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Fly Tying with Ryan – Synthetic Quill Mayfly by Hans Stephenson

Fly Tying with Ryan – Synthetic Quill Mayfly

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We call this fly the Killer Quill, and for good reason – when fish aren’t eating anything else, they dig skinny mayfly patterns. Super simple & effective pattern, plus it’s a quick tie. If you have picky fish eating little mayfly nymphs, this is a pattern to definitely have in your box. Brown, yellow, olive, and black are all good bets, but various other colors can work just as well. This fly might not look like much, but it’s a winner!

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Fly Tying with Ryan – Body Glass Dip by Hans Stephenson

Fly Tying with Ryan – Body Glass Dip

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This is an awesome dropper pattern, especially for pickier tailwater fish. The original 3 Dollar Dip works great, but the Body Glass gives it some added durability and translucence. Brown seems to work as good as anything else, but Body Glass comes in a ton of colors, so don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit!

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