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. 

Materials

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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Shakey Beeley Shirts are Back in Stock

We've finally received a new shipment of our popular Shakey Beeley shirts, so if you've been waiting for a chance to snag one, the time is now. They are offered in both short sleeve and long sleeve in blue and black heather, and we are also excited to introduce the short sleeve version in olive as well. Check them out HERE

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Fly of the Week: Lime Trude

Photo by John Juracek

Trude-style dry flies are classic patterns that have fallen out of favor with many anglers these days, but the trout still have the same affinity for them as always. The Lime Trude has proven to be a highly effective attractor pattern on area rivers like the Madison, Gallatin, and Lamar, particularly in mid-summer when yellow sallies are present. This fly does an excellent job mimicking small stoneflies, and just looks generally buggy enough to attract fish in a variety of other fishing situations. If you've never fished one, be sure to give the Lime Trude (and it's cousin the Royal Trude) a try.

Materials:

Hook: Dai Riki 320 or Tiemco 100 Size 16

Thread: Black 8/0 Uni-Thread

Tail: Medium Golden Pheasant Tippet

Body: Rhyacophila Zelon Dubbing

Wing: White Calf Body

Hackle: Brown Whiting

Tying Instructions

Step 1: Begin wrapping thread behind the eye, and wrap back to the bend of the hook. Tie in a small clump of Golden Pheasant Tippet for the tails, about two thirds the length of the hook shank.

Step 2: Dub a slightly tapered body of zelon dubbing forward about two thirds of the way up the hook shank.

Step 3: Tie in a wing of calf tail, extending just past the bend of the hook and just a bit shorter than the end of the tail.

Step 4: Tie in a brown hackle feather just in front of the wing, and make about three to four turns of hackle forward to the eye. Trim the excess feather, whip finish, and trim thread.

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The Humpback Gene

Photo by John Juracek

There’s an interesting and persistent genetic flaw among a small percentage of Madison River brown trout, expressed as a “humpback” body shape.  The fish pictured here is typical of this form—a pronounced humpback from the rear of the head to the rear of the dorsal fin.  They act just like a normal trout, except when hooked.  While giving a good account of themselves, their fight feels different through the rod, with lots of rapid vibrations translated to the hand.  Our unscientific observation is that about 2% of the brown trout population is affected by this phenomena.  If you fish long enough, you’re likely to catch one yourself.

--John Juracek

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