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.

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!

End of May Flying Trout Roundup

I’ve always felt that these high mountain Cascade redband trout are are a great tune-up for summer steelhead. Teri and I made a visit early Saturday morning and found the action not wanting at one of our favorite spots. These feisty fish are great excitement on a light weight fly rod. Add the further suspense that you never know when you are going to hook into an 18 – 20 inch trout, and you have an in between steelhead runs fly fishing alternative.

Mid-May Cascade Trout and Morel Roundup

Cool weather and rain equals healthy trout and morels in the mountains

Cool weather and rain equals healthy trout and morels in the mountains

A week of cold and wet weather in the Cascades made for good hunting for mountain trout and morels. The early morning fog and mist proofed perfect conditions for some hot trout action with flies. One new tie, the Red Wire Worm, proved on it’s debut that it was worthy of the wily redside trout. Along with the Hot Bead Sowbug, the flies connected during a steady two hour bite. This time I increased my leader’s strength from 5X to 4X. I lost no feisty fish to breaking the tippet. I did lose several of the beefy acrobats to their wild and numerous jumps and leaps.
The morels keep coming. We looked over an area we had searched a week before and did even better this time. A lot to be said for mid-May adventure in the Cascade Mountains.

July 1st. Get out the Sun Umbrellas on the Rogue River.

With Rogue Valley air temperatures slated to rise to 103°F today, here is a little recap of the weekend float with the Drifter. Recalling the friendly sun and 75°F mid-day temperature, what a refreshing time that was. Expecting to find another early summer steelhead; Carpetbaggers, G.R. Hare’s Ears, and Brown Fork Tail Prince nymphs were the fly choices du jour. We did find cutthroat trout and steelhead smolt. Not a fantastic bite this time of year, but a bite none the less. A probable cause of this would be the high (2200 CFS – 2800 CFS), cold water flow. Most of the resident fish have fed well during the early hatches of spring. Wet wading, I found the 55°F water to feel exhilarating at first touch. Actually you can “warm up” to it, and then the cool feels quite nice. Teri prefers the action from the drift boat via casting and “trolling.” We “trolled up” several nice cutthroat trout ferrying the Drifter and giving the Rogue River twitch to a tandem setup of flies. A big fly (a Carpetbagger) trailing a small fly (Hare’s Ear or Prince size #10) is a hot set up. Not many boats and a lot of wildlife make for a pleasant time along the Rogue River of Oregon.

July birds along the Rogue River.