We have a good selection of articles and videos to kick off the month of August for the Friday Five. Since we featured a rainbow sipping dries last week, we start with a taimen chasing and eating a streamer, then move on to highlight some patterns for the summer and an article about lines drawn in fly fishing. Grab your cup of coffee and enjoy!
The Big Eat (Captain Jack Productions)
This is a sweet aerial shot of an eat by a big taimen. I love how you can not only see the fish, but the streamer as well.
A Midsummer Trifecta of Fly Patterns (Orvis Fly Fishing)
Dry fly fishing doesn’t end around here in early June. Some of the best dry fly fishing is actually during the Trico hatch around this time of year through early September. This article highlights three effective flies that would work this time of year. Two more that I would add are deer hair beetles and various caddis patterns.
Where the Lines Are Drawn (Troutbitten)
Domenick Swentosky writes about the arbitrary lines that fly fisherman sometimes draw around the way they fish. He brings up some good points, with the main one being, “keep an understanding that the lines, the delineations, are yours alone. Be happy. Be fishy. Have fun.”
The Muddler (Gink & Gasoline)
The Muddler is a highly versatile pattern – it can be fished as a streamer in a number of ways, and could also serve as a hopper imitation when fished as a dry fly. Jason Tucker highlights some effective ways to fish this pattern, and also includes a tying video.
How to Tie the “Carpnado” (Kayak Angler Magazine)
Pat Cohen demonstrates how to tie his Carpnado nymph (which works on more than carp). It’s a larger-sized general nymph imitation of a number of aquatic insects, and can be tied in smaller sizes as well.