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THE SQUIRMY SWITCH

Spanish barbel after barbel would tear off on their first run and then proceed to rip tippet and squirmies ragged over the sharp gravel. Most fish were caught on dries (story coming soon), but for deeper, mud rooting barbel, Leonard Flemming’s improved bloody squirmy was particularly effective (https://themissionflymag.com/2015/05/11/improved-bloody-squirmy/). However, the squirmies did not hold up [...]

PACKING THE KITCHEN SINK

Destinations and exploration create fly fishing possibilities.  Possibilities in turn result in lots of gear, preparation, packing and repacking to cover these eventualities within the constraints of space and weight.  But having to check in multiple bags, lots of luggage or tying rod tubes together somewhat detracted from the overall experience. I wanted to share [...]

THE BUBBLE BUTT BEETLE

The Evolution of the Bubble-butt Beetle by Ed Herbst If you Google Philip Hills + Persistence Pays Off On the Smalblaar you will find a 2005 Piscator article on the website of the Cape Piscatorial Society which gives an indication of how even the most selective trout rarely ignore a properly-presented beetle pattern. A growing [...]

ALEC AND THE ALPHLEXO – TIPS AND TRICKS

Words and Photos by Alec Gerbec https://www.instagram.com/p/Bi4tB_HHelX/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet      If you have ever attempted to the tie the Alphlexo Crab, without a doubt you have run into some frustrating moments with the process.   Whether it is managing the mess body tubing or threading the legs, this piece will hopefully help ease the pain with this non-traditional [...]