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Fly of the Month 2018

March 2018

“Black Hale Bopp Leech”

Tied by Bill Ninke


Hook: Tienco 2312 Size 10
Bead: 1/8" Silver Brass
Thread: MFC 8/0, Red
Tail: Black Maribou Strands
Body: Hareline Haretron, Black (well picked out)
Collar: Well defined with tying thread

Tied in the style of the commercial offering of this pattern from Solitude Flies. My most recent usage was on the Missouri River on a day in early October 2016, where it caught more than a dozen rainbows from 21 to 24 inches in length.

February 2018

“Bead Head Wooly Bugger”

Tied by George Hryvniak

Woolly Bugger

Originator: Russell Blessing in 1967
Hook: Mustad 9672 or equivalent size 8 to 12
Bead: 4.0 mm or 4.8 mm depending on size
Thread: Black 6/0
Tail: Black marabou
Body: Medium or small black chenille depending on size
Hackle: Grizzly saddle palmered over body

January 2018

“Picket Pin”

Tied by Barry Russo

Picket Pin

Originator: Jack Boehme, 1910’s
Hook: Mustad 9672, or equivalent, Size 4-6
Thread: Black 6/0
Tail: Golden Pheasant Tippet fibers (3-5)
Rib: Fine Gold Wire
Hackle: Brown Saddle palmered over body
Body: Flat Gold Tinsel
Collar: White Tip Gray Squirrel over Wing
Head: Peacock Herl