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.
Derived from the good old Wooly Bugger the Krystal Bugger uses a Cactus / Estaz chenille body to give it some pop underwater. The Wooly Bugger is one of the most versatile and deadly flies ever created for freshwater, this flashed out version deserves a permanent home in your box. This fly can be fished in freestone rivers, tailwaters, spring creeks, lakes and or reservoirs. Not only that but it will fool many species.
The white variation is shown here, I like to use when fishing still water for Trout, Bass or Pike based on size. It is great trolling behind your belly boat while fishing a Chironomid hatch or take it on full time and play with different stripping actions. Whether that be a slow figure eight retrieve a single hand strip or even the good old double hand strip it can be effective and perform based on what the fish are into.
Not sure what name you have for this fly but regardless fish will eat it. Simulating a large stonefly this pattern has become widely known for it’s fishability.
The version tied here is heavily weighted to help search deeper holes and faster runs. It is an awesome pattern in drop shot style nymph rigs with an emerger on lead. Or switch it around and have this as your lead fly with a smaller nymph/pupae trailing on the point. Continue reading “How to Tie a Rubber Legs Stone: Fly Tying Video”
What can be said for the good old Elk Hair Caddis? Is fishing dry flies your thing? Then I am sure you have a load of Elk Hair Caddis variations in your box.
Whether you are heading to the famous Mothers day hatch on the Arkansas River in Colorado or simply matching any other caddis fly across the nation this pattern will get it done. Continue reading “How to Tie an Egg Laying Caddis: Fly Tying Video”