Switch and Spey Casting Primer: Part III – The Forward Cast

The Forward Cast Before looking at individual types of spey casts, which are change of direction casts, let’s look at the most fundamental part, the stroke common with all spey casts, which is the “Forward Cast”. The forward cast is such an important portion of all Spey Casts that the fundamentals of the forward cast really should be looked at …

Switch and Spey Casting Primer: Part II – Anchor Groups

Anchor Groups In this article, Switch and Spey Casting Primer – Part II, I want to discuss Anchor Groups. The anchor for your spey cast is the portion of line that is lying on the water once you form your “D Loop”. All spey casts will fall into one of two anchor groups, either the waterborne anchor group or the …

Spey and Switch Rod Casting Primer – Getting Started

When you first start to get ready to start spey casting you need to have some “Practice Casts” at your disposal. These are straight line casts. To get you prepared  I’m putting together a series of articles to create a “Spey and Switch Rod Casting Primer”. The Primer will cover the basic principals of spey casting and the execution of …

Denny Rickards’ Callibeatis Nymph

I fished a lake near Island Park, Idaho this past weekend as a part of Phil Rowley’s Stillwater School, I’ll get into that in another post, and found callibeatis mayflies, swimming in the shallows as well as many shucks. There were callibeatis emergers struggling to escape their shucks. I went right into my box and picked a Rickard’s Callibeatis nymph …

The Yuba Skwalanator – The Experiment

Note: The colors are definitely more golden than this photo captures Introducing “The Yuba Skwalanator”. I’ve been on a quest since last winter after being humiliated by refusal after refusal of every Skawala dry fly I had in my box, to come up with a better pattern to match the Skwalas on our local Lower Yuba River. I had decent …

Skwala “Knothead” Prototype

I’ve been able to play around at my vise with the rain pounding down for the last week or so. The Lower Yuba flows are receding a bit, but today they are still running at over 12,000 cfs, which is down from 20,0000 two days ago. When all this is over hopefully the Skwalas will have survived and be starting …

Baetis Complex: Part III – Presentation for BWO Nymphs and Proven BWO Nymph Patterns

I personally have the most experience fishing with baetis nymphs on the Lower Sacramento River below Redding here in Northern California. Some of the best baetis nymph patterns that I have come across have been developed and thoroughly tested there. Patterns developed by Mike Mercer, Hogan Brown, Ken Morrish, Brian Silvey, to name a few, have developed “go to” patterns …

Patterns – Blue Wing Olives “Baetis”

I’ve always wanted to put it all together, the bugs, the flies and the techniques to fish them. The Fly Fishing Traditions blog is sort of my Masters Thesis in Fly Fishing. Kinda, Sorta! For me it’s a quest of learning about the entomology, the fly patterns to match the hatch and the necessary techniques to play the game effectively. …