My Top 3 Nymphs

As we head towards autumn, I’ll be readying my tightline nymphing gear. My “dries or die” phase will come to an end. Only the midge hatch will be on, but there’s only so much throwing of #28 and #30 dries on 8x that I can take. I’ll be restocking my flies and will be sure

The Micro Pheasant Tail Nymph

As we head into autumn, I’ll be looking out for two BWO mayflies that will be hatching. There will be a Blue Winged Olive in sizes 18 to 20 (Baetis vagans) and another one in sizes 22 to 24 (Baetis intercalaris?). One of my favorite patterns is the plain ol’ Pheasant Tail. In autumn, size will

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