Ordinary Flies, Extraordinary Results
These 'Grab Bags' of productive flies are a quick and easy way to
top up your boxes. Devastatingly effective, Grab Bag flies are proven
patterns - the flies I tie for clients - and along with patterns
from the scratch and dent pile, the flies I use when guiding. Grab
Bags give you an opportunity to try out flies you might not have
used before, without the nagging feeling of, "I wonder if these
get fish." Starting at around $20 or $30, the Grab Bag price
range should fit most budgets.
Bag flies get fish.
These are the patterns of choice for use when no fish are showing,
when you are faced with fishing a new water for the first time or
when you are fishing in difficult conditions. The flies found here
on the Grab Bag page will not be species specific. You won't find
a pattern which will only work for trout, but you will find flies
which will catch a wide variety of species. Translation: Less stuff
to drag up and down the river. The patterns will only be available
in what I have found to be the most productive, and therefore the
most useful, sizes. Many of the Grab Bag flies will be my own creations,
traditional patterns or my 'variations' on traditional patterns.
Some of the patterns you might not have heard of before. They could
be flies created and developed by the lads I fish with, or by other
full time guides with a 'no bull, use these flies to get fish' attitude
which I deeply respect. Note: I said 'full time guides.' These guides
and gillies - from Canada, American, Scotland, England and Ireland
- are on the water more than any other anglers, so they know which
patterns to use. The bottom line on Grab Bag flies ... they have
stellar fish catching pedigrees. Hey, and ordering them is easy
with my one-stop, simple selection process.
should use my grab bag flies
A. They get fish.
B. The quality is exceptional.
C. They get fish.
D. They are durable.
E. They get fish.
F. You don't have to make them.
(Tying can be time-consuming and tedious.)
G. They get fish.
H. They work for my clients, they
work for me, and they will work for you.
The Dead Easy, 3-Step,
1. Let me know what you want.
2. I ship you the flies.
3. You send me a cheque when you
get the flies.
In the spring 2010 Grab
1. The Beadhead Pheasant Tail variation
2. Bead Belly scud
1. Pheasant Tail
This Beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymph variation is a reliable "go-to"
fly. It's one of those flies you can cast into unfamiliar water
and there is a good chance you will hook something. There are hundreds
of Pheasant Tail variations out there, but year after year, this
one has stood the test of time.
Take a close look at the fly in the photo at the
top of the page. You will see that there is a slight imperfection
on the body of the fly, just at the first turn of ribbing. That's
why this fly is on the Grab Bag page. The fish don't care, but most
of my clients do care about things like that. Frankly, that makes
me happy as a discerning fly fisherman knows the value of high quality
and they expect it.
This is a cracking pattern for steelhead, carp,
mooneye, smallmouth bass, brook trout, brown trout, redhorse and
#10, #12 and #14
Hook: Standard wet-fly
Bead colour: Copper or black (please specify)
Pricing in Canadian Funds.
Per dozen, $27.00 per dozen
Regular price, $45.00 per dozen
2. Bead Belly Scud
This is a cracking fishing fly for winter steelheading and it will
work all season long for Brown Trout, Carp and Smallmouth Bass.
learn more ...
#10 and #12
Bead: 3mm. Silver or copper (please specify)
Pricing in Canadian Funds.
Price: $24 per dozen
Regular price: $36 per dozen
Send me an e-mail if you would like to purchase
some Grab Bag flies.
Grab Bag flies
Scratch and Dent Flies
If you want to purchase some flies that are lower in price than
my grab bag flies, you need to put your name on the Scratch and
Dent list. Click this link for further info on the Scratch
and Dent list.