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About The Scientific Fly Angler

Jason G. Freund

Welcome to my COVID project.

This page explores fly fishing and fly tying from an mostly - but not entirely - scientific point of view. Expect a random collection of fly tying, fish and stream ecology for the fly angler, and well, whatever I feel like posting at the time. From time to time, I will branch out from fly fishing into fisheries management and science.

This website and blog is for fun - not profit. I'm coming at you from Wisconsin's Driftless area but am hoping to interact with anglers from around the world. It is not necessarily a blog about Wisconsin but we are shaped by our experiences.

Send me an e-mail if you have question, comments, ideas for posts, etc.

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It's Fly Tying Season

It is official! Fishing season is over and it is now tying season. Are you an organizer or a fly by the seat of your pants kind of tyer?

Tying Scissors

A number of years ago, I had the opportunity to take what I wanted from my Great Uncle George Close's exceedingly diverse fly tying...

Tongue Depressor Fly

The Tongue Depressor is a fly pattern from Bill Sherer's We Tie It Fly Fishing Specialists. It is the fly angler's spoon - a great bass fly!

Thunder Creek Minnows

Keith Fulsher's Thunder Creek Minnow is a fly with a Wisconsin origin that is fairly well known but I'd say much less known than the...

In Praise of Mentors

We should all be so fortunate to have or have had a great mentor. They make learning to fly fish so much easier and more fun. We should...

In Praise of Simple Flies

Without question, my favorite flies are simple ones. It's not that I have anything against the more complex ties - they can be fun to...

The Magic Minnow

highlight the pattern because it is quite effective and fun to tie and being a Swedish pattern, many of anglers are unlikely to know it.

The Mangrove Muddler

The images below are a Mangrove Muddler tied by George Close that has been sitting above my tying bench for a decade or better.

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Thanks for your interest in The Scientific Fly Angler. For more information, feel free to get in touch and I will get back to you soon!

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