Getting Jiggy with it

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Custom order of DuraStones from Brook Fishing Equipment.  Tied on a jig hook and balanced so that the fly rests in a horizontal position.  Tying this to the tippet with a loop knot, and the rubber legs give this pattern tons of realistic movement.  If you have an idea for a custom pattern that can’t be found in a shop shoot and email to info@brookfishingequipment.com

Squirmy Wormie cleaning up

Squirmy eater

 

Here the Squirmy Wormie took a nice brown in high water conditions.  High water due to run-off or heavy precipitation can present tough fishing conditions and leave you frustrated and skunked.  Before you call it quits and refuse to fish these conditions again give the Squirmy Wormie or another worm pattern a try.

When the water level rises parts of the river bank along with things in that bank (such as worms) will be taken by the current downstream.  With the sudden spike of worms in the water trout will take advantage of this to gorge themselves and be more willing to take worm imitations.

In situations like this most of the worm flies available will get the attention of a few fish, but not like a Squirmy Wormie.  This pattern is tied with a material made by Spirit River that moves and wiggles in the water like a real worm driving fish crazy.  It may not last through as many takes as standard San Juan Worm, but it will entice the fish that inspect and turn down a San Juan Worm.

Follow the link for a video and step by step instructions for tying the Squirmy Wormie http://www.redbeardflyfishing.com/fly-patterns/nymphs/squirmy-wormie/

The Chubbies are coming!

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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 info@brookfishingequipment.com

Tying in Steps

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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.

 

New Pattern: Butt Monkey

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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.

Zonker Variant

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.

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New Pattern: Madam X

Madam X

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.

New Pattern: Squirmy Wormies

Squirmy Wormie

 

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.