Keepin' It Simple
If you are like me, and are short on time these days, fly tying often gets pushed to the back burner. When I tie anymore I'm looking for simple, yet effective patterns that I crank out fast and won't get pissed off when I loose. 30 minutes for a fly just isn't my thing.
If you were to examine some of the most effective patterns of all time you will find that most of them are relatively simple... wooly buggers, pheasant tail nymphs, hare's ear nymphs, adams, elk hair caddis, clouser minnows and dare I say... the SAN JUAN WORM! What is one common thing that these flies all have in common? They only contain about 3 different materials! Now that doesn't mean that more complex flies are less fishy, I'm just saying that simple flies can, and and often are, very effective.
The Flashy Monkey is a simple streamer I started tying up that has flash, plenty of movement, cast easily, and can be altered to whatever color scheme you desire. Tie some up and try for yourself on your favorite water. Let us know how it works!
- Gamakatsu B10S or Streamer Hook
- Lead Eyes (Medium or Large are what I use most)
- Craft Fur
- Thread - Anything Strong!