The midpoint of September has arrived, with a brief warm-up before the fall weather settles in. Stream levels are looking okay (definitely better than last year), and we’re getting ready for fall fishing. Grab you coffee mug, pull up a chair, and enjoy what we have for you in this week’s Friday Five!
Life is about choices, and one of those choices that you have to make is either catching a lot of fish or catching big fish (generally). Domenick Swentosky writes about the decision behind choosing one of these things in this recent tip from his Fifty Fly Fishing Tips series.
Bug Blueprints (Fly Fisherman)
This is a helpful article about the general types of insect species (and life stages) that you will encounter while fly fishing. It’s one of my favorite things to teach people about, because knowing this information will help you become a better angler.
The Streamer Chronicles Season Two (Fly Fishing the Ozarks)
Brian Wise is at it again, after a really well-done first season of The Streamer Chronicles. The video is the trailer for this season, which will feature Rich Strolis, Russ Maddin, Chris Willen, Paul Zagorski, Steve Dally, and Andreas Andersson. The first episode is due out next month.
Mic Drop Tutorial (Gunnar Brammer)
This is a gamechanger-style, articulated streamer that seems to have it all. Gunnar takes us through tying the pattern step-by-step, explaining why he does things the way that he does for this pattern. It measures in at 6 inches, so it’s a bit large for around here. There are always ways to tweak and experiment to make it a bit smaller for around here!
Shakey Bealy Fly Pattern (Blue Ribbon Flies)
For something on the other end of the size spectrum, here’s a great soft hackle pattern tied by Nick Nicklas of Blue Ribbon Flies. It’s one to add to your fall fishing arsenal to fish on the swing.