The RS3 The RS2 is a classic pattern that was created by Rim Chung. RS stands for “Rim’s Semblance”. The … Continue reading How to tie the RS3
WD-50 The WD-50 is the improved WD-40, not that the WD-40 needed much improvement. This pattern has a little added … Continue reading How to tie the WD-50
The Top Secret The Top Secret is probably already a staple in your box, and if it isn’t, it should … Continue reading The Top Secret
The Neon Nightmare The Neon Nightmare is a pattern created by Umpqua tyer Matt McCannel. The Neon Nightmare is an … Continue reading How to tie the Neon Nightmare
The Mighty Midge This is a great pattern for picky trout. Developed by Umpqua tier Matt McCannel. This fly gets … Continue reading The Mighty Midge
The Ghost Rider Booby Fly
This fly looks alright out of the water, but amazing in the water. The marabou pulses dramatically upon every strip. This pattern is a bit of an attractor pattern but can imitate a leech swimming if the fisherman slows the retrieve way down. This fly is best fished on a sinking line so that it will sink deep but avoid snags on the bottom due to the foam eyes. I like to tie it with a stinger hook as well if I plan on it being the last fly in my rig. The bottom line is that this fly has great action and can be fished many different ways.
The Blood Chirnomid
The Blood Worm is present in almost every Stillwater and is an everyday meal for trout. The bloodworm will be in different parts of the water column depending on time of day and year. The bloodworm is best fished under an indicator or on a slow sinking line. Both should be fished with a slow retrieve to imitate these bugs making their way to the surface to hatch. It is a simple tie and can be very effective in the early months after ice off.
The Choker Fly
The choker is tied normally on a 3XL or 4XL straight or down eye streamer hook. I went with the jig and heavy tungsten bead to keep the fly down in fast currents. This protein-packed morsel represents a chuck of salmon flesh clumped with some eggs floating downriver in the current. This is an easy meal for big trout. Look for spots on the river where the salmon pile up and fish downriver. 0x or 1x tippet is highly recommended. Dead drift this fly under an indicator. When fishing this jig style make sure it is the last fly in your rig.
The Big Eyed Stuart Little
Mice, voles, rats, and other rodents commonly construct their homes on the banks of rivers. Look for big cut banks that back up to long grass and weeds and rocky formations on the side of the river or stream. After a heavy rain or increase in flow it will flush out these critters from their homes sending them down river dead or alive. Not only are they getting forced into the water because of high water, but during low light hours when there’s the most bug activity these rodents will be feeding on flying and clinging insects along the rock formations near the water’s edge. While foraging a mouse/rodent may swim from one spot to another. This makes an easy meal for larger predatory fish to snag a quick meal. I went with the big glow in the dark eyes to make it easier to fish during low light hours giving you a better idea of where your fly is when fishing it. Carry your UV torch with you and hit the eyes in between cast to really make them glow.
The Intruder Style Mr. BoJangles
This fly is sure to make some fish angry. Designed for Salmon and Steelhead the pink and purple is a sure win. Swing this fly over some Coho and hold on. Easy fly tie a bunch of and a go to grab from the box. Switch your colors to entice other species.