Charlie Boy Hopper

I developed this pattern almost 20 years ago while guiding on Colorado’s Tarryall Creek. My clients were going through Dave’s Hoppers at an astounding rate and I figured there had to be a better option. While Dave’s fly works fine, it becomes waterlogged after a couple fish and is a pain to tie. The Charlie Boy Hopper (named

By |2021-11-23T15:49:49-07:00November 23rd, 2021|Dry Flies, Fly Tying Videos, Terrestrials|0 Comments

Comparadun

The Comparadun pattern has been one of my go-to patterns for a long time. This fly is the ultimate in simplicity and lends itself well to a variety of mayfly species. You can simply change the colors of the materials to match everything from Pale Morning Duns to Baetis to Green Drakes, while still using the same overall pattern.

By |2021-10-09T11:44:20-06:00October 9th, 2021|Dry Flies, Fly Tying Videos|0 Comments

Stimulator

The Stimulator enjoys the reputation of being one of the most popular dry flies in the Rockies. Fly shops sell them by the hundreds of dozens, and its no wonder. Developed by Randall Kauffmann the Stimulator is a great floater, highly visible, and sports a wide, fish-attracting profile. A good match for an adult stonefly, it mimics caddis

By |2021-10-08T15:40:11-06:00October 8th, 2021|Dry Flies, Fly Tying Videos|0 Comments

Humpy

The Humpy is my all time favorite attractor pattern and happens to be one of the first “real” flies I ever learned to tie. Its elk hair body and wings and heavy hackle make it an excellent floater and highly visible to boot. My favorite colors are yellow, chartreuse and tan, but it can be tied in any

By |2021-10-08T15:04:03-06:00October 8th, 2021|Dry Flies, Fly Tying Videos|0 Comments

Screaming Banshee

This is a fun little pattern I came up with last summer designed as a skating caddis pattern. Modeled after some old time steelhead skater patterns, the Banshee features a forward facing planing wing that allows the fly to skate and skitter unlike anything else you’ve seen. While it does indeed skate wonderfully, the wide profile and surface area

By |2021-10-09T11:25:11-06:00October 8th, 2021|Dry Flies, Fly Tying Videos|0 Comments

X-Caddis

The X-Caddis comes from Yellowstone fishing guru Craig Matthews. Craig is the guy who brought us the Sparkle Dun and a host of other effective patterns, trademarked by their simplicity. The X-Caddis is no exception, and can be whipped out by the dozens! I like the X-Caddis in smaller sizes, from 18-24, although it certainly holds its own

By |2021-10-08T17:42:32-06:00October 6th, 2021|Dry Flies, Fly Tying Videos|0 Comments

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