Category Archives: Dry Fly

Hare’s Ear Trude

The Hare’s Ear Trude is a great dry fly spruce moth pattern on the Gallatin River as well as other rivers in SW Montana. Like a spruce moth, it sits low in the water and is easy to tie.

Materials list:

Hook: Dai-Riki #320 Size 10-14
Thread: 8/0 or 70D Tan
Tail: Elk Hair
Body: Hare’s Ear Dubbing
Rib: Pearl Krystal Flash
Wing: Calf Tail
Hackle: Grizzly and Barred Ginger

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Flies Around the Net – December 2017

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Joe Messinger Flies – videos by Tim Cammisa

From Tim:
“This video features a legend of fly tying, Mr. Joe Messinger. I had the honor of recording Joe tie one of his father’s patterns, the Irresistible. In Part 1, Joe ties the fly and we talk a little about the qualities that make the fish find it…Irresistible! Check back for Part 2, in which I interview Joe and we learn lots more.”

From Tim:
“This video features a legend of fly tying, Mr. Joe Messinger. In Part 2, Joe talks about his early fly tying influences, plus some of his father’s notable patterns.”

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Caddis Emergers by Peter Steen

Peter Steen ties a lot of nice flies. These two Caddis Emergers caught my eye in his Instagram feed, so I wanted to highlight them here. If you want to follow Peter, he is on Instagram @fly_fishing_pete

Materials list:
Hook: Size 14 Moonlit ML059
Thread: UTC 70 in Wood Duck.
Body: Hemingway’s Beaver Dubbing Plus dubbing and Danville rayon floss
Wing: Nature’s Spirit select cow elk
Hackle: Whiting Farms golden badger saddle hackle. Hackle can be left as is or trimmed on the bottom if you want the fly to ride a little lower.

Materials list:
Hook: Size 14 FireHole Outdoors 315 hook
Body: Midge size vinyl rib in amber
Underwing: CDC
Wing: Elk Hair
Head: Rabbit’s Foot Dubbing


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H&L Variant – Son Tao

Son Tao ties up a very old dry fly called the H&L Variant. A fly that was made to fish in rough water.

Materials list:
Wings and tail:calf tail
Body: stripped peacock quill and peacock herl
Hackle: Whiting Farms brown Pro Grade
Hook: Tiemco 100 sizes 10-20

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Charlie Craven – Stimulator

From Charlie:
“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.”

Materials list:
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

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Midas Dry Fly – Andy Saunders

Materials list:
Hook: size 12 Partridge of Redditch SLD
Thread: Red
Rib: Mono or Fluorocarbon line
Dubbing: Red and Brown mixed
Legs: Pheasant Tail
Hackle: Furnace or Dark Brown
Head: Gold dubbing

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Flies Around the Net – October 2017

I haven’t forgotten, here is Flies Around the Net for October! Enjoy the fly eye candy!


Filed under Classic, Deer Hair, Dry Fly, Foam, nymphs, Salmon, Soft Hackles, Streamers

The Fly Tying of Jan Popel

Jan Popel

Hello, I’m Jan, from Germany. It has almost been 3 years since I have been tying my own flies. Over time, a passion has developed. For me it is a kind of meditation which I pursue with a lot of heart.

At this point, I would like to thank a very good friend and excellent fly tier , Paul Slaney, who gave me a lot of tips from his knowledge. I especially love the old school patterns. These patterns contain many of the basics that you can build upon.

I like to work with Calf Hair, Peacock and Deer Hair, because it is natural and can be processed very differently.
For me it is a good feeling when I can inspire other people. Because together everything is better and gives meaning to life.

Thank you Paul for your invitation to be on FrankenFly and I wish a good day to all.

Be sure to follow Jan on Instagram @jan.p72


Filed under Catskill, Classic, Dry Fly, nymphs, Salmon

Flies Around the Net – September 2017

Yes, I know, I’m running a little late with this. But here it is! Thanks for reading FrankenFly!

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