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Fishing Caddis Hatches

Every morning here on the Bighorn River we're having wonderful hatches of tan caddisflies. In recent years the heaviest caddis hatches have been black and have occurred in the evening. No one knows for sure what happens to change the way hatches occur but one thing is for certain - all the anglers on the river are enjoying the dry fly fishing.

Elk Hair Caddis



Elk Hair Caddis, named for the elk hair used to make the wing, are working very well. They float well and are easy to see on the surface.

Caddisflies have three stages in their life cycle. The first is the worm-like larva. The larva lives in the stream bottom, often encased in a small cylindrical cocoon-type abode made out of sand, grit, and tiny pieces of bark and leaves which is attached to the underside of submerged stones. At a certain time, usually in about a year, the larva leave the cocoon and swim to the surface. This is the pupa stage. It's very brief but very important because the fish love to feed on pupae as the insects are readily available in the water column. During this stage the pupa will shed it's larval shuck and unfold it's wings. When it gets to the surface the wings are unfolded (like the photo) and the insect is ready for flight. These caddis adults will often skitter and dance around on the surface for a couple seconds before taking flight, getting the attention of the fish. Once  in flight it is no longer available to the fish until the females return to deposit their eggs on the water, usually a day or two later.

Fishing During a Caddis Hatch



Caddisflies come in all sizes and colors, the most common being tan, olive, and black. We're fishing size 16 here this week but there are many caddis that are larger or smaller.

Sometimes it's helpful to have a couple of different patterns in your box. I stood in one riffle and fished for 2 hours yesterday to rising fish who were eating tan caddis. After a while my tan elk hair caddis wasn't as effective as in the beginning, so I switched to another tan caddis the same size but tied a little differently. It fooled some of the fish that I had missed on the original fly. They were dialed into the elk hair and knew enough to avoid eating it again, but readily ate the second pattern - for awhile. In the two hours I fished 3 different tan, size 16, caddis patterns and caught fish on all three.

Sometimes when the rises are splashy it indicates that the fish are feeding on the pupae. Watch carefully to determine which stage of the insect the fish are eating. Often a pupa or caddis "emerger" trailed behind the dry is very effective.

Being observant and matching the hatch is the key to success during hatch times.

 
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Summer on the Bighorn

Summer on the Bighorn River
Summer on the Bighorn River


Lots of dry fly fishing this month on the Bighorn River in Montana. It hasn't been this good in years. Yellow Sallies, Tricos, Tan & Black Caddis, Mahogany Duns, you name it, we're seeing it right now. It's like the old days. Dry flies all day long. Incredible!

We'll be back, same time, same place next year. If you're thinking of a western fishing trip, we urge you to consider Kingfisher Lodge with us on the Bighorn!

 
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AUG
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From Russia with Love

Atlantic Salmon, Ponoi River, Russia



Had a great trip to the Ponoi River, Russia, a few weeks ago. We're also getting closer to launching our new web site which will make photos easily accessible for those of you who are not "facebookers". We'll let you know when it goes live. Facebook Album
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JUL
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Proposed Pebble Mine, Bristol Bay, Alaska

Proposed Pebble Mine, Bristol Bay, Alaska
Frontline Looks at Pebble Mine
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JUL
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This Week at Kulik Lodge, Alaska

Kulik River Rainbow



I'm not sure summer has arrived here at Kulik Lodge in Katmai. There are still many patches of snow on the hills around camp, the water is uncomfortably cold in the river, it's been dreary and rainy - up until today. The sun came out today, wind died, and fishing was pleasant, except for a few biting bugs. The Kulik is giving up some nice rainbows, but the hit so far as been the fresh chum fishing.

Fresh Chum Salmon



It's wild and furious on The Branch. We're fishing 9 weight Sage ONEs & TCX's with RIO intermediate lines and having a lot of fun. These fish run line, explode, and fight as well as any tarpon of the same size. It's a fun week.
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Hoppers on the Bighorn

 

Summer Hopper Fishing on the Bighorn
Rainbow on the Bighorn


There is still time to get in on some of the best hopper fishing you'll ever see. We've still got a few openings in our annual trip to Kingfisher Lodge, August 18-25 and August 25-Sept. 1. You won't find a river more dependable than the Bighorn for good water conditions, predictable and consistent summer fishing.

7 nights/6 days fishing. Includes transfers to/from Billings and MT fishing license. Check out the details and give us a call! Don't miss out. These are incredible weeks on the Bighorn!

 

 
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JUL
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New Circa Rod from Sage

Circa - Sage's Newest Rod
Circa from Sage


This is a beautiful video clip with Jerry Siem, chief rod designer at Sage. You'll enjoy the videography even if you're not looking for a new rod!

But while you're there, check out the Circa,  Sage's new slower action fly rod. Click the image to jump to the video.
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JUN
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RIO Blog

We're doing a quick turnaround from Mexico to Russia this week. I have just finished a saltwater article for the RIO blog that will be posted soon. The RIO blog is an interesting place to read short stories written by chosen anglers from across the country about all kinds of fishing experiences and tips from local to exotic. Thought you might want to take a look.

We're getting closer to launching our new integrated web site. The new site will be much easier to navigate and we're excited about it. More to come on that!
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JUN
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"She Trout It"

This was the end result but we were off on a rough start. We're at Boca Paila, Mexico, this week and I was fishing with Sara, one of our guests.  She has traveled with us to many salt and fresh destinations, but at home she is a trout fisherman. So, while our guide was telling her what she did wrong to miss the first bonefish, I thought it might make an interesting blog.



As soon as the fish took the fly she raised her rod tip as she would for trout back in Ohio and I heard our Mexican guide say, "She trout it." Old habits die hard as she can attest. She knew she had to strip set but in the heat of the moment she lifted the rod tip. A strip set is made by keeping the rod tip low and pulling the line back with your hand instead of using the rod tip.



A strip set does two things. First it hooks the fish, but secondly if you miss the fish the fly has not been pulled away and you'll often get a second chance because the fish will continue to look for the fly. If you lift the tip the fly comes out of the water and the fish is gone. Strip setting also works very well for streamer fishing in freshwater for the same reason. Once the fish is hooked, then you can raise the tip to fight the fish.

 

We've had a wonderful week here at Boca Paila. We've caught tarpon, snook, permit, bonefish and a handful of other fish. The week started out wet but the clouds and rain cleared out, blue skies appeared and we've had a great week and look forward to returning next year.

Back home we're getting ready to launch a new web site. You'll hear from us soon about that. It will be much easier to navigate and operate for both you and us. I'll be posting more photos there very soon!

 
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Exclusive Ecotourism - Peru & Ecuador with Frontiers

Mike & Kristene



Frontiers has been working in South America for well over 3 decades developing longstanding relationships with ground operators, guides, hotel properties and expedition motor yachts.

Join Mike Fitzgerald, Jr., and Kristene Matelan on this exceptional Frontiers excursion. Start out in Peru with Lima, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu and Cusco. Then fly out to the Galapagos and enjoy 6 days on the 135' Galapagos Grand Odyssey and take in unique species of animal and birdlife, as well as a variety of plants and vegetation.

Galapagos Islands

Arranged with Abercrombie & Kent. Accommodations are the finest available and are owned/managed by Orient Express and Starwood. July 23 - August 6, 2012. $11,979 per person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Machu Picchu



Please click through on the link below for complete information & itinerary and then call Frontiers 800-245-1950 with any questions or to confirm!

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