I’ve been busy tying a few dry flies for my small creek fly box and these Yellow Sally flies are great for covering the Isoperla that hatch late April – August. The Sallies are a smaller species of stoneflies that hatch along with mayfly species and can be overlooked. I tie this using sulfur, pale morning dun, pale evening dun and other shades of yellow dubbing.
Yellow Sally Dry Fly Recipe
Hook: Firehole 419 #12-18
Butt: Red 8/0 (70d)
Thread: Olive 8/0 (70d)
Body: Pale Morning Dun Dry Dubbing
Wing: Light deer hair
Hackle: Light ginger saddle hackle
The Pass Lake Special is an old soul with fuzzy origins. Claim for its genesis comes from Labrador, Washington and the most popular from Wisconsin. There are many lakes scattered around the US and Canada which bear the moniker Pass Lake, but the commonly assumed namesake is the Pass Lake located near Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. The fly’s origins date back to the 1930’s. As is often the case with fly patterns, its roots are hard to pin down. This version of the origin story states that Reverend E. Stubenvoll (Clintonville, WI) had tied the fly for this Ontario lake in order to pursue the lakes large brook trout.
Okay, with that out of the way, the fly is long-lived and as many flies in this category, many variations of the pattern are spawned over the years as the fly passes from angler to angler. Tails can be either mallard or golden pheasant tippet. Bodies are either black chenille or peacock herl. The wing can tie tied in an assortment of colors and the head can be changed with thread choice or black or red. Basically, the only thing that stays static is the hackle.
Pass Lake Special Fly Recipe
Hook: Mustad S82-3906B #08-16 or 2xl nymph
Thread: Black 8/0 (70d)
Body: Black chenille
Collar: Coachman brown hen hackle
Wing: Calf tail
This is a variation of Jeremy Davis’ Evil Weevil, a fly which has been quite productive in the streams with trout of all stripes. This version of the weevil uses silicone legs taken from a bass skirt. You can find these in an infinite variety of colors and patterns to suit your needs. To finish the fly, a dab of UV resin will set the wingcase and secure the thread.
The Tungsten Crystal Midge is an extension of the popular Zebra Midge. I fish this pattern in sizes 16 down to 22 and use a little Solarez Bonedry to coat the body of the fly for durability. The Tungsten Crystal Midge is a great choice for pressured water either river or still water. Use a bead head and thread that is sized to the hook you are using. One the smallest flies I use 70d Ultrathread because it lays flat. I prefer the UNI-French oval tinsel, but a silver wire works great as well.
Tungsten Crystal Midge Trout Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Mustad C49s #16-22
Bead: Silver Tungsten sized to bead
Thread: Black UTC 6/0 (140d)
Rib: XS UNI-French Oval Tinsel
Wing: Pearl crystal flash
Thorax: Black Ice Dubbing
The Delektable Soft Hackle Worm is a fly from the Delektable fly series from Beartooth Flyfishing (https://www.beartoothflyfishing.com/) and created by the head designer Dan Delekta. There are several color variations available directly from Bear Tooth Fly Fishing in a few sizes. The body is made from ultra chenille and the worm’s clitellum is a combination of thread, dubbing, D-rib and a soft hackle. This is a good spring fly when the rivers are most active and banks are eroding and these terrestrial food items find their way into the aquatic food web. This will make an excellent trout fly, but the bass, panfish, carp and any other species on the hunt for an easy lunch.
The Egg Sucking Ice Tiger is a great steelhead / salmon fly that can be tied either using a standard saltwater or steelhead hook, or on a leashed shank fly. You’ll need to use a clipped shank or an OPST Steelhead shank to allow the cone to slip onto the shank. In this video, we tied the fly using a clipped saltwater hook and a wire leash. The pattern is more or less an egg sucking leach, but it is tied with a Spirit River UV dyed blue barred rabbit zonker and some icey Superfly marabou. While this fly is tied for steelhead, it would also make a perfect fly to tie on when you are targeting pike, bass and tarpon.
If you don’t have a tube vise to hold the shank, you can just use the regular vise jaws, but just be careful not to put too much pressure on the hook. Another alternative for shanks would be the OPST Shank Chuck Tool.
Egg Sucking Ice Tiger
Shank: 30mm shank or #2-2/0 hook
Bead: 1/4” Fl. Fire Orange cone
Thread: Fire Orange 6/0 (140 d)
Leash: 20lb braided intruder wire
Tail: Two-tone white/blue barred zonker
Collars: Black and dark blue marabou
Flash: Junebug Flashabou 15 strands
Wing: White bucktail
Collar: Silver Dr. Blue schlappen
The Orange Popsicle is a BC salmon and steelhead fly pattern from tyer Bill Luscombe. The original pattern calls for the use of mallard in the tail and throat, but I think this fly would be well served with a stronger barred feather like teal or gadwall flank. The body is dubbed using tri-lobal STS dubbing which gives the fly a ton of reflective surfaces in the water. If you have seal dubbing at your disposal, it would also work quite well for this fly, but is not legal or easy to obtain in every country. Canadians have access to polar bear hair and seal fur for the time being, but more other countries prohibit these natural materials.
The Orange Popsicle is a nice imitation of the young fry and even egg clusters. In the water, the white of the collar and the wing mask the inner orange and give the streamer the appearance of a food item.
Orange Popsicle Fly Recipe
Hook: Tiemco 7999 #2-8 (salmon/steelhead hooks)
Thread: Fire Orange 6/0 (140 d)
Tail: Mallard flank
Rib: UNI-Mylar silver #12
Body: STS Dubbing hot orange
Wing: White bucktail
Collar: Mallard flank
The original Tom Nixon Calcasieu Pig Boat was tied with 56 rubber legs, but rubber tends to get brittle after a little while. I started tying the fly using silicone bass tabs in place of the rubber and am happy with a number of legs (21 front 21 back). This fly was developed back in the 1960’s and is available in a number of variations (and colors) which include the original, hackle tail, rubber tail, rabbit tail or marabou tail. This is also an excellent pattern for pike and other toothy cold and warm water predators.
The fly is fished deep and slow. It can be tied with extra weight, or a lead shot can be added a few inches up the leader to help the fly get down quick.
The fly was based on the productive and popular conventional bass lure called the Hawaiin Wiggler. The Pig Boat focuses on the highly active rubber legs from the Wiggler.
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Calcasieu Pig Boat fly pattern recipe (Tom Nixon)
Hook: Talon DV314 (Bass Stinger)or B10S http://amzn.to/2yCUudF
Thread: Black FWN (210 d)
Tail: White silicone skirt tab (half)
Hackle: Olive grizzly neck
Body: Olive crystal chenille
Collar: Olive silicone skirt tab (half)
Head: Black thread
Eyes: Painted white/black or stick-on
The Shwa Creek Caddis is a pattern I’ve adapted over the past couple seasons starting with a simple caddis Pupa pattern. I’ve added a lightly contrasting rib of UNI-Yarn to dull down the bright chartreuse and added ostrich herl (or dyed black peacock) over the bronze olive Diamond Dubbing I had been using. The ostrich adds a bit of movement to the fly. If you would like me to tie a few for you, you can get in touch through the About Us page.
Shwa Creek Caddis fly pattern recipe
Hook: Mustad C49s #10-18
Bead: Black brass or tungsten
Thread: Dark olive 6/0 (140d)
Rib: UNI-Yarn Insect Green
Body: Fl. Chartreuse Laser Dubbing
Thorax: Black ostrich herl
Thorax: Bronze olive Diamond Dubbing