Every beetle I've ever seen on the water has its wing tips visible just behind the shell back halves. This usually amounts to about 25 percent of the insect's total silhouette. Yet all the beetle patterns I see in catalogs and in fly shops have no wing tips showing. I think it's
I have taught this pattern in a number of fly-tying classes for my Eastern friends, and all agree-it's a killer.
Soft Hackle Little Yellow Stone
Roy Palm probably knows Colorado's Frying Pan River better than any other living person. He has fished it, guided it, and in fact lived just a few yards from it for more than 20 years. He knows all too well how finicky the large trout can get during the numerous hatches that occur there on a daily
Large Matukas: Big browns at twilight and dusk? Here's the fly...
A variation to fool the trickiest trout
A classic streamer that still catches fish
- Photography by: Richard Procopio
I love an intricate fly as much as the next guy, but I have also found that sometimes the difficult patterns don't catch as many fish as the simple, easy ones...