Monday, January 25, 2016

2016 Black Hills Fly Fishers Auction

Mark your calendars! The annual auction is coming up. This year's auction will be held at the Dahl Fine Arts Center on March 19th. Doors will open at 5:30 and the live auction will start at 7pm.

The auction is the Black Hills FlyFishers main fundraising event of the year. Come out and support all the great projects the club is involved in. This is especially important now that the number of stream rehabilitation projects are increasing. 

Donate Gear to the Auction

One of the popular features of the annual  Black Hills Fly Fishers Auction is the array of nearly-
new, little-used articles of flyfishing gear donated by BHFF members,  which are usually placed on the Silent Auction tables.  If you have duplicates of gear, or have gear which you have not used much, please consider donating it to the BHFF Silent Auction.  You can drop the gear off anytime at Dakota Angler & Outfitter so that we can get an idea of the number of items to be included in the Silent Auction.

You can make another flyfisherman very happy to buy some good gear at a great price as a Silent Auction Winner!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Tying the Last Chance Cripple Baetis (Blue Winged Olive)

Rene Harrop's fly patterns were developed with an experienced eye for detail. Proven on the Henry's Fork, one of the most demanding trout fisheries in the country.

The Last Chance Cripple series are great patterns for selective fish. We use this Baetis version on our local tailwater with great success.

Tie in sizes 16-22 for a Baetis (aka Blue Winged Olive) Cripple.

The pattern is easily adapted to imitate other mayfly species.

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Last Chance Cripple Material List:

Hook: Daiichi 1100 or Tiemco 100 size 16 to 22
Thread: Tiemco 16/0
Shuck: Spirit River Sparkle Yarn, Darlon, or Z-Lon
Tail: Wood Duck or Mallard Dyed Wood Duck
Abdomen: Stripped Peacock Herl, Turkey Biots, or Thread and Wire

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tying the Smoke Jumper

Smoke Jumper 

The Smoke Jumper fly is a popular pattern on Montana’s Bighorn River. The CDC winged emerger is a great all purpose emerger for midge and mayfly hatches. The color scheme of the fly can be altered to imitate the insect you are trying to imitate. Hatches that the Smoke Jumper fly is effective at imitating are midges, Baetis, and Pale Morning Duns.

You can tie the abdomen on the Smoke Jumper with several different materials- peacock herl, turkey biots, micro tubing, or thread with wire.
The wing on the Smoke Jumper is CDC (cul de canard). A high quality CDC makes a big difference on this fly. My preferred CDC is Petitjean Select CDC feathers. Lower quality feathers are not as full and don’t make as nice a wing.

Smoke Jumper Fly Materials

Hook: Daiichi 1130 or Tiemco 2487 size 16 to 20
Thread: Tiemco 16/0
Abdomen: Stripped Peacock Herl, Turkey Biots, or Thread and Wire

Tying Barr's Tung Teaser

Barr's Tung Teaser Nymph

barrs tung teaser nymph
Barr’s Tung Teaser is an excellent all purpose nymph from John Barr. This pattern has become a staple in my box and the bins at the shop. We often fish it as the lead fly in a two fly nymph rig. This pattern combines the effective features of many popular nymphs- biot tails, epoxy back, hackle legs. Tie and fish in sizes 12-18.

Barr’s Tung Teaser Materials

Flashback: Flashabou Pearl
Legs: Partridge or India Hen
Epoxyback: Liquid FusionClear Cure Goo, or 5 Minute Epoxy

Tying Hans' Cricket Fly

Tying the Hans' Cricket Fly 

Cricket fly patterns have become a staple in my summer fly selection. Bill Logan’s Big Secret Cricket has been a huge producer for me over the past 4 seasons. I recently began tying a variation of Hans’s Hopper to mimic a cricket. The resulting pattern, Hans’ Cricket fly, has been working very well on recent outings.
Body/Head: 2mm Black Foam
Abdomen/Thorax: Ice Dubbing
Strike Indicator: Hot Pink Ice Dubbing

Tying the Sparkle Dun

Tying the Sparkle Dun

The Sparkle Dun, a comparadun style dry fly, is an extremely versatile pattern for imitating mayfly duns. By changing the size and color of the pattern, it is easy to mimic many species of mayflies.

Happy Tying!


Sparkle Dun Materials (match color to mayfly species)
HookTiemco 100 or Daiichi 1100 size 12-22
Tail/Shuck: Sparkle Yarn or Antron Yarn

Friday, June 22, 2012

Tying the Foam Beetle Fly

Tying the Foam Beetle Fly


Hook: Daiichi 1280
Thread: UTC 140 Denier
Body: 2mm foam
Underbody: Peacock or Black Ice Dub
Sighter: Orange 2mm Foam
Legs: Black Krystal Flash

The foam beetle fly pattern is easy to tie, but remains one of my top producers during the summer months. Trout love to eat beetles (and ants) that are blown into the water. I tie this pattern in sizes 12-18. Black is my best color, but i have had success with olive and brown versions.

Happy Tying!