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Virtual Vise Sessions : Streamers

Virtual Vise Sessions : Streamers

Time to get the meat ready for spring Tie the Mongrel Meat Live with us We'd like to thank all of you for making our first Virtual Vise session a huge success.  We are excited to announce that we will be doing the second installment of our Virtual Vise Sessions: Streamer-Palooza  This will be similar to our midge session, and we will do a short presentation on streamers before we tie.    This is scheduled for Thursday February 6th at 6pm MST/ 8pm EST   and will last approximately 90 minutes . Thank you for your attendance at the session! If you wish to view the recorded version, Click here to view the session Blazin Mini Cheech Leech If you  wish to participate a little more actively , we'll be doing a few live pattern tying demos, including a tie-along for those that have a webcam and want to participate with us live and in person (well...as in-person as you can get with a webcam). With this interactive mode, you can follow along, ask questions and w

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Build a Better Brassie

Build a Better Brassie

Turn simple into ultra simple Brassie I know.  How can you make the brassie even more simple than it is?  Trust me - it is possible. The brassie is a great fly because it just plain produces fish.  Similar to a Zebra midge, it is designed for maximum simplicity, and effectiveness.  With the wide array of wire products out now from UTC and other companies, there are many different color combinations that can be achieved.    This video is designed to help you tie cleaner, faster brassies.  The key is to eliminate thread under the body of the fly.  Check out the video for demonstration. ~ Cheech Material List Add to Cart   View in store Hook : TMC 2488 Nymph Hook - 18 - 25 Pack       Thread : Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - Black       Bead : Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Black Nickel - 5/64" (2.0mm)       Body 1 : UTC Ultra Wire - Silver - Small       Body 2 : UTC Ultra Wire - Black - Small       Thorax : Nature's Spiri

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Why Go Small?

Why Go Small?

There's a reason you tie on the small stuff Taking a page from some of the midge myths we posted about last week , we headed out to find rising fish the other day. My fancy bug net (read: net wand ) in hand, I danced around the stream plucking midge pupa from the surface film to get an idea of the size of bugs we'd be dealing with. Luckily the hatch was just starting and we ended up getting into some typical midging fish. Now when I say "typical", I mean somewhat fussy and laser-focused on the specific bugs on the water. Not every midge hatch is this way as some hatches include multiple species of varying sizes and colors -- fish may not be as picky. But this time the fish were really dialed in on the bugs that were hatching. Our midge clusters did nothing and even some of our better midge emergers had some challenges. Cheech, of course, goes directly to the ol' Bunny midge in a #30 and proceeds to clean the entire run. As a matter of scientific curiosity, I

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Top 5 Midge Myths

Top 5 Midge Myths

Get your midge-information here Large Rainbow caught on a small midge pattern 1. Smaller Flies = Smaller Fish. I'm always surprised when people tell me they don't fish midges because they don't like to settle for smallish fish. Granted a big beefy streamer will likely drum up bigger fish more consistently, but I've had some of my biggest trout on the fly come on midge patterns. I've hit the 24/24 club on a couple of instances (24 inch fish on a #24 fly) and the 22/22 or even 20/20 is more common than you might think. Barring the existence of bigger meals, the fish will often spend the time eating the smaller nutritive morsels in the form of midges. Not always, mind you, but at least be open to the idea that there might be a big fish under that riseform among the no-see-um's. 2. Rise = Dries. When you see fish rising, you need to throw on a dry fly midge adult because they're eating on the surface. I think most fly fisher people know this isn'

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Stream Access Threatened!

Stream Access Threatened!

Act now!! Whether you live in Utah or not, legislation here may very well trickle down and set precedence in other states. UTAH STREAM ACCESS: NOW IS THE TIME! SUPPORT HB37 | Protecting Public Water & Property Rights!  In the state of Utah, it is against the law for the public to recreate (fish, wade, etc.) in public waters that are adjacent to private property. This law severely limits the freedom for not only the residents of Utah, but also to any persons who come to Utah to enjoy our precious streams and waterbeds. It's the public’s right to lawfully access and use its public waters in place for any lawful activity, including recreation, allowing the public to reasonably touch privately-owned beds of public waters in ways incident and necessary to such use. This right is defined in Utah's constitution, and has been upheld by the Utah Supreme Court several times. Approximately 50 percent of the legislature will only know 1% of the public water law. An

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5 ways to enhance midge pupae

5 ways to enhance midge pupae

becasue zebra midges are boring. Purple biot pupa with flash wing We all know that trout are gluttons for food that is plentiful and have high caloric value.  Because of this, most of us have line upon line of midge pupae in our boxes as a "last resort."  I know that on any given day of the year the trout will take a zebra midge, but with a few tweaks here and there, your midge pupae can turn into bona-fide fish catching machines.  I think there is a lot of value in being able to present a fly that is a bit different from the monotonous designs in the fly shops. Here are 5 things that you can do to enhance your midge pupae: Single pheasant tail strand 1- Experiment with different body materials. Substitute the common thread and wire body with something like a biot, spanflex, stripped quills, floss, tinsel, etc.  My favorite body material is a turkey biot with a small wire wrapped over the top of it (in between the segments).  Another thing that I have done i

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Orange Asher: Midge of Mystery

Orange Asher: Midge of Mystery

But it just works The Orange Asher with Holo-Tinsel and CCG For me, the Green River in Utah holds many o' tale of stumbling onto cool, new and yes, even mysterious fly patterns. Which reminds me of a couple more patterns I need to tell you about later...but I digress. The Orange Asher is one of these odd flies with an interesting history behind it. Our tale starts off many years ago as a friend of mine was hiking back to the boat ramp below the dam on the "A" section of the Green. At a distance, as he approached a big back eddy, he noticed the guy fishing there had a fish on the line. As he got closer, the fellow was into yet another fish. And another. My buddy, not having had a super stellar day, was obviously curious and stopped to watch this fisherman land several more fish. Before too long, the mystery fisherman packed up and got ready to leave but voluntarily and graciously offered the fly to my friend as he left. He explained it was a fly pattern he knew

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