Fly of the Month – July 2017 – Nightmare Musky Fly

Fly Tyer: Tony Sandrone, J Stockard customer & avid tyer

The Bucktail Gamechanger, which Tony Sandrone calls the Nightmare Musky Fly, is a spin off of an already perfect pattern made by Blane Chocklett. It is a pattern that can be altered to fit most materials. The articulations in the fly make it swim like a live bait fish. Using bucktail on this fly is important because it adds a great deal of movement to an already very lifelike pattern.


Shanks: 28mm Big Game Shanks or 40mm Big Game Shanks, 40lb or better bite wire for connections 1 foot
Hooks: Ahrex PR320 Predator Stinger hooks in 4/0 and 6/0
Eyes: 15mm Living Eyes from the Flymen Fishing Company
Other Materials: Dyed over White Belly HairBucktailUV Polar ChenilleHen Saddle or NeckFrankenDUB Monster Dub and Hedron Magnum Flashabou
Coatings: Deer Creek Fine Flex UV and Diamond Fine UV

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Musings on Musky Fly Fishing

The Author With A Fly-Caught Musky
The Author with Fly-caught Musky

Guest Blogger: Bill Turner

Muskies, considered the fish of 10,000 casts by gear anglers, are a lot like the “not gonna happen” girl (or guy) in high school.  Add the challenge of catching one on a fly to the mix and you have an obsessive quest that falls squarely between masochism and insanity.  Disclaimers out of the way, here are 10 observations that will improve your odds of catching your first musky on a fly.

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