Evil Weevil – Goldenstone Fly Fishing

I’ve always been a big fan of Jeremy Davis’ Evil Weevil and have watched him tie it on several occasions. This version is a bit different, but has the addition of an epoxy carapace. The fly it tied nicely, but perhaps a little too cautious as there is a half hitch added quite often. There is nothing wrong with that, but it does add time to what is a relatively quick fly to tie. I highly recommend that you tie these and keep them in your box. I can’t count the number of fish I have caught using weevils. Enjoy.



7 thoughts on “Evil Weevil – Goldenstone Fly Fishing”

  1. I am not trying to be rude here, but that Peacock Tail looks more like Ring Neck Pheasant Tail ( dyed albeit) There is a mistake in this, it does mention Peacock at first and then switches to Pheasant. May confuse some new tyres.

    1. you’re right. I didn’t notice that the first watch through. The first mention (recipe) does say Pheasant. I think most people will pick up on that. Nice catch Gary.

  2. my own opinion here darren so don’t get mad…upon first introduction to southern Alberta waters, this fly hit like a demon; however, I’ve noticed that the catch rates using this pattern have gone down over the years due to overuse by any prospective nymph angler that’s “in the know”…too much of a good thing is bad and the press and hype over this pattern has turned a dynamite pattern into an average one due to the popularity of it…hopefully, with new patterns being put out daily, this fly will end up being used less in the fly arsenals of every angler and possibly resume its former glory…

    BTW, whatever happened to swinging Leadwing Coachmans on the Crow? 😀 Let me know when your in my neck of the woods again Darren…

    1. lol, I hear you. What I first started fishing, coachmen were the thing to fish. Even the bait casters I knew fished LWC on some parts. I suppose that the spots I fish don’t get much traffic, and that most of the traffic that comes through is not with a fly. It’s a much different environment than the Alberta one where the fly was developed. Thanks for the info on the catch rates for the fly.

      Will be back in AB hopefully this summer for a bit. Hoping to be in Calgary for a couple weeks.

  3. pacres,
    Thank-you for displaying my video with my interpretation of this very effective fly. As well, thanks to Gary for pointing out the error with respect to tailing material. As far as the number of half hitches…it is a habit I developed when I was young. My father trained me back in 1968 that each portion of a fly is completed with a half-hitch….aquiring this habit allowed me to adapt to a rotary vice technique quite nicely. I am not so much interested in the speed savings as I am with the art of tying. I would encourage your readers to come to http://www.goldenstone.ca to see the complete instruction and article for this fly and a number of others. Youtube is great but it doesn’t allow me to put everything that I would like up to help other tyers. Again, thanks for the comments and I hope you enjoy my website as I truly enjoy bringing it to others.


    1. Thanks for the insight Kurt! Your flies will be quite durable with all those hitches. 🙂 Nice work on this one and all the others. I’ll add your link to the site as well.


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