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.
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The Critter Getter
The Critter Getter does exactly what the name describes. It is a buggy, swimming fly that is a great option for still water fishing because it is meant to replicate an injured leech. It has a gentle presentation when it hits the water but gets down fast to the feeding zone of any carp. It will be a great addition to any carp box and will prove its value when it is in front of any carp.
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The Rabbit Zonker
The first and most popular Rabbit Zonker was created by Dan Byford. This fly has evolved and spun off in many different directions but the classic still holds strong for me. With the hidden lead wire, this fly gets to depth quickly and can be adjusted based on the water type you are fishing. The Mylar underbelly imitates a baitfish belly perfectly and the rabbit strip over top creates a great two-tone contrast as well as excellent movement in the water. This fly will fish in many, many, different conditions and for just as many species of fish.
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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.
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The Mermaid Man Articulated Kreelex Pike Fly
This fly is big, mean and bright. This fly will turn heads and make pike or musky very angry. Expect an aggressive take and a major fight when you hook a fish with this fly. It is a light fly that is easy to cast to the furthest targets. It swims through the water with an incredible amount of movement and a very natural look to it. Strip it fast or strip it slow, it doesn’t matter. It will get the job done.
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The Splatte Roller
The Splatte Roller is a pattern by Umpqua Feather Merchants signature tyer Shea Gunkel. This is a perfect little caddis pupa/emerger pattern for the South Platte River and many other Colorado drainages. An excellent blend of just a few materials creates a fly that works as an attractor but is still very imitative. I like to fish this as the lead fly with a heavier point fly such as a Pat’s Rubber Legs or a Jigged Biot Stone.
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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.
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