Most flies are OK. Some work well. Some consistently produce, and they’re my Confidence Flies. My list of such flies does vary over the years; for example, I these days rarely throw a Pheasant’s Tail, Hare’s Ear, Frenchie, or Pat’s Legs. They don’t seem to work as well, and I suspect that is because many
These flies work, and these rivers produce. Links are below. Note that these are all amply-stocked waters that many already visit and about which much information already has been published. I’ve found that many rivers are sub-par. I track in my fishing journal what fly patterns work on which waters. So, the links below are
It was a great day. After the Covid-19 ordeal the past few weeks and losing a big brown last time out at water new to me (details here), maybe I was due or maybe it was just luck? Either way, I’m in. I thought about that big brown this past week and tied up flies,
If you see someone at a river carrying two fly rods, there’s a chance that it is I. Sometimes, I bring one rigged for streamers and another one ready for bobbers. Sometimes, I have one rigged with wet flies, while another one is ready for dries. I bring a Euronymphing rod probably just 10% of
Davy Wotton is a fish hawk (prior posts here and here). A member of the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame and previously on the Wales national team, he knows his stuff. I attribute much of what I know about wet-fly fishing to him and a detailed chapter about him in Dave Hughes’ Wet Flies book.
I wanted to mention two things. First, Orvis has put out a Euronymphing video that features George Daniel. When I took my clinic with George at UpCountry, he mentioned that he thereafter was going to meet up with Tom Rosenbauer and the Orvis film crew. So, I’ve been awaiting this video for a long while.