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.
Youtube Channel: Piscator Flies
Web: Piscator Flies
The Copper Bunny streamer looks like a promising pattern for fishing trout rivers and pike lakes. This meaty streamer will ride hook up and the weighted eyes and body will help the fly descend to the feeding depths in short order. The pattern should be easy enough to switch up the colors to create a range of lures for different situations. White, olives, all black, and combinations should cover the bases.
Copper Bunny Streamer Fly Pattern Recipe
Thread: GSP 100 Veevus – Black
Hook: Firehole Stick 839 – size 4
Weight: .025 Lead or Lead-Free Wire
Eyes: Large Double Pupil Brass Eyes
Tail: Magnum Bunny Strip – Black
Under Tail: Ripple Ice Fiber – Orange
Body: Senyo’s Fusion Dub – Crusty Nail/Flame
Legs: Sili Legs Crome – Copper/Black
Youtube: Bozeman Creative
This Rich Strolis pattern is tied by Fly Fishing The Ozarks’ Brian Wise. It’s a nice break to see Brian finally tying a fly under 6 inches for a change. Speaking of changes, the channel has a slick new intro for the videos and seems to have adopted a looped soundtrack in favor of the dubstep we’ve seen in the past. This is the first nymph in the series, and we are hoping to see more patterns from Brian again after a bit of a hiatus. This is a great pattern, just sub in darker materials if you need dark stones rather than the golden version presented here.
Rich Strolis’ Shimmer Stone Nymph fly pattern recipe
Hook: Dai Riki 270
Underbody: Lead Wire .025
Body/Wing Case: Flash Back
Body: D-Rib amber
Thorax: Hare’s Ear Plus – gold
Youtube Channel: flyfishingtheozarks