Tag Archives: Trout Fly

Yellow Sally Dry Fly

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

Yellow Sally Dry Fly
Yellow Sally Dry Fly

Rubber Legged Evil Weevil

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.

Rubber Legged Evil Weevil Trout Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Firehole 315 #10-18 or another curved scud hook
Bead: Tungsten gold/copper
Thread: Olive 8/0 (70d)
Tail: Pheasant tail
Rib: Gold wire (BR)
Shellback / Wingcase: Olive scud back
Body: Olive dubbing
Thorax: Dark olive dubbing
Legs: Rubber or silicone olive barred
U.V resin optional

Rubber Legged Evil Weevil Fly Pattern Recipe
Rubber Legged Evil Weevil Fly Pattern Recipe

Tungsten Crystal Midge Trout Fly

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

Silkworm Chironomid

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
Body: UNI-Glo
Thorax: 1-2 peacock herls