Origins: Gordon Frazer’s original Booby Nymph dates from the early 1980s and has its roots in the patterns of US fly tiers Charles Brookes, Doug Swisher, Carl Richards; and UK fly tiers John Goddard, Bryan Clarke, and Neil Patterson. Regardless … Continue reading

Nelson's Bunny Ribbit

Bunny Ribbit


Uses: This is a slider pattern used especially for largemouth bass. A slider is sometimes the answer to weary bass that may be spooked by popping bugs, or for fish chasing frogs subsurface. How to fish: Nelson’s Bunny Ribbit is … Continue reading

Clouser Deep Minnow

Clouser Deep Minnow


Uses: Designed by Bob Clouser, the Clouser Deep Minnow (or Clouser Minnow as it is commonly known) is another pattern originally developed for smallmouth bass. In several variations on the example illustrated, the pattern can be used to target a … Continue reading




History: I created the Dexter way back in 1983 as a copy of the Mepps #2 red-and-white spinner. One summer day I was out on Guelph Lake, here in Ontario, fishing for Smallmouth Bass with several spin fishermen. At days … Continue reading


Doe Fry


Uses: Choose this pattern when the fish are preoccupied and feeding on jelly fry. It’s not a guaranteed solution just like there’s no dead cert for a caenis hatch, but the Doe Fry is sometimes the only pattern for the … Continue reading


Estaz Worm


Uses: The ‘worm’ flies were developed to help fly fishers emulate soft worm angling techniques for catching largemouth and smallmouth bass. How to fish: You can fish this pattern at any depth on full floating, through intermediate, to heavy sinking … Continue reading

Larry Dahlberg's Flash Dancer

Flash Dancer


Uses: This now standard streamer was designed by Larry Dahlberg especially for smallmouth bass but will work for several species of fish, including rainbow, brown and other trout, largemouth bass, peacock bass, pike, European perch and several saltwater species including … Continue reading




Uses: The Glo-bug is one of a number of egg-flies designed to imitate fish roe. This pattern is effective in targetting resident river trout, migratory trout and salmon, or any other fish that feed on the stray ova washed away … Continue reading


Holschlag Hackle Fly


Uses: The Holschlag Hackle Fly (HHF) was created for smallmouth bass for which it’s originator has used it with great success since the 1990s. How to fish: The HHF should be hopped along the bottom with a pull and pause … Continue reading




Uses: This is a popular derivation of the woolly bugger. Designed by Scotland’s fly-fishing team member, David Downie, for fishing Loch Leven for trout. Will work for any species that respond to streamer patterns, and known to be effective in … Continue reading