John Barr has done it again. This Caddis Pupa / Emerger is an awesome looking fly for both fly fishers and fish. It’s tied in a couple of color variations, but the one we featured here is a bright green with a silver hot spot that is sure to attract fish. This is a wonderful pattern during the late spring and summer months when caddis activity is at its peak. Fish it as a dropper, on the swing, or in an indicator nymph rig to get hooked up!
Who else out there is ready to throw dry flies! The Parachute Madam X is one that I love to get out on the water when I have the chance. PMX for short, this fly is a variation of the classic Madam X. The PMX has an added Parachute post with the hackle wrapped around it in the same method of a Parachute Adams, which helps with both visibility and buoyancy. This is a great pattern to utilize when there are lots of summer bugs out and about whether it’s large stoneflies or hoppers. There’s nothing like getting a big trout to look up at a large dry fly!
With a name like Holy Grail Caddis this fly out the gates better work right? Does it ever!! Utilizing go to natural materials, Partridge, Pheasant tail and Hare’s ear and offering just enough flash with the tinsel ribbing this fly has it all. I love fishing this fly in the summer months as a dropper below a large Elk Hair Caddis, Puterbaugh’s Caddis or any other buoyant caddis dry fly. It works great when the you have an early caddis emergence with the majority of the bugs making their way up the water column or stuck under the surface tension of the water. This a must have summer fly in my box
All of the flies we have tied for tying Tuesday have been developed by other tyers and we simply offer our version while trying to call out the creator when we can. I have to call out an awesome tier I follow on Instagram for this one, back_to_the_stream. If you are into seeing other tyers on Instagram this is one to follow. He is the first person I have seen (not sure if he is the first ever…) take the woven method (usually used with yarn on flies like the polish woven caddis or the well known bitch creek) and apply it using wire. The look that comes out of this, in my opinion, is excellent and sort of creates an exoskeleton. The fly tied here is a simple caddis pupa with the elegance of the woven wire creating an awesome looking fly. To be honest I have yet to fish this fly but am looking forward to trying it out this summer!
This weeks fly features the new Firehole Outdoors 718 hook! If you like the Tiemco 200R but get frustrated with failed hook ups or houdini fish popping off, look no further than the 718. The new 718 has an awesome elongated profile with a unique wide gape making this a very deadly hook. The fly we are tying on this today is a simple but deadly fly. The brown color abdomen with matching thorax and wing case/legs makes this a very realistic baetis. Depending on the hatch your are matching you may want to tie up some olive or tan variations. I like to fish this fly all year round while staying smaller in the winter fishing it alongside midge pupa’s. Through the other three seasons of the year, you can go larger and fish it in many different rig configurations.
The good old prince nymph right? Almost, but why not make it flashy? This is a great attractor fly that brings me personally a lot of confidence when fishing it. Some say fish flashy on sunny days and others say they work better on overcast days and in deep dark water. My belief tends to be the former as I see the truth in the theory that light penetration is key for lighting up the bugs at the bottom of the river to make them glow. However, I, and I’m sure many others have experienced good luck with flashy flies on dark dull days as there is something to fishing an attractor fly that does just that and draws attraction. This is an awesome dropper fly in a hopper dropper rig from spring to fall and can even produce on warmer days in the winter.
This variation of the Jigged Biot Stone is basically a modern epoxy biot stone fly nymph. It is a great pattern throughout the summer months on healthy water where a substantial stonefly population is present. Change up the color combination based on the bugs in your area. This brown color I like to fish as either a Giant Golden or a Small Western Stonefly. Blacks and gold/tans are great colors as well. With this specific pattern being a very heavy large fly I like to fish it in faster runs and deep holes as my first fly with a smaller emerger up above. No need to only through rubber legs. Sometimes a fly that is a bit more realistic can be just the ticket.