Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fly Fishing the South Platte River - An Anglers Guide by Roger Hill

 I got this idea from a video that Juan Ramirez blog, he did a video of Ed Engle tying the stillborn midge. This pattern came  from this book, Fly Fishing the South Platte, An Anglers Guide. This was the first fly fishing and fly tying book that I bought. Roger Hill the author was one of the first to write fishing and tying flies for Cheeseman Canyon. He also spends some time writing about the materials for tying small flies. If you can find a copy of this book I highly recommend it.

Over the winter I'm going to spotlight some of the fly patterns in this book. The patterns in this book are examples of simplicity in tying. Most of the material are all natural furs and feathers.

The first fly I'm going to spot light is the Muskrat Nymph.

Hook: TMC100 size 20 - 26, I tied the pattern on TMC101
Thread: 8/0 gray
Body: muskrat fur, very sparse

Build up thorax with tying thread, sparsely dub thread, and wind onto hook. Whip finish and cement.

 Here is the muskrat nymph I tied


  1. Man, the things trout eat...

  2. What a great idea! It is always cool to to learn the history of our sport for one thing. For another, if it is true that trout get burned out on popular patterns, it might be nice to show them some bugs they haven't seen in decades.

  3. Very nice (tie & book recommendation).