In the realm of fly tying, fur and feathers have been staple materials from the beginning. At some point along the way, synthetics entered the picture, further expanding the opportunity for creative people to design more creative flies. A few years ago, UV resins (aka LCR’s- Light Cured Resins) were introduced to the fly tying world. Originally designed for the dental industry (and still used for that purpose today), UV resins have opened up new possibilities for fly tyers all around the world.
Up until now, there were still a few flaws in UV resin, as the stuff wouldn’t always stick to materials such as foam (for popper heads), or swiss straw (on the shells of Creek Crawlers). With the fairly recent closing of the Clear Cure Goo Co., brands like Loon and Deer Creek have made quite a name for themselves in the UV world. Loon being the leading brand, has designed new ways to carry on the UV products, by designing a more versatile product that many big name fly tyers are promoting. With people like Clark (Cheech) Pierce, Pat Cohen, and Brian Wise from Fly Fishing the Ozarks using Loon products, it’s no wonder there has become such a following to use UV products.
Whether it be for heads on a baitfish, shells on a crayfish, or durable coatings on a popper, UV resins are the best choice for the looks and strength your flies need. So call or come by the shop and check out our full line of UV products.
With that, let’s talk about what’s been working.
Since hoppers are still grabbing the attention of some really nice browns, keep throwing Western Lady’s (pink or tan), Evan’s Baby Foam Hopper (purple), Willy’s Ant (black/purple), Fat Albert’s (black or pink), Jake’s Trigger Belly (lavender or black), Morrish Hoppers (pink or black), and Gas Bag Chernobyls as well. To appease those fish that might not quite be willing to come to the surface, try dropping a Rubber Legs pattern under a hopper/indicator and hold on tight!
The San Juan/egg combo is still a good option, but also mix or match devil jigs, prince nymphs, pheasant tails, and midges (root beer and ruby) when nymphing under an indicator.
Also, continue to fish McLellan’s Hunchback scuds in dark grey, tan, rainbow, and orange. Wotton’s Whitetail Super Midges are still a great choice as well.
The streamer bite will continue to be strong in those flows exceeding 2 units, so try throwing: BFH Double Deceivers, Modern Deceivers, CJ’s Sluggos, Drunk & Disorderlies, and Dally’s Twerkin Minnows. Olive/Yellow & Olive/White in deceiver-style patterns are still a consistent performer right now.
They have been running in the neighborhood of 1 unit flows throughout the day for the past week. Fishing is still primarily limited to boat fishing.
Mayfly style patterns include: Real Meal Nymphs, Mercer’s Micro Mayflies, and Tactical Hare’s Ear Jigs, have been doing great. It’s also essential to have some Ruby and Rootbeer Midges, Olive Woolly Buggers, and McLellan’s UV Scuds in your fly box as well.
During those times of generation, streamer choices include: Twerkin Minnows, Sluggo’s, Drunk & Disorderlies, and Double Deceivers.
Warmwater (Crooked Creek & Buffalo River):
Both Crooked Creek and the Buffalo are at optimal wading levels, and floating (kayak/canoe) on most sections is great as well (getting a little skinny is some sections of Crooked). Smallies and Ozark Bass continue to hit crayfish patterns (Hada’s Creek Crawler & Whitlock’s Near Nuff Crayfish), baitfish patterns (Hada’s Craft Fur Clouser & standard Clouser Minnows), and topwater patterns (Boogle Bugs, Fat Albert’s, & Morrish Hoppers). For sunfish including longear and green try throwing: Boogle Amnesia Bugs, Rubber Legs, and small Fat Albert’s.