Early season trout fly fishing in Northern Michigan is typically centered on the Hendrickson (ephemerella subvaria #14) hatch. This three-tailed mayfly was given it’s common name by Theodore Gordon who tied flies to imitate the hatch for Albert Everett. Hendrickson. The Hendricksons are sometimes referred to as the “Gentleman’s” hatch because of its late morning […]
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There are three important choices to consider when choosing the right leader for fly fishing. They are the length of the leader, and the size of the diameter of the butt section and diameter of the tippet (or level portion at the end of the leader). Length Three factors determine what length leader to […]
Give this Hank Patterson video a look, and a laugh.
Most participants at the Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School arrive as novices. As such, we start their fly-casting instruction by asking them to pick up the fly line from the ground and deliver it back to the ground. Amazingly, this is all that fly-casting really is: a pick-up and a delivery. Everything else that we […]
One of the many casting techniques that I teach each year is the double haul. When fly casters begin to challenge their skills and attempt longer casts, they quickly learn that it becomes increasingly difficult to add the increased amount of energy into the cast in a smooth enough manner to avoid tailing loops. As […]
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If you’ve set your sights on a new fly rod, or perhaps your first fly rod, dive in and take a few notes. High tech materials, fast actions, slow actions, new actions, line weights, rod lengths, tapers, flex indexes, grips, ferrule designs, finishes,… can be overwhelming. Relax. Here are some guidelines to help you choose […]
Here’s how to spend a truly complete visit to your local fly shop. We occasionally see Hank in the store… or a close relative or two. Have a laugh on us.