The Clouser Swimming Nymph is a good fly this month on many waters in our area, especially the private ranch lakes which see their heaviest damselfly hatches in June and are also home to leeches, tadpoles, and in some cases small crayfish, all of which the Clouser Swimming Nymph can match if tied in the right sizes and colors. Tied down to a #14, this is also a good pattern on the grayling lakes in Yellowstone National Park, which will get going for the season in a big way around June 10. Check out the video below to learn how to tie this pattern.
Here’s Walter’s latest fly tying video. Check out the recipe and fishing notes over at his blog.
Here’s Walter’s latest fly tying video, the CDC Emerging Dun. This gray version is my most productive fly when guiding in the Lamar Drainage. It’s an excellent imitation of emerging Green Drakes (as well as a variety of smaller gray-olive “drake” mayflies). You can also tie it much smaller to match BWO, or change colors to match whatever insect you are seeing.
The video is below. The recipe is available at Yellowstone Country Fly Fishing.
The Gartside Soft Hackle Streamer is a classic marabou and soft hackle streamer developed by Jack Gartside. This version is made using chickabou feathers, which allows for the pattern to be tied in much smaller sizes.
The same tying procedure used here also works on the large Alaskabou series and similar marabou steelhead and coho salmon flies. Just use large (#2/0 to #2) steelhead hooks, swap the chickabou for much larger marabou plumes, and add more flash.
Josh Garris’ Yellowstone Nymph is a simple, buggy fly similar in most respects to a Walt’s Worm or Sexy Walt (no relation, just ask my wife) that works well in fast, bouldery water in Yellowstone Park as a caddis pupa as well as sowbug or caddis on the Land of Giants stretch of the Missouri River.
After the tying video, I’d appreciate it if you keep watching for an update on how Yellowstone Country Fly Fishing and Parks’ Fly Shop are handling the coronavirus and how you can help us get through it.