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'The Fraternity of Fly Fishers'
February 2018
 

""April, come she will. When streams are ripe and swelled with rain;""
~ Simon and Garfunkel

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FLY FISHING THE GREATER YELLOWSTONE BACKCOUNTRY

As the title suggest, this brand new book by Bruce Staples covers backcountry fisheries (streams and lakes) and other lesser known waterbodies in Yellowstone National Park and surrounding areas extending to Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. Concise yet detailed, also with history and background stories for each fishery, over all it’s very well written, both by author and contributors who are specialists for some of those destinations.

CADDIS FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP

Caddisflies often cause anglers a great deal of frustration especially when attempting to imitate the emerging pupa and when the adults are on the water. It is interesting that caddisflies are ancient insects dating back 230 million years to the Triassic time period.

WATCH THE ICE

When the indicator dipped I was mentally numb and it took a second to register. Flipping a split shot and tandem nymph rig in 6 degree weather has that effect on both your body and your mind.

AMATO PRESS MAGAZINES

If you are like me, while I enjoy the convenience of easy and quick access on the Internet, I still enjoy picking up a book or a magazine and pursuing the articles. Fly Anglers Online has been blessed to have Amato Publications as a long time friend and these two magazines always hold a plethora of information on the sport of fishing for trout, salmon and steelhead.

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF FLY FISHING

One of the great organizations that preserves and promotes the sport of fly fishing in America is the American Museum of Fly Fishing located in Manchester, Vermont. They maintain a huge collection of historic fly fishing memorabilia and sponsor traveling exhibits of their collection around the country.

SLOW AND SHALLOW

It has rained again. That is all it seems to be doing. Wish some of this was along the West Coast. Way to wet to try to drive into any place. The urge to fish one pond is was so bad that I hiked the half mile into it. Got through a lot of mud before I got to the pond. The truck would not have ever made it in. Every little depression had water setting in it, with mud under that.

WE ARE NO LONGER YOUNG

As I peruse the various fly fishing bulletin boards and observe my fellow anglers when I’m spending a day fishing I have taken note that the angling population is aging. I also notice that when I look in the mirror I’m reminded of the lyrics in that old Frank Sinatra song “The man in the looking glass who can he be? The man in the looking glass can he possible be me?”

MIDGE FISHING

The term “Midge Fishing” is both a specific and generic term when applied to fly fishing; specific when it’s speaking about a certain type of insect and generic when it’s speaking about a method of fishing. Midges are insects that belong to the Diptera family which includes a variety of two-winged insects including gnats, black flies and mosquitoes. Most midges are relatively small, with the exception of some lake midges, and the term has been applied to many types of small flies which are not technically midges. Fishing small flies is a specialized method of fly fishing and certainly one of the more challenging methods. The term midge has become synonymous with any small insect and many anglers consider any fly that is smaller than a size 18 as a midge.

 


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