Project Healing Waters – Frederick Program (Nov. 2020 Update)

By Andrew Frutiger

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Curly Tailed Jig
Curly Tailed Jig

In our ninth installment of online fly tying seminars, Don Fine led the veterans through tying the “Curly Tailed Jig,” a more involved fly that the veterans handled with ease. This is one of those flies that makes a lot of noise in the water and attracts attention. It’s meant to be fished as a single fly on a shorter leader and can be fished on ponds or big rivers for many warm water species like bass, crappies, and others. If fishing on a pond, you may want to use a strike indicator to add movement during your retrieval.
Story Time with Larry Forte focused on something near and dear to many of us: stream etiquette. Nothing can ruin a great day of fishing faster than someone sloshing down the river like they are marching in a parade, or maybe they want to be your best friend and fish right next to you. Hopefully no one reading this identifies with either scenario, but just to make sure you don’t end up being “That Person,” here are some simple pointers:

  • Use Common sense.
  • Early bird gets the worm.
  • First person has right of way.
  • Angler fishing upstream has the right of way (fish are looking up stream.
  • Don’t camp in one run all day.
  • Leave it better than you found it.
  • Follow state and local regulations.
  • Be considerate of landowners.
  • Ask questions, share information.
  • Never fish across from someone.
  • When in doubt, ask other anglers.
  • Remain calm, all is well.

If you have any questions or would like to participate in any of our upcoming fly tying sessions at Fort Detrick, please reach out to me at any time at or go to our Facebook page at Project Healing Waters – Frederick Chapter.