Magic materials: Antron

Serious fly tiers have known about the “magic” of Antron for some time, and Tim Flagler is clearly a big fan, as you’ll see in the video below. I like to tie with Antron (and other synthetic materials), but I also recognize that this nylon fiber doesn’t necessarily break down readily in the environment (it … Read more

Phat and Phunky Pheasant Tail Nymph

If you nymph at all, chances are you have a few Pheasant Tail Nymphs already in your fly box. The venerable fly is a nymphing staple—it works, and it’s an excellent all-around mayfly nymph indicator pattern that can work throughout the year in virtually any conditions. Above, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions puts a slightly … Read more

Mousing the Aniak

Oh, to be Brian O’Keefe for a day last summer in western Alaska. O’Keefe served as Todd Moen’s fishing subject in Moen’s new short film, “Alaska Fly Fishing with a Mouse,” that’s been crawling the interwebs with a vengeance over the last few days. And rightly so—the footage of massive Alaskan rainbows erupting beneath mouse … Read more

The passing of two giants

The calls came 24 hours after each other. I was driving down I-95 on New Years Day. Brian Cowden, a former Trout Unlimited employee, called to say that Rick Ege, a former chapter president and council chair had passed away. I last spoke with Rick a few years ago. Another New Jersey guy had mentioned … Read more

The Beetle, the Hare’s Ear, the old man and the cutthroats

Years and years ago, while attending college in western Colorado, I drove up the shoulders of the Sawatch Range between Salida and Gunnison as far as my old VW Beetle would make it on a road it had no business traversing. After reaching a stretch of two-track I could no longer navigate, I pulled the … Read more