Saturday, January 21, 2017

Tying the Last Chance Cripple Baetis (Blue Winged Olive)

Rene Harrop's fly patterns were developed with an experienced eye for detail. Proven on the Henry's Fork, one of the most demanding trout fisheries in the country.

The Last Chance Cripple series are great patterns for selective fish. We use this Baetis version on our local tailwater with great success.

Tie in sizes 16-22 for a Baetis (aka Blue Winged Olive) Cripple.

The pattern is easily adapted to imitate other mayfly species.

Thanks for watching!

more videos and tying materials available at:

Last Chance Cripple Material List:

Hook: Daiichi 1100 or Tiemco 100 size 16 to 22
Thread: Tiemco 16/0
Shuck: Spirit River Sparkle Yarn, Darlon, or Z-Lon
Tail: Wood Duck or Mallard Dyed Wood Duck
Abdomen: Stripped Peacock Herl, Turkey Biots, or Thread and Wire
above provided by Dakota Angler & Outfitter

Monday, January 02, 2017

Fishing Spots App
Great fishing app if you want to see pics of what others have caught. I have been using this app for a couple years and it has helped me discover some great fishing spots. Click picture to check out app.

January Fly Fishing & Outdoor Shows

Celebration of Fly Tying – 9th Annual Show
Date: January 7, 2017
Location: Knights of Columbus Hall, 5830 Clyde Park, Wyoming, MI
Sponsor: Grand River Fly Tyers
Speakers/Program:  Dennis Potter and two famous Chicago area tyers:  Bob Olach and Curtis Watts, and many other great fly tiers.

Ice Breaker – 34th Annual
Date: January 14, 2017
Location:  American Family Insurance Training Center, 6000 American Parkway, Madison, WI
Sponsor: Southern Wisconsin Trout Unlimited
Speakers/Program:  Landon Mayer, a Colorado fishing guide and author (books & magazines), plus fly tying demonstrations, live aquatic insect identification by the Wisconsin DNR, and more.

Cabin Fever Day – 16th Annual - Fox Valley Trout Unlimited
Date: January 14, 2017
Location:  The Grand Meridian, Appleton, WI
Sponsor: Fox Valley Trout Unlimited
Speakers/Program:  Fly fishing seminars by Midwest experts Israel Dunn, Bill Schultz and Damian Wilmot plus fly tying demonstrations, casting clinics, vendors and more.

West Michigan Fly Show   ***** New Show****
Date: January 14, 2017
Location:  East Kentwood High School, Grand Rapids, MI
Sponsor: Great Lakes Council of International Federation of Fly Fishers
Speakers/Program: Presentations by Josh Greenberg on the AuSable River System, Jon Ray on the Manistee River, Kevin Feenstra on the Muskegon River, Dave Barkman on the Pere Marquette, Brad Petzke on Upper Peninsula fishing.  Plus fly casting and fly tying demonstrations and vendors.

2016 Northern Ohio Fly Tying Expo
Date: January 21, 2017
Location:   Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, Brecksville, OH
Sponsor: North Coast Fly Fishers
Speakers/Program: Duane Redford, Dennis Potter and others. Fly fishing and fly tying seminars and demonstrations plus fly fishing vendors.

Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo

Date: January 26 – 29, 2017
Location: Schaumburg Convention Center, Schaumburg, IL
Sponsor: NMMA Sport Shows
Speakers/Program: Fishing show with lots of exhibitors/vendors/programs, limited fly fishing materials/programs.

Kentuckiana Fly Fishing Show - 12h Annual
Date: January 28, 2017
Location: Paroquet Springs Conference Center, Shepherdsville, KY
Sponsor: Derby City Fly Fishers.
Speakers/Program:  Gerry McDaniel, licensed fishing guide, will talk about fishing the Cumberland River.  Casting and tying demonstrations, seminars, etc.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year 
from Northern Illinois Fly Tyers.
(Painting from NIFT member Jeff Kennedy)

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Want to Explore Hundreds of Fly Fishing Websites?
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Cabin Fever

The first snowfall in Chicago triggers my cabin fever to begin scouting for new fly fishing locations and tying flies for the coming season. One of my favorite tools I use for scouting new locations is Google Earth. It allows me to zoom down and actually see the water I want to fish, parking, access trails and directions. I can save each location, enter notes, print out directions,  print aerial images and share via email or text messages to friends. To begin, make sure you have the following checked in the sidebar section under Layers; "Borders & Labels", "Roads" and "Street Views". You can measure the walking or wading distance from one point to another in "Tools" by using the "Ruler". To see how long a pond or lake has existed - go to "Tools" section, select "View" and check "Historical Imaginary".  If you slide the history bar all the way to the left and see if the pond or lake was present years ago. If it's an old pond, there is a good chance it has mature fish. To mark an area where you have caught fish, click on the yellow pin on tool bar. It's a great tool and can save you valuable time. You can use your smart phone for directions to each  marked location by using Google Earth app.

I get ideas for flies to tie by ordering or viewing online fly fishing catalogs from Orvis, Feather-Craft, The Fly Shop, Bass ProCabela's, Hatches Magazine, fly tying blogs and Google + communities, etc. They have colored pictures of each fly, grouped by type (wet, dry, nymph, streamer, etc.) or the species of fish and the flies that are used to catch them.

After I have selected the flies I want to tie from the catalog or online viewing,  I will search for a tying video for each fly on Google, You Tube, or Vimeo, just to name a few. I will watch the video through the apps on my big screen tv and tie along. 

If I am traveling outside of Illinois on a fly fishing trip and want to know the flies used on a certain river or stream, I will Google search for a fly shop in that area. Example, Au Sable River Grayling Michigan Fly Shops brought up Bob Linsenman's Au Sable Angler, Streamside, etc. You can visit their fishing reports too.

I don't know about you, but I cannot stand cabin fever. I hope this information helps you get through the winter and improve your fishing adventures.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

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