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REVIEW: River Road Creations Cutters

REVIEW: River Road Creations Cutters

Foam cutting goodness Tomsu Supreme Hopper cutters on this hopper pattern A few years ago, I picked up a set of River Road Creations foam cutters. My first cutters were the Tomsu Supreme Hopper set. I was impressed by the sharp edges and the clean foam cut-outs that I could turn out. Plus, being able to turn my plain old foam sheets into a much wider variety of standard shapes and sizes was a great way to work through all the drawers of foam I had collected over the years. So the cutters come in a variety of styles or shapes and sizes (within a given style). Check out their website to get a good idea of what they carry: www.riverroadcreations.com. One of the questions I get is "which cutter or set should I start with?". Of course, it depends on what you're going to be tying, but assuming you want to start with something that can tie a variety of flies for bigger dries and hoppers etc, you can't go wrong with the "Hopper/Caddis/Ant" body cutters.

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Mongrel Meat

Mongrel Meat

A fly made for carnivores Mongrel Meat :  mongrellus truttaconsuma To be honest, I have a list of names that I keep near my desk in the event that something comes off the vise that is worthy.  This fly flew off the vise one night, and it definitely fit the name.  Off to the streamer river for testing.  I was fishing a stretch of river that isn't totally loaded with fish, but the fish that are there are a bit bigger than average - a perfect testing ground for this morsel of bait.  I won't go into details, but the fish came from far and wide to eat this fly. This mongrel ate the meat UPDATE... OK, so I will go into details. Uneducated Mongrels eat! I knew that I wanted to have something in my arsenal that was a little bit less flashy than the Cheech Leech, but a little bit more bulky.  The Mongrel Meat has gone on some great trips so far, and I have found two types of water where it excels - flat froggy water, and gin clear water.  My theory is that th

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Streamer Time - All The Time.

Streamer Time - All The Time.

When is the "right" time to throw streamers Pink Cheech Leech - Seriously? Kemp Bug Variation When I first started fly fishing I was a nymph and bobber kind of guy - I was fairly limited in my approach when chasing trout.  I would go to the same place, fish the same flies, and be content if I caught a few fish here and there.  I knew that there was a lot of variety in flies, techniques, and places that I was missing out on, but I really didn't know where to start.  Specifically, streamers baffled me for the longest time because I would hear that they should only be fished on particular water types, during particular weather, using particular lines, and using particular presentation methods... Wow.  That was a lot to digest for a new fly fisher, and my immediate response was to just avoid streamers completely.  I was still catching plenty of fish, but I was probably missing out on some good opportunities due to my intimidation on streamer fishing.  My firs

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Palomino Caddis

Palomino Caddis

A "must-have" for caddis fishing Palomino Caddis Several years back, I was revamping my caddis dry fly box, and I was tying the typical Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis, etc.  Many times when I'm refilling my boxes or looking for new patterns to fish, I'll turn to my friends who guide a lot.  Guide flies are typically fairly simple to tie, and they absolutely catch fish.  I was talking to Charles Card, who guides on Utah's Green River, and asked him about caddis patterns.  He told me about a caddis with an ultra-chenille body, a CDC underwing, and a painted egg sack.  I was curious, so based on what I envisioned his fly looking like, I tied a version of the palomino caddis that I have been fishing ever since.   This fly is designed to float high, and skate on the water when twitched.  I actually like to cast out, and add a very slight "pop" to it right when it hits the water to entice hungry fish.  This fly has been a top producer for me during the

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