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Kreelex variation

Kreelex variation

Maybe the easiest streamer in your box Speckled Silver Kreelex Variation The Kreelex fly designed by Chuck Kraft could almost be considered the holy grail of streamers because it's about as simple as it gets, and it is very very effective.  I started playing with this style of fly a little while back, but I used flashabou instead of the original Kreinik fibers because I wanted a bit more of a sparse profile.  For added kick, I also added a coat of powder paint to the barbell eyes and the eye of the hook.  Powder paint is guaranteed to help you catch 57.33% more fish, and it will also help you have 37.97% cooler looking flies in your box.  Also, 87% of all statistics are made up.  I just had to add that in there because someone will ask if the powder paint is absolutely necessary on this fly.  The answer is always no, but I think that there are times when a bit of added flair can help you in your fishing.  Powder paint is available in many different colors, and they can b

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Flugenzombie - An Articulated Streamer

Flugenzombie - An Articulated Streamer

A mashup of three effective patterns Flugenzombie in Dirty Baitfish coloration It's no secret that we like to take effective patterns and mash them up into what we hop will be effective bugs.  The Chimera pattern (that Curtis has promised to start wearing as earrings because he loves it so much) is a good example of a fly that wasn't designed to match any one specific bug, rather to be a "close enough" type of pattern that the fish might take for a lot of different things.  We, as human beings, are pretty picky about what we actually put into our mouths with the intent of eating, for example: If I hid Curtis' glasses from him and lined up a delicious chocolate whopper, a raisin, and a deer turd on a table and told him that all three had some caloric value, he'd probably take his time before figuring out that one is literally a piece of crap, one might as well be a piece of crap, and only one of them is actually worth making the effort of putting in

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Flashabaetis Nymph

Flashabaetis Nymph

A Flashy and Unweighted Mayfly Nymph A gaggle of Flashabaetis nymphs There was a time that I got into a sort of weird rut with my nymph patterns and ended up with the vast majority of my flies tied with beads on them. I didn't even think about it until a day when I was sight fishing to a bunch of nice high mountain cutthroats and my bead head patterns were all sinking way too fast past the noses of the fish, resulting in a very poor showing in the net. Even though I finally dug out an unweighted fly that ultimately scored me some good fish because it spent more time slowly sinking (i.e. hanging in the "zone"), I realized I'd become too bead-heavy in my tying. Lesson learned: always be sure to have a good mixture of weighted and unweighted nymph patterns in the same types of patterns in order to cover more of the water column and different fishing conditions.  The nice thing about unweighted patterns is that they can actually be a little more multi-purpose tha

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M3 Mayfly Nymph

M3 Mayfly Nymph

A realistic Box Filler In my tying it seems as if I get really caught up in the synthetic materials, flashy fibers, markers, etc...  One day while I was fishing a local river on a pretty bright summer day I was determined to focus on my nymphing techniques on this stretch of river.  I knew that the fish were plentiful, and they would readily eat a good fly that was properly presented, but I was having a hard time hooking up that day.  As I waded upstream there was a steep bank that dropped right into a deep hole that was for sure a home to many fish.  As I approached this hole, I realized that my best shot at getting a proper drift would be to stand on the bank nearest the deep part of the hole and make a cast from a higher vantage point.  As I stood looking into this dark hole, I realized that my nymphs were giving off a LOT of reflecting light due to the sun being directly overhead.  I fished them for a bit with no luck, so I brought them in and saw that there was just a minima

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Ice Hare's Ear

Ice Hare's Ear

A simple spin on a classic The Hare's Ear is one of those flies that most people have fished and tied.  Part of the charm of a Hare's Ear is that they are super effective even though they are pretty messy and buggy.  I have been tying Hare's Ears in different variations for many years, and this version has been pretty good to me due to how effective Ice Dub is.  Ice Dub has just the right amount of flash, UV sparkle, and black magic to make fish for miles crave it...  This pattern can be tied in many different sizes and colors just like the original Hare's Ear pattern.  There really isn't too much more to write about this pattern because it's so simple...  Check out the video below. ~ Cheech Recipes: Black Hook: Daiichi 1260 #14 (+) Bead: 2.8mm tungsten - Black Nickel (+) Weight: Lead free wire - .015 (+) Thread: Danville 70 - Black (+) Tail: Pheasant tail fibers - Black (+) Rib: Dyed pearl flashabou - Black (+) Counter rib: Mono

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Sparklesvelte Blood Worm

Sparklesvelte Blood Worm

Slim, small and deadly Sparklesvelte Blood worm It's hard to beat the effectiveness of a simple blood worm pattern, whether on a lake or in a river or small stream. And while the Gut Bomb, discussed here and here , is my go-to still water blood worm pattern, the Sparklesvelte is what I'd call a specialist pattern. It works well when fish are picky or when imitating much smaller midge larva in streams or rivers. I keep a good number of these little guys in both my stream/river nymphing boxes as well as my still water boxes. You never know when they might come in handy. The rainbow shown below was taken on a Sparklesvelte when bigger nymphs weren't producing as well and a throat sample showed a good number of smaller blood worms in the mix. It ended up catching a lot of fish that day. Nice little Rainbow that fell to the Sparklesvelte And the nice thing about it, is that it's a super-simple fly to tie and you can literally tie around 100 an hour.

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