This dry fly pattern imitates emerger, cripple, and dun phases of virtually any mayfly hatch. By varying size and colors, you can match nearly any mayfly hatch. This video ties the pattern using stenonema colors and size. The unique hackle method (commonly referred to as “hackle stacking”) is extremely durable

Moon sing

It has been a cold and quiet week on the river with nothing in the way of a warm-up until the middle of next week.  I’ve been cranking bugs both for the shop and for my own fly boxes.  Not winter bugs.  Spring bugs.  I don’t have the winter blues

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Good Karma

The river is in good shape. It has some color still and is a little warmer for this time of year. I Do see it cooling off this week with the winter like temperatures hitting the area.  Steelhead and Trout fishing is consistent on Nymphs and Egg Flies. Try smaller

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This pattern is one of the most durable, successful patterns for steelhead in Lake Michigan rivers. Post-spawn steelhead spend much of their days eating to replenish their strength before returning to Lake Michigan. The rhyacophia caddis is a common, bright chartreuse green larva that is readily available to these big

Fly Quality~

Walking out of a relatively noted fly shop along a fairly famous river, I glance down at the few dozen Missing Link Caddis, Hippie Stompers and Dust Bunnies and I ponder why are there nearly two C-notes sitting in the palm of my hand? It is mid-June, I have some

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