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Sulphur Nymph

Patrick Sessoms of Due South Outfitters showing off one of his go-to spring patterns in NC and TN. It is a pattern that resembles a BWO nymph. This fly is killer in NC and TN.

Materials Include:

Allen Fly Fishing W502 #16 Hook
Allen 2mm black nickel tungsten bead
Light brown 10/0 thread
Pheasant tail
Super fine copper wire
Pale yellow dry fly dubbing


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Tim Morales – fly tyer introduction

I met Tim at the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo in Michigan. He came to my table and had a box of flies with him and wanted me to take a look to see what I thought. Tim’s flies were tied very well and looked great! He ties very cleanly. So well, that he doesn’t need to be asking anymore if his flies look good enough, they already do. I wanted him to send me some information and photos of a few flies he has tied, which you will find below. Tim is on Instagram, so be sure to give him a follow @t1mb3an.

I started fishing at age four when my grandfather took me out on a little lake near Greenville, Michigan. Ironically, my first fish was caught on a fly rod that my grandpa had rigged with bait. He casted for me just a short ways out and I caught my first fish, a Largemouth Bass. It was at that point a passion was sparked that has shaped the rest of my life. Unfortunately, I didn’t pick up another fly rod until the age of 14. Ever since then it has been my preffered method of fishing. I am now 22 and have graduated to tying my own flies. Initially, I started tying because my local shops didn’t always have what I was looking for. I immersed myself in everything fly tying and attempted to learn as many techniques as I possibly could. My preferred target for fly fishing are trout… browns and rainbows to be exact. So far I have caught trout on two continents and I look forward to what the future will hold!

CF Baitfish

CF Baitfish
This pattern I tied with trout and bass on my mind however I am sure it would work for a variety of target species depending on the color and size. This color scheme is geared more towards Scandanavian sea trout. A very simple pattern, this is tied with craft fur and ice dub.

Split Back PMD

Split Back PMD
I am not sure who the original creator of this pattern is but I tied these with the intention of targeting browns and rainbows. I plan on fishing it on point with a small parachute on a dropper when BWO’s, PMD’s, sulfers, and March Browns are coming off. My thinking is that I can fish both the subsurface emerging nymphs and duns when they are coming off. Materials are, pheasant tail, hare’s ear/squirrel blend dubbing, body glass, foam, and goose biots.

Hot Head Stone

Hot Head Stone
This pattern was inspired by Max Inchausti who posted something very similar to his instagram gallery @east_coast_fly_fishing. I tied this with browns and midwest steelhead in mind however I cannot see why this wouldn’t work on a variety of species. Materials are, 0.020 lead wire underbody, sili legs, hare’s ear/squirrel blend dubbing, opal mirage tinsel, black wire, and Kiley’s nymph skin.

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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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Teddy Bear’s Ear by Paul J. Beel

Version 2 – tied by Justin Bowman

NOTE: This is a blog post I wrote for J.Stockard’s Fly Fishing blog. I wanted to share it here so even more people could read it. J.Stockard has selected both of these flies as their Fly of the Month for February, 2017.

In this blog post I want to concentrate on one of the most well known, effective nymphs that exist, the Hare’s Ear nymph. I don’t want to bore you with details of its history, but concentrate on a modern perspective and new ways to tie it. One thing to mention is that hare’s ear fur has been used for a long time, even as far back as the 1600’s. If you want to know more about its history, I recommend heading over to Flyanglers Online and read an article by Tom Travis where he delves deep into the history of the Hare’s Ear nymph.

The reason this nymph is called a Hare’s Ear is because originally this nymph was tied using the fur found in between the ears of a hare. These days, you can purchase a hare’s mask and get the fur by clipping the hair between the ears. Not only can you use the underfur in this region, but to make it even more buggy, you want to use the guard hairs as well. These days fly tiers will use all parts of the mask to tie a Hare’s Ear. Not only that, but tiers that push the envelope even further, use modern dubbing mixes to tie this popular nymph.

The advantages to using a modern dubbing is that it is already prepared for you and packaged. Ready for you to just take what you need and start tying. Also, many of the current hare’s ear type dubbing blends add a bit of sparkle to the mix, making it more attractive. On that note, most of the Hare’s Ear nymphs these days are tied as a Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear with a bead head. The gold rib is added by using copper or gold wire to rib the fly.

So you may be wondering why I called this article Teddy Bear’s Ear. This refers to my own modern dubbing blend that imitates hare’s ear fur, called FrankenDUB Teddy Bear Brown nymph dubbing. Years ago when I was beginning to learn how to tie flies, I was tying all kinds of flies so I would know how to tie a variety of styles and improve my fly tying. My goal was to be a good fly tier. I started with many of the classics, including the Hare’s Ear nymph. At that time, I had no idea where to get the dubbing I needed to tie it. After researching a bit, I just purchased a couple of dubbings that actually had the name, Hare’s Ear dubbing. If it had Hare’s Ear in the name, I would try it.

Version 1 – tied by Paul J. Beel

I still see this with other beginners and some tiers that haven’t taken the time to do research. They just buy dubbing that has this name to insure they are tying with the correct style of dubbing. So I wanted to reach out and let everyone know that Teddy Bear Brown Nymph dubbing was blended for this exact purpose. Of course you can use that color in other nymphs, but when I was creating FrankenDUB Nymph dubbing I wanted to make sure I had a blend that would work perfectly for a Hare’s Ear nymph. This blend is a great color for a Hare’s Ear and it’s very buggy. Plus it adds just enough sparkle. I almost called it Hare’s Ear, but I called it by a different name. In hindsight, I probably would not be writing this article, if I had just called it Hare’s Ear color. Oh well…

With the help of a terrific nymph fly tier, Justin Bowman, I have included two versions of modern versions of a Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear nymph. Version number one is the way I tie my Hare’s Ear nymphs and version number two is the way Justin ties his. We both use FrankenDUB Teddy Bear Brown nymph dubbing in our nymphs. The entire material list for each is included and the two photos that you see in this article are the nymphs tied by Justin and I. I have captioned them as Version 1 and Version 2 for clarity.

I hope you have gained some insight from this short article. One important thing to note, is that not all fly recipes are set in stone. You can usually find some kind of substitute for a material and use what you have on hand instead. However, some flies may not perform in the same way if you use a different material. You just have to use good judgment, learn by experience and fish your flies to see if they are performing the way they should.

Version 1 – Paul’s Hare’s Ear nymph

Hook: Partridge Sproat Wet barbless size 12 – or any wet fly hook
Weight: 0.015 Lead Free Wire
Head: 1/8” gold brass bead
Tail: Hare’s Ear fur or Pheasant Tail fibers
Body: FrankenDUB Teddy Bear Brown Nymph dubbing
Rib: Small copper wire
Wing case: Pheasant Tail
Thorax: FrankenDUB Teddy Bear Brown Nymph dubbing
Wing case is coated with Deer Creek Diamond Fine Flex UV Resin.
Thread: Danville Monocord 3/0 – Dark Brown

Version 2 – Justin’s Hare’s Ear nymph

Hook: #16 nymph hook
Head: 5/64 bead
Tail: Hare’s Ear fur
Body: FrankenDUB Teddy Bear Brown Nymph dubbing
Rib: Small amber wire
Wing case: Medium pearl mirage tinsel
Thorax: FrankenDUB Teddy Bear Brown Nymph dubbing 
Legs: Partridge – natural


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Beach Body Stone Fly – Josh Miller

Josh says this is a thin body stone fly, so he can get the fly down faster with a little less weight.
If you don’t know, Josh is part of the USA Fly Fishing Team.

Materials list:
Hook: Saber 7230; size 8
Bead: Silver tungsten; 3.5mm
Weight: .015 wire; 15 wraps
Thread: 6/0 UNI; black
Tail & Legs: Life Flex; black
Body & Wing Case: Scud back; black
Thorax: Ice Dub; evenly mix UV purple and UV black

Here is another video of Josh tying this fly on Tim Cammisa’s channel. Josh gives us more information in this video on this pattern, including the best way to fish this stone fly. Enjoy!

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Flies Around the Net – December 2016

Here are the final Flies Around the Net for 2016. It has been a year of good vibes and good times for FrankenFly. I want to thank all of you for coming and visiting the website. I’m glad all of you are finding it interesting enough to come back to the site to get even more into fly fishing! I love this sport and I’m glad all of you do too! Here’s to an even better 2017!

Thank you!


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Loon Live – December 15, 2016

Matt Callies shows us a couple of patterns for winter trout and steelhead. One is the Double Down May and the other is an Intruder pattern. Cool stuff, check it out!

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CDC Tickler

From Kast Gear, “The CDC Tickler is a great attractor nymph that the fish can’t seem to get enough of. We have fished it all of the country with a ton of success. This is one of those patterns you need in your fly box!”

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Flies Around the Net – November 2016


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Two nymphs from David Hise

David Hise owns Casters Fly Shop in Hickory, North Carolina. David is also an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide. Here are a couple of nymphs he ties that just plain rock the house!


Hise Stoneclinger Nympf

Hook- Dohiku jig sz.14
Bead- Flymen Evolution bead- clinger sz. small.
Tails- Hareline barred mayfly tails.
Abdomen- Polish quills ginger, coated with Deer Creek Flex Resin. Gills- Ostrich plumes.
Thorax- 16/0 Veevus thread thorax, coated with Deer Creek Flex Resin after the legs are secured in place.
Legs- Golden pheasant tail barbs plucked from the stem

Tied on a jig hook so it “crawls” along the rocks without getting snagged up.
Deer Creek Flex Resin adds durability and a juicy appearance.


Waxy the Waxworm

Hook- TMC2499BL.
Underlegs- Japanese nymph legs (3 sets) secured in place before winding the Nymph skin.
Body- Nymph skin.
Ribbing- Mono thread .006.

Mark to your liking with waterproof markers. Coat the body with a thin layer of Deer Creek UV Flex Resin. The next step isn’t necessary but I do it because it gives the larva more plumpness and juicyness. Place a small ball of resin on the leg stumps and on top 3rd of each segment of the body.
The evolution of Waxy took place over the years as a result of my desire to create a fly that resembled a waxworm. Sure it’s not an aquatic insect but I grew tired of seeing the centerpin steelheader catching all the fish in the winter on jigs tipped with real waxworms.




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