Monday, June 16, 2014

MIsc. Notes & Changes - Early Summer 2014

Well, it's about time that our fly boxes are filled and we are ready to go fishing, if you haven't done so already!! I'm also getting ready to guide hard.

At this very transitional period, I have just made time and decided to make announcements along with changes in this catalog = my fly shop.
I have tied many many a fly since last fall till this spring, both for sale and my own use. As you know, my tying has expanded to some intricate and complicated Atlantic Salmon Flies with quite an achievement. Consequently, my trout flies have been significantly improved. "Improved" may sound like they used to be poor.....No, as you and I know, my tying skills have been good and my flies have been producing trout. I'd like to say my trout flies, especially selections for spring creeks, have reached several steps above those flies sold in bins at most fly-shops.

Now majorities of patterns in this catalog are my own original patterns that I have designed and tested and then trout have approved them gladly. I still show some other tyers'/shops' patterns here as they are respectable patterns and important arsenals for my fishing and guiding. As you have noticed, every now and then I add some touches and interpretation to them.

My flies deserve to be competitive to those in fly-bins (tied somewhere else by people who are told to do so). So patterns used to be priced $2.00 has become $2.25 from now on. 
Some of my original & signature patterns are $2.50 from now on.
Also this tiny little increase in price really helps me keep running the business (shipping & tax). So please understand.

Also I'd like to mention following notes and changes.

  • 6 minimum of one size & color. Most customers order by 1/2 dozen (= 6), 10, or a dozen (= 12). I really appreciate and I recommend so. However, every now and then I am asked "two of this and three of that"......... This is very time-consuming for me and most likely impractical for your fly selections. I turn down these orders.
  • FREE Shipping for orders over $50.00 (in regular postage). For orders less than $50.00, I'd like to add $2.00 for your order. 
  • I have decided to give away all the tying instructions for my original patterns in Microsoft Word Files upon request. Although I still type up written instructions in case when I submit my patterns, I still can't catch up with all the photo-shooting and typing any more as my original patterns are constantly growing. Also my YouTube channel has been gaining constant subscribers/viewers and I've been publishing articles with these flies on Fly Anglers Online. So there's not much sense to keep doing old-school typing and photo-shooting. I don't devalue them but I just can't catch up with any more.
  • I simply email you Word Files. I don't handle other formats. I expect being asked politely and ideally with some fly purchases. I may refuse who would sound rude and wanting as many files as possible with minimum purchases. I hope this doesn't happen but in this era of online, who knows who I'm talking to and who's watching here.  It's just common-sense and my comfort level. 

Thank you for your patronage, reviews, and subscribing to my YouTube channels!!
I hope we all have another great fishing season!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pupaerger 2

DESCRIPTION: Due to requests, I have already posted the tying instruction video at YouTube about this one before here (

As I am rambling in the video, I first felt my original Pupaerger ( seemed recognized by trout during spring midge hatch at DePuy's Spring Creek ( It's a pure idiosyncrasy for being a spring-creek-addict and an innovative fly-dresser. But simple changes and modifications on the successful fly patterns won't hurt.

Original Pupaerger is still successful and effective. For this #2 variation to imitate emerging/ascending midge pupae, which is based on my stomach samples (below), I decided to use the different hook type. Then I added gills/developing wings (see pictures below). From the very first trial, selective trout grabbed it without any hesitation. Then I started to mix up casting the original Pupaerger here and there and it got taken again!!

I never meant to complicate but for Pupaerger 2, there are two variations. Both are proven to be effective.

Down-wing = beard style

Downward wings/gills on sides
Top view
Here are stomach sample that inspired me.
For the original Pupaerger, shaggy dubbing (to imitate gills & head) and scud hook were the main features. For Pupaerger 2, I am using less-curved hooks (than scud hook) and emphasizing gills more.

I recall this was the very first trout, which happened to be very nice!!, with the very first trial of Pupaerger 2

Since then...........
I lost count how many trout I had caught on Pupaerger 2.......

STYLE: Beard or Side
SIZE: 18, 20, 22 
PRICE: $2.25 each
Tying instruction available in my YouTube Channel. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Two New Pages

I have just updated two new pages, both of which are dedicated to Atlantic Salmon Flies!!

It's true and apparent that the purpose is to promote/sell my flies. But, this genre is rather passion-driven than business-oriented. Honestly I sell much more trout flies than salmon flies. But I'm spending more money on materials for salmon flies than for trout flies!!
Conundrum? I think so too!! I just want to "dress" beautiful Atlantic Salmon Flies with the best of my skills and artistic senses.

I have decided to separate the original page into two: one for information and the other for fly gallery. Why don't I simply show flies and prices? It's not that simple....... As I'm more involved into Atlantic Salmon Flies, besides pursuing skills and techniques, my interests have expanded also to framing, display, and materials. Those are also important topics when we talk about Atlantic Salmon Flies. I'd like to share those besides my flies.

As for the gallery, the more I work on, the better I get and the better my flies look (I hope so!). As of this typing, Jock Scott (Kelson) and "PMD in Paradise Valley" are quite achievements. Of course my skills and techniques have been improving but also, as mentioned above, I'm learning and understanding materials more and have been acquiring new and better materials. All these must go side-by-side. Say, owning good materials doesn't make one a "fly-dresser". Without sufficient skills and knowledge of how to handle them, good looking flies won't come out.

Perfecting each fly and understanding rare and exotic materials - I've been doing these for my own sake ---- again passion-driven rather than business-oriented.
Would be great if someone out there would like to share the world of Atlantic Salmon Flies by browsing these pages...... give me a jingle!!

A Fly-Dresser in Livingston, MT

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

PMD No Hackle Gnat: Color & Wing Variations

DESCRIPTION: My own version of No Hackle = No Hackle Gnat has already been posted in different species (click here). Now I'd like to focus on Pale Morning Dun. PMD is the most popular and important hatch at Livingston's spring creeks. I can't emphasize how special its hatches and trout responses can be = hence how special these 3 World-Famous Creeks are.

Based on my observation on both insects & materials, I started to experiment to tie in different colors (similar but slightly different) and in different shapes of wings.

PMD = Light Olive, period. However, every material vendor has different chemicals and interpretations, I suppose. Each can be right!
Here, abdomens of 1 and 2 are tied with turkey biots dyed in PMD. Only difference is from which vendor it came from. And I like both. 3 has some touch of tan. 

Shape of wing has been another curiosity of mine. Each one can be attractive and has its own purpose/imitation. Based on my experience of tying Atlantic Salmon Flies (long story short), I came up with 5 DISTINCTIVE shapes.
Here are close-up shots and brief description for each shape.

"Low & Split": This represents duns that have just come out of nymph shuck and been sitting low on the surface. Or even spent appearance.

"Medium High": This represents duns that have just stretched their wings.

"High & Up": This shows that duns' wings are well dried and stretched and are ready to fly, yet still sitting low in the surface. What's the difference from #2? See wing tying point is totally different.

"Medium High & Down": By applying a simple tying logic and a material handling skill, I created a silhouette somewhere between 1 and 2. This one represents a dun that is drying its wings, is somewhat ready to fly, and is spent.

"High & Down": This one expresses duns that are stretching their wings. I observe these under cloudy overcast and slightly wet weather. Under those conditions = extra moisture and humidity in the air, duns require more time to dry & stretch their wings.

Here's another comparison shot.
SIZES: I tie these in 16 & 18.
So total how many variations can I offer?
3 (colors) x 5 (wing shapes) x 2 (sizes) = 30 VARIATIONS
I keep all of these in order to assist my clients with my best.
If you are serious about PMD hatches at Livingston's spring creeks (and even in other places), these are "MUST-HAVES".

PRICE: $2.50 each

Friday, January 10, 2014

New Genre

People who also check my main blog ( do know that I've been pursuing Atlantic Salmon flies. Atlantic Salmon Flies became my passion and ultimate challenge (skills & art) of fly-tying. That's why I've been doing. I have started to get inquires if those are for sales. That made me think............
I have just created a new page "Atlantic Salmon Flies Gallery & Sales Info" above. Please click for more details.

Durham Ranger tied on blind-eye hook with twisted silk-gut. In a display case with deer-antler display holder.

Home-made twisted silk gut.

I'll be simply happy if people going through my gallery, regardless of sales!!
Thank you for visiting!!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Fountain Buzz Bee

Description: Bees would probably be ranked the lowest when fly anglers think of terrestrial fishing and fly patterns. I admit I follow the same tendency. However I never go out fishing without bee patterns during summer months. Just like other terrestrial species, there are times when bees swarm along and above rivers (hopefully we don't get stung....). Every now and then trout literally go "NUTS" on bee patterns. But also bee patterns can be important and effective to show trout something different from popularized hoppers and ants. I'm not sure if trout are taking our hooks as bee-stung. Then they would realize they can't swallow and consume down our hooks....... Stories go on and on.

I've been experimenting this pattern for the last few seasons. It's been very effective at various Yellowstone Park waters and during float trips on Yellowstone River. With the heavy use of synthetic materials, this pattern will always float. Besides it surely looks cute in our fly-boxes.

Here are some Cutty who tried to "swat" or "knock off" bees in the air..........

SIZE: 10 & 12 & 14
PRICE: $2.25 each

Thursday, November 14, 2013


Description: It has to start with the same old cliches: ants and beetles are as important as hoppers during summer months. However these two are very much overshadowed by big gulps on hoppers (only if they happened) and high visibility & buoyancy of modern foam patterns. I, along with many other good guides/anglers who have understanding, can't emphasize the fact that even the "hopper-wariest" trout can be fooled by ant and/or beetle patterns. Native Yellowstone Cutthroat in streams of Northeast Yellowstone Park is the prime example. Major fishing season coincides the period right after their spawning. They will rise on large attractors or hopper patterns with delight. Then more anglers show up and repeat the process. Soon they get fed up and bored. Also huge cutty, rainbows, and cutbow hybrids of Slough Creek below campground are known to own encyclopedias of all of our hopper patterns and materials being used!! In these situations, ant and beetles patterns have been the savior of the day. Classic Parachute Ant and my own Combo Ant are some of my go-toes. So here's my new addition. Visibility and buoyancy are well achieved, just like any other hopper patterns. But over all silhouette is much smaller, just like ants and beetles.

 Juicy looking under-side = trout view!!

An 11-inch Cutthroat was regurgitating like this......... See ALL KINDS & SIZES of beetles!!

Size: 12, 14, 16
Price: $2.25 each

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Midge Adult/Emerger/Pupa Essentials (Spring Creeks & Rivers)

Description: Midges are year-around food sources of trout in every stage and at every water type. Midge larvae patterns fished deep are constant producers (click for Flexi-Zebra, Chewy & Flexi Larva) at both rivers and spring creeks around here in SW Montana. Trout rises = surface/film fishing = can happen any time of the year too, but, in my experience, it tends to be more during winter and spring months when mayflies and caddis are "dormant". Or trout may feed/rise on midges after major mayfly hatches for the day is over. Just like mayfly dun, when we think of midge rise actions, we naturally assume it's midge adult. But oftentimes (again just like mayfly hatching stages), emergers just in the surface film and pupae ascending water column to a few inches below the film are very important. I have already published Midge APE and Pupaerger, both of which have been proven to super selective trout at Livingston's spring creeks. Here are my other essential patterns. Reason I'm posting all in one is most likely you will be fishing with a two-fly combo rig. Dry-fly covers the surface as well as serves as indicator to suspend pupa/emerger in the film or slightly below. Yes, Midge APE & Pupaerger make a great combo rig too!
All these flies mentioned above work both at spring creeks and rivers.
Sizes I offer, which should be mostly common and universe for most of anglers, are 20, 22, & 24. Also ask me how to rig-up and fish properly!! I will instruct you every details.

Goose Biot Midge: This is the staple among staples. Can't go wrong. CDC Wing is very visible and buoyant.

Foam Emerger Type 1: Combination of these materials are seriously deadly. I have caught many a selectively sipping trout. Just rub a tiny bit of oil-floatant on foam.

Foam Emerger Type 2: This is constructed with the same elements as Type 1 but in a different style. Selective trout can tell the difference and choose the style even in this size. So rotate between Type 1 and 2 and you will be OK!! Just rub a tiny bit of oil-floatant on foam.

See the stomach sample. This was only a tiny part of, well, "mound", really. Observe which is more prevalent than the other.

Specify patterns and hook-sizes.
Price$2.25 each

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Spring Creek PMD Selection

Again, I've been showing popular and effective patterns at Livingston's spring creeks. But these patterns are also very effective & compatible to spring creeks and tail-water fisheries in other areas. Even at big rivers, you may spot super picky & selective rising trout every now and then. When you can't fool that kind of trout with your regular patterns, you will need these patterns. So keep some in your boat boxes as well.

Description: PMD (Ephemerella Inermis & Infrequens) hatch is arguably the most famous event at Livingston's spring creeks. It's truly a heaven, or paradise, you name it. No other streams and locations match this surrounding. Prime hatch is from late June to early July. But PMD hatch lasts all summer long. Matter of fact, these beautiful insects can be seen at creeks all year long and trout take them at will!! Because of these facts, many patterns have been created by local guides and anglers. I have my own patterns as you can see in this catalog. Shown here are mix of general/local & somewhat original patterns. These flies should cover you!

Generally most of PMD have uniform colors. So I go with one color here = light olive.
As for sizes, 16 & 18 are most common and that's all you need.

CDC Sparkle Dun (standard straight dry-fly hooks available).
CDC Dun (standard straight dry-fly hooks available).
Foam Para Emerger (standard straight dry-fly hooks available).
Hackle Stacker (Para-Loop) Emerger (standard straight dry-fly hooks available).
CDC Transitional - Type 1
CDC Transitional - Type 2
CDC Transitional SSS (SnowShoe Shuck) - dark olive ORIGINAL
CDC Transitional SSS (SnowShoe Shuck) - light tan/brown ORIGINAL

Specify hook-styles and sizes.
Price$2.25 each

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Spring Creek Blue-Winged-Olive/Baetis Selection

Fly category and classification can be complicated. Should I list all of PMD patterns at once? Or post one pattern, say Sparkle Dun, and show all the species variations. This is the former. I showcase essential and crucial patterns for Spring Creek BWO/Baetis. These are common and generic patterns that I modified to suit for spring creek fishing. Or, though I don't claim credit, I improved them. So I might as well post as a group rather than individually.

Description: Baetis = Blue-Winged-Olive (BWO) is probably the second most popular hatch, next to PMD, at Livingston's spring creeks. For some die-hard anglers like myself, Baetis=BWO hatch is the number 1 event of the year as it's the most challenging and technical (at least to me). Fly selection = patterns, sizes, & colors = is super crucial to combat against super selective trout. Besides my original patterns, which you can find individually, these patterns are proven to be important and work really well. As written above, I modified and improved generic patterns to fit our needs during baetis hatch at spring creeks.

I just can't show all color variations for each pattern. So here's a note. All these can be tied in
     Thorax   Abdomen
1.  olive        olive
2.  gray        gray
3. olive         gray
As for sizes, all can be tied in 18, 20, 22, 24.
Hope all of this listing won't give you headaches, but this is how I stock and organize and I'm just being specific to you. So order accordingly. If you request pictures of different colors, just let me know and I will email you!!

CDC Dun (standard straight dry-fly hooks available). Shown here is all Olive

CDC Sparkle Dun with Turkey Biot (standard straight dry-fly hooks available). Shown here is Olive thorax and Gray abdomen.

Foam Para Post Emerger (standard straight dry-fly hooks available). Shown here is Olive thorax and Gray abdomen.

Hackle Stacker (Para Loop) (standard straight dry-fly hooks available). Shown here is all Olive.

Specify colors and sizes.
Price: $2.25 each