Opening the Season

Our friend from Holland, Theo Bakelaar, has started his spring season with a trout fishing excursion to a Dutch stream that harbors trout. His successful fly of the day was a black and chartreuse streamer. This is the original color of the Black Strip Leech—the contrast of the black and chartreuse colors makes the fly easy to see, and even in dark water, black is still black. It makes a great profile fly. I originally used chartreuse for the tail of the Strip Leech because it’s the one color that is easiest for brown trout to see (as a side note, it’s also the easiest color for humans to see).

I will open my season this year in Austria right after the EWF show in Munich, Germany. The EWF is the largest, dedicated fly fishing show in Europe, and a great time to visit with friends from that part of the world. You can bet I will have some Black Strip Leeches with me.


Not a bad way to start the season, to be sure.


Now we’re talking!! Theo’s big smile is well deserved.


The Black Strip Leech in its original color and form.This fly has caught more big fish for me than any other fly I’ve ever used.

Early Spring at the PM Club

My good friend, Jim Hagar, is a member of the Pere Marquette Rod and Gun Club in Baldwin, MI. He and his friend Tom McGraw hit the river over the past weekend to sample the early spring fishing. Saturday was hot—fishing wise, not temperature wise. Tom nailed the best fish of the day, with Jim in close and hot pursuit. Sunday was as cold fishing wise as Saturday had been hot, although Jim did hook a very nice brown that managed to jump off. Still, fish of this size and quality certainly make an early spring outing a very welcome experience.


A very fine spring brown that feel to a deep drifted nymph.

Fur Bug

It’s hard to imagine after the coldest February on record, that the warm weather this week is a reality. But it is, and the snow is receding rapidly each day. I’ve begun my tying for the start of the season with a simple bead head Fur Bug. It works well in many situations, and so I like to have a variety of them in box at all times in the season. I often use it as the top fly on a two fly nymphing rig. It’s also an interesting fly in the way it’s tied. Fast, easily dressed in any color, using natural furs, yarns, a blend of the two, or even feather dubbing (a blend of many feather odds and ends).


To make a Fur Bug from yarn, cut the material into 3/4 inch to 1 inch long pieces and pop them in the blender cap.


I told the blender upside down when whipping the yarn pieces into dubbing. This eliminates tangles around the base of the blade.


Get the bead on, tie in the wire rib, and make a spinning loop. Insert a small amount of dubbing in the loop. No need to spin the dubbing onto the thread. I insert it over about 2 inches of the loop for a size 12 fly. Then add a small pinch of black dubbing in the loop at the very bottom of the dubbing. Spin it very tight..


Wind the dubbing forward to the bread. The small gob of black dubbing at the bottom end of the spinning loop forms the thorax of the Bug. Tie off tight behind the bead.Yes, tie off before wrapping the rib.


Counter-wrap the wire rib. This allows it to reenforce  the body material. Stroke all the fibers of the thorax forward and make two wraps of wire just behind the thorax. Clip the wire and then crimp the end tightly with your thumbnail. Put a dot o flexible head cement on the thread of the “head” and on the wire at the back of the thorax. This hot orange fly is good all year, and makes a great top fly in a two fly nymphing rig.


Hot pink is another color that can be used all season with great effect.


There are a number of other color combinations that I’ve found useful, mostly as a searching fly,  but occasionally as a good match for the naturals. Black is always good.


Green is great color to match the Green Rock Worm–this is a great steelhead fly, by the way.


Many nymphs are reddish brown, and this color of the Fur Bug often finds willfully accepting trout.


Rusty brown is a great color, too, to suggest a variety of nymphs and even scuds.


I like off-white to suggest caddis larvae, small cranefly larvae, and other dipteran larvae.

My friend, jake Jordan, had a rather serious health problem on his drive home a couple of weeks ago. He is doing much better, now, and files the following report that should be of great interest to anyone really wanting to nail a bill fish or catch a big tarpon in the dark hours.
Greetings from my home office in NC:
    Just wanted to thank all of my friends and family for your kind e-mails, posts, and get well cards, it really helped me in my recovery to know that so many people were praying and wishing me well in my recovery. This bout is probably 90 percent over, I am getting stronger, having some tests on Wednesday, but basically I think that I will be back to working here in the office this week. At this time I think that I will be able to handle this in the future by using diet and medications, that being said there is a possibility that some surgery may be necessary, just not sure yet.
    The fishing is red hot NOW in Guatemala, there are a few openings on top boats this week at Casa Vieja Lodge, if you can make it, give me a call, i will try to get you in on this red hot bite, Boats have been raising 30 to for fish per day!  The fly fishing schools have been very productive this season, several will be there next week, Booking for next season is filling up quickly, reserve your prime time dates today.
    Assuming that my recovery continues, I will be leaving North Carolina on March 30 to head down to Marathon in the Florida Keys, for my 63 day Tarpon fly fishing season. I was sold out for this season about a month ago, however one of my clients had to cancel his trip to fish the nights of April 3, 4, and 5, along with May 10th. If you have the desire to catch a bunch of Tarpon on fly, call me now to reserve some of these prime Tarpon on fly dates.
    On June 7th I plan to head down to Los Suenos, Costa Rica, where I will stay for several months, and operate my “Blue Marlin Fly Fishing Schools” aboard the vessel “Dragin Fly”. My “Blue Marlin fly fishing Schools” last year during June, July, and August,  had an unbelievable record, Each of my Students ((fly anglers) caught and released between 1 and 6 Blue Marlin on fly per trip. That is a 100 percent success rate for all of my clients, if you have the desire to catch a Blue Marlin on fly, then book your trip today. Of my 8 planed six night, five day, schools, there are three sets of dates still available: June 25, to July first, or July 2 through 8, or, August first through seventh. This fishery will not last forever, but now it is the best place in the world to catch some Blue Marlin on fly. Last season we raised between 10 and 80 Blue Marlin per day.
    You can tell from my writings that I am feeling better, looking forward to getting back to the job which I love, catching big fish that jump on a fly rod. 
    Thank you for your good vibes, I am truly blessed to have so many good friends, and a loving family.
Warmest Regards:
Jake Jordan
Jake Jordan’s Fishing Adventures
PO Box, 309
Havelock, NC 28532
252-444-3308 (home/office)
305-872-6060 (cell)

Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show 2015 day 3

Today started with a Bible study at 7:45. The group had a good time discussing the Christian role of the Priest of our own life. Then came a 3-hour casting class. The students learned quickly are readily, and we had to end with a too-brief discussion of the Double Haul. But, they did get enough to learn it well if they will take the time to practice as advised. The casting class was followed by a PowerPoint discussion on Reading Waters, and then a book signing.

I had a hour at the end of the day to visit friends quickly—at least to say “Hi”—and spend a few minutes photographing some of Lance Marshall Boen’s incredible leather work. Lane always has something new to show me, and it’s always stunning. I love the Alaskan rainbow with all five of the Pacific salmon embossed on its side. The Catfish living amongst leather beer cans, straps, and other wonderfully crafted bits of bottom detritus, is really a delight. And then there’s the Dorado. Look closely at it side; Lance always has a unique surprise in his pieces. See his site in the links section to the right.


What a delightful piece of artwork—check out the salmon on its side.


Now here’s a catfish! Look carefully at all the detail that lance has built into this incredible piece.


What a delightful piece of totally unique leather artwork. Look carefully at its side.

Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show day 2

For me, day two started with a bang—or rather a cast; a casting class that we held outside in the nice warm sunny day. It was a good class and everyone learned a great deal. All the participants received a copy of my new DVD, The Perfect Cast I. Then followed a casting demonstration on the outside pond, a Power Point presentation on Fishing the Film, a fly tying demo, and finally time at the author’s booth to sign books.

The crowd was heavy today, and the sound in the main hall was almost defining. But the crowd was also very excited and enthusiastic, and they spent much time in all the booths, looking at rods, reels, lines and leaders, flies, tying materials, lodges, and much more.


The crowd at the casting pond was delighted to show off their “six shooters.” Not a smoking gun among them.


Those in the crowd on the other side of the pond were equally fast on the draw; I’d say it was a tie.

Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show 2015 day 1

Friday, February 20, the show opened at 10 am to the roar of a fantastic crowd. Those of us who have been at the show for a number of years commented on the fact that the crowd was more reminiscent of a Saturday than a Friday. It was great to see such a enthusiastic and eager crowd. My day started in earnest at 11:15 with a casting demonstration at the outside pond. The day was perfect—sunny and in the low 60s—and the crowd was strong, and as always (I have not been disappointed yet) there were enough “wise” people in the crowd to yell out “The one that catches a fish,” when I asked for the definition of the Perfect Cast.

One member of the crowd asked if I had seen young Maxine McCormick cast yet. Not being from the area, I said I had not. But I did get to meet her a bit later in the day and have a chance to watch her cast. At 11 years old, she is truly superb. She reminds me of Jason when he was her age. Chris Korig is coaching her. He is a world-class casting champion and Maxine should flourish under his tutelage. The next Joan Wulff, perhaps? She certain has had a grand beginning in the tournament world, recording 98s and 99s in the dry fly accuracy event. To see her switch cast to the other end of the casting pond was a true delight for me.

Following that, I gave a Power Point presentation on Nymphing, signed books, and gave a fly tying demo. A great start for what looks like a great show.


Friday’s crowd was strong, and the aisles were stuffed .


The Angler’s Bookstore was busy all day long.


I had a real treat on Friday watching 11 year old Maxine McCormick casting. She is very deliberate and very precise in her movements.

Lynwood Fly Fishing Show day 2

My day started with a Bible study at 7:45. We had a fun and very useful discussion. Then later in the morning it was time for a Power Point presentation on Reading Water. We talked about the three basic biological drives of all living organisms, and then condensed them into: 1. Save your butt, (2) Fill your gut, and (3) Have kids. Protection of one’s life, fish or person, is always the over-riding drive. Second is getting something to eat, and third is reproduction. Knowing this helps us to understand why fish are where fish are in lakes and streams, as well as how to approach them and cast without spooking them.

Then following close on the heels of that presentation was a casting demonstration. Because this is a “show,” it’s not just a demonstration, but one filled with many tips and much fun. Everyone participates, and everyone learns something that they can use in their casting and fishing. Some come up afterward and want to see more detail on the Three Point Grip, or a little more discussion of the “C” Pickup, and so on. All these and much more are on the new casting DVD, The Perfect Cast I, and many get a copy for future reference. I am always happy to sign the cover of the DVD, and to sign books (which I did later in the day at the Author’s Booth).

Right after the casting demo, I gave a fly tying demo on hackling. We looked a variety of methods, including Down and Dirty hackle winding for dry flies, elk hair hackles, fur collars, the Down and Dirty minnow series, and the Hedgehog (tied with a brush style hackle wound on a loop of yarn and folded over the back of the imitation. The hedgehog is a “wow” fly that looks impossibly difficult to tie, but is very easy when one knows the tactic.

Next came the Author Booth, and then it was over. The days fly by, but everyone is so enthusiastic and excited and that makes the effort well worth it.

Next stop Pleasanton, next weekend (Feb20-22). I am offering fly casting classes Saturday and Sunday morning at the show, so if you plan to attend and want to enroll, please contact the Fly Fishing Show and sign up: flyfishingshow.


The crowds are gone, and it’s break down time. Getting ready to head to Pleasanton for next week’s show.


Lynnwood Fly Fishing Show 2015 day 1

As with all the shows, this one started with a bang. The crowd was nearly instantaneous and steady all day long. The crowd at the casting demonstration was heavy, and filled with all “pointers,” not a setter among them. As always, once the day starts it rips by with hardly a pause to breathe. My voice is always an octave deeper and more gravelly at the end of the show than at the start, but still, the eagerness and excitement of the crowd is contagious, and I never realize how tired I am until after the day is over. It was another great day at a great show.


The show crowd was heavy today.


The exhibitors were busy all day discussing fly gear.


Nat a setter among ‘em. The crowd always has fun with the pantomime movements, especially pointing at me.


The crowd never hesitates to play along with all the pantomime antics and fun that we have while learning some very useful casting tactics and tips.

Lynnwood and Pleasanton 2015

The shows are ripping by. Lynnwood, WA, is headed our way this coming weekend, followed by the show at Pleasanton, CA,  the following weekend. I will be giving fly tying classes, casting demos, PowerPoint presentations, book signing and a Bible study at Lynwood, and casting classes, casting demos, PowerPoint presentations, book signing and a Bible study  at Pleasanton. The Bible study is open to all.  If you are in the area, please drop by and say Hello.


No that’s not me, that’s Lefty teaching someone at Somerset. It’s always great to see him and all my other friends at the shows.