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The Sparkle Dun
The Sparkle Dun dry fly is basically a Comparadun with a polypropelene tail to imitate a trailing shuck of an emerging mayfly. It can be tied in a variety of colors to mimic many different mayflies. From larger Green Drakes and March Browns down to the classic BWO’s and PMD’s. The Sparkle Dun is a great fly to imitate an emerging or a crippled mayfly. The deer hair tied up will help this sit right in the film as an emerging bug would. The emerger yarn resembles a shuck as this bug gets ready to spread its wings. Pair this bad boy with some Shimazaki dry shake and the fish will eat it like it’s going out of style.
The Lil’ Kim
The Lil’ Kim has an excellent set of fish catching aspects. It is a mid-weight streamer that features a great blend of natural and synthetic materials. This fly is one of confidence pattern when chucking meat. The Marabou creates super lifelike movement while the palmer chenille underneath helps to keep the profile strong when wet. Ad the flash for some attraction and bam, tight line! The Lil’ Kim was also our top producing fly in our streamer fishing for trout video. Give it a look!
The Carp-It Bomb
The Carp-It Bomb is Matt Bennett’s pattern and an extremely effective carp fly. It is a buggy pattern that can represent multitudes of different aquatic species. It is a great fly for still water fishing because it will ride hook-up and slide along the bottom of any body of water. You can fish this fly with confidence knowing it will turn some heads and get eaten!
The Grey Hackle Yellow
This fly was recently shown to me by a customer in the store who has fond memories of how many fish it has caught for him. Today it is a hard fly to find commercially tied but really isn’t too difficult to tie. I have not yet fished this pattern but have great confidence after talking with this particular customer. I would fish it in smaller sizes during a solid PMD hatch or in larger sizes as a Yellow Sally imitation. The red tail is sure to encourage strong strikes
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 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.
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.
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 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.