Category: Tips

  1. FLY TYING — ZONKER VARIANT

    January 16, 2021 • Forum, Tips, Upcoming Events

    Here’s a variation of the great pattern invented by Dan Byford in the mid-70’s. Replacing the mylar body with a conehead and dubbed Hare’e Ice body is a fantastic sculpin/leach pattern that should be tied in several colors. This first night pattern is simple yet effective and students tied some very nice flies. CLICK HERE […]

  2. FALL AND WINTER STREAMER FISHING!

    November 5, 2020 • Forum, Tips, Upcoming Events

    Summer hatches are a distant memory, and the weather is turning colder. As the water cools, the sun gets lower in the sky, and the hours of daylight shorten, brown trout and brook trout put on their brilliant spawning colors and get aggressive as they build their spawning redds and begin the spawning ritual. Watching […]

  3. DON’T PACK UP THE GEAR – IT’S HOPPER TIME!

    July 21, 2020 • Forum, Tips

    As the summer months arrive and the giant mayfly hatches slowly fade into distant memories of late nights, big fish, and massive riseforms, many fly anglers retire their gear for the season. Others embrace the midday warm sunshine and grassy banks to wander the river listening for the clicking of grasshoppers along the banks as […]

  4. WHAT THE HECK IS A WHITE-GLOVED HOWDY?

    June 3, 2020 • Forum, Tips

    Fifty years ago, I visited a northern Michigan fly shop in early June. Ignorant about basic aquatic entomology and the concept of “matching the hatch”,  I naively asked the shop owner, “What’s hatching?”. The other two customers, whose conversation I had interrupted, turned to hear the shop owner’s answer. “The Howdie”,  was his reply. The […]

  5. SULFUR HATCH IS HERE!

    May 1, 2020 • Forum, Tips

    The Sulfur Hatch   Springtime brings warmer water, feeding fish, and emerging mayflies. April and opening day of trout season typically brings emergences that occur in the mid-afternoons, and spinnerfalls that come later in the evening. Often fish are not metabolizing yet, and separating the emergences and spinnerfalls makes it difficult to be on the […]

  6. “THE GENTLEMAN’S HATCH” – HENDRICKSONS

    April 20, 2020 • Forum, Tips

    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 […]

  7. THE GENTLEMEN’S HATCH – HENDRICKSONS

    April 20, 2020 • Forum, Tips

    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 […]

  8. CHOOSING THE RIGHT LEADER

    March 14, 2020 • Forum, Tips, Upcoming Events

    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 […]

  9. BASIC FLYFISHING KNOTS

    February 27, 2020 • Forum, Tips, Upcoming Events

    These knots are easily learned and can be viewed in an animated form by going to Orvis.com and visiting the Fly Fishing Learning Center. https://howtoflyfish.orvis.com/fly-fishing-knots/

  10. OVERLINING AND UNDERLINING RODS

    February 2, 2020 • Forum, Tips

    At a recent class on fly line technology, I was asked about over-lining and under-lining fly rods. I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on the subject that may help you with your casting. The subject begins in the mid-60’s when very flexilble slow-action cane and fiberglass rods required a very careful touch to […]