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Fly Tying: The Angler's Art
Program #401 Bloody Midge, Bitch Creek Nymph, Renegade, Hot Spot
The opening program features the Bloody Midge. The fly is a parachute pattern perfect for catching trout anywhere there are midges hatching. Carolyn ties a woven body pattern representing a stone fly ‘nymph’, the Bitch Creek. The Renegade, another pattern suitable for trout fishing can be fished as a dry or wet fly. Lastly, LeRoy ties a Hot Spot Midge, which is a variation of the Renegade.

Program #402 Palomino, C.W. Humpy Parachute, Royal Wulff Stimulator
This program showcases three completely different flies. Carolyn starts off with an emerger pattern, the Palomino. This fly is interesting because it is tied with black materials, but it can also be tied with olive or cream. The C.W. Humpy Parachute makes a wonderful attractor and searching pattern. The flashy post can easily be seen even in rough water. The method of finishing the fly around the post instead of the front of the fly makes it unique. Lastly, Carolyn ties the Royal Wulff Stimulator. She uses deer hair in place of elk hair, which has LeRoy eager to try the substitute himself. The Stimulator makes a great floater, and is popular on several Northwest rivers.

Program #403 Clark’s Stone Fly, Bug-Eyed Jig, Fire Butt Bomber
Effective in moving water, the Clark’s Stone Fly can be tied in many different color combinations. LeRoy uses multiple colors of yarn combed together to form this effective wing. The Bug-Eyed Jig is Carolyn’s favorite steelhead fly. In fact, she caught her largest steelhead with this fly! The Fire Butt Bomber features a bright dubbed rear section of the fly. It is used to fish steelhead, Atlantic salmon, and large rainbow trout.

Program #404 Parachute Adams, Deer Hair Caddis, Mother’s Day Caddis
There are very few anglers who have not heard of the Adams pattern. With hackle point wings, the Parachute Adams is just a variation of the original Adams. It is an excellent searching pattern. In fact, many fly fishers have said over and over, “If there is not a hatch going on, put on an Adams.” In this program Carolyn surprises LeRoy with a Deer Hair Caddis, a pattern he has never seen before. It is also one of Carolyn’s favorite patterns; one she swears is successful in any water. To complete the program, the Mother’s Day Caddis is tied by LeRoy. It offers a dark silhouette as the fish look up into a bright sky.

Program #405 San Juan Worm, Turck’s Golden Tarantula, Prince Nymph
Carolyn starts off this program with a San Juan Worm, also known as an Earthworm. This pattern is very simple and very effective. LeRoy follows up with the Turck’s Golden Tarantula. It is a very unique, durable and useful pattern. It is a take off of the original Turks Tarantula which won the One Fly fishing contest in Jackson Hole, Wyoming a few years ago. The combination of materials looks very realistic in water. The old standard Prince Nymph is the last fly tied on this program. LeRoy shows Carolyn a trick to keep her beadhead from sliding down the hook shank.

Program #406 Water Boatman, Guarantee, Caddis Stone Skater
Sometimes all you need is a simple fly. The Water Boatman may be simple, but the iridescence of the peacock herl body does wonders for this fly. The name Guarantee does mean something. Carolyn swears no matter what lake you fish this pattern on, you are guaranteed to catch a fish. Next, the Caddis Stone Skater is one fly you don’t want to leave home without! This time LeRoy shows his special version of the Caddis Stone Skater. It is made with spun deer head, which creates a disturbance as it skates across the water’s surface, and the orange krystal flash is also an attention getter.

Program #407 Wilted Spinach, Bloody Mary, Midge Emerger, Black Wooly Bugger
The name in itself seems to make the Wilted Spinach unique. The soft hackle seems to breath with life, and the krystal flash looped tail adds a little sparkle and flare. Caroyln follows up with the Bloody Mary pattern. It is a soft hackle fly that LeRoy had never seen or heard of. It is an excellent lake or stream fly. Craig Mathews of Montana is credited for the next fly, the Midge Emerger. LeRoy fell in love with this little pattern while fishing in Alberta, Canada. Up until that point LeRoy had not given small flies much of a chance, but now he carries a box full of nothing but small patterns. An old favorite, the Wooly Bugger, is the last fly tied on this program. However, this is a variation of the original Wooly Bugger. The specific indestructible way of tying the Black Wooly Bugger gives the fly a somewhat different appearance and it will last fish after fish.

Program #408 Copper John, Beadhead Soft Hackle, Chukar & Copper, Sheepcreek Special
Are you looking for a good dropper pattern? Well look no farther, the Copper John is one of the best patterns LeRoy has ever used. He suggests fishing it under a muddler or a stimulator to possibly find the trout you have been dreaming about. Another great little dropper fly is the Beadhead Soft Hackle, tied by Carolyn. It is an all purpose lake or stream pattern. The Chukar & Copper is an extremely heavy pattern, and the wire is not even tied to the hook with tying thread! Finally, LeRoy will finish this program with the Sheepcreek Special. This fly features clumps of mallard breast tied in as a wing.

Program #409 Foam Hopper, Foam Skwala, Foam Beetle
This program presents three different foam ties. LeRoy starts off the program with a Foam Hopper. It works best when fished tight up against a grassy bank or against some brush that overhangs the water. The Foam Skwala works great in early spring, April or March, in the Montana area. Some anglers may be used to seeing little black egg sacks on this fly, but Carolyn has a different pattern to demonstrate. LeRoy finishes the program with a simple yet attractive yellow and black Foam Beetle pattern.

Program #410 Royal Coyote, Damsel Fly Nymph, Bunny Spey
The Royal Coyote is a variation of the original Coyote, which LeRoy tied in a previous series. The design was originated by LeRoy and his fishing buddies. This attractor pattern can work almost anytime and offers a very nice silhouette on the water. Looking for a fly with real motion in the water? The Damsel Fly Nymph is just the pattern. Carolyn ties it with barbell eyes that are not weighted and marabou to produce a lively feel in the water the fish love. For you steelhead anglers we present the Bunny Spey. The rabbit fur back and tail pulsate in the water giving a very lifelike movement.

Program #411 Yellow Stimulator, J.H. Nymph, Tunkwanamid
The Yellow Stimulator is used to fish trout, but LeRoy warns fellow fly fishers to make sure to fish the pattern after the sun has warmed the water. Carolyn follows up with a J.H. Nymph. She describes this pattern as her “go to” fly. LeRoy also helps Carolyn polish up on her dubbing looping method. Looking for a good all around pattern? The Tunkwanamid is just the thing. LeRoy swears it works just about anytime.

Program #412 Bill’s Halloween, Blue Pan Fish Nymph, Love Bug
Again, Carolyn will tie a steelhead pattern Bill’s Halloween. It is no surprise how the pattern got its name, with its wild look and black and orange colors. LeRoy believes blue-pheasant breast should be incorporated into more patterns! On this program he ties a Blue Pan Fish Nymph which just so happens to incorporate the blue-pheasant breast feathers into the pattern. No wonder he likes this fly so much! While Carolyn ties the last pattern, the Love Bug, she teaches LeRoy a new way to strip peacock herl.

Program #413 Silver Hilton, Doc Spratley, Baetis Krystal Flash Nymph, P.T.O. Nymph
LeRoy starts off the program with an oldie but a goodie, the Silver Hilton. It is used to catch steelhead anytime of the day. The color match of the fly is intense and eye catching. The grizzly hackle tip wings and the grizzly soft hackle are a fantastic match for the black body. Next, Carolyn ties an interesting version to the Doc Spratley. It is a no wing pattern tied very sparsely. Another supper dropper pattern is the Baetis Krystal Flash Nymph. It can be used alone, but LeRoy finds it best to use it under a dry fly as a dropper. The bonus fly on this program, the P.T.O. Nymph, is similar to the pheasant tail nymph. The only difference in materials is the black ostrich used for the thorax of the P.T.O. Nymph. The reverse wrap of the copper wire makes this fly very durable.