The Frenchie has been a fantastic fly for us for the past several seasons, and this hot butt variant is no exception. Mix up the thorax and tag color for tons of effective variations. If you’re heading out to your favorite trout stream or river this is one fly that you’re not going to want to be without!
Hook: Firehole Sticks 317 Size 16-22
Bead: Firehole Stones Nickel Bead or Tungsten Nickel/Silver Bead sized to match
Mop flies have been really popular over the past couple seasons, and for good reason – they catch fish in a wide variety of conditions, and they have great action in the water. This is a variant that uses FNF Predator Worm material rather than mop chenille, which makes it more durable and gives the fly a little more life in the water.
This is a great lead fly, as well as a dropper under a bigger dry fly. We use this as a point fly in double nymph rigs and catch a ton of fish on it, particularly in higher flows.
We’re going to be doing fly tying demos on Saturdays here at the shop for the next couple months, as well as have some open classes at the shop during the week! We have a wide variety of demo and class topics that should cover a broad range of tier’s interests. We’ve updated our camera/projection game a bit, and it’ll be easier to see for everyone that comes down. All of the demos are free and start at 10am at the shop, and will run around an hour or so. Here’s a list of what we have scheduled for the next 2 months...
Easy to tie, durable fly that just works. Size 14-16 is a good all around size to try, and makes a good nymph in a hopper dropper rig. Larger ones work great for a point fly in a Czech nymph rig, as well as a weight fly under an indicator. Try in a variety of different colors and sizes!