The Super Bowl of flies

Print Article

Weather forecast models, as I write this on Super Bowl weekend, are showing up to 32 inches of snow can be expected in Columbia Falls!

Yowza!

A potentially historic storm and, a probably boring second half of the football game, are two good reasons to drag out the fly-tying stuff and top-off some boxes.

Recipes for the flies listed below can be found online. Don’t hesitate to try alternative materials and colors.

Here’s 10 gotta-have flies for the Flathead Valley:

• Doc Spratley. Over the years, I’ve caught more trout, from lakes, on this fly than any other single pattern. This Canadian sedge pattern, with sinking line, sink-tip, or split-shot on a floating line, the Doc will increase your trout hook-ups.

• Black Woolly Bugger. Sometimes called the “Montana State Fly.” Effective in both rivers and lakes. Tie from size 16 to size 2. Sometimes add a beadhead.

• Prince. Another trout killer that works with or without a beadhead.

• Brown Woolly Worm. No, this isn’t Fly Tying 101. The Brown Woolly Worm is one of the best (and certainly the easiest to tie) crayfish patterns.

• Black Ant. Whether dressed with deer hair tied Humpy-style or pieces of black foam, Late summer trout love to eat ants.

• Elk Hair Caddis. A perennial Montana fishing favorite. Move the wing back a bit and wrap a hackle up front and call it a Stimulator.

• Adams. By any other color (including purple) is still an upright-and-divided hackle tip Adams. Probably has caught more trout on the surface than any dry fly in Montana history.

• Brown Soft Hackle. Regardless of body material—biot, stripped peacock eye or dubbed synthetics—the key to catching fish is one, sparse wrap of Hungarian partridge rump feather.

• Swisher’s PMX. Look it up! Often draws fish out of fast, choppy waters.

• Water Boatman. Legs. Legs. Legs. You may need one only a few times all summer but when trout are keyed into boatman, that’s the only answer.

Jerry Smalley’s Fishful Thinking column appears weekly in the Hungry Horse News.

Print Article

Read More Outdoors

Forest campgrounds open for the season

May 26, 2017 at 3:16 pm | Hungry Horse News All Flathead National Forest campgrounds should be open this weekend, unless there’s a problem with the weather. Holland Lake, Swan Lake, Emery Bay, Murray Bay, Devil Creek, Lid Creek, Lost Johnny C...

Comments

Read More

Smalley keeps fishing records, sort of...

May 24, 2017 at 7:56 am | Hungry Horse News Let’s see. When did we fly fish the Spotted Bear River last summer? I think we were about a week late. And same for jigging walleyes on Tiber Reservoir. By the time we got there, the bigger females ...

Comments

Read More

FWP kills griz that killed eight sheep

May 17, 2017 at 10:16 am | Hungry Horse News On May 11, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and federal Wildlife Services captured a 209-pound 3-year-old male grizzly bear in the Eureka area after the bear killed eight domestic sheep. The lando...

Comments

Read More

Boating? Don’t forget your stickers

May 17, 2017 at 10:15 am | Hungry Horse News About a month ago I towed my 12-foot fishing boat to the FWP Region One headquarters on Meridian in Kalispell for an AIS inspection. A friend had told me that an inspection at that venue sufficed in...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 892-2151
PO BOX 189, 926 Nucleus Avenue
Columbia Falls, MT 59912

©2017 Hungry Horse News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X