The new Sweet Pea jig pattern originated by Doug Ouellette has quickly become one of our favorite patterns to fish in the Black Hills, and for good reason. This is a fantastic pattern for Euro style nymphing, and the fish really dig it – The slender body and the iridescence of peacock herl makes for a deadly combination. This is a killer pattern in Spearfish Creek! Tie the Sweet Pea in size 12-18, and mix up the color combinations a bit to suit your local fish.
Tying the Veevus Body Quill Jig Nymph
I first saw flies of this type in the book Fly Fishing and Fly Tying II – a book featuring flies and fishing techniques from the Czech Republic. When Hareline Dubbin recently began stocking body quills from Veevus, I was finally able to tie these flies. The use of different colored threads under the body quills creates...
Tying the Student Dry Fly
The Student is a fly pattern popularized on the Bighorn River. It isn’t much to look at, but like the F-Fly this simple CDC (Cul de Canard) dry fly catches its share of fish. Tie some up for the Baetis Hatch on your trout stream or river, you will be glad you did. This pattern can be altered to match other mayfly species by changing the thread color and hook size.