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Caddis storm

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This little caddis fly, about a size 12, took over my favourite river last week and shut down the fishing until the hatch was over. The back eddies and riverside bushes were literally loaded with these. Fish were rising sporadically and steadily at times too, but there were so many on the water that it seemed like getting a fish to bite your fly would be like winning a lottery. I cycled through caddis patterns from larva to emergers and dry flies and came up with nothing. My buddy Mac picked up one trout on an oversized Humpy variant. Go...

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First brook trout trip of the season

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On Friday, the water and weather finally started giving us a break and Mac and I got out to visit a great brook trout river we know.  The water was high, so we could not fish all the runs we wanted to. Nor could we fish the remainder as well as we liked, but we still managed to eke out eight nice brook trout, seven of which were between 13 and 17 inches. I lost a couple, including one that would have been substantially larger. Of the fish we caught, seven were on a size 10 Copper John and one was on...

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Fly Boxes

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I finally bit the bullet and invested in a line of fly boxes that meet my expectations in terms of quality, reasonable price and durability. I've already sold more of these in the first few days than any other product I've introduced.   I have even filled one of these myself and plan on purchasing more . Check them out at this link. If my customers are receptive to this type of product, I'll start bringing in more. 

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Getting ready for trout season and Euro-nymphing

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Today I received my Semperfli/Hends order and boy am I excited. Included in the order are great products that are new to my shop such as Squirmy Worms (which are all the rage right now) as well as Perdigones body material, which is a fine pearl tinsel in 10 colours that is meant for making perdigon nymphs. If you are into Euro-nymphing, these are two really cool products. I also picked up more Hends Hooks and slotted tungsten beads. Check it all out in my Euro Nymphing page.

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The Mrs. Simpson

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This is a great pattern from New Zealand that I discovered after a friend was kind enough to buy me a book on New Zealand flies while visiting. Needless to say, the Kiwis know a thing or two about fly fishing and this fly is proof of that. I have fished one on our lakes for smallmouth bass and they love it.  This year, I will be making a point to try them for trout as well. I bet they'll do just fine too. The pattern is really simple.  Hooks:  Size 10 to 2 streamer hook Thread:Black 6/0 or 8/0  Tail:...

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