Stranahan’s Black Ant

Stranahan’s Black Ant

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Chuck Stranahan’s Black Ant. I returned to Chuck Stranahan’s Flies & Guides a couple of weeks ago. I was fortunate he wasn’t too busy and I caught him behind the vise. We caught up a bit and he talked more about his original Stranahan’s Brindle Chute I presented back in November 2019….

Dave’s Hopper Fly Pattern

Dave’s Hopper Fly Pattern

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Dave’s Hopper fly pattern. This is another fly pattern I haven’t tied in years. A customer recently asked me to tie the fly and I thought it was a great candidate for a TBT post. So here it is. Dave’s Hopper was designed by Dave Whitlock in the…

McMurray Ant

McMurray Ant

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the McMurray Ant. Ed Sutryn invented the McMurray Ant in the early 1960’s while fishing on a stream in McMurray, Pennsylvania. He watched trout crazily feeding on ants. Sometime later, he found out they were timber ants and set about designing a fly using monofilament, cork, and black…

Fishing with Beetles

Fishing with Beetles

I had a recent fly order for Beetle Bailey flies and decided to keep tying them and fill the provider box. I ended up tying over 11 dozen. Why? Because fishing with beetles can be effective at certain times of the year and I didn’t want to run out of them. In fact, terrestrials can…

First Flies of 2019

First Flies of 2019

Yesterday, I cleaned up my fly tying bench and sat down for the first time this year to tie a few flies. It’s been about two weeks since I tied a fly. Tonight I’m teaching the first class at Central Oregon Flyfisher’s Winter Fly Tying. In addition, I’m traveling to Boise, ID this week for…

My Favorite Ant Fly Patterns

My Favorite Ant Fly Patterns

If you’ve been reading the posts from this year’s fly fishing road trip, you might have noticed how many of the fish we caught took ant patterns. In this week’s post, I thought I would highlight my favorite ant fly patterns. I’m always amazed how well ant fly patterns work. I’ve experienced how almost any…

Improved Chaos Hopper TBT

Improved Chaos Hopper TBT

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Improved Chaos Hopper TBT. It’s no coincidence I chose the Improved Chaos Hopper for this week’s post. I saw a picture earlier this week of a beautiful Brown Trout posted by Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone. The fish ate a hopper fly pattern!