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Craig Mathews Yellowstone Fly Fishing & Fly Patterns

Craig Mathews Yellowstone Fly Fishing & Fly Patterns

I have really enjoyed reading Craig Mathews and John Juracek’s fly-fishing books and watching Craig’s fly tying videos. Although the books are about fly-fishing the Yellowstone area, his fly-fishing strategies and fly patterns work just as well on trout streams in the Upper Midwest. If you can find these fly-fishing books, they are worth reading and will definitely improve your success. Craig Mathews and John Juracek have a no-nonsense approach to fly tying and their patterns are extremely effective, yet…

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The Legendary Girdle Bug Pattern

The Legendary Girdle Bug Pattern

I have read the legendary Girdle Bug pattern was first developed in the 1930’s by Frank McGinnis of Anaconda, Montana. Originally called “McGinnis Rubber Legs“. Since the original pattern used rubber strands from a woman’s girdle for the legs the name eventually changed to the Girdle Bug. McGinnis’s developed the fly to entice the Big Hole’s lunker trout. Today, there are many variations of the Girdle Bug, including Pat’s Rubber Legs, The Turd, Jimmy Legs, and many more. The rubber…

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