This unconventional dry fly was designed by Michigan guide Earl Madsen. It’s a fly designed to mimic a hex or brown drake hatch. The fly is pretty big, but the heavy application of hackle and the poly body should keep this floating pretty well.
Hairy Drake Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: 2xl dry fly hook
Thread: Yellow 3/0
Post: White deer hair
Tail: gray squirrel tail
Rib: Brown dry fly saddle
Body: Yellow yarn or polypropylene
Hackle: Grizzly and brown hackle
Youtube: Tying Michigan’s Best Trout Flies
Jimmy Legs is a simple weighted stonefly pattern. The variegated chenille imparts a natural appearance to the damp fly and the 8 flexible legs help to suggest living prey item for searching fish. While the fly will work wonderfully on Alberta’s Bow River, I’m giving this one a whirl on some of the Great Lakes tribs this summer.
Jimmy Legs Fly Recipe
Hook: Mustad Nymph Sproat S82 3399 #8
Thread: Semperfli Nanosilk Olive 6/0
Legs: Round Rubber Legs Brown/Chartreuse
Body: Variegated Chenille Olive/Brown
Youtube Channel: Bow River Troutfitters
This Mega Prince nymph fly pattern is a first-rate dark stonefly pattern for freestone river systems. I’ve been following the videos at In The Riffle for years and always appreciate that the flies that they tie are built with durability in mind. Prince Nymphs can be finicky little flies with all the goose biots, but this super-sized version, developed by Dan Delekta, keeps the legs and biots nicely separated with dubbing.
This type of fly would be ideal as the top pattern in a dropper rig, perhaps with a smaller prince nymph tied off the bend 12-18 inches apart. The Mega Prince has a lot of movement built into it with the barred rubber legs and marabou.
Mega Prince Fly Pattern recipe
Hook: #06-10 Tiemco 5262
Bead: Copper Cyclops Bead or Copper Tungsten Bead
Thread: Black Veevus 8/0
Tail: Brown Grizzly Marabou
Legs: Olive/Green Flake Barred Crazy Legs
Body: Peacock Herl
Rib: Copper Brassie Wire
Collar1: Natural India Hen Back
Wings: White Goose Biots
Collar2: Peacock Ice Dub
Youtube Channel: In The Riffle
Youtube Video: Mega Prince fly tying video