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GTi Caddis

GTi Caddis

A EURO-NYMPHING ANCHOR FLY GTi Caddis The GTi Caddis is more imitative than most of my patterns.  It represents a hydropsychidae larvae, commonly called "net builder" Caddis.  Though a bit cheesy, GTi stands for Go-To imitation.  This pattern truly is my go-to when wanting a weighted fly that closely imitates a favored large food form of Trout.  One thing you'll notice when comparing real Hydropsyche to my imitation is that the back on the GTi does not necessarily match any of the color combinations of the real insect.  This isn't by chance.  I've spent a fair bit of time tying and trying Caddis larva imitations and I've come to learn a bit about what fish prefer in the process.  For reasons unknown to me, Trout consistently prefer this fly when tied with a shellback color that contrasts the underbody.  I've tried many imitations that more closely represent the actual colors of Caddis larvae, but the fish do not take them as well.  There is someth

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Carp Crawler

Carp Crawler

Crawl Some Carp into Your Net! This pattern kind of started out as a bug that was quick to tie and that I could pass out to buddies who were trying to catch carp on size 2 wooly buggers.  I also wanted to create a fly that would gently tickle the bottom as it crawled slowly through the Carpocalypse zone...  It started that way anyway... It ended up being my #1 confidence carp bug, and I have caught fish on it in all kinds of color variations.  The keys to this fly are the hook, leg placement, and weight.  The hook is a Gamakatsu SL45 which is designed to tie inverted hook flies for bonefish - I also just so happens to be an excellent carp hook.  The leg placement is critical because it they help balance the fly correctly with one leg on each side and one in the middle.  The weight needs to change quite a bit based on where you are fishing, and what depth you are fishing.  You don't want something that will plummet and hit the bottom hard.  You want it to fall at a moderate pac

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Egan's Red Dart

Egan's Red Dart

A FLASHY ATTRACTOR Red Dart The Red Dart is a design combining the best parts of a couple of old favorite fly patterns and applying current materials.  The result is a fishy attractor.  I came up with the fly at the 2011 World Fly Fishing Championships held in Bolzano, Italy.  Fish were being caught on red tags (old school style with yarn tail and peacock body), and prince nymphs.  I was having the best success on prince nymphs tied with red thread (hotspot collar) and with peacock ice dubbing instead of natural peacock for the body.  My thought was that if I combined the two flies I might find something the fish really liked.  So, the red tail from the red tag replaced the biot tail from the prince.  I used brightly dyed hackle fibers for the tail instead of wool yarn found in the old school red tag.  Peacock ice dub has replaced natural peacock for my prince nymphs so I used the flashy synthetic.  I removed the white biots normally found on the back of a prince nymph but kep

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