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[Editor's Note: After watching Hank Patterson work the vise, it seemed appropriate to repost this excellent video on tying The Knucklehead.]
The spring season is almost here, and high water on the Battenkill will mean it’s streamer time. I’ve always liked articulated patterns, though I haven’t tied many because they seemed kind of complicated. But in this video, Connecticut-based guide Rich Strolis, demonstrates a straightforward method for tying wiggly, two-hook streamers using some innovative new products. You can tie the Knucklehead in lots of different colors to mimic your local forage fish. I plan on tying up some olive and copper ones for the ‘Kill.
You know, I sit just a few yards from Tom Rosenbauer, author of several books on fly tying, so I know what a real master at the vise looks like. And Hank Patterson is clearly right near the top of the fly-tying pantheon, as evidenced by his latest video. As Hank says, “Prepare to unlearn everything you know about the art of tying flies.” As an added bonus, . . .
Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. Sorry we’re a little late as the result of some technical difficulties here at Orvis HQ. I hope no one’s lunch hour was ruined. I’m trying to make up for it with one of the longest F5s of all time: 20 videos (one of them has four parts) that will take you around the world—from Montana, to New Zealand, to the middle of. . .
I opened my email this morning and found these pictures, sent by our friends at Estancia Laguna Verde in far southern Argentina. All the note accompanying the images said was, “Some catches from the first part of the season.” But then again, what else is there to say about. . .
Welcome to another edition of our trivia challenge, where we test your knowledge of all things fly fishing and where you might learn a thing or two about this sport we love. This week, we feature a couple of special prizes, suggested by the photo of Tom with an armful of hare’s feet we posted yesterday. (See below for the details.) The scores on last week’s quiz were pretty middling, with just two scores of 100%s (well done, mike and jtrammell72!). This week’s edition doesn’t. . .
When you’ve been fly fishing for more than 30 years, like John Herzer has, you don’t need a fancy studio to shoot a how-to video. You just sit on the riverbank and demonstrate a skill that you use almost every day. In this video, Herzer—owner of Blackfoot River Outfitters, in Missoula, Montana—explains how to build a nymphing rig from scratch. This is the kid of skill every angler needs to master if he or she wants to be prepared for any kind of angling situation.
This is what makes the long tramp into the wilderness worthwhile.
photo courtesy Kendrick Chittock
[Editor's note: We featured a great photo essay by Kendrick Chittock last month, and he's back with another tale of fishing the New Zealand backcountry.]
The stream below was not clear, but flowed a translucent turquoise around boulders and brush. Halfway across a narrow, bouncing swing bridge of wire and mesh built to hold one, the sun beat hot against my laden pack, putting ever more rhythm to the moving steps beneath me. I’ve never been much for “tramping,” as the kiwis call it, but an old friend and a river known to hold. . .
One of the few real hatches many anglers see in late winter/early spring are the early black stoneflies. Because they can often be seen walking on the snow, these members of the of the family Capniidae are known as “snowflies” in some areas. However, timing these hatches can be an iffy proposition, so you’ll have much better luck fishing a nymph pattern, such as the. . .
Our pal Stefan Ågren, of frontsidefly.com, sent us this beautiful video, which is a real departure from his usual fare of big trout, laughter, and excitement. As the opening titles say, “Just relax for a few minutes.” For many of us, it’s been months since we heard the sounds of the river in this way, and Stefan has done a wonderful job of capturing the experience. How he kept himself from casting to that riser is a mystery, though.
Tom hoards his bunny feet because he likes tying with the fur so much.
photo by Phil Monahan
Tom Rosenbauer is well known for his killer pattern, Rosenbauer’s CDC Rabbit’s Foot Emerger. Years before I knew Tom, when I was guiding in Yellowstone National Park, the Rabbit’s Foot Emerger was my go-to fly for big cutthroats on the Lamar River. I would drop it off the back of a PMD Sparkle Dun, and the combination was absolutely