Fly of the Week: Improved Killer Bee

Photo by John Juracek

Our original Yellowstone Killer Bee pattern has proven to be an effective late summer fly over the years, but unfortunately, the pre-cut foam bodies that we used to tie that fly have become increasingly hard to come by recently. To solve this dilemma, we set out to redesign our bee pattern with more readily available materials, and the Improved Killer Bee was born. This fly floats better and is more durable than it’s predecessor, and the addition of a few strands of Krystal Flash adds just a bit of sparkle that fish can’t seem to resist. Bees often catch the attention of trout that have already seen a million hoppers and beetles, and we always have a few stashed away in our boxes during July, August, and September in Yellowstone.

Hook:  Dai Riki 280 or Daiichi 1260 Size 12
Thread:  Black 6/0 Danville
Body:  Yellow 2mm Fly Foam
Rib:  Black Razor Foam
Wings:  White Widow’s Web and Pearl Krystal Flash
Hackle:  Grizzly Whiting

For tying instructions, head on over to our HOW-TO page for our step-by-step video.

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