Pheasant Tail

The Pheasant Tail is the quintessential mayfly nymph pattern. The dark brown color and slender profile create a highly realistic mayfly imitation. Although it can be tied in larger sizes, I prefer this fly in sizes 16 through 24 because smaller sized Pheasant Tails match blue wing olive and pale morning dun nymphs. For bigger mayflies, I lean

By |2021-10-08T14:49:08-06:00October 8th, 2021|Fly Tying Videos, Nymphs|0 Comments

Pigsticker

What the pigsticker lacks in beauty it makes up for with its incredible effectiveness. While it seems simple to tie, a few details like keeping your thread flattened and smooth and proper placement of the lead wraps are important considerations. Everyone I know likes to make fun of this fly, yet the Pigsticker really is one of my

By |2021-10-08T14:47:07-06:00October 8th, 2021|Fly Tying Videos, Nymphs|0 Comments

Poison Tung

The Poison Tung Midge was conceived one winter after reading about the power the color blue has over unsuspecting trout. I tried a variety of different patterns, with varying amounts of blue and found that a simple rib was just enough. I think this fly is best represented by the sum of its parts. The gray Ice Dub head

By |2021-10-09T11:31:12-06:00October 8th, 2021|Fly Tying Videos, Nymphs|0 Comments

RS2

When I guided on the South Platte River it seemed that at least one of my clients always had an RS2 on, and I would bet that half of the fish my clients caught were victims of this fly. Confidence in a pattern can make all the difference, and I have a lot of confidence in the RS2.

By |2021-10-08T14:40:30-06:00October 8th, 2021|Emergers, Fly Tying Videos, Nymphs|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

Scud

I call this pattern the Plain Old Scud, because there is really nothing fancy about it. Of course you can tie it in a flashback version by adding a strip of pearl sheeting to the back in place of the Swiss Straw I will use here, and I suppose you could even add a bead if you wanted,

By |2021-10-08T15:10:19-06:00October 8th, 2021|Fly Tying Videos, Nymphs, Stillwater|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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