I’ve been making progress in the last week, working on filling my Patagonia fly box. I thought you might enjoy a few images of the flies.

Two Patagonia Fly Boxes in Progress | www.johnkreft.com

The image above shows our “hers and his” fly boxes…one for Dancingtrout and one for me. They are filled with Fat Albert flies in brown/tan and black, sizes 8 and 10.

There are still a few holes to fill and I’ll continue to work on them in the coming weeks.

I just finished tying parachute flies…Parachute Adams (#12 & 14) and Purple Haze (#14), a dozen of each.

Parachute Flies | www.johnkreft.com

I chose to use Cree hackle for the Parachute Adams and a grizzly/brown mix for Purple Haze.

Cree vs Grizzly-Brown Mix Hackle | www.johnkreft.com

Cree hackle is touted as a 1-feather solution to achieve a color mixture. I used a Hebert/Miner saddle hackle from Whiting Farms.

Cree Saddle Hackle | www.johnkreft.com

But honestly, the grizzly/brown combo looks just fine.

Purple Haze with Flash | www.johnkreft.com

The list below shows a Purple Para Wulff. I did a search for the fly and found it uses a split Wulff style wing. I can’t imagine why a fish would choose a split wing vs single like any normal parachute wing…so I just tied my usual Purple Haze. I did add a rib of mylar tinsel to add a little flash. I doubt the fish will care.

I’ve completed the BOLD flies listed below. I think I have Chubby Chernobyl’s and Elk Hair Caddis (#14) already tied in the provider box. I pulled out materials to tie some Elk Hair Caddis and will move to the Parachute Madam X and the Cicada.


  • Chubby Chernobyl / Purple, tan, gold / size: 10
  • Cicada / size: 8
  • Fat Albert / Black, Tan / Size: 8,10,12
  • Charlie Boy Hopper / Tan / Size: 8
  • Morrish Hopper / Tan / Size: 8


  • Purple Para Wulff / Size: 14
  • Parachute Adams / Size: 12,14
  • Swisher ‘s Parachute Madam X / Size: 8
  • Elk Hair Caddis / Tan / Size: 12,14


  • Sparkle Minnow / Size: 4, 6
  • Autumn Splendor / Size: 4,6
  • Rubber Bugger / Size: 4,6,8
  • Beldar Rubberlegs / Size: 4,6,8
  • Bead Head Crystal Bugger / Brown, Black / Size: 6


  • Tungsten Pheasant Tail / Size: 14,16
  • Tungsten Prince Nymph / Size: 10,12
  • Copper John / Red, Copper / Size: 12,14
  • CDC Flashback Pheasant Tail / Size: 12,14
  • Pat ́s Rubberlegs / Brown, Coffee-black / Size: 6

You notice I’m working on the dry flies first? It shouldn’t surprise you!

I plan to take this “provider box” with us. It holds a few Fat Albert flies (#8 & 10) and room for more.

Excess Patagonia Flies | www.johnkreft.com

Back to the vise…I still have flies to tie!

Enjoy…go fish!

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