Stillwater Flies

Underwater Fly Fishing Video

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Have you ever wondered what it looks like underwater when a fish eats your fly? Some follow for a while curious but unwilling, while others attack the fly the moment it hits the water! Filming this video was insightful to say the least, and although fly fishing high mountain lakes may not always produce large fish, the excitement is second to none.

Did you notice the fly box in the video? If you haven’t checked out Tacky Fly Boxes you should! Learn more at I’m currently transitioning from foam slit fly boxes to the silicone slit Tacky boxes for the majority of my flies. This box will enhance your fly fishing experience!

Tacky Fly Box

Most of the fish caught in this video were taken on a fly called Mason’s Houdini. It is an articulated leech pattern that fish (not only trout) can’t resist. Check it out, and other awesome fly patterns at

Mason's Houdini-BrownMason's Houdini-Olive
Mason's Houdini-Wine

Fly Tying Night with Boy Scouts

The First fly I ever tied was a black Wooly Bugger. Is there a better fly out there to demonstrate the basics of fly tying? Its large size facilitates tying, it follows the basic steps used in most of todays flies, and lets be honest it catches fish like crazy. It is for these reasons that I choose to start my new friends, the riverside scouts, off tying with the Wooly Bugger. I have to be honest, they did a great job and I’m sure their creations will one day catch fish if they venture out to try. For tying instructions click Wooly Bugger Tutorial

Fly Fishing a Striper Boil/Blitz

(My timing is off a little since striper boils occur in the summer and fall months, but by reading this you can be prepared for next year)

Here in Utah we have a gem of a striper fishery in Lake Powell. It is a huge lake that is part of the Colorado River system. The stripers thrive there dependent on the health of the threadfin shad. Harvest is highly encouraged and stripers are delicious!

The funnest way to fish for stripers on the fly is during a boil (see video above). When stripers are jumping and flailing all around you it can get so exciting that technique goes out the window. The first few boils of every trip get me so excited I can’t hardly make a decent cast.

A bubble head popper is the most exciting fly as the fish will chase, swipe, and inhale it all right at the surface. Any color of Clouser minnow is super effective as well. Below are my favorite flies for fishing striper boils.

 Clouser Minnow

Bubble Head Popper

Colors on these flies can vary and still do very well. Stripers in a boil are so voracious that fly selection and color aren’t as important as presentation. The most effective method of presentation is to cast into , or slightly on the edge, of the boil and strip as fast as you can. If you slow down your retrieve the fish will follow your fly back to you, but they get too good of a look and realize somethings not right which results in a refusal. Shad in a boils are zipping as fast as they can and so must your fly.

Lake Powell is a great place for a family vacation. Striper fishing from a boat is very family friendly, and if your kids are anything like mine its a memory they won’t soon forget.

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