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. 

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. 

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