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Justin Helm’s McKenzie Green Cornfed Caddis Variation Fly Tying Video

Today, Justin Helm ties for us an exciting variation of Lance Egan’s heralded Cornfed Caddis. Sure to fool trout on our local waters, this size and color specific pattern will closely resemble the natural McKenzie Green Caddis. These green caddis … Continue reading

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Jay’s Five Inch Predator Tube Fly Tying Video

Using Pro Sportfisher Predator Tubes, Jay Nicholas ties another great looking fresh & salt water tube fly. Incorporating a Fair Flies 5D Brush, this fly has “life” to it as it is stripped, drifted, or swung. With different color combinations … Continue reading

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Fly Tying Review – Nicholas’ Tips on Winter Steelhead Flies

Unless you are a professional fly tyer, or if you are at your bench several times each week, I think it makes sense to go through a technique review at every oopportunity you get to share ideas with another fly craftsperson. In this … Continue reading

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The Euro Nymph, Step-by-Step Tying Instructions

Everyone knows how to tie Euro Nymphs, right? Maybe not. Well everyone watches YouTube when they want to learn how to tie flies, right? Maybe not. Each of us has our own way of learning, and our own experience level, … Continue reading

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Steelhead Shrimp Spey Fly Tying Video – Alex Worth 2021

In this video, Alex ties a steelhead shrimp fly that could be used both for winter and summer steelhead. Tie them in different sizes appropriate for the river or stream you’ll be fishing. With different colored patterns this fly could … Continue reading

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Because Our Words Matter – Sexual Violence and the Fly Fishing Industry

I’m sitting here at my keyboard, paralyzed. My hands trembling. Heart pounding. Squinting at the monitor through tears. I’ve written hundreds of posts for the Oregon Fly Fishing Blog, but this is the highest stakes article I’ve ever had the … Continue reading

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A History of Violence: Brown Trout and the Broken Promise of Conservation Angling

A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise. -Aldo Leopold European Brown Trout and fly fishing are inextricably entangled. They’re the basis of … Continue reading

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The Game Changer as a Reflection of the Psyche

Fishing with large streamers is a strange thing. It amplifies all of the weird psychological aspects of fishing. If you’re doing it right, you might catch really big fish. But even if you don’t, you get this opportunity to look … Continue reading

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How the Game Changer is Hacking my Life

Way back in February of 2008 (thirteen freaking years ago), I wrote the first blog post on this site. In the intervening years, I’ve been on a journey. Moving from Eugene to Cleveland to the Carolinas. I’ve had a billion … Continue reading

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Euro Attractor Pattern Fly Tying Video – Alex Worth 2021

In this video, Alex Worth ties a simple, yet beautiful jigged style Euro nymph pattern designed  to fish deep throughout the season under an indicator or with a Euro set-up using Sybai colored wire. Euro Nymph Attractor Pattern Hook: Daiichi … Continue reading

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Brown Marabou Lake Leech – Recipe and Fishing Notes

This is a fly tied by a friend who fishes Oregon Cascade lakes each year. In particular, he has been fishing this fly on Gold Lake since the early 1970s, and with great success. I will follow my remarks with … Continue reading

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Olive Jigged Nymph Fly Tying Video – Alex Worth 2021

In this video, Alex Worth ties a deadly Euro nymph that can be tied in different sizes, colors, and weights. With the use of tungsten beads, the Olive Jigged Nymph can be fished on a Euro set-up or under an … Continue reading

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Nicholas’ Steelhead Fly Interview: Does the Size of Your fly Matter?

Introduction: We caught up with Jay recently, fresh from a session at his fly bench, and asked if he would take time for an interview. The topic? Recommendations for the best size of fly to fish for winter steelhead. He … Continue reading

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Purple Egg Sucking Bling Brush Fly Tying Video

In this video, author Jay Nicholas ties another variation of a classic salmon and steelhead pattern using new materials such as Bling Rabbit Strips and Flash Blend Baitfish Brushes from Just Add H2O. This fly could be tied in a … Continue reading

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McKenzie Green Caddis Pupa Fly Pattern – Alex Worth 2021

In this video, Alex Worth and his dog Rosie stopped by the shop to tie a McKenzie green caddis pupa using Daichi’s new colored hooks. Used in the spring when the water is higher and cooler, this fly is meant … Continue reading

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