Monthly Archives: March 2016

Flies Around the Net – March 2016


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Loon Outdoors has started creating new fly tying videos and this is one of the first. Knowing Loon, I’m looking forward to more high quality videos like this one. In this video, a jig nymph with a hot spot and the perfect amount of flash is demonstrated. It has a cool name as well, Jigawockie!

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Holy Grail Caddis

The Holy Grail is a great little caddis emerger pattern. The Holy Grail is one of those “go to” patterns used by many western trout guides. The Holy Grail is just plain buggy and a very forgiving pattern to fish. The Holy Grail can be dead drifted, swung at the end of a drift or even stripped behind a streamer. The Holy Grail can be tied in three main colors: Natural, Olive and Black. All are equally effective and great to have in any caddis box!

Holy Grail Fly Tying Recipe:
Hook: #10-16 Tiemco 2487 or Tiemco 2457
Bead: Gold 7/64″ to 3/32″ Cyclops Bead
Thread: Red Veevus 14/0
Rib: Small Pearlescent Tinsel
Body: Natural Hares Ear Hareline Dubbing
Casing: Pheasant Tail
Thorax: Natural Hares Ear Hareline Dubbing
Collar: Natural Hungarian Partridge


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Euro Golden Stone

Tim Flagler shows us how to tie a Euro-Style Golden Stonefly Nymph.

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Dun Magazine – April 2016


The Spring issue of Dun Magazine is live. Check it out!

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Bush Meat Streamer – Rich Strolis

Rich Strolis shows us how to tie his Bush Meat Streamer in this video. In case you have been living under a rock, Rich has a new book out. The cover is below. Click on it for more info. Check out Rich’s website to keep up with what he is doing.

New book by Rich Strolis

New book by Rich Strolis

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Steelhead fly for Santa Cruz

Ruben Martin ties this steelhead fly for Santa Cruz in Argentina, but of course you can use this fly on other steelhead waters. Check it out!


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Polar Minnow

By Fred Telleen of North 40 Fly Shop.

Gold UV Polar Minnow
• Thread: UTC Tan 210
• Hook: Gamakatsu B10S #6
• Eyes: Spirit River Real Eyes 3/16” Nickel/Pearl
• Tail: UV Polar Chenille twisted and furled
• Body: UV Polar Chenille Gold
• Head: Tan/Claret Ice Dub in split thread or dubbing loop

Polar Chenille is one of my favorite synthetic materials. I use it on many streamer patterns and salmon/steelhead flies. It makes a great body for flashy buggers and sculpin. A couple turns can add the perfect accent to Intruders and tube flies.

The Polar Minnow is a simple pattern I worked out several years’ back that relies on UV Polar Chenille for the body and the tail. It is easily customizable and I’ve tried numerous color schemes. On our original video, I used UV Pearl and permanent markers to color it up. While that pattern is still in play, I’ve gotten more positive feedback from customers using the Gold UV Chenille version that is available from Yellowstone Fly Goods. A couple local tiers have been building their own Gold UV Polar Minnows and fishing them with great success on the Missouri River.

The power of Gold UV Polar Chenille is hard to beat. Some days, trout can’t leave it alone. Here is an updated Polar Minnow in the Gold format. The head is finished off with Claret and Tan Ice Dub. The addition of some Claret behind the Tan adds a little attraction and bling. Give this one a try and let me know if it works for you.
Note: Don’t be afraid to do a little trimming of the Polar fibers if you want a sparser body.

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Peeping Caddis

Cased caddis larva are often overlooked by fly tyers. Trout however seldom pass them by, especially during the cooler months of later winter early spring when other food sources may be scarce. Tied in the Hans Van Klinken style this is an excellent pattern to add to your nymph box.



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2016 Midwest Fly Fishing Expo photos

Here are some photos I shot while at the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo in Warren, Michigan this past weekend. I had a great time and enjoyed talking to all my good friends and everyone that stopped by the FrankenFly table. It was another awesome show!
I regret that I did not have my phone ready when Mike Schmidt of Anglers Choice Flies was dancing down the aisle before the doors opened. That would have been a good video! 😉


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