Fly of the Month - Little Ricky's Red Annelid

Fly of the Month – Little Ricky’s Red Annelid

The red annelid is a staple pattern for fishing the San Juan, spring creeks, or anywhere fish feed on midges ... Read More
Fly of the Month - Chocolate Cake  

Fly of the Month – Chocolate Cake  

Jerry Burton's signature "Chocolate Cake" is a hopper pattern that is easy to tie, it can be used solo or on a hopper-dropper rig, and is well known for taking generations of trout across New Mexico and the southwest ... Read More
Fly of the Month - Peeking Caddis   

Fly of the Month – Peeking Caddis   

Here is a simple, yet effective pattern for early spring fishing. This is a peeking caddis tungsten nymph ... Read More
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Fly of the Month – Santa Claus Fly

This is a fun fly to make for the holiday seasons ... Read More
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Fly of the Month –  October Caddis  

Pattern, notes & photo by John Kreft
Used by permission
From the October 2017 newsletter Hook: Dai Riki 270 # 8 – 10
Thread: Black
Body: Orange wool
Rib: Small gold wire
Hackle: Brown furnace
Underwing: Black krystal flash
Wing: Black dyed elk Summer’s over. It’s Fall and the weather is just beginning to turn. My wife doesn’t like hearing that. But what does that mean to a fly fisher? Well, October is just around the corner and I saw a few October Caddis on the river last week. I thought about how important they are to the fish. These ... Read More
Fly of the Month -  Frenchie

Fly of the Month –  Frenchie

The Frenchie was created by one of the best anglers I know, Lance Egan. The similarities to a Pheasant Tail nymph are definitely there, but this particular fly will outproduce just about any other fly from my experience ... Read More
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Fly of the Month – Pumpkin Bugger

From the October/November 2016 newlsetter
by Patrick Welch During the cold dark winter of 2002 in Valdez, Alaska, I was looking for a pattern to fish the interior lakes near Chitina. When the ice goes out in May, the rainbows in these lakes can be very aggressive. If you haven’t had something to eat for six months, you would be hungry too. After some experimentation, I ended up with an attractor pattern that seemed to be very effective in these lakes. After three years of experimentation, I completed what I call the Pumpkin Bugger, basically a wooly bugger with a ... Read More
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Mop Fly Revolution

A non-traditional fly tying material is making waves across the nation. The fly is made from a fuzzy strand cut from a cheap mop and tied to a hook. Several colors are available including salmon pink and fluorescent green. The mop fly originated with a visit about 10 years ago to a North Carolina dollar store that sold a chartreuse mop with thick microfiber nubs. “I just saw that thing and thought it would work,” says Jim Estes, a 72-year-old retiree. He cut off some pieces and tied them to hooks weighed down with metal beads. Trout devoured them. The ... Read More