At the Bench: Syl’s Midge

TL;DR: Syl’s Midge is a go-to wet fly when trout are active but picky. One of my favorites. I first read about this pattern in Dave Hughes’ book, Handbook of Hatches: A Basic Guide to the Food Trout Eat and the Most Effective Flies to Match Them. He rapturously writes about how incredibly effective it

Best Flies for the Farmington and Swift? Midges

TL;DR: Small midges are some of the best flies. Where to buy them. Photos of some favorites.   If you fish tailwaters, you know that midges are a huge part of a trout’s diet. Many of my best Farmington River and Swift River flies are midges (links here and here). They’re not the only way

Flashback Blue-Winged Olive Emerger

When summer kicks in, my best dropper flies tend to be small emergers. So, I am experimenting with some new colors, as I prep for our Pittsburg, NH, trip. View this post on Instagram For low and slow water on languid summer days. Size 18 Flashback BWO emerger. Post at the blog. HT @flyfishfood #flytying

My Version of the Mop Fly

Tom Rosenbauer coined the phrase “slutty flies” on one of his Orvis podcasts. He also has been posting on Instagram with it as a hashtag. I think it’s pretty funny. Otherwise known as “junk” flies, these are flies that some consider non-traditional. A few won’t fish them. As I’ve written before, I will not fish