Soft-Hackled Frenchies

(Oct. 13, 2016 edit: I’m starting to call these “Glam Frenchies” because they’re so in-your-face.) Soft-hackled Frenchies rule. They catch plenty of trout, both new stockies and grizzled veterans. Sometimes, trout want a very simple fly with few details, as it means there’s less to which they can object. Sometimes, “busy” flies with many strike

Son of Sexy Walt’s

I long heard about the Walt’s and Sexy Walt’s flies, but didn’t take them seriously. I mean, they look so simple. How could they work? My interest was piqued when competitive fly angler Alec Baker (interview here) mentioned that he really likes those flies. So, I started to tie them. They work really well. I

The Two Walts

I’m always on the hunt for effective flies that also are easy to tie. I tied up some Walt’s Worms and Sexy Walt’s and have found that they work well. During a recent 80-trout long weekend, the Sexy Walt was particularly effective. I think the pattern looks buggy, has some ribbing, and offers a thread

The Utah Killer Bug

(TetonTenkara) I read online at TenkaraGuides.com how one angler’s favorite fly is this one: the Utah Killer Bug. So, I tied up a few and fished with them a few times. I used a video from Tim Cammisa, at the bottom of this post, as my guide. I fished it as a trailer fly, behind