Bloody Mary Variant

Bloody Mary Variant

The Bloody Mary came about as a way, after much trial, error and experimentation, of imitating the adult and larval stages of large stoneflies.

“Every so often a real gem comes to light, a fly that either answers some long-standing need, or, by virtue of it’s success just as a nondescript, is a contribution of definite value to the sport…Without question the Bloody Mary is such a fly.”

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Bead Head Hastings River Mayfly

Bead Head Hastings River Mayfly


  • Hook: Size 14 2X Nymph Hook
  • Thread: Black 14/0
  • Bead: Tungsten Mottled Olive 5/64 (any dark color Ok)
  • Tail: Olive Green Dyed Pheasant Tail Fibers. (Any dark PT Ok)
  • Body: Olive Green Dyed Pheasant Tail (same)
  • Rib: Extra Small Copper Wire
  • Wings: 4 strands of Semco Fringe Shimmer White (Spotlight) or single stand of flash
  • Thorax: Reddish Brown, Olive Brown or Chocolate Brown Hares Ear (any dark OK)
  • Hackle: Black CDC Feather.
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Soft Hackle Caddis Pupa

Soft Hackle Caddis Pupa

Soft hackles are underrated.

This pattern was originally tied to be suggestive as a Stillwater Caddis attractor. This version has a green rib used to suggest segmentation, and a Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle. The Peacock Herl thorax gives this fly some natural iridescent qualities and the UV lime green butt and rib give it a little extra flash. Read More »

Hackle Stacker Emerger Adams – Paraloop

From Utah’s Fly Corner

The hackle stacker is great dry fly pattern. It was devised by Bob Quigley. The fly utilizes a paraloop technique by winding the hackle around a post and then pulling them over the top of thorax. The pattern can be a bit of a bitch to tie at first but once you do a couple you will have it down. Read More »

Red Tag

Tying instructions:, Mustad,
The Fly Tyers Bible, pp. 36-37

Throughout Australia the Red Tag is excellent fished to surface feeding trout in rivers or still water (it is also a must-have for herring!). The fly is a half imitator and half attractor; the red tag, the peacock herl and to some extent the brown hackle attracting the fish.

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