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Tailwater Micro Midge

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This simple pattern has become one of my go-to patterns for skinny tailwaters like the Crooked River in Central Oregon.  I fish it just like I would a Zebra Midge as my bottom fly with heavier flies above.  Using a

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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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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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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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Irish car bomb! KABOOM!

    It was hard to find a pattern for this great fly.   What a fun tie on Alec Jackson gold hooks.   I believe the wing is black calf tail but not 100% sure.   I believe this fly was created

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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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Hopper Down, Hopper Down!

This has been my magical duo this morning on the Crooked River in Central Oregon.   I have always fought the hopper dropper,  today it has been the magic ticket!  I did learn that having a hook in my strike indicator

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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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Never Tie Flies on Barbless Hooks, Catch and Return Fishing

Yes, that is what I say, NEVER, use barbless hooks when fly fishing.  I know this is not politically correct, and I am likely breaking laws just by talking about it, but it is a personal rule of mine.  I developed

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