Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Cooper Bug


Cooper Bug

Hook - Standard dry fly style, size 4-14

Thread - Red

Tail - Red hackle fibers

Ribbing - Flat gold tinsel

Body - Green yarn

Wing - Gray squirrel tail

Head - Butt ends of the gray squirrel tail


Trout - Ray Bergman - Plate 15 and Page 467

Saturday, May 8, 2021




Hook - Standard 1XL wet fly hook
Thread - Black or Brown
Tail - 2 hen hackles, grizzly an brown tied in at the bend so their 
tips extend to about 1 shank length, do not clip
Body - Peacock herl
Palmer Hackle - The hackle from the tail, palmered to the hook eye

Walt's Sexy Worm

Walt's Sexy Worm

(Rainbow Variation)

Hook - Curved or straight 

Weight - Bead

Thread - Red

Ribbing - Mirage Opal Tinsel

Body - Rainbow sow/scud dubbing

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Black Labrador


Black Labrador

Hook - Gamakatsu T10-6H

Thread - Black

Tail - Heavy bunch of calf tail or black bear

Body - Black dubbing, cigar shaped

Collar - Black hackle

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Surface Stone Fly

Surface Stone Fly

Hook - Low water single or double.
Tag - Flat silver tinsel
Body - Bright green floss
Wing - Black bear tied flat across the body
Post - Bent straight pin
Hackle - Silver badger

Acceptable Substitute Materials - Oval silver tinsel, black squirrel tail

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Golden Girl

The Golden Girl is a derivative of the Green Butt devised by Dave Goulet. 
A white or yellow throat hackle may be substituted to give a change of emphasis.

Golden Girl (Goulet)

Category - Atlantic Salmon

Tag: Flat gold tinsel and fluorescent green uni stretch

Tail - Golden pheasant tippet

Rib - Oval gold tinsel

Body - Black floss

Throat Hackle - Natural black hackle with a green tinge

Wing - Black squirrel tail

Cheeks - Jungle cock

Head - Black

The Complete Dictionary of Salmon flies (Page131) - Chris Mann

I ran out of jungle cock late last year when I tied the other pattern above. My bad.

I went through every black hackle I own looking for "black hackle with a green tinge" and nope. None!

I also prefer a "beard" style throat hackle. If YOU prefer a different method that's entirely up to YOU! Defeo style, collar style and pulled down etc

Dave Goulet owned a fly shop here in Connecticut and had the luxury of picking out the cream of the crop of tying materials. Most of us don't even have a local fly shop near by

Friday, April 23, 2021



Hook – Gamakatsu T10-6H
Thread - Black
Tip – Oval gold tinsel
Tag - Yellow uni stretch
Tail - Golden pheasant crest and tippet
Butt - Dyed black ostrich herl
Rib - Oval gold tinsel
Body - Flat gold tinsel
Throat – Dyed orange hackle
Wing - Fox squirrel tail

From angelfire.com

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Royal Bobesh


Royal Bobesh

Category - Larvae/Scud/Grub

Hook - Any curved style scud hook

Weight - Lead/lead free wire

Thread - Color to match dubbing

Ribbing - Wire, thread or monofilament

Shell back - Scud back, strip of zip lock bag etc

Body - Your favorite color dubbing

Head - Gold tinsel or wire

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Twiston Scud

Twiston Scud

Hook - Standard nymph/wet fly style
Thread - Color to match the scud you're trying to imitate
Weight - A strip of twiston lead weight trimmed to the shape of a scud
Ribbing - Wire or monofilament
Shell back - Magic foil or scud back
Body - Dubbing in tour favorite scud color

For a wider profile, use lead tape and trim it to shape

Will it roll over in the current, probably. Will the fish care, probably not

Here is another tying method

Black Caddis


Goddard Caddis - Black

Hook – Dry fly style
Thread - Black
Body - Deer hair, spun, flared and trimmed
Antennae - Black hackle quill or monofilament (pictured)
Hackle - Black

Flat Wing Caddis - Black

Hook – Dry fly style
Thread - Black
Body - Black dubbing
Wings - Black hackle tips, lacquered

Devil Bug - Black

Hook - Standard dry fly hook
Thread - Black
Tail/Back/Head - Black deer hair, cleaned and stacked
Body - Black dubbing

Caddis Dry - Black

Hook - Standard dry fly hook
Thread - Black
Body - Dry-fly dubbing
Wing - Black deer or elk hair

Monday, April 19, 2021

Orange Fish Hawk


Orange Fish Hawk

Hook - Standard nymph/wet fly style
Thread - Black
Tag - Flat gold tinsel
Ribbing - Flat gold tinsel
Body - Orange floss or uni stretch
Hackle - Badger

Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle

Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle
Hook - Nymph/wet style
Thread - Black
Tail - Pheasant tail fibers
Rib - Fine copper wire
Abdomen - Pheasant tail fibers
Thorax - Peacock herl
Hackle - Hungarian Partridge

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Megan's Minnow


Megan's Minnow

Hook - Mustad R73-9671, R74-9672 Size 6-14

Thread - White

Tail - White rabbit fur or marabou

Body - Pearl body braid

Back - Fox squirrel tail

Eyes - Stick-on eyes or painted black over yellow

Coating - UV Resin

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Double N


Double N

Category - Smallmouth and largemouth bass, panfish

Hook - Mustad R72-9671, #4 - #10

Head/Weight - Gold Bead, 10 - 12 wraps of .020 Lead/lead free wire

Thread - White

Tail - Olive Grizzly Marabou

Body - Pearl UV Ice Dub

Throat - Olive Grizzly Marabou

Wing - Olive Grizzly Marabou

Collar - Red UV Ice Dub

I used olive grizzly (barred) marabou but this fly can be tied in any color 

such as tan, grizzly or even solid color marabou

Reference - Dressed Irons - YouTube

Friday, April 16, 2021

Martinek's Golden Smelt


Martinek's Golden Smelt

Created by Michael Martinek, Jr.

Hook - 6XL streamer hook, size 2

Thread - Red and black

Tail - Grizzly hackle tips

Butt - Red thread used to secure body

Body - Pearlescent mylar tubing for 3/4 body. Throat region is red thread

Throat - Red calf tail, short

Wing - Black bear over light brown bucktail over white bucktail

Head - Painted black over white