Category Archives: Trout flies

Deer Hair Dubbing Streaking Caddis – Peter Steen

Fly Fish Food had guest tyer, Peter Steen (@fly_fishing_pete on Instagram), tie up a great little streaking caddis pattern!

You might have noticed some flies posted here on FrankenFly tied by Peter. He ties quality flies. Check it out!

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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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Sulphur Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle – John Collins

John Collins tied up this beautiful Sulphur Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle and it grabbed my attention. I chatted with John about this fly a bit. Here are some interesting features about this fly that John mentioned.

*The Partridge is a custom dye from a friend of John’s.
*The Tail is a Teeny Nymph dyed Pheasant Tail from Jim Teeny Inc.
*It’s difficult to find this bright of yellow pheasant tail. You can find yellow, but it isn’t nearly as bright. What John uses here is from Jim Teeny. You may be able to find them on their website, but John thinks they might be discontinued.
So if they are and you want to achieve this yellow, John said you would need a buff pheasant tail which are basically tannish to white pheasant tail, without the barring, and dye it yourself.

John says, “This one should definitely get things stirred up, when the time is right.”

Sulphur Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle #14

Materials list:
Hook: Wet fly hook
Thread: Orange
Ribbing: Fluorescent orange Ultra Wire
Abdomen: Dyed Bright Yellow Pheasant Tail Fibers
Dubbing Ball: Senyo’s Laser Hair dubbing (right before the hackle)
Hackle:, Dyed Sulphur Yellow, Hungarian Partridge


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Dave’s Emerger – Dave McKee

From The Weekly Fly:
“Fly tyer Dave McKee is a native of PA, Dave has been involved in guiding fly fishing since graduating from Colby College in 1993. After a childhood of fishing the waters up and down the east coast, moving west seemed a logical step and after 3 years of guiding in the Wind River Range and Jackson Hole area in Wyoming, he moved to Bozeman where he now lives with his wife Cory and sons Jack and Charlie. Dave operates his own outfitting business (Dave McKee Fly Fishing LLC) and spends more than 200 days on the water each season. During the off season, he ties flies for Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone as well as for the fly selections that are available through his website His unique cork strike indicators are available at many flyshops around the country or on his website as well. Dave is a signature tier for Umpqua Feather Merchants, on the board of Directors for the Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana ( FOAM), a member of the Scientific Anglers Pro Staff, is a director of the Montana Fly Fishing Guide School, and served as the outdoor columnist for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle for 10 years. On his days off he typcially goes fishing.
You can reach Dave through his website or at 406-579-8116″

Materials list:

  • Hook: Dai Riki #075 size 16-18
  • Thread: Black 8/0
  • Tail: Woodduck Flank
  • Body: Red, Black, Copper Brown or Copper Wire
  • Wing: Woodduck Flank or Pearl Krystal Flash
  • Thorax: Peacock Herl

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The Fly Tying of Adam Harman

Adam Harman

I’ve been fishing most of my life but I really didn’t take up fly fishing until I was a young adult. I did a lot of “dabbing”, as my Dad called it, when I was younger with a 7’ fly rod and a dry fly catching native brook trout in some of the small creeks in Southwest Virginia, where I was raised. As years past, I discovered a whole new world of fly fishing.

A couple of years after I truly started fly fishing my Father-In-Law gave me a fly tying kit for Christmas when I was 27. This opened the door to endless possibilities. I remember the first fly I tied, an olive wooly bugger with red hackle. It was a pretty ugly, disproportional fly but it started a passion that has grown into a small side business over the years.

Back in 2014, I started posting my flies on Instagram and people started asking me if I was selling them. Before I knew it, I was selling a couple here and there and then one day I asked myself why not turn it into a legit tying business? I got together with my friend and fly fishing mentor Jeff Wilkins, he gave me some sound advice on running a tying business and that started the endeavor. In early 2015, Blue Ridge Custom Flies was launched. Since that time I have tied for people all over the country, including places like the UK, Canada and Australia. I have tied at several fly fishing shows and demoed for local shops and fly fishing clubs. I’ve also had the honor of joining some very fine pro-staffs. I am currently on the pro-staff of Dr. Slick, Flymen Fishing Company, Hazard Fly Fishing and most recently J. Stockard Fly Fishing.

When I am not tying, I enjoy targeting native brook trout and wild brown trout in the small streams of Western North Carolina, East Tennessee and SW Virginia. Small stream trout fishing has always been in my blood and it’s something I am very passionate about. To me, there’s nothing more rewarding than hiking several miles into a wilderness and catching 8-10” native Appalachian brook trout out of a stream that is generally less than the width of a two lane highway. Some people may scoff at this idea, but if one could just see these beautiful creatures in person and the streams they come out of, it might just change one’s perspective. Sometimes fly fishing isn’t just about catching, it’s about enjoying the creation that surrounds you.

*Adam resides in Kernersville, NC with his wife Erin and their two children Jonah and Olivia. You can follow him on Instagram and Facebook @blueridgecustomflies or visit his website at

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Balanced Leech Olive Pumpkin

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.

Materials list:

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

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Two Bit Stone – Charlie Craven

From Charlie:

A variation of my Two Bit Hooker Pattern the Two Bit Stone uses three beads (one Tungsten and Two Brass) to get the fly down to the fish. This golden stone fly pattern works great in a dry-dropper rig or on its own. Tie some up and see what you think.

HOOK: #8-16 TMC 5262

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October Caddis Skater

Tim Flagler ties up an October Caddis Skater, just in time for October!

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