Gold Brooch Fly Pins – Santa’s Little Helper

Santa’s Little Helper is fashioned from a  Christmas theme Atlantic salmon fly pattern I came up with several years past. Though it’s never caught a salmon that I know of  I’m certainly sure it could. The gold brooch fly pin copy certainly will not hook a salmon. It surely will fetch some glances and admiring comments when displayed on hat or coat.

Santa's Little Helper displays warm Christmas colors.

Santa’s Little Helper displays warm Christmas colors.

I just hope it fetches some Christmas Cheer. Merry Christmas to all!

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Just Turkey – Wild Turkey Silver Label

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This classic-style wet fly is made with almost all wild turkey feathers. The tail, the wing and the hackle all come from the Rio Grande species of turkey found in southern Oregon. A tinsel body and jungle cock eyes complete the fly.

Classic Fly Pins For Christmas


For several years I’ve been tying old classic fly patterns on decorative hook pins for Christmas. Here are a few of my favorites. The hat pin hooks are not easy to tie on. There is a lot that you have to work around. Number one is avoid the sharp point of the pin. Ouch, but the results are sure worth it. The finished pins do look great worn on clothing lapel or hat brim.

9 Out Of 10 Rogue River Steelhead Prefer…A Carpetbagger Nymph (instead of turkey) For Thanksgiving

Even with all the fancy fly choices you can fling out there, cold water Rogue River steelhead like Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymphs best. Maybe it is the wiggly legs? Maybe it is the cool New Age Chenille body colors? Maybe it’s the weighted bead head? Maybe all that real matters is that they work best in the waning months of the year! Try the Midnight Fire, Midnight Rainbow or Copper/Gold/Black  chenille body colors. Try the bead head “Magic Flies” this November and December and don’t go home a big gobbler!.

Native Rogue River steelhead released to fight again.

Native Rogue River steelhead released to fight again.

Late September Rogue River Steelhead

The steelhead bite has been super slow the later part of this month. Teri and I found a couple to play Saturday afternoon on two low-water floats. One came unglued, but the second steelhead came to net during the warm moments of the late evening sunset. The fly was a small Pheasant & Hare.

Chrome Bright Steelhead Along the Rogue River

September 6th and the weather is making a major change. From the heat of summer to the cool of fall in just a few days. A little overcast graced the early morning hour on the Rogue River. The river flow had dropped a little, no doubt on account the cooling weather had prompted the Army Corps of Engineers to do so. This second fish came only a few minutes after I lost the first on the Spey rod. The knot came unraveled to my Green-Butt Silver Hilton Spider after the first jump. Putting the Spey rod aside, I picked up my ready-to-go switch rod. Loaded with a Midnight Fire Carpetbagger and a Bead Head G.R. Hare’s Ear Nymph it wasn’t long before I dredged up this chrome. No I didn’t find the Silver Hilton in its maw. Darn! Check out the second steelhead that jumps all on it’s own during the fight with this beauty. The jump comes at about the 58 second mark. Maybe that fish has the Silver Hilton?