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FFI Fly Fishing Expo 2019

The FFI Fly Fishing expo 2019 was held July 23-27 at Montana State University in Bozeman Montana. After having a great time fishing and exploring Montana and Yellowstone National Park, it was time for the show. However, we had a small problem.  We were on the way to the show and had a minor motor vehicle accident.

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Haystack
Fly Tying
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Haystack

The Haystack is an easy to tie dry fly that is very effective.  Designed by Fran Betters in 1948 and described in his book Fly Fishing — Fly Tying and Pattern Guide published in 1986. The Author describes the Haystack as “an all purpose dry fly that imitates a majority of the insects that trout feed on.”

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CDC and Elk

CDC and Elk Caddis

Fly Tying
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CDC and Elk

CDC and Elk Caddis

The CDC and Elk is a caddis imitation that is easy to tie and very effective.  This down wing imitation can be used for caddis as well as mayfly and stonefly hatches. In fact, it is a great attractor pattern when there is no obvious hatch.

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Improved Montana Stonefly

Improved Montana Stonefly

Fly Tying/Materials
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Improved Montana Stonefly

Improved Montana Stonefly

The Montana Stonefly is one of the first stonefly patterns taught to beginning fly tyers. Originally the fly was tied with chenille for a body. The improved version uses wool yarn and a better imitation of a real stonefly.  I have modified the pattern to use biot tails.

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Fly Tying
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FLY FISHING EXPO 2019

Fly Fishing Expo 2019 will be held in Bozeman, Montana on July 22 through July 27.  I will be tying on Thursday and Friday of that week.  If you are there, come by and say hi.  I have been trying to decide what flies to tie.  Of course, one day I will be tying the wobble bugger and wobble frog,  On the second day, I am going to tie paraloop emergers.

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Fly Tying
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Biot Bodies

Biot Body Soft Hackle

Biots the fibers from the leading edge of primary flight feathers of Turkeys, Geese, and Ducks can be used for making fly bodies illustrated above. Depending on how the biot is wrapped, you can form a smooth body or ribbed body.

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