The Chubby Chernobyl is a go to pattern for many western rivers when stoneflies are hatching and hoppers make their way to the banks. Brook Fishing Equipment will be make this pattern avaliable in their online store soon (http://www.brookfishingequipment.com/bfe-flies/). BFE will offer the pattern in Hopper Yellow, Golden Stone, Olive Brown, and a Salmon Fly variant shown above. If you want this killer dry fly in another color pattern just shoot them an email email@example.com
A fly tyer may sit down at their bench for a few reasons. Sometimes we sit down to try and come up with a new pattern that is going to be the new must have pattern, try to figure out how a particular fly is tied, to express ourselves through the art of tying a beautiful fly, or to just restock boxes quickly to get back out on the water. When you find yourself needing to restock some flies, or don’t have endless time to tie the answer lies in step tying.
Normally you would start with a bare hook in the vice, go through all the steps of selecting and applying every material to the hook until the fly is complete. When step tying you complete a certain step in the pattern on all the flies that you are tying before moving on to the next. This really help keep flies consistent since you are doing one thing repetitively. The materials that you are using for a step should be selected and if necessary prepared before you start tying to decrease the amount of time wasted messing with materials (It is easy to do this while you are watching TV or something else in your free time). When you switch from hook to hook you can secure the thread with a couple half hitches or a whip finish.
Another thing to point out about step tying is you can choose how to break up each pattern into steps. You don’t have to literately do every step on the whole lot of flies you are tying before moving to the next. To illustrate this with the DuraStone pictured above the first thing to do is weight all the hooks. Next is tie in the tail then body then antenna then the wingcase before moving to the next hook. The next step is to dub the thorax then tie down the wingcase. The final step is to trim the legs and epoxy the wingcase.
This method helps save time, helps keep things organized, and makes it easier to tie consitent flies. Give it a shot next time you have to tie up a dozen flies in one pattern… you’ll be knocking out rows in your flybox in no time.
The newest pattern added to the database is the Butt Monkey. Not only does it have a great name, but it is also a great fly to get big fish to bite. Usually this fly is credited to Kelly Galloup, but on his site (Slide Inn) he clarifies that he added the lead eyes. The pattern was originally designed by Scott Smith. This fly is packed with fish catching triggers, and can be tied in countless variations and color combinations.
After messing around with the Zonker streamer pattern a little this variation was what left sitting in the vice. Some minor changes can be seen such as the UV head and the Super Bright red throat, but the body really makes it stand out. The body is Krystal Flash and Spirit River Woven Body Material in peal.
The newest update to the fly tying database is the Madam X. Dreaming of warmer weather and long summer afternoons lead to this pattern update in the middle of February, plus it doesn’t hurt to have your boxes stocked up and ready to go. The Madam X is a pattern that doesn’t imitate a specific insect, instead it a general pattern that will work for adult stoneflies, hoppers, and attractor dries that work great for indicator flies in a dry dropper rig. The pattern was originally tied by Doug Swisher, and it was tied with only the deer hair and thread used to secure it (forming and X pattern down the body) for the body of the fly. There are many variations of this fly and arguably the most prevalent is the Madam X with a floss body which is featured in the step by step tutorial, but other materials such as dubbing and thread can be substituted. So while you’re sitting around waiting for the snow to melt get a few Madam X’s spun up, and be ready for long summer afternoons and sunburns.
The Squirmy Wormie is the newest pattern added to the tying database. This fly is a variant of a San Juan Worm which many people would say is not a fly in the traditional sense, but the fact remains that fish eat worms. Why not have another pattern in your arsenal that represents a food source found in waters year round that fish go nuts for at times? The Squirmy Wormie is tied using Spirit River’s Squirmy Wormies material, and makes the fly a very effective worm fly. The material is soft, flexible, has a ton of movement, and comes in many colors including a cool glow in the dark neon. The drawback to the material is that is not the most durable used in fly tying, but when tied with a copper the pattern will be tough and last fish after fish. Give the Squirmy Wormies a try and it might become your go to worm fly.
Brook Fishing Equipment has extended their free shipping on all Brook Boxes and Outta the Box fly patch until March 1, 2014. Another promotion from BFE is when you order a dozen flies you get 2 free flies of your choice until March 1, 2014.
Here are some really cool color combinations from a custom order of big files.
Yes there are a lot of cool fly tying materials in shops. Some are new and cutting edge that are supposed to be more effective than dynamite, and some are classics that have passed the test of time and countless fish. If you look around though you may be able to find some great materials that you will not find in any shop. Here are some examples… the Kaufmann Stonefly dubbing is Saint Bernard, the Gold Ribbed Hares Ear is Golden Retriever, and the soft hackle is Cockatiel. Don’t be afraid to branch away from the small plastic bags next time that you sit down at the vice.
Brook Fishing Equipment will be offering free shipping on all Brook Boxes and the Outta the Box fly patch until Jan. 1, 2014.