Since it is the end of the year, I thought it would be neat to go back and pick out some flies that stood out to me through the entire year. Flies Around the Net seems to be a very popular post here on FrankenFly that I do monthly to show a variety of fine fly tying work by all the talented fly tyers out there. So here are twenty beautiful flies from 2014. Enjoy!
Monthly Archives: December 2014
Trout feed on stonefly nymphs year round. This has been the best producing stonefly pattern I’ve fished. The hotspot collar along with the combination of durable materials formed in the outline of a stonefly are a proven success.
This fly was in the R&D stages for over four years before I was finally content with the final product. I’ve been fishing it successfully in both the dark variation, and the golden stone. I typically fish it in a size 6. For deep swift currents I fish this fly with a heavy tungsten bead. If I find myself on a small stream where stoneflies are found to be the food source of choice I fish it with a brass bead. My box is never void of both the tungsten version, and the brass.
I purchase the Net Back Foil from Blue Quill Angler.
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Check out my earlier post to read a quick overview of the Indiana Fly Fishing Expo. Since then, they have added even more guests to the list. If you haven’t looked yet or haven’t lately, head over to the website to read all of the information. One thing I didn’t mention in my last post about this new show is that FrankenFly will be there! I’ll be there tying and I think my table is right across the aisle from Bob Clouser. So that will be a real treat for me. I’ll definitely try to get a picture taken with the living legend.
This show is really shaping up to be a great one. I am impressed with the speakers, exhibitors, and seminars they are having. If I wasn’t tying, I would be attending this show just to take in all of the information they are offering.
It is only two weeks away. So if you can make it, this would be a show I wouldn’t miss. I hope to see you there!
Hook: sizes ranging from #4 to 8.
Thread: 8/0, white. White stretch thread.
Weighing: 0.90mm lead.
Abdomen: Thin Skin or yellow Scud Back.
Tails: Ginger rooster saddle or neck.
Thorax: Antron Dubbing or light yellow SLF.
Wing cases, pronotum and head: Celophane or Json Sweden Stonefly Nymph Body Material.
Markers: black and brown.
Merry Christmas to all from FrankenFly!
Partridge of Redditch, innovator and producer of some of the finest hooks on the planet, recently had a Christmas Card Competition where fly tyers tied a Christmas themed fly to be shown on the special Partridge of Redditch Christmas card this year. The winners are listed first and then some of the entries are below. There were a lot of great looking flies in this competition. I’m sure the Partridge team had a tough time deciding on the winners. Congrats to all contestants!
Fly Fishing category:
Ben Bangham shows us his take on a traditional fly, The Jack Frost. This is an awesome fly for those Winter Still water Rainbow Trout. So if your hitting the still waters this winter fly fishing for Rainbow Trout you really should give this fly a go.
Tim Flagler ties an elf size fly called the Ginny Midge. We’re going with elf size for this time of the year. (wink)
Hook: #2 to 4.
Threads: 6/0 white. Unicord or Kevlar. Ultra Wire, olive.
Marabou: white, dark pink, red and barred green.
Head: Deer body hair, white and olive.
Tail: Rabbit strap.
Dubbing: white, ice dubbing.
Eyes: made of bronze.
Andy Saunders shows how to tie a very simple and effective Copper Pheasant Tail Jig.
Hook- 8-16 jig
Bead – 3.3mm tungsten copper slotted bead
Body/Tail – Cock Pheasant Tail
Rib – Black UTC Wire
Thorax – Copper Tinsel
Thread – 80d Dohiku Black