Soft Hackle Emerger


Soft Hackle Emerger Pattern Description: The Soft Hackle Emerger is an old pattern for me that I originally came up with back in my guiding days. I developed this pattern as an alternative to the ubiquitous RS-II. I have since discovered why this pattern has produced so well for me. It seems that Baetis do

Snoball Beetle


Snoball Beetle Pattern Description: The Sno Ball Beetle is another great pattern from Dennis Collier. Dennis is simply one of the most creative tyers I know and is a pleasure to watch tie and fish with. Dennis developed this fly as a smaller more streamlined version of the popular Chernobyl Ant, for use up in

Rusty Spinner


Rusty Spinner Pattern Description: This pattern is a variation on the standard rusty spinner that has a good bit of added floatation and visibility. The addition of the palmered thorax hackle makes the fly much more visible and helps keep it afloat. I have used this pattern everywhere from the Henry’s Fork to the Frying

Goddard Caddis


Goddard Caddis Pattern Description: The Goddard Caddis is one of my favorite old-timey flies and a great adult caddis imitation. The hair body keeps the fly afloat much longer than other more conventional patterns. I remember tying this fly when I was a kid and vividly recall the trials and tribulations associated with spinning deer

Graphic Caddis


Graphic Caddis Pattern Description: The Graphic Caddis is another pattern from John Barr.  John developed this pattern to mimic the emerging caddis pupae, as it swims from the river bottom to the surface. There has been a lot of talk about the air bubble carried by caddis pupae these days, and John has added that

Bloom Caddis


Bloom Caddis Pattern Description: This unconventional little parachute caddis pattern comes from the vise of Dave Bloom of Montana’s Missouri River. Dave is an awesome tyer and his patterns are in huge demand for the techy fish of the Big Mo. This is a cool pattern to tie and fish, its hi viz para post

Mugly Caddis


Mugly Caddis Pattern Description: The Mugly Caddis is a pattern I developed after my first evening on the Henry's Fork. I had fished to sporadically rising fish all evening with little success. Meanwhile, another angler, slightly downstream seemed to be hooked up every time I looked his way. I cornered him near dark and with

Sparkle Caddis Pupa


Sparkle Caddis Pupa Pattern Description: The Sparkle Caddis Pupae was developed by the illustrious Gary LaFontaine.  While a simple pattern to both tie and fish, there are a few little tricks in the process that I will try to shed some light on here.  I like to use the SCP as a dropper behind a

Caddistrophic Pupa


Caddistrophic Pupa Pattern Description: 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

Flashback Pheasant Tail


Flashback Pheasant Tail Pattern Description: 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. Materials Needed: Hook: TMC 100SP-BL #14-20, Tmc 100 #22 And Smaller Thread: 8/0 UNI Rusty Brown

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