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New Flies To Match The Winter Baetis Mayfly Hatch
A nice rainbow caught with a Baetis Emerger.

When I was a little kid, a lot of my time was spent scooping aquatic insects from a farm pond with one of my mother's discarded kitchen strainers.  My small body of water was no ordinary agricultural pond. It was away from the farm animals in a wooded glen and was fed by both rain and spring water.  It teamed with all kinds of crawling and swimming invertebrate life.  Years before we had moved to the farm, a giant tamarack tree had fallen across one end of the pond and had disintegrated into a limbless, half rotten, flattened trunk. It made the perfect platform for me to lay on my belly and watch the pond-bottom at close range. Eventually I wanted to get even closer to the action, so my mother, who was always supportive of my scientific curiosity, gave me the strainer as a collecting tool.

One shelf in my bedroom often contained three wide-mouth, one gallon mayonnaise jars that became miniture aquariums.  My school age friends no doubt thought that my collection was somewhat bizarre, but it didn't deter me.  I am still fascinated by the workings of the natural world and have continue to collect aquatic insects throughout my adult life.  Reading many of the books written by the great fly fishing entomologists such as Ernest Schwiebert, Doug Swisher, Carl Richards and Rick Hafele strengthened my belief that understanding the behavior of the organisms that trout feed on increases an anglers productivity while trying to match any hatch. One winter while fishing the Deschutes, a tiny Baetis nymph came to the surface and swam into a tiny pool trapped in the palm of my hand.  There it emerged from the nymphal shuck and turned into a dun  under my close observation.  It didn't look anything like the descriptions in the books I had read, or the experts I had talked to. The world is full of surprises.  I won't go into the details, because time won't permit.  If you want to see these new flies, come to the Round Table, February 11.


Baetis Nymph Baetis Nymph
Baetis nymphs are swimmers.  They prefer weedy riffles and runs and fin gravel edge-waters.  Use a "kick screen" in the morning.  If you find Baetis nymphs with wing pads that are very dark, chances are there will be a hatch during that day.  Nymphs will start getting restless in the morning.  This is a good time to pound the bottom with Baetis Nymph patterns.  This pattern is tied for the winter hatch. It is a Mark Bachmann pattern tied by FLYH2O.
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06558-16 Baetis Nymph 16 3 for $5.25

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06558-18 Baetis Nymph 18 3 for $5.25

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Baetis Soft Hackle Baetis Soft Hackle
Some winter Baetis start to emerge below the surface of the water and others get hung up in the shuck and are still-born.  Still others get swept into fast water and are pulled back under by the currents and drown.  Fishing a soft hackle replica in the surface film on a slack line can fool some of the pickiest feeders.
This pattern is tied for the winter hatch. It is a Mark Bachmann pattern tied by FLYH2O.
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06557-18 Baetis Soft Hackle 18 3 for $5.25

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Baetis Surface Emerger Baetis Surface Emerger
Winter Baetis Mayflies can be very dark colored.  Many are jet black.  As the nymph swims to the surface The adult insect is already separating itself from the nypmphal shuck.  Bright bands form at each abdominal segment.  As the skin splits down the back of the head and between the wing pads of the nymph, the dun starts to emerge through this tear.   At this point the insect can neither swim nor fly.  It is completely helpless and a perfect target. This pattern is tied for the winter hatch. It is a Mark Bachmann pattern tied by FLYH2O.
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06556-16 Baetis Surface  Emerger 16 3 for $5.25

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06556-18 Baetis Surface Emerger 18 3 for $5.25

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ď THE PRACTICE ROUTINEĒ

 By: Stan Steele

   What kind of practice routine should I adopt? If you havenít thought about it very much, you might want to give it some consideration. I believe there are many of you that donít have any particular practice plan. In other words, when you practice, there arenít any specific objectives. You just get out onto some water or grass and start casting away. Some of you may have some problems with your casting and arenít sure how to go about solving them. I offer the following possibilities.

   First of all, you have to identify the trouble areas; tailing loops, wide loops, line piling up at the end of the cast, and so on. Once youíve identified them and decided which problem you want to tackle first, youíll then need to adopt some sort of practice strategy. For example, in the case of wide loops, you may want to shorten your casting arc, gather in some line. You may look at other possible causes. There are a lot of subtle things that need to happen in the casting stroke to make everything work correctly. They are the fundamentals (essentials) and bear repeating: #1) there must be a pause at the end of each casting stroke and it should increase as the line past the rod tip increases; #2) slack must be kept to a minimum; #3) power must be applied at the proper time in the casting stroke; #4) the casting arc must increase as the line past the rod tip increases; #5) the rod tip must follow a straight path. I believe the way to work through all of this is to remember the fundamentals and adopt a specific, well-defined practice regimen.

   If you are relatively new to the sport (beginner or intermediate) or havenít been casting that much, you might want to consider this. Until youíre able to cast well formed loops in both directions, with 30 feet of line (Thatís about 37 to 40í to the fly.), without the assist of the line hand, you wonít be able to improve very much. (Be sure to measure the fly line from the rod hand to the end of the line.) The result of the cast, itself, is seen in the shape of the loop. Good, well-formed, narrow loops where the top and bottom strands are parallel are essential to FLY CASTING. They arenít a luxury they are a NECESSITY! As soon as the energy stored in the rod is transferred to the line gravity takes over. You must have sufficient line speed to help offset the effect of gravity to keep the line above the water or ground.   

    Whatever casting problem or problems you may have, they can be solved. Donít be afraid to get back to the basics. Somewhere along the way you may have picked up some bad habits and starting from the beginning just might be the best approach. The amount of time required to fix a problem will depend on your experience and skill level. Since we are all different, what might work for one, might not work for another. As a rule of thumb, it takes a couple of weeks to develop muscle memory. You donít have to cast till you drop; about 10 to 15 minutes, 3 or 4 times a week should do the trick.

    So, decide on a practice routine and stick with it until youíve worked through the problem. Donít give up and start doing something different like distance casting and the like. If you canít cast 30 feet with good loops you wonít be able to get much distance anyway. If you apply yourself and stay the course, you will reap the rewards. There is nothing better than finding the solution on your own. Other than the casting lesson or lessons you might have taken, youíll spend most of the time teaching yourself. Remember the fundamentals, those ďFab-FiveĒ that make the cast work. Tight well-formed loops, front and back, are what itís all about.


Simms Dry Creek Boat Bag

New for 2006, this high-quality, super-tough boat bag is perfect for storing and protecting fly boxes, fly reels and other fishing gear.

  • Exterior features 420 denier, double coated polyurethane nylon
  • Interior features 70 denier, single coated polyurethane nylon
  • Foam body prevents heat from radiating up from the bottom of the boat into the bag
  • Water resistant, non-corrosive zipper seals out spray
  • Pockets include map or tippet pocket, side pockets, clear vinyl pocket on lid interior
  • Velcroģ interior dividers can be configured to accommodate fly boxes
  • Includes shoulder strap and carrier handle
  • 10" H x 12.5" W x 18" L
  • Imported
    Simms Dry Creek Boat Bag, nearly full.

Simms Dry Creek Boat Bag, Coal color.

Simms Dry Creek Boat Bag, Orange color.

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56400 Simms Dry Boat Bag, Coal   $169.95

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57900 Simms Dry Boat Bag, Orange   $169.95

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Rio Skagit Tips
The Rio Skagit line doesn't come with tips, so we decided to make up our own kits in the two most popular sizes.  They fit 450 and 550 grain Skagit lines.  Each kit contains an intermediate, type-3, type-6 and type-8 tips which are each 15' long.
Check out all: Rio Tips

Skagit Spey Lines    Skagit Cheaters

The set offers a substantial savings over the cost of the pieces purchased separately ($99.50).

Rio Skagit Tips, in a wallet.
Item Description Size Price To Top
SKGT-T9 Rio Skagit Tip Set 9 $75.00 SALE ENDED
SKGT-T10 Rio Skagit Tip Set 10 $75.00 SALE ENDED

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