I grew up in Michigan and have fished as long as I can remember. After graduating college, I moved to California and gravitated toward fly fishing almost exclusively. I have been tying “seriously” since 1983 and have been a tying instructor both independently and for several Colorado fly shops since 2000. In 2005 I also began guiding along Colorado’s front range. Currently I am a member of Whiting Farms Pro Staff and am employed by PEAK Fishing and I have several fly patterns commercially available. In addition to guiding, tying instruction and demos, my wife Diana and I own and operate our own company geared primarily toward flyfishing education services. More detailed information is available at www.alrittflies.com.
Hook: Tiemco 100 or 101
Thread: UTC 70 Denier
Body: Yellow Super Fine Dubbing
Thorax: Yellow Super Fine Dubbing
Wing: White (winter phase) hair from the bottom of a snowshoe hare’s hind foot
Egg Sack: Red Foam
Trailing Bubbles: 2 strands of Mirage Opal Flash
Rib: Yellow Dyed Grizzly Hackle, palmered through body and trimmed short
Under Wing: Mirage Opal Flash
Spot: Red Foam
Hackle: Light Barred Ginger dry fly hackle
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Other great channels to check out:
Davie McPhail – master of irish and scottish still water, lough, and stream patterns, especially classic patterns.
InTheRiffle: A great channel with great patterns
Fly Fish Food – Clark Pierce and Curtis Fry tie up some tasty trout lures
Tim Cammisa – owner of the Trout and Feather website, Tim does some great ties that you should check out.