Where Dream Conquers Reality

Where Dream Conquers Reality

A photo from the Gallatin drainage by Peter Scorzetti.

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Fly of the Week: Longhorn Beetle

Photo by John Juracek

The Longhorn Beetle has been a favorite terrestrial pattern of ours for years now. The fly is the perfect size to provide a substantial meal for a trout, yet the profile is just different enough to convince a trout that's seen a million hoppers to take. Cutthroat love it, but don't sleep on it for big browns and rainbows, either. 

A note about tying the Longhorn Beetle: the foam Tiger Strips that we have long tied this fly with are unfortunately no longer commercially available. These strips function primarily to make the fly more visible, but we've found that they aren't really necessary to the fly's success. So if you don't have any Tiger Strips handy, simply substitute solid black fly foam and tie a nice, tall deer hair wing on top for visibility. 


Hook: Dai Riki 280 or Tiemco 2312 Size 10

Thread: Black 6/0 Danville

Body: Longhorn Zelon Dubbing and Black 2mm Fly Foam

Legs: Black Medium Round Rubber Legs

Wing: Bleached X Caddis Deer Hair

Antenna: Black Krystal Flash

For tying instructions, check out our video of Bucky tying this fly HERE.

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Big Fish Like Big Bugs

It's been a good year for big bug hatches, with plenty of salmonflies, golden stones, and drakes around to get the big boys feeding. This beautiful brown was caught recently on a green drake by our own Peter Scorzetti. 

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Stanley Products Have Arrived

We are pleased to now offer a variety of products from Stanley, including these sharp-looking logo flasks, which you can check out HERE. We'll be adding more of these products to the web store soon, but in the meantime, stop by the shop to check them out if you are nearby.

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Fly of the Week: SLS Sparkle Dun

The SLS Sparkle Dun was designed to minimize the number of fly patterns needed for Slough Creek, the Lamar River, and Soda Butte Creek this time of year. It effectively imitates PMD, Epeorus, and Heptagenia mayflies, and also has proven to be a great searching pattern when there aren't any insects on the water. We created our own blend of zelon dubbing for this fly, and it has become a go-to pattern for us on many other local rivers, not just in the northeast corner of Yellowstone. 


Hook: Tiemco 206bl Size 16

Thread: Light Cahill 8/0 Uni-Thread

Shuck: Epeorus Crinkled Zelon

Wing: Natural Sparkle Dun Deer Hair

Thorax: SLS Zelon Dubbing

For tying instructions, check out this VIDEO of Craig tying the SLS.

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