Charlie had this to say today on his Facebook page. “So my Arkansas River streamer plan turned out ok, but the caddis had other ideas…spent all afternoon throwing single Screaming Banshees to rising fish and KILLED it. Twitching, skittering, dead drift, sunk…the Banshee did it all today. What a great fly!
So I thought it would be appropriate to post the video from In The Riffle which shows you how to tie the Screaming Banshee.
Material list: Hook: #12 – 18 Tiemco 2487 Thread: Brown, Tan or Rusty Brown UTC 70 Forward Wing: Natural Elk Hair Body: Pearl Flashabou (Charlie uses Small Opal Mirage Tinsel) Thorax: Rusty Brown Superfine Dubbing Over Wing: Natural or Medium Coastal Deer Hair
One of my streamer/fly patterns has been officially accepted to appear in the 2016 Orvis catalog!
Beel’s Bearded Wonder will be available in two sizes from Orvis. (pictured above). The larger is 6 inches in length, while the smaller version comes in at 4.5 inches. With the weight of the dumbell eyes it has a great jigging motion in the water.
This fly was previously known as the Bearded Biscuit, but I have changed the name to Beel’s Bearded Wonder. When using Google to search for the name “Bearded Biscuit”, urban dictionary is one of the top selections and it doesn’t have nice things to say about that name. I did not realize this when I named the fly. The reason for the name was that it was a biscuit for fish and it looks like it has a beard. Simple. However, I’m very happy with the new name, Beel’s Bearded Wonder. I just wanted to explain, so those who are familiar with the name and the fly would understand.
I am thrilled to be welcomed to the Orvis Fly Design team and feel truly honored to have my first fly accepted into the Orvis catalog!
Hook: #02-10 Tiemco 8089 Thread: Black UTC 140 >> or Kelvar Thread >> or GSP Thread Body: Natural Deer Hair Tail: Brown 2MM Thin Foam Ears: Brown 2MM Thin Foam Eyes: Large Black Mono Eyes Whiskers: Moose Body Hair Glue: Brush On Zap A Gap or Krazy Glue
Blane Chocklett swings by SO World Headquarters and cooks up his T-Bone musky fly. The T-Bone has a huge profile and a great “kick” that make it perfect for big ambush predators like Musky. More importantly, Blane demonstrates the use of articulated shanks and flex tubing, both of which are really pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in fly design. Great stuff Blane!
Several months ago Reel Wings www.reelwings.co.uk sent HMG Fly Systems two packages of Reel Wings. This is the first opportunity I’ve had to work with them. I already can see a marked improvement in my dry fly patterns having wings. Thank you! The photos below is my first application of your Reel Wings. HMG Fly Systems has developed a process using hot melt glue as a tying component. See more at http://www.hmgflysystems.com/
In my eyes there are very few companies out there with bad ass fly fishing art for gear and such. Crooked Creek Holler has caught my eye on more than one occasion with some sweet looking merchandise! On top of the cool designs already available, they have just added some brand spankin’ new bass tees. Owner Danny Reed is doing a bang up job. See some of the Crooked Creek Holler offerings below.