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This is the official website for fly tyer John P. Newbury of Oregon, now residing in Colorado. This website features: innovative and classic fly patterns. A hatch chart for the pacific northwest's most important acquatic insect species. High resolution photographs showing exquisite detail. If you are planning a trip out west or are looking for patterns to fill your fly boxes, use the interactive hatch chart and matching fly patterns to be your guide for finding patterns that you will need. Don't forget to use search feature - top right - to find patterns based on tying materials, hooks, insect species or any other search crtieria. I will soon be re-tooling this site to feature more patterns of interest to a wider western audience. I will be uploading more trout patterns and and soon install a shopping cart for my clients to custom order flies.

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Wed. Dec 3, 2014

Latest News

This is not necessarily new news to anyone who may be following my happenings on Facebook or twitter, but I have left rainy Oregon for sunny Colorado, my childhood home. I settled on the banks of a gold medal trout stream and landed a job as a lab director in charge of biofuel research and production. I am still tying flies commercially for my existing private accounts and adding new accounts as I can. I will soon have a catalog of flies available for customers to order my bonefish flies. Making on-line ordering simpler.


What I do not have posted on this site is a saltwater fly section. That will soon change. I have been tying saltwater flies on a commercial basis but not yet have had the time to take them into the photo booth and make them look nice a sharp. Look for a few dozen new bonefish, permit and baby tarpon patterns.


Over the winter, I will be re-doing this website, adding shopping cart and improving the interface. I hope you check back later.





Mon. Aug 18, 2014

It's Micromay Time

Many important August hatches include the Red Quill. From the Slate Winged Mahogany -- Paraleptophlebia -- to the true Western Red Quills -- Heptagenia elegantula -- this Micro May pattern developed by Mike Mercer of Redding Ca, fills the bill nicely. Easy to tie, this should be included in your August fly boxes out west.

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.

Mon. Mar 3, 2014

Commercial Fly Tying Operations Have Resumed.

As of January, I have re-started commercial fly tying operations. Due to shortages in saltwater fly patterns offered by the big bad companies that outsource flies from overseas, the demand for my saltwater flies are at an all time high. 

The last batch of salty snacks that I cranked out is based on Mihives Bonefish Flats Fly. My version offers a slightly different aesthetic and truly fishy qualities.

I will soon be offering my flies for sale on ebay as well as on this site but first, I must fill the bins of the local fly shops. Can I keep up?

Bonefish Flats Fly

Fri. Jan 3, 2014

Bruce Berry Ties a Winterized Hope

This adaptation takes the colors that both steelhead and angler agree is delicious

Fresh from the vice of Pro Tube Guru Bruce Berry comes his adaptation of the Bill McMillan's classic winter steelhead fly, Winters Hope. This adaptation takes the colors that both steelhead and angler agree is delicious and transforms it into an intruder style pattern. Featured in the pattern are many Pro Sportfishers Pro tying materials. Pour a fresh cup of coffe, sit back and enjoy the show.


Fri. Dec 20, 2013

Tying a Rambulance with Bruce Barry

While I am taking a brief break from my chores of blogging, tying and photography I would like to hilight some of my friends fly tying. Bruce Barry, rep for Montana Fly Company and Pro Sportfishers Pro Tube system ties his Rambulance tube fly. This one is his pink worm version of hs highly succesful and popular winter steelhead fly.


Wed. Nov 27, 2013

Squid and Nancy

why dont we add big eyes to our intruders and make them look more like squid?

If the intruder is supposed to look like a squid, steelheads favorite natural food, then I must say that there is very little imagination in the creative process of fly tyers out there. Sure, I can understand that when fished under tension that somehow it might swim and act squid like. But, does look like a squid? Who knows and as long as steelhead enjoy attacking them then who gives a hoot anyway?

Strike triggers have long been the curiosity of the fly tying angler. I swear by the color red because the thought is that frightened baitfish flares its gills and shows a hint of red. Does that glint of red invoke a strike response? Like piranhas sense panic and only attack when panic pheromones are released in the water. *For you skeptics, maybe I'll cite some peer-reviewed articles on this in the future. * Maybe that glint of red is an alert to attack. Never the less I love to add something red in my flies.

What’s the first thing that you notice about a real squid? You are absolutely right; it's those big eyes. In fact, squid have the largest eyes in relationship to the rest of the body for any living creature on earth. Do you suppose those eyes are a strike trigger for a predator already genetically predisposed to target in on the eye? Damn right you are again good fellow! Academics surely have written many articles on eyes being targets for predatory fish. In this case, many fish have developed eyespots on the caudal fin in attempts to thwart off attack from predators.

So then, why don’t we add big eyes to our intruders and make them look more like squid? Well here we go. I received a trial pack of Cool Eyes holographic printed eyes by Pro Sportfisher products. These eyes are realistic UV printed holographic eyes that are printed flat so that the tyer can have the option of a flat eye versus a domed eye. If you want a domed eye, just use some UV cured resin to achieve a domed look. In this case, I opted to keep the eye flat and glue them into a Pro Sportfisher Soft Head mounted just in front of the rear wing/hackle.

Add a drop weight just behind the front hackle and you will have just enough weight to sink this fly into the drink. Granted you will be using a T-11 skagit head.


Sat. Nov 23, 2013

Pro Purple Tube de Jour

It's not always about the intruder or trailer trash, other innovative fly designs come out of the vices from the steelhead crew that catch my attention. This is a tube fly I tied after I saw the man behind Pro Sportfishers Morten Bundgaard post a similiar fly on facebook. I copied it somewhat...I was tying up some Fly de Jour's -- because I still have lots of flourescent pink Edge Bright, I hear its no longer available -- and decided to incorporate the body of the Fly de Jour with a strip of tripple dyed rabbit onto a protube flexi-tube. The result is a striking fishing fly that has all the right steelhead catching elements incorporated.

Tube: Purple Flexi-tube
: Opalescent mylar
Body: Rear 1/2 Fl. pink edge bright Front 1/2 triple dyed rabbit spun in a loop.
Wing: Purple Pro Sportfgishers Triple Dyed Rabbit, 1/8 inch wide strip
Collar: purple schlappen
Disc: Black Pro Sportfisher sonic cone.
Cheeck: Pro Sportfisher 3D Jungle Cock

Sun. Nov 17, 2013

There is an intruder Amongst Us.

As that fish turned, I clamped down on it, the hitch to the trailer gave way and we parted ways.

I don’t recall exactly when I first started seeing the trailer trash / intruder style of fly. I think I was shopping in downtown Portland’s now defunct Country Sport fly shop when I first saw them. That would have been back in 2003 or 2004. At the same time, I was also experimenting with the fore and aft concept with steelhead patterns. The fore and aft concept that has been around since lord only knows when, I know that my grandfather fished with fore and aft patterns back in the 1920’s and 30’s.


 On my honeymoon in 2005, I had the luxury of fishing the famous camp waters on the North Umpqua River. I was fishing a new experimental stinger fly that I had tied that had fore and aft hackles made of soft dyed purple guinea feathers. The body of the fly was a claret seal dubbed ribbed flat silver tinsel. This fly had no wing but I used much longer hackles for the front with some purple marabou in front. I remember vividly pinning that fly into the corner of a steelheads mouth just subsurface ay the Station Hole. As that fish turned , I clamped down on it, the hitch to the trailer gave way and we parted ways.


 Flash forward eight years, that fly seems so primitive to me now as it was my first encounter with a so-called intruder style of fly. I was completely ignorant of intruder flies until Dec Hogan penned A Passion for steelhead. Now, as I thumb through the pages of that book, the intruder featured in that book already seems so primitive to me. Kind of like how bell bottoms and feathered hair gave way to punk and new wave.


 I have tied the occasional intruder here and there when not tying up some classic hair wing wets. I like experimenting by adding cones and barbells to the fly. I have experimented with various tube configurations and materials. Intruders have become a “genre” of fly that allows the steelhead fly tyer a lot of latitude for innovation and personalization. The patterns can be material hogs requiring up to ten different materials or tied as simply as you choose with just two. Big garish intruders work well for winter fishing or small subtle dark patterns for summer fishing.


 I find it fascinating to have witnessed the spey revolution come to the shores of the United States. Anglers like Fred Evans with whom I’ve once had the pleasure to fish on the North Umpqua are responsible for lighting the fires of the American Spey revolution. The intruder revolution is overlapping at nearly the same time as spey rods took dominance. For several years, I witnessed the folly of anglers just trying to cast an unwieldy intruder with a spey rod. Lets face it; the two were not meant to go together. In an answer of not being able to spey cast intruders with grace, Skagit lines and compact casting strokes entered the scene, which resolved the issue and made bad casters better, including me. Now that we CAN cast intruders and fish them effectively with sink tips, the genre of intruders taken off.


 I will always experiment with intruders adding new materials and tying techniques to them. Soon I can imagine that I will have to stop calling my flies intruders and start calling them something else, as they no longer resemble the original fore and aft hackle configuration that the original intruder has. In the pattern below, I am as far from being an intruder as I can get and still be able to technically call it an intruder. What still makes this an intruder, even though it’s hard to see in the photo is that I still have a fore and aft hackle separated by a thin body section. I still have the barbell eyes consistent with the original design. I have added a belly weight for ballast so that the fly so will ride more level in the water column. As I did on my original intruder that left me broken hearted at North Umpqua’s Station hole, I tied an additional hackle onto the trailer hook. I think that trailer hook is valuable real estate that should not be ignored when dressing your intruders. Add an egg, or an egg veil or a hackle. As shown here, I added both a veil and a hackle for added color and action.


I will continue to have fun fishing and tying these flies. I will still put into them the precision and exactitude that I always tie with. Can we elevate trailer trash to an art? I am sure starting to see some beautiful intruders being tied out there.




Mon. Nov 11, 2013

The Time Machine Fly Box Has Life.

It's not often that I get someone walking up to me and introduce themselves to tell me that they have been inspred by this website. I have had a handful of fly tyers mention following this site over the past few years. Letely it seems the Germans have been browsing it lately. I always appreciate the feed back that I get in person. I don't allow comments on this site as I think it just opens a forum for abuse as I see a lot of spamming bots visit this site everyday. In the fake world of social media, in person contact is is a nice break. Most people can can communicate with me on facebook or twitter.

I had one such gentleman introduce himself during the Pacific Northwest fly Tying Expo this past suaturday. He told me that he was inspired by my list of the essential twelve  in the Time machine Fly Box and had started to tie his version of each of the twelve on the list.

I would like to share what others have been tying on the list. Send me your links, images drawings of your twelve! I'll post them here.

Isaac sent me this link to his version of the time machine fly box

Submit your links to your flies and Ill post them

Tue. Oct 29, 2013

Do you want cocktail sauce with that sir?

I've been playing with an old favorite pattern of mine. I have taken the Predator Prawn that I fist started tying in 1991 through several iterations as new fly tying materials and ideas come together. My latest version incorporates more Pro Tube materials. I have added a drop weight and sonic cone at the rear of the fly to help flare the tailing materials outwards and counter weight to ensure the fly rides in the water properly. I have incorporated Pro Sportfishers Shrimp shells for the back. In addition, I am adding Spirit River UV 2 materials when possible. I am workng on the step-by-step tutorial for this pattern to become available by my November 9th presentation at the Pacific Northwest Fly Tyers Rondezvous. Stay tuned...


Pro Tube Predator III - UV2 Prawn

Tube: Pro Tube Flexi Tube
Weight: Pro Tube Drop Weight at rear, Lead or tungsten strips as counterweight attached to rear belly along tube.
Disc: Pro Tube Sonic Disc covering rear drop weight.
Rear Wing: Synthetic fiber such as craft fur or dyed temple dog hair. 6 strands sili-legs, 2 strands tarantulegs (optional), 6 strands holographic mylar, 6 strands ostrich or dyed peacock herl.
Rear Hackle: Dyed mallard flank
Body: Spirit River UV 2 dubbing spun in a loop and picked out and trimmed to shape.
Shell: Pro Tuve Pro 3D shrimp shell
Rib: 6lb clear monofilament

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

Sat. Oct 12, 2013

Pacific Northwest Fly Tyers Rendezvous

...we've booked 40 tyers this year! It's going to be our best show yet

Be sure to mark it on your calander, the 2013 Pacific Northwest Fly Tyers Rendezvous, Saturday November 9th From 9-4. This years location is at the Jackson Armory 6255 NE Cornfoot Rd Portland, Or 97218-2747

I will be tying at table 12 all day. Come see me as I will be tying several new and exciting patterns.

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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.

Sat. Sep 28, 2013

Time Machine Fly Box - Update

I have had to make revisions to the list of the essential twelve classic steelhead wet fly's. I knew that I would have to alter the collection as I started to tie them. It would become appearant that an overlap would develop within the collection, for example, I might end up with too many dark low water patterns or too many purple patterns with the original selection that I had made. I could end up with too many bright patterns with white wings. More diversity had to implemented into the colection. 

The revised list now looks like this:
√ indicates completion and ready for the photo booth.

  1. Brads Brat √
  2. Freight Train √
  3. General Practitioner √
  4. Green Butt Skunk √
  5. Max Canyon 
  6. Maxwell Purple √
  7. Polar Shrimp √
  8. Purple Peril √
  9. Signal Light replaced by the Coal Car √
  10. Silver Hilton replaced with Fall favorite
  11. Skykomish Sunrise
  12. Steelhead General √

Tue. Sep 17, 2013

Time Machine Fly Box

I must tie each fly as if I am going to be entering them into a fly tying competition and to pass the scrutiny of a panel of expert judges

It’s probably just me, but I’ve noticed that the rate of fly tying innovation has skyrocketed in the past two years. It’s entirely possible that I was away at school and now just playing catch up. There has always been a steady rate of new materials and fly tying techniques entering the market, and in fact, I have spent the better part of my life in constant pursuit of fly tying innovation. I have recently been invited into the R&D phase with a European product developer, mostly providing my opinions and desires for new products and getting excited at what I can do once I get my hands on these new materials. I am also on the pro team for another company getting to test out materials before they market them. With so much new materials to play with, I am starting to feel a bit overwhelmed and desire some simplicity again.


I would like to take a short time machine ride back to the days before the intruder style of fly dominated the real estate in a steelheaders fly box. I would like to go back to the simple grace and elegance of the classic steelhead wet fly. It wouldn’t be a long ride, less than a decade and a half would get you there. Once there, you would have a handful of decades to roam around searching for materials and pushing the envelope with dyed colors and mastering your tying skills.


With a desire for pre-intruder and trailer trash flies biting at me like annoying gnats on the back of my neck, I decided to sit down and fill three or four fly boxes with the classics that I remember. One box is going to be sold on E-Bay, One or two others will be donated to the Federation of Fly Fishers for Auction at a fly tying show to raise money for conservation. One box is for myself because I will fish with them, or let people browse through them as they sit at my table at the upcoming fly tying shows.


In order to complete this task, I have to set a goal, otherwise I will just falter in aimless and misguided ambition. I have to decide upon what flies should be included in my list of twelve “classics”. Each fly must have history and be a recognized fly normally associated with West Coast steelhead fly-fishing, from Northern California to Northern British Columbia. Each pattern must contribute to a collection of flies that would get an avid steelheader through an entire season. To accomplish a years worth of fly fishing, there must be dark and light colors, bright and somber colors, and large bulky flies for deep winter and light sparse flies for summer low water conditions.


Next, the flies must be tied as perfectly as I can tie them. I have won a few awards and contests for fly tying and I want these fly boxes to be regarded and esteemed as worthy of blue ribbons. I must tie each fly as if I am going to be entering them into a fly tying competition and to pass the scrutiny of a panel of expert judges. Some will be culled from the box and put into a massive pile of fly rejects. I might even take a razor blade to them and recycle the hooks.


The preliminary list of flies I have compiled is:

  1. Brads Brat
  2. Freight Train
  3. General Practitioner
  4. Green Butt Skunk
  5. Max Canyon
  6. Maxwell Purple Matuka
  7. Polar Shrimp
  8. Purple Peril
  9. Signal Light
  10. Silver Hilton
  11. Skykomish Sunrise
  12. Steelhead General


Older generations might alter this list and certainly younger generations would have a completely different list. My goal is to find the classics that have been repeatedly published in books written over the past fifty years and be instantly recognizable by most avid steelhead fly fishers. If I allowed comments on this blog or posted this list on a forum, a thousand anglers would have a thousand lists. Just as likely, a thousand would also agree with me. This is my truth, and I am here to share my truth.


I start tying today. First up Purple Peril for summer conditions.

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.

Thu. Aug 15, 2013

Pro Rogue Stone Tutorial

Freshly minted...John's Pro Rogue Foam Stonefly tutorial. I will be covering the lifecycle of this insect by adding a newly emerged adult.

get the goods here...






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.

Wed. May 29, 2013

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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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