February is finally upon us. Trout have been keying on midges and will continue to do so. These three midges are all going to catch fish this spring, so make sure you have these variations in your fly box from sizes 18-26 and you will not be disappointed.
hook- scud sizes 18-26
Body: 8/0 thread in black, olive, red and other colors
Glue: coat the entire fly with fly tyers glue for durability
For necktie zebras add a thorax of ice dubbing.
The brassie is a classic pattern and has been around a very long time… because it catches FISH! I first started to fish this pattern when I started tying my own flies. I had never fished it before, but I needed a simple pattern that would was easy to tie as a beginner. Not only is this fly very easy to tie, with only a couple of materials, but it catches fish. It has become my go-to pattern on the Provo river in the spring. It imitates lots of different bugs from midge pupas, to blue wing olive nymphs, and caddis larvae. Just switch up the color of wire to help match the color of bugs in your river.
Don’t let the simplicity of this fly fool you. It’s a fish catcher so tie some up and let us know how you do with it. Use this fly with your favorite nymphing technique and also try it out as your dropper on a dry-dropper rig.
Hook: Scud hook- size 16-22 (18 is my favorite size)
Thread: 8/0 black
Bead: Silver, Copper, or Gold. Match size with the hook. Ex- 5/64 bead w/ size 18
Thorax: Peacock Hearl
Abdomen: Size BR wire in any color of your Choice (Olive is my Favorite)
Prince nymphs have been consistently catching fish since their creation many many years ago. Here is a simple variation that is a great addition to anyones flybox. I personally believe the bloody prince is easier to tie than the traditional prince nymph. I won’t venture to say it catches more fish, but there are those days when the fish do take it unceasingly. I made this video right after getting my rotary vise, so it is a little slow going, but I hope it still gets the basic instructions across. I often tie black biots for the tail instead of the pheasant tail fibers, but both versions catch fish. This again is a great winter/spring fly. Give it a try, and add a new pattern to your arsenal.