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.
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The RS-2 is a small nymph, size 18-24, used to imitate small mayflies, callibaetis, blue wing olives, and midges . It is tied in various colors including black, dun, purple, and Adams gray. The flies’ profile is a slender body, forked tail, and the emerging wing much like that of small mayflies and midges. The RS-2 can be fished as an emerger, dropper fly on any two fly rigs, and sight fished for wary trout. Continue reading “The RS-2: The Most Versatile Fly on the Market”
Barry’s Carp Fly
THE OG carp fly. This fly is intended to be a heavy fly that will get down quick to the feeding zone of any carp. It will have a heavier presentation when it hits the water but don’t let it scare you from using it. This fly is extremely effective in moving water and gets the job done in still water situations. Make SURE you have at least one in your box when you go out.
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The Para Midge
The Para Midge dry fly is a go to Midge adult in my box. It works great all year round and on a variety of waters. This fly is simple to tie but deadly when fished. The Para Midge is one of my favorites due to its fish ability. With the Klinkhammer style post it allows this fly to be fished high and dry or just under the water surface film where a lot of emerging insects fail to break free and are swallowed up.
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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.
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Barry’s Carp Bitter
Barry’s Carp Bitter is a tried and tested carp fly. This fly is designed to be a medium weight swimming fly that replicates anything from floating moss to a swimming leech and anything in between. Throw it at feeding fish, sunning fish or movers and there is a good chance the fish will take a look at it.
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The Slump Buster
The fly to bust you out of your slump, ya I said it but it’s true! Created by the great John Barr this is one of my favorite flies to fish. When big fish are feeding you can bet they are looking for a meal that is worth their time. The Slump Buster is just what you need to imitate the larger aquatic snacks they are after. This is a great fly whether you are fishing still water, tail waters or freestones.
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