This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Shakey Beeley soft hackle.

Shakey Beeley |

The Shakey Beeley is another wonderful fly pattern from Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, MT. And this specific fly  was purchased there a few years ago for a pattern for me to use. It’s one of THE flies used when fishing for fall-run Brown and Rainbow trout on the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park.

This fly pattern can be found in Fly Patterns of Yellowstone – Volume 2 (2008) by Craig Mathews and John Juracek. It’s listed as Shakey Beeley, but I believe the current spelling is Shakey Bealy. Either way, it’s an effective fly.

The story as told in their book goes like this…

Many years ago they came upon a fly fisher named Mr. Whitman from Missouri who had been fishing a specific spot since the late 1940’s. He showed them the fly and explained how he fished it. He was standing in Beeley’s Run on the Madison. A separate story is Shakey Beeley was a Yellowstone National Park Ranger in the 1940’s. Shakey was his nickname because his hands shook with excitement as he landed big fish! (For more of the story, pick up a copy of Fly Patterns of Yellowstone – Volume 2 from Blue Ribbon Flies.)

In any event, the story was relayed to their well-known guide Nick Nicklas who developed this version of the Shakey Beeley.

Perhaps I should try another fly fishing road trip next week! I better check the calendar.

Enjoy…go fish!





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