Tying and Fishing the Riffling Hitch

Tying and Fishing the Riffling Hitch by Art Lee, reviewed by LR Dyer

Luke - or LR as he's better known - is an avid salmon angler fishing mostly off the banks of the Miramichi and Kedgwick Rivers in New Brunswick, Canada.
he lives in Edmundston, NB Canada in the heart of the St. John River River Valley. He is an accomplished rod builder and has been commissioned to build rods for the prestigious Fraser Lodge on the Kedgwick. He also works with a group of fly reel designers from Ukraine and is currently (1st quarter 2000) working on the release of our new line of fly reels that will bear his signature. As well as being an avid angler, he is also an avid reader of salmon angling books and does book reviews for GFF.
As LR himself puts it:
"Hopefully I can suggest some worthy titles to the readers of the GFF".

Books read by LR Dyer

  • Modern Atlantic Salmon Flies by Paul Marriner
  • Atlantic Salmon Handbook by Peter Bodo
  • Tying and Fishing the Riffling Hitch by Art Lee

    User comments
    From: Joe Legris · legris·at·xplornet.com  Link
    Submitted October 20th 2007

    Mr. Dyer's review of Bodo's book refers to MSW fish on the Kedgwick River. Can you explain what that means, thanks. I fished the Kedgwick a few times and I don't believe we have met, but I would be interested in swapping tales.

    From: Darryl Tucker · mdtucker·at·nb.sympatico.ca  Link
    Submitted October 8th 2007

    My experience as a class 1 guide, is the only fish that will come up for a fly that is hitched are the
    earlier fish!. but then again these fish will also take dry fly's.If you want real success, in the earlier
    fish, June, July& part of August, is to tie a buck bug of your choice,Carter Bug style, in a meduim
    flow of current , holding the rod tip up a little so the fly is half submerged , & not riding up on the
    surface .Thi makes a nice " Buldge " in the water.

    From: Paul Flood · Pflood576·at·sympatio.net  Link
    Submitted September 9th 2007

    I have fished alantic salmon for 35 years & use 1/2 hitch all the time,from my experince I tie the 1/2 hitch behind the head & under the throut & add another 1/2 hitch behind the first because playing big fish the first hitch has on rare occassion pop off with a lost off a trophy fish.

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