This page is dedicated to our local patterns that have proved their worth. Many different flies work but these are some worthy of carrying while fishingour waters.
Hook- Mustad 94840 sz 12-20, Thread- black, Tail- Grizzly and Brown mixed hackle barbs, Body- Grey muskrat dubbing, Wing- Grizzly Hackle Tips, Hackle- One grizzly and One Brown.
Originated in Michigan in 1922 by Leonard Halladay. Many anglers would say if they could use just one dry fly for trout this would be it.
Another dry fly that would be suprising to see a box without at least one in it. I have fooled many brook trout and rainbows with this pattern Hook- Mustad 94840 sz 12-20, Thread- black, Tail- brown bucktail (sparse), Body- Peacock herl with red floss middle, Wing- white calf body hair, Hackle- One coachmen brown.
Hook- Mustad 94840 sz 12-20, Thread- brown, Tail- Light dun mixed with brown hackle barbs, Body- Light Olive Dun Antron Dubbing,RIB- Oval gold tinsel, Wing- Grey duck quill , Hackle- One coachmen brown and one light dun.
Another quill winged dry fly. I have taken brookies in mid afternoon with this fly.
Hook- Partridge Klinkhamer sz 10-16, Thread- brown, Body- Blue Wing Olive Antron Dubbing, RIB- Oval silver tinsel, Wing- Partridge Feathers , Hackle- One coachmen brown and one light dun.
This is a Hans van Klinken fly and in my opinion is one of the best flies developed in the last 50 years. I am not sure if the fish take it as a dry or an emerger but the main thing is they take it. Black bodied is deadly too.
Upside Down Green Drake
Hook- Partridge Klinkhamer Extreme sz 10-16, Thread- black, Tail- Three Olive deer tail hairs, Body- Blue Wing Olive Antron Dubbing, RIB- Oval silver tinsel,Wing- Partridge Feathers , Hackle- One coachmen brown and one light dun.
This fly tied upside down is an easy way to tie a curved body to mimic the extended body of a mayfly. The upside down hook allows the trout to setthe hook on take.
Sudden ImpactRobert Anderson
Hook- Mustad Streamer sizes 2 thru 6, Thread- black, Tag- silver wire, Tail- Black marabou ( use a section that has a nice fan shape and make sure you tie this in securely as it will take the brunt of the strikes and let it exceed the hook bend by at least 1 1/2") , Butt- Red uni stretch, Body- Silver braid tinsel, Wing- Small bunch of yellow buck tail then 6 strands crystal flash next a small bunch or red buck tail then 6 strands of peacock herl finally 2 black hackle feathers tied in and speyed back to the hook bend, Throat- Florescent orange calf tail , Wing- Small bunch of yellow buck tail then 6 strands crystal flash next a small bunch or red buck tail then 6 strands of peacock herl finally 2 black hackle feathers tied in and speyed back to the hook bend, Cheeks- jungle cock.( optional )
Robert Anderson (River Phillip) writes:
Originally tied for Atlantic Salmon it has proved to be equally effective for Speckles, Browns, Rainbows, Steelhead, Large and Smallmouth Bass. It can be tied in any combinations of colors the important thing is to keep the pattern the same, especially the use of a long marabou tail which makes this streamer so effective.
Hook- extra long shank streamer,Thread- black, Tail- golden pheasant tippet, Rib- silver oval, Body- orange or green floss, Wing- polar bear, Throat- peacock sword, Hackle- red, Cheeks- jungle cock.
Caledonia is a beautiful little village set in our woodland country. It is surrounded by dozens of lakes. I first came across this pattern at a local tackle shop, Woods Wise Outfitters. This is the fly from that day. I tie mine a little different. Click here to see my variation.
Hook- dry fly, Thread- black, Tail- moose mane, Body- scarlet, Hackle- black.
I mentioned before about tying a fly just on a verbal recipe. Well here is one of them. I asked around and although many had heard of the "Keji Killer" not many could explain it. Alex Finigan however had seen a box full and to his recollection he described them, "black tail, scarlet body, black hackle". Other's have told me of a streamer they had seen but could not give much detail. Do you know anything about the Keji Killer? For those of you not familar with the area, "Keji" refers to our beautiful national park, Kejimkujik.
Rabbit & Cotton Mouth
Hook- extra long shank streamer, Thread- black, Weight- optional lead wire, Tail- hare's fur, Body- hare's fur dubbed thicker at the shoulder.
The above fly was given to me by a local tackle shop owner, Alex Finigan. I approached him about some local patterns and this was in the lot he gave me. He told me that he thought Paul Young was the man that came up with it. Alex called it the "Rabbit" or "Rabbit's Foot". Eventually I got around to asking Paul about it and he gave me the sample shown below. As you can see it is quite a bit different than the pattern I got from Alex. Just another example of how local patterns can evolve. Paul tells me that he fishes it dry for salmon. He said a good color variation is black. He also corrected me on the name, he calls it "Cotton Mouth".
Hook- any suitable buck bug hook, Thread- black, Tail- hare's fur from the foot, Body- hare's fur dubbed, Hackle- orange palmered through body
Petite Rivier Special
Hook- salmon up eye, Thread- black, Tag- gold mylar, Tail- golden pheasant crest, Butt- hot pink, Rib- oval gold, Body- silver mylar, Wing- white calf tail, Hackle- orange.
This fly caught the inventor, Alex Finigan, his only salmon on the Petite Rivier. Drop by and visit him at Woods Wise Outfitters in Oakhill, Lunenburg County.
Hook- dry, Thread- black, Body- royal red, Wing- suitable light brown hair, Hackle- coachman brown.
While this fly appears to be a caddis imitation, Woody Whynot calls it "Woody's Adam". Who are we to argue? Woody's flies are always neat and crisp and the picture does not do it justice. Woody has also donated to me a shad fly or two. Click here to have a look at Woody with a nice shad.
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