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    Bloody Mary

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    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.
  • bloom's optic nerve hare's ear bloom's optic nerve pheasant tail
    Dave Bloom's Optic Nerve is a really cool jig series that we are excited to have in the shop.  This is a great searching pattern but the soft hackle collar and UV pink hot spot make this a great choice during caddis and mayfly hatches too.
  • copper john purple copper john copper
    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.
  • 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.
  • Craig McDonald's Duracell Jig has been a European staple for a number of years now, and has recently taken hold in waters throughout the US.  It can be fished using a standard two fly set up, but also makes a great point fly for a drop shot or Czech nymph set up. Size 16
  • egan's frenchie egan's frenchie
    Lance Egan's Frenchie represents his most productive color combination for this traditional european nymph. We tend do well with this pattern in July and August when the bulk of our mayflies are hatching, but it is certainly proven its worth when used as a searching pattern as well.
  • rainbow warrior black rainbow warrior pearl
    Lance Egan's Rainbow Warrior isn't tied to imitate much of anything, but it can clean up when nothing else seems to be working.  This attractor style nymph works as a general searching pattern, but can also be effective in rivers with high densities of sow bugs, scuds, and midge pupae.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • lightning bug red lightning bug purple
    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.
  • The Milkman always delivers according to its creator, Eric Kelley.  This is his #1 confidence fly in his Euro nymph setup, and features a ribbed hare's ear body, pearl flashback, and a white tungsten bead.  Barbless.
  • mop fly chartreuse mop fly tan
    The Mop Fly is not the most aesthetically pleasing pattern out there, nor is it very complicated to tie.  However, it makes a damn fine crane fly larva or grub imitation, and one that fish will go out of their way to eat.  The body of the fly is made from the microfiber dreadlocks that your find on store bought mops, and a few turns of dubbing behind the beadhead finish off this simple, fish catching machine.  Love it or hate it, the Mop Fly is here to stay. Available in size 10.