Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Montana Fly Fishing Magazine Fall 2014

Montana Fly Fishing Magazine (http://MontanaFlyFishingMagazine.com/) announces their latest issue: Fall 2014.

In this issue:

"Blue-Ribbon Life" photography by Jason Savage

Veteran fly tyer and fly fishing presenter Chuck Stranahan teaches us how to tie Chuck's Sculpin in "Chuck's Fly Tying Bench."

Ehren Wells profiles the unique fly rod cases of KG Woodworks in "Building a Better Fly Rod Case."

Joe Cummings shares scenes from the water's edge in "Spinner Fall."

Connor Tapscott shares recent his recent trip to Montana in "A Journey Westward."

"Madison Views" a photo essay by Justin Edge

"Cold Storage" by John Grassy, DNRC Public Information Officer
Jesse Bussard rounds things out with a little poetry with "The One That Got Away."

Loop Wing Emerger

Materials (list materials in the order they are tied on the hook)
  • Hook: TMC 2487 size 14 to 22
  • Thread: 8/0, black or color to match/compliment body
  • Tail and beard: Sparse bunch of partridge
  • Body: Goose biot, color to match natural
  • Wing: Dun CDC dun
  • Thorax: Super fine dubbing , to match body
About the Fly:
This pattern is from Shane Stalcup a tyer from Colorado who lists his influences as John Betts, AK Best, Tim England, and Mike Tucker. It is meant to represent the stage when a nymph has floated to the surface and the mayfly dun has started to emerge from it’s shuck and the front half of the dun is visible, including the wings which are represented by the loop of cdc.
This fly is a trout pattern and may be fished up stream or down, as a searching pattern or to match naturals prior to or during early stages of a hatch. My favorite way to present would be downstream slack line, per Josh Greenberg, owner of Gates Lodge.

Tying Instructions:
You will be using a scud hook for this, start your thread mid-shank with the eye pointing down. Take a sparse bunch of partridge fibers and tie in just behind your tie in point and wrap back into the bend so a tail is formed slanting down at 45 degrees approximately.
Choose a goose biot of the appropriate color, olive or brown are good general choices, and tie in the tip just above the tail. Wrap thread back to mid-shank and then wrap the biot forward to the thread with hackle pliers and tie off. Any excess biot can be over-wrapped.
Select two dun colored CDC feathers of good size and tie in where the biot ends , making a couple of loose wraps. The feathers should be tied curved side out (convex to convex). Pull abck gently so that tips of CDC are under the wraps and secure with a couple of tight wraps.
Attach a substantial amount of dubbing to your thread and wrap forward to create a ball and then stop. Select another sparse clump of partridge and tie under hook to represent legs. Then bring the two feathers over the ball, one hook eye length back, and take a loose wrap. Take stems of feathers and gently push towards rear of hook to create the loop wing. Tie down securely, remove excess fibers and tie in a small head. Whip finish. Done. Pattern tied by NIFTY member Ed Miller.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How to Unravel a Knotless Tapered Leader

We have all rushed and created a bird nest trying to unravel a new tapered leader from the package. This is a great video to show how to easily avoid this issue.

Milwaukee River King Salmon

NIFTy members Jim Gould and Mark Loverde headed up to Wisconsin to fly fish the Milwaukee River. Several well known spots were packed with fisherman and the morning looked grim. After a quick look on Google maps, we were able to find a great location with many fish. We did not see another person the remainder of the day and the fishing was good.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Another Day on the Upper Upper

If you have never visited The Fiberglass Manifesto blog site, you should. Cameron Mortensen puts together one hell of a blog! Click on pic to see a great piece on his recent trip out west in Montana. A link to his site is on the NIFT blog on the right side for future access.  

Sheboygan River King Salmon

Pictured is guide Lou Jirikowic (jirikowic@charter.net) holding my 37" king salmon October 6. This was my first trip to Kohler's River Wildlife section on the Sheboygan River. This salmon was one of four that ate the egg fly dropper. A 34" was also landed and two others were lost. We were in to the backing on two of the fish. It was a beautiful day - sunny and temps in the 50s. Each female had quite a few suitors and sight fishing them was the success key. This was the first time using the 9 1/2 ft. 7 wt. and it did the job nicely. A really enjoyable day!" Sent from NIFTY member Bob Webb.