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Spring Success for The Professor and His Butt Scudly

I designed the Butt Scudly to swing on Western tailwaters  using a scandi dry line and polyleader.  From the polyleader, I typically run 2-3' of 2x fluoro to a lightly-weighted leech (like my Ish's Smalls which are in the 2014 catalog) and trail the Scudly with 16" of 3x fluoro.  This set up is most effective in medium to slow ...

Flesh, Flesh and More Flesh!

Hey Zach - wanted to check in and say hi from up here in the great Northland. I just returned from setting up one of our upriver spike camps and was able to enjoy several days of chasing trout and dollies. While up there, I was inspired to do a ...

One More Wafer Thin Mint

"Big fish like a big meal" is a saying that streamer fisherman like to use.  Sometimes that is the case.  Eric Ishiwata thought he was offering a big meal fishing his Grand Master Flash.  Turns out this Brown had already eaten and was looking for a pallet cleanser.  Turns out ...

Featured New Pattern – Ish’s Kool Herc

My streamers are primarily designed to be fished on a down-and-across wet fly swing, ideally with two-handed rods. When I started out experimenting with spey rods for trout, I found that of the hundreds of streamers in production, few were actually designed to swim in a lifelike manner. Standard buggers ...

Nate Gets Things Started at Bristol Bay Lodge

Hey guys, just wanted to do a quick check-in from Alaska. Despite long days and lack of time to fish, we've managed to hit the water for a few hours a couple times in the evening for pike. [caption id="attachment_7884" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Getting some personal fishing in"][/caption] There seems to be some ...

The Next Chapter – Nate Checks In

[caption id="attachment_6674" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Shake down crew works a run"][/caption] The "Shakedown Crew" ditched out on the last weekend of the waterfowl season in an effort to put our hands on the first chromers of the year.  With our OP rivers coming off a 5-day blowout, things were dropping into prime ...

Time to Extract Some Chromers

Water is starting to come into shape.  Time to start thinking about getting back out there again.  One fly you might consider while the water is on the high side but fish-able is Silvey's Extractor New for 2012. Here is a little bit about the fly.  Cast easy, sinks fast, ...

Nor Cal Report ‐ Dispatches from Idylwilde City* aka Chico California

While Shane is in AK this summer I will dutifully pick up the "torch" that is the NorCal Fishing Report. I will feature a few different places, as I guide and fish a little different water but will try to cover the, as I see it, important Nor Cal Water. So ...

Time is Now to Fish Steelhead Dries

Three Reasons Why Dry Fly Steelheaders Fail: [caption id="attachment_2706" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Dries catch big fish too!"][/caption] The number one reason that steelheaders don’t catch fish on dries is that they fail to tie them on in the first place. The second reason they fail is that when they do tie them on, ...

Isonychia Hatch Means No Crowds and Great Fishing

I am not a big hatch chaser. I fish when my work and family schedule allow me to, if there is a hatch going on during those opportunities all the better.  That said one hatch that I drop everything to fish is the late summer/early fall Isonychia hatch on a ...