The Beadhead Jigged 20 Incher
The 20 Incher fly pattern has been around for some time. I don’t suspect it will be going anywhere anytime soon either. Our version varies slightly from the original as we are using the speckled chenille rather than the natural peacock herl. While it is hard to beat the look of natural peacock herl the speckled crystal chenille makes this tie a breeze and gives an excellent look as well. With added weight and a tungsten bead this is a great fly to utilize if you need to find the bottom of a deep hole and don’t want to overload your system with shot. If you have never fished it, you must!
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Pav’s Micro Flesh
After fishing 4-10” long flesh flies on big rivers like the Kenai, I wanted a little something for the small creeks and tributaries that get salmon runs. Though this fly is a simplistic tie, it is super effective. Pegging a bead above this fly makes it a little more fly fishy instead of the alternative of fishing a naked hook under your pegged bead. After hooking more fish and bigger fish in the small creeks, I was sold on this pattern I created. Just like any other fly you fish you have to match the hatch (the hatch being deceased salmon floating down the river) By August there should be enough salmon in the river that start dropping off to fish this fly. Rainbows and dollies are gorging on eggs and these chunks of flesh floating down the river. When you catch a whiff of death on the river think about breaking out the micro flesh.
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The Red Witch
This is a great pike fly for early season fish that are not interested in the really big stuff yet. It is very light to cast and has a ton of movement in the water. As well it is a very cheap pike fly because it does not need any hackle. Fish this fly deep or shallow and it is sure to turn some heads when it swimming through the water.
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The Beadhead Czech Catnip
While exploring Czech, European, contact, tight line nymphing, or whatever you want to call it, this pattern comes up time and time again, and for good reason. It works great! It features a heavy tungsten bead and added lead wire to help you get down to where the fish are holding. For that reason it fits well in a tight line nymphing box. Using the Hareline Midge Cactus Chenille this pattern is easy enough to whip out a dozen in no time. Fish it deep and find those picky trout
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The Curry Craw
Gus teaches us today on how to tie a great pattern called the Curry Craw. The Curry Craw is a great crawfish pattern that can be used to target a variety of fish and many different situations. This fly is primarily used for still water fisheries targeting bass and carp, but can be very effective in catching trout as well. There presentation is realistic enough to convince a fish to eat in any water you fish it in.
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The Balanced Ghost (Balanced Leech)
The balanced leech is fished best under an indicator in stillwaters when there is some wind causing top water disturbance to give constant action and movement to your fly. 10-20 feet of water seems ideal over weed beds. Tied in many colors, this fly is great for imitating a leech or a minnow. Try tying one today!
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The Nitro Caddis Pupa
Created by Andrij Hordysky, the Nitro caddis pupa is an awesome realistic imitation of just that, a pupating caddis. For a lot of caddis flies, it takes a good while for this stage. If they are a free formed caddis fly they have to create their entire casing vs. simply closing the existing casing a case caddis features. This means they could be working on this for weeks or even months. Considering that, I tend to tie this fly on pretty often. It is a perfect dropper fly under a hefty stimulator or foam dry fly.
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