This past week we had our annual Fly Fishing Frenzy Trip up to Montana. We fished hard and long hunting for big fish. Overall we fished streamers and had some amazing success on the Kelly Galloup SDungeon. Kelly is one of the Frenzy’s idols and we love his flies, knowledge and friendship. Every time we visit the fly shop he is almost always there and will talk to us about anything and everything. He has influenced the way we fish more than he probably knows. This year he let us in on a couple special spots, not necessarily secrete but just the places that you wouldn’t normally put on your list to fish. Needless to say we caught some amazing fish and had an awesome time. Some of our favorite Galloup flies are listed below, not all are Kelly’s designs but he sells them at his shop.
Also known as “The Bling”, this particular sparkle minnow is one of the most productive little streamers in the West. The body is made out of Wing-n-Flash, and it features a tri-colored marabou tail. This is pattern is definitely a staple for the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers.
This is Kelly’s tribute to one of the most successful articulated streamer patterns of all time– Russ Madden’s Circus Peanut. He replaced the Estaz body of the original peanut with ice dubbing, and substituted a conehead for lead eyes as the head, still giving it that diving motion that Russ’ pattern is so famous for. An additional tuft of marabou behind the head of both hooks helps it maintain a little deeper profile, and it has been fishing just as good, if not better, than the original peanut.
This pattern comes to us from well known guide and fly tier Dan Delekta, and man did he nail it with this one. This fly has been one of our top producers for the last three years, and we have yet to find a body of water around here where trout don’t go nuts over it.
This fly was designed by Russ Madden when he worked for me in Traverse City, Michigan. Simply put, I think this may be the best streamer on the planet today…enough said.
This smaller cone head version has been one of the top flies on the Madison.
Since Kelly introduced the Boogie Man in the Spring of 2010 it has been wreaking havoc on big fish all across the country. The fly is similar to a Heifer Groomer, but Kelly has added a wool head, lead eyes, and just the right amount of cactus chenille to make this fly come alive in the water. This is one of those patterns that you just got to have in the rotation, and could be our new favorite articulated sculpin imitation.
Here is number one in my book out of all the Galloup flies and ones he sales (black version).
The Dungeon is a monster fish producer. It has everything going on, and brings out the the worst in big trout.
Black Sex Dungeon Fly Tying Recipe
- Thread: Ultra GSP 100 or 200
- Back hook:Daiichi 1750 #6 or any 3X-4X Long Straight Eye Streamer Hook
- Tail: Black marabou, Red Flashabou
- Body: UV Black or Peacock Black Ice Dub
- Hackle: Black Schlappen
- Legs : Black and red flake Crazy Legs
- Connection: Beadalon .038 nylon coated stainless wire, 19 strand ( I get it at Michaels Craft stores ). 1-2 Large Red Glass Beads.
- Front hook:Daiichi 1710 #2 or similar
- Tail, body, and hackle same as back hook
- Eyes: Red large lead eyes
- Head and Collar: Black deer hair