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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
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Fly of the Month – Firecracker Split Back Fly

Fly, Notes and Photos by Jake Villock
Used by Permission
From the June/July 2016 newsletter Hook: TMC C200BL 12-16
Bead: Tungsten Bomb Bead – size to Match Hook
Rib 1: Mirage Tinsel – Small
Rib 2: Ultra Wire – Small
Body: Pheasant Tail – Yellow, Natural, Orange
Splitback: Goose Biot – Yellow, Orange
Shellback: Holo Tinsel – Black – Large
Thorax: SLF (Synthetic Living Fibers) – Nymph Thorax
Collar: SLF – Nymph Thorax Here is a great variation of an awesome fly that I have used all over the US. After hearing about it multiple times, I decided to tie a ... Read More
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Fly of the Month – Garcia’s Mother’s Day Caddis

From the May/June 2016 Newsletter
Fly, Notes and Photos by Charlie Craven and Greg Garcia
Used by Permission Hook: TMC 100SP-BL #14-18
Bead: Green Glass Seed Bead 15/0 size
Thread: 10/0 olive to secure the bead, then 8/0 Black for the rest of the fly
Abdomen: Black Superfine Dubbing
Underwing: Pearl Krystal Flash, Red Krystal Flash and Pearl Mirage Strands
Overwing: Bleached Elk Hair
Hackle: Grizzly Dyed Brown Rooster Saddle or Neck Hackle The MDC is a stroke of genius and is becoming a hugely popular pattern. The addition of the small glass seed bead at the bend ... Read More
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Fly of the Month – Renegade

From February-March 2016 newsletter
Fly, Notes and Photos by Steve Schalla

Used by Permission Hook: TMC 100 #12-18
Thread: Uni-thread Black 8/0
Body: Peacock Herl
Tag: Gold Mylar Tinsel
Rear Hackle: Brown hackle (Hen for wet fly, Rooster for dry fly)
Front Hackle: White hackle, 1-2 sizes larger than Rear hackle (Hen for wet fly, Rooster for dry fly) This pattern can be used on both river and lake. In small sizes it can work as a midge cluster pattern and, in larger sizes, it might be considered an attractor pattern. Devised in Idaho on the Malad River by guide ... Read More
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Fly of the Month – Chocolate Cake

From the January 2016 newsletter Fly, Notes and Photos by Jerry Burton
Used by Permission Hook: Size 12 or 14, 2x heavy
Thread: Black 6/0
Body: Thin strip of foam that is wrapped around the hook
Back: 1/4 inch wide strip of foam that is twice as long as the hook
Legs: rubber leg material, 2 pieces
On top: A round yellow (or other color) piece of sticky back foam cut with a single hole paper punch As we settle into winter it’s that time of the year when we can sit with our fly tying vises and create with fur, ... Read More
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Fly of the Month – Hot Spot Gold Bead Pheasant Tail

From the September-October 2015 newsletter Fly of the Month – Hot Spot Gold Bead Pheasant Tail
Fly, Notes and Photos by Philip Rowley
Used by Permission Hook: Daiichi 1120, 1250, 1560,
#16-#10
Thread: MFC 8/0 or UTC 70 Hot Red,
Orange or Chartreuse
Underbody: Uni Stretch, Hot Orange
Tail: Pheasant Tail Fibers
Rib: Fine Copper Wire
Body: Pheasant Tail Fibers
Wing Case: Pheasant Tail Fibers and
Mirage Opal Mylar
Thorax: Peacock Herl
Legs: Pheasant Tail Fibers
Bead: Gold (Brass or Tungsten) Tying Note: Coat wing case with a UV resin such as Loon’s UV Clear Fly Finish-Thick In the early ... Read More
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Fly of the Month – Rowley Stone

Fly, Notes and Photos by Gilbert Rowley
Used by Permission Hook: Any nymph hook size 6-14 (Tiemco 5263) Bead: Gold Tungsten Thread: Olive 6/0 Weight: Lead wire .020 Tail: Natural or black goose biots Rib: Large copper wire Flash: Black Flashabou Abdomen: Peacock Semi-Seal dubbing Wing case: Black Swiss Straw Thorax: Peacock Semi-Seal dubbing Legs: Black-dyed hen saddle Collar: Bighorn orange Sow-Scud dubbing In streams where salmonfly, golden stone, and other large stonefly nymphs reside this pattern is deadly! If tied in smaller sized (10-14) it can also represent large mayfly nymphs such as the green drake. It is tied ... Read More