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Fly of the Month

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 the Snake River in Idaho.  After watching a video on the BRF website , I thought that this fly could be used on our area streams to represent the Apple Green Caddis that hatch on our local waterways.


Watch Aaron tie his pattern at  www.blue-ribbon-flies.com/how-to/white_miller_razor_caddis/


Hook  -   Dry fly #14-16

Thread - Chartreuse 8/0

Body     -  Chartreuse Razor Foam

Underwing - 4 strands of pearl crystal topped with white improved micro zelon

Wing      -  Bleached X caddis deer hair

John Lazar

Fly tied by John Lazar


White Miller Razor Caddis



The Lacky Sunken Stone is a variation of a salmon fly pattern created by the late Nick Nicklas of West Yellowstone MT.  Nick's pattern was tied with an orange body on a 6xl hook in sizes 4 and 6.  He also tied golden stones on size 8 hooks.  Fortunately we don't need such large flies to imitate the good yellow stonefly hatches that we usually see during May and June on the Lackawaxen.  We've slightly modified Nick's original to match our stones.  The original was tied without legs and is quite effective that way.  The fly is essentially several elk hair caddis tied in succession along the hook with rubber legs tied in "X" style as shown in the picture.  Begin by tying in the deer hair tail (which actually imitates the extended wing of the natural), cover the butts of the hair with dubbing.  Tie in a clump of deer hair so that the tips reach back to approximately the middle of the preceding clump. Cover the butts with dubbing and keep repeating the process until you reach the eye of the hook.  The last clump is finished off by trimming the butts as shown.  If  using the legs tie them in at the next to last clump.  Cover the tie in with dubbing and proceed to the final clump.



Hook  :  Dry fly; #10, 2xl and 3xl

Tail  :  Natural deer hair

Wing  :  Natural deer hair

Body  :  Yellowish dubbing

Legs  :  Medium tan centipede legs (optional)

Alan Bowers

Fly tied by John Lazar



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