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DIY Fly Tying Tools

DIY Fly Tying Tools

Over the years, I’ve made a few DIY fly tying tools to improve my fly tying experience.  There aren’t many of us anglers that enjoy spending a lot of money on gear, but there are always new tools to make your life easier.  One of the simplest ways to add a little something extra to your tying is to make a small velcro tool to rough up the dubbing on your flies. It’s a quick way to add a little…

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Scud Pattern for New England Streams

Scud Pattern for New England Streams

As the weather starts to cool down, I can start to focus on tying more flies.  Here’s a simple scud pattern for New England Streams.  I started tying this one not too long ago, and it’s quickly become a favorite on the swift for both the trout and me. It’s extremely simple and consists of the following materials:  Gray thread  Gray dubbing  Green or Pearl Flashback  Copper wire Lately I’ve been using the pearl flash back as I think it’s…

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Flies for the Swift

Flies for the Swift

I was at the tying bench tonight, and tied up a batch of my favorite flies for the Swift.  These are also my choice flies to fish in the fall. I plan on heading to the Swift in a couple of weeks to chase after big brook trout. I’m sure I’ll catch a few chunky rainbows and browns while I’m at it.  If anyone is interested, I have extra flies that I’d be willing to give away, and I’ll take…

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Sunday at the Swift

Sunday at the Swift

A good friend of mine was in town visiting this weekend, and mentioned he’d like to try fly fishing.  I’ve taught quite a few people how to fly fish over the years, and I’m always excited for the opportunity to teach someone new.  It feels great to share my passion with someone, and to see them feel the same excitement I do when they hook a big trout.  With all the recent rain, we headed over to the swift on…

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More on my Favorite Dry and Dropper Rig for the Swift River

More on my Favorite Dry and Dropper Rig for the Swift River

Over the weekend, I hit the swift river below route 9 and caught several trout on my favorite dry dropper rig.  It’s fairly simple rig and consists of two flies that are easy to tie.  I had success with rainbows and brook trout on the same two flies.  The brook trout alternated between taking the dry fly or emerger, and the rainbows seemed to prefer the smaller emerger fly in a size 30. Here I am fishing to some risers…

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Flies for the Swift

Flies for the Swift

Swift river trout are notoriously picky and a little nonsensical.  Most often, it can take time to find the right flies and techniques to convince these fish to accept your fly.  Other times, I’ve seen them take some of the most ridiculous looking flies ever tied.   In any case, it helps quite a bit to have a few staples in your back pocket.  Over the years, I’ve developed a few old reliables that I feel are particularly effective on this…

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A Warm and Breezy March day at the Swift

A Warm and Breezy March day at the Swift

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to go fish the Swift river for the day.  I focused my efforts in the catch and release area above RT 9, and caught several rainbows and hooked one big brook trout that escaped me as I was bringing it in. While I prefer to fish below the bridge, the fishing regulations currently make the river open to catch and keep from the RT 9 bridge to Cady Lane.  The catch and release regulations…

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Flies for Spring in Massachusetts

Flies for Spring in Massachusetts

For me, one of the most important flies as spring starts rolling around is the stonefly nymph.  As the snow melts, my local rivers typically have a higher flow, which makes it difficult to get flies down in the water column. Stonefly nymphs are present in most rivers year-round, and are an excellent vehicle for adding weight to your nymphing rig.  I’ll often add wraps of heavy wire to the hook shank of my stonefly nymphs to help them drop…

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Caddis Larva Patterns and Spring Weather

Caddis Larva Patterns and Spring Weather

One fly I’ve been tying up a pile of is caddis larva.  I’ve had good success with these patterns this winter, as mentioned here.  These insects are fairly common in most rivers and are an easy pattern to tie.  I like to tie mine with a #16 or #18 hook, and usually use them as my anchor fly with a trailing midge. My favorite two variations of this nymph are one with cdc, and one with soft hackle.   I find…

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Tying flies with household materials – A post on Trash Flies

Tying flies with household materials – A post on Trash Flies

I’ve always enjoyed tying flies. I like scouring through entomology books, and trying to come up with patterns that might work. It’s a creative outlet for me, as I tend to spend most of my time working on new ideas, toying with a few classic patterns, and testing them all on my local streams. It’s tough to beat the feeling when you have a good idea, and it turns out better than you imagined. As everything in fly fishing, costs…

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