Tying Fran Betters’ Ausable Bomber

One of Francis Betters legendary fly patterns that he designed for the Ausable River in upstate New York was the Ausable Bomber. It’s a wonderful searching pattern especially designed for fast water freestone trout streams. I decided to start tying this old Adirondacks pattern first this new winter tying season to use on some of my northern Wisconsin trout stream hangouts next season. The overall buggy appearance of this fly pattern along with its oversized forward slanted white wing definitely can capture the trout’s attention. Like Fran Betters’ Ausable Wulff the Ausable Bomber is tied with all natural materials and resembles … Continue reading

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As darkness falls on the trout stream

With snow on the ground and winter fast approaching I have begun my annual reading of various fly fishing books, some old and some new. Recently I have gotten the bug (no pun intended) to read about how we think trout see and how they use their eyesight to help detect their prey at distances in the water as well as on the surface. This has lead me to ask how well do trout see at dusk or in the dark? Is darkness an advantage to night time aquatic insects? We know trout possess eyes that contain both rods and … Continue reading

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What triggers a trout to eat your fly?

Since trout can’t talk the question of what makes a trout eat our fly pattern has been a question asked by fly fishermen for centuries. Recently I have read a lot of articles and blogs written about how fish see and how it relates to catching more trout. While scouring the Internet a blog post that caught my attention was: “What Does The Trout See?” on the Gink & Gasoline website. The author seems to suggest that different colors, or lack of colors, in different stream settings and conditions may help catch more trout. Once again we read about the … Continue reading

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What is UV2 fly tying materials?

After reading on several fly fishing forums about UV2 fly tying materials I asked myself: What the heck is UV2 fly tying materials? Being a total fly fishing and fly tying nut this intrigues me because I love discovering new, innovative fly tying materials and seeing for myself if they are worthwhile. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the old classics, such as the Catskill dry flies too. Over the years I have relied on Spirit River Fine & Dry dubbing, duck quills and some other fly tying materials from Spirit River. I have always found their fly tying … Continue reading

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Whiting Farms Grizzly Variant Capes

Some of my favorite dry fly capes are the variants, especially the Whiting Farms Grizzly Variant dry fly hackle capes. The biggest issue for me is finding a good selection to choose from and being able to see the capes before making a purchase. Jim Slattery from Campfire Lodge Resort / JimsFlyCo has an excellent selection of the Whiting grizzly variant capes posted online and has taken individual large photos of each cape. This really helps take the guess work out of buying a cape sight unseen. Along with each photo is a short description which includes the feather sizes … Continue reading

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Fly Fishing West Yellowstone in September

Finally made a trip to West Yellowstone in mid-September. That’s something I always wanted to do. I picked up JeremyG, a fellow fly fisherman, in the Twin Cities and jumped on Hwy 94 for the long boring drive West. Since I drove over from SE Wisconsin Jeremy did all the rest of the driving that day while I filled his head with stories of screaming Hardy reels and feisty, hot trout. After laying over in Billings the first night I told Jeremy I would drive so he could see the amazing scenery. You could see the evidence of the snow … Continue reading

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Whiting Farms – future hackle!!

This is a lot of future Whiting hackle…very cool! See Whiting Farms short Facebook video clip here… https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=334120490085555

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Fly Fishing in September in Yellowstone National Park

It’s been a long time since I fly fished in YNP in September. So I have bought 3 used Fly Fishing Guides to Yellowstone National Park paperback books through Amazon. Plus, emailing several friends for their insights and Googled to find relevant articles online. Then I created separate digital maps of each river with mile markers, trout species, best spots to fish, and hatches/terrestrials to tie. Lastly, I printed each map out on 8″ x 11″ full size paper and I am going to get all my YNP river maps laminated at Office Max. Nothing like being prepared. I will … Continue reading

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New Improved Beadheads

At the July 2014 International Fly Tackle Dealer (IFTD) show in Orlando Florida, Flymen Fishing Company introduced the new Nymph-Head® Evolution™. The Nymph-Head Evolution beadhead is a family of tungsten fly-tying beads molded in the natural shape, size and colors of the heads of the three most common aquatic insects that trout feed upon — mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies. Moving beyond the traditional round bead…the Nymph-Head Evolution tungsten beadheads allows fly tiers to tie nymphs that not only sink quickly, but have a more anatomically correct profile and head-size relative to the insect’s body and in more of the correct … Continue reading

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Impressionistic Stonefly Pattern For When the Big Bugs Are Flying

This time of year on the northern freestone streams there are a lot of big bugs flying around near dark, such as stoneflies, alderflies, etc…my goto pattern has always been a impressionistic style pattern since silhouette and presentation are more important than an exact match when the light is low. This year I am adding a small clump of blaze orange calf hair to hopefully make it easier to see as the light is fading. Use a 3X tippet and cast this in the foam line or in the faster runs and give it a couple of twitches as it … Continue reading

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