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

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
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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. 

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

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

 Click Here for the 2017 Flies of the Month
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 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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