Mike Cline, Bozeman MT

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

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

Crazy Fishing

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana One stop on our Helifish Trip made for some crazy fishing. As the crow flies (or as the R44 Helicopter flies), we were about 90 miles Southwest of Darwin just south of Point Scott and the Daly River. As we left the beach and flew inland over tight thickets of Mangroves that hugged the Moyle River, the terrain opened… Read More »Crazy Fishing

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

Barramundi and Barrages

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana As our Australia trip progressed, we crept closer to the equator as we reached Darwin in the northwest corner. Still over 7000 miles from Bozeman, we were less than 700 miles south of the equator. This is a land of heat and extreme humidity, loaded with all manner of game fish offshore and in what seems to be an… Read More »Barramundi and Barrages