Knot of the Month –  Surgeon’s Loop

This is one of the easiest and quickest loops to tie, creating a non-slip loop in almost any size line. It is also extremely strong, retaining 100% of line strength. This loop can be used for larger streamers, to allow more action especially when using heavier leader. Another use for a loop is to create a quick attachment between lines. Many tapered leaders these days have a loop for quick rigging, and having a loop on the end of a piece of monofilament attached to your fly line will allow you to change your leader without tying knots.
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Fly of the Month – E/C Caddis (dirty yellow)

From the August 2014 Newsletter
Fly, Notes and Photo by Tim Barker Used by Permission Hook: Daiichi 1110, #16 – #18 Thread: Tiemco 16/0, Lt. Cahill (Thorax forward) Shuck: Looped strand Z-Lon, Ginger Abdomen: Nano Silk 12/0. Yellow Rib: Micro Pearl Flashabou – *Coat abdomen with Hard As Hull Wing: Bleached Yearling Elk Thorax: SLF Prism, Sand Hackle: Whiting, Cream This is variation of Ralph Cutter’s E/C Caddis, which has been around since 1981. I have had a lot of success with Yellow Humpys, when Tan Caddis are emerging, so this pattern, in what amounts to a “dirty yellow’ once ... Read More

Knot of the Month – Quick Dropper Knot

From the July 2014 Newsletter This knot is very easy to tie, and can be constructed in a matter of a few seconds. It is still fairly strong, retaining about 90% of line strength. As an alternative to the traditional Dropper Loop, which requires several wraps, this is useful when there is a fly already tied to the leader because it does not require the leader tag end to pass through the loop. Step 1: Tie a double overhand knot (two wraps instead of one) in the end of the dropper line. This will form a non-slip knot at the ... Read More
Fly of the Month - Veevus Serendipity

Fly of the Month – Veevus Serendipity

 From the July 2014 Newsletter Fly, Notes and Photo by Tim Barker Used by Permission  Hook: TroutLegend N/D Hook, #14-16 Thread: Tiemco 16/0, Black Rib: Ultra Wire, Fluorescent Yellow, Small Abdomen: Veevus IRIS Thread, Olive – Coat with Hard As Hull Wing: White Z-Lon These types of Serendipities are just plain deadly. I would wager that over the course of a year’s fishing, this simple little pattern will take more Trout than any other Caddis type attractor in sizes #14 -#18…that is why my boxes are full of them… beaded, unbeaded, on curved and straight hooks. These patterns may be ... Read More

Fly of the Month – Morrish Hopper   

From the May/June 2014 Newsletter
Fly, Notes and Photo by Eric Paramore
Used by Permission Hook: Size 6-12, 2XL long curved shank hopper or nymph hooks Thread: Light colored 8/0 or 10/0 thread, such as Veevus brand. Body: 5mm thick two-tone foam, cut in teardrop shape (or glue two colors of 2.5mm thick foam together). Post: 1mm thick, high-vis orange foam cut in triangular shape. Legs: Zebra Hopper Legs, Natural/Medium, 8 inch strand. I first posted how to tie the Morrish Hopper in 2010 and have had great fishing results and fun tying different version of the realistic hopper pattern over ... Read More

Knot of the Month – Homer’s Knot (Tippet to Fly)

From the May/June 2014 Newsletter The Homer’s knot is named for one of the godfathers of sportfishing, Homer Circle. It has been attributed to Lefty Kreh who evolved it during a series of tests to create a strong loop knot. It was then incorporated into the book “Practical Fishing Knots” which Lefty co-authored with Mark Sosin. Accordingly it is quite often known as Lefty Kreh’s Loop Knot, or sometimes the Non-slip Mono Knot. This knot makes a very strong fixed loop in the end of the line. Because the loop doesn’t grip the lure, it makes a flexible attachment and allows a more ... Read More
Fly of the Month - Bat Wing Baetis Emerger   

Fly of the Month – Bat Wing Baetis Emerger   

Fly, Notes and Photo by Tim Barker
Used by Permission
From April 2014 Newsletter Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Gray or Olive, Tiemco 16/0 Gray Hook: TMC 2487 or Daiichi 1130, #16-#20 Tail: Dun Hen Hackle Barbs Abdomen: BWO or Olive Goose Biot ( I use Stalcup’s)…it may be tied fringed or flat Wing: Fluffy, butt end of a Dun Hen feather, mounted convex side up and pulled over Abdomen and Bead Abdomen: Brown or Dark Tan Beaver Bead: Gun Metal Glass or Black Metal sized to hook I have done some ties for Casting For Recovery and a drawing box ... Read More

Fly of the Month – Greg’s Incredible Egg

Fly, Notes and Photo by Greg Thomas
Used by Permission
From March 2014 newsletter Hook: Scud Hook, size 16
Thread: Orange
Body: Orange yarn As amazing as it sounds, we’re on the cusp of quality trout fishing in the Rockies. Which brings me to this question: What is your favorite spring setup? I’ll explain mine here. It’s so rudimentary it’s almost embarrassing. What I like about this combination, however, is that the patterns are easy to tie so you don’t have to worry about breaking your rig off on the bottom, which is usually where you need to place this ... Read More