Fly Review

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

s-BlackOrange-Obe-Wan-Chernobe-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

Iron Lotus (PMD) – Fly Tying Video

Another super effective Lance Egan fly pattern that catches fish like crazy!

Iron Lotus Fly Tying

PMD nymphs become very active in rivers and streams during most of the summer and early fall. Trout fill themselves on these critters day after day which makes the PMD Iron Lotus nymph such a valuable nymph fly pattern. A few years back Lance told me of the unique design of this fly which includes its thread body covered in a hard clear finish. This helps the fly sink at a quicker rate because of its streamline design and lack of appendages. It is tied with lead wire and a tungsten bead which also helps the sink rate and its ability to stay down in the water column once it gets there. That is partially why it is one of the most effective Czech Nymphing flies. Another advantage is the durability of this fly as it holds up very well to the pointed teeth of trout. I have quickly become a huge fan of this fly since it continues to catch fish after fish.

Iron Lotus BWO Variation Fly Tying Instructions

The BWO variation is also deadly and fairly simple to tie as well.

PMD Recipe:
Hook: Dai- Riki 135 (sizes 14-18)
Bead: Gold Tungsten to match hook size
Tail: Coq de Leon Medium or Dark Pardo
Abdomen: UTC Rusty-brown 140 denier
Rib: UNI Thread 6/0 Yellow 
Glue for abdomen: Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails (Clear) or Loon’s Hard Head Clear (2 coats)
Wingcase: Black Thinskin
Thorax: Mercer’s Crystal Buggy Nymph PMD Dubbing
 
BWO Recipe:
Hook: Dai- Riki 135 (sizes 14-18)
Bead: Gold Tungsten to match hook size
Tail: Coq de Leon Medium or Dark Pardo
Abdomen: UTC Brown Olive 140 denier
Rib: UNI Thread 6/0 White 
Glue for abdomen: Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails (Clear) or Loon’s Hard Head Clear (2 coats)
Wingcase: Black Thinskin
Thorax: Jan Siman Peacock Black (or any other dark flashy dubbing that you like)
Collar: UTC Red 70 Denier
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New addition to the Fly Tying 123 store – gold and silver countersunk tungsten beads. Tungsten beads add a significant amount of weight to help get your flies down to the fish faster, and to keep your flies in the fish’s feeding zone longer. They are critical for Euro Nymphing, and can improve your catch rate almost instantly. That is the experience that we’ve had with tungsten, and we are confident you will too.

Gold Tungsten Beads Fly TyingSilver Tungsten Beads Fly Tying

If you already are familiar with tungsten beads you will notice that our prices are cheaper than most, and with the $1 shipping we offer it’s hard to beat.

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Tungsten Surveyor (Jig Hook) – Fastest, Easiest, Most Productive Nymph EVER!

For the past five years or so this Lance Egan creation has been one of the top producing nymph in my arsenal. For the past year Kohler and I have been fishing the Tungsten Surveyor on a Syndicate jig hook which has been dynamite! When it comes to easy, quick to tie, and extremely effective flies the Surveyor nymph is on top of that list.
Tungsten Surveyor Fly Tying

 

Tungsten Surveyor (Jig Nymph) Recipe:

Hook: Syndicate Jig Hook Size 12-16 Buy Here

Bead: Silver Slotted Tungsten Buy Here

Weight: 7-10 Wraps Lead Wire 0.015

Thread: Uni 8/0 Red

Tail: Coq de Leon (Medium or Dark Pardo)

Body: Rainbow Sow Scud Dubbing

Rib: Silver Wire Size BR

Collar: Dark Rainbow Sow Scud Dubbing

Tungsten Surveyor

The Tungsten Surveyor jig is extremely effective Euro Nymphing, Czech Nymphing, and even indicator nymphing. The additional weight from the tungsten bead helps this pattern get down to the fish quickly and helps it stay low in the feeding zone longer during each drift.

Original Two-toned Surveyor

Tungsten Surveyor

Kohler began incorporating dark rainbow sow scud dubbing for a thorax many years ago. The darker tone seemed to add a nice component to the fly. With the jig variant it is merely a dubbing collar instead of a thick thorax. Also, this fly is flashy enough with the rainbow dubbing and the red hotspot that the pearl wing case has also been omitted. These slight changes have made this fly even faster to tie, and by no means have we seen a decline in the number of fish we catch. In fact, I have become so confident in jig nymphs that many of my nymphs are being transitioned to these hooks.

Jig Hook Benefits

There are many benefits of fishing jig nymphs including better hook ups primarily in the top of the mouth, better holding power once a fish is hooked, and fewer snags since it rides hook point up which results in fewer lost flies. There may also be other benefits, but these simple advantages have really proven to be helpful when targeting fish nymphing.

Competition Jig Hooks from Syndicate

Syndicate has proven its self over and over again for us. We are firm believers in this hook and now offer it in both sizes 12 and 14 here in our web store.

Slotted Tungsten Beads

Fly Tying Jig Hooks

You can purchase both jig hooks and slotted tungsten from us to get rolling on jig style nymphs. I’m confident you will be pleased with them as well.

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