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Tying The Golden Retriever

The number one trout streamer we sell in the shop, the Golden Retriever works equally well on mountain brook trout as it does on spring creek browns and landlocked salmon. Our custom fly tiers produce thousands of these flies for our shop annually just to try to keep up with demand. Ask anyone in VA what this fly is and we would be surprised if they don’t have one in their box. This is also one of the EASIEST flies to tie and one of the first flies we share with our student tiers. Quick, simple, and ridiculously effective!

The Details

Materials

  • Size 10 3x long streamer hook
  • 5/32 Gold Bead
  • Wooly Bugger Marabou
  • Estaz regular
  • .025 lead wire
  • Red flat waxed nylon
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Use this for

Big browns and steelhead love this fly as well as crappie, bluegill, and small bass. Landlocked salmon also can’t resist the golden retriever. Bonefish and carp have eaten this effective little baitfish pattern. It isn’t a secret anymore that we love it for winter brook trout as well.

How to fish it

They are effective dead drifted under an indicator, swung through the current, or retrieved on a fast strip.

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This is the original folks. Don’t be fooled by generic versions. We are great friends with legendary guide Chuck Kraft and these are tied exactly to his specs! A very effective and durable “flash fly.” Gives off a lot of light and movement, and is very easy to cast. Much more durable than similar flies tied with Flashabou. Fabulous for shad in the spring and an excellent large trout fly. 

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