Saturday, December 7, 2019

Red Phantom Streamer

Red Phantom Streamer
Casting & Trolling

Hook – Streamer style
Head – Black bead with white eye and black pupil
Thread – Black
Tail – Dyed red hackle fibers
Ribbing – Flat silver tinsel
Body – Red uni yarn
Wing – White marabou

Created by E.H. “Polly” Rosborough

Forgotten Flies – Schmookler & Sills

Wind River Witch

Wind River Witch

Category: Steelhead

Hook - Gamakatsu T10-6H
Thread - Black
Tail - Lady Amherst tippet
Body - Fluorescent yellow-green yarn
Ribbing - Flat gold tinsel
Throat - Dyed black hackle fibers
Wing - Sparse white bucktail or calf tail
UV Resin

Super Renegade (aka Hooligan)

Super Renagade 
(aka Hooligan)

Fly type – Wet/attractor

Hook – Mustad 9672 – size 4-8
Thread – Black
Rear hackle – Soft grizzly
Rear body – White, brown or yellow chenille
Middle hackle – Soft brown
Front body – Peacock herl
Front hackle – Soft white, dun or grizzly

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Coal Car

Coal Car 

Category – Steelhead

Hook – Gamakatsu T10-6H
Thread - Black
Tail - Black hackle fibers
Body - 1/4 Fluorescent orange floss/yarn; 1/4 Fluorescent red floss/yarn; 1/2 Black chenille
Rib - Fine Oval silver tinsel
Collar - Soft black hackle
Wing - A few strands of black krystal flash with black squirrel tail over

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Freight Train

Freight Train

Category - Steelhead
Hook – Gamakatsu T10-6H
Thread - Black
Tail - Purple hackle fibers
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body - Rear 1/4 fluorescent orange floss, Second 1/4 red fluorescent floss, Front 1/2 Black chenille  
Throat - Purple hackle
Wing - White calf tail

Monday, December 2, 2019

Hackle Folding Tool

Below is Tim Flaglers version of a simple hackle folding tool for laid back collars on a variety of flies

I no longer play guitar so I have no picks laying around the house

So I improvised with a bread bag plastic closure (follow the directions in the video to use the tool)

Note: There are multiple ways of folding hackle (most tyers will never need to do this), the above is just 1 more way

Forward thinkers should be able to come up with other pieces of plastic could be used

It even comes with a specially designed hole to provide convenient storage on your bobbin rest

Heres a couple more ideas for the bread bag plastic closure

You can modify the hackle folding tool to include a hole & slit for a "hackle guard" 
and a hole for a "bullet head tool"

Grandma's Coat

Grandma's Coat

Category - Atlantic Salmon

Hook - Gamakatsu T10-6H
Thread - Orange
Tail - Mixed bucktail or polar bear in red, yellow, purple, green and orange, one body length 
(bucktail pictured)
Ribbing - Oval gold tinsel
Body - First half, olive seals fur, front half purple seals fur (I used uni-yarn as a substitute)
Wing - Same as tail, tied long, extending 1/2 body length past hook bend
Collar - Soft orange hen neck hackle

Reference -

Sunday, December 1, 2019



Category - Steelhead/Sea-Run Cutthroat

Hook – Gamakatsu T10-6H
Thread - Orange
Tail - Grizzly hackle tips
Ribbing - Orange uni floss
Body - Orange uni yarn
Wing - Two grizzly hackles tied back to back set high and extending beyond the bend of the hook
Collar - Grizzly hackle

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Picket Pin (Jack Boehme)

Picket Pin

Hook - Mustad 9672, size 4 or 6
Thread - Black
Tail - Golden pheasant tippets
Hackle - Medium brown saddle tied palmer
Ribbing - Yellow waxed tying thread or fine gold wire (wire pictured)
Body - Flat gold tinsel
Wing - Gray squirrel tail
Collar - White tip hair of gray squirrel on wing only (optional)
Head - Peacock or ostritch herl

Montana Trout Flies - George F Grant

Other Picket Pins



Category - Steelhead Fly

Hook - Gamakatsu T10-6H

Thread - Black
Tail - Natural Deer Hair
Body - Strand of Burlap Sack Material
Hackle - Grizzly



Category - Steelhead Fly

Hook - Gamakatsu T10-6H
Thread - Black
Tail - Dyed yellow hackle fibers
Ribbing - Oval gold tinsel
Body - Purple uni-yarn
Hackle - Claret
Wing - Gray squirrel tail

Friday, November 29, 2019

Barr Fly (Hairwing Atlantic Salmon Fly)

Barr Fly 
(Hairwing Atlantic Salmon Fly)

Hook: Up eye salmon hook.
Tag: Oval gold tinsel.
Tail: Golden pheasant crest with short piece of orange floss over.
Rib: Oval gold tinsel
Body: Black wool.
Wing: Red squirrel tail.
Hackle: Furnace wound as a collar.
Head: Red

Murder Orange (Salmon/Stonefly)

Murder Orange (Salmon/Stonefly)

Hook – Mustad 9672, size 4-6-8
Thread – Orange
Tip – Flat gold tinsel, optional
Tail – Deep orange polar bear (bucktail pictured)
Ribbing – Gold wire
Body – Orange chenille
Hackle – Original was dark brown. Often tied with orange
Wing – Original was white bucktail. White polar bear is often substituted

Montana Trout Flies – George F Grant

Also known as Johnson's Beach Fly

Midge (Pheasant Tail)

Midge (Pheasant Tail)

Hook - Your favorite midge hook
Bead - Glass or tungsten, size appropriate to the hook (1.5mm glass yellowish topaz/pearl)
Thread - Fluorescent orange
Gills - White uni-stretch
Butt - Fluorescent orange thread coated with uv resin
Ribbing - Copper wire
Body - Pheasant tail
Thorax - Sybai Fine Flash, peacock

Park's Salmon Fly

Park’s Salmon Fly

Hook – Mustad 9671, size 4-6
Thread – Black or orange
Tail – Tan deer hair
Ribbing – Dark brown saddle hackle clipped short
Body – Dark or burnt orange wool
Wing – Tan deer hair
Hackle - Dark brown

Montana Trout Flies - George F Grant

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Bubble Bead Pheasant Tail

Bubble Bead Pheasant Tail

Hook - Swimming nymph style, size accordingly to the bugs in your area
Beads - Black brass or tungsten and mercury (silver lined glass bead) color
Thread - Black, brown, whatever color you want
Tail, body & wing case - Pheasant tail (apply CA glue to thread wraps prior to wrapping pheasant tail forward)
Ribbing - Copper wire (it was omitted in the original video but can be added for extra durability)
UV resin over wing case

Can be tied in a variety of colors of pheasant tail and other materials

From an internet video

Lewi's Killer

Lewi's Killer

Hook - Nymph/wet style
Thread - Black
Tail - Black hackle fibers
Body - Black uni-yarn, oval gold tinsel, black uni-yarn, oval gold tinsel
Throat - Black hackle fibers

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Buittle Pig Pen

Buittle Pig Pen

Hook – Nymph style
Thread - Black
Tail - Golden pheasant tippets
Rib - Silver Wire
Abdomen - Dyed black pheasant tail
Wing - Amherst pheasant tippets
Thorax Cover - Dyed black pheasant tail
Thorax - Black dubbing

Saturday, November 23, 2019

The Austin

The Austin

Hook - Gamakatsu T10-6H
Thread - Brown
Tag - Flat gold tinsel
Tail - Orange bucktail
Ribbing - Oval gold tinsel
Body - Orange yarn
Hackle - Brown
Wing - Fox squirrel tail

Friday, November 22, 2019

Brookes' Fancy

Brookes' Fancy

Hook - Wet/nymph style
Thread - Purple
Ribbing - Peacock herl
Body - Purple floss, thread or uni-stretch
Hackle - White 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Milkweed Fly

Milkweed Fly

Hook - Streamer style
Thread - Black
Tail - Wood duck
Body - Orange Floss or uni-stretch (pictured)
Ribbing - Flat silver tinsel
Throat - Black and white barred wood duck
Wing - White milk weed fibers (marabou pictured)

Reference - Forgotten Flies

Tiger Ghost

Tiger Ghost

Hook - Gamakatsu T10-6H

Thread - Black
Tip - Fluorescent green floss, fluorescent orange floss or uni-stretch
Tag - Oval silver tinsel
Body - Gudebrod buttwind (black & white)
Wing - Yellow, white, and black bucktail in that order
Cheeks - Silver pheasant feathers

Monday, November 18, 2019

Bennett's Halo

Bennett’s Halo

Hook - Alec Jackson Spey Hooks (Black, Size 3 - 7)
Thread – White for all body work; Orange for the head
Tip - Oval silver tinsel
Tag – Flashabou; Dyed pearl peacock
Tail - Teal flank
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body - Peacock herl
Hackle - Grizzly
Underwing #1 – Pearl midge krystal flash
Underwing #2 - Holographic gold lite brite
Wing - Gray squirrel tail

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Grayling Witch, Grayling Steel Blue, Ke-He, Bradshaw's Fancy & The Witch

Grayling Witch

Tail – Red floss
Ribbing – Flat silver tinsel
Body – Green peacock herl
Hackle – Blue dun

Reference – Perrault’s Standard Dictionary of Fishing Flies (page 114)

Grayling Steel Blue

Tip – Flat silver tinsel
Tag – Orange floss
Ribbing – Gold wire
Body – Thin peacock herl
Hackle – Blue dun palmered

Reference – Perrault’s Standard Dictionary of Fishing Flies (page 114)


Tail - Red floss with golden pheasant tippets below or above
Body - Peacock herl
Hackle - Brown

Reference – Perrault’s Standard Dictionary of Fishing Flies (page 156)

Bradshaw’s Fancy

Tag - Red floss or antron yarn (pictured)
Body - Peacock herl
Hackle - Grey hackle
Peak - Red floss or antron yarn (pictured)

The Witch

Tail - Ibis (red floss pictured)
Body - Bright green peacock sword fibers, 2-3 strands twisted
Ribbing - Flat gold tinsel

Hackle - Honey dun

Reference - Grayling Fishing in South Country Streams – H. A. Rolt

Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Hook - Streamer style
Thread - Red
Tail - Hackle tips
Body - Oval silver tinsel
Head - Red thread and painted eyes

May be highlighted with permanent markers or painted with craft paints

I copied an internet photo I found while Googling for fly patterns

Hook - Streamer style
Thread - Black
Tail - Hackle tips
Body - Gudebrod Buttwind
Head - Black thread and painted eyes

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Mormon Girl

Mormon Girl

Hook - Mustad 9672, size 4-10 (size 6 pictured)
Thread - Black
Tail - Golden pheasant tippet fibers
Rib - Embossed flat gold tinsel
Rear Body - Red floss or uni-stretch (pictured)
Front Body - Yellow chenille
Hackle - Soft grizzly hackle
Wing - Badger guard hairs

Friday, November 8, 2019


Heimasaetan (Heimasætan) 

Hook - 3XL Streamer, Size 6 - 12
Thread - White (underbody); Black (head)
Tail - Dyed orange bucktail or marabou (pictured)
Body - White wool, floss or uni-stretch (pictured)
Ribbing - Oval gold tinsel
Wing / back - Red calf tail
Throat - Dyed orange bucktail or marabou (pictured)
Eyes - Painted black oven white

Quigley Cripple

Quigley Cripple

Hook - Curved dry fly style
Thread - Tan
Shuck - Dyed olive marabou
Rib - Gold wire
Abdomen - Dyed olive marabou (continuation of shuck)
Thorax - Dyed olive dubbing
Wing/stubs - Deer hair

Hackle - Grizzly

Monday, November 4, 2019

American Woolly

American Woolly

Hook - Mustad #94831 Size: 6 XL
Thread - Black, 6/0
Body - Black Hackle, Brown Hackle, Black Hackle, palmered. Tied as tight and heavy as possible. Trim to resemble a woolly worm caterpillar. Trim it flat or tapered on the ends.

Tying Tips: Easy to tie. Be generous with the head cement.

Fishing Tips: This is a great pattern for late fall. Bump it off a log or stone. Cast it in
near the shore or in any pocket waters. Big trout love it ! Can also be used
for pan fish tied in smaller sizes or for bass in larger sizes. Trim the bottom
of the hackle for a lower profile.

Historical Note: For years I’ve found these Woolly Worms (Pyrrharctia isabella) along the
banks of American rivers. My fascination with caterpillars lead me to develop a
high floating dry fly that closely resembles the ‘Woolly’ and that the fish just
can’t refuse.

Hex Trude

Hex Trude

Hook - Mustad #9671 or #9672 Size: 6
Thread - Tan
Tail - 8-10 Moose mane or body hairs
Body - Pale yellow or tan poly yarn or dubbing
Wing - White calf tail, tied trude style
Hackle - Grizzly & brown, mixed

Tying Tips: Standard techniques

Fishing Tips: Developed for the Hexagenia hatch. This fly works really well in especially in very light or extremely heavy hatches. The fly floats well and is easily seen. When fishing heavy hatches try casting upstream and to the right or lift of the trout, and then twitch the fly into his window. On many occasions I have been able to coax large trout into striking this pattern long after all feeding has stopped.

Historical Note: Jeff Bonin developed this pattern around 1987. It’s a very simple yet durable pattern. According to Jeff, “it’s my top Hex pattern.” Jeff is the owner of ‘Steelhead Connection Custom Flies,’ located in North Muskegon, Michigan.

Michigan Moth

Michigan Moth
Hook - Mustad #R50-94833, #94840 or R50X-94845 Size: 8-10
Thread - Pale yellow
Body - Natural White Peacock Herl (i substituted white yarn)
Wing: Natural Deer Hair, divided and pulled down to the sides of the fly
Tying Tips: You can use any dry fly hook and if you prefer you can substitute the deer hair light elk hair. Begin tying as if you were doing a caddis fly; once your hair is tied in simply divide the hair and pull it down toward the sides of the fly. Then, using your thread firmly secure the wings.
Fishing Tips: This fly is designed as a generalized moth pattern. Here in Michigan we have many species that we commonly call grass moths, lawn moths or just plane common brown moths. They are usually out April through September. They are attracted to light. When night fishing a river where the banks are lined with cabins the moths will often be found crossing the river, drawn by the lights of the cabins. That’s the most productive scenario for the use of this fly. I suspect that it might also be used on spruce moths.
Historical Note: Developed by Tom Deschaine for use on the Au Sable River, here in Michigan in 2014.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Collared Caddis

Collared Caddis

Hook - Mustad #94833, #94840 or R50X-94845 Size 8-18
Thread - Black
Abdomen - Dubbing (natural or synthetic), black, brown, tan, yellow, gray or green.
Wing - Natural elk hair, tied caddis style, down over the back, slightly beyond the bend
of the hook.
Thorax - Peacock herl.
Head - Trimmed butts of the elk hair wing, caddis style or crown style.

Tying Tips: You may use any dry fly hook. Dubbing can be used in any color to match the insects in
your area. With this pattern I have had the greatest success with Super Fine Dry Fly
Dubbin. After tying in a thorax of thread, trim the head and then go back to overwrap
the thread with peacock herl.

Fishing Tips: This is an all season long caddis pattern. Just match the body color and the hook size to
the insects on the water. Can be fished in most all water situations.

Historical Note: Created by Tom Deschaine in 2014. This is truly a remarkable fly pattern! It was primarily designed to reduce the number of caddis patterns that I usually carry.

Catau's Michigan Hopper

Catau's Michigan Hopper

Hook - Mustad #R74-9672 4XL Size: 6-12
Thread - Black or Yellow
Tail - Red duck quill, calftail, yarn or floss, trimmed short.
Body - Medium Yarn, yellow, green or brown.
Ribbing -  Brown, palmered.
Wing - Deer Hair, tied trude over the body.
Head - Trimmed butts from the wing, caddis style.

Tying Tips: Standard techniques. Substitute the body with a poly yarn. There is also a variation of this which has legs.

Fishing Tips: Any time the hoppers are on the water. Body color and hook size by the hoppers in your area.

Historical Note: This fly was developed by Dan Catau back in the 1980s. Dan was an established tyer back in the 70s through the 90s. He tied professionally for Skip’s Sport Shop in Grayling, MI. and later for Hank’s Fly Shop in Lake Orion, MI. He no longer ties but is enjoying his retirement in Washington, MI. He wrote a book on Michigan Hex fishing entitled, “In the thrill of the Night.”



Hook - Mustad #94840,#94833 or R50X-94845 Sizes 12-24
Thread - Black
Body - Deer body hair, tied around the shank of hook, 
extending over the bend in the hook for the tail.
Tail - Extension of the body hair
Rib - Crisscrossed black thread
Hackle - Brown & Grizzly, mixed

Tying Tips: Easy to tie, using the standard techniques.

Fishing Tips: General purpose fly. Use larger sizes early in the summer and the smaller
sizes in the fall when the blue-wing olives are out.

Historical Note: Boyd Senter (1898-1982) was a professional musician having played with
Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and Freddie Fisher. He played over 33 different
instruments. He retired to Mio, Michigan where he divided his time between
repairing high school band instruments and running a sporting goods shop,
where he tied and sold his own flies. He established himself as an accomplished
fly tied and fisherman. In 1959 he designed 4 flies honoring different models of
Fords: the Falcon, Fairlane, Galaxie and the Thunderbird

Weed Seed

Weed Seed

Hook - Dry fly style Size: 8-14
Thread - Tan
Tail - Pearl Krystal Flash, 2 strands, tied long
Body - Deer hair, extended beyond the bend of the hook, flared at the rear
Ribbing - Crisscrossed threads
Wing - Deer hair, spread down and across the back

Tying Tips: Simple and quick to tie. Represents a variety of insects so it can virtually
be tied in any size. Also tied in gray and purple.

Fishing Tips: It floats well and is a good searching pattern, especially on new waters.
A very productive pattern.

Historical Note: This fly was created sometime between 2005-2009 by Mike Schultz.
Mike is the owner and head guide of Schultz Outfitters in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Saturday, November 2, 2019



Hook - Mustad 94840, 94833 or R50X-94845
Thread - Black
Tail - Red hackle fibers
Body - Peacock herl, reinforced
Wing - Bleached elk hair, tied down, caddis style
Hackle - Furnace or brown

Tying Tips: Easy to tie --- very straight forward pattern. Tie wing very heavy with elk hair.

Fishing Tips: Designed as a caddis attractor pattern with multiple used. It can be fished on lakes,
rivers or streams, fast water or still waters. It’s highly visible and a great floater. In
larger sizes it can be used for bass and in smaller sizes it can be use for pan fish. It’s
deadly for brooks, browns and rainbows.

Historical Note: Designed in 2007 the fly has become very popular having appeared in Fly Tyer
Magazine and Fly Fish America and on multiple web sites. The fly was designed by
Tom Deschaine, a retired school teacher from Westland, Michigan. He’s a fly tyer,

custom rod builder.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Green Midge

Green Midge

Hook – Standard wet fly style
Thread - Black
Tag – Flat gold tinsel
Ribbing – Flat gold tinsel
Body - Green floss
Hackle - Light blue dun