Fly Tying Season

by Brian Zinger on December 19, 2014

Dec. 19th 2014

Stocking Stuffer

Stocking Stuffer


The fly tying season was moved up this year due to many more stocking stuffer orders being purchased, and a depleted inventory due to a great guide season this past year.  The season usually gets started right after the holidays, as life slows down and winter in Vermont gets cold and the nights are long.  It’s at this time that I love to sit by the wood stove with a single malt and twist up a ton of flies.  Last winter I tied over 2,200 flies, mostly for Stream and Brook guides to use.  I also tied a bunch of assortments for; fly fishers wanting local guide approved flies, as well donations and give away.

There are an infinite amount of flies that people fish with.  Some are to imitate a particular food source and other to attract.   All have the same goal, to have the fish want to take a bite. Many of these flies are well know at achieving this goal better than the others.  For me there is about a dozen that top the list. These are the flies that I start off fly tying season with simply because of the demand.

Over the next few months I will be featuring tying these flies as well as others that are inportant to have in your box.  All the flies featured can be purchased for a  “buck a fly” up to 7 days after the post so stay and rack up the saving and stuff your fly box with these “got to have” flies.

An Army of Red Headed Princes

An Army of Red Headed Princes

The 1st fly that I tie every year is the Red Headed Prince nymph.  Woolly buggers are the only other fly with such demand.  The Isonychia nymph is about the only aquatic insect that you could say it comes close to imitating.  However it has all the features that fish look for in a nymph and it is tied with materials that have fish attracting colors.  I fish with this fly year round and have caught many different species on it.  it is best dead drifted on the river bottom and then allowed to swing at the end of the drift. When the Isonychias are hatching in August and Sept. this fly is killer when allowed to swing across the top riffle and stripped like a streamer.

The traditional recipe for tying this fly calls for: spit brown goose biot tail, peacock abdomen and thorax, gold rib, brown hackles raps for legs, white goose biot split for emerging wings, and a tapered black thread head.  This pattern has been fished with bead heads and many substitutes of material and colors with success.  For my money, the traditional pattern tied with a Red tread head is the most hands down the most productive.

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