Go-To Fishing Flies: Very productive fishing flies
Well tied fishing flies are essential when you head out fly fishing. Some fishing flies are tied to catch fish, while others are designed to catch fishermen. I tie both types but I am more known for my "fish-catching guides-flies." The key to any fishing fly is that it won't fall to bits after you land a dozen fish on it. The flies I tie will hold up just fine as they are both productive, some say devastatingly productive, and they are durable. Plus, each fly goes through a rigorous 6-week training program to ensure that it's in top-notch shape. I was just kidding about that last bit. All my flies are tied on free range - non genetically modified - organic hooks.

We have all been there. It's dawn and in the mist you share the river with a few herons and perhaps a mallard duck. With hardly a ripple you wade carefully while all around you the fish are splashing and slurping down bugs.

With great anticipation for the day ahead, you open your fly box only to discover that you are out of the productive fly you used last season. "Du-Oh!" But, it does not have to be like that.

There are four pages to this section of my website which contain some devastatingly effective fishing flies.

1. Productive Guides Flies. Nov. 2012-March 2013.
(On this page.)
If you are heading out to do some fall or winter fishing, you should be using these flies. There are millions of fly patterns out here, and it's exceedingly difficult to pick out the winners from the rest of the pack, so I decided to simplify things. The flies on this page - like the others listed on my website - produce fish. These are the flies I use when I am guiding. They are not whimsical creations I put together just because they look good.

2. Orvis Flies. Orvis
As you know, the good folk at Orvis have been selling a few of my patterns. Orvis do not send flies up to Canada, so this is your opportunity to purchase some of the patterns.

3. "Grab Bag Flies." Grab
Productive but very inexpensive flies. A new pattern each month or close to it. It all depends on what I am tying.

4. "Scratch and Dent Flies." Dent
These might have a few blemishes but they still get fish.

The Copper and Orange Buzzer.
If you are looking for a fly to help you catch fish in the dead of winter, my copper and orange buzzer is the fly for you. It's been around for over 25 years, and it has never stopped producing fish.

I created the pattern for catching stillwater trout, but as it turned out the fly worked just as well - some say even better - in rivers and streams.

The best sizes seem to be #12, #14 and #16.
Tied on Diiachi 1150 or Kamasan B420 hooks.

Colour variations:
(Please specify when ordering.)
Orange thorax, with or without wing buds.
Black thorax, with or without wing buds. (Not shown.)

$2.25 each.

The flies in the photographs are both size #14's.

Easy four step purchasing:
1. Send me an E-mail to place your order.
2. I will confirm your request and package it up.
3. Send your cheque, payable to:
Ian Colin James
P.O. Box 45004
RPO Fairmont
N5W 1V0
4. I ship the flies to the address on your cheque.

To purchase some of my buzzers.
E-mail: I want buzzers












This is my original Copper and Orange Buzzer. I created it back in the 1980s for going after brown trout and rainbow trout in stillwater. The fly became popular in the mid 1990s when Bob Church included the pattern in his book Bob Church's Guide to New Fly Patterns. The fly has caught countless numbers of fish on both sides of the Atlantic.

The addition of the yellow wing buds occurred around 2002. I was asked to add the wing buds to the fly by some stillwater fishermen from Ireland. They were dead-on. They took a good fly, and made it even better. Around the same time, several anglers were having 'good luck' using my original copper and orange buzzer when Czech nymphing. The pattern has been published in several books on Czech nymphing and it is often recommended for use on the mid dropper. I gave a bunch of anglers some of the flies with the wing buds to try when they were Czech nymphing, and they out fished the flies without the wing buds. Who knew?