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The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog

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McKenzie River fly fishing, Oregon fly fishing reports and fly tying videos.

I have been partial to fishing RIO’s Outbound fly lines since 2005 and have seen these lines evolve and improve over time. Wait. The fact remains that my head tells me the lines have improved, but for practical purposes, I …

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In this video, Jay shows us how to tie a Trout Clouser Jig (Golden Crawdad). You can jig it. You can swing it. You can jig it under an indicator or swing it under an indicator. It’s a really good … Continu

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A Guaranteed Good Time for A Good Cause! Join the Native Fish Society Thursday, July 19th, 2018 at the Miracle Barn in Bend, OR for a great evening of fellowship, festivities, and a live auction benefitting Oregon’s native fish and …

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In this video, Jay ties an Ultralicious Steelhead Tube Fly using a Purple and Orange color variation. This fly can be cast, stripped, and swung for Summer and Winter Steelhead. Jay’s Ultralicious Steelhead Tube Purple/Orange Tube: Pro Sportfisher Classic Tube …

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I guess I’s say it is a blessing and a curse (just a little curse) that there are so many new fly tying products entering the market these days. I watched a very good Ted Talk recently that noted something … Co

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BABINE FOR A BENJAMIN Spend a week on the Babine River this fall for just $100! The one and only Babine Steelhead Lodge has generously donated a week of steelhead fishing on the Babine River for 1 angler to support …

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I probably fish a wider variety of fly lines than the average fly fisher—in fact—some of my friends call me a fly line freak. The range of high quality fly lines available these days is STAGGERING. As an industry associate …

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In this video, Jay ties a Bull Trout Jig fly in a Crawdad color variation. This is a great fly to use with a trout spey setup, swinging near a fallen log or boulder garden. Jay’s Bull Trout Jig Crawdad … Continue readin

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Check out this beautiful film from SAGE Fly Fishing.

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From the Native Fish Society Dear Members and Supporters, The Metolius River in Central Oregon is the crown jewel of the upper Deschutes Basin and a place of exemplary ecological value in the state of Oregon. It is also ground …

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In this video, Jay ties us a Trout Tube Streamer using Pine Squirrel and a Sommerlatte’s Foxy Brush. This is a fun fly that is easy to cast and won’t hold a lot of water. But it will also get … Co

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This is another Ahrex fly tying hook that I have been working with for several months tying and fishing wet flies. Available in sizes that span the range from 4 to 10, I appreciate the wire, the barbless feature, the … Cont

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I have been tying and fishing one of my shrimp patterns on the NS150 Nordic Salt Curved Shrimp Hook for several months and am quite impressed with the hook’s overall performance as well as the esthetics of the hook and …

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Fact is, I couldn’t imagine an improvement on the trusted Gammie SL12S Wide Gap hook. This hook, in sizes # 2, 1/0, and 2/0 has ben my number one choice for salmon clouser hooks for over a decade or so. …

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I have been tying and fishing a hook that is new to me but well established in Northern Europe for some time.  While there are many styles of Ahrex fly tying hooks that we can provide — from tiny dry … Conti

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Yup. Contrary to what a person might think, different hook styles and manufacturers exhibit characteristics that are quite different, and these differences have a HUGE influence on the appearance of a finished fly tied on each specific hook. The flies above, …

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My friends Gui Allen and Jim Buckley just returned from their annual venture to La Ventana at Gary Bulla Saltwater Adventures in Baja. I still hope to return there either later this season or next year, but for now, I’d like …

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The river was a bit busier, the weather was a bit cooler, but the floating, camping and fishing were still a blast. The John Day from Twickenham to Clarno is an easy family friendly float trip. Busy Fathers day weekend … Continue readi

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The picture tells the story I think. No, this is not science, this is a pile of hooks that is the aftermath of sitting down at my fly bench, placing a series of my hook boxes on the desk, grabbing my … Con

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Join McKenzie River Trust in caring for a special property between Hendricks Bridge and Hayden Bridge on the McKenzie River! Saturday, June 23rd, volunteer to help care for McKenzie Oxbow, a 20-acre conservation area just downstream of Hendrick’s Bridge Boat …

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Phase I of the Lower South Fork McKenzie River Floodplain Enhancement Project is underway. The Project will enhance habitat conditions within the lower mile of the river and restore connections to over 200 acres of floodplain. Contractors are currently collecting …

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Hey folks, Matt Stansberry here with an update from our annual fishing trip to Mar Mac Lodge on Lake Esnagi in Ontario. My dad and his buddy have been coming up to this lake for fifty years and I’ve been … Continue readi

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Last year was an absolutely miserable local steelhead year. This time last year their were approximately 1000 summer steelhead over Willamette Falls. Those 1000 spread in the Willamette, McKenzie and Santiam River systems, so catching them last year was rare …

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High pressure gives way to an overcast, showery “mayfly friendly” weekend. Fishing has been excellent on the McKenzie and Middle Fork of the Willamette Rivers of late. Look for that fishing to be more surface focussed and even better this …

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In this video Jay ties up another delicious trout streamer. This fly really illustrates how using a variety of similar colored materials can add subtle accents and several layers of texture. This fly can be cast, stripped, and swung for …

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Hey Jay, hope all is well. I was wondering about your thoughts on hook positioning in flies. In particular tube style flies. Have you experimented with hooks in the down position and further up towards the head of the fly? … C

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In this video, Jay demonstrates how to tie a tube fly using Pro Sport’s Classic Tube and Flexineedle. Jay is also tying this fly with Skinny Grizzle Saddle instead of Ostrich. Using Saddle provides a little more durability than Ostrich …

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In this video, Tony ties up a Carey Special. An old but very effective pattern for fishing lakes. The Carey Special is one of those “must have in your box” fly patterns when you visit a lake. It’s the Parachute … Cont

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  Yes, my friends Gui and Jim are (or have very recently been) fly fishing at Gary Bulla’s in Baja. I asked Gui to share several of the flies he has been tying for this trip. Without further comment, I’ll … Continue reading

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You have to love fly fishing in May and June in Oregon. Some of our very best opportunities exist and we are able to fish some of the biggest dry flies of the season. You have hungry trout tying willing …

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