MidCurrent Fly Fishing
June 15, 2011
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Midnight Mouse


Fly Fishing Art FLY FISHING JAZZ columist Kirk Deeter recently enjoyed a new style of music on a Michigan river: the midnight slurping of big browns. Mouse flies are one of the least-understood yet most effective fly patterns there are, Deeter says, and it may not be jazz, but they can create an awfully nice sound.

Wondering how many of those not-so-cheap prepackaged leaders to stick in your gear bag? In this week's "Ask the Expert," Phil Monahan answers the question "How long should a prepackaged leader last?" — and offers a few tips on making them last longer.

Joshua Bergan, a writer and editor at Wilderness Adventures Press and columnist for the Montana Sporting Journal, is the newest photographer to join the MidCurrent gallery.

And this week's Working Guide's Fly Tying video features the Split-Back Sulphur Nymph. Tier Michael Yelton considers it a "must-have for any sulphur hatch."

Fine Lines: "When you're fishing with a nymph and indicator, if you strike twice as often as you think you should--instead of half as often—you'll be pleased by the results." Brant Oswald

New Videos: "Tying a Split-Back Sulphur Nymph"

Guide Michael Yelton ties a Split-Back Sulphur Nymph, a must-have pattern for any sulphur hatch.


Videos: "Casting Essentials: Power Application"

Casting expert Carl McNeil describes proper power application. “Power should be applied smoothly, throughout the stroke. That means that from the moment that you start, right through to the stop, power should be applied smoothly."


Soft vs. Hard Monofilament for Leaders

Question: In hopes of catching more mature trout this season, I propose to tie my own custom leaders using George Harvey’s leader design formula(e). My issue, however, is locating and identifying soft and hard monofilament sources, and do some manufacturers identify their products as soft or hard by labeling?

Answer: For those who aren’t familiar with George Harvey leaders, they were created by the Pennsylvania fly-fishing icon to throw slack — in the form of S curves — into the leader at the end of the presentation cast. Read on...


Fishing with Guts

IN THE EARLY 1700s, after anglers had been using horsehair lines for more than a thousand years, they finally discovered that nature had a better idea. It was a natural leader material that, by comparison with horsehair, was so remarkable for translucence, flexibility, and strength that it would eventually dominate the sport. It was silkworm gut. Gut was the raw material from which the larvae of Bombyx mori, a species of Asian moth, spun silk. Read on...

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