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Fly of the Month – The Firehole Demon

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

Fishing the rise and fall of the Firehole successfully in early June has always been a challenge. Having talked with many anglers who are disappointed with the lack of hatches and failure to catch decent fish on a regular basis, I became convinced that traditional methods were fruitless. Anglers waiting for hatches waited in vain. Anglers drifting small nymphs in deep waters were frustrated for the lack of takes. Anglers swinging small buggers and soft-hackles on floating lines (a commonly recommended approach) never get those flies in front of fish. When the water is high on the Firehole, the fish, especially the browns, are taken close to the bank where they shelter in deeply submerged undercuts. You have put a fly inches from the bank and down quickly in the swift water. The take may come immediately or as the fly swings out into the current. If you are fishing along a deep bank letting the fly swing all the way to the bank and slowly retrieved may lure a fish out of an undercut you are standing near. After several years of perfecting this technique, it was time to devise a fly that would excel in the deep, tea colored waters of the Firehole. more…

Fly of the Month – Mohawk Hotspot Pheasant Tail


Fly of the Month by J. Stockard Pro Tyer:  Justin Aldrich, Haversham Co. GA., find Justin on Instagram and YouTube.

This version of the Pheasant Tail Nymph is just as deadly as any Americanized version, if not deadlier on account of it’s unique Hotspot location. It’s a Hotspot Wingcase, over a glossy Bead Thorax.

Trout these days, especially on highly pressured water, have seen just about everything man has to offer. Hopefully this version will offer something different. more…

Fly of the Month – Coachman Caddis

Fly of the Month by J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Son Tao, Army Master Sergeant, Infantry Branch.

The Coachman Caddis is a spin on the famous, classic Royal Coachman. It utilizes the color scheme of the Royal Coachman is a great dry fly for cutthroats and brook trout. I initially tied the Coachman Caddis for brook trout in the famous Au Sable River in Michigan but it has proven itself as a great pattern for cutthroats in Colorado and Montana. It’s very easy to tie and the choices of colors is only limited by your imagination. This step by step will cover the classic Coachman color scheme but other colors that work well are purple, green, orange and blue.
Materials Used:
Hook: Hanak H300BL or similar (TMC 2488 is another good choice)
Thread: Semperfli 18/0 Nano Silk or UTC 70 in white or red
Body: Red floss tag and peacock herl thorax