Haystack
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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

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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

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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 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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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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Paraloop Flies

Paraloop Fly

The paraloop method of hackling flies utilizes a hackle brush that is pulled over the thorax of the fly. This technique is described in Ian Moutter’s excellent book Tying Flies the Paraloop Way. The book describes the method in detail and gives numerous examples of flies tied using this method. It does require one piece of extra equipment. There are several advantages to using this technique.

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Just A Bug

Just A Bug

Many years ago when I was in medical school, I had one of the doctors I was working with tell me that I needed to see what a doctor does on his day off.  He picked me up the next morning at 5 am and we went Bream fishing on Lake Conway.

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