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Last Minute Streamers with Hawgfish

Last Minute Streamers with Hawgfish

Hey bro... can you fish today. Cheech showing off Hawg's Fish I had been up basically all night finishing the last two finals of my life (yes for that fancy book learnin'), and around 11:00 when I woke up, there was a text from none other than Mr. Hawgfish himself.  Something to the effect of  "Hey bro, can you fish today?"  Well...  Yes. Yes I can, just as soon as I take care of some work emails...  Out the door after whipping up a few extra special morsels for the fish.  We only had a few hours to fish, but the conditions were excellent for hucking big meat at willing fish.  It's always fun to fish with people who are streamer fanatics because you can be sure that all of the good stuff int the river gets covered.  Couple of hookups and a ton of window shoppers later we had to head back to town, but it was just what I needed to celebrate not having to ever take a final exam again.  Thanks again Mr. Hawg.  preciate' ya bud.  If you all are interested i

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Fish Skins for your Devices

Fish Skins for your Devices

Skin It! Fish Skin Background Ok, so we've decided to release a series of fish skin photos that can be used as phone or tablet backgrounds etc. These are all free o' charge but please keep them to personal use only. We're going to create these as a standard page on the website here so we can update it as needed. Click here to get the full list of available skins. Enjoy! -- Curtis and Cheech

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Chimera: Callibaetis and Damsel Flavor

Chimera: Callibaetis and Damsel Flavor

Another face of the shape shifting fly Chimera in a damsel or callibaetis color scheme As I've written about before here and here , the Chimera pattern was designed to be an attractor pattern where you can whip up a few in different sizes and colors, using the same basic materials, and cover a lot of insects to imitate. This summer has been a good round of testing results for the damsel/callibaetis flavored version. Obviously, the design isn't a slim-looking damsel body and it's a bit bigger than most callibaetis you'll see, but I'm a big fan of trigger points on flies and this one seems to have a few of them. Brook trout taken on the Damsel Chimera As with the other versions, I find this one fished best under and indicator on stillwaters. Once I find and set the depth with the indicator, I usually impart a small amount of action to the fly with a slow "mooching" motion. Sometimes a quick jerk and rest will also do well. And don't forge

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Top 5 Fish Camp Tips

Top 5 Fish Camp Tips

Roughing it to up your fishing game Kodiak tent lights up the mountain Camping, when it comes to fishing trips, usually elicits a variety of responses from people who like to fish. Some people I know absolutely hate sleeping outdoors while others see the camping as part of the whole experience. I was lucky enough to be raised in a camping family and have had the opportunity to camp all over the western US. So naturally as I began to venture off on longer fishing trips, being able to just throw down a camp and sleep wherever gave me quite a bit more flexibility rather than depending on hotels or limiting myself to one-day trips. In the past few years, Cheech and I have been committed to spending more time on the water which usually means a lot of nights up in the hills or next to the lake in order to get an early/late start. We started to really dial in some things that we felt helped make things easier and get rid of excuses to not camp.  If you are more of a trailer or hotel

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Synthetic vs. Natural Materials

Synthetic vs. Natural Materials

Substitute for your benefit The Foam Dragon has a heavy dose of foam One day I was driving around town and realized that I was pretty close to a fly shop that I hadn't visited in years so I stopped in to check it out.  I did the typical stuff a sick minded fly tyer does by checking out the tips on the patches of deer and elk hair, looked for any premo patches of calf body hair, and looked to see if they had any hackle capes that I couldn't live without.  Well, no dice on finding any gems to add to my tying collection, but I did get an education that day, albeit an unwarranted one...  A shop employee had just finished a batch of some pretty cool looking flies and when I asked them about them he preached a beautiful sermon about only using natural materials in flies because of this, and because of that...  I just kind of nodded my head and carried on even though there was plenty of flashabou in the flies.  I almost asked what animal we get mylar from... Before I go o

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You Have Too Many Flies: 5 ways to cope

You Have Too Many Flies: 5 ways to cope

Don't resist the urge to purge Row of chironomids in the "2nd team" box Most fly fishermen I know carry a lot of flies when they fish and, as I wrote about a while back, you really only need one fly  anyway. But even with that said, it's always good to stop and reevaluate our fly position. When I tied my first fly some 25 odd years ago, I had no idea how absolutely hideous it really was. Adding insult to injury and taking a page from Uncle Ken , it was tied with the nastiest selection of materials (ones that came in my handy kit) and although a dry fly, it sunk like a rock. It caught zero fish. As a result, in the intervening years, as I've spent more time behind the vise, I have collected more flies across more boxes. Not surprisingly, the flies, if graphed as a function of ugliness, would show an inverse relationship to the time dedicated to the craft. This usually results in a pile of flies (or in my case, sometimes boxes of flies) that, given my stan

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The Twitchy Chicken

The Twitchy Chicken

A simple stonefly with maximum movement ***Update.  On a recent fishing trip to some high mountain lakes we fished this fly as a damsel fly, and it produced some very picky fish.  The recipe I was using is listed below (Links provided for each material): Twitchy Chicken eating Brook Trout Hook: Allen N202 #10 Thread: MFC premium thread - 8/0 chartreuse Tail: Turkey biots - dark olive Body: Arizona mega synthetic dubbing - bronze peacock Ribbing: UTC sm ultrawire - green Hackle: Whiting coq de leon hen saddle - speckled fl. green chartreuse ~Cheech Twitchy Chicken golden stonefly This pattern is derived from a pattern that I learned a long time ago from Dennis Brakke.  He was an excellent stillwater angler who we highlighted a few months ago .  I remember seeing a pattern similar to this sitting in piles on his workbench waiting to go out to customers, so I knew that it had to be a killer.  He tied his version with a pheasant "church window" feathe

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The Amphibious Damsel is Back

The Amphibious Damsel is Back

Ring the dinner bell Foam bodied damsel had to make do For those that read the blog and watch our videos or see photos posted here and there, you know we're really dorky fans of throwing adult damsel imitations to insanely wild surface feeding fish. If you've never seen full-on search-and-destroy damsel adult eating surface action, you've not lived. To paint the picture, you'll see fish after fish tracking these blue (and olive) flittering bugs from under water. Then, with perfect timing, they'll launch themselves out of the water on an intercept course to engulf the dainty insect in the air. Nothing but net! I won't recount the story of the Amphibious Adult Damsel damsel (read about it here) , but it's Cheech's creation and in the past year has become a staple in my fly box for these types of situations. The only problem is that the material to tie them was no longer produced and my last batch of bodies was depleted earlier this spring. So

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5 reasons you should tie your own flies

5 reasons you should tie your own flies

No More Excuses. This Brown ate the Project Hopper that I have been working on for over a year. Do you tie your own flies?   Uncle Ken does.  Talking to fly anglers and asking if they tie flies can warrant many different responses from "Yep, I tie everything I fish," to "I only buy the more difficult flies, and I tie the rest," to "Tie???  Man, I would rather spend my time fishing!"  I understand those answers except for the last one even though I seem to hear it a lot.  In my opinion, every fly fisher should tie at least some flies.  The guy that is too cool for school, and would rather spend time fishing truly doesn't understand that fly tying isn't something that has to take up much time at all.  I don't meticulously plan my time to go to the tying dungeon, or take time off work just to tie.  It just happens 10 minutes here, 20 minutes there, sometimes hours on end...  It just depends.  Regardless of how busy you are, you can always

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