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Salmonfly.Net Salmon and Steelhead Fly Tying Guide  In Memory of Yuri Shumakov 

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Mark Willigar

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The Flies

Andora Spey 

Click to EnlargeThis pattern has captured my fascination since described to me by Bryant Freeman one fine fall day on River Philip Nova Scotia. Bryant is well known in salmon circles, as a master fly-tier, and even better story teller, a great guy who always greets with a smile and a laugh, a true ambassador of the sport of chasing Atlantic salmon.  MORE...

Athol Butterfly 

Click to EnlargeThe original Engle's Butterfly is a favorite of many anglers and justifiably so, since it's such a producer. It stands out among hairwings in it's originality of the concept of a laid back hair wing but split. The vastly accepted Mirimachi butterfly is somewhat different, tied primarily on turned down eye hooks, and with wild color combinations. MORE...

Athol Wine

Click to EnlargeThis fly stems from asking a guy what he caught a grilse on one morning, and he lied and told me it was similar to this pattern, but I found out later, it was actually something else he caught it on. Me being a young guy and bothering him to ask "whatcha catch that on?", he wasn't a very friendly sort, so he reluctantly answered me, telling me it had a wine colored body, squirrel wing, and yellow hackle. MORE...

Brown Tippet 

Click to EnlargeThis fly is very simplistic and has become one of my best fishing flies for salmon. This color scheme is a spinoff of my original Tippet fly. I have searched every book I can find, as simple as it is, the closest I've seen to this pattern is called the Black Jack, and it is tied the same, but no wing, hackle only. The original is orange tippet tail, black seal body, black fox fur wing, black hackle, but this pattern seems to work well also. Easy to tie and catches fish, and still looks decent in a variety of colors. MORE... 

Calf Killer

Click to EnlargeThis fly would be a "cousin" to my Forbsie pattern. It secured itself a spot in my box the first season I tied it by catching me several salmon that year, including 5 in one evening. I had worked all day, leaving work 15 minutes away from River Philip and the Town Pool in Oxford at 4:30 pm, I didn't have much more than an hour before sunset when I got there, it being the fall season. MORE...

Grandma's Coat 

Click to EnlargeThis fly is made to be as colorful as that old coat your Grandma used to wear, at least when I was a kid, my grandma had one. I'm not sure what inspired me to tie it in this particular way, maybe the combination of the shrimp style flies being so productive, and the ever present desire to show the salmon something different. MORE...

March Brown Salmon 

Click to EnlargeThis fly is tied in the style of the Fur Flies that I have used with success over the last few years. They are tied to be somewhat of a spey pattern, but using only fur as the palmered "hackle". This color combination is deadly for the trout and salmon in my area, spring, summer or fall. The Fur fly series breathes under water, bringing the fly to life in current, and a translucent glow most appealing when wet. MORE...

October Copper

Click to EnlargeJust a little home grown pattern, the copper is the key, not a lot of traditional fly pattern options for the color of copper, other than the Copper Killer. This fly produced 2 salmon the first day I used it. Copper is a color that salmon that are used to flies, don't see very often and may be different enough to attract the salmon's interest, especially on a sunny October day. MORE...

Orange Forbsie

Click to EnlargeNot that this pattern is so different than any other, I have not seen it in any book, exactly as it is. The original pattern I called the Forbsie Worbsie, a few of the old timers in my area really liked this pattern, including my father, who taught me everything I know about catch Atlantic Salmon. MORE...


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