As you fish this winter it is important to focus on your midges, and downsizing your fly selection. As every year passes, it seems like our favorite rivers get more crowded, so fishing smaller flies is one way to combat the extra pressure. Whether you prefer tie, or buy it is time to get winterized!…Read More
It is now fall, time to go small.
As fall approaches, it’s time to switch up your fishing strategy for the shoulder season. Typically around this time of year, you find many anglers fishing more baetis nymphs and midges than they did in the summer. Most importantly, they are starting to downsize their flies. Below are our three must-have patterns for the fall.…Read More
Must-have caddis patterns for June
Barr’s Graphic Caddis Caddisflies are one of the most abundant and diverse groups of aquatic insects out there. With three varieties of larvae, fly fisherman should familiarize themselves with free-living, net-spinners and case makers. Today, I want to talk about two of our favorite caddis patterns here at Tailwater Junkie. Barr’s Graphic Caddis is one…Read More
Spring fishing – Stalcup’s Baetis Nymph
Now that Spring has sprung, you may find there is a lot more angling pressure on your local waters, with this added pressure, it is even more important to make sure you are fishing the right flies. During the winter months, you will often find us fishing tandem nymphing rigs with an attractor and two…Read More
New Tailwater Junkie Hats!
Let everyone know you are a Tailwater Junkie with one of our new Tailwater Junkie hats. Our hats have a sporty yet casual look with a low-profile. They are adjustable and pre-curved with a snapback closure. In both hats the underbill matches the color of the visor. Tailwater Junkie hats have hand stitched patchwork. The…Read More
Fall brings smaller flies with big opportunities
Now that fall is upon us, it is time to start thinking about going small once again. Autumn brings excellent dry fly fishing with blue-wing olives and midges. Blue-winged olives in the fall are referred to as Puesdocleons and are typically one or two sizes smaller than their counterparts in the spring months. Fishing with…Read More
The Manhattan Midge, a Colorado Favorite
The Manhattan Midge is a pattern I developed to fool finicky Rocky Mountain trout, especially those found in tailwater fisheries. As you might imagine, there’s an interesting story behind the Manhattan Midge. The Manhattan Midge, as the name implies, was developed in a small New York City apartment where my close friend, Jay Park was…Read More
The Black Beauty and its Variations
The Story Behind the Name My father, Pat Dorsey, developed the original Black Beauty in the early 90s. It was designed to imitate the heavy concentrations of midge pupae found below deep, bottom-release western reservoirs such as the South Platte, the Blue, and the Williams Fork River. In its infancy, the Black Beauty had no…Read More