OnlyOnFlies Newsletter...

January 5, 2020

Quote of the Week...

"Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics, that it can never be fully learnt."

-Izaak Walton 1653

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Tips & Techniques

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Image credit: Jon Covich of Cuba Fishing Outfitters


I have made about 15 trips to various saltwater destinations over the past 40 years or so. Before most of them I have spent weeks preparing...from reviewing knots I rarely use to casting...lots of casting. If you want to get the most from a saltwater trip, you need to be prepared in every way possible. Like many of you, I am always trying to educate myself when it comes to fly fishing. I read a lot and,in recent years, I also watch videos. One thing that does not get nearly enough attention in articles and videos is the "quick cast". On the flats, a fish or a whole school can be "there" and then "gone" in a matter of seconds. Often, there are no second chances. This is one of the best videos I have found on the "quick cast" here to view

Fly of the Month

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Image Credit: Mike Lawson/Henry's Fork Anglers

The hen saddle matuka streamer is another fly that Doug Swisher introduced to Mike. Over the years, this became my "go to streamer" for Western trout waters (rivers and lakes). Until I watched this video, I was unaware that it is also Mike's favorite streamer. In the video Mike provides some interesting insight into the origins of the fly and why he likes it so much. This fly is a bit unusual in that the way it is tied gives it a lot of natural action in the water and also makes it "ride" upside down and the materials and technique serve as a weed guard. To see the video click here...