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While I am working on putting together a series of attractor patterns, I thought I would share some flies that fall into the attractor category which I have come across in my aquatic travels/ adventures. Four of these I use to imitate Caddis and the fifth is a  May Fly tie that has certainly provided some exciting top water acrobatics and runs by the Trout that pounced on it…And YES, I sometimes like to fish with a Dry Fly…



This is a Madison River pattern developed by the late Montana guide, Ross A. Merigold. I have used it in Olive, Yellow, Purple and Flo. Orange. It was originally used in the “Slide” area of the Madison River where the river narrows and the water blasts through… It is not an area for wading. The fly is fished directly upstream on a tight line. It is an excellent pocket water Caddis pupa attractor and may also be swung through riffles, just below the surface during the evening hatch. I first became acquainted with this fly many years ago on the East Walker River where a purple RAM Caddis produced one of the largest Rainbows I have ever netted there…It is tied on #8 – #14, TMC 3769, TMC 9300 or similar hook using floss, gold wire rib and white hen neck with a purple or dark red head, A Peacock herl head makes an interesting variation…


This dry pattern is basically an extension of the original Al Troth Elk Hair Caddis. It is used to imitate small Black Caddis like American Grannom.I have used this guy with great success on the Owens and East Walker Rivers in #14- #20…in the Spring and in smaller sizes, in the Fall…


A Mike Lawson pattern. One of two very enticing Caddis cripple flies that I use. This one is in Tan, utilizing an Antron ( or crinkled Zelon) shuck, Partridge wing, and Peacock Herl head. Appropriate colors work well for bright Green (Chart.) or Olive abdomens with a wire rib (try  twisted Krystal Flash… heh, heh) – tied on TMC 100 hooks #14 – # 18. Michael, Ally and I have enjoyed some rather stupendous results using this imitation on a high elevation lake around sunset…It works in soft and flat running water as well…Caddis get stuck in the shuck too…

I first saw this pattern in the bins at BRF in West Yellowstone. I purchased a few in #14 -# 16 – then took it apart. When I went back to the shop,a week later, the bins were empty. It was designed by Rowan Nyman who worked for Craig Matthews and now has his own guiding gig and ties for the Montana Fly CO.* (see link). …This fly KICKS BUTT…Everywhere…


HOOK: Standard Dry #10-#18

THREAD: 6/0-8/0, Black

TAIL: Brown Zelon

BODY: Peacock Herl and FL. red Antron yarn or floss

WING: White poly yarn

HACKLE: Coachman Brown, trimmed underneath


Now, back to tying…


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