Parachute Ant Pattern Description: The Parachute Ant was originated by Ed Schroeder and has become one of the most accepted ant patterns in existence. It is an uncomplicated fly to tie and highly effective as well. The parachute post makes for good visibility while the hackle provides low riding floatation. This pattern is a killer
El Camino Pattern Description: This super cool stonefly pattern comes from Andrew Grillos and is a great pattern to match either Golden Stones or the larger Pteranarcys when tied in the right colors. Andrew is a great fly designer and has a ton of good stuff so keep an eye out for more.
Morningwood Special Pattern Description: Designing a fly pattern rarely starts at the tying bench. For me, it most often starts with a vague idea, a spark, that glows and gets kicked around a fair bit in my head before I ever even sit down to try it. Sometimes, that spark turns out to be a
Schroeder's Parachute Hopper Pattern Description: One of the most popular hopper patterns around, Schroeder's para hopper is a highly visible, buoyant fly that is also very easy to find on the water. There are a few tricks in the tying process and it can get a bit complicated with all the parts, but I think
Spant Pattern Description: The Spant is my version of a spent ant pattern. I came up with this fly many years ago after encountering a flying ant fall on Brainerd Lake. The ants were blown from the tall evergreens surrounding the lake, and the fish wasted no time in getting on them. I did not have
Turk's Tarantula Pattern Description: Guy Turk developed his Tarantula in 1990. George Anderson used this fly to win the Jackson Hole One-Fly Contest that year and it has since become one of the most popular attractor flies in the world. Mr. Turks creation has all you could ask for in an attractor; wide profile, great buoyancy and visibility.