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While spending a long winter weekend refilling my boxes with next fall on my mind, I was working through the design of a nymph pattern that I could fish confidently in all conditions for summer steelhead.   I was searching for

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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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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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MOAL with the Nor-Vise – New and Improved!

As an update to my previous post Holy MOALY! I have come up with the solution to tying articulated patterns on the Nor-Vise without two vises!  You may not be excited about this but I AM.  Many sleepless nights went

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Tying the Steelhead Coachman – Herl and Rib Bodies on the Nor-Vise

Yet another fly I could find no reference to on the net, literally only 3 photos that were less than ideal.  I believe this is an http://www.idylwilde.com/ pattern because I can’t find a recipe anywhere.  It was on my list so I

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Holy MOALy

One of the fly’s on my list for my September Steelhead trip on the Lower Deschutes in Oregon; is the MOAL (Mother of All Leech’s) leech.  I know that in September it is an unlikely pattern, however if it gets cold

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Fly Du Jour Pattern Alternative

In prepping for an upcoming steelhead trip, I was provided a list of recommended flies from our guide Vail Borne of RiverBorneOutfitters.com.  There were many familiar patterns on the list but there was one that I had never heard of

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