I developed the Silkworm Chironomid around 2005 for targeting trout in Alberta’s pothole lakes like Star Lake, Muir Lake, and Phyllis Lake. The body of the chironomid is made from UNI-Glo, a glow in the dark tinsel. While it does glow, this effect fades after a minute or so in the dark, but the light color helps fish key in on a quick snack.
It’s been a successful pattern for trout, perch, sunfish, and crappie. It has also taken a couple smallmouth bass. I’ve sold this fly to clients mostly in the western states and provinces, but I’ve done well using it in Ontario waters as well. I normally use brass beads, but you could use either glass or tungsten to adjust their sink rate.
You can fish this fly on a long leader using a very slow retrieve, or fish it under a strike indicator and let the wind move the fly.
Silkworm Chironomid Fly pattern Recipe
Hook: Mustad C49s #10-18
Bead: White brass or tungsten
Thread: Blue 6/0 (140d)
Rib: Fine copper wire
Thorax: 1-2 peacock herls
Gotcha flies are pretty popular, but by changing up a couple elements, you can keep things fresh with the pattern. This version of the fly features silicone legs that provide a ton of action in the water and a hot spot that fish can key in on.
I get asked to tie custom orders of flies all the time and I really enjoy hearing back from clients who have had some success with the flies I tie for them. This pattern has been working well, and reports coming in are quite positive. If you are interested in tying your own, watch the video below, or if you would rather have me tie some, you can order here.
Hot Butt Sili-leg Gotcha Saltwater Fly pattern recipe
Hook: Mustad S71SNP-DT #2-8
Thread: Tan 6/0
Eye: 3.2mm Black nickel bead chain http://etsy.me/2t2CfLz
Tail: micro crystal flash
Butt: STS Tri-lobal dubbing hot orange
Body: Tan Laser Dubbing
Wing: Tan craft fur
Legs: Silicone tab skirt
Congrats to the May winner Mark L. from the UK who won a set of the flies we tied during May. We will once again be giving away at least one set of the flies and up to 3 sets if we get enough entries into the draw. All you need to do to enter is be subscribed to our Youtube channel. We will be making the draw July 1st, 2017. Click here to subscribe – Piscator Flies on Youtube Good luck to everyone.
Episode 12 – The infamous Bob Veverka came up with the design of his Mantis Shrimp saltwater fly pattern in response to recognizing missing elements that weren’t filled by standard bonefish patterns that were on the market. With educated bonefish becoming ever increasingly picky having had seen quite a number of the standard flies, Bob set to work on a better bonefish fly.
The fly design uses a series of separated legs so that they can each be moved independently rather than clumped into one section. The rabbit fur carapace also gives the fly a lot of natural looking movement and can be tied in a contrasting color than the tail, or tied to mimic an egg sac.
There have been some who have issues with the fly riding point down when tied with bead chain eyes. This seems to remedy itself when heavier brass or lead eyes are used. That being said, it is a highly effective saltwater fly and one I consider essential to any angler’s saltwater fly box.
Episode 1 – Woolly Bugger is now live on our Youtube channel. You can visit our updated page at youtube.com/c/PiscatorFlies. While you are there, we would really appreciate you subscribing for new updates.
We do not have a set upload schedule as of yet, but the more tyers we have watching, the more motivated we will be to post a few patterns. We would love to have your suggestions on patterns or types of flies that you would like to see on the channel. In addition to the specific patterns, we will also be sharing a few of our favourite fly tying tips and bench hacks to make tying life a little simpler.
It’s hard to believe that another year is under our belts. We’ve been whipping out hundreds and hundreds of flies this past year and wanted to get a little more engaged with the anglers and fly tyers who visit the site. We will be hosting give-aways all year of some of the flies we tie and some of the fly tying materials we stock.
The first contest is underway, and you have 4 ways to enter. The prize is a set of Alaskabou streamers tied on Tiemco 7999 hooks, and you will have a choice of size 2, 1/0 or 2/0 hooks. I’m using the Gleam platform to host the contest, and a winner will be drawn and contacted on Feb 1, 2017. https://gleam.io/o0JMY/piscator-flies-alaskabou-giveaway
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Colours include White, Green, Yellow, Orange Red, Burnt Orange, Golden Olive (Light Olive), Olive Dun, Olive, Dark Olive, Black, Grey Dun, Hot Pink, Silver Doctor Blue, Dark Blue, Chartreuse, Purple, Claret, Brown, Fl, Yellow, Tan, Shrimp Pink, Light Pink, Hot Purple and Fl. Fire Orange. Each pack has a little over a 1/4 oz and around 50 feathers, give or take, for tying a variety of fly patterns.
Each package of Superfly marabou contains an assortment of feathers suitable for a variety of applications. The feathers can be used for tying jigs, Spey collars, palmered bodies, tails, wings and dubbed bodies. Happy tying.
I’ve been working on producing an assortment of Flesh Flies and am happy to announce that I can now offer it through the store. I’ve been tying these incredibly effective flies for clients for the past decade in a variety of colors. The flies are weighted (can be unweighted on request) and are tied with Hareline and Superfly rabbit zonkers. The hairs of the fly impart a ton of motion in the water so that you could even use the flies as a stripping streamer for aggressive fish.
We now have Streamers volume 1 available for free download. You can find it here. Just add it to your cart and it will be available for download when you check out.
Streamers 365 Volume 1 includes 122 streamer fly pattern recipes complete with background information about each pattern. The complete project seen over 365 streamer flies profiled and included over 50 fly tyers from around the globe. Volume 2 and Volume 3 available through the Blurb.com print on demand service.