Get ready for dry flies! Depending on the weather, sometime in February or March, some little bugs will start to stir around. These will be stoneflies. As they don’t have gills, they hang out in the highly-oxygenated riffled areas. Then, in late Winter, they’ll heed the call of nature. They’ll crawl to the banks, emerge,
A very simple but effective fly is the Pat’s Rubber Legs, a stonefly pattern. I first fished this at the Upper Madison above Reynold’s Pass. It did wonders. Since then, I’ve learned to tie my own flies. I’m amazed by how easy it is to tie the Pat’s. I’ve caught many browns on this fly.
For a friend, a veteran, who cannot wade anymore. Bottom left: Biot-Backed Stone via @tactical_flyfisher #flytying #flyfishing #orvis #barbless A post shared by BlogFlyFishMA (@blogflyfishma) on Dec 30, 2016 at 5:05am PST While at Tall Timber two years ago, I struck up a conversation with a kind and elderly fly fisherman. We would talk periodically
The Euro-style Golden Stone has duped many big browns for me. It’s an easy fly to tie, as it’s basically a Pheasant Tail with a few tweaks. I fish it as an anchor fly in my tightline nymphing set-up. I’ve noticed that browns tend to go for it, whilst rainbows still tend to prefer the