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  • The Trude was originally a wet fly created by Carter Harrison of Chicago, but he added a hair wing and a body of red carpet fiber as a joke during his stay at the Trude Ranch in Big Springs, Idaho in the summer of 1906 and it really took off from there.  Most trudes are now tied with a calf tail wing and golden pheasant tippet for the tail, but this pattern was really the first to spark a revolution in the hair wing style of dry flies.  Of all the variations, the royal trude seems to be the most popular, and we use it for to imitate caddis and ants as well as a general attractor.  The royal trude is still one of the most versatile attractors in the west, and we carry this time-tested pattern is sizes 14-16.
  • The Renegade was developed by Taylor Williams back in the 1930's and has been a proven attractor throughout the country since its inception.  The Renegade fly is similar to the old Bi-Visible, but with peacock herl for the body in-between the hackle.  This is a great searching pattern during terrestrial time out West and is available in size 14-16.
  • rainy's hi viz grand hopper tan bottom rainy's hi viz grand hopper tan
    Rainy's grand hopper has been one of our most productive hopper patterns on the Madison for the last ten years. The foam body floats well, rides low, and gives a great hopper profile.
  • rainy's hi viz grand hopper flesh bottom rainy's hi viz grand hopper flesh
    There are times when grasshoppers turn this color during their molting process and get swept into the river.  While they could be taking this for a molting insect, our guess is that it has more do with showing the fish a little something different after they have seen a thousand other tan patterns pass overhead. Regardless of why they eat the flesh grand hopper, we wouldn't be caught dead without it during the months of August and September on the Madison.
  • Purple Haze Purple Haze fly
    The purple haze is one of the best dry flies in the west.  Trout engulf this fly without hesitation whether it's used as an attractor or a general mayfly pattern.
  • pav's cinnamon toast bottom pav's cinnamon toast
    The Cinnamon Toast is a new honey ant pattern from the guys over at Yellowstone Fly Goods that features a two-tone body with a small piece of razor foam pulled over the top to aid in flotation.  Add a couple pairs of barred rubber legs and a CDC wing and you've got a recipe for a killer ant pattern.
  • para wulff purple bottom para wulff purple
    The Purple Para Wulff is an excellent general mayfly and attractor pattern that has worked for our guides for years.
  • panty dropper hopper panty dropper hopper
    What makes the panty dropper hopper a little different from other patterns is that it features two thick back haunches which are a little truer to scale, on which two thin, red rubber legs are attached.  The panty dropper hopper rides low on the surface film, but the piece of orange foam tied in behind the head makes it easy to see even in fast currents like we have on the Madison river.
  • nyman's cripple royal top nyman's cripple royal
    Rowan Nyman's Royal Wulff Cripple is a new twist on one of the most popular dry flies of the 20th century.  It features a z-lon shuck instead of traditional moose hair, and the wing is tied comparadun style with it angled slightly forward. This pattern is a staple attractor for our guide staff during the summer, and floats well in addition to being very easy to see.
  • morrish hopper golden morrish hopper pink
    Without a doubt, the Morrish Hopper has one of the best hopper profiles on the planet, and has been one of our top producers since the first year it hit the bins.  Available in Tan, Golden, and Pink.
  • micro chubby royal bottom micro chubby golden
    Say hello to the chubby chernobyl's little brother.  The royal variation of this fly is a workhorse for us during terrestrial season on the Madison, and the golden version work great as a high floating yellow sally.
  • keller's crane tan bottom keller's crane tan
    Kris Keller's Crane makes a great adult Cranefly imitation and it can be skated or dead-drifted with confidence on rivers where these giant insects are found.   Tan Size 10.