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The Iron Lotus

The Iron Lotus

A dense Baetis with a subtle hotspot Iron Lotus The Iron Lotus is a quick sinking imitation of a mayfly nymph.  Its slick, coated body aids in the sink rate, its subtly segmented body adds realism, its sleek silhouette matches the naturals and its gold tungsten bead and subtle red thread hotspot give just enough flash and color contrast to pique the interest of feeding Trout.  If you are a fan of dumb humor movies (like me), then you likely know where this fly got its name.  Shortly after designing this fly the movie, "Blades of Glory", came out.  My team watched "Blades of Glory" several nights while tying flies leading up to a National Fly Fishing Championship.  In the movie was a dangerous, yet wildly effective (if executed properly) skating move called the "fabled iron lotus".  I thought the name was a catchy, and kind of summed up this pattern so I borrowed it for this fly. I tie these in size 12 to 16 using jig hooks and size 18-20 on regul

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Uncle Ken's Mopster

Uncle Ken's Mopster

The Best Fly on the Planet... BAR NONE Uncle Ken has taken some time out of his busy schedule of trapping coons, teaching the local girl scouts how to weld, and yelling at his wife to grace us in the fly studio.  He has been keeping this one under taps for quite a while, but he felt this was the appropriate time to share the Mopster.  In his words, "If you take this'n here out and you don't limit out in a half hour...  it ain't the fly - YOU SUCK."   He's not necessarily one with words.  Just give the video a watch and you will see what we mean. ~ Cheech THE RECIPE FOR THIS FLY IS CLASSIFIED....

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Egan's Frenchie

Egan's Frenchie

A SIMPLIFIED, MORE EFFECTIVE PHEASANT TAIL Rainbow who fell for a Frenchie Egan's Frenchie The Frenchie is one of my go-to patterns for sure.  It's quick to tie, and fish love it.  The Frenchie is my version, or my favorite color combination of a common competition fly.  When I first entered the world of competition fly fishing I was introduced to many fly patterns that seemed too simple to work, or too flashy, gaudy & outrageous to take fish. Yet, my boxes are now adorned with similar atrocities.  Anyway, the Frenchie was one that seemed tolerable.  Though I never had great success on standard pheasant tails, I had caught a few fish on them and I'd certainly taken note of the regularity with which customers purchased pheasant tails, so somebody was getting them to work.  ;)  The Frenchie style fly I first saw used natural pheasant tail fibers for the tail and body and had a hotspot behind the bead which varied in color.  I simply found a color combination

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