Tag Archives: Stillwater Fly

Tying the Root Beer Leech (Jack Simpson)

I tie the Pyramid Lake Woolly Worm a little bit different from the ones from Jan Nemec, but they are essentially the same pattern. The chartreuse and black variation are referred to as the Northern Lights color. It’s a good choice for fishing water where the clarity isn’t optimal. You get a pop of color and a great looking silhouette streaming through the water.

This simple fly comes from BC fly tyer Jack Simpson. The fly is really quite simple but has given Jack one memorable day back in 2009, helping him land an 18 lb rainbow trout.

The fly uses silver lined glass seed beads. Use the larger size 8/0 beads for sizes 8-10 and 10/0 for smaller hook sizes.

Fish this fly from late fall to early spring, just after ice off. The fly fishes well over weed beds and along reeds near shore. It is also a good choice for an ice fishing fly.

Root Beer Leech Fly pattern recipe

Hook: C53s #8-14
Thread: 6/0 Camel brown
Head: Red glass seed bead
Body: Rootbeer glass seed beads (4-5)
Tail: Marabou (black, brown and burnt orange)
Glue: hard as nails or Solarez

If you like this pattern, check out the California 420 Leech.

Sources

Youtube Channel: Piscator Flies
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Holographic Bloodworm

The Holographic Blood worm is a stillwater trout fly I’ve been tying for over a decade. It can be fished in lakes under a strike indicator, or on a longer leader. I like to fish the fly over muddy bottomed ponds and lakes where I expect the chironomid larva to be.

Holographic Bloodworm Fly Recipe

Hook: Mustad C49s #10-18
Bead: Black 1/8”
Thread: Red 6/0 match to body
Body: Red holographic tinsel
Rib: Fine copper wire
Thorax: Peacock herl

Sources

Youtube Channel: Piscator Flies
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Stone Bugger by Don Freschi

The Stone Bugger is a cold fusion of a bugger and a stone nymph pattern from Sport Fishing on the Fly (SPOTF) and Don Freschi. This pattern comes from the season 8 episode 4, “Spring on the Columbia”. There is a pictorial step by step here. This should be a great pattern for both stream and stillwater fishing. Brown, olive, and golden colors should be tied, and a range of sizes in #12-#4, should be a good fit. I’m off to the vise to try a few of these right now.

Stone Bugger Fly pattern Recipe

Hook: Size 6 TMC 2302
Thread: Wapsi UTC 70 Black
Tail: Brown Marabou
Weight: 0.020 Lead Wire
Wingcase: Flexcement covered Turkey feather
Body: Fiery Brown Angora Goat Dubbing
Legs: Hungarian Partridge

You can follow Sport Fishing on the Fly on Youtube and visit the show website for more fly tying information by heading to SFOTF.ca.

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