Monthly Archives: February 2017

Black Back Wiggletail in Roach

Paul Monaghan ties up a Black Back Wiggletail. Enjoy!

Generous amounts of bucktail, flash and Nayat (Snow Runner) create an awesome baitfish profile. Add a wiggletail to tempt those big Pike and Muskie..

Material List:

Hook/Rig: Sakuma Manta 546 6/0, Knot2Kinky Titanium 55lb, shrinktube, crimp, bead (optional) and Holo gold Jumbo Slim wiggletail and Mustad Fastac clip.

Thread 100d GSP white
Bucktail in white and medium dunn
Nayat (Snow Runner) in grey and black
Red wool roving
Black wool roving mixed with black angelina fibre
White Deer Creek Mega Lazer dub ( or use white wool roving mixed with silver angelina fibre)
Metz Natural grizzly saddle
Hedron Magnum Flashabou in Moonlight
Hedron standard Flashabou in silver and black
Hedron Mirage in pink
Holofusion in opal
Jerkbaitmania 12mm eyes


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Clouser Hellgrammite

Martyn White shows us step by step instructions for Bob Clouser’s hellgrammite.
From Martyn:
“This suggestive imitation of a Dobsonfly larva is an excellent smallmouth fly, it’s full of movement and has an incredibly enticing action when fished dead drift or retrieved. I’ve tied an olive version here, but black or dark brown is also very effective.”

Materials list:
Hook: Tiemco 811s size 4
Weight: 0.020-0.030 lead wire
Thread: 3/0 to match body color
Abdomen: Wide cut Zonker strip
Thorax : Rabbit fur taken from the skin
Gills: grizzly hackle
Head: furry foam

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FrankenFly Fly Boxes

I really wanted to begin having some FrankenFly fly boxes available, so I did a little research to find a place that could do it. I had many people recommend David Humphries of River Traditions to me. So I contacted David and told him what I was looking for and he sent back some photos of nice boxes and I think they came out looking fantastic! I will make these available soon in the FrankenFly Online Fly Shop.

A traditional aluminum fly box with two sides of slit foam. Rugged and lightweight these fly boxes provide ample storage for a couple days on the water.


Durable light weight aluminum
4 colors available
6″ long x 3 1/2″ wide x 1″ deep
4 oz weight
6 rows of slit foam, room for +200 flies

I will also start carrying these cool little bottle openers that River Traditions makes as well.


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Choosing the Right Fly Tying Scissors – Kelly Galloup

Coming to you from Kelly Galloup’s Slide Inn.
In this Q&A segment, Rob Roser asks: ” There are a many different kinds of scissors out there marketed for fly tying. Straight, curved, serrated, smooth, etc. Problem is I find many of them to be junk. Could you discuss what you look for when you select scissors – and perhaps whether you use different scissors for deer hair than you would for other tying? Finally, could you show us your technique for tying while keeping your scissors in your hand?”

Kelly primarily talks about Dr. Slick scissors in this video. I have been using Loon Outdoors’ newest scissors since they came out last year and really like them. They hold up just as well as Dr. Slicks.
Also, Kelly mentions the Arrow Point scissors and I agree with him. However, I have a pair of Deer Creek scissors that are very fine tipped scissors. They are the only scissors I’ve found that get really close when tying a small bug. These are finer than Arrow Points. I always use these when I’m tying small dry flies. Deer Creek is out of them right now, but are having more made. They are Red, white, and blue. I will let you know when they are available. Deer Creek does sell orange handled scissors that are serrated and they are great scissors. I use them all of the time. They are not as fine as the red/white/blue ones, but about the same as the Arrow Points.

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Gomphus – Philip Rowley

Phil says, “Tied out of buoyant spun and clipped deer hair, the Gomphus is intended to represent the sprawling nymphs from the Libellulidae family of dragonflies. The Gomphus is a favorite of Pacific Northwest fly fishers but performs in any water home to dragonflies.”

Materials list:

Hook: Daiichi 1710 #8-#10
Thread: UTC GSP 100, Olive
Body: Deer Hair, Natural or Olive
Legs: Hen Pheasant Tail
Head: Deer Hair, Natural or Olive

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Lance Egan’s Red Dart

In this Instructional Fly Tying Video Tony Torrence demonstrates how to tie Lance Egan’s Red Dart. This attractor pattern is a local favorite for fishing as the point fly in a Hopper-Dropper configuration. As a jigged pattern it also makes a great point fly for a two fly nymphing set-up. Tie a few in various sizes and weights to meet the river conditions and you will be very pleased in how well the Red Dart produces fish.

Materials list:

Thread: Veevus 10/0, Red
Hook: TMC C400BL sizes 12-16, size 12 in Video
Bead: Gold Slotted Tungsten Bead; size 1/8 in Video
Weight: Lead WIre 3-4 wraps; 0.015 in Video
Tail: Red Hackle Fibers; Hareline Chinese Saddle Hackle
Rib: Pearl Sulky Tinsel or Micro Pearl Flashabou
Counter-rib: 6X Mono Tippet
Abdomen: Peacock Hareline Ice Dub
Hackle: Furnace Hen Hackle
Thorax/Hotspot: UV Pink Hareline Ice Dub

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2017 Midwest Fly Fishing Expo

Presented by the Michigan Fly Fishing Club

Something for every fly angler at 2017’s Midwest Fly Fishing Expo

If variety is the spice of life, the lineup for 2017’s edition of the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo offers an intoxicating blend – from a native Michigander who made his name in Greater Yellowstone to a steelheader who chases chrome from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Northwest. The Expo is scheduled for Saturday, March 11, and Sunday, March 12.

We’re pleased to have Craig Mathews, Rick Kustich, George Daniel and Landon Mayer headlining the Expo,” said Expo Chairman Jim Telinda. “We pride ourselves on bringing to Greater Detroit some of the sport’s most talented anglers. This year – our 40th annual Expo — is no exception. We’re especially pleased because this year’s cast is so education focused. Each excels in his own way in helping their fellow anglers become better.”

This year’s Expo headliners offer something for everyone, but the Expo is much more than the headliners.

Are you interested in fly tiers who specialize in traditional Michigan patterns or those who create exceptionally realistic flies? We have them. Are you looking for tiers who are innovators or create flies for toothy species like pike and musky? We have them. Are you looking for a new venue to cast your flies? We’ve got travel specialists who will help get you to the destination of your dreams. If you’re a fan of angling literature or artwork, we’ve got specialists in those areas, too. If you only need to restock your supplies for the upcoming fly fishing season, we’ve got outfitters who’ll be happy to help you,” Telinda said.

The show will feature dozens of free seminars about fly fishing techniques, fly tying and fly fishing locales and will bring together more than 100 exhibitors, including dozens of tiers, rod builders, artists, guides, outfitters and conservation organizations. “We’ve got exhibitors from every corner of the country,” Telinda said. “While many of our exhibitors hail from Michigan and Ohio, we’ve also got outfitters, guides, artisans and artists from places like Washington State, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Texas, Colorado, Illinois, Connecticut and Maine, as well as several from Ontario,” he said.

The annual Expo is the oldest all-fly fishing show east of the Mississippi and is hosted by the Livonia-based Michigan Fly Fishing Club. The Macomb Community College Sports & Expo Center is located at 14500 E. 12 Mile Rd. in Warren. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 per person; boys and girls age 16 and under are free. Two-day tickets are $15. Parking is free.

See below for more information about the Expo’s featured presenters.

Craig Mathews, Montana:

Native Michigander Craig Mathews is a Michigan State University criminal justice grad who moved from Grand Rapids to West Yellowstone, MT, in 1979. The rest is history. In West Yellowstone, where he served as the town’s police chief, he and wife Jackie opened Blue Ribbon Flies (BRF) in 1980. While the Mathews sold BRF to long-time employee Cam Coffin in 2014, Craig will continue working with the shop. An innovative and prolific fly tier, Craig still ties 750-1,000 dozen flies each year.

As proprietors of BRF, Craig and Jackie have won numerous conservation awards for their environmental activities — the “Protector of Yellowstone National Park Award,” presented by Yellowstone National Park; “Business Conservationist of the Year,” presented independently by The Nature Conservancy and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition; and the “Lee Wulff Award,” presented by the International Fly Fishing Federation (IFFF). Fly Rod & Reel Magazine named Craig its “World Angler of the Year” in 2005. The Madison River Foundation honored him as a “Guardian of the Madison” in 2009 and Trout Unlimited named him its “Stream Champion” in 2011.

Craig has authored or co-authored nine important books on fishing. His latest, “Simple Fly-Fishing for Tenkara and Rod and Reel,” co-authored with Patagonia Inc. founder Yvon Chouinard, was published in 2014. The book has won two prestigious awards, the Banff Mountain Guidebook of the Year and the National Outdoor Book Award for a guidebook and instructional quality.

Craig recently completed a book project with Yale University, “The Artist’s Guide to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem,” which is scheduled to be released in December.

Craig co-founded 1% for the Planet an alliance of businesses donating 1% of their gross sales to researched and approved conservation causes. To date, 1% for the Planet has donated more than $150 million to conservation and environmental programs.

Craig and Jackie both enjoy dry fly fishing for wild and native trout in Yellowstone country. Their favorite streams are the Madison and Firehole rivers. They have enjoyed winter fishing for bonefish and permit for more than 30 years in Belize, Mexico and the Bahamas. They also enjoy fishing in Chile and Argentina for trout as well as British Columbia for steelhead.

The best thing about living in Yellowstone country and Montana and being in the fly fishing business for over 38 years are the people we work with and those friends we meet daily in the shop, as well as the wild trout and wild place we live in. We have always felt that giving back go the public resources we use to make a good living is not only the right thing to do but necessary to protect, preserve and enhance wild trout, wildlife and wild places for future generations to enjoy. That is how we modeled the BRF business ethic,” Craig said.

Rick Kustich, New York:

Rick began fly fishing more than 40 years ago on the lakes and streams of upstate New York. Since then he has traveled extensively to experience the finest fly fishing throughout North America and beyond but continues to find that some of the best fishing often exists in his own backyard – western New York, where he currently lives.

Rick spends a significant amount of time on the water each year and has developed a special passion for trout, musky and steelhead fishing in the Great Lakes and Northwest.

His writings and photos have appeared in numerous national and regional publications, including Fly Fisherman magazine. He is the author of “Hunting Musky with a Fly,” “Advanced Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead;” and “Reflections on the Water,” a collection of essays. He is featured in the DVD “Tube Flies for Steelhead.”

George Daniel, Pennsylvania:

George Daniel has been a fly fishing student all his life. He began fly fishing at the age of six in Potter County, PA, a remote region filled with wilderness and beautiful brook trout. By age 14, George’s family had relocated to Pennsylvania’s limestone region, which was home to the state’s best and best-known trout fisheries. By the age of 17, George was traveling throughout the state, seeking lessons from expert anglers. By age 21, George had learned from the best anglers in the region, including his mentor, Joe Humphreys.

Out of curiosity, George began entering local and national fly fishing competitions. Not long after, he earned a spot on Fly Fishing Team USA and remained on the team for seven seasons. Also during that time, George became a member of the coaching staff for US Youth Fly Fishing. He served two years as head coach.

As a member of the national fly fishing team, George won back-to-back US National Championships and placed in the top five in the 2006 World Fly Fishing Championship.

Eventually, the competition circuit took its toll, and George retired at age 32 to spend more time travelling with his family and to focus on fly fishing education. 

George is a former manager of the TCO State College Fly Shop in central Pennsylvania and now owns and operates Livin On The Fly LLC, a guide/educational service company located near State College. George remains involved with the US Youth Fly Fishing Team and writes and conducts fly fishing clinics and presentations across the country. He recently became a contributing editor for Fly Fisherman magazine. His first book, “Dynamic Nymphing,” has become a best seller, and his second book, “Strip-Set,” was released in 2015. George lives along the banks of his favorite trout stream with his wife, Amidea, and their two children.


Landon Mayer, Colorado:

Landon Mayer’s angling career has been fueled by an addiction to pursuing large trout with small flies and lightweight fly fishing equipment. He enthusiastically teaches and demonstrates his techniques and on-river knowledge to fellow anglers and has developed innovative strategies for sighting, hooking, and landing selective trout.

He shares these tips and secrets in his books “101 Trout Tips: A Guide’s Secrets, Tactics and Techniques,” “Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing,” “Sight Fishing for Trout,” and “How to Catch the Biggest Trout of Your Life.” He also co-stars with noted fly tier John Barr in to two DVDs: “Landing the Trout of Your Life” and “Weapons of Bass Production.”

Mayer is a contributing writer for Fly Fisherman and High Country Angler magazines. He also has been featured in such magazines as Fly Rod & Reel, American Angler, Southwest Fly Fishing, Field & Stream, and Fish & Fly.

As an ambassador in the fly fishing industry, Mayer represents several lines including Simms Fly Fishing apparel and is a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He is also an advisory team member for Simms, Ross, Abel, Scientific Angler, Smith Optics, Fish Pond, Yeti, Winston Fly Rods, and Casio Pro Trek watches.

Mayer guides in Colorado full time on the South Platte River. He resides with his wife, Michelle, and their four children in Florissant, CO.

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Galloup’s Silk Kitty

From Brian Wise of Fly Fishing the Ozarks:
Another MAJORLY request articulated streamer from Kelly Galloup….the Silk Kitty.

Rear Hook
Hook – Gamakatsu sp11
Tail 1 – Saddle Hackle
Tail – Marabou
Body – Ice Wing Fiber
Hackle – Schlappen
Wing – Marabou

Front Hook
Hook – Gamakatsu Sp11
Eyes – Lead Dumbell Eyes
Tail – Marabou
Body – Ice Wing Fiber
Hackle – Schlappen
Wing – Marabou
Rubber Legs – Sili Legs
Head – Wool

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How to Tie The Composite Shrimp – OPST

From OPST:
Here’s a quick video that shows how to tie Ben Paull’s Composite Shrimp. This is a fun and pretty simple pattern, with the hardest part being the compact composite loop and the mono rib that goes through it. Try it out in multiple color combinations for crayfish, shrimp and crabs.

Hook: size 6 bonefish
Thread: 140 denier veevus
Weight: double pupil lead eyes, X-Small, white
Butt: UV black barred life flex wrap, fl. orange
Eyes: epoxy mono crab eyes, shrimp pink, transparent black pupil
Legs: Chicone’s barred crusher legs, brown/clear
Composite loop: UV tan and UV light gray ice dub, and lady amherst
Rib: 12 pound mono
Shellback: white packing foam

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The Rod

I love the rod making and the fish pursuit in this video. It’s very well done and went well with my cup of coffee this morning!
Head over to if you like to find out more about the rod maker.

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