March has come in like a lion, just based on how the wind is blowing outside. The water is high, and if that’s your thing don’t be afraid to get out there! If it’s not, then stay inside, tie some flies, or organize the fly boxes. All of those ideas are covered in the selection that we have for you today. Grab your cup of coffee, pull up a chair, and enjoy!
I usually use the Double Mint Gum slogan, “Double the pleasure, double the fun” whenever I talk about fishing two flies. Domenick Swentosky gives some helpful tips on when to fish two flies, why it’s important, and how to be most effective.
Squeeky’s Fly Sort Update, Including Rants (Headhunters Fly Shop)
Mark Raisler (“Squeeky Oar Locks”) is organizing his fly boxes, and giving us some thoughts along the way. Certainly an amusing read – and a good reminder to organize those boxes!
Tom’s Top 7 Early-Season Streamers (Orvis Fly Fishing)
Tom Rosenbauer shares his list of favorite streamers for high and cold water that we can have in the spring. Right now we have some pretty high water in our local streams due to rain, so this list would be applicable for that. Notice that all of the patterns are weighted to get them down faster!
Pheasant Tail X-Caddis (Fly Fish Food)
The X or X2 Caddis is a pattern that we always carry in the box, and this is a useful variation on the original X-Caddis pattern. Pheasant Tail is a great material to use in more than nymphs!
Fly Tying Video: Fish Mask Double Deceiver (Flymen Fishing Company)
Faux Bucktail is an interesting material, and it’s been interesting to experiment like it. However, it doesn’t quite compare to the real thing (as good as it is). The good thing about it is that it stands up to abuse from toothy critters much better than the real thing. Because it doesn’t flair, you need to use some other tying techniques (the body tubing, in this case) to get that same effect.