amflyfishing's Perch Rigs and Perch Flies ...  the rig consists of tandem flies, barrel swivel and snap.  The "Must Have Rig" for perching on Lake Michigan and Lake Erie.
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The Fly Box ... proven fly patterns tied by a fly angler for fly anglers.  We will be adding new patterns on regular bases.
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Furled Leaders ... the features and benefits makes it a must for the fly angler, who wants to enhannce their fly presentations.

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      Creekside Tidbits
& On the Vise

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  As temperatures continues to rise and the ice has disappeared, I find myself with this uncontrollable desire to wet a line on the local ponds.  Ahhh, good times ... being out on the water in the kayak, delivering a cast and working the fly that draws the attention and strike of the fish, the fly line tightens creating a bend in the fly rod, the one-on-one battle, then landing and the released of the fish.  To fill this void of pond hopping, I found myself (which has offered some relief) ... tying a few flies, organizing fly boxes, cleaning and dressing fly lines with Line & Lure conditioner, changing-out leaders, writing articles, working on the website, and a whole lot of day dreaming about landing that trophy fish.

One thing that I am doing differently from the past seasons, I have replaced out the monofilament and fluorocarbon leaders for fuled leaders on all my fly rods.  From my time spent on the water casting / working a variety of flies and the features / benefits ... going with furled leaders was a no brainer.

A few advantages of using Furled Leaders

* Kink resistant       * Lands softly on the water
* Not prone to wind knots       * Smooth taper from butt to tippet
* Extremely smooth turn over       * Very durable
* Virtually no spray       * Turns over larger tippets & flies
* Superior shock absoption       * Solid core
* Virtually no memory       * Cleaner, collects less water scum

Click here for options (colors, weight, length) and purchase furled leaders

Not many anglers have even heard or much less used a furled leader, but they have been aroud for centuries.  Their origins dates back to the early days of fly fishing when fly lines were woven from horse hair.  The process used to create those early lines is very similar to the way furled leader are constructed.  Today, with the wide variety of materials gives the modern day furled leaders unparalleled performance, accuracy and make them a joy to use for presenting your fly to the fish.

An amflyfishing's tip ... if your fly fishing suffers from wind knots in your leader and tippet sections, work on your casting stroke (focus on the timing required to load the rod properly) and consider switching to a furled leader.

Fishing Guide ...
Northwest Indiana
Lakes and Rivers


Fishing Guide ...
Northwest Indiana
Creeks and Streams


Warm-Water Fish
Weight Formulas
by Length


Indiana Fish


Indiana 2014-15
Fishing Regulations


Online Fishing
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Hook Chart (Daiichi,
Mustad, Tiemco)


Matching Tippet Size
to Hook Size


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Rusty Quill Wally Wing Spinner
(size 16)
Tier - Justin Aldrich
Purple Haze Wet Fly
(size 10)
Tier - Andy (amflyfishing)
Hook - TMC 100
Sizes - 8 to 12
Thread - Black
Tail - Black Pheasant Tail Fibers
Rib - Black Wire
Abdomen - Black Dubbing (Life Cycle)
Thorax - Black Dubbing (Life Cycle)
Hackle - Purple Grizzly Saddle
Head - Tying Thread
      Pheasant Tail Nymph (tied American style)

Hook - TMC 3731
Sizes - 10 to 18
Thread - Dark Brown
Tail - Pheasant Tail Fibers (~3/4 of body length)
Rib - Gold Wire (counter-wrapped to hold and
    protect the abdomen's pheasat tail fibers)
Abdomen - Pheasant Tail Fibers
Wingcase - Pheasant Tail Fibers
Thorax - Peacock Herls
Legs - Pheasant Tail Fibers (fibers used to form
    the wingcase are pulled back and secured / legs
    should extend back to the mid-mark of the
Head - Tying Thread
size 12 shown / Tier - Andy (amflyfishing)

In Frank's orginal pattern, pheasant
tail fibers are used for the thorax
and tied without legs


        Frank Swayer (an English River Keeper) is the originator of the Pheasant Tail Nymph.  This fly dates back to 1958 and has stood the test of time as a "must have fly" that imitates a variety of mayfly species during their nymph stage.  Originally, the Pheasant Tail Nymph was created to target trout and grayling on the chalkstreams in Southern England, to imitate several species of the baetis family.

On a personal note, I found that the Pheasant Tail Nymph to be a multi-species fly on both moving and still water systems ... scoring trout, panfish, steelhead, coho salmon, and carp.  When targeting carp in slow moving skinny water (a depth of 1 to 3 feet) with clear and sunny conditions ... slowing working a non-weighted Pheasant Tail Nymph (in sizes 10 and 12) into the strike zone of the fish has been extremely productive.
size 10 shown
    Pheasant Tail Wet Fly
Tier - Andy (amflyfishing)

Hook - TMC 3761
Sizes - 8 to 16
Thread - Dark Brown
Tail - Pheasant Tail Fibers
Rib - Extra Small Copper Wire
    (counter-wrapped to hold and protect the
     abdomen's pheasant tail fibers)
Abdomen - Pheasant Tail Fibers
Thorax - Peacock Herls
Hackle - Speckled Brown Hen Saddle Patch
Head - Tying Thread
      These three Northwest Indiana wrestlers ... earned spots on Team Indiana (photo left to right) Noah Mis, Robert Bowman and Stephen Roberson.  They will be representing the state of Indiana at the Heartland USA National Folk Style Duals 2015 which is held at Council Bluffs, Iowa for three days of matches.  This season, these young men at practices and matches gave 100% of themselves.  Please help show your support by making a donation to defray some of their expenses.

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Thank You,
Noah, Robert and Stephen
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  Spring River Flies & Guides ... Mark Crawford has been fly guiding on the Spring River in Northeast Arkansas since 2004.  The Spring River has a lot to offer the modern fly angler ... idea for high stick nymphing.  It has a consistent flow of water that runs from 350 to 450 cfs.  Fast runs and rocky shoals make for some incredible fly fishing.  The river is stocked weekly from the Jim Hinkle Fish Hatchery at Dam 3.  Fish have been been stocked in the river since 1850 ... rainbow trout are the main fish that is stocked weekly, along with brown trout and cutthroat trout stocked thru out the year.  If you have no experience or new to fly fishing, Mark will show you some of his proven methods for hooking-up and landing that trophy.  Mark will provide all of the equipemnt and flies for a action pack outing.  

  Dickson Fly Fishing ... since 1984, Mike and Dennis have been steelhead, salmon and trout guiding and teaching ... whether its single handed, spey and switch rods.  Located just above Seattle, fishing the Puget Sound, Peninsula and a few Eastern Washington rivers.  You'll come as a client and leave as a friend.

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Species:  Steelhead, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Coho Salmon, Dolly Varden

Available Outings:  Float, Wading, Mutli-day Camp

Additional Services:  Fly casting classes, Fly fishing classes, Spey classes, 1/2 day River float classes.

  FishTales Outfitting ... provides unparalleled guided Montana fly fishing adventures near Bozeman, Missoula, Billings and Idaho Falls.

Specializing in creating personalized custom trips that include float and wade fishing on our world renowned wild-trout rivers or wade fishing on private water.  Whether you are a seasoned angler or a complete beginner; our patient, experienced staff will teach you everything you need to know.

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Species:  Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Grayling

Water Systems:  Beaverhead River, Ruby River, Big Hole River, Jefferson River, Madison River, Private Water ~ Beaverhead Ranch

Fight the Fish, Not the Crowds
    Rivers North Guide Service offers guided fly fishing trips throughout Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  Experience fly fishing with the only licensed and endorsed fishing guide service in Upper Michigan for Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Atlantic Salmon, Steelhead and Pacific Salmon.

With thousands of miles of Blue Ribbon Trout streams ... this is a fly fisherman's paradise.  Rivers North Guide Service advocates catch / release because the future of our fishery here in the Upper Peninsula depends upon it.

  Habitual Guide Service
Wisconsin's Lake Michigan Tributaries
Steelhead, Salmon, Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass

Whether its your first time fishing, an exciting vacation, or just brushing up on your skills, Habitual Guide Service has all the answers.  Fishing is not just a sport to us it's an obsession, a lifestyle, and we live it.  Let us do the work while you sit back and reel in the fish.
Slez's Bait Shop ... Phone:  219-588-5929
2245 Randolph Street - Lake Station, Indiana 46405
Summer: 5:00 am - 8:00 pm / Winter: 5:00 am - 5:00 pm

Baby Crawlers     Leaf Worms     Leeches     Frozen Minnows
Green Crawlers     Meal Worms     Crickets     Frozen Softshells
Night Crawlers     Crappie Minnows     Shrimp     Frozen Crawdads
Red Worms     Golden Roaches     Squid Strips     Live Softshell
Beemoths     Rosy Reds     Chicken Liver     Spawn Sacs

Triple Catch Charters ... Phone:  219-588-5929
Home Port: Marina Shores
5976 Dune Harbor - Portage, Indiana 46368

Coho, King Salmon, Lake Trout, Steelhead and Brown Trout
* Triple Catch I ~ Sea Ray 30-foot SportFish
* Triple Catch II ~ Tiara 36-foot Open

"by having two large fully rigged fishing boats, we can
cater to a small or large group - 7 days a week

U.S.C.G. licensed, Fully Insured, Tournament proved crew
All tackle furnished, Fish cleaned and bagged
An amflyfishing's tip ...
for the past several years, I have been using Line & Lure on my fly lines, leaders, tippets, dry flies and bass bugs … and its performance has been “two thumbs-up”.  Cleaning and coating my fly line with this conditioner reduces line-to-guide friction and repels debris which increases line control (improved casting accuracy, line speed and distance) and better line floatability (easier line mending and pick-up, improved fly presentation).  On leaders and tippets, they float higher and cleaner.  Dressing my dry flies and bass bugs with Line & Lure has proven to be a major plus … they ride higher and longer than other dressings that I have used in the past.  Therefore, I have spend less time drying / re-dressing my fly and more time fishing.  Yes, it’s like adding “power steering” to your fishing.  Also, using Line & Lure on your sunglasses adds a scratch resistant and dust repelling coating … along with, reduce glare and minimizes water spotting.
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