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Fly of the Month – The Hatchling Craw

Fly of the Month by J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Brandon Bailes, Athens, AL. Brandon’s passion is exploring and fishing small streams. Find Brandon on Instagram.

The Hatchling Craw came about as my tying has centered more and more on matching the average forage size on the streams I fish. I spend the majority of my fishing time on small warmwater bluelines and after lots of sampling I came to the conclusion that my size 2 and even size 6 craws were not the majority of the population in these waters, instead a size 10 or 12 craw was perfect and fish readily take them! I tie the Hatchling on Gamakatsu B10S hooks sz 10 and 12 but I also use either beadchain eyes or brass dumbbell eyes, depending on how I want to fish them ( under an indicator or actively retrieve/hop them back). So far I have used them successfully on panfish, bass, and tailwater trout. more…

Fly of the Month – The Double T

Fly of the Month by J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Matthew Beers, Circleville NY. Matthew is mostly known for tying traditional style Catskill flies. Find Matthew on Instagram.

I’d like to dedicate this post to James “Bucky” Sterns, my fly fly tying mentor, friend and a Catskill Fly Fishing Legend. May you rest in everlasting peace.

The Double T
The Double T (originally known as The Trout Treat) is a Caddis Pupae I developed on my home water in the Catskills of New York about 5 years ago. I envisioned a virtually indestructible fly pattern simple to tie but capable of withstanding the rough wild water of Catskill rivers as well as, God willing, hungry trout. This pattern has been tested across the United States and even been successful in Scotland & England. It can be fished by high stick nymphing methods as well as swung like a wet fly to produce savage strikes on the accent. The furled antron body with a tight wrapped dubbing collar will take a beating and a half. Great for fish after fish after fish action!

Simple Flies – BLM Nymph

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

When I think of simple flies, they are easy to tie with just a few steps and minimal materials. But they are also effective flies and it is that effectiveness that makes simple flies rewarding to tie. One such simple fly is the BLM nymph (it is not a fly designed by the Bureau of Land Management). The Beaded Little Mayfly (BLM) nymph is a versatile small attractor nymph effective in both rivers and still waters. By all accounts that I can find, the pattern was developed by guide and outfitter Tim Heng of Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt, Colorado along the Frying Pan river. It is a staple western US pattern that is readily available through most fly shops and online fly retailers. But it is so easy to tie, that paying for one seems silly. more…