Dry Flies

Salmonfly Time – Get Your Dries Here!

Salmonfly Fly Fishing

Regarding dry fly fishing, is there anything better than watching fish rise to giant flies?!?! For the next short while on rivers across the west Pteronarcys (also know as the Salmonfly) will be abundant in numbers sufficient to attract most fish to rise. This can be some of the funnest fishing all year long.

Salmonfly Dry Fly

If you haven’t already filled your boxes tying large foam bugs for this occasion we’ve got you covered. We’ve teamed up with Rainy’s Flies to offer our friends here at Fly Tying 123 a great selection of premium Salmonfly dry flies. These are the highest quality flies on the market. Rainy’s only uses the best materials available, and with top designers from around the world these innovative patterns not only attract fish but last through the sharp teeth of many trout without falling apart.

Schiel’s Salmonfly Totally Stoned

J's Salmonfly In-The-Zone-Stone

J’s Salmonfly In-The-Zone-Stone


J’s Obe-Wan Chernobe Stone Black/Orange

Tims Stone Carburetor

Tim’s Stone Carburetor

J's Blk:Org Stone Mudfoot

J’s Blk/Org Stone Mudfoot

We are selling them in packs of 3 to help keep our costs down. Then again, would you really want less than three of any pattern? When it happens to be the fly of choice I’m confident you’ll want more than just one in your fly box, incase of breakoffs, or maybe that you will begin feeling bad for your fishing buddy who is watching you crush fish on the only fly they seam to want to eat (sharing is optional ;-). By keeping our cost low we are able to essentially give you 3 flies for the price of 2. Originally these patterns retail for $2.99, but we are happy to be offering them for an exceptional price of $1.99 each. Visit our store for more info regarding sizes and availability.

Check out our fly selection here and check back as we will be adding new flies each week.

Salmonfly Cluster

Foam Body Caddis – Dry Fly Tying Video

Mother’s day is just around the corner, and sure enough the rivers here in Utah are swarming with caddis. One great thing about caddis is their awesome abundance from now until late fall. Over the course of a year they make up a large portion of a trout’s diet. Caddis are very active bugs that can be identified by the splashy aggressive rise of a trout. A caddis hatch is one of my favorite times to throw a dry fly because of the aggressive nature exhibited by trout at this time. These little critters are not easy meals for trout, and after a few escape early on in the hatch it seems that the trout turn up their energy level and really get going after them. Not many casual sips during a caddis hatch!

Foam Body Caddis Dry Fly - Provo River Brown Trout

The tan foam and ginger hackle combination is my go to color variation. It has fished very well for me to both match the hatch, and as a searching pattern in the summer months.Foam Body Caddis Fly Pattern

The chartreuse foam body caddis is a great attractor or “searching pattern”. The profile of this fly with a little added color can also fish well during a hatch if the fish are not too highly pressured.

Foam Body Caddis Dry Fly

One great thing about caddis is their awesome abundance from now (late spring) until late fall. The foam body caddis is hands down my favorite caddis dry fly, followed closely by the classic Elk Hair Caddis. Give this pattern a shot in a variety of colors, and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.


Tan Foam Body Caddis
Hook: Any dry fly hook size 14-18
Thread: Uni 8/0 Camel
Underbody: Tan Antron Dubbing
Foam: Tan 1mm X 1mm
Wing: Elk Hair
Legs: Ginger/Brown Hackle

Chartreuse Foam Body Caddis
Hook: Any dry fly hook size 14-18
Thread: Uni 8/0 Olive
Underbody: Dark Olive Antron Dubbing
Foam: Chartreuse 1mm X 1mm
Wing: Elk Hair
Legs: Black/Dark Grizzly


Hi-Vis Griffith’s Gnat

Early every spring I start to get dry fly fever. The thought of small midge adults coming to the water’s surface to get pummeled by hungry trout get me excited every year at this time. The Hi-Vis Griffith’s Gnat represents a cluster of adult midges, but all in all it is just a buggy looking fly. With grizzly hackle and a peacock herl body, it is hard not to look buggy and delicious! This variation  is identical to the traditional Griffith’s Gnat with the exception of the parachute that makes it more visible, especially in faster water. It is quite buoyant and floats well enough to suspend small nymphs such as midge pupa imitations or unweighted beatis patterns. It is not only effective during the early parts of the year when it is still freezing outside, but if truly works well year round on many streams and lakes.

Hook: Any standard dry fly hook (e.g. Daiichi 1100 or Tiemco 100)
Thread: Black 8/0
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle: Grizzly
Parachute: Para post, poly yarn, Z-lon, or any other highly visible material in any bright color you prefer

Sizes: Anywhere from 14 to 22, but my favorites are 14-18

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