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Fly Tying: The AZ Disco Midge

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How to tie the AZ Disco Midge: I know that this is not the “true original” recipe for the disco midge, so this little variation has been titled the AZ Disco Midge. I found it to be dynamite fly pattern for the San Juan River, Lees Ferry, and several other tailwaters with prolific midge populations. […]

Fly Tying: KF Emerger

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KF Emerger The KF Emerger is one of the easiest and most productive midge patterns to tie. The material needed is very minimal but the results are dynamic fly that will catch fish. It can be tied in any color combo to meet the needs of any piece of water. The Krystal Flash Emerger is […]

Fly Tying: The Ice-Dubbed Pheasant Tail Nymph

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The two flies pictured above, the Mini-Hopper and the Ice-Dubbed Pheasant Tail Nymph, are my go-to flies for small stream fly fishing. I have already posted a tutorial for the Mini-Hopper here, or if you are short on time, you can always buy them in the Arizona Wanderings Shop. Below is a short tutorial on […]

Fly Tying: Sparklebutt Parachute

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The Sparklebutt Parachute is an awesome pattern that I usually tie in a #18 down to a #22. Often times this is the perfect fly to turn to when the little mayflies or even midges are starting hatch. When fish stop rising to an Adams, this usually does the trick. Ingredients: – #18-22 curved caddis […]

Fly Tying: The Red Hot

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Fly Tying: The Red Hot The Red Hot pattern is a simple but highly productive pattern on the San Juan River. The annelids that float down this river are a constant food source for the big trout that swim in its waters. On my last trip to the San Juan, I found that a double […]

Fly Tying: Splashything Stonefly Pattern

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This pattern was one of the bugs that I was messing around with on the Deschutes River in the middle of a some serious golden stone and salmonfly hatches. I tied them up in orange and yellow and had success with ┬áboth. The poor fly did not really have a name, but after Eric landed […]

Fly Tying: The Simi Seal Bugger

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Aside from being my go to streamer for the deep pools or swollen flows of the trout creeks, I have been having quite a bit of success in the urban ponds throwing green Simi Seal Buggers. John Rohmer originally started tying the Simi Seal Leech and his recipe can be found here. The Bugger is […]

Fly Tying: Smith’s Stonehopper

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Ben’s Salmon Fly This is a variation of the Mini-Hopper that seems to have taken on the identity of a salmonfly. I would love to know what you think and I believe I will need a name. Material List: – Size 10 Hopper Terrestrial Hook – 6/0 Uni-Thread – Dubbing (my personal favorite is the […]