Category Archives: Stillwater Flies

Muir Boatman tied by Darren MacEachern

I love tying and fishing waterboatman fly patterns. I find them particularly useful in the early spring and the fall. This pattern uses a shiny Flashabou shellback and is weighted for a quick descent. If you can’t or do not want to use lead, I recommend tying this in a beaded or beadhead version. Just be sure to use a black colored bead for that application.


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California 420 Leech by Fly Fish Food

The California 420 leech is a dank and wiry stillwater leech pattern which uses the aptly named California 420, a new blend of Arizona Mega Simi Seal dubbing. The dubbing has a base of what looks to be a dun olive and has some accents of black and red, killer colors for leech fly patterns. The “Mega” dubbing has longer fibers, and is great for leeches where you can use a dubbing loop for the body and brush it out like the DDH Leech for instance.

California 420 Leech fly pattern recipe

Hook: TMC 5263
Bead: Metallic olive tungstun with lead behind bead
Thread: Olive UNI 6/0
Tail: Coq De Leon Hen yellow chartreuse w/ rootbeer Krystal Flash
Body: Arizona Mega Simi Seal California 420
Collar: Coq De Leon Hen yellow chartreuse

You can subscribe to Curtis Fly and Fly Fish Food on Youtube and visit Fly Fish Food for more info on the pattern and materials to tie a few up.


Black & Grizzly Snatcher Fly by Krystian Niemy

Black & Grizzly Snatcher Fly by Krystian Niemy
Black & Grizzly Snatcher Fly by Krystian Niemy

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 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
Hackle: Grizzly
Rib: UNI Soft Wire
Collar: Black hackle feather

Visit to see the complete sequence of tying steps and make sure to check out Krystian’s other patterns.