Costs of Fly Fishing Gear in 1925

I came across an interesting add in an old archived edition of a Central Oregon Newspaper (The Brownsville Times) this week.  In 1925, a Bamboo Fishing Rod was only $3.25, Leaders (the expensive ones) were 20 cents, and flies were 15 cents each.  Interestingly, Fly Books (the good ones) were $1.90.  Here is a look:

1925 Brownsville Times

More on Dave Hughes’ Wet Fly Techniques

I’ve been reading Dave Hughes’ book “Wet Flies” recently, and it’s caused me to think a lot more about how I fly fish.  On a brief outing to the Middle Deschutes River last week, I took my 8′  0″  5 wt slow action rod to swing some of Dave’s recommended patterns for the local browns.  The “Silver Invicta” in a size 14 proved to be a great fly to swing through shallower riffles, and it brought many feisty browns in the 7″ to 12″ range to the net.  I think I’ll be using Dave’s wet fly techniques a lot more in my fishing outings, especially on smaller water.  Check it out:

Wet Flies by Dave Hughes

The Silver Invicta

The browns in the middle Deschutes River couldn’t resist a swung fly.


Salmon Flies on the Middle Deschutes River

Yep, the Salmon Flies are out on the Middle Deschutes River.  I hit one of my favorite sections of the river today for 2 hours to see if I could tempt a few fish.  The river is in fantastic shape, clear and perfect for wading.  While the adult salmon flies were out and flying around, I couldn’t get any interest in the big dries from any fish.  But, several browns and rainbows were happy to take a black rubber legged Kaufman Stonefly drifted on the bottom.  I used my EuroNymphing bamboo rod, a 3 ft bicolored sighter, and about 4 ft. of 5X tippet.   Here are a couple of photos of my morning.

Middle Deschutes River

A big Salmon Fly.

The rubber legged Kaufman Stone that worked well today.

A pretty brown that took my black rubber legged Kaufman Stone.

Christmas Ideas for Anglers from RiverKeeper Flies

My good friend, John Kreft, has a wonderful WEB page and blog dedicated to fly tying.  He’s an awesome fly tier and has some great information, both historical and for tying, about flies and fly fishing.  He recently posted a great blog entry about fly fishing items for the upcoming Christmas holidays.  So, check out his latest post, as well as all the good content at:

John Kreft and RiverKeeper Flies

John Kreft and RiverKeeper Flies


A New Fly In My Box – The Francisco Midge

I like to pass on new and/or unique fly patterns that work for me, and I recently came across a new fly that has been working extremely well for me in our Central Oregon rivers.  I learned of this fly from Francisco Garcia, a great angler whom Mary Ann recently guided on a couple of our rivers.  So, I can’t take credit for developing this fly, but it sure works.  I fish this fly with a dead drift towards the bottom, usually employing a Euro-nymphing style presentation.  Do the fish take it for a midge…or a mayfly emerger….I’m not really sure.  It’s a very easy fly to tie, if you’re into very small flies.  I call this fly the Francisco Midge.

The Francisco Midge

Hook:  #20 Scud Style

Thread:  8/0 Gray

Body:  Several Strands of Olive Angle Hair

Wing:  White Deer Hair.

#20 Francisco Midge

#20 Francisco Midge