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Bad Bug, Good Bug

Guest Blogger: Mary S. Kuss, Life-long avid angler, licensed PA fishing guide, founder of the Delaware Valley Women’s Fly Fishing Association There really are no bad bugs, just bad humans. Infestations of Japanese Beetles, Gypsy Moths, Emerald Ash Borers, and a host of other alien invaders are all the result of humans introducing insects to places far removed from their natural range, whether by accident or… Read More »Bad Bug, Good Bug

The Skinny Humpy

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana I can claim no credit for the name as other tiers have coined the name “Skinny Humpy” for sparsely tied Humpies. As we all know the Humpy is a popular fly, especially for fast pocket water. The buoyancy of the deer or elk hair and heavily hackled front end are its key defining attributes. Paul Beel wrote a nice post a few… Read More »The Skinny Humpy

Fly of the Month – Thunder Creek Minnow

Guest Blogger + FOM Tyer: Mike Klein, Bozeman, Montana In the 1970s, Keith Fulsher, a commercial fly tier from New York, popularized the Thunder Creek Minnow style of baitfish streamer.  The reverse bucktail style head enabled larger heads and eyes on otherwise slender baitfish patterns.  The style has been widely adapted to both fresh and saltwater species.  Although a relatively simple pattern to tie, creating… Read More »Fly of the Month – Thunder Creek Minnow

Fly of the Month – Jay of the Wood

Fred Klein Author, Fly tyer and fisher of early traditional flies. Fly fishing historian, author and speaker. It was a morning that seemed to be made for a fly fisherman. A cloudless blue sky and crystal clear river flowing strong, fed from many cold spring streams beginning their journey high in the Appalachian Ridges. The early morning shadows were receding to bright sunshine in the… Read More »Fly of the Month – Jay of the Wood

Variations on a Rock Worm

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana “Nature is so delightful and abundant in its variations that among trees of the same kind there would not be found one which nearly resembles another, and not only the plants as a whole, but among their branches, leaves, and fruit, will not be found one which is precisely like another.”  –Leonardo da Vinci This sentiment would be an… Read More »Variations on a Rock Worm

Fly of the Month – Svend’s Cray Cray

J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Erik Svendsen, Provo, UT You can find Erik @ instagram.com/svenddiesel/ and facebook.com/svend.diesel.9 If you love fishing crayfish patterns this is a must have for your box. It is a combination of many patterns I have tied and tested over the years and finally love the way this one fishes and is tied. There is nothing new about some of the things I… Read More »Fly of the Month – Svend’s Cray Cray

Plecopteran Purple

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana The Society of Bored Fly Tyers announced today the existence of an experimental line of Plecopteran (stonefly) flies tied predominately in the color purple. The flies for the most part mimic traditional Plecopteran patterns like the Brooks Montana Stone, Parks Stonefly, Minch’s Stonefly nymphs, Stimulators and Flashback stones, etc. The patterns are scheduled to undergo field trials this summer… Read More »Plecopteran Purple