Category Archives: Fly Tying Materials & Supplies

The Sergeant Nick Fury Emerger

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

No, I don’t think he was a fly fisherman…and honestly that was a bait-and-switch article title because this is the Spotlight Caddis Emerger pattern. It’s a terrific pattern, and incredibly productive. It’s thought to appeal to trout in great part because of its meaty-looking abdomen, which hangs down below the water surface, visually enhanced by the delicate tuft of emerging wing material drying in the air above it. The fly is said by some to resemble an emerging caddis fly trapped somewhere between the water, the film, and the sky, in it’s struggle to break free and become the adult stage of the insect. The caddis larva/adult is in an extremely vulnerable state in these moments, and still fat and tasty, and trout have trouble passing it up.

Original Parachute Version

Original Parachute Version

The problem with the pattern, from my perspective, is that it takes me so incredibly long to tie it. That there’s a lot going on, with a lot of small tufts of different materials all coming together in a narrow space, is part of the problem, although I wouldn’t have a major issue with most of that if that was the end of it. But it’s the fact that it’s supposed to be a parachute tie that I can’t accept.

I don’t tie parachute dry flies very well…in truth I don’t tie them at all. The very few times I’ve tried have produced results that were…well, abysmal. Waste of materials. Trout would instantly evolve the ability to laugh, if they saw it. Smaller flies in particular suffer from my ineptness and lack of enthusiasm for the style. more…

Adaptation Can Be Fun and Rewarding—The Montana Temple Dog

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

oneFor the fly tier, adaptation can be a bit of fun. I tie flies because I enjoy the process and quiet time as I sequester myself in my fly tying room. Although from a practical perspective, I don’t really need more flies, but there’s this constant itch to do something a bit different. And when that bit of difference proves itself on the river, it really is rewarding. Such was the case when I embarked on adaptations of the Temple Dog style of fly tying. My Temple Dog style flies, tied in “Montana” colors proved themselves with “tie flying” colors the first time out on the river. One of my early Montana Temple Dogs in olive seduced three 18”+ browns in a span of 15 feet along a deep undercut and very fast current on the Madison River this summer. Three big fish in less than a dozen casts in such a short span of water was either pure luck, or I had a fly pattern with some real potential. more…

Fly of the Month – May 2017 – Two-Tone Stone

FOM May 2017 360x360Fly Tyer: Tim Sickles, J Stockard customer & avid fly tyer

The two-tone stone was devised through trial and error after flipping over a lot of rocks and studying golden stonefly nymphs and Skwala Nymphs. I noticed that while the colors and size of these bugs can really vary, that they almost always have a dark back and lighter colored body, hence the two-tone. I took some inspiration from other proven flies when developing the two-tone, notably Tim Saverese’s knotted leg technique. I’ve found the knotted legs add a little extra movement (and they look cool). Color combinations that I’ve found effective: black/natural hare’s ear (pictured), gold/brown, black on black on black (obviously not two toned). more…