December 2017 – Purple Haze Comparadun

One of the most successful flies introduced in the past few years is the Purple Haze tied by Andy Carlson for use on the Bitterroot River area of Montana. The fly was basically an Adams parachute with a purple wonder wrap body. Fisherman who used this fly could not believe

November 2017 – Madison River Cripple

The guys at Blue Ribbon Flies ( ) came up with this pattern and then had their guides test it out on float trips on the Madison River. For several seasons this fly was kept under wraps until it became a proven fish catcher. You can now buy or

October 2017 – Black Wing Baetis Cripple

How many times have you been fishing when the glare on the water made it almost impossible to see your fly? To help with this situation the fly tiers at Blue Ribbon Flies have come up with a solution to this problem, they use a black wing on many of

September 2017 – Yellow Sally

On many of our local streams there can be good hatches of the Yellow Sally stonefly. These flies, although significantly smaller than their familial cousins, can be an important food source for trout. Some anglers confuse them with caddis flies because they can look much alike in the air. When

August 2017 – Royal Renegade

The FOM from May 2010 was the Renegade, a fly developed by Taylor “Beartracks” Williams around 1928. This fly was based on many English fore ‘n aft pattern popular at that time. In the 1930’s Everett M Hale took the Renegade and came up with a pattern he called the

July 2017 – Betters other Fly

Fran Betters was well known for flies that he invented for use on the Ausable River in upstate NY. Some of his famous flies are the Usual, Ausable Wulff, and the Haystack. According to Mike Hogue of Badger Creek Fly Tying (, Fran had another fly that was very successful

June 2017 – White Miller Razor Caddis

Another pattern from the vise of Aaron Freed of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, MT. This fly is tied to represent the Nectopsyche caddis, aka the white miller, that hatches on the Firehole and Madison Rivers in Yellowstone National Park. It is also found on the Henry’s Fork of

May 2017 – Flame Thrower

Gary Lafontaine, one of the most innovative fly tiers of his time, looked at fly tying in a unique way. His idea was to divide flies into two major types, imitative and attractor patterns. The flame thrower is one of his attractor patterns. The manner in which this fly is

April 2017 – EZ2C Caddis

This is another Gary Lafontaine pattern called the EZ2C caddis. A lot of Gary’s patterns use light or bright colored materials to make the fly visible to the angler as well as the fish.. Begin tying this pattern by dubbing a body from the bend of the hook to a

March 2017 – Sparkle Half Hog

This pattern was developed by Goren Grubich of Serbia. This can best be called an attractor caddis fly pattern. Begin by tying in some silver widow’s web as a shuck at the bend of the hook. Next dub a body of amber Prism SLF Dubbing to the half way point