Montana Prince, Blue
Travis Johnson says, he first became aquainted with the Montana Blue
Prince Nymph when a client tied one on the end of his leader and
caught a trout with his first cast while fishing the Deschutes River
in Oregon. This bug is a hot item from early spring through the
Bead Head Montana Blue Prince
Nymph in action. Travis Johnson photo, Deschutes River, Oregon.
Quigley's Crown Jewel
Green Drake Green Drake nymphs are robust and
very rough looking. Just before they rise to the surface to hatch,
many bubbles form under the nymphal skin giving them a shiny
translucent look. With the green glass bead and a brass bead at the
head, this fly is fairly heavy. a really effective method to fish
this fly is to suspend it from a large high floating dry fly on a
20" dropper. An Olive Stimulator in size 8 or 10 is a good bet for
the dry fly.
Jimmy Legs Fly
This fly has really taken off on rivers such as the Sacramento,
Yakima and Deschutes. It's kind of a jazzed up girdle bug, but with
different material used in the construction of the legs. This fly is
crawly in the water and a very good golden stone / skwala stone
nymph imitation. Jimmy Legs are weighted with .015 lead wire for a
moderate sink rate. The most productive way to fish Jimmy Legs is
under a strike indicator.
Speculator, Brown This
is a deadly fly, especially when the water is off-color during
spring run-off. The long, slim rubber legs crawl and swim in the
currents. The reflective mylar back alternately flashes to disclose
the fly's presence and then camouflages it by reflecting the colors
of the surroundings, making this fly a real tease.
This fly has proven to be very effective under a wide range of
conditions. It is both a fly that represents living insects, and a
flashy lure that attracts strike by being different than other
anglers presentation. Speculators are lightly weighted. Some
knowledgeable anglers fish a speculator as a dropper fly under a a
floating dry stonefly pattern. In this mode, the Speculator can
represent a nymph crawling to the bank or a drowned adult.
Salmon flies are normally a three year life cycle. During most of
their lives these insects crawl around on the bottom of the river
devouring vegetable matter. They are black in color with few
markings of other colors. However, years ago, some anglers noted
that the addition of white legs made large black nymphs more
effective. That is how the Girdle Bug fly became famous. In certain
colors of water the striped legs probably show up better and are
easier for trout to see.
Head Tung Teaser Another killer pattern from
John Barr, incorporating a tungsten bead and elements from the
Copper John, Prince Nymph and Hares Ear. Can appear as a large
mayfly nymph or a smaller stonefly nymph. A great dropper fly to be
used as weight to get deep with smaller/lighter weight flies.
Silvey's Super Sinker, Black
This fly is mostly metal with a tungsten bead and a wire body. As
the name implies, it sinks very fast. Use this fly during the early
morning hours when the biggest behavioral drift cycles are expected.
The Super Sinker can be used by itself and is great as a dropper fly
to keep other lighter weight nymphs in the strike zone.
By Popular Demand The Five Dollar Fly
Box Is Back Ultra High Tech and very sophisticated, this
box is super strong, super streamlined and super lightweight. It
fits large and small trout flies, summer steelhead flies, bonefish
flies and many bass flies. It fits in a shirt pocket and is very
easy to open and close. We added our logo so your fishing buddies
know that you're in the groove. Most boxes of comparable quality
cost ten bucks or more. We sell these at the bargain price of $4.95, but we call it the "Five Dollar Box",
because it is easier to say.