We love tying articulated flies and if you ask us, winter is one of the best times of year to whip them up at the vise. We’ve seen more and more photos on social media of amazing articulated flies tied by tyers like you with shanks from the Flymen Articulated Shank family.
The flies we’ve seen are just the tip of the iceberg, so we’re holding a fly tying contest on Instagram to help you show off your patterns to the world and give you the chance to win grand prizes from Renzetti, Taylor Fly Fishing, and Ahrex Hooks as well as weekly Flymen prize packs!
Orvis had to get in on the fun as well. If you take part in voting in the final round to decide the winner you’ll have the chance to win a Helios3 Fly Rod!
“The Stimulator enjoys the reputation of being one of the most popular dry flies in the Rockies. Fly shops sell them by the hundreds of dozens, and its no wonder. Developed by Randall Kauffmann the Stimulator is a great floater, highly visible, and sports a wide, fish-attracting profile. A good match for an adult stonefly, it mimics caddis and terrestrial insects just as well. Overall, this fly just yells “Food!” to the fish, and I always have some in my box. At first glance, the Stimulator looks complicated, but its made up of all the same components and steps as the Elk Hair Caddis.”
Hook: #6-18 TMC 5212
Thread: Fluorescent Fire Orange 70-denier UTC
Tail: Natural Yearling Elk Hair
Rib: Fine Copper Ultra Wire
Abdomen: Yellow Antron Dubbing
Body Hackle: Brown Rooster Neck Hackle
Wing: Natural Yearling Elk Hair
Thorax Hackle: Grizzly Rooster Neck Hackle
Thorax: Fluorescent Fire Orange Antron Dubbing
This is a beautiful fly tied by Fred Klein and it has a beautiful story to go along with it. You might remember a post I did about Fred’s fly tying a few weeks back. If not, you can find it here. Anyway, I came upon this lovely fly while browsing Instagram the other day. When Fred posted this fly, he included a story about how this fly came about. It was about his father, who had recently passed away. His name was also, Fred Klein. So in memory of Fred, here is the brief story and recipe behind this fly, the Chickadee.
“My Dad recently asked me if there is a fly pattern named after the chickadee. A man that loved and lived in the woods, he was particularly fond of the wild song birds of winter.
After his passing last week, I walked outside and a friendly chickadee was singing on a tree branch, reminding me of our conversation. I thought that I would tie a fly named after his favorite.”
Tag: Gold Tinsel
Tail: White and Black Goose
Body: White Ostrich
Hackle: Wood Duck hackle
Wing: White and Black mallard
The balanced fly philosophy has had a huge impact on my fly tying in recent years. Designed to suspend in a horizontal manner balanced lies such as the Olive Pumpkin are deadly. They out perform traditional flies under an indicator by a wide margin. Balanced flies work well cast and retrieved too.
Hook: Mustad Ultra Point Jig Hook 32833BLN #10
Thread: UTC 70 Olive
Tail: Olive Marabou,
Mixed with 4 Strands of UV Pearlescent Flashabou,
Tied Along the Sides of the Tail
Body: Azizona Simi Seal-Olive
Head: Hot Orange Ice Dub
Bead: Gold Tungsten, Mount on a Straight Pin and Secured on the Hook Shank
I have reduced most of my streamers to 30 percent off in the FrankenFly online Fly Shop. Check it out and see if you can find something you like. Also, if you are wanting a streamer that isn’t in the shop, just let me know and I’ll give you 30 percent off anything custom tied. Just contact me by email to ask about that.
My email is paul.beel (AT) gmail.com
I’ve also had some inquiries on my new frog and new articulated streamer. You can find these on my Instagram @FrankenFly. These swim very well, but have not been fish tested. However, if you are interested, I’ll tie some for you and just charge you half what they will retail. Just send me an email asking about it.