit to figuring it out I am always overwhelmed in the complexity of the instructions. What I found is that the process is elementary simple but

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Seed Bead Rubber Leg Stimulator

I will close the series on enhancing your flies with Glass or Plastic “Seed” beads with this improved Stimulator dry-fly.  As we begin to think about Salmon Fly season mere months away, this is a perfect pattern for bringing a monster from the

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Czech Seed Bead Caddis Emerger

This is an adapted version of a traditional Caddis Emerger pattern using Czech glass seed beads. It can be tied in many colors and combinations to meet the needs of the water you are fishing. Most of the beads that

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Hard Top Hares Ear

Seed Bead Version Early in my fly fishing career the Hares Ear was one of my most successful flies.   This fly is simply one of the best choices you can make in a searching situation.  When we started adding

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Magic Green Caddis

This fly is my favorite Mckenzie Green Caddis pattern.  The name “Magic” green Caddis came one rainy day in the spring fishing below Hayden Bridge on the McKenzie, it is a flashy fly and was bringing trout to the top

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Against Better Judgement – Chasing Deschutes River Steelhead November 30th 2013

I actually laugh when I read stories or fishing reports talking of a bad day on the lower Deschutes river that go something like this; it was a tough day of fishing, we hooked 3 landed 2.  This is quite

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Gold Bead Hare’s Ear Grub

A simplified version of the classic Hare’s Ear.  I think this is a great first fly to learn, it is simple, quick and deadly effective.  It is a great Caddis imitation as it does not have the traditional pattern.  The

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