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Sparkle Minnow Variation

Sparkle Minnow Variation

Fill up a box in no time As much as I love fishing Complex Twist Buggers, this fly has found a permanent spot in my streamer box because of how simple it is to tie and how effective it is.  I recently went on an excursion with a friend who hadn't really caught fish on streamers, so I tied on a white and gold version of this fly.  Long story short, He's probably tying some up right now...  Anyway, this fly is similar to the MFC Sparkle Minnow after it's all tied, but the method for this one is even more simple, in fact, this fly is easier to tie than a wooly bugger.   Some variations that work well for this pattern are: 1- Tie the tail out of a single piece of marabou. 2- Use gold, silver, or copper ice dub in a loop instead of the EP brushes. 3- Leave out the Bruiser Blend head. A word about the EP brushes...  I can typically get 2 flies out of each individual brush, and there are 6 brushes per package.  This stuff is an awesome blend of flashy material tha

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Card's Cicada Variation

Card's Cicada Variation

Could this be "THE" guide fly? For those of you who don't know Charlie Card, he's a guy who has been rowing a drift boat longer than he has been driving.  I knew Charlie in high school, but I really didn't appreciate his fish wizardry until I started fly fishing about 15 years ago.  Utah's Green River below Flaming Gorge Reservoir is home to some great terrestrial fishing because it runs smack dab in the middle of a desert.  Not really known for hatches of giant salmonflies or green drakes, the Green River is mecca for terrestrial fishing.  Hoppers, beetles (even in February), ants, and most of all - cicadas.  Charlie has a fly with MFC called Card's Cicada that has been wrecking fish for years and years, but if you get a glimpse of Charlie's fly boxes, you will see that he has variations upon variations of these big black beasts.  He gave me one of them that still sits perched on a piece of driftwood in my tying room.  I have studied it in it&#

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Leetle Beetle

Leetle Beetle

Quick and effective Leetle Beetle in Black "Uh... yes...  I'd like materials to tie a fly that is quick and effective sir."  Summer time is a great time to expand your terrestrial game, and we have been tying all kinds of big nasties like hoppers, cicadas, and larger beetles.  I realized that there was a hole in my box right where my smaller terrestrials should be.  I started using some of the techniques from the Unsinkabeetle, and stripped them down a bit.  This fly is about as simple as it gets, and it plain hunts.  Tie them in a variety of sizes and colors to fool basically anything that eats beetles (trout, bass, carp, sunfish, etc.). This beetle is most effective in black, but olive/brown and tan are great as well. Recipes: Black Hook: Gamakatsu S10 #10-14 ( BUY HERE ) Thread: MFC ( BUY HERE ) Body: Evazote foam 1/8"- Black ( BUY HERE ) Underbody: Nature's Spirit Hare's Mask dubbing - Black ( BUY HERE ) Legs: Fine round r

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Complex Twist Tube Fly & Peak Tube Vise

Complex Twist Tube Fly & Peak Tube Vise

The Deflectinator Gets An Overhaul Complex Twist - Tube Style When I first wrote about the Deflectinator a couple of years back , Cheech hadn't quite spilled the beans on the Complex Twist method for tying buggers and the like. However, after we released the first Complex Twist Bugger, I knew that was soon to be the new method for tying up what's become my go-to bass pattern. And while I won't bore you with the background on the Deflectinator , this version here is more trout color and size and works great in streams. It's also done some damage as a bugger or leech style pattern on lakes. And probably most notable about this tutorial here is the use of the awesome Peak Tube Fly Vise. As I point out in the video, it's definitely not a "beginner" vise, but if you tie any amount of tube flies, this is the vise you need. It's well-built and works very nicely with any size of tube fly you might need to tie on. Plus, since it's designed specif

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Fripple 3.0: Caddibaetis

Fripple 3.0: Caddibaetis

And yet another variation... Fripple: Caddisbaetis I look back on my history with the original or version 2.0 Fripple patterns and find I've tweaked this fly more than probably any other pattern in my little fly boxes. And like Brian Fantana says "60 percent of the time, it works every time", so we may as well keep trying to get that number up to something like 80 or 90 percent. As it is with a lot of my pattern variations, the changes come as a result of fishing it and finding ways to catch more fish under different conditions. This rendition came out as a result of needing to increase the buoyancy a bit more in order to either support small droppers or to perform better on rougher water in rivers. Not only that, I wanted to take a lazy route and make this thing imitate a wider variety of bugs so I could fish this across hatches. In order to get that, I added a good clump of CDC, improved the hackle method and created a more realistic non-foam thorax area. At

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