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Field Report – Rowley Stone in Central PA

Since posting the fly tying video of the Rowley Stone we’ve received tons of positive feedback from many anglers across the country.

Colby Welshans recently reported form Mill Hall, PA on his recent success using the Rowley Stone:

“Finally got out on the water today with the warm up happening in Central PA.. water was good and the Rowley Stone produced a hefty brown!  Took a few pictures to share with you.  Glad I stumbled across the pattern… knew it would be killer out here.  Thanks again!”

Pennsylvania Brown Trout

Colby has an excellent eye for photography, so if you are looking for great streamside shots check him out on Instagram at @c.j.welshansphotography

Rowley Stone Close Up

We are super excited that other’s are finding success with this pattern as well. If you want to learn how to tie this fly click ROWLEY STONE.

Also, after you tie up some of the flies found on Fly Tying 123 and end up catching some fish, snap some pics and throw them in an email. We’d love to share them!


Peeking Caddis (Jig Hook)

Here is another simple, yet effective pattern.  This is a peeking caddis tungsten nymph.  I started fishing this pattern just over a year ago and it has been a great producer.  The more I have been fishing with jig hook nymphs, the more I have been liking them.  Since they ride hook point up, you can add more weight without the worry of snagging on the bottom.  Without the worry of snagging the bottom, you can really go deep with these types of nymphs while fishing the European nymphing techniques.

I originally tied this pattern up to help me imitate some mothers day caddis hatches.  This fly really works in the springtime and is a go to pattern that time of year, but I have also been using this fly as a general attractor nymph.  I have since bought some pearl core braid in other bright colors that include orange and pink, and plan to fish these colors in the upcoming winter.

Get out and fish these flies!  TIGHT LINES!


Hook: Jig style nymph size 14
Bead: Slotted Tungsten size 2.7-3.5mm
Body: Blend of SLF squirrel dubbing(natural, brown, black, and olive)
Rib: 4X Monofilament tippet
Legs: CDC in dubbing loop
Peeking caddis: Pearl core braid in chartreuse (also use pink, yellow, orange, and tan) 

Tungsten Cased Caddis

Cased caddis are an ever present food source in many rivers and streams. Most commonly I see them stuck to sticks and other debris that I have snagged my flies on.

Another common place that they turn up is the stomach’s of trout. There are many times during the year that fishing is tough, and it is usually at these times that I fish cased caddis patterns, namely the Tungsten Cased Caddis. Another great time to fish this fly is early in the morning before the river has warmed up for the day. This is the easiest fly I tie, and it catches fish like crazy!

The trick to this fly is finding green (emerald) anodized tungsten beads. Below is a link to the a New Zealand fly shop that has great prices on tungsten.
The FlySite Tungsten Beads
I buy most of my tungsten from then because of their cheap prices and fast shipping. However, if you don’t want to wait a few days many fly shops are now carrying them.

Hook: TMC 3761 or Dai-Riki 730, or Daiichi 1560 Sizes 12-16
Bead: Anodized Tungsten Emerald
Thread: Black 8/o
Body: Peacock Herl

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