Sunday, November 16, 2014

Marabou Matuka

DESCRIPTION: One of my fly customers showed me a streamer and asked me see if I can reproduce. It looked simple and somewhat old-school kind. I kind of liked it as it had a silhouette and a style. Compared to extravaganza seen in modern streamer, it was sparse yet got enough meat & pulse, that can be used both big rivers and spring creeks. So I took the offer.
It's simple, as seen below, constructed with 4 materials (besides hook & thread). Yet making it look good and achieving right silhouette & proportion required me some trials and errors.
As my customer claims, this catches trout! I have no doubt. I put extra effort as a couple of procedures remind me of building Atlantic Salmon Flies. See the nice & smooth head.

I may add color variations as time goes by. Here are several color variations.

Minnow Gray
Other single colors available are: olive, tan, yellow, white.

This is a bi-color mixed version.
Other mixed combination available are: Yellow & Brown, Black & Olive, Black & White, Black & Brown, and any combinations as requested.

I have good supplies of barred (grizzly) marabou.
Here's Yellow.
Other barred (grizzly) colors available are: White (black & white grizzly), Tan, and Olive.

SIZE: 4 & 6
Specify size & color

Spruce Prince

DESCRIPTION: Two facts: 1. Nobody disagree Prince Nymph (and any variations) is one of the deadliest & most productive catching machine. 2. Some loves this type of fly while others totally ignore, if not hate........
That being said, here it is. Since Winter Pass started at DePuy's Spring Creek (, I've been chasing large & aggressive fall-run browns. Best approach is nymph and streamer. I've been catching with both methods and rigging. Then one day, I came to think "would be great if there would be a fly that could be fished in both methods.........."
Result was........... Heavy yet Sparse. Prince & Spruce Streamer.
Unfortunately, this works........... Am I an innovative fly-tyer? Maybe!? But I know the fact is I'm a lazy fisherman who doesn't want to change his flies!!

Take a look at these big boys!!

PRICE: $2.25
SIZE: 6, 8, 10, 12
Specify size

Brindle Crane Larva (Improved Sparkle Crane Larva)

DESCRIPTION: My Sparkle Crane Larva has been one of my best products and most viewed videos on my YouTube Channel. It's unique, simple, & catch trout at Livingston's spring creeks!
This year I started to experiment with a new color and some "TWISTS", which turned out to be another innovative variation. 
This time, I wondered if I can add/express a mottled & variegated effect that I've been observing on naturals. 
What I came up with are............
First GRAY.
Dirty Olive
And results were............No doubt!

Note: 3 pictures posted here may look like different thickness of body and my tying may not be consistent. I intentionally tied so and posted here. I carry this pattern from skinny looking to fat appearance. All of them equally work for me.

PRICE: $2.25
Specify color

Transitional Soft-Hackle

DESCRIPTION: Here's a new pattern for Match-the-hatch enthusiasts!!
First of all, this soft-hackle is designed and meant to fish as a dry-fly!! Of course, after the dead-drift, it would get sucked under water and swung, then it may catch fish by that, especially at riffles. However, my chief conception is to express the combination of ascending nymph and emerger just coming out of its nymphal shuck, both just in the surface film.

This has been tested at not only at Livingston's but also other rivers with productive mayfly hatches. All over, this has been greatly approved by trout with delight (and some sting afterwards, I guess).

Eventually I may expand/experiment for different mayfly species in my area but for now, I cover two most important & popular species = PMD and BWO (baetis). They should keep you busy!

NOTE: for floatant, apply ONLY FROG'S FANNY. DON'T apply any oil/grease type floatant.

PMD size 16 & 18 (with Valley Quail feather).
Hen hackle also makes a good looking & effective product.

BWO (baetis) size 20 & 22 (with Teal Wing feather). 
PRICE: $2.25 each
Specify species and size.
You can request & specify hackle feather if you wish. All 3 feathers I use make good looking flies and have been tested & proven by trout. 

Mystery Spinner Selection

DESCRIPTION: They suddenly appear without notice. What happens to us is we encounter heavy spinner falls and constant trout rises for the first thing in the morning of warm summer days as we arrive at Livingston's spring creeks.
Who are they? Small mayflies.........baetis!? It's safe and not wrong at all to say so. There must be several different species though.
Further argument is beyond the scope of this page and I have written an article about it, which you will read soon at Fly Anglers OnLine (
Anyway.......spinners and they are tiny............That sounds already a challenging fishing situation.
To make the matter complicated, they come in a couple of different colors all together!! One day, i collected and noted 5 DIFFERENT colors. Except for colors all were similar looking and sizes.
So I'd like to show you my selection to combat against this situation, as well as when you fish the similar situation in other regions/waters.
I will show you 5 DIFFERENT PATTERNS in 5 DIFFERENT COLORS.  Furthermore they come in 2 DIFFERENT SIZES.
You have 5 x 5 x 2 = 50 choices!!

I list colors first (and I repeat along with flies below).

  • Black (like Trico)
  • Rusty (like Rusty Spinner)
  • Olive (like BWO)
  • Gray
  • Clear Abdomen
Parachute Spinner (shown is Black/dark, almost like Trico)
 Hen Hackle Wing Spent Spinner (shown is rusty spinner color)
Master Angler's Soft Hackle (shown is olive)
No-Hackle Gnat (shown is gray).

Master Angler's Flymph (shown is clear abdomen)

Size: 20 & 22
Price: $2.25 each
For this selection, I consider assortment as there are so many choices. For large orders, I consider 3 or 4 per same Pattern, Color, & Size (my regular rule is 6). 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Umbrella Pupaerger

DESCRIPTION: To make a long story short, I have acquired a unique and innovative hook (click here. I'd like to give them credit but I don't know if language of the site is legible). It's called Umbrella Hook (Google this then).
Original pattern and intention I was introduced were different but after my own trial & error, I came up with this. Namely "Umbrella Pupaerger"!!
This is a pupa pattern, rather than dry-fly or emerger, and is meant to fish exactly "IN THE FILM". Yet due to this unique hook-style, I can successfully add a visible parachute. I can even trail another fly meant to fish deeper column. In that case the parachute acts as a great indicator.
This pattern is so unique that even trout in Livingston's spring creek, who have been seeing every kind of fly-pattern and presentation, can be easily fooled.
Hook-point is extremely sharp. Seriously handle with care.

The perfect proof from Nelson's Spring Creek!
 Hi Big 'Bow!!

Price$2.50 each
Due to limited availability of supply & hook sizes, size 20 is all I can offer and when it's gone, I may terminate this page or might have to make a special hook order.

Pupaerger 3 (Soft Hackle Pupaerger)

Description: Midge hatches at Livingston's spring creek is as enjoyable as it's frustrating. Overall, it's one of a kind!! You will learn the essence of fly-fishing.
My original Pupaerger (click) and Pupaerger 2 (click) have been the greater and much more successful than I ever expected. It has evolved to new colors too!! (click)
Here' a new version. Pupaerger 3 incorporates our favorite soft-hackle = Hungarian Partridge = fibers and wiggling effect of extended body.
It can be fished in the film and slightly below the film. It's simply deadly...........

Black thorax
Peacock herl thorax
At Nelson's Spring Creek!!

Price$2.25 each
Size20, 22, & 24
Choose size & thorax colors.

Hecuba & Heptagenia

DESCRIPTION: When we discuss mayflies in our area, PMD and baetis (BWO) would get most attentions. Then Green Drake. However there are several more species that trout love to feed yet anglers don't pay much attention to them. This is true for Yellowstone River and its several feeder waters. Indeed hatches of Yellowstone River can rival to those in spring creeks. Understanding hatches on the Yellowstone and trying to fish with dry-flies are our life-time pursuit.

Two of those lesser-known species are Hecuba (Timpanoga hecuba, Great Red Quill) and Heptagenia. They can be observed through summer months but, in my experience, they get most attention in September.

Patterns I employ are nothing unique but basic. When I'm certain trout are looking for these, Sparkle Dun will do. When I search waters and trail smaller or less visible patterns below, parachute is very effective. With deer hair, I add extra floatability without breaking the silhouette.

Hecuba is commonly referred as tan but also gray-olive is very effective.

Then Tan.

Heptagenia is almost all as bright as PMD and Sulphur.

Price: $2.25 each
Size: 12 & 14
Specify species and style. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Midge APE - New Colors

DESCRIPTION: Midge APE goes side-by-side and hand-in-hand with Pupaerger. Each one is proven to be deadly but the combination is INVINCIBLE.

Like Pupaerger, the original Midge APE (click here) has been a very successful midge pattern at Livingston's spring creeks. Let me review that APE stands for Adult, Pupa, and Emerger. Indeed this pattern represents all 3 stages and trout will make what they want to feed on out of this one.
I expanded the color variations and tested extensively. Following 3 colors have been proven as effective as the original black. This should cover most of midge situations, in terms of colors and the stage of hatch.
When combining with Pupaerger, this can serve as an indicator-fly but trout DO rise on this one!!

Pale Olive:

Here's one of too many trout that took this pattern.

PRICE: $2.25 each
SIZE: 20, 22, 24
Specify colors and sizes.

I'll stand behind my products. Here's the recommended and the most effective rigging system for Midge APE and Pupaerger.
Have fun & Let me know how you do!!

Pupaerger - New Colors

DESCRIPTION: My own Pupaerger (click here) has been the BEST producer during midge hatches on Livingston's spring creek. Yet, even the BEST can be modified due to demands. There are midges in different colors on spring creeks. Also, more importantly, trout recognize them and can be selective. The fall of 2014 offered tremendous midge fishing!! Look at these bugs from my stomach samples!!

Along with my mentor & outfitter Master Angler's advises, I designed new colors for the already proven-to-be-the-BEST Pupaerger. Then I experimented exclusively!! Trust me that I tested all color combinations and sizes!! And I caught many trout during midge hatches.

Gray Abdomen & Gray Thorax: As far as I observed stomach samples, there have been all gray individuals.

Following can be somewhat complicated to list (my part) and to order (your part). I try to go as clear as I can.
For cream and pale olive abdomens, I designed & tested 4 different thorax colors just as I observed and interpreted stomach samples. And trust me, I tested all color combinations and caught trout with all designs. Furthermore in 3 different hook-sizes.......
Abdomen              Thorax
Cream                    Gray
Cream                    Tan
Cream                    Light Olive
Cream                    Dark Pink
Pale Olive              Gray
Pale Olive              Tan
Pale Olive              Light Olive
Pale Olive              Dark Pink
So there are total of 8 color combinations that I'd like to present!!
Below are examples of 2 colors for Abdomen and 4 colors for Thorax.

Cream Abdomen & Dark Pink Thorax
Cream Abdomen & Gray Thorax

 Pale Olive Abdomen & Light Olive Thorax
 Pale Olive Abdomen & Tan Thorax

 Here are only a few proof pics out of way too many!!

Price: $2.25 each
Size: 20, 22, 24
Specify color and size. 
So far I'm offering 9 color combos and 3 different sizes.