Nymphs

Anchor Nymphs

Anchor nymphs are tied with fast sinking tungsten beads to aid the angler in getting a fly deep and fast. Anchor flies are used in multi fly rigs to sink lighter patterns to various depths. One challenge in tactical nymphing is using the right weight of fly to match the water you are fishing. Too heavy a fly can be frustrating to manipulate without constant snagging and too light a fly may never get deep enough. I carry a wide array of sizes and weights of flies to choose from as needed to make sure I can always present my nymphs in the right feeding zone. Anglers should take advantage of the larger insects that are present and imitate them with a heavy anchor fly. Even if larger insects such as stoneflies, craneflies, hellgrammites or large caddis are not present in high numbers, an anchor fly will be far more effective than a wad of split shot tumbling along possibly turning off wary fish. 

I make a trailer hitch option available on the following anchor flies to facilitate adding a dropper. The trailer hitch was developed to put a dropper in alignment of the hooks shank and prevent loss of fish due to a dropper rig sliding off a barbless hook during a fight. In the 12 years I started fishing hitched patterns, I have had zero failures with the hitch itself. Simply affix a length of 18" tippet material to the dropper with a good quality knot and add another fly.

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Mondo Rubber Legged Gold Ribbed Hares Ear
3.00

One of the most universally popular anchor fly patterns in my box.
Choose a built in dropper loop AKA trailer hitch to allow another fly to be towed directly behind for a stowaway plunge into the abyss.

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Tan Stonefly Flymph
3.00

 A great spring dredger or late summer fly for use when the September stone are anticipated. I frequently use this as an anchor fly to bring along other tasty morsels for a swim when I am working the deeper faster runs on big water. Smaller sizes are best on medium to smaller rivers. Don't be shy.

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TB Black Nickle Possie Bugger
3.00

Get down fast into the feeding zone with these tungsten bead weighted nymphs - #6 weights 10 grains (2 BB split shot). A very popular fly in the early season when large Stonefly's and Green Drakes abound in the high water. Just enough flash and a bulky silhouette cry the sirens song. One of my top producing patterns of all time.

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Copper Possie Bugger
from 3.00

A color variation of the long popular in Oregon fly pattern, the Possie Bugger. I have found this color combination to be particularly effective at imitating several species of golden stone nymphs, especially the short wing stones of September.

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Kmann's Lesser Ptero
3.00

The Lesser Salmonfly AKA Pteronarcella badia are often found in waters where its larger cousin the giant salmonfly are not as common. Though not as robust, these slender brown stoneflies provide ample food for hungry spring trout on the lookout for a protein punch.


Roaring Fork bound anglers should consider this fly important just after runoff tapers in July.

Tied heavy for a fast descent.

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K-Mann's Hare'e Pteronarcissit
3.15

Gets deep, agitates, invokes. A heavy anchor fly with optional built in trailer hitch for fishing the salmonfly hatch. Born on the Deschutes and effective everywhere herds of large salmonfly's roam the deep.

 

Standard Nymphs

A collection of traditional nymphs that can be fished solo or paired with an anchor pattern.

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Little Woven Golden Stone Nymph
2.95

A killer little (size 14 2xl) woven stonefly that can be fished all season long all across the country. Weighted with a tungsten bead this pattern with just enough weight to get down amongst the cobble in smaller to mid sized streams where this fly will be most usefull.

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Copper Brown Copper John
2.95

A classic that catches fish! I made this color variation of John Barr's classic colorado nymph to cover the smaller stonefly nymphs I find everywhere I fish. 

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Black Tungsten Bead Flashback Pheasant Tail
2.85

My favorite fly in all waters all year around. When in doubt, tie one of these on and start probing the most likely waters.
Tungsten Bead.

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Newbury's Green Drake
2.95

A re-tooled version of my favorite green drake nymph. I tested this design out during last seasons green drake hatch and caught some fish, took some notes, and made necessary adjustments. 

As always, I like just a dash of flash in my deep nymph patterns. Not too much, just enough to get noticed.

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Goa Worm
2.85

A buggy attractive fly that looks like a lot of everything a fish might find on its menu. 

One of my many go-to patterns in August and September.

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Newbury's Bank Maggot
2.85

After having a killer 2015 season with this fly, I have decided to introduce it for the 2016 season. As of April 15th 2016,  I have already been cleaning up my favorite beats with it. 

This fly fishes best following a typical western summer monsoon or anytime the water is high or slightly off color. Of course, it still works in clear low flows but I found it is my ace in the hole when the water has been disturbed. 

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Tungsten Bead Pink Betty's Sexy Worm
2.85

Now on Firhole Sticks brand barbless competition hooks. Stupid sharp, super strong.

Walters wife Betty is a quite the looker. Here she is all dressed up for a night at the lanes knocking down pins, Betty's Sexy Worm has enough piscavarous sex appeal to get the attention of those gnarly hooked jawed bruisers.

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TB Coppertone French PT.
2.85

French style nymphs are all the rage and for good reason. This proven pattern gets deep and gets noticed.

The shape of this fly imitates the flat clinger family of nymphs very well. This color choice is an excellent Western March Brown imitation. 

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Little Tan/Gray Perdigon
2.95

The wildly popular Perdigon nymph has taken the European fly fishing scene by storm. A small bullet style nymph that will penetrate those little slots where fish lurk in pocket water situations.

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Yellow Sally Perdigon
2.95

I had a truly great guiding season last summer and this fly is one that made all the difference in my arsenal. Yellow Sallies are active throughout most of the summer to warrant a full row of these in your Tacky box. This color combo also does a great job of imitating the melon color that the PMD's in Colorado exhibit. I will be adding this to my top ten summer patterns list in 2018. 

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Non-weighted nymphs

You don't always need a weighted pattern. Fished solo or in tandem with an anchor fly, non-weighted nymphs increase versatility in your streamside game. My non-weighted nymphs are designed to imitate emerging insects be it caddis, small stoneflies that emerge mid-stream or everyone's favorite mayflies.

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Translucent PMD
2.75

Now on Firhole Sticks brand barbless competition hooks. Stupid sharp, super strong.

The iridescent bead in the thorax adds a distinctive strike trigger for fish. Fish probably think it is a gas bubble of an emerging mayfly. As if fish can "think" with logic & reason. never the less, I have had success with this pattern way back to the late 90's while fishing the Deschutes river and now while other fishing western tailwaters and spring creeks.

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Little Caddis Pupa
2.75

The little caddis pupa is hard to tie but oh so worth it! Tied with a black nickle brass bead so it is not too heavy or too bright so that you can swim it through a favorite trout pool during the evening caddis hatch.

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Translucent Baetis
2.75

Now on Firhole Sticks brand barbless competition hooks. Stupid sharp, super strong.

This patterns started one day on the Deschutes in 1997 when the fish simply couldn't resist and it's fine performance continues to this day. 

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Translucent Sally
2.75

Many anglers are not aware that Yellow Sallies actively emerge midstream much like caddis. Because of this, I fish an unweighted emerger pattern with a gas bead to mimic the gas bubbles that caddis and other swimming emergers produce.


Drop this pattern under a high floating dry or in tandem with an anchor.

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