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Sun. Dec 28, 2014

Let it snow because I am dreaming of the Bahamas

I can see the rafts of ice floating past telling me that my waders will stay dry for many more weeks to come

The fly fishing season has come to a close. I am not used to staying home on a perfectly good winter day from fishing as I have become accustomed to the endless season of the Pacific Northwest. I lay awake and dream of long deep steelhead runs and frozen toes, as I swing my rod around my shoulders in a double spey cast and easily lay out 100-foot of running line behind my Skagit head. Dreams of winter steelhead and long casts are fading away and are now being tempered with the dreams of bonefish on a warm sunny flat in the Bahamas. It is no wonder I should be dreaming of the Bahamas, as my largest customers are all ordering bonefish flies right now. I am deep into orders for Gotchas, Crafty Charlie’s, Sliders and Christmas Island Specials as I look out the window to the snow-covered mountain in my backyard. Not only am I filling orders for bonefish flies, but as I look out my front door, I can see the rafts of ice floating past telling me that my waders will stay dry for many more weeks to come.



Glenwood Canyon Winter

Fri. Jul 18, 2014

New Habits Forming

I didn't actually expect to get any action during the brightest part of the day in mid-summer

Off to the Eagle River today which is virgin water for me to explore after my relocation to Western Colorado. It's hard getting out of the old wagon ruts that old and familiar water creates. Waters that you limit yourself to a few choice pools you have come to know. When you know the timing of every single hatch for the entire year or the location of each feeding station. Only getting up off my ass and out the door just moments prior to a predicted hatch. This complacency serves to eliminate any possible down time of just casting practice, you know the saying "fishing and not catching".


Today is all about "new" new water, new holding and new feeding lanes, new hatches and unfamiliar hatch timing; heck, even the usual bugs might be a different color. This is exactly the reason why I have twenty fly boxes filled to capacity for exactly this kind of unfamiliar day. Somehow, after all my boy scout training has taught me to always be prepared for the unknown, I know for sure, out of the several thousand flies in my quiver...I will not have the "right one".


After my day of exploring a new river, I will inevitably come home, re-tool a pattern or two that I wish I had with me today. Maybe I will go back tomorrow, to the same place and nail it. I will make a note in my ledger of the incident and then - rinse, repeat. Maybe in three days time, I will once again face another challenge, as things will certainly change. I will get skunked or at worse, bring to hand a meager rations of trout. I will go back to the lab, re-formulate my strategy and head back to try it again. It's the cycle of life for a certified trout bum. rinse –retool and repeat. This is how old habits get started in the first place.


I drove 24 miles through the stunning Glenwood Canyon and arrive at a waypoint that I marked on my GPS for public access. There were a few cars already parked alng the road and anglers already occupying the choice pools that I had hoped to have to myself. Pools that are too close to an RV park offering the cadre of retired boomers easy access to prime water. When I looked at the water, I soon realized that the storm that I was so eager to welcome to my part of the state last night, had done its damage to the low clear flows in which I had hoped to find. While the rain was very welcome in the desert, the river didn't need the silt that gets washed off the adobe hills upstream. The Eagle River was high and muddy today, so I decided to go back to my home water on the Roaring Fork which flows out of Aspen and further explore its mysterious depths. I know that I wanted to explore new water today, so I rationalize with myself that the stretch of water right out my front door is still very much new to me and worthy of additional investigation. Besides, I haven't put a name on that run yet.


I took a slight right turn just past the Roaring Fork Anglers Fly Shop which leads me over the bridge that gives access to my driveway. I didn't see anyone fishing the river from my high vantage point on the bridge, I rarely do, as this section is not listed on a map for public access that visiting anglers often buy. I pulled into my garage, and strung up my rod, jumped into my waders and walked down to the bike path that leads to the river. I always feel strange walking through the neighborhood in all my fly fishing regalia. It has been an odd sensation for me to get in my waders while sitting at my fly tying desk only to walk down the stairs of my condo and go fishing just a few hundred yards away.


I haven't had a chance yet to fish the river during the mid-day since I moved to this small mountain town. Like I said before, I was stuck in a rut back in Oregon and was soon eroding the same new rut here in which I become complacent. I know that at dusk, the evening caddis hatch commences, so I arrive before dusk to swing a pupa into a pod of feeding fish and go home for a late dinner around 10:00pm. In order for me to get out of my newly forming rut, I forced myself to don the SPF70, a white bandana around my neck to keep me cool and hit the river mid-day. 


When I arrived at the foot of the run, I decided I should be the scientist that I am, and turn over a few rocks to see what's wriggling about on the dark side. I found plenty of light olive Hydropsychidae larva and Heptageniidae crawling about. Good, this is a fine starting point to begin my afternoon of search fishing. I didn't detect any observable hatches occurring, though I suspect that I should be encountering some PMD's soon. I browsed through my caddis larva box and selected the closet thing I had to the color and size of the Hydropsyche that I found. I had half a dozen yellow olive #14 Czech nymphs with an orange thorax. "What the heck" I said to myself " lets give this a try except that I want to suspend it about a foot off the bottom to get it right in from of the fish's snouts" I added a single split shot and moved the small clear indicator down to about four feet away from my fly. I use a 15' leader tapered down to 5x fluorocarbon tippet so that I can be as stealthy as I can be with my terminal tackle. I added an #18 PT dropper for good measure in case the PMD's are in fact down there waiting to hatch.  


Within a few drifts I get a take, a few tugs and the fish is off. "wow" I thought to myself. I didn't actually expect to get any action during the brightest part of the day in mid-summer. Usually, only early morning and late evenings get the action. A couple of more casts later I am into another fish. "Alright!" I said out loud. I talk to myself when I am fishing. I landed that fish, a very well fed and most perfect specimen of a 16" rainbow. I snap a quick iPhoto of the fish; revive him for a few minutes so he can swim off safely. I wade back out into the same position I was just in, make a few more drifts and, repeat. This time another perfect 16" rainbow came to my hand, but rather easily. "Could this be the same exact fish that I just released? Could this fish have gone right back into the feeding lane and felt compelled to eat the same bug again" I will always wonder about that. I lost the next fish, it was that darned 24" brown I keep hooking and loosing. One of these days I will get em. 


I noticed a bug fly off the surface of the water towards me. I caught the insect mid-flight to discover that it was a yellow/olive toned yellow sally with a slight orange thorax. Yes my dear fly fishing friends. Some stoneflies actually hatch just like caddis with midstream emergences and Yellow Sally's belong to that group. By absolute CHANCE, perhaps coupled with 37 years of experience studying aquatic insects and fish, and a few hunches thrown in for good measure, I had chosen a fly that best imitates what was actually occurring.   


I continued to work my way up the run, landing ten and losing two along the way. As thunder roared up the Roaring Fork Valley, the decision to take just a few more cast was made. I waded upstream just a few more feet to the head of the run that I have not yet fished. I made a couple more presentations along the margins of the fast and slow water when the indicator went down. I set the hook into a fish that nearly pulled the rod right out of my hands. This fish felt different, it felt like a steelhead imparting an instant song of a reels disc drag. The fish jumped free and clear of a rapid giving me the first glimpse into what I had hooked. The fish made two more leaps for freedom and each time the fish was suspended in the air; time seemed to stop allowing me a full view of its chrome bright flanks. "Holy shit!" I screamed out loud " OMG, it's a flipping' steelhead in Colorado". I've caught enough steelhead over the last 30 years in Oregon to know what a steelhead feels like during a battle, and this fish gave me the same adrenaline rush that any steelhead could. I beached the fish as I would a steelhead so as to prevent it from flopping around on the rocks and possibly injure itself. I snapped an iPhoto of the fish against my rod for length comparison. It extended two inches past the 24" mark. In Oregon, this would technically be six inches past the steelhead standard, a standard in Oregon that defined any rainbow over 20" a steelhead regardless of whether or not that fish touched the brine or not.


I revived the fish, let him go, pinned the fly to its keeper and walked home. 

I think today will certainly make for an interesting new habit and I will call the run "Rainbow Alley"


Tue. Mar 11, 2014

Tube Fry Don't Bother Me

I plagiarized that fly and then added my own special awesome sauce to it

Last weekend was the Pacific Northwest Fly Tying and Fishing Show held in Albany Oregon. Touted as being the largest fly tying show west of the Mississippi River. I would wager a guess that the Sow Bug show would be bigger. I passed on attending the last two years, as I just outright hate March and doing anything during March just annoys me. Its the unsettled weather patterns that we get and it causes me migraines. The good new is that I was migraine free for the first two days of the show.

So, what did I tie? I am so glad you asked because I was going to show you anyway. That's what this page is all about. I wanted to come up with some baitfish patterns that I could use in fresh or saltwater and have them catch all predatory species of fish. The second requirement was that I wanted to maximize the potential of ProSportfishers Pro Tube system. Yes, Im on the Pro Staff because I just love the product line. I paid my friend and fellow fly fishing professional Bruce Berry a visit to pick up some materials when I noticed a small baitfish imitation he had tied up. It was exactly the inspiration I was looking for. I plagiarized that fly and then added my own special awesome sauce to it. The result caught the attention of many female anglers at the tying show - Women must have a soft spot fpr small cute fish with big eyes.

Pictured here are the lil TubeFry Rainbow and Bropwn trout versions. The brown trout version can also double for most small salmonid fry.

Sat. Oct 19, 2013

No Bad Days

Even on your worst day of fishing the Metolius, it is still better than any other day that you can live.

Fly Fishing enthusiast Nick Wheeler indoctrinates himeself upon the fabled waters of Oregon's Metolius River. This river is my personal "home" water as it is for many Oregonians alike. This short film reveals why we love this water and the gifts it can bestow the diligent angler willing to prospect its waters.


No Bad Days from Nick Wheeler on Vimeo.

Thu. Oct 17, 2013

East Fork Lewis Recommended as Wild Steelhead Gene Bank

It's not a done deal, but it appears close to certain that hatchery summer steelhead releases will be eliminated in the East Fork of the Lewis River.

Hatchery summer steelhead releases may soon end on Washingtons East Fork Lewis River. I have performed Level I stream survey inventory using the USFS R6 protocol. The East Fork Lewis is the most trophic river that I have surveyed west of the Pacific Crest. I have had the grace to encounter some of the truly magnificint specimens of Winter Steelhead on this river with a fly. I am not informed enough about the state of wild summer steelhead which this article mainly addresses to offer an opinion of any value. (pictured is an East Fork wild winter specimen)

I will say that in my opinion, it is still a good idea to maintain hatchery stocks in nearby watersheds to offest the pressure that other stakeholders would place on the resource before sustainable stocks and populations are strong.

I mark this as one more victory in the best management practices adopted in the East Fork Lewis wild fish management plan.

Read full article here...


Wed. Oct 16, 2013

Tying a Golden Stonefly Nymph with Pro Sportfishers Stonefly Nymph Kit

Mon. Oct 14, 2013

Tying an Easy and Realistic Scud

Gammarus get a parasite that causes the orange spot

Thu. Oct 10, 2013

Guest Appearance

His flies are each a personal reflection of his attention to the smallest of details...

I will be making a guest appearance at Joel La Follette's Royal Treatment fly shop in West Linn Oregon this saturday October 12th from 10-2. If you ave ever wanted to see how I tie the Stinger Stone and see the first of several new patterns and materials, come down and join me. As always, Joel promises there there will be plenty of hot coffee, fresh baked cookies and the warm hospitality he offers to every angler and supporting angler alike that steps in the front door.


Joel ofered these kind words regarding my fly tying in his weekly newsletter.


"This week's Tyer's Table will feature the multitalented and massively creative, John P. Newbury. His flies are each a personal reflection of his attention to the smallest of details and his overwhelming passion for the art of fly tying. The samples shown here are just a glimpse of what is in store for this Saturday's gathering. Come and watch a master at the vise as John P. Newbury shares some very unquie Trout fly patterns, this Saturday, October 12th, from 11:00 to 2:00." 


Be sure to sign up for Joels weekly fishing reports and other goodies here.

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I will be tying the newly updated Stinger Stone utilizing the new Pro Fisher Nymph shells.


I will also be tying a new, realistic and super easy to tie scud pattern.


Pro Sportfisher

For the more adventurous fly tyers who stick around for a second cup of coffee, I will be tying the brand new Damsel in Distress.

Mon. Oct 7, 2013

Alaska: The Nutrient Cycle


A sped up look into the nutrient cycle that occurs within Alaskas ecosystem. Follow the cycle through birth death and nutrient dispersion.

Sun. Sep 15, 2013

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed...

Innovative or at least interesting fly fishing traditions, tactics or fads have a way of being "re-invented" again and time again

Whats old is new again. Innovative or at least interesting fly fishing traditions, tactics or fads have a way of being "re-invented" again and time again. Take Czech nymphing for example. Its not new, far from it, it's how we've been fishing nymphs for a long time -- at least before the use of indicators in the early 90's and longer. Somehow, a new generation of fly anglers re-branded this fifty plus year old technique and claimed it as theirs. Another example is in the Tenkara movement, West Coast sea run cutthroat anglers have been using a reversed hackle style of fly for the past twenty plus years, yet Sakasa Kebari stye of flies has been suddenly thrust upon the American fly fishing theater. I will never call my reverse hackles Kebari flies, because they are not. Sure, Kebari flies may have been around a lot longer. Are you calling your high stick tight line nymph technique Czech nymphing? Yes...then I can call my flies reversed hackles. You say "hackle stacker" I say "paraloop".

Recently, two distict fly tying innovators have introduced to the market, fly spinners and propellers. Tackle that you can attach to your fly to add fish catching action to your presentation. Flymen company has introduced the Flash Generator and Pro Sportfisher products has the Pro Propellers, both of which are righteous products worthy of attention. I am reminded of the re-invention of the wheel here as I rummaged through my cache of fly fishing antiquities. I have a small box that belonged to an angler that passionatly plied his craft to the fishy waters in the 1920's and 1930's. The same era that the movie A River Runs Through It was set to take place. In this box, are dozens of various small spinners that are meant to attach to your fly. These spinners are small enough to be cast with a small babmboo rod in front of an average sized 12 wet fly. It's entirely possible that a young Norman Maclean may have used one.

OK, so the spinner concept is not new because this eighty year old box of spinners is absolute proof of that. But, its fun to dig up some old treasures and try em out again and modernize them. I will be tying some tube flies with Pro Propellers spinners, but as soon as the rain hits, Im off to the coast to see how these antques work for sea run cutthroat.

Here, a affixed is a double spinner in front of a Blue Zulu in anticipation that a fiesty sea run cutthroat will hammer it.

Sun. Sep 15, 2013

Something Blue

Fri. Aug 23, 2013

Get ready for the fall season

seasonal environmental cycles trigger an increase in insect and feeding activity

As summer draws to a close and the first hints of autumn settle low into the valley floors, the life of a trout stream begins to subtley shift. The smaller micro hatches of late summer taper off and larger more substantial fare fills the menu. Most notably, the Giant October Caddis - Dicosmoecus, that emerges throught the Pacific Northwest in September and October. The arrival of October Caddis indicates that the water temperatures are starting to cool and that the amount of daylight is diminishing. These seasonal environmental cycles trigger an increase in insect and feeding activity that can give the angler a pleasant autumn fishing experience.

On coastal streams, the arrival of October Caddis also marks the arrival of coastal sea run cutthroat trout. Inland rivers see summer steelhead distributed throughout thier range by this time of the year. Its no wonder so many successful sea run cutthroat and steelhead flies are tied in colors and sizes that mimic October Caddis very well. The adult October caddis, when egg laying, will drop to the surface of the water and flutter across the surface leaving a distinguished wake behind as she ties to drop her egg mass. I believe that it is this wake that triggers aggressive surface takes from both resident trout and anadromous species prone to feeding in freshwater such as sea run cutthroat and steelhead.


October Caddis emerge by crawling out onto exposed rocks in very shallow water usually at night. The pupa/emerger is not of major importance, but I have found success using a pupa pattern.


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Thu. Aug 22, 2013

Fish Skull Crafty Deceivers

It's ridiculously simple to tie some cool patterns.

I had to bite, more like a subtle nibble of a green ear sunfish on a kernal of summer corn dangling helplessly under a small red and white bobber. I just had to jump onboard with some of the new generation of fly tying materiels. I have had a packet or two of fish skulls sitting on my tying desk for almost a year gathering dust. I've been busy in school so fly tying activity was at a lull. I've also had a pile of craft fur begging to be lashed to a hook and fished.

I intend to use these in Crafty Deceivers in the fresh water and wanted to immitate something that actually swims in the waters that I fish and what fish actually eat. Brown trout are almost entirely piscavorius once the reach twenty inches in length. Bull trout also swim in the waters that I fish for rainbows and kokanee(middle). The Kokanee is of course, in its non-spawning color phase, but rest assured, a full red and black spawning version is in the dye pot waiting to develop.

Each of these is tied with craft fur, Fish Skulls and marking pens. It's ridiculously simple to tie some cool patterns.

Fri. Aug 16, 2013

Micro Caddis Time

If you refuse to be convinced that they are in fact NOT feeding on the surface, you will be cursed to only catching 12" fish for the rest of your life

One of my most productive late summer flies on the Deschutes when the fishing gets really tough is a micro-caddis. During the day, I focus on shallow riffles as fish seek protection from the sun under broken surface chop. Coincidentaly, these same riffles are caddis and mayfly nurseries. On the Deschutes, the sheer mass of the macro invertebrate population is astonishing. A kick net sampling will yield a large quantity of small green, tan and gray caddis larve in addition to small mayfly nymphs and juvenile stonefly's. The active population of the macro invertebrate community will be the small caddis that are hatching just past the peak of the summer season.

In the evening when the sun goes past the rim, fish will move into feeding lanes in anticipation of the evening hatches that occur during the last hour of the day. Many times, its a mixed bag with PMD's and small caddis being dominant. Why not fish both on a dropper rig by partnering up with a #18 Pheasant tail nymph - see right angle leader. Be sure to lift the flies at the end of the drift to mimic emerging insects. PSSSST...thats what the fish are feeding on - emergers! They are NOT feeding off the surface on fully emerged duns no matter how hard you try to convince yourself of that based on feding observations. If you refuse to be convinced that they are in fact, NOT feeding on the surface, you will be cursed to only catching twelve inch fish for the rest of your life. Meanwhile, I will stand next to you and catch twenty inch fish...You see, only the small fish feed off the surface as the larger more dominant fish get the choice feeding spots. The food available at the head of a feeding lane is going to be on emergers deeper in the water column. Further down in the feeding lane, insects have had a chance to reach the surface and thats why those small(er) fish are feeding on the surface.

I know this as my truth because I immersed myself into the river and watched this behavior day after day as I snorkeled in the Deschutes. The typical scenerio: Big fish moves in takes up station at head of feeding lane and chases small(er) fish and white fish away when hatch begins. Fish starts feeding long before angler is aware that the hatch has started because fish predominantly feeds sub surface. Later, as the hatch intensifies, there are more fish feeding lower in the feeding lanes and surface activity is obvious now. Advice: Know when the hatches will occur and be there an hour before they start. Nymph the hatch an hour before it starts.

Mon. Aug 12, 2013

Stinger Stone Tutorial

It's finally here, how to tie the Stinger Stone

Its finally here! My web logs indicate that I get several searches that lead to my website looking for information about my Stinger Stone.

Due to a design flaw, the commercially available stingers sold in fly shops tend to spin wildly when swung or held against the current. To alleviate that, you can attach a small swivel or a J:SON swivel.

I tie my Stinger Stones slightly different in an effort t reduce that spinning affect. In fact, I rarely have issues with twisted leaders. In this tutorail I address the issue of spinning and hilight some new hi-tech fly tying materials. 

See the tutorial here...

Thu. Aug 8, 2013

New Fly Tying Material and Pattern Additions

I have begun developing new fly patterns that will reflect my current and ever evolving design aproach to fly design

I have been adding new patterns lately based on inspiration of Pro Sportfisher fly tying materials. With the introduction of Pro Nymph Shells, Pro Stonefly, Two toned rib to my fly tying materials collection I have begun developing new fly patterns that will reflect my current and ever evolving design aproach to fly design.
The Damsel in Distress Heptegenia Nymph
Shellrock Stone Scudly
A good resource for Pro Tube materials and tying ideas

Mon. Jun 3, 2013

New! hatch chart in Beta 1.0 testing

A hatch chart near you...

I am developing a comprensive dynamic hatch chart. I developed the nuts and bolts today as far as back-end functionality is concerned. I've actually been planning it for a long time and sketching out how I want it to work. I feel ready to display the beta test version. I have a few tweaks and major changes coming forth such as the ability to look ahead to a specific month and get a list of fly patterns you could tie.

I have the hatches ranked in order of importance. Hatches with check marks are considered the starring hatch for that month. This chart is based on a generalized western river with a few spring creek hatches thrown in.

More fly patterns are going to be added to the site which will serve to strengthen the results of the hatch chart. I will also be adding more stillwater patterns to the hatch chart as well.

Try it out right now, see whats hatching near you out in the pacific northwest of course.

Mon. May 27, 2013

A Fine Gift Indeed....

what have you found cleaning out your attic?

I recently received an entire antique fly fishing estate. When I first heard that I was to be bestowed a collection antique fly fishing equipment I was critical at first. I have received many old fly rods belonging to grandpa before, however this one was different. Read about it on my blog section.

Thu. May 9, 2013

Website upgrades.

Despite the fact that I am wrapping up loose ends to graduate from my fisheries program this June, I have been finding time between the cracks to perform some much needed website updates. In these updates, I have been adding more notes to fly patterns, fixing grammatical and spelling typos and developing more content I hope to get published this summer.

Tue. May 7, 2013

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