Summer in Colorado means one thing, dry fly fishing. Whether you’re casting ants on a small creek or crystal clear lake for gorgeous cutthroat trout, throwing PMD’s to unsuspecting browns on the Fryingpan, or trying to solve the (sometimes) maddening trico hatch on the South Platte River for picky rainbows, having the right fly can make all the difference.
Even if you’re new to fly tying, the following patterns aren’t terribly difficult to imitate. You will have to track down some of the materials and remember, be creative. Fly tying is like cooking. Adapting a recipe to suit your strengths and preferences as a tyer (and the naturals on your home river) can be the difference between a mediocre day or a great one.
Ken Walrath developed a superb ant pattern that you simply have to try if you’re fishing terrestrials. Last summer I had some very picky high mountain lake Cutties eat this pattern, which was extremely rewarding. The following recipe is a proven winner: