Fly Tying Tips

HUGE Discount on Fly Fishing/Tying Supplies

We all like to support our local fly shops right? Well, my local fly shop is making things really easy for everyone to support them. They are having some huge sales right now. There is a new group of owners running the shop and they are looking to move a lot of inventory in the next few weeks so they can revamp the entire store.

Huge Fly Fishing Sale

I’m not kidding when I say it’s a huge sale, 50 cent flies, and ALL fly tying supplies are 60% off right now. I loaded up this week on hooks, tungsten scud bodies, loon fly paint, and tons of other materials.

Simms Guide Boot Sale

They are selling last year’s model Guide Boot for 40% off. I have a pair of these, and they have been my favorite boots I’ve ever owned. They only have a few sizes left so I thought I’d post a picture.

Here is what Andy, one of the new owners has to say about their sale:

Roundrocks Flyfishing Spring Cleaning / Gear Up Sale:
- .50 Flies
- 60% off all fly-tying supplies
- 25-45% off rods, reels, waders, boots (some exclusions apply)
- 40-50% off all accessories, leaders, tippets
- 30-50% off fly lines
- Several in-store specials, including a clearance table where everything is just $1!
- For every $50 you spend in the store per day, you are entered once in a drawing for a free Sage One rod!  Drawing held at the end of the month.
This sale is for all of February, but don’t wait too long, at these prices the gear will move pretty fast!
If you are in the Logan, Utah area make sure and stop by. If you are in the Salt Lake area it might be worth a trip up here, especially if you stick around and fish the Logan. If not, their website is These sales are not listed on their website, but all their products are. I’d check out what they have online and give them a call at 1-800-992-8774 to order. They are open to assisting anyone interested in this sale. Now is your chance to stock up on all sorts of fly fishing gear. Believe it or not, I’m not getting anything for saying all this. They are a great group of guys trying to make things happen, and its definitely worth checking out!


Bugs of the Summer Season

With water temps warming up many of most fly fishers favorite bugs are becoming active. Currently on the middle Provo near where I live we have the infamous green drake (pictured above) hatch taking place. This hatch only hangs around for a few weeks out of the year. The large majestic mayflies seem to rise every fish in the river at one time or another. Masked by the drakes are many other hatches. These hatches may include PMDs, golden stones, and caddis flies depending on the day.  Trout love these hatches because it means a water column filled with wriggling emerging insects and an abundance of adults on the water’s surface, both of which are accompanied by the greedy unquenchable appetite of trout. Similarly, we as anglers share this unquenchable lust, only ours is to catch the trout, not the bugs which they are after.

Having said that, an understanding of basic aquatic entomology has helped me in many instances. I’ll be the first to admit that trout have fooled me more times than I have fooled them, especially in hatch conditions. Below are a few resources that I believe to be handy in solving these deceptive mysteries:

Aquatic Entomology Diagrams (Mayflies, Stoneflies, Caddis, and Midges)

Photo gallery of bugs that fish eat (Aquatic and Terrestrial)

Nothing compensates for time spent looking at the tiny creatures fish call food. Learn to recognize the major aquatic insects, spend a little time behind the vise tying the right imitations for the season, and you will increase your odds of fooling the many trout which you seek.

FREE Fly Tying Demo This Saturday

This Saturday I will be giving a free fly tying demo at our local fly shop here in Logan Utah. I will be touching on attractor nymphs, including Egan’s Frenchie, Iron Lotus, and a few of  my favorite original patterns.  I’m planning on finding time to talk about the Provo River, and effective patterns I use while guiding.  For me it is tough to talk about attractor nymphs and not include European style nymphing,  so I’m sure I will throw that into the loop as well (since it is my favorite fly fishing topic to talk about).  It starts at 10:00 AM this Saturday,  so if you are in the area, feel free to stop in.



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