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
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
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
It’s a simply pattern but really one that every stillwater angler should have a full stock of in their flybox. It can be fished on a long leader, under an indicator or jigged. Carrying these in your fly box could be the difference between being skunked out on the lake and being envied by every other angler on the water. Set the fly 5-8 feet under a strike indicator, and be ready to set the hook when the indicator moves. If nothing hits the fly, move it down 6 inches every 10 minutes until you start getting hits on the fly. These also make some of the best ice fishing lures for trout and perch. The assortment is just $12/doz and includes 4 of each colour (black, olive, red) in one size.
Hook: Mustad C49S
Thread: UNI 8/0 match to body colour
Bead: White brass match size to hook
Wire: Fine copper wire
Body: Super stretch floss