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

At the Bench: a Caddis Emerger Variant

Size 18 CDC Caddis Emerger. Usually produces all summer. #flytying #euronymphing #flyfishing #ignoringmydayjob A post shared by BlogFlyFish (@blogflyfish) on May 11, 2017 at 6:05am PDT Some rivers I fish have ridiculous Caddis hatches and not many mayflies. Who knows why. At those spots, I find that emerger patterns can work very well. On some

At the Bench: ‘Touch Dubs’

Competition angler Alec Baker told me about Loren Williams’ fly patterns. He is a sophisticated tightliner, who has competed on the national and global stages. Williams has a great way to create a very spiky look via a “touch dub.”  You put wax on the thread, apply some wisps of dubbing, and then rotate clockwise

My New #1 Fly

I this morning was going through my fishing log and noticed one reliable fly kept coming up: the Sexy Walt’s. I’ve blogged about this fly quite a few times. I think that’s because it simply works. The fly dupes stockies and the wily and wild Farmington browns. It has even surpassed in effectiveness my prior