Weekly Newsletter...November 4, 2019

This is the first of what I hope to be many newsletters. The topics will vary and I hope to include articles by others as well. If you are interested in contributing or contacting us, just click here...

Quote of the Week...

"O, sir, doubt not that Angling is an art; is it not an art to deceive a trout with an artificial fly?" -Isaak Walton

Conservation Watch...

Paiute Cutthroat Trout...A Gift from a Sheepherder

We hear way too often the stories of how we (mankind) have seriously damaged and, in some cases, completely destroyed our fisheries. We do not hear enough stories of the positive things that we (you and I) can do to repair our mistakes and give Mother Nature a little help. This is one such "feel good" story. This whole story takes place in the high Sierra mountains of California over a period of several hundred thousand years. However, it is just the last 150 years that we have played a part...

To see the whole story and "meet" the sheepherder, click here...

Lawson's No Hackle

Lawson's No Hackle - Although Doug Swisher and Carl Richards have been credited with the initial design, it is Mike Lawson and Rene' Harrop that have popularized it.

In my many years of fishing western trout streams, I have not found a better mayfly dun imitation for selective trout. When it gets "banged" up, it is a great spinner or "cripple".

I think those familiar with this fly most often think of it as a PMD imitation, it can certainly be tied on a smaller hook and a black body to imitate a Trico mayfly (Tricorythodes) or on a larger #14 hook to imitate larger mayflies like the Flav (Drunella flavilinea). All of these mayflies are important on most western rivers.

They are not the easiest fly to tie as getting the duck quill wings to both stand upright is a challenge. The following video by Mike Lawson tying the No Hackle is the best I have seen. A materials list is at the very end of the video. Click here to watch...

Fly of the Week...

Tips & Techniques...

Selective Rising Trout - When it comes to flies...especially dry flies, much has been written by fly tiers and fly fishers about the perfect fly and what makes it perfect. We talk about size, color, proportion, the right material and the very best hook for that pattern. Personally, I believe size and proportion to be more important than color. I will bet that if you get ten fly fishers/tiers together and discuss this subject, you will not find two that agree on even three of the five qualities of the perfect fly as listed above.

I will also wager that at least 7-8 of the 10 will agree that even the perfect fly is not very effective if it is not well "presented" to a selective rising  trout. My 40+ years fishing the Henry's Fork and numerous other streams that are known for their selective trout have taught me a few things I think most trout fly fishers need to know. Click here to read more...