The Dirty Damsel is a win on still waters. A very effective fly in the late summer months when those bright baby blue damsel flies are buzzing around everywhere. Damsel flies and dragon flies go through three stages in their lifestyle, with the major part of their lifetime spent in the water in the nymph stage. Some species spend up to 5 years as a nymph feeding on small vertebrates and invertebrates. The fish really key in on these bugs because they are an easy big-ticket meal packed with protein. Find weed beds or vegetation and slowly strip your fly through these areas. I like fishing it on a sink tip because I can let it sink and depending on my retrieve I can make it look like it’s coming up to the surface to emerge into an adult or keep it on the bottom foraging for food making it an easy meal depending on where the fish are feeding.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! We have our very first Tying Tuesday that falls on Christmas. We thought that this one looked like a Christmas Tree. 🙂 We hope you have a wonderful day today and enjoy this tie!
The traditional thin mint is tied with a little less work and a lot less flash. Depending on how or where you fish it, the thin mint can imitate a variety of things in the water. From small bait fish to leeches fish it how you want it. The standard thin mint is tied with olive, brown, and black as the tail, a peacock herl body, brown hackle, wire, and a gold bead. Spicing it up a little can change the way it fishes so make sure you know what’s at the end of your line.
Yet another solid pattern from the mind of Pat Dorsey, the Medallion Midge is a go to winter time midge pupa imitation. Similar to the Top Secret Midge, this pattern features a brown body with a white ribbing followed by a rust or brown colored thorax. The real difference is the wing buds and how they are imitated. On this pattern like the name suggests, it utilizes the medallion sheeting material to mimic the wing buds of an emerging midge. I like to fish this pattern deep utilizing some weight or another weighted fly to help get it down fast.
One of the most famous and versatile streamers tied for hunting big trout and salmon. The Dolly Llama is the go to fly in Alaska. With an unlimited number of color combinations you can size this fly up or down for the water you are fishing. The big heavy conehead in the front allows for this fly to get down to fish and the articulation mixed with the flowing rabbit gives it a ton of action and movement in the water. This pattern is sure to put a heavy bend in your rod especially when fished on the swing. Go darker colors for trout and lighter brighter colors for salmon.
After watching a Kelly Galloup video where he says he has his best fishing one fall while using this pattern, you stop and tie up a bunch! This fly one me over really quickly due to the ease of tying and the sweet profile. A light weight streamer pattern, this fly shines as a point fly in a two fly rig. Lead it with a nice heavy cone head of some sort and let this swing off the back for some big hits!
Today is a very special day for us. Our fly tying instructor, Brady, has now taught 52 different fly tying patterns! We have reached a full year of video tutorials! Wow! Please let Brady know how you have enjoyed these videos in the comments or on social media. We would love to hear your feedback. Thank you for watching and fly tying with us and continue to look for more videos every Tying Tuesday! Continue reading “How To Tie The Circus Peanut: 1 Year Anniversary of Fly Tying Videos”
If it’s streamer season you better think about throwing this fly! It was created by Tim Heng who was a long time Colorado fly fishing guide and tyer. The Autumn Splendor is a beefed up wooly bugger with action that can’t be beat. The Marabou tail along with some flash and movement provided by the rubber legs is a great fly to pull large fish out of deep holes or any other location. You can fish it as a stand-alone streamer or on both ends of a tandem streamer rig. Whether you like it chasing a smaller wooly bugger or in front of a larger articulated fly it will bring great success! Continue reading “How to Tie the Autumn Splendor Fly: Video”