Peacock Punisher – Mad River Outfitters

In this tutorial, Pat Kelly at Mad River Outfitters walks you through tying a Peacock Bass Fly called the “PEACOCK PUNISHER”. A MUST HAVE fly on our annual excursions to the Amazon.
You can visit the Mad River Outfitters blog for more detailed information.

Materials list:

Thread: 100 Denier GSP
First Shank: Flymen Fishing Co. Articulated Fish Spine 25mm
Second Shank: Flymen Fishing Co. Articulated Shank 20mm
Hook: Gamakatsu SL12S 4/0
Flash: Mirage Flashabou- Fl. Yellow
Flash: Holographic Flashabou- Red
Flash: UV Pearl Polar Chenille
Eyes: Flymen Fishing Co. Living Eyes 10mm (color of choice)
Articulation Point: Flymen Fishing Co. Articulated Shank 35mm
Tail: Strung Rooster Saddles- Yellow
Body: Yellow Bucktail, Red Bucktail
Cement: Brushable Zap-A-Gap
Epoxy: Loon UV Resin Thick

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Hare’s Ear Trude

The Hare’s Ear Trude is a great dry fly spruce moth pattern on the Gallatin River as well as other rivers in SW Montana. Like a spruce moth, it sits low in the water and is easy to tie.

Materials list:

Hook: Dai-Riki #320 Size 10-14
Thread: 8/0 or 70D Tan
Tail: Elk Hair
Body: Hare’s Ear Dubbing
Rib: Pearl Krystal Flash
Wing: Calf Tail
Hackle: Grizzly and Barred Ginger

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Deer Hair Dubbing Streaking Caddis – Peter Steen

Fly Fish Food had guest tyer, Peter Steen (@fly_fishing_pete on Instagram), tie up a great little streaking caddis pattern!

You might have noticed some flies posted here on FrankenFly tied by Peter. He ties quality flies. Check it out!

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Heartland Fly Fishing Festival

The Indianapolis fly fishing show is coming soon! Heartland Fly Fishing Festival. I’ll be there and I will be doing a fly tying demo as well. For more information, read below.

The heartland Fly Fishing Festival is a fly fishing show in Lebanon, IN – hosted by Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. The Festival is focused on fly fishing and the techniques and tools that allow anyone to pursue the sport.

Doors open 9:00 am each day. Presentation schedule varies each day.

Silent Auctions every 4 hours – INCLUDING A handmade wooden kayak and Fly gear. All silent auction items benefit Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Organization.

The show is for anyone new and interested in learning to fly fish, and the fly fisher who has developed a passion for the sport. From novice/beginner to professional this show will have something for everyone interested in fly fishing. A special kids casting and tying area will get them started right.

The show will host over 50-plus exhibitors, presenters and fly fishing guides from Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, North Carolina and Tennessee.

Saltwater fly fishing guides and fly tyers are coming up to Indiana for the winter. Guides will talk shop and trips, fly shops will demonstrate the latest gear, and fly fishing representatives will have equipment available for tryout.

Notables from the fly fishing community will join us. And you should too. This two-day event promises to be exciting and educational.

Casting demonstrations, clinics, educational seminars will be presented by fly fishing personalities throughout the two-day event. Small watercraft (kayak, canoe, single person craft, drift boat) exhibitors will be in attendance. Fishing lodges, outfitters and guides will show you how, and if you already think you know, will show you more.

Ticket price: $12.00 daily-$15.00 two-day pass.
$6 for 18 AND UNDER. Kids 10 and under are free.

FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL Active duty and separated military with ID. PLEASE JOIN US!

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Mike Schmidt’s Maraceiver – Brian Wise

From Brian Wise of Fly Fishing the Ozarks:
“A Double Deceiver tweaked with Marabou……..yes.”

Materials list:
Rear Hook Hook – Gamakatsu Sp11
Tail – Marabou
Body – Marabou

Front Hook Hook – Gamakatsu B10s 1/0
Body – Marabou
Flash – Flashabou
Head – Bucktail
Eyes – Flymen Eyes
UV Resin

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Jay’s Swing Jig – Jay Nicholas

From The Caddis Fly Shop:
“In this video Jay ties a Jigged version of the Ultralicious Steelhead Tube Fly. This fly is tied on a #2 Jigged hook using the same color combination of black and blue and includes Double Pupil Eyes. It is fished best swinging for both summer and winter steelhead. The benefit of using a jigged hook versus a Tube Fly is that the hook will ride up so you’re less likely to snag and this fly actually has a little less material than the tube version. If you’re not experienced in tying tube flies yet this is a great alternative. This is a proven color combination that has worked well for Jay and other anglers.”

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Articulated Mahi Mahi – Daniel Holm

Daniel ties an articulated streamer that was originated by Andreas Andersson.

Materials list:

3D Articulated Beads – Gold
Ahrex Trout Predator TP650 size 1
Ahrex Trout Predator TP650 size 1
Muddlerhair – Chatreuse
Polar Reflector Flash – Chartreuse
Polar Reflector Flash – Olive
Pro Attitude eyes str – Chatreuse (4 mm)
Senyo Intruder wire (Black size 6 or larger)
Tiger barred zonker – Green/black over Chatreuse
Wiggle legs – Chatreuse/Green

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FrankenFly Fly Orders

I just wanted to let anyone know that is wanting to order flies from me right now, that I will not be able to get to them right away. I have several fly fishing shows to prepare for and I have to have flies tied for those shows. So any orders that are made on the FrankenFly online store will be pushed back. It might be a month or two until I can get to them. I will be back to the regular schedule in March. I apologize for any inconvenience.

I want to thank everyone who has ordered flies from me in the past. It’s what keeps things going around here! Thank you!



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The Hollow Fly – Mad River Outfitters

Pat Kelly, fly manager and guide at Mad River Outfitters teaches you how to tie a premium hollow fly in this fly tying tutorial. For those who know Pat, you know he is addicted to this style of fly and fly tying. You’ll be seeing a lot more from Pat with variations on this theme.

Materials list:
Hook: Partridge Predator 2/0
Thread: UTC 140- White
Tail: White Bucktail
Tail Flash Material: Lateral Scale
Hollow Ties #1-3: White Bucktail
Body Flash Material: EP Sparkle Holographic Silver
Chocklett’s Body Tubing: ¼” Clear
Hollow Tie #4: Fl. Yellow Bucktail
Hollow Tie #5: Fl. Blue Bucktail
Eyes: Pro Sport Fisher Tab Eye- 10mm or Pro Sport Fisher Pro Jungle Cock Large- Blue or Red
Cement: Brushable Zap-A-Gap

Head over to the Mad River Outfitters blog to read more details about this fly.


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Flies Around the Net – December 2017

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