We love developing and fishing flies. It's a perk to the job for sure. We took a 5 day road trip through Colorado doing some store visits and cleaning out old fly bins and putting some new ones in. This is a lot of work but makes the displays look so much better and putting some fresh new flies always looks nice. We've been expanding our euro nymph selection and so with that we like to fish what we tie so we are just selling flashy flies to fisherman. We want our flies to work and give you confidence out on the water.
Among our store visits we were able to hit a few new water bodies (new to us) along our drive. To keep things short these new flies worked great! I've fished them along our home waters in Utah so it's nice to see them work in other bodies of water as well. Tiger Perdigons (coming soon); what a great looking mayfly nymph, the fish agreed too. Our first stop I caught a handful of fiesty rainbows and a few browns on them. Roughnecks; this is a killer pattern, we fish it a lot and for good reason. Slim Jim; this is another great little euro pattern that worked well as we fished these new rivers. It is a great pattern that we sell in 3 colors currently and we'll probably expand that assortment. The Walts Worm; not a new pattern by any means but we use a special blend of dubbing in ours that makes this pattern unique to us. I was fishing our orange version (coming in 2023). I had a heavy anchor fly below then off of my triple surgeons knot about 12 inches above was my Walts Worm. It picked up fish in the first run, the second run and then the third run. It seemed all the fish wanted was that orange fly. Then I stopped, read the water and looked into a nice V-cut seam that had to hold fish. I made a cast just ahead of a rock that was barely sticking out of the water. I lifted my line to reduce drag and watched as my indicator came down below the rock. It hesitated and darted slightly left. With a firm hook set I saw a pumpkin roll out in front of me then anchor itself in the run. I yelled out to Chet 'I got a good one man'. The brown wouldnt budge, worried it would dart out into the middle of the river I turned my rod angle and got the fish to turn towards me. I was able to battle the fish after a few acrobatic jumps. I didn't want to lose that fish after I got a good look at him out of the water. I was able to get him in some slower water where Chet slid the net in, which is always a little scary until that fish is finally secured in the net. I had him! What a fish and even better it gave me a lot of confidence in a fly we will be producing in the coming year. If you'd like to get these new patterns in your shop click here to sign up as a dealer (dealer sign up)