Piscator Flies

How to tie a Spawning Gurgler Fly for Bonefish

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How to tie a Spawning Gurgler Fly for Bonefish

  I recently had a request from a client to tie up a set of these somewhat unique "dry" flies for pursuing bonefish. the pattern is a mash up of Peterson's Spawning Shrimp and Gartside's Gurgler. I tied these in sizes #2 and #4 and they float really well in the dunk tests I performed. I do have plans to try out some freshwater colors in the spring for bass.  Original article "Raising the Ghosts" - https://www.flyfisherman.com/editorial/raising-the-ghosts/360782 ★★★ Spawning Gurgler Fly Pattern Recipe ★★★ Hook: saltwater hook #2-8Thread: Tan 8/0 70dSpawn sac: Shrimp Pink laser dubbingHead: White fox furAntenna: Black crystal...

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Shoutout to Capt Jim

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Shoutout to Capt Jim

View this post on Instagram Another great trip to the Douglaston Salmon Run @douglastonsalmonrun @gbrancy in Pulaski NY! It's such a thrill to catch these awesome fish with our fly rods and 10 lb test leader it never gets old for us! These fish truly test your skills. Add in cohos, big browns, steelhead that you can connect with on any cast and the beautiful scenery and it's always a memorable trip! Best part about it however is that I get to share and do it with my son Tommy @fishing_with_freda love you pal! Great trip! A post shared by...

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Glitter Chromie

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Glitter Chromie

Phil Rowley's Chromie chironomid fly pattern is a juicy little fly for still water. This chironomid pattern imitates the gaseous silver look that the pupae exhibit as they begin to ascend to the water surface to enter their next life-stage. The red in the fly comes from the remnants of the larval bloodworm stage that can be seen in segments along the body. Phil ties this pattern in silver, gunmetal gray and black (Black Sally) versions. If you don't have the Stillwater Solutions Midge Gill, you can use EP fiber, ostrich herl or calf tail instead. The Midge Gill is...

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Crazy 8 Chironomid -

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Crazy 8 Chironomid -

This chironomid pattern was inspired by Chan's Chironomid with its dual set of breathers. I did quite a few experiments at the vise with trying to put the split breathers onto a beaded chironomid fly pattern. Z-lon and Stillwater Solutions Midge Gill were the 2 best materials I found for gills. You can tie the fly with a variety of different thread colors to change the overall look. Just keep in mind that the resin will darken the fly once it gets soaked into the thread and is cured with UV light. Crazy 8 Chironomid Fly Pattern Recipe Hook: Firehole...

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Squirmy Worm

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Squirmy Worm
Likely the most popular fly for trout in the past couple of years, the Squirmy flies have had a big impact on fly anglers and tyers alike. The original Squirmy Wormie has evolved into a number of basic variations and the material is getting worked into a number of new fly patterns. 

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