The Telico Nymph was created in the smoky mountains of eastern Tennessee somewhere around 1927, and has remained a southern staple for close to ninety years. This pattern doesn't seem to imitate anything in particular, but trout seem to love it nonetheless. We typically do best on this fly from mid May through the first week in July on the Madison, which suggests that they take it for a yellow sally nymph amongst other things. Whatever they take it for, the telico nymph has been one of our best kept secrets in the shop for years now and it will probably prove equally as effective on your home waters. Size 14.$2.25 Add to cart
The fly formerly known as prince features a new twist on an old standby. The only difference between this pattern and a standard beadhead prince nymph is the wing, which replaces traditional goose biots with that of holographic tinsel. The fly formerly known as prince has been a life saver for us on those days when fish don't seem to be eating anything in particular, and is one of our favorite attractor nymphs on the Madison. Available in size 16.
The lightning bug was created by Larry Graham of Kirkland, Washington, and has proved to be one of the best attractor nymphs in the country since its inception in 1992. This is one of those nymphs that you just got to have in at least a couple different colors and sizes before heading out on the water. We use lightning bugs all year round, and the purple variation is absolutely deadly during runoff on the Madison. Colors: purple, silver, gold, and red. Available in Size 14-18.$2.25 Select options
The Pink Hot Spot Jig is tied on Fulling Mill's razor sharp, 50 degree jig force hook which lets this fly ride hook up on the bottom. It features a pheasant tail body, copper rib, and a hot spot in the thorax made from UV shrimp pink Ice Dub. This is a great general attractor pattern, and also doubles as a slim-profile mayfly nymph.$2.25 Select options
The Crystal Serendipity is another one of those nymph patterns that you just can't be without when fishing the Madison River. This variation is tied just like the infamous three dollar dip, but with pearl tinsel for the body instead of the traditional danville brown thread. One of the most common questions we get in regards to this pattern, or any serendipity variation for that matter, is what it is supposed to imitate. We're still not quite sure, but what we do know is that it tends to produce on this river throughout the entire year. We have had great success fishing the crystal serendipity during caddis, mayfly, and midge hatches and we think that it's just the reflective properties of the body material that give the illusion of an emerging insect more than anything. The only difference between the traditional crystal serendipity and the ones we carry in the shop is that Kelly adds one strand of pearl krystal flash on each side of the head. We feel that this further enhances the idea of an emerging insect, and it seems to work even better than the original. Available in sizes 16-18.$2.25 Select options
The beadhead prince nymph is still one of the best searching patterns ever developed. One of the most impressive things about this fly is that trout continue to eat it despite having seen it untold times. We also sell this pattern in a non-beadhead version. Available in Sizes 12-18.$2.25 Select options
The Arizona Prince is yet another spin on one of the most effective attractor style flies on the planet-- The Prince Nymph. Clark "Cheech" Pierce came up with this pattern a number of years ago, and it has been a very productive attractor pattern for us on the Madison, and seems to work extremely well as a yellow sally nymph as well. Color: Tan. Available in sizes 14-16.$2.25 Select options
The tungsten warrior is a essentially a rainbow warrior with a tungsten bead rather than a glass bead for the head. This pattern has been one of our more popular attractors in the shop over the last couple seasons, and features a pearl flashabou body, rainbow scud dub thorax, and a few fibers of pheasant tail in the rear.$2.25 Select options
Trina's montana prince is a hybrid of the copper john and the rubber leg prince nymph. It features a brown and copper wire body, hares ear thorax, white goose boots, and two pairs of spanflex legs. This is a great general attractor as well as an effective small stonefly imitation. Color: Copper. Size 16.
The prince nymph is one of the best searching patterns ever created. One of the most impressive things about this fly is that trout continue to eat it despite having seen it untold times. Available in Sizes 12-18. We also carry the prince nymph in a beadhead version.$2.25 Select options
The Bloody Mary has been a great searching pattern for us on the Madison over the last several seasons, and we would classify it as more of a cross-dresser rather than a pattern that is meant to imitate a certain type of insect. It features a pair of goose biots for the tail, a body wrapped with red floss body with a peacock rib, and a few turns of hen hackle in the thorax.$2.25 Select options
Davie's evil weevil is a great general mayfly emerger, and one that we fish with confidence throughout the Madison river. The Ice variation of this pattern is a great attractor pattern during late summer, and we have also had a lot of success fishing it when the water is high and murky. Available in size 16.$2.25 Select options
This fly has been a workhorse on the waters of southwest Montana for several years now, and is a particular favorite of ours on the Big Hole river. It features a pheasant tail body, red wire rib, peacock thorax, red krystal flash legs, and a red glass bead for the head. Hogan's red headed step child is a great choice for a general mayfly imitation, but it also seems to work extremely well as an attractor.$2.25 Select options
The jig bugger is another modern twist on the wooly bugger that is tied on a 90 degree jig hook. This allows the fly to ride hook-up when nymphed along the bottom of the river, but it is just as effective when stripped or hung under a suspension system when fishing stillwaters. It features a grizzly marabou tail, hare's ear body, and just the right amount of hungarian partridge palmered in behind the bead. This was a very productive fly for us on hegben and quake lakes last summer, and can be used to imitate damsels, small leeches, and even small fry. The jig bugger is available in size 12 in olive or natural colors.$2.75 Select options
What can you say about John Barr's Copper John that hasn't already been said a thousand times over? Year after year the copper john continues to catch fish all over the country and can be used to imitate a mayfly or small stonefly nymph. Available in size 14-20. Colors: red, purple, chartreuse, and copper.$2.25 Select options