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Our Local and Custom Flies

Parks' Fly Shop began as Merton Parks' custom fly tying business in the late 1940s, so it's no surprise we stock a lot of custom and locally-produced flies. In fact, we tie and/or design about half of our entire fly stock, and have the second-highest percentage and overall number of local flies for the Yellowstone area out of all the dozens of fly shops in the region. Some of these flies are merely subtle variations on standard patterns, but many are local designs that are either available nowhere else or originated in the Yellowstone region specifically for the fish that swim a few steps or a few miles from our front door. Sometimes having one of these patterns makes all the difference between fooling a fish and having it refuse your fly, because trout in our region see a lot of fake bugs and they get suspicious of those they see the most, especially "standard" patterns that are tied the same for fish in Yellowstone or Ypsilanti.

Click the panels below to check out many of our local and custom flies. Most of our true specialties are included, though our newest concoctions aren't. To learn about those, you'll need to book a guided trip, since we give our new flies a "trial by fire" before we ever sell them. In addition, you won't see common patterns like San Juan Worms that we just happen to tie in-house.

If you'd like to learn how to tie the flies below, keep an eye on our Youtube Channel and our Blog. From time to time we produce tying videos or give recipes and fishing tips in these locations.

Note on Fly Names: If a fly has an individual's name attached to it (usually a last name), it is a custom design by that individual, i.e. Wiese's Clacka Caddis. If it simply has "PFS" attached, it's a standard or previously-existing pattern that we tie with tweaks of some kind: color, recipe, etc. that distinguish ours from those you can buy elsewhere.

Flies are priced at $2.50 apiece unless noted. We do not have an ecommerce store, but are happy to accept mail-orders via phone or e-mail (we will call to take your payment info via phone even if you initiate the order via e-mail). Free shipping on fly orders over $50.00!

Bob Hopper, Wiese's

White Bob Hopper

We have two new colors of Walter's popular and effective Bob Hoppers this year, dark tan (thank you Michael's for stocking a new and snazzy color of foam last summer) for late summer grasshoppers and perhaps caddis, and pearl white. Thanks to Trevor, who had been slaying fish on this color of "Bob" for several seasons before joining us last summer and telling us about its effectiveness. Both are #14 as standard.

Butch Caddis, PFS

PFS version of Butch Caddis

The instant we learned about Kelly Galloup's Butch Caddis, we knew we had to stock them and to try them in alternate colors available nowhere else. This high-floating attractor-style caddis is great on the Yellowstone, the Gardner, and any rough water. Some of my (Walter's) funnest personal fishing last season took place on step-across creeks, with a peacock-bodied Butch Caddis, my 7'6" 2-weight rod, and a handful of big run-up cutthroats that had decided to hang around in their spawning stream until late August, long after they'd finished spawning, due to last season's high streamflows (this is a hint...). In addition to the original tan and olive versions designed by Galloup and tied by MFC, we will be carrying the pattern tied in-house in #14 Peacock, #14 Chartreuse, and #16 White Miller. Our guides may also carry a few "special blend" versions on guided trips...

Drowned Haze v. 2, Wiese's

Drowned Haze

Purple and dun soft hackles had been special-purpose dropper patterns for us on Yellowstone River float trips in the fall for the past several seasons, imitating drowned gray Baetis mayflies, but we were never really entirely happy with them. Last fall, Walter added sparse gray wings, tied spent, and that did the trick in early testing in late September and October 2017, particularly with novice clients who had trouble seeing the dries we typically use during BWO hatches. #16-18

Y2K Egg, PFS

Y2K egg

This strange cone-shaped egg/attractor pattern is an Ozarks staple when tied in bicolor (such as yellow and orange) combinations and larger sizes, but we've found it's SUPER effective in small (#16) sizes and natural (pale pink and apricot orange) colors, both during the March-May spring rainbow run on the Yellowstone and Missouri and when the browns are running from September through November. It has worked wonders for us both on resident fish and runners, and we're sure it'll do the same for you. #16 apricot and pink.

Bicolor Ant, Jewell's

PFS Bicolor Ant

There's nothing at all special about this fur-bodied ant pattern except one thing: it's color, which exactly matches the red and black two-toned ants common in our area and which no commercial patterns effectively imitate, in our opinion. We stock two versions of this ant in the bins, plus probably half a dozen others that we might have guided trip clients use. This version is the most basic, and the most effective on wary fish such as those in Slough Creek in August and September. Available in sizes 16 through 20. We go through about 200dz of these a season, which ought to tell you how well they work.

Bob Hopper, Wiese's

Wiese's Bob Hopper

Walter developed this tiny (#14) hopper pattern in 2012 after noticing refusals to a former favorite, the slightly larger GFA. Since then, it has been far and away our best hopper pattern throughout the Yellowstone region, producing easily twice as many trout on guided trips as all other hopper patterns combined, and yes this includes "Chubbies." It doesn't matter which river. The trout adore this fly. The most popular color is pale pink, and we routinely sell upwards of a thousand in just this color each season. Walter ties so many that he has gotten custom foam cutters made just to make the process faster. We now stock these in TEN COLORS: pale pink, dark pink, flesh, black, olive, gold, dark tan, wood-grain, marble, and white, and our guides hoard a few dozen tied from harder-to-find colors of foam, as well. We guarantee you will use this pattern at least part of the day if you float the Yellowstone with us in August or early September.

Clacka Caddis, Wiese's

Wiese's Clacka Caddis

Walter combined elements from longtime favorite the classic Coachman Trude and Craig Mathews' Iris Caddis to develop this buoyant and highly-visible yet low-floating caddis/attractor pattern. It one color or another it has been our most effective and bestselling caddis pattern since 2009. It is particularly important on rough waters that see relatively heavy pressure, like the Yellowstone. We stock it in the following colors: Coachman (peacock), pink, gingersnap, tan, olive, black (Glossossoma), and chocolate, and in about that order of effectiveness. Most are available in #12-16, though some are available in a smaller range of sizes and as small as #20.

EMT, Korn's

Korn's EMT

Doug's loopwing drake mayfly emergers are must-haves out in the Lamar drainage in the summer, particularly when the fish grow suspicious of higher-floating flies. Grease the hackle and foam, not the rest of the fly, so the the abdomen sinks. Available in #12 and #14, in green, brown, tan, and gray, to match all the assorted large mayflies in our area.

Flying Ant, PFS

Cinnamon Flying Ant

This is the other "core" custom ant pattern we stock. Its split synthetic wing and heavy hackle make this variant easily visible and higher-floating than any other we stock (including the custom guided trip-only versions). This makes it the best rough water variant of all our ant patterns. Since 2013, one color or another has been our best "numbers fly" on Yellowstone River float trips during the month of August. It's also a great choice on the Yellowstone in the Park, in the Lamar Drainage (except on flat sections Slough Creek), and anywhere you want to fish an ant pattern that'll stay afloat and that has attractor properties. Available in cinnamon and bicolor (red and black), both #16.

G.F.A., Wiese's

Wiese's GFA

G.F.A. Hoppers, for "General Foam Attractors," were our top-producing and top-selling hoppers for a few seasons several years ago, but the trout have gotten wise to larger hoppers on many waters. As such, the Bob Hopper has largely eclipsed the GFA. The main exception is the sparkly black "Crystal Cricket" version we still rely on when the trout are keyed on black. Available in #10-14. This season, this is the only color we're stocking in the bins, though our guides may pull out a different color if they think the trout are in the mood for a throwback pattern...

Hazy Cripple, Wiese's

Wiese's Hazy Cripple

The purple version of this low-floating yet buoyant and visible attractor mayfly cripple is the single most important dry fly in our arsenal. There is not a month on the calendar when we don't catch a fish on it, including December which otherwise is awfully grim. It's most important on our waters from late August through the middle of October, when it works better than "realistic" flies when the fall gray Baetis are hatching. Try this pattern in the right size, and we think it's pretty likely it will be just the ticket in your home waters, too. We've had anglers from all over the world rave about its effectiveness, and we've had guides come in and buy out our entire stock and then start telling people they invented it. No joke! The copper version is more special-purpose, but an excellent choice in the summer and on sunny September days. Available in #12 to #20 purple and #12 to #18 copper.

Holo Cripple, Wiese's

Wiese's Holo Cripple

This is the "techy" version of the Hazy Cripple, tied with a material that adds a subtle shimmer and on an emerger hook to float even lower. This one is best for spookier fish, in lower-light situations where the glimmer off the body is subtle. Available in #16 and #18, in purple and rust colors.

Lamar Midge, Jewell's

Jewell's Lamar Midge

If you see trout rising slowly and lazily in the tailouts on the Lamar River, Soda Butte Creek, or Slough Creek, during the months of August or September, they're eating midges. Midges that look exactly like this fly, in fact. This biot-bodied, "techy" little bug is definitely a special-purpose pattern, but when the fish eat it, they really eat it. The black version is available in #18 and #20. It's the more important variant. The cream version in #20 is even more special purpose, but it too can be just the ticket on tough fish.

Palmered CDC & Elk, Wiese's

Palmered CDC and Elk Caddis

Dutch tyer Hans Weilenmann developed the original CDC & Elk. Walter's adds a contrasting body under the CDC to add another color dimension and enable the use of lower-quality CDC. We stock the pattern in three colors, #14 blond, #16 pink, and #16 tan. The blond is by far the most important color and it's typically our best dry fly on the Firehole River, where it matches the predominant insect, the White Miller Caddis. Don't hesitate to skate these!

Purple Phaze Emerger, Wiese's

Wiese's Purple Phaze

Like Doug's EMT, this pattern is designed to float butt-down in the film. It's another special-purpose "Haze" variant, this one primarily intended for use in bad light or by those whose eyes aren't what they once were. To tell the truth, we use the other versions a lot more, but this one is wildly popular up on the Missouri River for some reason. #14 through #18.

Salmonfly, Parks'

Parks' Salmonfly

Developed by Merton Parks in 1953 as the first of the many "Improved Sofa Pillows," this fly is still our best or second-best salmonfly dry, year-in and year-out. Its secret lies in its body materials: tangerine orange yarn which more-closely matches the dark orange shades of the naturals than most contemporary foam flies, dark brown bucktail or elk mane for wing and tail that likewise look closer to the real thing than the elk body hair or poly yarn now common on dry stoneflies, and a heavy-wire hook that pulls the fly into or just under the surface film where the real bugs get pulled when they fall into rough water. DO NOT hesitate to fish this fly ever so slightly underwater, something you can't do with a foam fly. The trout devour it drowned. #4 through #8.

Slough Creek Spinner, Jewell's

Jewell's Slough Creek Spinner

Don't let the name fool you. Though tied spinner-style, in reality this pattern is a very technical drowned dun, imitating one of the all-important western green drakes that failed to achieve liftoff. It is a great choice for spooky flat water Slough and Lamar cutthroats. It should be fished flush in the film or even slightly underwater, typically behind a fly you can actually see. #12 and #14.

Soda Fountain Parachute, Keltner's

Keltner's Soda Fountain

The majority of the mayflies in our region are a sort of vague gray-olive in color, with the exception of the summer pale morning duns. Rather than tie a whole gaggle of patterns to match each of these insects specifically, former Parks' Fly Shop guide and longtime Northeast District Ranger in Yellowstone Park Dave Keltner designed this biot-bodied parachute, which is an approximate match for all, though it is an ideal match for the July through September western and little green drakes. We stock this pattern in sizes from #10 all the way down to #20. The name "Soda Fountain" comes from the mostly extinct hot spring cone on Soda Butte Creek, which ought to tell you where we most often use the fly...

Spentwing, Korn's

Korn's Spentwing

Is it a dry or a wet? That's a tough call since this pattern can be fished either way and works either way. Dress it with a powder-type floatant and it's a flush-floating adult caddis. Leave it off and it's either an emerging caddis or a drowned egglayer, probably the latter to nine fish out of ten. Either way, it's a great choice as a dropper fly during the summer, especially when the sun is bright and the fish might not rise to a higher-floating caddis pattern. You should always fish this one behind a dry you can actually see, to serve as a strike indicator. Available in #14-16 tan, #16 peacock, #16 pearl, and #16 pink as caddisflies.

This pattern also makes a nifty drowned spruce moth. During years when these terrestrial insects hatch in abundance, the trout get suspicious towards the standard high-floating versions and want something floating low. In such situations, turn to a Spentwing Spruce Moth, available in #16.

Tweeter Caddis, Korn's

Tweeter caddis

Tweeters are Doug's buoyant, bushy attractors suggestive of egglaying caddis. When you see a few caddis dipping to the water to lay eggs on summer afternoons, tie on a Tweeter. They're a great rough water fly since they float like corks. Available in #14 and #16, olive and tan.

Widow Moth, Wiese's

Wiese's Widow Moth

Walter developed this "medium-riding" spruce moth pattern to split the difference between the standard high-riding patterns we can get commercially and Doug's Spentwing. In fact, he uses the same custom dubbing blend Doug makes for his pattern for this fly. We primarily turn to this pattern in rough water situations when the trout might be looking for moths and might be looking for a stray caddis, such as in areas with sparse evergreen trees, where most guides don't think to use spruce moth patterns. Walter once had an epic day with clients floating right through the heart of Livingston using this pattern. It was a heavy spruce moth year, and the small numbers of ornamental evergreens in peoples' yards that had been infested with spruce moths were enough to get the fish looking for them.

Bead, Hare & Copper, Minch's

Wiese's Bead, Hare, and Copper

This is not a Hare's Ear, and we get annoyed when people say it is. This is what we use instead of a Hare's Ear. The partridge tail and legs, prominent dark rib, and relatively fat and dark body make this attractor nymph Matt Minch developed while wintering in New Zealand a great imitation of many local insects, and just enough different from your standard Hare's Ear that fish that are sick of seeing that fly will eat this one. We have caught everything on this fly, including steelhead and carp. Key Fact About the "BHC:" This is usually our single most effective fly for fall-run brown trout. Really. It's much smaller than what most people use for these fish, but that means it's like a fly buzzing around the fish's head rather than a snarling dog getting in the fish's face. You don't think twice about swatting a fly, do you? #12-18.

Also available in small quantities in the similar peacock-headed Copper Matt version, a rusty version, an olive version, and in a version with the hare's mask dubbing replaced by pheasant tail fibers. The original is by far the most important.


BLM Nymph

This pattern, originally developed in Colorado and popular in the Rockies for about fifteen minutes in the early 2000s, is one of the most effective patterns we've found for private lakes and shallow, weedy mountain lakes. It probably represents midge pupae on these waters. While available commercially in two or three colors, we tie it in color combinations we can't get from the big companies: a PMD blend (gold-copper-brown) and brown-olive. Both work great on the lakes, and they can work for spooky trout in clear water situations on rivers, too. #16-18 in both colors.

Damsel Bugger, Jewell's

Jewell's Damsel Bugger

This bright, flashy, impressionistic leech or damsel nymph can be just the ticket in early summer on private lakes and shallow, weedy lakes in Yellowstone Park. Fish it suspended under an indicator and retrieved slowly. #10.

Disco Midge, ???

Disco Midge

A shop customer once left behind a half a dozen of this version of the popular Disco Midge, with the comment that they worked great in the region in late fall. We tried them on a late-season Yellowstone float when we expected a mix of BWO and midges to be hatching, and the customer was right: we got some great fish on the fly, including a 22-incher for Richard Parks. Since then this pattern has been one of our standby subbsurface midge patterns. #18. Thanks, random customer...

Four Feather, Wiese's

Wiese's Four Feather

This is the second pattern Walter developed after moving to Montana in 2001. It is tied from the feathers of four different birds, as the name suggests. It is a general-purpose attractor mayfly nymph most useful on larger and/or rougher waters, such as the Yellowstone and Gardner at the tail end of runoff. #12-16.

Gray Glass Caddis, Wiese's

Wiese's Gray Glass Caddis

Walter developed this pattern his second or third season in the Yellowstone area. This is not a general-purpose fly, and it's not durable. In fact one errant backcast that hits the rocks can be the end of it. That said, it's the sort of fly that can produce three or four good fish on a hot, bright afternoon on the Lamar when nothing else is working. If you're stumped about what to use, tie one of these with a small mayfly dropper, a couple of tin shot, and a strike indicator, and fish the deepest pools you can find. #14.

Glass Bead Scud, Jewell's

Jewell's Glass Bead Scud

Ben developed this scud pattern to add translucency (like the naturals possess) to a typical ostrich-bodied scud. It has now become one of our top bugs on private lakes and smaller lakes within Yellowstone Park. Just keep your backcasts high, because if you whack the bead body against the rocks, that's all she wrote for the fly. Fish these either under an indicator or on a dead-slow strip retrieve. #12-16.

Please note that this pattern took the place of Matt Minch's Herl Shrimp, since Matt now ties only a handful of flies each year.

Holiday Stones, Korn's

Korn's Holiday Stone

Doug developed these stonefly nymphs as more-realistic complements to Matt Minch's stones, using Easter basket grass for the wing cases and shellbacks (hence the name). They tend to work better in clear, low water than Matt's stones. Available in #4-6 black and #10-12 gold.

Hula Princess, Wiese's

Wiese's Hula Princess

Walter developed this Serendipity-Prince-Czech Nymph combo in about 2011 to serve as a changeup nymph to the popular beadhead Prince. That's exactly how we use it, particularly on waters that see relatively heavy pressure like the Gibbon River Canyon or some roadside brook trout creeks, as well as the Yellowstone. Fish it either as a dropper under a dry or fished deep. #12-16.

Ice Bucket, Jewell's

Jewell's Ice Bucket

Ben developed the Ice Bucket to combine elements of the Bead, Hare, & Copper and Girdle Bug, plus added bling, to serve as a fall-run brown trout fly. It also makes a dandy attractor nymph on rougher waters. As such, we stock the pattern in two colors, peacock and tan, and two sizes, #8 and #12, with the larger version a conehead and the smaller one a beadhead.

Jumbo Chironomid, Wiese's

Wiese's Jumbo Chironomid

This large, unweighted chironomid pupa is an excellent choice on private lakes before early June, when the lakes are often stained and the fish are looking for a big mouthful. It also works well on Merrell Lake all season, due to the suspended algae common in this lake. Available in red, wine, and black, #10 or #12 depending on color.

Lucent Prince, Wiese's

Wiese's Lucent Prince

When Montana Fly Company brought out a line of fine, shimmering chenilles, Walter developed these technicolor versions of the classic beadhead Prince Nymph. They work great as dropper nymphs or fished deep on the Yellowstone. Available in amber, peacock-green, and black, #14-16.

Merrell Lake Bomber, Jewell's

Jewell's Merrell Lake Bomber

Ben developed this subtle twist on a standard "Ice Cream Cone"-style Bomber chironomid specifically for Merrell Lake, where the water is often pea soup green. The added sparkle of this pattern over the standards makes it perform twice as well. #12-16 in black, and our guides often carry alternate colors for clients-only use...

New Nymph, Minch's

Minch's New Nymph

Matt developed this pattern in New Zealand after noticing the trout keying on cased caddis with neon-green heads peeking out of their casings. In our neck of the woods, it's an all-or-nothing fly. The fish either love it or ignore it, and this doesn't seem to have anything to do with whether there are caddis around. In fact, it is sometimes our top nymph in September, when few caddis are hatching. Fish it either deep or as a dropper under a dry, and don't hesitate to fish it on the swing (unusual for a brass beadhead nymph). #12-18.


Korn's Schawarpf

Doug developed this caddis pupa based on the similar SCHWAPF. In years with heavy caddis hatches, it's a great bug on the Yellowstone in the summer, both fished as a dropper under a dry and deep. It also works as an attractor nymph on any rough stream. #14-16 tan, olive, and bright green "Green Lantern."

Shimmer Nymph, Wiese's

Wiese's Shimmer Nymph

Walter developed this series of slender, segmented, flashy nymphs to combine the segmentation of the Copper John, the flash of the Lightning Bug, and the overall profile of the Pheasant Tail. They have proven effective everywhere from the Paradise Valley spring creeks to Yellowstone Park waters to the Missouri. We carry them in #14-18 Rust (PMD), #16-18 Chocolate (BWO), and #16 Black.

Skinny Nymph, Wiese's

Wiese's Skinny Nymph

There's no doubt that slender, thread-bodied mayfly nymphs are hugely effective on heavily-pressured waters. These are Walter's. Available in brown, olive, and purple, all with tiny glass beads to add sparkle and just the slightest amount of weight. Try these on the spring creeks, the Missouri River, the Lower Madison, or late in the season in the Lamar Drainage (especially the purple one!). All #18.

Sparkle Stone, Minch's

Matt Minch Stone

Curious what the largest fish ever to come from the Gardner River ate? One of these. It was a 9.5lb fall-run brown Matt caught in October back in the 1990s. While Girdle Bugs have overtaken this series of nymphs in overall popularity with customers, Matt's flashy, impressionistic stoneflies are more effective in a general sense. This is particularly true early in the season, when the flashiness of the black "Brooks" version (#4-8) cuts through the high, dirty water common at the tail end of runoff and the impressionistic nature of the gold version (#8-12) which can imitate golden stoneflies, midnight stoneflies, large caddis, drowned grasshoppers and adult golden stones, and even sculpins, makes these our most important stonefly nymphs. Fish them in tandem early in the summer when the water is dark, use the gold version on a long dropper under a big dry in high summer or in a double nymph rig with a "BHC" (see above), or swap the standard Girdle Bug for a big black Sparkle Stone when you're chasing fall-run browns. You probably won't get a 9+ lb fish like Matt did, but you never know...

Yellowstone Nymph, Garris'

Garris' Yellowstone Nymph

Josh Garris, of Curtis-Wright Outfitters in Asheville and Weaverville, N.C., brings a hosted group West to fish with us just about every year. This is the only nymph he typically fishes when he comes out. In addition to serving as a generic attractor and caddis pupa, it's also a dandy sowbug imitation up on the Missouri River. Yes, the thread hanging loose is intentional... #14.

Glasshead Pheasant Tail, Wiese's

Wiese's Glasshead Pheasant Tail

This is the first fly Walter developed after moving to Montana, in early June 2001. It instantly became and remains our single most effective fly on the Firehole River, and works well elsewhere also. On the Firehole, either swing it in conjunction with another soft hackle or fish it beneath a caddis dry. You can even deep-nymph with it if nothing else is working. On most other waters, we fish the pattern on a dead drift. #14-16.

Glimmer Partridge, Wiese's

Wiese's Glimmer Partridge

Walter developed this pattern to serve as a caddis pupa to fish just under the surface, either dead-drifted behind a dry or on the swing. It's an excellent dropper option in early summer on the Yellowstone and any other rivers that have good caddis populations. #16

Kaufmann Chironomid, PFS

Kaufmann Chironomid

The original version of this pattern by the great Randall Kaufmann has largely fallen by the wayside. In fact, we've never seen it in another shop. We tie them big (#12-14) and with a few tweaks that make them hugely effective for private lake trout that are chasing big emerging midges. Strip these either just under the surface, if you're seeing a lot of fish cruising near the surface and rising aggressively, or a bit deeper behind a leech or streamer, if you're seeing only occasional rises. Use stout tippets! The fish hit these hard.

Mother's Day Pupa, Wiese's

Wiese's Mother's Day Pupa

It's too bad we don't have more clients in late April and early May. If we did, we'd use a lot more of this sparkly olive caddis pupa Walter developed based on similar flies that guide Don McCue fishes during the summer. This pattern is just murder when the trout are getting on the Mother's Day caddis, but not quite committing to the dries yet. You can strip it behind a streamer when there aren't any fish rising, or run it behind a Clacka Caddis or Coachman Trude when they are just starting to rise. #14-16.

Stillwater Softy, Jewell's

Jewell's Stillwater Softy

Over the past few years, this series of soft hackle midge pupae have become Ben's go-to flies on private lakes and most shallow, weedy lakes in Yellowstone Park. It is effective fished however you wish to do so: stripped behind a streamer, fished deep either in tandem or behind a larger fly under an indicator, stripped shallow as a midge pupa, fished in sight-fishing situations either by itself or behind a dry, or fished blind behind a dry when fish are rising well. All in all, it is most effective in sight-fishing situations, however, since its bright body makes it easy to track compared to many other flies. We stock these in five colors: Pheasant Tail, black, chartreuse, red, and purple, and in #16-18.

Super Pupa, PFS

Super Pupa

Fly shop customers from Europe introduced us to this Woolly Worm-style pupa pattern, which they stated was a standby in Scandinavia for European grayling and which also worked great on Slough Creek. We experimented with the color they showed us and several others, and sure enough this fly was just "oddball" enough to work great. It's particularly effective when stripped just under the surface as a caddis emerger, much like the similar Crackleback. For that reason, we tie and fish it in cream to imitate the Firehole's White Miller caddis, tan to imitate the predominant Hydropsyche (tan) summer caddis, and yellow, to cover the same bases as the Crackleback. All #16.

White Miller Soft Hackle, Wiese's

Wiese's White Miller Soft Hackle

No commercially-available pattern matches any stage of the White Miller (Nectopsyche caddis, the predominant insect on the Firehole. We tie multiple adult and egglaying/cripple versions (including a couple not pictured on this page) and two pupae. The most important pupa is this one. Fish it either on the swing with another soft hackle (the Glasshead PT perhaps) or on the dropper underneath a White Miller dry when the hatch is extra-heavy. #14.

Woody, PFS


We can't remember where we learned about the original version of this simple yet flashy and impressionistic little lake wet fly, but we knew immediately it would work like gangbusters in private lakes. We were right. We mostly fish this one stripped, either in tandem with another small midge pupa just under the surface or deep, behind a leech. #16.

Bully Bugger, Minch's

Minch's Bully Bugger

Matt designed these small, mottled Woolly Bugger variants to imitate a New Zealand baitfish called a Bully. Here, they look like little sculpins or leeches, depending on the color. These are often our most productive streamers overall in terms of numbers of trout. We typically fish them as droppers, either behind a bigger Woolly Bugger in a dual-streamer rig or behind a huge hopper or stonefly. Seriously! Try it! Available in #10-12, in gold (sculpin), chocolate brown, and olive.

Jiggy Squirrel, Wiese's

Wiese's Jiggy Squirrel

These tiny squirrel leeches, tied on jig hooks to ride upside-down, continue the trend of fishing smaller streamers started with the Bully Buggers. These are explicitly intended to represent sculpins, and as such they sink like rocks. Fish them with a smaller attractor nymph on the dropper either for fall-run browns or on summer Yellowstone River float trips. Available in gold, olive, and black, all #12. $2.75 due to the expensive jig hooks and tungsten beads.

Joffe Jewel, Minch's

Minch's Joffe Jewel

Matt developed this tiny Eastern-style brook trout streamer with the colors of the classic Mickey Finn for area brook trout lakes. If it's a lake with brook trout, they'll eat this fly. The namesake lake holds few brook trout over 10 inches, but in the area lakes where they get bigger, public or private, this is also a top choice. Fish it slow. You can even let it drop on the bottom a while if you like. #10-12.

PFS Bugger

PFS Bugger

When is a Woolly Bugger not just a Woolly Bugger? When we tie the fly with an extra-fat tail to keep a heavier profile when retrieved. We've been tying Buggers like this since the early 1980s and they still work. Available in sizes ranging from #4 to #12 depending on the color, of which we tie seven. Some are beadheads, some are plain.

PT-Bugger, Wiese's

Wiese's PT Bugger

Walter developed the PT-Bugger (which stands for "Pheasant-Two" in this case, it's a long story) way back in 1999 for the White River in Missouri and Arkansas. It works great here two. Tied with heavy barbell eyes, heavy feather collars in addition to the normal body hackles, and colors suggestive of sculpins, this pattern is most effective when fished on a "drift and drag" technique under an indicator. If it dead-drifts, great. If it drags, great. Strip or jig or twitch it a time or two. It rides upside-down, so it hangs up a little less often. Available in #4-8, in tan/brown, olive, and black. $2.75 apiece (the eyes are spendy).

Scleech, Wiese's

Wiese's Scleech

We don't fish articulated streamers much, mostly because flies with double hooks aren't legal in Yellowstone Park. This fly is the main exception. It's Walter's primary "big fish" fly on the Yellowstone River. He ties it small enough that the medium-sized fish will eat it too, and with a stinger hook so that the annoying little tail-nippers will also get stuck. Formerly available tied utterly wrong from Montana Fly Company, Walter is in the process of changing wholesale fly companies for whom he's a designer specifically to get this fly right, that is to say sculpin or leech-like and finger-length. For 2018, it's available in gold, olive, black, and Bighorn (brown & yellow) color combinations. These are $6.00 apiece because they take about 20 minutes to tie and feature eyes that double the materials cost involved. Limited availability this year.

Swimming Minnow, Wiese's

Wiese's Swimming Minnow

This Clouser Minnow variation was developed for situations in which the gliding action of the standard Clouser wasn't quite enough. The marabou belly adds a great deal of depth and a pulsing action which is effective when the fly is fished on the retrieve or when it's fished dead-drift under an indicator. It's effective both ways for trout, but is a great warmwater fly when stripped fast. Available in gray/white, brown/black/white, and brown/yellow through the shop, but it's also effective fished in any standard warmwater coloration like chartreuse/white if you "roll your own." #2-6. $2.75

Whitefish Kreelex, Wiese's

Wiese's Whitefish Kreelex

Chuck Kraft's Kreelex is unquestionably one of the most popular streamer patterns in the Rockies these days. It's available in myriad colors from Montana Fly Company. They don't tie it in this color, which is super-effective on aggressive fall browns, and super fun to fish since it's so visible. You'll see most of the eats. #4-6, and $3.00 apiece due to the expensive eyes and somewhat hard to acquire body materials, which are not those used on the standard Kreelex.

Parks' Fly Shop

PO Box 196 or 202 Second Street South

Gardiner, MT 59030

Phone: (406) 848-7314

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