Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day 2016

I once heard someone say never to wish anyone a Happy Memorial Day.  There is nothing happy about it.
I want to thank those who have served our country so we can continue to live free and safe.  A prayer and huge thank you to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Let us all never forgot.  Thank You!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Do you need a better rod for nymphing? Yes, you do!

It seems like a while since I last posted and looking back, it has!  I've been on the water quite a bit recently, guiding and actually fishing on my own some.  Over the last few weeks, I've wanted to share something with you about rods.  Nymphing rods in particular.  I am here to tell you that you need to save up, sell some old gear, mow some lawns or whatever you can do to save up some money to buy yourself a 10 foot rod for nymphing.  I have been guiding with a 3 and 4wt 10 wt. rod for a couple of years now and I can say that they really do make a difference.  I can put them in the hands of my clients and have them casting instantly and making good drifts with nymphs.  There are so many advantages when it comes to nymphing, but it all boils down to better casting and presentation which leads to more opportunities.  I recently took out a new to me rod, a 10' 5wt rod.  It was the perfect rod for the situation.  Small nymphs and lots of lead.  I was fishing somewhat fast water and in a depth of about 7/12' from lead to indicator.  I was able to make long casts and perfect presentations and once the fish hit, I was able to set immediately and control the fish better with a bit more leverage than a 9' rod.  Did I mention these fish were pissed off and crazy?  They were and did things that I didn't know fish could do!  One other thing I want to recommend once you get a 10' rod is a line to match.  I am a big fan of the Rio Indicator II lines. They make these rods perform the way they were designed to.  It doesn't do much good to put a Rio LT line on one of these rods.  It just doesn't make sense.  There are some disadvantages to these rods though.  If you run into a BWO hatch, I don't really want to be tossing #22 Duns with a 10' rod.  It could do it, but I prefer to be prepared with a shorter 9' or 8 1/2' 4 or 5wt. rod for these hatches.  So there you have it.  You need a 10' Rod for nymphing.  Just take my word for it.  If you don't believe me, let me take you out on a guide trip and you can use one and you will see.
My favorites:  Hardy Zephrus and Orvis Helios 2.  The Orvis Recon is also another good choice with a lower cost.

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Gore-Tex Boys.

I remember looking at this ad in the magazines and thinking that these guys are bad ass!  How about you?  It was the beginning of my fly fishing career and I was new and these guys looked like they knew it all.  Little did I know that almost 20 years later, I'd meet the two gentleman on the left.
I spent a few days in Sheridan Wyoming last week and I was fortunate enough to meet these two gentlemen and share with them some of my new patterns and some guide stories that I wouldn't share with most people because they are somewhat embarrassing.  Things about losing gear and basically doing stupid things on guide trips.  There were a lot of laughs!
Sheridan Wyoming is an interesting place in the fly fishing world.  There is some serious talent there and most people really don't know how influential the anglers and fly tiers of that area are on the Bighorn river scene, which in turn, help to shape all the flies and theories of the tailwater style fishing and fly tying.  I hope to be able to go back up there to Sheridan to fish and help build those new relationships that were formed last week.
Paul Dubas and Bob Krumm of Sheridan, WY.

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Slim Shady Baetis Nymph

I know, I know, I already have about 4 or 5 patterns that I have called the "Slim Shady" at some point, but this one is the last one, I promise.  This is it.  This is the one.  I finally settled on a pattern that I will now retire that name.  The reason why I like that name so much is because it is catchy and the younger generation knows exactly what the reference is.  But more than that, I love it because I strive to tie my baetis nymphs slim and skinny.  That is what the fish like and that is what I like.  So, from now on, this fly is called the Slim Shady.  It's been killing it lately and I have enjoyed tying it and fishing it.  After a few changes, I find that it is bomb-proof and durable.  There were some challenges early on with durability, but they have been fixed.  Stay tuned for a video and more info on these bugs.  They are brand new, so I am still working on colors right now.  Stay tuned!!

They like the "Slim Shady"

Not a clue as to why?  

It worked awesome as a match to the dark baetis nymphs the fish were eating

Lt. Olive Slim Shady

Lt. Brown Slim Shady


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Scott G2 Rods for Sale

Are you looking for a 2nd rod or a new to you fly rod?  I have two Scott G2 rods that I am putting up for sale.
They both are in good to great condition and have been used gently over the years.  They were my personal rods and not used for guiding so they are not beat up.
I am asking $300.00 for each one, plus shipping.

Scott G2 8'8" 4wt fly rod.--SOLD!

Scott G2 8' 8" 5wt fly rod.  SOLD!!!

Please e-mail me at if you are interested.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Arkansas River Report

All of a sudden we went into spring mode!  We have been having great weather for the last few weeks on the Front Range and that has led to rivers warming up a bit and with that, the bugs have started moving and that makes the fish move and look for more food.  The fishing on the South Platte and Arkansas Rivers has been great, considering it's still February and winter.  I was out three times this week and each day was different than the one before it.  Monday brought a last second guide trip to Deckers where the fish were really eating both midge larva and baetis nymphs.  
Wednesday and Thursday were spent on the Upper Arkansas where I fished and guided, using the normal stonefly, caddis larva and baetis nymph combo. The fishing there has really turned on as the water has warmed.  There is no ice on the water and readings have made it up to 45 degrees from readings of 38 last week.  The fish are eating all types of food, but are really looking for baetis nymphs when the water warms up.  We will probably have some early BWO hatches so get ready now!
For February, the river is really fishing well and that is due to the weather we have been having.  I think it will continue to be nice, with a few storms thrown in here and there, but it's only going to get better from here on.  If you are interested in visiting either river with me, let me know and we can get it set-up!  Until then, get out and fish!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

I smell Spring!

I figured that I should post something for the month of January.  It's been a busy month for me with some shows and a lot of time at the vise.  I've been looking forward to February for a while now.  Things will start to warm up a bit around here and the days are already getting longer!  Soon, the golden stoneflies will start moving around on the upper Arkansas River and that will get the trout looking around for them more.  There is nothing like seeing bigger bites available to the fish to get them looking for Big Macs rather than french fries.

Stoneflies, along with the usual midges and Baetis, will kick start the late winter/early spring feeding on the Ark.  The usual early spring set-up for me is a stonefly/caddis larva or a caddis larva/baetis nymph.  Some days even start with a stonefly/caddis/baetis nymph set-up.  The fish will let me know what they are eating and I can remove one fly.  If they continue to eat all three patterns, I keep fishing all three patterns.  Make sure to use weight and get the flies down!  
If you would like to make a trip down there with me, please contact Royal Gorge Anglers to set up a guide trip to show you how to fish this river in the early spring.  I am really looking forward to fishing this river very soon as I think it is the most overlooked season.  I'll post pictures!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Fly Fishing Show

It's that time of the year again!  I'll be tying for all three days at the Denver FFS.  I'll have some flies and some Hopper Juan Materials Kits available for you.  Please stop by and say hi to me.  See you there!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Mercer's Poxy Back Golden Stone

Poxy Back Golden Stone from Juan Ramirez-Hopper Juan on Vimeo.

Merry Christmas!!!!

Take a few minutes, when you have time or need a break, to check out this new video I did for you all.  It's the Mercer's Poxy Back Golden Stone.  

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A few flies from the vise and the Micro Magic Tool

I've been tying a lot lately and I wanted to share a few images with you guys.  One item that I recently purchased is the Mirco Magic Tool by Marc Petijean.  If you tie small flies using CDC as well as small soft hackles, this is the tool you need.  I have only played around with it for a few days, but with that, I can say that it is well with it.  All the soft hackle images below are tied with this tool.    I have been using some Brahma Hen hackles as well as Coq De Leon Saddle Hackle for these soft hackles.  These feathers are too long for small soft hackles, but with the tool, it makes it easy to get the right size.  I'll have to do a video on how it works.  
For now, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New year.  

Fist of all, Hoppy Holidays!!!!
Soft Hackles 

Golden Stonefly cross between my iStone and Carl's D-Rib Stone.  

Magic Tool and Soft Hackle

Carl's D-Rib Golden Stone.   

Etha Wing Caddis
Parachute E-Z Caddis
CDC Caddis 
Missing Link Caddis
Iron Sally 
Flashback Hares Ear 

Poxy Back Biot Golden Stone
20 Incher 

BH Soft Hackle Hares Ear
Leggy Stone!!
Stimi Chew Toy
Chubby!!! # 12
Rogue Stone, Golden 
Copper John

BH Rubber Legs
Beatis Nymph
Partridge Soft Hackle