Fly of the Month 2013

December 2013

The Usual
Hook: Standard Dry Fly Size 10-14
Thread: Danville's 6/0 Fly Master (Fl Orange or Fl Pink)
Wing: Snowshoe Rabbit Foot
Tail: Snowshoe Rabbit Foot
Body: Snowshoe Rabbit Foot

Photo courtesy of FlyTyingForum

This month's fly of the month comes from legendary Upstate New York fly tier and fly designer Francis Betters at Stone River Outfitters. The Usual is an exceptionally easy pattern to tie, and incredibly effective at drawing trout to the surface when fished too. A simplified spinoff of his original Haystack dry fly design, Fran's Usual uses only one material in its construction - the coarse, translucent, naturally buoyant hair drawn from the paw pad area of a snowshoe rabbit's foot. A perennial favorite here in the New England that's sure to work wherever fast flowing waters and rising trout are found. 

Video courtesy of Buck Tail Jig

November 2013

The Curmudgeon Crumpler

Hook: Skalka Scud/Czech Nymph #14
Thread: White 6/0 UNI-thread & Camel 6/0 UNI-thread
Legs: Turkey tail feathers (2 fibers knotted, trimmed down to 1 fiber past the knee.)
Wings: Montana Fly MFC Wing Material (plain web),  Elk hair & Brown Saddle Hackle
Head Cement

This month's Fly-of-the-month comes from Jay Zimmerman of Charlies Fly Box and Colorado Fly Fishing Reports.

A dry fly made up of some elk hair, saddle hackle and turkey feathers, this fly is designed to mimic Colorado's large, gangly crane flies and has proven successful in many environments.

For step-by-step instructions, visit Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

Photo courtesy of Colorado Fly Fishing Reports

October 2013

The Gut-Bomb Blood Worm

Hook: Mustad C49S #10 (or substitute)
Thread: UTC Ultra Thread 70 Denier Black & Orange
Body: Rainy's Clear Stretch Flex 1/8"
Ribbing: Orange Krystal Flash
Coating: Clear Cure Goo Hydro

Video courtesy of Fly Fish Food


September 2013

The Sickada
Hook: Mustad C495 #6 (or substitute)
Thread: UTC Ultra Thread 70 Fire Orange
Body: 5 & 20mm Craft Foam, Black & Orange or Yellow
Wings: River Road Creations River Foam
Legs: Barred Rubber Legs
Foam Cutters: River Road Creations Beavertail Body & Stonefly Wings

Video courtesy of Fly Fish Food

August 2013

The Original Copper John
Hook: 10-18
Bead: Gold Bead
Weight: Lead Wire .015
Thread: 70-Denier Ultra Thread  (Black)
Tail: Brown goose biots
Abdomen: Copper Ultra Wire
Wing Case: Thin Skin  (Olive and pearl flashabou covered with epoxy)
Thorax: Peacock Herl
Legs: Mottled brown hen neck

John Barr’s Copper John has gone through a variety of changes over the years such as increasing it’s durability and to streamline the tying process. For an interesting read on the Copper John evolution check out a short article written by Mr. Barr via MidCurrent

Video courtesy of Spirit River Flies

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