During this post Christmas, pre-New Year lull I started working on reorganizing my fly boxes. It is a semi seasonal ritual that I undertake as my days on the water guiding start to reveal the flaws in my previous attempts.
As I contemplated the various organizational options, my mind wandered off and started thinking about the flies I used the most often. Before that fleeting recollection vanished, I wrote them down here.
- Parachute Madam X
- Parachute BWO
- Parachute Pheasant Tail
- Japanese Beetle
- Golden Retriever
- Slump Buster
- Conehead Wooly Bugger
- Jig head Gold Ribbed Hares Ear Nymph
- Jig head Pheasant Tail Nymph
- CK Nymph
- Guides Choice Nymph
These are what I used in no particular order or frequency other than I grouped them, dries, streamers, and nymphs. The sizes, weight and colors varied depending on location and conditions. And there were other patterns that I used as location and conditions dictated a change from my “go tos.” But day in and day out, these were the patterns I turned to, because they consistently caught fish for my clients.
In this article, Phil Monahan walks you through the options for fishing this common fish holding area. The illustration alone is worth the read.
Check it our > Presenting Flies Behind a Midstream Rock | MidCurrent
Phil Monahan from Orvis does an excellent job disecting the typical small stream topography, showing you where to put your fly and why.
Spending the big bucks on reels can be hard. But Louis Cahill at Gink and Gasoline break it down so you can feel better about making the investment. Check it out > Sunday Classic / What makes a fly reel worth the money? | Fly Fishing | Gink and Gasoline | How to Fly Fish | Trout Fishing | Fly Tying | Fly Fishing Blog
Louis Cahill at Gink and Gasoline has a qwik vid on making a double spey cast with a regular single handed fly rod. Gets you a big roll cast when you need it. Check it out > The Double Spey, For Single Hand | Fly Fishing | Gink and Gasoline | How to Fly Fish | Trout Fishing | Fly Tying | Fly Fishing Blog
yeah it is kinda fun to do when you get bored… 😉