Big Sky Anglers Featured Fly – JoJo’s Chubbinator

Big Sky Anglers Featured Fly – JoJo’s Chubbinator

  • Originator:  Joe Moore, BSA Co-owner
  • Hook: TMC 100 or equivalent, #12, 14, or 16
  • Thread:
  • Tail: MFC Z-yarn, Black
  • Body Dubbing: Ice Dub, Cinnamon and Black
  • Wing: Widows Web, Light Tan
  • Hackle: Brown
  • Legs: MFC Barred Sexi Floss, Golden Yellow

Notes:  This is a hybrid pattern, bringing together the famed Stimulator and Chubby Chernobyl by adding a Widows Web wing and tail.  Again, I like the Widows Web as it shows up well on the rough and tumble riffles of the Madison River.  I also like to vary the dubbing colors from time to just to change things up when I need to.  This fly can imitate a caddis, small stone fly, spruce moth, or even an ant!  I recently fished in down in the Chubut Provence of Argentina and it worked really well down there too. –  Joe

Big Sky Anglers Featured Fly – JoJo’s Callibaetis Cripple

Big Sky Anglers Featured Fly – JoJo’s Callibaetis Cripple

  • Originator:  Joe Moore, BSA Co-owner
  • Hook: TMC 100 or equivalent, #14, or 16
  • Thread:
  • Tail: Moose body hair
  • Body:  Goose or Turkey Biot, Callibaetis
  • Hackle: Grizzly
  • Wing: Widows Web, Light Tan

Hebgen Lake is a special place to most of us here in West Yellowstone.  Each season we look forward to catching good fish on dry flies, especially during the Callibaetis hatch.  This fly, while tied to fish like a cripple can also be fished like a spinner.  If you cut the hackle flush with hook it will sit more like a spinner.  In a size #14, this fly works really well on the Madison too.  – Joe

Big Sky Anglers Featured Fly – JoJo’s Gray Drake

Big Sky Anglers Featured Fly – JoJo’s Gray Drake

  • Originator:  Joe Moore, BSA Co-owner
  • Hook: TMC 100 or equivalent, #10
  • Thread:
  • Tail: Moose body hair
  • Butt Dubbing: Superfine Dry Fly Dubbing, Rusty
  • Abdomen: Goose Biot, Rusty Brown
  • Wing: Widows Web, Light Tan
  • Hackle: Grizzly

Notes:  This is a color variation of my Green Drake that I like for times when the gray drakes are on the water.  It works well searching the riffles of the Northeast Corner for cuttys, and with a quick trim on top will match the hatch when the drake spinners are falling at Buffalo Ford!  – Joe

Big Sky Anglers Featured Fly – JoJo’s Riffle Riser

Big Sky Anglers Featured Fly – JoJo’s Riffle Riser

  • Originator:  Joe Moore, BSA Co-owner
  • Hook: TMC 100 or equivalent, #14, or 16
  • Thread:
  • Tail: Pheasant tail filbers and Z-yarn, Tan
  • Abdomen: Pheasant tail
  • Thorax: Ice Dub, Shrimp Pink
  • Wing: Widows Web, Light Tan
  • Hackle: Brown

Notes:  A few years ago, while guiding the Missouri River, I came up with this variation of the Quigley cripple. I found the fish on the Missouri to be a little picky that week on the PMDs.  Anytime one can toss a fly that’s different from everyone else, one will prevail!  This fly has fooled fish on every river in the Greater Yellowstone Region and is one of my go to flies for picky trout.   It’s a bit of a mix of the Last Chance Cripple and Lawson’s Cripple, but I like to use the Widows Web for the wing and pheasant tail for the body instead of either marabou or a biot.  The shrimp pink dubbing is something I was shown by my buddy Tom Baltz from Pennsylvania, that might just be the secret to the success of this fly.  –  Joe

Big Sky Anglers Featured Fly – JoJo’s Green Drake

Big Sky Anglers Featured Fly – JoJo’s Green Drake

  • Originator:  Joe Moore, BSA Co-owner
  • Hook: TMC 100 or equivalent, #10
  • Thread:
  • Tail: Moose body hair
  • Butt Dubbing: Superfine Dry Fly Dubbing, Olive
  • Abdomen: Goose or Turkey Biot, Olive
  • Wing: Widows Web, Light Tan
  • Hackle: Grizzly dyed olive

Notes: When we first opened up the shop in 2017, I was tying Green Drakes for my upcoming trips on the Henry’s Fork.  While we had some patterns in the shop that work just fine, I always want something different to fish.  This hatch is one of my favorites as the Green Drake natural is a very robust bug.  Its thick, juicy body sits on the surface and appears to be wearing high-heeled shoes as it stands up tall.  Trout on the Henry’s Fork gulp these flies with reckless abandon and they love to put the smack down on JoJo’s Green Drake!  – Joe