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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 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 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.
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.
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.