Three more classics added to FrankenFly Store

I have added three more Michigan Classic Dry Flies to the FrankenFly Online Store. These three were created by Rusty Gates, Bob Smock Sr., and Paul Young. It’s an honor to tie these classics and I’m thrilled to be able to offer them in the store.

You can find the online store by clicking on the upper right FrankenFly logo or going to

The following patterns have all been tied by me (Paul J. Beel).

Laid Back Hex

Laid Back Hex

Iconic fly fisherman and conservationist Rusty Gates created this pattern. This is an exceptional floating fly that can be used in rough current. It is a great fly to be used for the Hex hatch in Michigan. Also, Josh Greenberg of Gates Au Sable Lodge says it’s actually a nice pattern for most of the bigger flies, particularly Isonychia, which seem to hold their wings upright as spinners for quite a time after they hit the water.

Smock's Sulfur Dun

Smock’s Sulfur Dun

This is a famous fly originated by highly regarded Grayling, Michigan fly tyer Bob Smock Sr. The hackle is dyed special, for this particular pattern. Best used when Sulfurs are on the water. It is said to be one of the best Sulfur patterns ever created.

Strawman Nymph

Strawman Nymph

This fly was created by Paul Young, a famous fly rod builder and fly tyer. This is a great wet fly but can also be fished dry. After waterlogged it is then fished wet. When fished wet, fish it down and across the stream. The pattern can be used as a generalized nymph pattern, a caterpillar or as a generalized insect larva.

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