Memorial Day Flies

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Lt Colonel USAF Retired, Bozeman, Montana

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere aren’t any flies that are especially good for Memorial Day fishing over and above a good woolly bugger or elk hair caddis. But Kate at J. Stockard challenged me to tie a few red, white and blue numbers for this Memorial Day blog. The challenge, which I accepted was made a tad difficult as I was out of town on business until the Friday before Memorial Day. I knew what I wanted to tie, but wasn’t home to do it. As I woke up on Friday morning after a week of travel, I took a quick inventory of the red, white and blue materials in my fly tying stash and noted a number of missing ingredients. A quick trip to the fly shop was in order. $50 later I was at the bench. The trip to the fly shop did have additional benefits because I needed my 2016 Yellowstone license for the season which starts on Saturday. When Memorial Day comes around it marks the kickoff of the Yellowstone season.  I was also able to catch up on the status of a few rivers.

Brook's Montana Stone

Brook’s Montana Stone

Once at the bench, I dove into tying some traditional patterns, albeit in more patriot colors.  So here they are. A few might see the river later in July when the Salmon flies are out on the Gardner. The flies below are fictional. Any resemblance to a living insect or fish is purely coincidental.

Easy as Cherry Pie Hopper

Easy as Cherry Pie Hopper

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stimulator

Stimulator

Walter Weise Prom Queen (Red Dress)

Walter Weise Prom Queen (Red Dress)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Micro Zonker

Micro Zonker

Walter Weise Prom Queen (Blue Dress)

Walter Weise Prom Queen (Blue Dress)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clouser Minnow

Clouser Minnow

Pine Squirrel Woolly Bugger

Pine Squirrel Woolly Bugger

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minch's Stone

Minch’s Stone

Barber Pole Nymph

Barber Pole Nymph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was fun to ponder Memorial Day in this way—tying up patriot flies. But lest not forget all those American and allied warriors who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country over the last two centuries. That’s what Memorial Day is all about.

 

Note from J. Stockard: Thanks Mike for helping us commemorate Memorial Day in this way and, at the same time, acknowledge all those who have served and sacrificed for us all.

One thought on “Memorial Day Flies

  1. Michael Vorhis

    Fun project. Very creative. My Dad, still hale & hearty at 93, is a member of that generation of heroes. I salute him and all his comrades, those who came back and those who did not.

    I hope you don’t have to have those flies folded and into the fly box by sundown.

    Kate, please please PLEASE let me tie one that looks like a baseball for next year’s spring opener!

    – Mike

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