Ready for the June Dance

Prom Queen Salmon Fly (Designed by Walter Wiese 2006)
Prom Queen Salmon Fly (Designed by Walter Wiese 2006)

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT

I must admit I am not the fanatic that some anglers are about our annual salmon fly hatch. I’ve been lucky enough over the years to encounter the hatch on several different rivers when no one was around, but I just don’t go around chasing the hatch in late June and early July. But it is fun to catch trout on big dry flies and if you go after them, there are a lot of patterns to choose from. Several years ago I attended a small fly tying demonstration by Gardiner, Montana angler and guide Walter Wiese. Walter is the head guide for Parks’ Fly Shop and a very innovative fly tier. One of his creations is the Prom Queen Salmon Fly. He tied it that day and I really liked how the pattern went together so I tied a few for myself. When I finally got to fish it a few years back on the Gardner and Yellowstone Rivers during a salmon fly hatch, it proved very productive and easy to fish.

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