The Mermaid Man Articulated Kreelex Pike Fly
This fly is big, mean and bright. This fly will turn heads and make pike or musky very angry. Expect an aggressive take and a major fight when you hook a fish with this fly. It is a light fly that is easy to cast to the furthest targets. It swims through the water with an incredible amount of movement and a very natural look to it. Strip it fast or strip it slow, it doesn’t matter. It will get the job done.
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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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The Choker Fly
The choker is tied normally on a 3XL or 4XL straight or down eye streamer hook. I went with the jig and heavy tungsten bead to keep the fly down in fast currents. This protein-packed morsel represents a chuck of salmon flesh clumped with some eggs floating downriver in the current. This is an easy meal for big trout. Look for spots on the river where the salmon pile up and fish downriver. 0x or 1x tippet is highly recommended. Dead drift this fly under an indicator. When fishing this jig style make sure it is the last fly in your rig.
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The Back Stabber
The Back Stabber is a great go-to fly when they just wont eat. It can be a swimming fly, a bottom fly, a piece of moss, a bug or anything in between. Don’t underestimate simplicity when carp fishing. This fly can make a tough day better and a great day amazing.
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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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The Big Eyed Stuart Little
Mice, voles, rats, and other rodents commonly construct their homes on the banks of rivers. Look for big cut banks that back up to long grass and weeds and rocky formations on the side of the river or stream. After a heavy rain or increase in flow it will flush out these critters from their homes sending them down river dead or alive. Not only are they getting forced into the water because of high water, but during low light hours when there’s the most bug activity these rodents will be feeding on flying and clinging insects along the rock formations near the water’s edge. While foraging a mouse/rodent may swim from one spot to another. This makes an easy meal for larger predatory fish to snag a quick meal. I went with the big glow in the dark eyes to make it easier to fish during low light hours giving you a better idea of where your fly is when fishing it. Carry your UV torch with you and hit the eyes in between cast to really make them glow.
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Barry’s Carp Fly
THE OG carp fly. This fly is intended to be a heavy fly that will get down quick to the feeding zone of any carp. It will have a heavier presentation when it hits the water but don’t let it scare you from using it. This fly is extremely effective in moving water and gets the job done in still water situations. Make SURE you have at least one in your box when you go out.
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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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The Intruder Style Mr. BoJangles
This fly is sure to make some fish angry. Designed for Salmon and Steelhead the pink and purple is a sure win. Swing this fly over some Coho and hold on. Easy fly tie a bunch of and a go to grab from the box. Switch your colors to entice other species.
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Barry’s Carp Bitter
Barry’s Carp Bitter is a tried and tested carp fly. This fly is designed to be a medium weight swimming fly that replicates anything from floating moss to a swimming leech and anything in between. Throw it at feeding fish, sunning fish or movers and there is a good chance the fish will take a look at it.
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