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More on Fly Tying for Winter

More on Fly Tying for Winter

I’ve been out of commission for the last week and tying a ton of flies. I managed to escape to a river one afternoon last week before being stuck indoors,and landed a couple of browns. I was after the big one that got away, but wasn’t able to connect with it. My goal now is to tie up a second full winter/spring box of flies to make it through the cooler weather and into the summer. Lately, I’m finding that…

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Griffith’s Gnat- A Classic Dry Fly

Griffith’s Gnat- A Classic Dry Fly

One of my favorite dry flies to fish is the Griffith’s Gnat.  They’re very easy to tie, and seem to always catch fish.  Last Week, I was nymphing and the interest was few and far between.  I saw a few rises and midges coming off the water, and decided to tie on a #24 Griffith’s. Surprisingly, I caught a nice size brook trout off the surface.  I think the Griffith’s Gnat is so successful because it imitates a cluster of…

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Tying Small for Winter

Tying Small for Winter

During the winter months, I typically fish tiny flies.  The trout seem to be pickier than ever, and I tied up some tiny zebra midges for my next outing.  Very quick to tie, and work well.  Here’s the recipe. Hook: size 24 or smallerBody: Thread – Black, Red, or Green with copper/gold wireCollar: Peacock In tough times, consider tying microscopic. 😁 . . . . . #zebramidge #flytying #flyfishing #catchandrelease #trout #troutfishing #troutbum #photography A photo posted by TROUT AND…

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Ugly Flies Catch Trout

Ugly Flies Catch Trout

I’ve been battling a cold and focusing on tying flies for winter and spring. As soon as I recover, I plan to be on the river. Winter fly fishing isn’t easy, and the fish are often glued to holding spots waiting for food to drift into their path. This time of year, I am usually nymphing small flies in sizes 18-24. Midges and scuds are common. I tie a particularly ugly scud fly that works wonders in the cooler weather….

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My top fly for fall

My top fly for fall

Now that the temperatures are dropping and tying is starting to take up more of my time, I wanted to share a fly that caught more trout than any other this fall. One day on the swift river, the hook ups were sporadic until I put this fly on, and caught too many to count. It’s a fairly simply fly, which mimics a caddis emerger. I find that it’s a good selection when temperatures are towards 50 degrees. I like…

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Winter Flies for the Swift River and Millers River

Winter Flies for the Swift River and Millers River

Winter time is here and fly tying is in full swing.  I recently stocked up on more hooks and materials and wanted to share a fly that’s been producing for me on two rivers in massachusetts.  These two happen to be closest to me, but I’m sure they’d work equally well on other New England streams. Hook : #16-20 nymph Body: Gray dubbing with gold tinsel Hackle: Hungarian Partridge This fly is essentially a Hare’s ear with soft hackle added,…

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Swift River Trout – July 16, 2016

Swift River Trout – July 16, 2016

Last Saturday I took a day trip to the Swift River.  This is one of the closest trout streams to me, and it has the added benefit of a healthy flow and cool water temperatures throughout the summer.  We’re in the midst of a significant drought in Massachusetts, and wild trout streams are feeling the pressure right now.  For now, it seems the Deerfield or the swift will be the primary options for those of us targeting trout. Big brown…

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