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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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