Fly of the Month

These are the fly patterns our members have chosen for our "Fly of The Month" fly tying contest.  Cornhusker Fly Fisher Members bring their best rendition of the assigned "Fly of the Month" to that month's meeting, and the present members vote on their favorite!  A photo of the month's winning fly will be posted once a winner is chosen. 

To see original fly patterns developed by CFF members, be sure to check out  Member Flies  


July 2018
The Dalhlberg Diver 
Created by the legendary angler Larry Dahlberg, the "Diver" is a topwater fly that mimics the diving/swimming action of a frog, (or fleeing baitfish).  Tied with spun or packed deer hair, this fly is stripped across the surface of the water and slowly dives, causing a big surface commotion.  The key to this fly is the neatly trimmed collar and flared deer hair that allow the fly to dive and pop back up to the surface. Pack the deer hair tight for a high-floating fly, or pack the deer hair loose, for a neutral-buoyant, slow diving fly.  All species of predator fish can be targeted with this fly.  Follow this Link for tying instructions from Ward Bean

Frog Colored Diver Materials:
Hook: Size 6-5/0 Bass bug hook or o'shaughnessy style hook.  
Thread: Olive 210 Denier UTC
Tail: Olive or rootbeer krystal flash
Tail 2: Pair of olive marabou feathers
Tail 3: Two Pairs of olive or chartreuse saddle feathers
Head & Collar: Olive Deer hair. Packed and clipped. 

https://www.madriveroutfitters.com/images/product/large/dahlberg-diver-frog.jpg
June 2018
The Mulberry Fly
This fly will plop loudly and slowly sink, exactly how a natural mulberry acts.  If you add floatant or use a lighter hook you can illicit some amazing surface eats.  This fly also works great as a dropper below a buoyant foam or deer-hair mulberry fly pattern.  Follow this Link for tying instructions.

Materials:
Hook: Size 4-8 Saltwater Live Bait style hook or Glo-Bug style hook (Tiemco 105)
Thread: White (or purple) 140 Denier UTC
Stem: A Single Chartreuse Silicone Leg
Berry Body: Thick Purple Chenille - Patons Bohemian Yarn - Peaceful Plum Color is my favorite
 **Special Equipment** Purple Sharpie to color your thread


May 2018
The Clouser Minnow
The original Clouser Deep Minnow evolved from traditional bucktail streamers and was created in 1987 by Bob Clouser, a Pennsylvania fly shop owner and guide. The original patterns were intended for smallmouth bass on the Susquehanna River. The name Clouser Deep Minnow was coined by Lefty Kreh in a 1989 article in Fly Fisherman. Today, the Clouser Deep Minnow is widely used for many species of both fresh and saltwater game fish. Lefty claims to have caught over 87 species of game fish on Clouser Deep Minnow flies.  Originally tied with bucktail, the fly can by customized with any combination of synthetic hair and flash to mimic just about anything you want to target with a fly rod!

Standard Clouser Minnow
Hook: #1/0-08 Mustad 34007 (or your favorite streamer, saltwater, or jig hook)
Thread: White UTC 140
Eyes: Lead Dumbbell Eyes or bead chain
Tail: White Bucktail
Collar1: Pearl Krystal Flash
Collar2: Chartreuse Bucktail
Quick Tying Tutorial from Kirk Deeter 

April 2018
The Woolly Bugger
One of the most ubiquitous fly patterns that will catch every fish that swims in the Cornhusker State.  The woolly bugger doesn’t mimic any specific fish food item, but resembles a bug… or a minnow… or a crawfish… or maybe a leech.  Standby colors are olive, black, and white, but there’s no reason not to experiment with bright colors.  Purple is a largemouth bass favorite. 
Black Woolly Bugger
Hook: #4-12 2xl nymph hook
Thread: UTC 140 Color That Matches Chenille
Tail: Black Marabou
Body: Medium Chenille
Rib: Small Brass Wire, Silver
Hackle: Woolly Bugger Hackle, Grizzly or Black Colored
 Related image

March 2018

The Deceiver
A very timely pattern for March (a pike killer)... and probably the best general baitfish imitation ever created, Lefty's Deceiver is a mainstay in modern streamer fishing.  Created by Lefty in the 1950's to imitate smelt (forage for big coastal striped bass), this streamer pattern has influenced virtually every large streamer pattern since, and caught nearly every predatory fish in salt or fresh water across the globe.  Tie in bright colors for attractive patterns or tie in all white for the best general baitfish pattern around! This will catch virtually every predatory fish in Nebraska, just vary the size. 

Standard Lefty's Deceiver
Hook: Mustad 34007 size 5/0 through size 8 (or your favorite o'shaughnessy style hook)
Thread: White 140 denier UTC
Tail: Long White Saddle Hackles
Tail Flash: Pearl Flashabou
Body(optional): Pearl Braid or Pearl Flashabou
Wing (top): Chartreuse bucktail 
Wing (bottom):White bucktail
Gills (optional): Red Krystal Flash
eyes are also optional



February 2018

Griffith's Gnat
This small fly was designed to imitate a single midge (or any other small insect) or a cluster of midges floating along the surface.  Although midges are small, they can make up the majority of a trout's diet (and just about any other fish's) certain times of the year.  Throw this fly when midges or tiny mayflies are hatching.  This is also a great fly to use as a dropper behind a larger dry fly or hopper pattern. 

Materials
Hook: #12-24 Standard Dry Fly Hook (either straight or standard down turned eye)
Thread: UTC 70 Black
Body:  Peacock Herl (typically one strand)
Hackle: Standard Grizzly, size to match hook.




January 2018

Zebra Midge or Brassie
The Zebra midge and Brassie flies imitate midge larvae, a primary food for trout (and all fish) during the winter months.  Fished as a dropper below a Griffith's gnat, or as a stand alone nymph, these patterns are top winter producers.  These small nymph patterns are infinitely variable, swap out bead colors or materials and fill a winter box in one tying session!

Zebra Midge Materials
Hook: #14 - #22 scud or emerger hook
Thread / Body: Black - 70 denier or 8/0
Head: Silver bead. (1/16")
Rib: Silver wire, fine

http://www.swedneckflyfishing.com/flies/steps/zebramidge/step_13.jpg

Brassie Materials (bead head version)
Hook: #14 - #22 scud or emerger hook
Thread: Black - 70 denier or 8/0
Bead: 3/32" black or gold bead
Rib: Copper wire, fine
Thorax/Collar: Peacock herl














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 Click Here for the 2016 Flies of the Month
 Click Here for the 2015 Flies of the Month
 Click Here for the 2014 Flies of the Month
 Click Here for the 2013 Flies of the Month

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