X-Caddis Pattern Description: 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,
Mother's Day Caddis, Garcia's Pattern Description: Here's the real scoop on Mr. Greg Garcia's Mother's Day Caddis pattern. While Greg would like everyone to believe that he was struck with this glass bead idea while out fishing and that he then went home and came up with this amazing pattern, the truth is slightly different.
Supreme Hair Shrimp, Haine's Pattern Description: This is probably the most realistic saltwater shrimp pattern out there and it'll catch anything that eats shrimp...which is pretty much every fish that swims. I've caught bones, tarpon and permit on this fly and I know it works for reds and stripers too. UV resin makes this one
Tarpon Toad Pattern Description: The Tarpon Toad is pretty much where it's at these days as far as tarpon flies go. The wide head allows the fly to sink very slowly and even suspend, making it easier to let the fish "encounter" your fly rather than smack him on the head with it. After seeing
Headstand, Egan’s Pattern Description: Lance Egan's creepy crawly carp bug rides hook up and is good for shallow water sight fishing. Materials Needed: Hook: TMC 2457 Thread: 6/0 UNI Rusty Brown Eyes: Medium Bead Chain Tail: Ginger Variant Rabbit Fur Hackle: Brown Neck Hackle Body: Rusty Brown Craw Dub Legs: Pumpkin Sili Legs
Bob's Banger, Popovic's Pattern Description: Bob Popovic's Banger is a big, simple popper perfect for jacks and cuda and stripers when they're up on top. This is a pretty quick and easy tie and the fly is tough and holds together well. Don't forget to tie up a few in a chartreuse color too.
Surf Candy, Popovic's Pattern Description: The Surf Candy has always been an intimidating pattern to me, but with the advent of these new UV resins, the fly becomes pretty dang easy. A great representation of small glass minnows and a variety of other saltwater baitfish, the Surf Candy can be employed anytime you're fishing salty.
Sea Habit Pattern Description: The Sea Habit, from Trey Combs, is a fantastic baitfish imitation most often used in offshore applications. I have personally used this one for Dorado fishing and can say these acrobatic fish just plain love it. While it looks complicated, the Sea Habit really isn't that hard to tie and there
Half & Half Pattern Description: This is one of my very favorite general baitfish imitations. Pretty much every fish that swims will eat a Half & Half. It's a combination of the ubiquitous Clouser Minnow and Deceiver patterns and is super easy to tie. This one can be done from fairly small up to full
Frenchie Pattern Description: From my book, Tying Nymphs Regardless of how you or I might feel about competitive fly fishing, there is no arguing that it has brought a ton of innovation in technique and fly patterns to our sport. The worldwide combination of passionate and highly talented anglers and fly tyers with the sole