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.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! We have our very first Tying Tuesday that falls on Christmas. We thought that this one looked like a Christmas Tree. 🙂 We hope you have a wonderful day today and enjoy this tie!
The traditional thin mint is tied with a little less work and a lot less flash. Depending on how or where you fish it, the thin mint can imitate a variety of things in the water. From small bait fish to leeches fish it how you want it. The standard thin mint is tied with olive, brown, and black as the tail, a peacock herl body, brown hackle, wire, and a gold bead. Spicing it up a little can change the way it fishes so make sure you know what’s at the end of your line.
The pig sticker is a tried and true fly pattern. This fly can be tied in a multitude of different styles and colors. In any river system your going to find worms and fish feeding on worms. Off color water, high water and after it rains is a great time to fish this fly. Works great as point fly or dropper in your nymph rig. Do not be afraid to tie this fly in larger sizes like 2/0.
One of the most famous and versatile streamers tied for hunting big trout and salmon. The Dolly Llama is the go to fly in Alaska. With an unlimited number of color combinations you can size this fly up or down for the water you are fishing. The big heavy conehead in the front allows for this fly to get down to fish and the articulation mixed with the flowing rabbit gives it a ton of action and movement in the water. This pattern is sure to put a heavy bend in your rod especially when fished on the swing. Go darker colors for trout and lighter brighter colors for salmon.