Successful 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

Green Rock Worm – Caddis Larva – Fly Tying Video

This has got to be one of the top 5 easiest fly patterns of all time. It is super quick, durable, and catches it’s fair share of fish. A true “Guide Fly”.


Caddis larva are available to trout year round. The Green Rock Worm caddis imitation has very few steps, and is a very easy fly pattern to tie. It can be used as a searching nymph, or to match the available food types in a given stream. It is bright and catches the attention of fish, so it can be used effectively as a lead fly in a tandem nymph rig to attract the fish that often will then take the small trailing realistic pattern. However, don’t let that fool you. This pattern represents free-living caddis and takes picky trout on very tough rivers. Here in Utah, Provo River fly fishing guides often tie up and fish this pattern because it is so easy and so effective.

Caddis Larvae

The Lower Provo can be a very tough fishery. As the summer rolls along the fish become more and more educated and the pickier they seem to become. Often times guides switch to drab natural nymphs, and that regularly gets the job done. However, despite being bright and flashy, quite often I have found this green rock worm fly pattern to be the fly of choice. As trout catch onto fishermen and their fly patterns, I have found that my success rate goes up when fishing the smaller sizes 18-20. Go figure!

Provo River Caddis Larva

Caddis Larva Fly Pattern

Take a few minutes and check out this fly tying video. This is a go-to caddis larva fly pattern that belongs in your box. Let us know of your success and FISH ON!

Hook: Dai-Riki 135 (Scud Hook) 14-20
Bead: Gold to match hook size: 14: 7/64″, 16: 3/32″, 18 and 20 5/64″
Thread: Uni 8/0 Olive
Rib: 4X monofilament
Body: Caddis Green Ice Dubbing
Collar: Black Hare’s Ear Dubbing

Polish Woven Nymph

After a couple of years of tying, I was drawn to learn how to weave.  It seemed easy enough…..until I tried!  It took me some time to learn, but now my box is full of these bugs!  They are a durable fly that catch fish!  They are built like a rock, so they sink fast.  The other reason I like these bugs is that there are an endless amount of variations to this fly.  It can be built like a caddis, stonefly, cranefly, or whatever else you can think of.  Please see the pics of some of our favorites variations!

A quick story on this fly, I had been tying this fly and trying it out for a year or so before I finally decided to really give the fly a try on my local river.  The day ended up with two 20″+ browns making their way into my net (along with many other fish!).  I have caught a lot of fish on this river, but nothing over 20″.  It was a memorable day, and I often start the day off with a version of this fly!! (see video below to see story and fish caught with woven nymphs!!)



Woven Polish Nymph Olive Hot Spot Polish Woven Nymph Provo River Woven Nymph Steelhead Woven Nymph

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