Elkhorn Saturday Tying Demo and Bighorn Fishing Report
Let the Tying Demos Continue! It’s still raining, so I’m still tying flies!.
Somewhere under there is my parade. Photo by Haley Luna.
Sooner or later the weather will break, and the waters will recede, and then it will be “Fishermen, start your engines”! Until then, Brian says to continue the Saturday tying program and have some fun. I’ve been on the Bighorn River in Montana lately and didn’t get any fresh talent booked, so this week you will get another ration of Marty. I’ve got some ideas for future Saturdays, so in the coming weeks we should have some variety.
This week’s theme will be “Dry Flies” (and I hope you appreciate the irony of that theme).
I hear from a lot of tyers who just never got started tying dries, but would like to get into it a bit more. So this session I will tie all dry flies, including classic hackled catskill, a parachute, a “hackle stacker”, Thorax duns, and a palmered Elk Hair Caddis. I’ll also demonstrate some deer hair comparadun tying, and a couple of techniques for tying with CDC.
Check back first thing in the morning and I will have a link for a PDF recipe list.
Afterbay, Bighorn River MT at about 14,000 cfs. Photo by Hale Harris, Bighorn Trout Shop
Did I say I just got back from the Bighorn? 14,000 cfs must have scared everyone away, because for three days it was pretty much my private river.
Highlights: I had been waiting for 6 weeks to complain about hot weather, and I got my wish. It rained once, I think, but the drops only hit two of the three people in my boat. The water was clear, and the fishing was outstanding.
(Our boat was manned by one Texan, one New Englander. I was to serve as interpreter, but we soon learned that flyfishermen mostly speak the same language anyway.)