Fly of the Month - Louie's NZ Cicada

Fly of the Month – Louie’s NZ Cicada

The tape wings on my cicada may come apart after a few fish have eaten it. This causes the fly to spin when cast, twisting up the tippet. But when it hits the water the tippet unwinds and causes the fly to flip over and over - just like a struggling cicada. Whack! The best presentation is to plop the bug down loudly, then dead drift it. Don't set the hook too quickly when a fish rises. Let it take it down and then tighten up. It's a lot like dry fly fishing for steelhead. Set too soon and you'll ... Read More
Fly of the Month - The Baeta-gon

Fly of the Month – The Baeta-gon

These are a new style of baetis pattern.  They are designed to be fish seekers, and finders.  ... Read More
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