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


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


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

Bever’s Better Buckskin

One of my favorite free-living caddis larva patterns comes from the vise of Colorado’s Luke Bever. Luke is an extraordinarily capable fisherman, tyer and guide and while we’re too good of friends for me to ever utter it to him in person; he really is one of those guys that just know exactly what flies to fish and

By |2021-10-08T15:25:22-06:00October 8th, 2021|Fly Tying Videos, Nymphs|0 Comments

Caddistrophic Pupa

Most insects have a certain streamlined appeal, but caddis pupae just look like something you pulled out of your nose. Their gnarley legs, gelatinous bodies, and budding wings combine to form one of the most unpleasant-looking bugs on earth, but trout love them. The Caddistrophic Pupa is built on a light wire scud hook to match the hunched up

By |2021-10-09T11:39:52-06:00October 8th, 2021|Emergers, Fly Tying Videos, Nymphs|0 Comments

Flashback Pheasant Tail

One of the most effective flies ever created. Plain and simple with a glimmering flashback wingcase. Imitates every kind of mayfly nymph from Callibaetis to plain old Baetis and does it well. Fly Tying Recipe: (Click the links below to purchase the materials from our store) Hook: TMC 100SP-BL #14-20, Tmc 100 #22 And Smaller Thread: 8/0 UNI

By |2021-10-08T15:09:14-06:00October 8th, 2021|Fly Tying Videos, Nymphs|0 Comments


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

Mole Fly

I have been fishing the Mole Fly for at least the last twenty years and it has become my go-to pattern for any small mayfly hatch. Its unusual “advanced” wing supports the fly on the surface while the body hangs below like that of a crippled or emerging mayfly. I invented this fly after experimenting with a variety

By |2021-10-08T14:57:55-06:00October 8th, 2021|Emergers, Fly Tying Videos|0 Comments

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