Flash Tag Caddis Pupa – Justin Aldrich

Justin Aldrich is just beginning to make fly tying videos and here is one of his first. I’ve been noticing his tying skills for awhile now, so check it out!

From Justin:
“This easy to tie Caddis Pupa is a great “Guide’s Choice” Caddis is terms of being able to represent the Pupa, the Emerger on the swing, and in some hotter colors it works really well as an Attractor pattern…. even tied with the natural colors it’s got a great Flash Tag triggering characteristic. Fish it dead drift, Euro Nymphed and/or High sticked, or down and across on the swing for some real excitement.”

Materials list:

•Hook: Scud/Pupa. #14
•Bead: Tungsten or Brass. Gold 7/64″ (Size to fit hook.)
•Thread: Veevus 8/0. Chartreuse.
•Thorax: Black Hares Ear Plus & Black Peacock Ice Dub. (60%/40% mixture)
•Wing: Mallard flank fibers.
•Body/Abdomen: Olive Hare’s Ear Dub.
•Ribbing: UTC Sm. Gold Oval tinsel
•Flash Tag: Sm. Pearlesent Flashabou.

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Rich Strolis’s Juggernaut

This is the latest from Brian Wise of Fly Fishing the Ozarks.

From Brian:

Rear Hook – SP11-3L3H #1
Tail – Marabou
Body – EP Sparkle Brush (OK, I couldn’t track them down for the LIFE OF ME, so I used Polar Chenille)
Wing – Arctic Fox Tail

Front Hook – Gamakatsu B10s 1/0
Arctic Fox Tail UV Polar Chenille
Wing – Arctic Fox Tail
Collar – Laser Dub
Wing – Shimmer Fringe
Head – Flymen Fish Skull

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Bluegill Belly Bean – Now available!

Bluegill Belly Bean

My new bluegill jig, I named the Bluegill Belly Bean, is now available in the FrankenFly online store.

Bluegills will often hit just about anything when it is spring time and they are on their beds. They are tenacious when guarding their beds and will strike at anything in their territory. But if they are not bedding, things change, especially in late summer.

I designed the Bluegill Belly Bean for late summer time when the bluegill are no longer on their beds and usually stay deep in the water. You can get the Bluegill Belly Bean down to find them and get their attention. Cast it out and countdown and let it sink. How long to count down depends on how deep the body of water is you are fishing or where the bluegill are holding. But I would say 10 or 15 seconds is a good start. Sometimes you might be able to just give it a twitch and the bluegill will take it. Other times you might just have to leave it sitting still or you may have to strip it and get it moving before they will strike. You just have to try different tactics to see what they like on that particular day. Normally they are not as easy to catch when they are not guarding their beds.

Even if you want to use this as a small swimjig for bass, this will do the trick. Bass like the movement of this little fly and will readily take it.

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Baby Gonga – Charlie Craven

Below is from Charlie, haha.
“I can’t take all the credit for the Baby Gonga. It was in fact given to me by an Angel who visited me in my sleep. The Angel told me that the streamer was a gift from God herself. The Angel went on to say that I am the chosen one who is tasked to share it with the world. Behold the Baby Gonga here in all its holy glory.”

Materials list:

HOOKS: TMC 5262 #8

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Crazy Dad – McFly Angler

From McFly Angler:
“This small crawdad streamer works so well, I was catching fish I want even targeting with it. I went out fishing for carp, and got a carp and even some smallmouth bass. In fact, the carp I caught on this fly was 30″ long, and the largest bass I caught that day was a good 3.5lbs. Most crayfish patterns are larger sized streamers, that are heavy and hard to cast. This fly is refreshingly light, and small. Easy to cast, and also easy for fish to swallow. When targeting carp or trout, sometimes too large is a bad thing.”

Materials list:
Hook: TMC 9395 in size 10
Thread: UTC Ultra Thread 140 in Brown
Claws: Rubber Legs (preferably two tone)
Dubbing: STS Trilobal Dub
Weight: Gold Dumbbell Eye 4mm or 5/32″
Top Wing: Fox Fur
Adhesive: Solarez “Bone Dry” UV Curing Resin

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Revive – Final Issue

I’m sad to see this one go. This is the final issue of Revive magazine. Read the inside cover for the details and enjoy the final issue.

Read it here.

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Lowrider Sculpin – Doug McKnight

Doug Mcknight is a Fly Tyer, Artist, and Guide from Livingston, Montana. Doug is also a fly designer for Umpqua feather merchants, and you can check out his website at www.bigwaterstudio.com.

Materials list:

Hook: Wapsi Super Jig Hook
Thread: Flat waxed nylon
Tail: Olive zonker strip
Belly: Mouse Grey Zonker strip, rainbow crystal flash
Fins: Dyed Olive pheasant saddle feathers
eyes: large mono nymph eyes
Head: Dark olive furry foam, glued with Zap Goo

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Several Flies from Andy Saunders

Andy is a fly tyer from the UK. I first noticed his work years ago when he posted many Buzzer style flies. Actually, a Buzzer is the pupa stage of a chironomid or midge. In other words, it is the middle stage of a flying bug. As you can see, he ties a lot of nice flies! Check out four of his latest. One of which, is a Buzzer.


Materials list:
Hook – Partridge grub and buzzer
Body – translucent spanlfex
Cheeks – Amber spanflex
Whole fly covered with Deer Creek Fine Flex Resin

Sedge Emerger

Materials list:
Hook – Tiemco 2488 #14
Body – Polish Quill Brown
Under Wing – CDC
Over Wing – Deer Hair
ThOrax – Pine Squirrel
Antenna – Stripped CDC

CDC Sedge

Materials list:
Hook – Partridge of Redditch SLD2 #10
Body – Deer Creek Northern Lights Hares Ear
Rib – Brown Uni 8/0 Thread
Wing – 3 x CDC Feathers
Hackle – Brown Rooster Saddle

Quill Jig

Materials list:
Hook – Partridge of Redditch #14 Jig Hook
Tail – Coq De Leon
Tag – Orange Thread
Body – Dyed Light Olive Goose Quill
Thorax – Olive hares Ear and Veniard Pink Glister Dubbing
Bead – 3.3mm Tungsten Slotted Bead.
Under the Quill i used Deer Creek Fine Flex Resin to Secure Quill.

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Epic Montana Fly Fishing Adventure “Journey On”

I’ve been meaning to post this for awhile. This is a long video, a short film really. But if you are a fan of fly fishing, you will enjoy it, because I sure did. The film work, narration, editing, and beautiful scenery adds to the feelings you have while watching. Be sure to visit Chase and Aimee’s website at Tight Loops to keep up with their other adventures. Enjoy!

From Tight Loops:
“In the summer of 2015, filmmakers Aimee Savard and Chase Bartee packed up their belongings, moved into their 1985 Volkswagen Westfalia, and left their home in Massachusetts. The goal? To make their way to Montana, and spend as much time as humanly possible exploring, fly fishing, and documenting their travels. Living in an eighty square foot van would pose its challenges. But the lessons learned and experiences gained over the next three and a half months would set events into motion that would change their lives forever.”

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UConn Caddis Emerger – Howard Cole

Howard Cole shows us how to tie his UConn Caddis Emerger. Howard also talks about the pattern in detail, which is interesting and helpful. This fly tying video is brought to you by The Weekly Fly.

Materials list:

Hook: Tiemco 900BL #14-#20
Thorax: Glass Bead 11/0-15/0 Diamond
Thread: Uni-Thread 8/0 Rusty Dun
Tail: Z-lon Amber
Body: Dubbing Dark Olive
Overbody: Z-lon Dark Olive
Wing: Deer Hair

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