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Iconic mayfly populations have declined by as much as 84 percent | Hatch Magazine – Fly Fishing, etc.

February 1, 2020

This disturbing news, from a fly angler’s point of view, popped up in The Hatch magazine email news this week. This is a significant decline in insect numbers. Check it out!

The emergence of Hexagenia limbata mayflies, throughout the Great Lakes and parts of the mid-Atlantic region, is nearly a religious event in angling circles. Each year in early June, these enormous mayflies blanket the landscape, emerging by the billions each night, smothering waterways, riverbanks, roadways and more with thousands of tons of trout-candy biomass.
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Mike Metcalfe Grand River Caddis Patterns

January 28, 2020

Mike Metcalfe demonstrates how to tie Grand River Caddis patterns

Last Saturday, at the regular fly tying workshops held through the off season at Grand River Outfitting and Fly Shop, Grand River guides Mike Metcalfe and Rob Heale, demonstrated how to tie some of the most effective Caddis patterns for the Grand River tailwater.

Here’s a series of videos, most from Tim Flaglers tightline video YouTube Channel, all in one playlist, that show the patterns they demonstrated: Iris Caddis, X-Caddis, Spent Partridge Caddis, Lafontaine’s Sparkle Emerger, the Palamino Caddis and the Elk Hair Caddis!

Get busy tying up a few of each of these patterns as Trout season will be here before you know it! Click on the video link below to start the series!

Caddis Patterns Playlist

Incidentally, Mike was featured in a recent article by The New Fly Fisher host Bill Spicer, “Fly Fishing the Grand River” and this duo will be featured in an upcoming episode of the show.

Why Wood Duck?

January 28, 2020

Tim Flagler, from tightlinevideo explains why the flank feathers of a Wood Duck are so useful to fly tyers in this Orvis sponsored one minute video.

Things you need for Fly Fishing, or Don’t!

January 24, 2020

What do you really need to fly fish? Or rather, what you DON’T need. A little common sense from The Huge Fly Fisherman.

Video: Why You Should Tie with Pine Squirrel – Orvis News

January 14, 2020

Another excellent Fly Tying video from Tightline Productions, this one on using pine squirrel.

Video: Why You Should Tie with Pine Squirrel – Orvis News
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Video: How to Make a Split-Thread Dubbing Noodle – Orvis News

January 10, 2020

Here’s a useful technique for tying flies that takes practice, but which can improve the buggy look in many patterns! I found this quite helpful, especially the procedure for splitting thread. Have a look!

Video: How to Make a Split-Thread Dubbing Noodle – Orvis News
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Pro Tips: How to Fish Midge Patterns in Winter – Orvis News

January 7, 2020

Written by: Zach Matthews, Itinerant AnglerTailwater trout, such as this Bighorn brown, often key on small midges.Photo by Steve Galleta, Bighorn AnglerYou’ve probably been there. Two hours from home, halfway through the thermos of coffee, knee-deep in cold water on a cold day, and not a single, solitary fish to show for it. They’re taunting . . .

Source: Pro Tips: How to Fish Midge Patterns in Winter – Orvis News

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