Classic Fly Pins For Christmas

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 the difficulty of tying around the pin and it’s keeper. Number one is avoid the sharp point of the pin. Ouch! Almost any fly pattern can be tied on fly pin. I’m looking forward to trying a few new patterns this year!

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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.

Early October Rogue River Steelhead

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This fresh, Fall, upriver bright hit a orange bead head Brownbagger Stonefly Nymph.

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The orange egghead Brownbagger is the pattern to use now on the upper Rogue River.

There’s something about the spawning Chinook salmon and the effectiveness of hot orange egg patterns for Rogue River steelhead during October. Why not fish two flies in one pattern? The Brownbagger carries the look of the ever abundant river bottom stonefly nymphs.  That hot orange bead head is definitely an attraction as both color stimulant and salmon egg imitation. The Brownbagger is two flies in one…a stonefly nymph and an egg pattern.

August Rogue Weather

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Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymphs stacking up and readily available.

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This spate of extremely hot weather is bothersome and yet welcomed. I makes time to catch up with some fly tying. My bins are now full!

Classic Fly Pins For Christmas


I tie old classic fly patterns on decorative hook pins for Christmas. Here are a couple of my favorites. The hat pin hooks are not easy to tie on. There is a lot that you have to work around. Important is to avoid the sharp point of the pin when wrapping thread and materials. Ouch!

Nice Summer Steelhead from a Tail Out

A little tail out on the Rogue River of Oregon proved once again the saving grace on this hot August day. The mid-day hookup came after fruitlessly probing several more public stretches of water. The fall chinook salmon were observed rolling conspicuously in the main body of these runs. Do the salmon chase the steelhead out of the favored lies? The search and hooking fly pattern was the Midnight Fire Carpetbagger Stonefly Nymph.