Monthly Archives: October 2014

Great Lakes Council Fly Tying Expo 2014 – this Saturday


This Saturday, November 1st, in Lansing, Michigan, the 2014 Greats Lakes Council Fly Tying Expo is happening! I posted a couple of weeks ago about this show, but since FrankenFly will be there, I wanted to remind all of you. Just so there is no confusion, the hotel changed names. It is no longer the Best Western, it is the Causeway Bay Hotel. The link I provided will give you the address.

I have a shadow box filled with classic Michigan dry flies and some streamers ready to show. I haven’t quite made up my mind yet what I will be tying, but it will either be an articulated streamer or a classic dry fly. I have two Eggie Special’s tied and ready to be put into the auction. I will have a recap post of the show after I get back of course.

It should be a lot of fun! I hope to see you there!

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Lipstick Shrimp – Eivind Berulfsen

This is a beautiful shrimp pattern tied by Eivind Berulfsen.

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Harrop’s CDC Bubble Back Variant

Tony Torrence shows how to tie a Harrop’s CDC Bubble Back Variant. Tony is an excellent tyer and provides good tips, so I enjoy his videos and I hope you do too.


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Fly tying of Dragoslav Mihajlović

A friend of mine messaged me to check out this fly tyer. The tyer’s name is Dragoslav Mihajlović. He is from Serbia and his fly tying business is called Gaga Flies. Dragoslav ties some wonderful flies and he has many photos. So I chose some of his work to feature here on FrankenFly. I hope you enjoy it.

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Korn’s Split-tail Salmon Fly

Doug Korn has posted lately on his blog 55 on the fly about an interesting Salmon Fly. This is a variation of his hopper pattern, which is what makes it interesting, in my opinion. Doug explains more about the Salmon Fly below. The popular hopper pattern it is based from is Korn’s Wrapped Foam Hopper, so I have posted a photo of it below.

Korn’s Split-tail Salmon Fly

Korn’s Split-tail Salmon Fly

This is a variation of my Korn’s Wrapped Foam Hopper that I tie for Parks Fly Shop. It makes a super Salmon fly and you can use the same pattern for Golden Stone flies as well. I just change the hook to a size 8-10 and the foam over body to a golden yellow. Out West it’s a killer fly when the Salmon flies are hatching and in the East for the small Spring Black Stone flies. I just change the color and downsize them to size 12…

Hook: MFCo. 7026 4-6
Thread: black 6/0 Uni
Legs: MFC med. black legs
Underbody: orange craft foam wrapped
Over body: black or dark brown craft foam, hook gap wide with split-tail
Wing: deer tail hair
Indicator: orange craft foam

tie in back legs split
tie in underbody foam at eye extending out from hook
superglue thread base, wrap orange foam back to tail-legs
attach over body with 3 wraps at tail-legs, then loop thread over the top of the underbody to the eye (this way no wraps show and you can get the thread back to the eye
put superglue on the top back of the underbody and fold over body down and secure at the eye, then wrap back to form double bullet head
tie in wing of deer tail hair, glue butts, fold over foam to form bullet head and tie down
tie in legs and indicator post, keeping thread wraps to minimum.
whip finish, varnish

note: convert split-tail to egg sack variation if desired… see photo

with egg sack

with egg sack

Korn's Wrapped Foam Hopper

Korn’s Wrapped Foam Hopper

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The Popsicle is a salmon and steelhead fly that is especially popular in the Pacific Northwest. It was developed by George Cook and is one of several flies in his Alaskabou series.

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The Olive Phantom Salmon Fly (Variant)

Davie McPhail shows how to tie a very nice salmon fly pattern.

Plastis Tube 2 inches..
Thread, Olive Uni-8/0
Tag, UTC Opal Mirage Tinsel
Tail, Olive and Chartreuse Polar Bear or Sub
Rib, Oval Gold Tinsel or Wire
Body, Loop Kola Gold Dubbing
Body Hackle, Yellow Cock
Under-Wing, Tanuki dyed Olive, Lim Green Goat and Loop Gaula Green Flash
Wing, Black Goat
Hackle, Olive Cock or Hen
Cheeks, Jungle Cock
Head, Black

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Flies added to FrankenFly Fly Shop

I’ve recently added several flies to the FrankenFly Fly Shop online. They are listed below and of course there will be more coming. If there is something you do not see and you need tied, just ask!

Adams Parachute

Adams Parachute

The Adams Female Parachute tied in Don Lieb style. This is an Adams fly that is more of an attractor pattern. This style is featured in the book, The Founding Flies by Mike Valla.



The Awesome is mentioned in Josh Greenberg’s book, Rivers of Sand, as one of his favorite dry fly patterns. It’s a good buggy pattern that can be used at any time. This is a great pattern for smaller creeks too.

Cornie's Quill

Cornie’s Quill

This fly was originated by Mr. Cornie Schrems of Grand Rapids, MI. Cornie never tied his own flies but rather had them tied by Art Neumann or Dan Bailey. Art Neumann named this fly. Cornie Schrems was present at the original meeting at George Griffith’s home, where Trout Unlimited was founded. This fly was most likely created in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s.
It is used still today out west as an excellent March Brown pattern. It makes a nice general pattern when you’re not sure what fly to choose.

Eggie Special

Eggie Special

If you haven’t read about the Eggie Special that I posted about fairly recently, then go back and check it out. After I actually spoke to the Bugby’s they introduced me to the materials that actually make the Eggie Special. So I’m now offering it in the FrankenFly Fly Shop.

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Multi feather salmon fly – James F. Goggans‎


I was browsing through Cotinga – Classic Salmon Flies on Facebook and saw this little gem! Beautiful tying by James F. Goggans. What is even better is that Jim used a variety of feathers to marry this wing together. Here is Jim’s explanation.

“My own design. 7/0 reworked Mustad. This is what happens when you start with one plan, then have an ephiphany during the night when you have finished the body. I was planning on putting a lurid wing on this. Then it occurred to me that I had never made a wing from two fibers each of many different feathers. So, I made this wing with fourteen different feather fiber pairs, plus two pairs of Kori. I think I will separate these ideas into different flies.

Let’s see if I recall the feathers in that wing; Kori, of course. Both body feather and tail. Florican. Black Cockatoo. Argus wing. Argus tail. Royal Palm turkey. Red turkey. AmGold tail. Lady Amherst tail. Wild turkey. A couple more different turkey tail feathers. Don’t know the names of them. One is called “pencilled” by fly tiers, but I don’t know the actual name of the turkey. The last one looks like wild turkey, but is much lighter. The under wing is a section of Argus wing. Cheek is a Germains peacock body feather. Tail veiling is two slips of mallard, dyed orange. Throat is a dyed green hackle from the butt of the feather where it is marabou like. And a cobalt vulturine guinea neck feather. Horn is blue/gold macaw. Tip is small gold oval tinsel. Tag is purple silk. Butt is ostrich. Body is green silk. Body tinsel is some Gudebrod woven stuff I purchased recently from a fellow who said he got it when they went out of business. If anyone wants a spool, I can provide it.”

That covers the materials in this great looking fly. That might be the longest list of materials I’ve ever seen on one fly. Great work Jim!

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Harry Palmer Musky Fly – Bob Wade

Bob says this about the pattern, “An original musky pattern tied with almost all synthetic materials to avoid waterlogged flies that are even more difficult to cast.”


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