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Rag Dolly (Mini) by Steve Stanley of Green Mountain Troutfitters

Steve Stanley whips us a super simplified non-articulated fish grabbing version of Andreas Anderson’s Rag Doll fly pattern he calls the Rag Dolly. The fly is boiled down to the essentials and is a killer looking baitfish pattern. The fly has a high action body and tail made from craft fur and flash, combined with a more challenging aspect of fly tying, a deer head head. You’ll want to make sure you have a sharp blade to carve out the head, and some extra goopy dabs of glue to really anchor down those eyes. This should get some bucket mouths, bronze backs and snot rockets moving in for a taste.

Rag Dolly (Mini) Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: TMC U502
Thread: Danville 210 Denier
Tail: Craft Fur
Body: Craft fur & Flashabou
Head: Deer Belly Hair
Eyes: Living Eyes
Glue (Zap-a-gap) and a double sided razor blade

Be sure to check out this and other videos on Green Mountain Troutfitters Youtube page and you can find product and more info at gmtrout.com.


Lightsaber Pinfish by 239 Flies

Nick Davis has a great idea with his video tutorials paired up with some premium Lightsaber Pinfish fly tying kits, hooks not included and some assembly required. This video features one of his patterns, the Lightsaber Pinfish, and there are several different kits available with full tying videos to accompany. The video is filled with some good tying tips and explains how to color epoxy with some powdered make-up. The fly is a really crisp and clean tie despite the use of sometimes mess inducing epoxy. You can search through 239flies for other kit variations on the fly pattern.

This saltwater baitfish pattern is a killer looking fly for snook, permit and rooster fish in the salty water, or pike and bass in the swampy water. I’d like to try tying a few freshwater baitfish with the pattern, and the glow in the dark throat. I’ve had a lot of success fishing for trout and using glowing elements on the fly.

Lightsaber Pinfish Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Gamakatsu SC15 #1/0 (short shank wide gape)
Thread: Tan 210 denier (Danville)
Tail: Tan creft fur
Body:gold Polar Flash
Belly: Pearl Polar Flash
Throat:Blue Glow Flashabou
Eyes: 1/4 Inch Jurassic Eyes
Head: 5 Minute Epoxy mixed with gold eye shadow
Zap Gel
Head Cement
Brown Permanent Marker

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Home Invader – In The Riffle

I first seen this Doug McKnight pattern in Montana Fly Fishing magazine in mid 2012. You can buy a tying kit for the pattern from In The Riffle. This looks like a killer pattern for pike and bass as well as the intended big trout.

Hook: #02-08 Tiemco 5263
Eyes: Large Red Painted Dumb Bell Eyes
Thread: Olive UTC 140
Tail: Brown Woolly Bugger Marabou
Collar: Tan Arctic Fox Tail Hair
Flash: Copper Krystal Flash
Wing: Grizzly Hackle