Fly Angler's Online
Your Weekly Online Fly Fishing Magazine.
Fly Fishing Fresh and Saltwater, Chat Room, Fishing Articles, Fishing Resources, solid informational content.
This is Your Premiere OnLine Magazine for the Fly Fishing Enthusiast. Your Fly Fishing Information Place!
Eye of the Guide
The Fly Fishing Enthusiast's Online Magazine
'The Fraternity of Fly Fishers'
May 20, 2013
"I still don't know why I fish or why other men fish, except that we like it and it makes us think and feel." Roderick L. Haig-Brown, A River Never Sleeps 
The Firehole River is one of the most storied of the rivers contained within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park. Many notable angling authors have shared their stories of time spent on the Firehole, Ray Bergman, Charlie Brooks, Ernest Schwiebert and Rene Harrop are but a few of those who have regaled us with the mysteries of this hauntingly beautiful river.
Next I'd like to discuss tactics and techniques in more details. This chapter covers more details for fishing with streamers and large soft-hackles. Some of visiting anglers never think about using these "meat flies" at DePuy's. Also others who claim to be "dry-fly enthusiasts" will never understand or even try to fish with these large flies. In my opinion, those anglers are limiting their opportunities. Information provided here is not limited to only spawning periods in the fall and spring at DePuy's, rather these can be applied to any month and at any other spring creek.
It was a day off and time to head to a pond. IGgt everything loaded and headed out. Today I went to a pond that I have not been to for a year or more. I got permission to access the pond in a different way than I had done before. The other way had too many cattle on it, and I didn't want to be blamed if he animals got out, as they have many times.
The loud double-gobble broke the silence of the pre-dawn air, with adrenalin raising the hair on my forearms and instantly increasing my heart rate. Without hesitation I knew I needed to close the distance as fast and quietly as I could before the roosted gobbler decided to drop down and walk away with his hens. It was opening day for New Jerseys Spring Gobbler season and I was excited for 2 reasons. First, I simply can't get enough of chasing Gobblers. It's in my blood and part of who I am. And secondly, it is by far the single most fun fly tying material excursion of the year.
This pattern was authored by Ann Schweigert of Roscommon, Michigan. The pattern is a variation of the Madsen Skunk developed by Earl Madsen sometime between 1930-1950. The fly should be fished down and across, stripping the line in short, jerky movements. It most likely taken as a hopper pattern. It is also fished after dark as an attractor pattern.
It is no secret to anyone who knows me that my favorite place to go fishing is Montana. This year I decided to go the first week of April, with the hopes of hitting the Skwala hatch on the Clark Fork River near St. Regis. I have caught some large rainbows and cutthroats that time of year. I arrived on a Tuesday afternoon and the Clark Fork River looked rather muddy and high. For the previous month the river had been running below the 83 year median daily flow rate, which was perfect. But we were having a false warm spring just before Old Man Winter hit us again.
This is a revised edition of the long time classic by the late Ernie Schwiebert. This volume was one of the projects that Ernie was working on prior to his passing, however due to the work of his family and the publisher this revised edition has been published in the 21st century where it can once offer a whole generation of fly fishers the insight and knowledge from a legendary fly fisher.
A rod, specifically a fly rod, is a tool and as such what one can do with it depends upon the skill of the user. One of the things that I remember when I was teaching fly casting was that beginners always wanted to know what fly rod to purchase. My advice was that they should purchase the finest rod that they could afford and then, when they discovered that they could not cast they could not blame it on the equipment.
[ HOME ]
[ HOME ]
[ Search ] [ Contact FAOL ] [ Media Kit ]
FlyAnglersOnline.com © Notice