Fly of the Month 2021

January is the Copper John Nymph

Hook: Mustad 9671, TMC 5262, Dai-Riki 730 (you want a 1x or 2x long shank with 2x heavy wire). #12-#22. A #14 is used here.

Head: Gold or tungsten bead. For a #14, a 3/32” (2.3mm) bead is used. For more weight, a 1/8” bead may be used.
Thread: Black 6/0 or 8/0
Tail: Two brown or black goose or turkey biots
Abdomen: Brassie-sized Ultra-Wire in copper or color of choice
Weight: Some recipes call for wrapping the hook shank with lead wire before wrapping the copper wire over it. In this example, lead was not used.
Wing Case: Thin Skin or turkey tail topped with 1 strand of Krystal Flash or two or three strands of Flashabou. Coat with epoxy.
Thorax: Peacock herl
Legs: Mottled partridge or hen saddle fibers

Tying Instructions by Tight Line

February is the Mickey Finn Streamer

Hook: 4X long shank streamer hook
Thread:  Black 6/0
Body: Flat silver Tinsel
Rib: Medium oval silver tinsel
Wing: Yellow over red over yellow bucktail
Head: Black thread with a coat of uv

March is the Royal Coachman Wet Fly

The Original Recipe

Hook: Down eye wet fly, #10-16
Thread: Black tying silk
Tail: Golden pheasant tippet fibers
Body: Peacock herl
Central Body: Red tying silk or floss
Throat Hackle: Brown hen hackle
Wings: Matching slips of white duck quill
Head: Varnished black tying silk

This is an original fly taken from the book called “The History of Fly-Fishing in Fifty Flies:”

Tying Instructions by Traditional Flies and Dries YouTube Channel

April is the Parachute Adams Dry Fly

Hook: Daiichi 1100 or Tiemco 100 size 14-22
Thread: 70 Denier Ultra Thread (in the video I used dark brown, but you could use black or blue dun)
Parachute Post: White Calf Body Hair or Hi-vis Fibers
Tail: Mixture of Grizzly and Brown Hackle Fibers
Abdomen/Body: Nature’s Spirit Fine Natural Dubbing Muskrat Gray
Hackle: Brown and Grizzly Whiting Saddle Hackle

May is the Game Changer Streamer

  • Hook: Any wide gape, heavy wire hook in size 4 to 8. A Kona Big Game Hunter is a great choice. A light wire hook will need keeling with lead wraps or a small scud weight. 
  • Thread: 50D GSP or 70D
  • Tail: Marabou tips, Flashabou
  • Shanks: Fish-Skull Chocklett's Articulated Micro-Spine starter pack. You will use a  6mm tail shank, 4 x 6mm shanks, then an 8mm shank (you can add a second 8mm for even more movement)
  • Body Filler: Cactus Chenille (Large), Palmer Chenille (Medium)
  • Body: Hackle, Hen Saddle - select a saddle that shows a significant variance in feather width from top to bottom, it helps build our taper. 
  • Articulation Wire: Intruder Wire (Large)
  • Eyes: Tab eyes or Jungle Cock eyes

June is the Mulberry Carp Fly/Dostal's Mulberry Fly

Hook: Size 4-8 Saltwater Live Bait style hook or Glo-Bug style hook (Tiemco 105)
Thread: White (or purple) 140 Denier UTC
Stem: A Single Chartreuse Silicone Leg
Berry Body: Thick Purple Chenille - Patons Bohemian Yarn - Peaceful Plum Color is my favorite
 **Special Equipment** Purple Sharpie to color your thread (if you're to cheap to buy purple)

July is the 20 incher Stonefly Nymph

  • Hook: Daiichi 1260 Bead-Head Specialty Hook - 10
  • Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - Camel
  • Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Copper - 5/32" (3.8mm)
  • Weight: Lead Wire Spool - .020
  • Tail: Nature's Spirit Stripped Goose Biots - Brown
  • Rib: UTC Ultra Wire - Copper - Brassie
  • Body : Peacock Eye Sticks
  • Thorax: Natural Furs Dubbing - Fox Squirrel
  • Wingcase: Ozark Oak Mottled Turkey Tail - Select Pair
  • Legs : Premium Partridge Feathers - Natural
  • Glue : Loon Soft Head - Clear

August is the Backstabber Carp Fly

INTHERIFFLE Backstabber Carp Fly Recipe:

Hook: #04-08 Gamakatsu SL45
Thread: Olive UTC 140
Eyes: Black Brass Eyes
Body: Red Squirrel Nymph Abdomen SLF Whitlock Dubbing >>
Tail: Burnt Orange Marabou
Collar: Natural India Hen Back

September is the El Camino Stonefly Foam Dry Fly

Hook: #6-#12 Tiemco 200R
Thread: Black 3/0 Monocord or 6/0 UniThread 
Legs: Medium orange-barred rubber legs
Overbody: Cinnamon Fly Foam, 2mm
Body: Rusty Brown Ice Dub
Underwing: Pearl Midge Flash
Indicator: 1.5mm Orange Fly Foam

October is the Clouser Minnow Streamer

Hook: Mustad 34007 Saltwater hook, sizes 1/0 through 8/0
Thread: White Danville Flat Waxed, 6/0
Eyes: Dumbell Eyes (size to match hook)
Belly: White Bucktail
Flash: Gold Krystal Flash
Back: Olive Bucktail
Head: Tying Thread
Head Coating: Cement or epoxy

November is the Hare's Ear Nymph


Hook: #8-#18 Tiemco 5262
Thread: Tan 6/0 or 8/0 UNI-Thread
Tail: Mottled Indian Hen Saddle Fibers
Rib: Small Gold Wire
Abdomen: Hare's mask Dubbing
Wingcase: Turkey tail feather
Thorax: Hare's mask dubbing

December is the Cornhusker Fly Fishers Corn Fly (our Logo fly)

Create your best imitation of our Corn fly! 
Get creative and have fun with this fly!!