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 …

Fatal Attractor

Aside from the awesome name, this fly has proven itself on western waters as a very effective attractor and indicator.  It has the trifecta of floatation devices; long, bushy hackle, synthetic wings, and elk hair.  It also sports a flashy krystal flash tail and ice dubbed body drawing the fish's attention.  It does everything you …

Brown Drake Emerger

The Brown Drake Mayfly begins the big dry fly season as a precursor to the Hex.  I know many Michigan trout bums that would rather fish the Brown Drake hatches because they take place just as it's getting dark and you're in bed by midnight after the spinner falls.  It's the perfect opening act for …

Parachute Biot BWO

Here in Michigan Blue Wing Olive mayflies come in various sizes.  This fly not only looks great but is a great floater and can be turned into an indicator fly for a parachute/dropper combination with relative ease.   Start the tying thread just behind the hook eye and secure your thread one hook-eye length behind …

The Gurgler

  There are almost as many variations to this fly than the Clouser Minnow or Popper but the variations all serve the same purpose; to create commotion on the surface which many predators find irresistible under the right conditions.  I've only tied the freshwater version but there are many saltwater patterns out there that I …