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.
The season is changing and more than likely you’ll be changing the flies that you are using. Here is a Small Brook Box that is loaded up with some great flies for winter trout fishing. Fall beatis, midges, and a few Copper Johns are the flies of choice here. Another great winter pattern, especially on tailwaters, is the Squirmy Wormy. This is a VERY effective San Juan Worm variant that uses Spirit River’s Squirmy Wormies material instead of chenille (https://www.spiritriver.com/materials/bodies-parts/squirmy-wormies%E2%84%A2). The material is soft, stretches and has an unbelievable life-like action in the water. It comes in many colors and a tying tutorial is soon to come.
Kelly Galloup’s Zoo Cougar is the next addition to the fly database. This is a great streamer pattern that is unweighted and designed to be fished on a sink tip or full sinking line. The Zoo Cougar is a sculpin imitation that can be tied in different colors to imitate other baitfish, or as an attractor. This fly works great on the swing or with any type of stripping retrieve, but is meant to be fished with a jerk strip retrieve. To perform the jerk strip retrieve the fly is moved by jerking the rod tip back, keeping the tip low to the water, and the slack line is then taken up by stripping the fly line. Even without the jerk strip retrieve the Zoo Cougar dips and dives with the current and has everything it needs to have streamer eaters hot on its tail.
Brook Fishing Equipment is now selling flies. Choose from new takes on classics or proven original patterns tied with quality materials. If you don’t see what your looking or have questions about patterns just send an email. The fly pictured above and below is a BFE original pattern called Catch 22 and it has been wreaking havoc on fish hooking rainbows, browns. cutthroats, and bull trout.