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The Blood Dot was developed by Jeff Blood for steelhead fishing around the waters of Erie, Pennsylvania. We have found this egg pattern to be super effective locally, especially in the fall during delayed harvest season.

Materials Needed:

Hook: DRO 7051 Size 10-16

Thread: Danville Fluorescent tying thread to match dot color

Material:  Egg Yarn of desired color, use a contrasting color to form dot


Step 1:  Place hook in vise and start tying thread in middle of the hook and wind it to the rear of the hook just above the barb.

The clipped caddis was developed on the banks of the famous Madison river in the 1980’s. This pattern has been adapted to be super effective wherever caddis are found in the world. 

Fly Recipe:

Hook:  DRO 7010  Size 12-18

Thread:  Tan or Light Cahill  6/0 Uni Thread

Abdomen:  Ginger or Tan Rabbit dubbing

Hackle:  Grizzly and Brown Saddle Hackle no wider than gap of the hook

Wing:  Dark Elk

How to tie:

Step 1:  Tie thread on hook and wind thread to back of hook just above the barb.  Tie in grizzly hackle.

I designed this fly in 1997 while building my house in Pisgah Forest.  While on the roof working I noticed that there were thousands of saddle backs (tent caterpillars) crawling all over the roof.  I thought if there was that many on my roof that some had to be landing in the stream.  After collecting a few to study, I went back to the house we were living in at the moment and tried to create a fly as close to the caterpillar as possible.  On an outing with my fishing buddy John Brinkley the next day.  I decided to use the fly up in the day when we got ready to go.  It ended up saving the d

This is a re-rerun of an article that I wrote last summer. But it is something that we should all adhere to in the summer time.

I have seen several large trout in the last few weeks caught and released only to watch them float by me down river dead as a door nail. Below are five tips you can use to help trout survive the summer.

Well… it’s that time of year when we start having dreams about where we would like to go fishing over the summer. For some it is an easy choice, for others we only get to make a destination trip every four or five years or maybe even once. So here are some of my thoughts that help me make decisions about where to go.

I often see people standing at the airport trying to figure out what they are going to do since there gear did not make it to the final destination, or what to do about their broken rod. So here are some tips to help you get to your destination with all of your gear.

How many times have you arrived at your favorite fishing spot only to find the river high and muddy? We have all been there from time to time and more often than not we just turn around and go back home. What most of us do not realize is that the majority of large Brown Trout in the river gorge themselves during these times of high off-colored water. Here are some helpful tips that will help you find and catch more fish in high colored water.

Well, winter has finally arrived in the mountains; the fishing however is still decent. But you can get into real trouble, if you are not dressed properly. Here are some things that I do for winter fishing that will help you stay warm and safe.

Tenkara is a traditional Japanese method of fly fishing. A simple and effective way to fly fish the mountain streams of Southern Appalachia. A rod, line and fly are all that is used, NO REEL. The appeal of Tenkara is its elegant simplicity.