Whiting Farms – future hackle!!

This is a lot of future Whiting hackle…very cool!

Whiting Farms chicks

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 be staying with my friends, Jim & Wendy Slattery at http://www.campfirelodgewestyellowstone.com in a cabin on the Madison River nestled in the Gallatin National Forest.

YNP-overview-mapStay tuned for the adventure and how we do.

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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 coloration of the insect.

Flymen Nymph-Head Evolution beadheads

I ordered one each of the Bead Style:Mayfly Swimmer & Burrower and the Bead Style:Mayfly Clinger & Crawler in size Medium in the Brown color to try out.

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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 drifts along. If the big trout are looking up in the evening hours you will for sure have some thrilling moments.

stonefly pattern


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Light Cahill Wet Fly Pattern

One of the old reliable Catskill wet fly patterns that we often forget about today is the Dark and Light Cahill Wet Fly pattern. A simple pattern to tie and very effective at times on the northern freestone streams when the March Browns, Golden Drakes and Brown Drakes are hatching. These big wet flies probably resemble drowned or stillborn duns to the feeding trout and at times it can really get the attention of some of the big fish when all else seems to fail.

It’s a pattern I always try to have at least a few in my fly boxes during the June hatches. I prefer to tie them on size #12 and #10 2x long wet fly hooks. Woodduck feather for the tail and wing, medium tan rabbit fur for the body and a brownish hen hackle for the beard.

light cahill wet fly pattern

You can also vary the pattern slightly with a darker body, or possibly use hooded merganser for the wing (if you have some) for the wing and tail. The darker color works great as a Brown Drake wet fly pattern. It’s definitely a pattern to have in June on the northern Wisconsin trout streams as well as in the Catskills. It worked hundred years ago and it still works today. So tie one on, cast it up and across and let if dead drift downstream, then hold on.

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