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Plecopteran Purple

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

The Society of Bored Fly Tyers announced today the existence of an experimental line of Plecopteran (stonefly) flies tied predominately in the color purple. The flies for the most part mimic traditional Plecopteran patterns like the Brooks Montana Stone, Parks Stonefly, Minch’s Stonefly nymphs, Stimulators and Flashback stones, etc. The patterns are scheduled to undergo field trials this summer on selected watersheds SW Montana. Trials may be disrupted if the National Park Service fails to open Yellowstone National Park in time for the 2020 park fishing season which should begin on May 23rd. There are key waters in the park that anglers rely on for early season stonefly patterns. However there are plenty of traditional stonefly waters throughout SW Montana outside the park for the trials to begin.

Once field trials are completed late this summer, a report will be published as to the efficacy of the patterns. Fly anglers and fly tiers are cautioned against hoarding purple fly tying material in advance of field trials. As it is not a common color in most trout related fly tying materials, fly shops and online suppliers generally don’t have a strong supply. Society experts caution that these are experimental flies with no track record of success. The flies may be completely useless and cause unnecessary frustration if anglers think they are a panacea Hoarding now may disrupt trials if the flies are successful and the secret leaks out. If the trials are unsuccessful, then overstocking with purple materials now may prove to be a waste of money. The society did ask that any fly tier desiring to participate in the field trials should begin to tie Plecopteran purple patterns now before supplies of purple materials dry up. Successful and unsuccessful patterns should be reported to the society during the summer. more…

An Expletive that Catches Fish

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

Now, I know what you’re going to say: “Mike, stop trying to sound tough; you’re no street-cred-wielding expletive-user…you wouldn’t know an expletive from extra cheese.“ Well, let me tell you, that there’s a bunch of horse patootie, that is.

Expletives of one sort or another can roll thick and fast from my lips when I’m tying flies. Feather and fur have minds of their own, and sometimes just won’t do what they’re told, and I’m forever schooling the stuff verbally, to my family’s eternal embarrassment.

For example, when tying any kind of dry fly or wet fly that needs a tail, in my stupid haste I can sometimes make the mistake of letting the hackle fibers slide around the slippery hook wire and execute a very impressive barrel roll–the result is some tail fibers partially snaked under the hook bend, some partially coming from one side or the other, some partially angling down from on top, all at a mish-mash of angles that won’t do at all. Enter the razor blade. Exit a perfectly good clump of tail fibers. Cue the frustration. Start again. Expletive!

I tie a lot of soft hackle wet flies, in great part because I love that style of fishing, and of course because the lion’s share of trout that come to my net have taken such a fly. But while many soft hackle wet flies use tiny hackle feathers such as partridge, starling, or other very small bird feathers, some patterns I love need barbs from wood duck or Gadwall feathers, or from other larger flank feathers, and the barbs of such feathers can be somewhere between long and extra long. You can’t just wind a flank feather stem around a size 16 hook shank like you can a little partridge hackle feather, or your soft hackle “legs” will end up eight times the length of the hook. more…

Fly of the Month – Little Brown Baitfish

J. Stockard Pro Tyer and fly fishing guide: Brita Fordice, Bremerton WA, find Brita on Instagram

The LBB (little brown baitfish)

This pattern was born from the necessity that sea run cutthroat in saltwater love salmon fry. They also love to eat anything that is copper. So I thought “hey, why don’t I combine the two?!” Turns out that in the end I don’t care what they’re taking it as, because this thing works in lakes, rivers, and saltwater for all trout.



Hook: size 6 or 8 stainless steel hook (for saltwater) I used a Daiichi, but an SC15 Gamakatsu would work too or a TMC 811S
Body: Copper flat braid.  I used Lagartun braid
Flash:  Midge Flash root beer
Wing:  Strung fuzzy fiber brown
Spine: Peacock Herl
Throat:  Ice Dub minnow mix
Eyes:  Living Eyes size 4mm earth color
Thread:  Mono Thin tying thread