Piscator Flies

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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Bring on Spring with the Lunar Warrior Jig Fly

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Bring on Spring with the Lunar Warrior Jig Fly
The Lunar Warrior was inspired by the famous Rainbow Warrior designed by Lance Egan. This version is tied on a Firehole 516 jig hook, but could also be tied on a standard nymph hook as well. My pattern has evolved a couple of times since it’s inception...

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The Howard Norton Special Steelhead and Salmon Fly

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The Howard Norton Special Steelhead and Salmon Fly
The Howard Norton Special is a fly from the popular series of Comet patterns. This Comet pattern was originated by Howard Norton of Sebastopol, CA. The fly was tied to be fished in the Russian River and gained popularity along the west coast steelhead corridor from California up to British Columbia.

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