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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The Tarpon Bunny
A favorite tarpon fly. Red, purple, and black seem to be the best colors. Make sure you use a strong hook just like this Gamakatsu. Traditionally tied with rabbit for the tail, adding the dragon tail makes it even fishier. Try fishing it in freshwater with some dumbbell eyes for pike or bass. This fly has movement!
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The All Day Breakfast Variation
One of the most reliable dinners for and single guy is… Breakfast. Carp feel the same way. This Fly will make any carp take a second look and eat it. It’s designed to be a headstand fly, and the Squirrmito tail is too much for a hungry mud puppy to resist. It’s buggy and has tons of movement. Fish it in still water or moving water and epic results will follow!
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The Peacock Humpy
The Humpy, most commonly tied in the Yellow Humpy variation is seemingly a less popular fly in modern days. For me, this is a pattern that should be in every angler’s summer dry box. Not only does it float high, even in the most turbulent water but it keeps its buoyancy fish after fish! Tying these bad boys does take some practice. Watching the elegant dry fly slurps from hungry trout makes it all worth it.
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Pav’s Hot Spot Worm
Great fly to fish in high or murky water. I like this worm because it is a little more of an attractor than an accurate representation of the analids in the river. This fly is for sure to save the day on a guide trip. Tough meal for a fish to pass up on the dead drift!
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The Hybrid Carp Fly
The Hybrid is one of those carp flies you look at and you just know it will get the job done. It’s intended to replicate a worm or leech but carp don’t really seem to care because they just love it. it is simple and elegant without trying to be something it is not. the Hybrid is a basic carp fly that just plain works.
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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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