Another hot fly from Davie McPhail. I’ve been tying small midges and chironomids with stretch floss for quite some time and when combined with the modern UV resins, they are a durable and highly effective fly for stillwaters. I really loved the look that the flourescent orange paint added to the wung buds on the fly. Once the resin is applied, the fly really comes alive.
Super Stretch Hot Spot Buzzer fly pattern recipe
Hook: Fulling Mill Super Heavyweight Black size 10
Thread: UTC 70 Black
Tag: Red Holographic Tinsel
Rib: Super Stretch Floss Golden Olive
Wing Buds: Super Stretch Floss Golden Olive Highlighted with Flu-Orange T-shirt or Acrylic Paint
Coat Whole Fly with Fulling Mill UV Resin then finish off with a fine coat of clear varnish
The Black & Grizzly Snatcher is a proven lake pattern which has been a consistent producing fly when trout are feeding near the surface of the water. Kristen ties this pattern on a curved shank barbless hook, but any curved shank hook, like the Mustad Signature C49S or TMC 2457, should work well. The pattern was designed to mite large emerging chironomids from the Scottish lochs, but the pattern will work great in North American slitters just as effectively. Cast the fly using a dry line and use a slow retrieve as you would with any chironomid. You can visit flies-stepbystep.com to see the complete sequence of tying steps.
Black & Grizzly Snatcher Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Dohiku 644 no. 12 (barbless) or similar scud hook
Thread: Black UNI 8/0
Tag: UTC 140 fl. pink
Body: Black UNI Stretch
Rib: UNI Soft Wire
Collar: Black hackle feather
Visit flies-stepbystep.com to see the complete sequence of tying steps and make sure to check out Krystian’s other patterns.
This little size 18 Blood Midge use a small cross stitch bead for the head, and just a little weight to get the fly sinking into the water column. You can find the beads in craft stores, in a huge variety of colors, but be aware that they are breakable if you happen to hit the fly onto a hard surface.The curved scud hook, such as a C49S is used to give the fly the appearance of it swimming, and for blood worms and chironomids, these curved hooks are my own goto. It’s a great little fly for stillwater fishing, you can fish it with a dry fly line with a long leader, either with or with out a strike indicator.