rocky-river-bottom-1587362Guest Blogger: Mike Vorhis, Fly Fisher & Author, FreeFlight Publishing

After much scientific research and with an eye toward catching more and bigger fish, awhile back I began noticing the number of days when no rise rings were evident on the streams I plied. And those days were many. I realized at some point that perhaps putting my dry fly more in front of the fish’s eyes could be an advantage. So, heretical as it may sound, I invented the “bottom-hugging dry fly.”  It’s a clever, insightful, wholly new approach to fly fishing, and is particularly effective if the fly is tied to look like a bug that’s…get this…not very mature. You drift it wherever fish are not rising. The BHDF, my own invention, has thus been born!  I doubt that fly fishing will ever be the same, and I’m now scrambling to write books on “dynamic BHDFing” and “tactical BHDFing” and “Czech BHDFing” (since my buddy Janek reluctantly agreed to try one out after he spilled all his other flies in the river).

But here are seven early tips on use of this revolutionary new pattern:

1. To aid in correct presentation of the BHDF, it is beneficial to tie the fly such that it’s significantly heavier than water. I’ve thus brought to market a special tying wire intended to accomplish that purpose. It’s as heavy as lead, no bulkier, and just as malleable so just as easy to work with. Composed, as the label states, of “Between 81 and 83 on the Periodic,” it can be used with impunity wherever lead is outlawed. What’s more it’s environmentally conscious in its manufacture, since it’s made of recycled materials. (This fine product happens to be made of recycled automotive battery terminals.) Nothing like recycling to clean up our streams.

2. Heavy wire aside, delivering the BHDF to depth can still be a challenge, not to mention the difficulty of detecting takes sans noisy surface splashes. Fluorocarbon tippet’s glaring limitation, somehow entirely overlooked by its formulators, is its cursed invisibility; a fisherman can scarcely discern what’s going on down there. Enter my new “Sinking Grease” pencil with its handy pocket clip, to let the angler coat the complete tippet and most of the leader with a thick, bright, zinc-white substance that makes visibility a breeze. And it sinks, too, so the BHDF will get down where the gettin’ is good.

3. Many catch-and-release streams now require use of barbless hooks, and the BHDF can indeed be tied on them. To improve the erstwhile-elusive “boastworthy bring-to-net percentage,” I’m marketing a special barbless hook with a unique, tiny metal “tooth” protruding backward near the point, which makes it nearly impossible for the hook to back out or be thrown. These should become very popular, as they entirely eliminate the disadvantages of the barbless hook while still having no “barb.” The aptly named “protruding metal tooth,” or PMT, is soon to be patent pending…and a quick web search reveals that no state in the union has laws forbidding use of “PMT hooks” on streams.

4. The BHDF is absolutely ideal for Tenkara technique! However, it still benefits from presentation range. I’ve thus additionally invented the Large Capacity Tenkara (LCT) outfit. LCT outfits retain all the traditional benefits of Tenkara, while providing one critical innovative advantage (admittedly borrowed from the original inventors of the automotive winch…which only means that we can learn from vastly different fields if we’re observant and clever as blue blazes). That additional feature is an EXTRA LINE LENGTH REPOSITORY AT THE ANGLER’S FINGERTIPS. Yes. The Large Capacity Tenkara outfit can allow the angler, on demand, to pay out additional lengths of Tenkara line, or to de-deploy same, in situ. Our company believes this is revolutionary to the Tenkara world and is certain to make die-hard Tenkara adopters out of previous holdouts for western angling gear. The extra line repository consists of a rotating cube-like shape within two flange sidewalls; future versions may soften the edges of the cube shape, as experience with the new outfit is accumulated.

5. We also offer affordable entry into use of textured lines, all the current rage. No more $100 price tags; with a few flicks and swipes, our manual line-texturing paper does the trick on the cheapest line. Available in 60, 120 and 240 grit.

6. The BHDF is sure to work particularly well in clear streams. Due to such clarity, breathability isn’t the only desirable quality in a pair of waders; stealth is the other. I have thus devised camouflaged waders that resemble objects regularly found in our streams—trees, boulders, livestock, old automobile fenders. And for waters that see regular fishing pressure, wading fishermen are of course commonplace sights too, so next year we’ll also roll out the “opening day” line of premium waders that resemble two human beings standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the water…as well as a special “professional guide” line IN NEXT YEAR’S COLORS, which fashion insiders in Milano assure us will be greyish tannish brown.

7. Finally, to ensure safe wading, I’m bringing to market large bags of Felt Cobblestones, to line streams with.

Fishing_T-ShirtSo place your order now for all the above, since these items are going as fast as their combined genius might suggest.

And, if you act today, we’ll throw in a gift certificate to the frozen fish counter at Safeway, a hook extractor for any size and shape of human ear, and best yet, a box of our new fishing T-shirts at our cost!  They come in crates of fifty, but believe me you’re going to need that quantity and more.



  1. Sign me up. As soon as you get the patent filed on those waders, I am ready to invest. “Old tires”, “Fish Poop” and “Blood Stains” would be a killer combination.

  2. What productizable vision you have, Mike; I can see how a repeating “fish poop” pattern might indeed grace a signature line of waders for the discriminating angler. And yes, maybe use an “old tire” graphic to encircle the abdominal area, or to adorn the…uh…posterior sinews.

    Yes, partner, Simms, Orvis and Caddis marketeers are surely quaking right about now. The flies of change have been cast!

    – Mike

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