Fly of the Week: Bucky’s Upright Trico Spinner

Fly of the Week: Bucky’s Upright Trico Spinner

Photo courtesy of John Juracek

Bucky came up with this pattern after observing the number of Trico spinners that remained upright on Hebgen Lake.  He has since used this pattern with success on the Henry’s Fork and Bighole rivers.  This pattern is easy to tie and easy to see.  It can be tied to imitate any number of smaller mayflies by changing the material colors.  Baetis, Callibaetis and PMDs are some of the other patterns that have been used with success.

Hook:  Tiemco 206BL, size 20   
Thread:  White Veevus 16/0 and Black Veevus 16/0
Tail:  Dun Coq De Leon
Abdomen:  White Veevus 16/0 Thread
Thorax:  Black Superfine Dubbing 
Wing:  Spinner Wing EP Trigger Point Fibers

For detailed tying instructions, watch Bucky tie this fly in our How-To video HERE.

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Fly of the Week: Jake’s Gulp Beetle

Fly of the Week: Jake’s Gulp Beetle

Photo courtesy of John Juracek

The Gulp Beetle comes to us from from Jake Chutz of Montana Fly Company, and it has proven to be a very effective beetle pattern all over Yellowstone Country waters. The effectiveness of beetles is well known on the Henry's Fork, but they work in plenty of other places as well. It is not uncommon for trout to become hesitant to take hoppers later in the summer, as they see so many huge foam creations floating by every day. In these situations, a smaller beetle is often just what the trout are looking for instead. Fished blindly along the banks or cast to selective, rising trout, this fly will consistently produce excellent results.

Materials

Hook: Tiemco 100, size 12-18

Thread: Black 8/0 Uni-Thread

Dubbing: True Peacock Phoenix Dubbing

Body: Black 1/8" Evasote Foam

Legs: Black Lifeflex

Indicator: Orange 2mm Fly Foam

Tying Instructions

Step 1: Start thread behind the eye and wrap back the shank to the bend. Tie in a strip of foam over the rear of the hook about 1/4" to 1/8" wide, depending on the size of the fly being tied.

Step 2: Dub a shaggy body of Phoenix Dubbing forward to just behind the eye. 

Step 3: Pull the foam strip forward and tie down just behind the eye, and trim the foam just in front of the hook eye.

Step 4: Tie in a piece of lifeflex on each side of the fly for the legs, and tie in a small piece of orange foam on top of the fly to add a visible indicator. Whip-finish.

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Fly of the Week: Yellowstone Killer Bee

Fly of the Week: Yellowstone Killer Bee

Photo courtesy of John Jurackek

Bees are a highly underrated terrestrial pattern here in Yellowstone country, but they certainly can be highly effective here during the dog days of summer. Trout relish any large terrestrial meal, and cutthroat in particular seem to be very fond of this fly. Area rivers like the Lamar, Soda Butte, Slough Creek, and the Yellowstone all have bees present nearby, and they often end up on the water on windy days. The Yellowstone Killer Bee is the best pattern we have found to imitate these insects, checking all the boxes with high visibility, excellent flotation, and simplicity. Make sure to give this fly a try the next time you are chasing trout in August!

Materials

Hook: Tiemco 100 or Dai Riki 320 Size 14

Thread: Black 8/0 Montana Fly Company Thread

Body: Rainy's 1/8" Foam Bee Bodies

Wing: White Straight Zelon

Hackle: Grizzly Whiting Hackle

Tying Instructions

Step 1: Start wrapping tying thread behind the eye and wrap about halfway back the hook shank.

Step 2: Split one cylindrical foam bee body down the middle lengthwise with a knife, and then tie in flat side down at the middle of the hook shank, so that some of the foam extends back from the bend of the hook and also out over the eye. 

Step 3: Tie in a strand of zelon with figure eight wraps over top of where the foam is tied in. Then pull the zelon strands backward and wrap thread over the base of the zelon to keep the wings swept backward. Trim wings even with the hook bend.

Step 4: Just in front of the wings, tie in a grizzly hackle feather. Make about two turns of hackle and tie off. Trim the excess feather and whip-finish.

Step 5: Trim the foam in the rear so that it extends just beyond the hook bend, and in the front so that it extends just out over the eye.

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Fly of the Week: Cinnamon Flying Ant

Fly of the Week: Cinnamon Flying Ant

Photo courtesy of John Juracek

Ants are a staple in any trout's diet come mid-summer, and every angler should be sure to have some with them on the water in August. Yellowstone country is famous for it's flying ant swarms this time of year, and when these bugs hit the water, trout will often rise carelessly, eating every insect they can find. The Cinnamon Flying Ant will match these bugs perfectly on area rivers and lakes, and the addition of a hi-vis wing material also makes it much easier to see than many previous ant patterns. We find the yellow wing to be highly visible, but don't be afraid to substitute white or another hi-vis color if you are able to see it better.

Materials

Hook: Tiemco 100 Size 14-16

Thread: Rust Brown 8/0 Uni-Thread

Dubbing: Epeorus Spinner Superfine Dubbing

Wing: Yellow EP Fibers

Hackle: Grizzly Whiting Size 14-16

Tying Instructions

Step 1: Wrap thread back to the bend of the hook. Dub a thick ball of dubbing about half way up the hook shank to form the rear body segment.

Step 2: Tie in a clump of EP fibers for the wing and trim about even with the hook bend. 

Step 3: Tie in a grizzly hackle feather just in front of the wing. Make two to three wraps of hackle and then tie of and trim the excess feather.

Step 4: Dub a smaller ball of dubbing up to the hook eye to form the head, and then whip-finish.

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Fly of the Week: Aaron’s Callibaetis Nymph

Fly of the Week: Aaron’s Callibaetis Nymph

Photo courtesy of John Juracek

Hebgen Lake is one of the finest dry fly fisheries Yellowstone country has to offer, but when these fish are not feeding in rhythm, they can be nearly impossible to catch on the surface. This past year on Hebgen was less consistent than usual, with many days where fish refused to rise more than once or twice. In this scenario, adding a dropper nymph underneath the dry fly can be very effective, so Aaron devised this new callibaetis nymph to increase the odds when these already-difficult fish are not feeding consistently.

Materials

Hook: Tiemco 3761 Size 16

Bead: 5/64" Metallic Pheasant Tail Brown Dazzle Brass Bead

Thread: Gray 8/0 Uni-Thread

Tail: Natural Mallard Flank

Rib: Amber Small Ultra-Wire

Dubbing: Muskrat Grey Hare's Mask Dubbing

Flashback: Black Medium UTC Flashback Tinsel

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

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