This fly is a searching pattern for big fish. It can be used for a wide variety of species like Trout, Northern Pike, Bass, you name it. It has long body and articulation allows for great movement in the water imitating a well fed leech or eel. It can even silhouette a baitfish in the right light because this fly will move water. Strip it, rip it, dead drift it, or swing it and your sure to draw a big fish out his den to eat. Black and red always seems to make a great match even when you’re not necessarily matching the hatch. Designed by Max Pavel
I’ve always wanted to learn to fly fish. The old romantic idea of swinging a fly rod on some lone stream without another soul around always captivated me. Fly fishing had been on my bucket list for almost a decade before I put an honest effort into the craft. I started to save money for gear and lessons several times, but some unforeseen expense around the house always came up that depleted the bulk of my cash (taking on any new hobby after kids come is always difficult). Eventually I did get all the gear, piece by piece. I made a few mistakes and ignored common sense advice along the way, like spending more on my fly reel than my rod and going cheap on a quality fly line but it all worked out in the end – somethings must be experienced rather than heard before a lesson is learned. Continue reading “Just Go Fly Fish – Time On The Water Is Your Best Instructor”
Enter Flymen fishing company and their Scuplin Helmet. As fly tiers we love our beads. Flymen Fish Co has taken this love to the next level with a wide assortment of lifelike beads and helmets. The Sculpin helmet is one of my favorites from them as it takes a simple pattern and makes it super lifelike. This variation uses some of our favorite materials to create one solid scuplin pattern. Trout, Bass, Pike whatever. This fly will hook them all!
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The Dirty Damsel is a win on still waters. A very effective fly in the late summer months when those bright baby blue damsel flies are buzzing around everywhere. Damsel flies and dragon flies go through three stages in their lifestyle, with the major part of their lifetime spent in the water in the nymph stage. Some species spend up to 5 years as a nymph feeding on small vertebrates and invertebrates. The fish really key in on these bugs because they are an easy big-ticket meal packed with protein. Find weed beds or vegetation and slowly strip your fly through these areas. I like fishing it on a sink tip because I can let it sink and depending on my retrieve I can make it look like it’s coming up to the surface to emerge into an adult or keep it on the bottom foraging for food making it an easy meal depending on where the fish are feeding.
It takes a strong constitution and a true dedication to go out fly fishing in winter. You’re going to want to wear more than your Hawaiian shirt and waders. So, let’s take a look at what gear is designed to help you out in some of the coldest water climates fish-able.
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Serendipity indeed! This is a versatile pattern that can imitate midges and caddis pupa easily with a simple change in size and or color. Typically we see this pattern in red but it can also be tied in brown (seen here) olive or black. With only a couple of materials this fly is a great option if you need to fill a box fast with really effective flies. I like to fish this pattern as my lead fly keeping it slightly higher in the water column than my point fly.