Do cold winter nights got you down?  How about you set up your vise this evening and jump in on the LOON LIVE session which is presented by Loon Outdoors.

Tonight’s menu includes the Furled Caddis and Reaper Madness patterns.

Sign up on the LOON LIVE web page and be ready at the vise when it starts at 6:00 p.m. PST.

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Daylight savings time always messes with my internal clock and I was up a few minutes before 4:00 a.m. this morning which gave me a few minutes to circle back on an article from a couple months ago that I had saved from Midcurrent with some old school (with a Fenwick glass fly rod in hand) fly casting instruction with famed rod designer, Jim Green. 

Click through to the Midcurrent website and press PLAY and take a lesson on fly casting from Jim Green.  This is twenty-some minutes well spent and don’t get too distracted by his oversized “pet” rainbow trout rising in the background…

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When I said the other day that northern Michigan fly tier Bob Smock Sr. told me years ago that there were just two patterns needed (see the Borchers Special post) in your fly box, in a mix of sizes from tiny small to big large, the Roberts Yellow Drake was that second pattern.

Now, as a teenager who was getting completely sucked into everything fly fishing, the idea of just two old looking fly patterns in my fly box when there were so many others in the fly shop bins with catchy names and flashy synthetic materials, it just didn’t make sense.  Fast forward to now and it makes all the sense in the world.

Ray Schmidt’s videos on Classic Great Lakes Fly Patterns continue these two video cover the history and then the tying instructions … Read More