An Attractive Prince

The Prince Nymph and it's variations have been around for years.  The standard is one of those flies that don't imitate anything in particular other than something that appears to be trout chow.  Instead of peacock herl, I used tinsel which ensures this fly is going to get down to where the nymphs are without …

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A Cure for the Green Curse

This summer, more than ever, there have been situations with rising fish all over the place and nobody can figure out what they're taking.  Tippets have been lengthened and downsized, angles have been changed, flies changed, fly sizes changed and yet the fish continue to snub all offerings.  My best guess is that they were …

Lefty’s Deceiver

The Lefty's Deceiver was one of those flies that, when I first saw it, I wondered if it would catch fish. I thought the same thing about the Clouser Minnow, too. Both quickly dissolved the skepticism. The Deceiver is one of those flies that has great action fished slow, jerked and paused, and dead drifted. …

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 …