Size 20s

When I occasionally stomach-pump trout these days, I’m seeing a clear pattern. They’re feeding on small bugs. That’s surprising to me. I read online about these major mayfly and caddis hatches starting to happen on our freestones. So, I would think that the fish would be full of bugs in sizes 14 to 18. There

Soft-Hackled Frenchies

(Oct. 13, 2016 edit: I’m starting to call these “Glam Frenchies” because they’re so in-your-face.) Soft-hackled Frenchies rule. They catch plenty of trout, both new stockies and grizzled veterans. Sometimes, trout want a very simple fly with few details, as it means there’s less to which they can object. Sometimes, “busy” flies with many strike

The Two Walts

I’m always on the hunt for effective flies that also are easy to tie. I tied up some Walt’s Worms and Sexy Walt’s and have found that they work well. During a recent 80-trout long weekend, the Sexy Walt was particularly effective. I think the pattern looks buggy, has some ribbing, and offers a thread

Fish Small Pheasant Tails

Orvis publishes a very helpful hatch chart here. In particular, there is a suggested pattern for each bug’s life stage. I’m struck by how often the old reliable, the Pheasant Tail, comes up as a pattern. I don’t know who invented this pattern centuries ago, but that person deserves a medal. My suggestion is to