This pattern is used for Taimen, Lenok, Pike, Browns, and cutties. Boots has specifically used it a lot in Mongolia, Russia, and Kasakhstan.
Boots Allen is a third generation guide and outfitter from Western Wyoming. Over the last 18 years, he has had the opportunity to fish and guide at destinations around the world, including Argentina, Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Costa Rica, British Columbia, and the streams of the Rocky Mountain West. He has pened numerous articles for fly fishing magazines such as Fly Tyer, The Fly Fishing and Tying Journal, The Drake, and Sports Afield. Boots has used his creations at the fly tying vise for a variety of game fish including taimen, pike, lenok, sea-run brown trout, steelhead, pacific salmon, snook, roosterfish, redfish, and almost every imaginable species of trout.
- Hook: Mustad 34011, Size 1/0.
- Thread: Black 3/0 Flat Wax Nylon
- Bead: Tungsten Cone and Bead Combo
- Underbody: Olive Magnum Zonker Strip
- Overbody: Black Magnum Zonker Strip.
- Lateral Line: Barred Red Zonker Strip
- Collar: Peacock Herl
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According to his mother, Dave began fishing with an actual fly while backpacking in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains. Such trips were an inspiration for Dave. Returning home, he would scrounge materials and begin tying. This teenage hobby continued after high school as Dave perfected his famous patterns. Teaming with Ken McGee and others, Dave began commercial fly tying in 1977. In addition to owning a Boise fly shop for seventeen years, his efforts and skill earned international awards for his exceptional flies. The accolades continued in another facet of Dave's involvement with fishing, as he has guided senators, ambassadors, media personnel, entertainers and hundreds of "everyday anglers." In yet another direction, Dave attended Mel Kreiger's famous casting school and was certified Fly Fishing Federation Flycasting Instructor. The list goes on: Dave has studied fly casting under Joan Wulff, worked with school districts to develop fishing programs, and mastered single-handed and spey casting. If it involves flies and fish, Dave has done it.
After departing from the retail venue of fly fishing, Dave met and married fellow fly fisherwoman, Rhonda Price, due to popular demand they began their guiding operation, "Dreams on the Fly". Combining their love of the sport, as well as the passion for sharing the sport with others, they guide people from all over the world on the Grande Ronde, Owyhee and numerous other rivers considered Blue Ribbon waters of the west. Featured in Forbes magazine as one the the premier guides in the Northwest(See Article Here), they primarily guide for steelhead, brown and rainbow trout, and small mouth bass. Dreams on the Fly specializes in daily, 3 and 5 day float trips with an emphasis on offering the customer an experience of a lifetime. "You just need to have your waders and boots and we'll take care of the rest".
Dave and Rhonda can be reached at:
Dave and Rhonda
PO Box 638
Parma, ID 83660
- Hook: Daiichi #2051
- Thread: Black 8/0 Uni Thread
- Tail: Golden Pheasant Crest
- Body: Rear half, Orange Wool, front half, Purple Wool
- Ribbing: Fine Oval Silver Tinsel for rear half, larger Oval Silver Tinsel for front half
- Hackle: Small Orange Saddle Hackle over rear half, Blue Eared Pheasant Hackle over front half
- Throat Hackle:Widgeon Flank Feather
- Wing: White Swan or Goose Shoulder
This is also an offshoot of a tradition Atlantic Salmon dee-fly, tied in this purple variation, it is very effective for winter fish sized 3/0 & 1.5. Tthe Purple Akroyd is extremely effective for Bull Trout
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Wayne has tied most every type of fly he could get his vise clamped onto since 1974. He has demonstrated at numerous local, regional, national, and international events, including National FFF Conclaves since 1980. His work has been published in several magazines and books in the U.S. as well as Europe, including Tying the Classic Salmon Fly edited by Mike Radencich, and more recently Wayne tied the flies for Basic Fly Tying: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started edited by Jon Rounds, photographed by Mike Radencich, and illustrated by John McKim. Wayne received the Wayne “Buz” Buszek Memorial Fly Tying Award in 1991. Wayne is especially fond of teaching the details of fly tying through better understanding of the nature of tying materials as well as better application and use of tying thread.
- Hook: Daiichi 1260, #14-16 or Daiichi 1130, #16-20
- Thread: Danville’s Flymaster 6/0
- Tail: Zelon or Microzelon
- Abdomen: Ringneck or Golden Pheasant tail feather barbs
- Thorax: Dubbing blend
- Wing: CDC, Type #2 feather
- Head: Dubbed Whip Finish
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Kieran Frye has been tying flies since 1981. He is an award winning tyer, including the 1994 Mustad Scandinavian Open held in Oslo, Norway. Many of Kieran's patterns were developed during his days afield in his home state of Pennsylvania.
- Hook: Mustad 94831 #14
- Thread: Brown 8/0 Uni
- Body: Chocolate Brown Dubbing
- Wing: Dyed Brown Squirrel Tail Sparse
- Hackle: Grizzly 3-4 turns