How To Tie The Rabbit Zonker: Fly Tying Instructional Video

How To Tie The Rabbit Zonker: Fly Tying Instructional Video

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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How To Tie The Splatte Roller: Fly Tying Instructional Video

How To Tie The Splatte Roller: Fly Tying Instructional Video

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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How To Tie The Two Bit Hooker: Fly Tying Instructional Video

How To Tie The Two Bit Hooker: Fly Tying Instructional Video

The Two Bit Hooker

The Two Bit Hooker is yet another masterpiece from local fly tyer and fisher Charlie Craven. The brilliance of adding two beads to a fly could have only been though of by him. Adding lead wire to a fly can be a great concept but doesn’t help keep a thin mayfly like abdomen that is necessary for a lot of our matching the hatch needs. With an extra bead under the thorax you get the needed added weight and are still able to keep the slim body profile. This fly is a must during run off and will also fish great year round in faster and deeper water.

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How To Tie The Para Midge: Fly Tying Instructional Video

How To Tie The Para Midge: Fly Tying Instructional Video

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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How To Tie The Slump Buster: Fly Tying Instructional Video

How To Tie The Slump Buster: Fly Tying Instructional Video

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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How To Tie The Peacock Humpy: Fly Tying Instructional Video

How To Tie The Peacock Humpy: Fly Tying Instructional Video

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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How To Tie The Beadhead Jigged 20 Incher: Fly Tying Instructional Video

How To Tie The Beadhead Jigged 20 Incher: Fly Tying Instructional Video

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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