If you are out after attracting bigger trout the BAF is a good ‘go-to’ pattern for searching water. Not a challenging pattern to tie, and if you have done Zonkers & Muddlers before, you’ll find it easy! I Like the natural colours but mix and match your own, in everything from all black to more vivid combos.
This is a quick and simple midge emerger that works well all year round. Use 3 or 4 CDC hackles for the wing, this in combination with the oversized hook makes the pattern hang vertically in the surface film for perfect presentation.
This skater pattern from Al Troth is a simple pattern but demands a little practice. Only two small clumps of elk rump hair tied back to back make this almost unsinkable. Not only a great attractor when fished as a skater, but also a formidable Daddy long-legs imitation for late summer.
These small hemoglobin filled midge larvae are high on the list of the most important trout foods globally. This is a very realistic, almost soft bait imitation, that is not only extremely effective and robust but also very quick to tie.
This is a low riding pattern that works well when the sulphur mayfly (Heptagenia sulphuria) duns are on the water. The close clipped underside of the hackle makes for a very natural footprint.
One of my “secret” patterns that has worked really well for me over the years, it almost makes fishing easy! Not representing anything in particular but just one of those flies that bring fish up.
A mixed media nymph that is a real easy tie but still ticks all the boxes for a good large burrowing mayfly nymph imitation. The main trigger features of the nymph are accentuated to give it a higher attractor factor.
The little Jassid is from Vince Marinaro’s book A Modern Dry Fly Code and was an extremely popular pattern until Jungle cock became more difficult to obtain. The jungle cock nail feather can be substituted with any small dark feather and highlighted with a drop of white varnish or UV resin.