I have been fly fishing and tying flies for the past 15 years. From 2001 to 2005, I worked for the late Andre Puyans helping at his fly fishing seminars in Idaho. More recently, I'm a fly fishing instructor for Wilderness Unlimited and The Becoming an Outdoor Woman programs.
You can find me hanging around the tier's row at the west coast fly fishing shows and expos in the early spring. Bass fishing with a fly in the California Delta on hot summer nights for a double digit fish is the current goal.
Great highly visible caddis pattern.
- Hook: Daiichi 1190 #16
- Thread: 8/0 Tan
- Tail: Amber z-lon
- Body: Light olive Hairtron dubbing, ribbed with opal flash
- Wing: Tan CDC, topped with partridge
- Legs: Ginger Hackle.
- Head: CDC and Partridge
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 penned 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: Alec Jackson style 1/0 salmon hook (example- TMC 7999)
- Thread: UTC 140, Burnt Orange
- Claws: Ringneck pheasant neck feathers (those coming off the neck saddles directly posterior of white ringneck feathers)
- Appendages: Four strands of copper Flashabou, plus two strands of peacock herl, plus two strands of olive Silli-Legs
- Eyes: Dumbbell eyes, white or red
- Body: Dyed pearl diamond braid, bonefish tan
- Swimmerets: Saddles hackle, brown or honey
- Backstrap: Rabbit fur strips - orange, burnt orange, or barred orange
- Tail: Golden pheasant neck feathers
Willy discovered his passion for fly fishing at the early age of six. Shortly thereafter, he began tying his own flies for trout, salmon steelhead, and shad. Willy found his love of lake fishing early and has continued to fish stillwaters, becoming known far and wide for his expertise and knowledge. He has fished all over northern California, Idaho, and Montana. From famous blue ribbon trout rivers to high mountain lakes and reservoirs, from farm ponds to the big lakes, Willy has guided for over twenty years in Montana and Yellowstone National Park. Willy has continued to develop his fly tying skills and is currently a signature tyer for Brookside Flies out of Denver, Co. He runs a great outfitting business Willy's Trout World and on his Facebook Page. He uses any number of Echo fly rods to ply his craft, including our spey and switch rods and is currently working on the new design of Airflo fly lines for special presentation on lakes. Spey casting may be a new approach for lake fishermen in the US, but in Europe it is a common practice allowing for long distant casts from the shoreline.
This fly is a great lake pattern.
- Hook: 730 Series 4, 6, 8, 10
- Thread: 3/0 mono cord
- Bead: Glass or Brass
- Tail: Scud Back over Krinkle Flash
- Body: Dubbed Simi Seal
- Head: Bead
Kelly has been a fly fishing guide for 27 years. He started guiding in Michigan at the age of 16. He started his fly shop The Troutsman in Traverse City, Michigan, in 1981. He continued to run The Troutsman until the spring of 2002 when he moved to Montana. He is an author and lecturer. His books are Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout (co-authored with Bob Linsenman) and Cripples and Spinners. Kelly has been published by virtually every major magazine in the business and is Editor-at-Large for Fly Fisherman Magazine. Kelly is also one of the hosts of Fly Fish TV on the Outdoor Life Network.
- Hook: 12-16 200r
- Thread: Wine 6/0
- Tail: Ostrich Plume - 3.
- Body: Brown, Tan, Gray hares dub or squirrel dub.
- Thorax: Pheasant Tail with small gold wire rib
- Wing: wing case same as thorax