Love this fly although it tracks nicely through the water and is really bright and snappy on a dull day. fly developed for Atlantic Salmon but is now used successfully for Steelhead. Good fish getter although I also just like the looks of them.
Winged Wet Highland Caddis great little wet fly for upstream or swingeing presentation. Works during a green caddis hatch.
Love Humpties for big and small waters. They’re a nice high floater, I tend to tie them in yellow and orange. Green can also be a winner. Works nice in smaller sixes for sedge hatches. These are #14’s. I usually scale them down for smaller waters to about #18. Nice classic fly that is a winner to fish. I like calf hair for the wing and tie them with a double wing Wulff style. Have a gentleman that gets me to tie these with florescent red wings, they sure show up. Have tied them with foam over bodies instead of Deer hair. Nice but I like the deer better.
The Emerging Stone works well fished through Golden stone season. The fly tends to sit low on the water and makes a nice bumbling commotion. Great for late evening Browns, can drive em a bit nutsy. I like to make the collar out of Squirrel tail or deer hair from the back area as it doesn’t flair as much. Like to wing it with turkey.
Love to skid this one with the Spey rod late in the afternoon or early moring. Some of the guys I tie for in BC like em on the mountain lakes. They work great if you quiver them by shaking your rod tip and then skid a bit. comes down with a nice splat. The foam body makes a nice indicator and I fish edges with it along with a dropper. Although most of the time they seem to zero in on this fly not the dropper. Again great during the Stone season.
Cos I’m and old bugger I love fishing Wet flies. Have used them since the Sixties. I find them deadly but also get great satisfaction form swinging them. Guess because they where used by my Father and Grandfather. Love the movement. I often revert to classic Bamboo or Glass rods when playing with wets as it takes me into a nostalgic mood. Use them in big and small water. The top ones are POP’s = Partridge-Orange-Peacock and PYP = Partridge-Yellow-Peacock, bottom are variations of the Leisenring’s Spider that can make a nice emerging Caddis. You need particularly soft Partridge skins for a nice wiggly hackle. It’s also important to use real silk (notably like Pearsall’s Silk, Gossamer) as it turns translucence in water. I quite enjoy tying and fishing these.
Polar Shrimp a great Steelhead fly for the Skeena