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Simple Thread Snow Cone Chironomid

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  After taking almost 10 years off from fly fishing, I had two firsts that significantly changed my life forever.  A friend had called me to see if I was interested on going on an afternoon fly fishing trip with

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Bright Sunny Days, Clear Water and Red Flies

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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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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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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Callibaetis Cripple Dry Fly

A simple pattern for big fish in the high lakes.  This is my go-to dry fly when fishing a Callibaetis hatch in the high lakes of Central Oregon spring until fall.  You can tie a million variations but I like

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Bull Trout Zonker Riffing

All of the big trout food group colors.   After finishing a few of these I noticed that I put the eyes on the top of the fly which will result in the fly swimming upside down,  I am not

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Sharpie Dyed Feathers

If you ever get pinned down and need a color of feather you don’t have here is a way to quickly dye feathers to match your need.  I use this technique for Intruder wings and other large streamers.  It is

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Throwback Thursday – Secrets from Master Fly Tiers Circa 1996

– Read PDF Article Here – I ran across this old article the other day.  For the life of me I cannot even remember what magazine it is from but some of the thoughts still hold true I guess.  I

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