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I grew up in Michigan and have fished as long as I can remember. After graduating college, I moved to California and gravitated toward fly fishing almost exclusively. I have been tying “seriously” since 1983 and have been a tying instructor both independently and for several Colorado fly shops since 2000. In 2005 I also began guiding along Colorado’s front range. Currently I am a member of Whiting Farms Pro Staff and am employed by PEAK Fishing and I have several fly patterns commercially available. In addition to guiding, tying instruction and demos, my wife Diana and I own and operate our own company geared primarily toward flyfishing education services. More detailed information is available at www.alrittflies.com.
- Hook: Tiemco 2488
- Thread: UTC 70 Denier
- Tail: Byed and Barred Braided Leader Butt (Available from Hareline Dubbin’ as “Adult Damsel Body”)
- Thorax: Super Fine Dubbing
- Wing: Organza
- Foam Back: Narrow strip of 2mm Closed Cell Foam, majority of length split so foam is 2 narrow legs joined at one end
- Spot/Post: ParaPost Yarn
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Dave is a writer and outfitter of Dave McKee Flyfishing, LLC out of Bozeman, MT. He specializes in both trout and carp fishing in SW Montana as well as being an Umpqua signature tier. He also writes a weekly outdoors column for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, and he's developed his own line of cork strike indicators "the McKee Cork Indicator" which can be found in Umpqua Feather Merchant's Catalogue.
You can learn more about Dave at davemckeeflyfishing.com.
Dave will is tying our first posted carp pattern.
This video is also available as a Full Resolution Download from our store.
- Hook: Dai Riki 710 #4
- Thread: Black Fwn
- Tail/Wing: Black Rabbit Strip
- Rib: Copper Wire
- Body: verigated chenille
- Fin: India Hen
- Head: Black Deer Hair / White Deer Hair
Dave has also tied his Caicos Critter and his Shrimp Cocktail patterns. If you get a chance, take a look.
What Patterns do you use for carp? Where and with what results? What do you think of this pattern?