Nicholl’s CrickAntHopper

There are a number of larger attractor patterns out there.  Some of them, too large.  I was looking for a smaller terrestrial pattern that could resemble any number of insects that had attracting power and I just wasn't satisfied.  Furthermore, on some of the streams I fish under difficult conditions, a 7" brook trout may …

Nicholl’s A.T. – Aquatic Terrestrial

As early as April in many locations, ants, beetles, and other terrestrials come to life.  But they may go unnoticed until later in the summer when aquatic insect hatches become fewer and farther apart.  During those warm summer days when nothing else seems to be happening, terrestrials may be the ticket to entice a strike …

The BWO LTZ

Sometimes a high-riding dry fly pattern is the key to success; this isn't one of those flies.  Fishing Blue Wing Olive hatches can be frustrating whether it's the size of flies you have to match or some other factor making the fish selective.  This pattern was designed to give the fish everything they need in …

How to Tie The Isonychia Nymph

Nymphs? In the summer?  There are days where dries just aren't efficient enough no matter how hard you fish them.  Tying on one of these sub-surface meaty morsels will increase your chances of hooking up when dry fly fishing goes, well, dry.  They are an easy tie and are equally as effective. I begin by …

Nicholl’s Four Course Streamer

I came up with the idea for this streamer because I wanted something that be jigged with tail action or when ripped quick, it would have a natural swimming motion.  In other terms, I'm lazy and didn't want to tie and re-tie a different streamer every time I wanted a different action.  On the fall …

Galloup’s Ant Acid

I remember just starting out and learning how important it was to match the hatch and then looking at all of the gaudy terrestrial imitations in the fly shop bin.  To me, an ant was supposed to be a ball in the front, a ball in the back, and hackle in the middle.  However, as …