Created by Rick Takahashi (Tak) this is a go to still water fly pattern. It has brought me success time and time again in the past. Tied traditionally on a bronze hook the translucent body gives a look that can’t be beat when trying to match the clear tarnish shuck of the Chironomid pupae.
With Euro/Tight Line nymphing being all the rage why not take a classic fly like the Copper John and trick it out a little with a jigged hook and some weight. To me it only makes sense and makes for an awesome fly. Adding some lead or lead free wire helps an already heavy fly get into the zone fast! With a little added flair of the MFC barred rubber legs this fly is deadly.
I was turned onto this concept by a father and son angler team Gary and Sammy Hoag at a Trout Unlimited meeting a few months back. They are traveling the country trying to catch all of the native species found in our great land! The Sparkle Braid Worm no doubt helps them put fish in their nets. As simple as the San Juan Worm to tie it is an awesome addition to your dirty fly box. I like to tie it in the pink color shown as well as some other red variations. This is a great fly to help hook into fish on a tough day.
This fly is just that, simple. Utilizing just a couple of different materials this fly is very easy to tie but doesn’t compromise fish catching ability. Great in the morning or evening when caddis are really moving and shaking. Fish it with a little weight or tandem with a weighted fly to get it in the zone.
John Barr has done it again. This Caddis Pupa / Emerger is an awesome looking fly for both fly fishers and fish. It’s tied in a couple of color variations, but the one we featured here is a bright green with a silver hot spot that is sure to attract fish. This is a wonderful pattern during the late spring and summer months when caddis activity is at its peak. Fish it as a dropper, on the swing, or in an indicator nymph rig to get hooked up!
Who else out there is ready to throw dry flies! The Parachute Madam X is one that I love to get out on the water when I have the chance. PMX for short, this fly is a variation of the classic Madam X. The PMX has an added Parachute post with the hackle wrapped around it in the same method of a Parachute Adams, which helps with both visibility and buoyancy. This is a great pattern to utilize when there are lots of summer bugs out and about whether it’s large stoneflies or hoppers. There’s nothing like getting a big trout to look up at a large dry fly!
With a name like Holy Grail Caddis this fly out the gates better work right? Does it ever!! Utilizing go to natural materials, Partridge, Pheasant tail and Hare’s ear and offering just enough flash with the tinsel ribbing this fly has it all. I love fishing this fly in the summer months as a dropper below a large Elk Hair Caddis, Puterbaugh’s Caddis or any other buoyant caddis dry fly. It works great when the you have an early caddis emergence with the majority of the bugs making their way up the water column or stuck under the surface tension of the water. This a must have summer fly in my box