The EP Micro Crab is a perfect small crab pattern for bonefish, redfish and permit developed by Enrico Puglisi. It was designed to fool spooky fish in shallow water. The light weight beadchain eyes allow for the fly to land softly in skinny water. The EP Micro Crab can be tied in several color variations: Tan, Olive and Rootbeer are the most popular color patterns, but Gray and Purple have also been known to catch fish! Have fun and take your time with this fly. Once tied and glued, the EP Micro Crab is really durable and will catch a ton of fish! Continue reading “Video: How to Tie the EP Micro Crab Fly”
The Morris Boatman is a little known late season stillwater pattern developed by fly tier Skip Morris. This fly is meant to imitate a small water boatman and these little bugs get very active late in the season. Huge trout will chase these little bugs down like missiles. There is nothing like a water boatman hatch! It turns ordinary trout into killer trout! The Morris Boatman is best tied in sizes #14-16, but can be tied larger or smaller. My favorite color is the Olive version, but the Silver version is also very effective! Don’t forget these little bugs in your box. The “Boatman” hatch is one of those overlooked stillwater secrets!! Continue reading “Video: How to Tie the Morris Boatman Fly”
The Common Craw is one buggy little Carp Fly developed by James Spicer. The Common Craw was designed for picky carp on the South Platte River in Denver. It is a fairly heavy fly, thus is why it works so well in the river. It sinks quickly and stays on the bottom, right where the Carp want it! It also is made of supple materials, which allows it to move and breath in the water. Do you like to fish trout? No problem, The Common Craw also works on trout too! I initially developed the fly for Carp, but Trout have a hard time resisting it as well! Give it a try! Continue reading “Video: How to Tie the Common Craw Fly”
Starting fly tying is never an easy feat. To make it a little easier, we brought in these starter kits of fly tying materials and tools from Hareline Dubbin, and we think they’re great! They come with all of the items you need to start tying some common and easy patterns — all in one box. All of the kits come with the same basic materials and vary on the tools and vise included. We did a video overview on each one of the three kits as well as a final comparison video. Check them out! They may be just the place to kickstart your fly tying journey!
The Game Changer Streamer was developed by innovative fly tier, Blane Chocklett. This fly has a marvelous action to it! The Game Changer is tied on the new Fish Skull Fish Spine Articulated Shanks. This system allows for the fly to be articulated throughout the entire length of the fly. Coloring the Game Changer will add extra life to the fly, and some fly tiers have taken to the Copic Air Brush to make their Game Changers come alive!! The Game Changer is a great fly for all predatory fish, such as Bass, Pike, Musky, Trout and Saltwater Species. Give one a try! They are a lot of fun to tie!
The Beadhead Prince Nymph is an all time favorite fly!! It seems to catch trout everywhere. In this video, James from InTheRifle ties a weighted beadhead version of the classic Prince Nymph. This version makes a great lead fly and the added weight really helps the fly get down in fast water. I prefer to tie my Prince Nymphs with red thread, but black thread also works. James also ties this Prince with Brown Hackle, but Partridge is another one of his favorite materials to use on this fly. Both work just fine. A MUST have fly in any fly box. Both professionals and beginners swear by the Prince. When you don’t know what to use in trout country….just tie on a Prince!!
The Pink Pookie is a hopper pattern developed by Dean Reiner in Montana. The Pink Pookie imitates a grasshopper and the fish go crazy for it! The Pink body is much different than many other hopper patterns out there, but don’t be fooled by the bright appearance, this pattern really works!! It is usually tied in sizes #06 and #08, but larger and smaller versions can be tied. The best color is…of course…Pink. But many other anglers tie them in Tan, Yellow and Olive. A great terrestrial pattern to have in your summer Montana Hopper box!! Happy fly tying!