Tag Archive: Fly

Oct 17 2014

Fly Tying Instructions – Allen Brothers Pheasant Tail™

Instructions for tying the Allen Brothers Pheasant Tail. This pattern uses a tungsten bead and a soft hackle collar to make it one of the best nymphs a fly-fisherman can have in his box.

Oct 17 2014

Basics – Whip Finish

A short instructional video on how to tie off, or finish, a fly if you don’t have a whip finishing tool. Essentially, it is just tying multiple half-hitch knots.

Oct 17 2014

Fly Tying Instructions – Allen Brothers Prince Nymph™

Tying instructions for the Allen Brothers Prince Nymph™. This pattern is in the same class as the Pheasant Tail and the Hare’s Ear – it’s a great all-around pattern that covers large mayflies and stoneflies. It is also the “big brother” to the Pheasant Tail and Hare’s Ear and that means it shines particularly well …

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Oct 17 2014

Fly Tying Instructions – Cut-wing Caddis

Tying instructions for the Cut-wing Caddis. The lack of hackle and Spirit River’s wings-and-things gives this fly a very realistic shape and allows it to ride like the naturals do. In addition, we love the fact that it’s so simple and all you have to do to match your specific hatch is change the dubbing …

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Mar 13 2014

Monkey Business on the MO

8:30 am, 2 deg/f , and we are cruising up the MO. Steam is rolling off of the 33 deg/f water telling of arctic like conditions. Stopping periodically to remove slush that is clogging the jet intake. Man card in tow. A story that could have been told many times this winter but not by …

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Jan 08 2014

Fly Tying Instructions – Allen Brothers Winter Stonefly™ (AB Taeniopteryx)

Instructions for tying the Allen Brothers Winter Stonefly (aka: Early/Little Black/Brown Stonefly, AB Taeniopteryx). It is a timely pattern as many rivers in North America have some type of small black or dark brown stonefly that hatches in the winter. This is a great pattern that you can right out to the river with, during …

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Jan 08 2014

Fly Tying Instructions – Gammarus Scud (AB Scud)

Instructions for tying the Gammarus Scud (AB Scud). The key to this fly is translucence. Scuds (a type of freshwater shrimp), have two distinguishing features: a translucent body that lets a lot of light through and hemoglobin in their “blood” that gives them a red strip down their back. This pattern address both features. It …

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Jan 06 2014

Midwest River Spotlight: The Mighty Mo

Check out Jay’s article in the January/February 2014 edition of Eastern Fly Fishing! You can order back issues or  sign up for a subscription at: http://www.matchthehatch.com

Dec 30 2013

Along for the Ride – Fishing in a Winter Wonderland

The holiday season would just not be quite complete without a bit of fishing…Well at least not for my Dad. An excursion in the jet boat was necessitated, even at this time of year. After my Dad got me and my sis AKA Mak into the act we prepared for Old Man Winter’s worst. We …

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Dec 12 2013

Tying Instructions – Gammarus Scud (aka AB Scud)

Follow the instructions below to learn how to tie the Gammarus Scud (aka AB Scud).

Dec 12 2013

Tying Instructions – Allen Brothers Winter Stonefly™ (aka AB Taeniopteryx)

Follow the instructions below to learn how to tie the Allen Brothers Winter Stonefly™ (aka: Early/Little Black/Brown Stonefly, AB Taeniopteryx).

Dec 09 2013

The weather man will steer you wrong…

Got a call from Jack late last week who had a trip booked for the 9th. He was bringing his son-n-law Kyle with.  “do you think we should still do the trip? Will the weather be a problem?”, is something like what he said. To which I replied,”it is fishing, but…it has been good and …

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Nov 27 2013

Texas Wishes are BIG

A few years back I had the chance to guide Mike and Paula in Jackson Hole. It was summertime, the weather perfect, fishing on the Snake. As the day went on they asked about fishing in Michigan and I said they should give our Steelhead a try sometime. Last winter Paula called to book a …

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Nov 10 2013

Sometimes you just gotta get away…

There are times we all get caught up with the business of life and forget about some of the things we really enjoy doing. Schedules fill up, children grow up(in need of our attention), life happens.  For Aaron, what was once a passion, has been put on the back burner lately, and for many good …

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Jun 12 2013

A desperately needed getaway to Canada!

2012/2013 has been a tough fishing year! To recap … we moved across the country in July, had to find a new job before the bank account hit zero, bought a house in February and had a baby in April. I’m pretty sure they say those are the top 4 “stressers” in life. On top …

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Jun 08 2013

It’s hard casting dries on a warm summer evening

Fishing was hard today….hard if you think casting dries to rising trout while being bombarded with solar rays is a chore! Throw in a steak topped w/ blue cheese compound butter, charred onion-tomato-basil-balsamic salad, fresh herbed bread and you’re really suffering. Caddis activity was decent this afternoon but a barrage of suckers spawning put a …

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Jun 05 2013

Summertime Brownies – Are we there yet?

Seems as though the Spring would never end. But here we are. Warmer temps have been regular and trout are getting into their summer routine. Still chasing fry but also shifting to a bug diet trout are again acting “normal”. Dry-fly opportunities have become normal again and fish size has been very good thus far. …

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Mar 30 2013

Muskegon River Steelhead – 3/28/13

I have had the privilege for the past two trips of having two young men aboard the boat who have come ready to fish.  It is always refreshing to me when I see a young man like Patrick fish hard all day and listen to instruction…he did just that.  While his father, Doug, managed a …

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Mar 04 2013

NEW! Fly-Fishing School – Fly Design: From Classroom to River

A two day class spent on the river and at the tying vise, taking a deeper look at entomology, and how to translate what you are seeing into REALISTIC PATTERNS THAT CATCH FISH! June 22 – 23, 2013 at the Muskegon River Lodge. Click here for more details!

Mar 03 2013

Fly Tying Instructions – Allen Brothers Hare’s Ear™

Instructions for tying the Allen Brothers Hare’s Ear™. This pattern uses a tungsten bead and a soft hackle collar to make it one of the best nymphs a fly-fisherman can have in his box.

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