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Fly of the Month – Rusty’s White Knot

J.Stockard Pro Tyer: Joe Jackson, Martinsville, Indiana, Find Joe @: www.sgtbassfisher.com, Joe @ Facebook, Instagram @sgt.bassfisher

The Rusty’s White Knot is a variation of the Roberts Yellow Drake created by Clarence Roberts of Grayling, Michigan in between the years 1957 and 1959.  This variation was created by Rusty Gates, also of Grayling, Michigan, and then the owner of Gates Au Sable Lodge. This fly has been around awhile. I first heard about it (Rusty Variation) when a friend of mine from Indianapolis’ Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Program (Chris Jackson @Healed_on_the_fly ) asked me to tie him 50 of them in size 12 for a trip to the famed Au Sable River In Michigan. He and some friends were going to try and hit the annual spring hex hatch!

Chris reached out to the owner of Gates Au Sable lodge for fly recommendations. The owner (Josh Greenburg) let him know that due to an extremely wet and cold spring the Hex Hatch would probably be delayed. Something we all would hate to hear, however Josh said there were Drakes all night and Iso’s during the day. And he recommended Rusty Gates “White Knot” pattern. Pictured left from left Chris Jackson, Matt Smith, Andrew McCormick, Mike Pugh, and Jonathon Wayne) more…

Fly of the Month – Sprout Midge Emerger

J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Paul Shurtleff, Springville UT, You can find Paul @: www.instagram.com/insectinside/, www.facebook.com/pauliescustomflies

The following fly pattern is tied to resemble the emergence stage of a midge pupae. This is my Midge Emerger…

Midge insects or diptera (Latin, meaning “2 wings”), are common in most fresh water streams, lakes, rivers and waterways world wide. Midges have many names and are commonly called buzzers, gnats, chironomids, dipterans and a plethora of nicknames for the same type of insect. These insects resemble and are often mistaken for mosquitos, which they are a close relative to, although harmless (as in midges don’t bite you!).

The life cycle of a midge has 4 stages: Egg, Larvae, Pupae (emergence) to an Adult and they hatch year round in most areas, even during the winter months. Midges often hatch in prolific numbers so great that during certain times of the year there can be literally billions of midges gathered into massive clouds of buzzing midges near and over the water. Midges range in size depending on the body of water where they’re found in and are typically anywhere from a hook size of a #8 down to and including a #32. Typically, midges are a little larger when found in lakes and still waters where they’re more commonly called chironomids, but on tail water rivers and streams it’s not uncommon to be fishing with and using midge fly patterns sized #18 and under with tippets smaller than 5x. What midges don’t have in physical size, they more than make up for in their vast numbers. In some areas, midges make up as much as 60% or more of a trout’s diet which make them a staple food source for not only trout, but for all fish species in waters where there are midges. more…

Fly of the Month – The Bunny Leech

J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Erik Svendsen, Provo, UT

The Bunny Leech is a pattern that has been around for a long time.  It wasn’t until I saw Pete’s (@Blueriverflies) Spawn Head version that it caught my interest and made me want to tie it and fish it.  With any pattern, I love to over-complicate it and add more flash and materials.  I really wanted to make this look even more minnow like by adding the white belly and speckled guinea, and who doesn’t like flash on a minnow.

If you are using Blank Spawn Heads, there is a tutorial on how to paint them here: https://youtu.be/BrPkC_r-HhA

So enjoy and tie some up. The fish can’t resist them.