Videos by Ryan Keyes

PMD UV Super Baetis

The UV Super Baetis is one of RK's Fly Design most effective fly patterns. Super Hair is used to create a segmented body and provides excellent UV light qualities. UV Clear Fly Finish provides a durable and wet tapered look. Allen Fly Fishing N304 (2X Short, Reversed Bend, Emerger) hook is used. This particular hook is one of the best that Allen produces. It is sharp, strong and perfectly shaped. Check them out www.allenflyfishing.com

The PMD version of the UV Super Baetis is fished during Pale Morning Dun and Light Cahill hatches. It can be fished either as the lead or end fly in a tandem rigging system with a strike indicator. I generally fish it as the lead fly with an emerger pattern trailing it. The tungsten bead allows the fly to sink fast for an optimal drift. At the end of the drift, I'll lift up my rod tip so the flies rise up through the water column, imitating an emerging fly.

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Opal Midge

The Opal Midge is an easy tie and very effective midge larva pattern. I am tying this pattern on an Allen Fly Fishing N304 hook. This particular hook is a straight-eye, 2X-short shank, thin wire, emerger/scud hook. Check them out by visiting www.allenflyfishing.com

I generally fish this pattern in the late fall through early spring months. I generally find that in the winter months, the trout tend to pod in specific areas of the river, generally an area with lots of sunlight. These fish become very picky on what they eat. The mirage opal tinsel gives off a wide range of colors and the UV Clear Fly Finish head gives the fly's thorax a lot of depth and shine. I have had amazing results when using this fly, generally as the end fly in a tandem nymph rigging set-up. Tie some up and see for yourself!

Allen Fly Fishing Hook Mirage Opal Tinsel
Size 16 - 18 Size Medium
Size 20 - 24 Size Small

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Ava's Little Pinky

Ava's Little Pinky is my #1 midge pattern that I fish during the winter and early spring months. I am going be tying this midge larva pattern on an Allen Fly Fishing D103S hook between the sizes of 16 through 22. This particular dry fly hook has a straight eye, 1x --long shank and thin wire. This hook is new to the Allen Fly Fishing hook line up and will soon be one of my favorites, show check them out by visiting www.allenflyfishing.com

I generally find that in the winter months, the trout tend to pod in specific areas of the river, generally an area with lots of sunlight. These fish become very picky on what they eat. The pink thread and tubing gives the fly great color, segmentation and depth. The UV Clear Fly Finish head gives the fly's thorax a lot of depth and shine. I have had amazing results when using this fly, generally as the end fly in a tandem nymph rigging set-up. Tie some up and see for yourself!

Size 16 -- 18 I'll use Midge Tubing
Size 20 -- 22 I'll use Micro Tubing.

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Parachute Adams Emerger

The Parachute Adams Emerger is one of the most effective mayfly patterns that I fish. I am tying this emerger pattern on an Allen Fly Fishing N204BL hook between the sizes of 14 through 16. This particular hook is a barbless scud hook with a down-eye, 2x short shank and thin wire. This hook very sharp, super strong and has a beautiful nickel finish, so check them out by visiting www.allenflyfishing.com

I fish this fly throughout the late spring and summer months when mayfly hatches are present. I generally fish this fly as a trailing fly behind a mayfly dun or attractor dry fly. This fly sits low in the surface film of the water while the foam post remains visual to the angler. Many fish key on this type of pattern because of the vulnerability of the fly during its emerging stage of its life cycle.

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Emergence Caddis Larva

The Emergence Caddis Larva is one of my favorite caddis larva patterns to tie and fish. It closely resembles John Barr's Uncased Caddis but with a few different materials and tying techniques. I am tying this pattern on an Allen Fly Fishing N202 hook. This particular hook is a down-eye, 3X-long, standard wire, slightly humped nymph /dry fly hook. It works great for caddis and terrestrial nymph and dry fly patterns. Check them out by visiting www.allenflyfishing.com

This particular caddis larva pattern is tied to imitate an uncased caddis larva beginning its emergence stage of its life-cycle. I generally fish this pattern as my first fly in a tandem nymph rigging set-up between late spring and early fall. The fly gives off a lot of UV light qualities which attracts fish. The UV Fly Finish Coating provides the fly with a lot of depth. Below is a quick reference on what size brass bead to use relative to the size hook you're tying on.

Allen Fly Fishing Hook Brass or Tungsten Bead Size 12 1/9" (2.8mm) Size 14 1/10" (2.4mm) Size 16 1/10" (2.4mm)

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Super Sally

The Super Sally is my favorite fly that I tie. Here in the Colorado we have a time period in the summer when the fish eat the crap out of yellow sally's. I am using an AFF T301 Terrestrial/ Hopper hook (straight eye, 2x-Long, 1x-Fine, slightly humped dry fly hook). Check out Allen Fly Fishing at www.allenflyfishing.com.

The natural bend of this hook allows the abdomen of the fly to rest within the surface film. The web wing and flash give a fantastic silhouette from a rising trout. The rubber legs assist in keeping the fly upright and provide natural movement when on the water. You can change the color of the fly to match other stone flies and caddis dries.

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Autumn Caddis Emerger

The Autumn Caddis Emerger is one of the most versatile flies that I fish. I am using an AFF N304 hook (straight-eye, 2x-short, 3x-wide scud/emerger hook. Check them out at www.allenflyfishing.com.

The midge tubing and wire gives the abdomen great translucency and segmentation. The peacock dubbing and krystal flash reflects UV light quite well, while the brahma hen hackle gives great movement to the fly while in the water. I will fish this fly either on the swing or dead drift just below the surface. Try tying this pattern using different colors of thread, tubing and wire to match the caddis in your local fishery.

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McLoco Beetle

The McLoco Beetle is a highly visible beetle pattern for the summer and fall months. I am using an AFF D103BL hook (down-eye, 1x-Long, 1X Fine, barbless dry fly hook). This is a sweet hook at a sweet price. Check them out at www.allenflyfishing.com.

If you can't see this pattern on the water, than you really need to get your eyes checked. The peacock colored foam reflects light when on the water and the McFlyFoam hot spot is hard not to see. The best thing about this pattern is that the fish only sees the peacock underbody and the black silhouette of the shellback. When tying this pattern, make sure that the 2mm foam is cut slightly larger than the gap of the hook. This will help keep the fly presented right side up when on the water.

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Soft Hackle Glass Emerger

The Soft Hackle Glass Emerger is a quick/ easy tie and very effective mayfly emerger pattern. I generally fish this fly within the surface film or on the swing. The iridescent glass bead gives the illusion of an air bubble of an emerging fly and the fluoro fibre wing has an excellent UV light quality. I also tie this pattern with a light cahill thread to mimic a PMD or Light Cahill, as well as an olive brown thread to mimic a Blue Winged Olive. Tie some of them up and see for yourself.

The Soft Hackle Glass Emerger is tied on an AFF N304 (straight-eye, 2x - short, reversed bend hook). This is my favorite hook that Allen Fly Fishing produces. It's thin wire and perfect reversed bend makes it a superior emerger hook. Check out their full line of hooks and beads by visiting www.allenflyfishing.com.

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RS2

An RS2 is a must have in any anglers fly box. This mayfly emerger pattern is one of the most versatile and effective flies to fish. I am going be tying the RS2 on an Allen Fly Fishing D103S hook between the sizes of 16 through 20. This particular dry fly hook has a straight eye, 1X--long shank and thin wire. This hook is new to the Allen Fly Fishing hook line up and will soon be one of my favorites, show check them out by visiting www.allenflyfishing.com

This fly can be tied in many different colors to match the hatch in your local area. Try using PMD, Brown/Olive, Black Superfine Dubbing. I generally will use the light dun microfibetts and bright white antron on all color variations. The most effective way to fish this pattern is to fish it in the surface film or slightly below it. At the end of the dead drift raise your rod tip slightly, the fly will move towards the surface imitating an emerging may fly.

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Special K Caddis

The Special K Caddis is truly a "double duty" fly. Combining a Tungsten bead and Ultra Wire onto an AFF N304 hook makes this fly sink like a rock. This fly can either imitate a caddis larva when fished on the bottom of a river or a caddis pupa beginning its emergence stage of its life cycle. This fly is most effective beginning in early spring through late summer. The fly also can be used as an excellent attractor pattern with its chartreuse color wire and its emergence dubbing. Tie some up and see for yourself how effective it can be.
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Iced Pupa - Wine

This is one of the most effective midge patterns that I fish in the winter and early spring. I've had success with this fly on the Colorado, Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, Gunnison and Uncomphagre rivers within the last few years. I generally fish this pattern as the "end" fly on a tandem rigging set-up. I will use a heavy tungsten fly such as a "UV Ice Prince" or "Wired UV Stone" as my lead fly. This will insure that my fly reaches the bottom fast for an optimal drift as well as attracts fish that are looking for a "hearty" meal. So tie up some of these midges and see for yourself how successful they can be.
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Icy Pheasant Tail

Sometimes a fly needs to be "pimped out". The Icy Pheasant Tail is no exception. This mayfly nymph is tied on an AFF W502 (sproat-bend, standard-shank hook). Again, Allen Fly Fishing continues to create excellent hooks at an excellent price. Check them out at www.allenflyfishing.com

This particular fly follows the same tying principles of a traditional pheasant tail nymph but with some much deserved prism/ ice dubbing. Fish this fly in a tandem nymph rigging step up w/ indicator. Use it as the lead or trailing fly and you'll be sure to have success. Believe it or not, fish like pimped flies just as much as humans.
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RK's Wired Pupa

This is one of my go-to midges all year long. I use techniques of two of my favorite flies, the "rojo midge" and the "poison tungsten". This midge pupa/ emerger pattern is tied on an AFF N201 (down-eye, 3x --long, humped-shank nymph hook). Again, Allen Fly Fishing continues to create excellent hooks at an excellent price. Check them out at www.allenflyfishing.com. I will generally tie size 16 through 18 when fishing lakes and size 20 through 22 for rivers. The size of the Ultra Wire I use depends on what size hook I am tying.
Brassie Ultra Wire / Size 14 or 16
Small Ultra Wire / Size 18 or 20
X-Small Ultra Wire / Size 22 through 26

Baby Brown

Let's not have everyone get excited at once, but believe it or not, it's a Woolly Bugger. I added a few variations to the fly, including a multi-colored tail and a squirrel collar. This bugger pattern is tied on an AFF S403 (down-eye, 3x --long, round-bend streamer/nymph hook) www.allenflyfishing.com. The most impressive part of this fly is how it moves under water. The squirrel collar moves and pulsates more than any other material I've every tied with. I fish this fly year round but I have the most success during the spring and fall when the rainbows and browns are spawning.

Go2 Emerger

There is a reason why I call this pattern Go2 Emerger..... enough said. The great thing about this pattern is that it so versatile. It has proven to be successful in all levels of the water column; you just need to find were the fish are feeding. The Go2 midge in black has been the most productive for me. It works extremely well during small midge and trico hatches. I now some of you are saying "midges don't have a tail", I know, but somehow the fish can't stop eating this fly. I also tie this pattern with a light cahill thread to mimic a PMD or Light Cahill, as well as an olive brown thread to mimic a Blue Winged Olive. Tie some of them up and see for yourself.

The Go2 Emerger is tied on an AFF N304 (straight-eye, 2x - short, reversed bend hook). This is my favorite hook that Allen Fly Fishing produces. It's thin wire and perfect reversed bend makes it a superior emerger hook. Check out their full line of hooks and beads by visiting www.allenflyfishing.com.

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Purple Prince Nymph

This is a fun tie and really fun to fish. This is one of my favorite attractor patterns that I use. I have recently had success catching brookies in mountain streams and lakes within Colorado with this fly. This stone fly pattern is tied on an AFF S402 (down-eye, 2x-long, round-bend streamer/nymph hook). Again, Allen Fly Fishing continues to create excellent hooks at an excellent price. Check them out at www.allenflyfishing.com. Creating different colors of the Prince Nymph is endless. Try using yellow, black, green, red and orange SLF Prism or Ice dubbing.
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Ava's Hi-Vis Parachute Adams

Ava's Hi-Vis Parachute Adams is one of the most versatile mayfly dry fly patterns that I fish. I am using an AFF D103BL hook (down-eye, 1X-Long, dry fly hook). Check them out at www.allenflyfishing.com.

The super hair body creates a translucent abdomen and with great segmentation. The McFlyLon post allows the fly to be seen in most fishing conditions. I use Dark Barred Ginger rooster cape hackle, I really like the color of the hackle and it elevates the need to use brown/grizzly hackle. The parachute style can resemble an emerging, dun and or spinner mayfly. I have used this pattern on many different types of mayfly hatches and have had success. So bust out your materials and get tying.

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Cinnamon Toast Ant

The Cinnamon Toast Ant is a very easy tie and a productive terrestrial pattern for the summer and fall months. I am using an AFF D102BL hook (down-eye, standard shank, wide gap dry fly hook). Again, Allen Fly Fishing continues to create excellent hooks at an excellent price. Check them out at www.allenflyfishing.com. Present this pattern to cruising fish around the banks of your local rivers or lakes. Try tying them using different colors of dubbing, such as black, mahogany and brown

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Craven's JuJu Baetis

The JuJu Baetis is one of the most effective baetis patterns fished today. I am using an AFF N304 hook (straight-eye, 2x-short, 3x-wide scud/emerger hook.
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Charlie Craven knocked it out of the park with this fly. Using new and innovative tying materials, this has now become a true fish catching fly. Try tying this pattern using different colors of super hair such as olive/brown, black/white and burnt orange/black.

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RK's UV Chironomid

RK's UV Chironomid makes you think outside of the box when tying a midge pattern. This pattern closely resembles Rick Takahashi's Mini Bow Tie Buzzer, but in a larger chironomid version for lake fishing. I am using an AFF N304 hook (straight-eye, 2x-short, 3x-wide scud/emerger hook. Check them out at www.allenflyfishing.com.

The best thing about this fly is how it looks under water. The UV Clear Fly Finish coating provides the fly with a brilliant shine and depth to the fly. While the Mirage Opal Tinsel gives off a large array of colors. The overall profile and depth that this fly has truly makes this a fun fly to fish and tie.

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Action Jackson

The Action Jackson is the most successful articulated streamer pattern that I have ever fished. I am using an AFF MP001 (up-turned eye, multipurpose, stinger hook) for the trailing hook and an AFF S404 (straight eye, 4X-long, round bend, streamer hook) for the front hook. Check them out at http://www.allenflyfishing.com.

There are three things that make this pattern so effective. First, most fish do not fully eat a leach, sculpins or bait fish on the first strike; they wound them first by biting their tail. The stinger hook at the tail of the fly reduces the chances of short strikes/ missed opportunities. Secondly, the articulated portion of the tail moves freely in the water and gives the illusion of a swimming leech, sculpin or baitfish. Lastly, the squirrel hair and legs provide excellent movement in the water. The sili legs project lots of UV light that grabs the fish's attention. This pattern is also effective in the following colors; black, rust, chartreuse, brown, tan and natural. You can also tie this pattern in different lengths.

Pattern Length Stinger Hook Front Hook (4X-Long)
2 inch size 10 size 8
2 ½ inch size 8 size 6
3 ½ inch size 6 size 4
4 inch size 4 size 2

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RK's Variant Sculpin

The Variant Sculpin is a pattern I designed with inspiration from many different patterns such as the "Sculpzilla" and the "Slumpbuster". This particular fly is tied on an AFF S403 (Down-eye, 3x-long, round-bend, streamer hook) by Allen Fly Fishing. AFF has a great selection of hooks, beads and much more. Check them out at www.allenflyfishing.com

I find the variant color of this pattern to be very effective for the rivers I fish in Colorado and Utah. Especially the Green River below flaming gorge reservoir. Many effective streamer patterns on this stretch are ginger in color due to the sandy and light colored bottom of the river. This pattern sinks extremely fast and has "life-like" movement in the water. You can either fish this fly in a dead drift or strip it, both are effective. The big boys and girls will notice this fly. You've been warned!

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Slumpbuster

What a classic. The Slumpbuster comes for the vise of John Barr. John's book, Barr's Flies" is one of the best fly tying books that I own. I continually reference his book to refresh my tying skills and get inspiration on creating new fly patterns.

If you want to catch a TOAD, this fly is certainly one to try. This fly can be effective using a dead drift technique, as well as being stripped. I have altered his original design technique a bit, specifically the application of the collar. I feel it gives the collar a cleaner look around the cone. The Slumpbuster is tied on an AFF S403 (down-eye, 3x-long, round-bend, streamer/nymph hook). Again, Allen Fly Fishing continues to create excellent hooks at an excellent price. Check them out at www.allenflyfishing.com. Try tying this pattern in different pine squirrel colors, such as rust, tan, black, crawdad orange and natural.

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