Gristle Bug Fly tying tutorial

Today at Snake River Fly, Dubbing Dave is showing us how to tie a killer midge pattern. The gristle bug is super simple and gets those picky fish to open their lips. Great pattern for south east Idaho lakes and below American falls on the snake this time of year.

Material List:
Hook: #14 scud hook.
Body: Killer caddis beads in ruby size midge.
Thread: 140 D red

These bugs are making their way to our website soon for purchase and we have everything you need to whip them up at the shop.

The SRF crew is always happy to help with any and all fly fishing/tying questions so give us a ring at (208) 904-3900 if you need!

Happy tying and best fishes!

Fly tying/Fishing presentation 12/13/18

SEIFF Presents Gary Barnes

This Thursday December 13th the South east idaho fly fishing club will have Gary Barnes up at the Idaho fish and game building. He will be starting the evening off with a fly tying presentation and following that up with talking about fly fishing Iceland and rod selections.

Gary was one of the few US fly tiers to receive an invitation to the Irish fly fair. He also works with Loop USA and Semperfli tying products.

This presentation will be filled with great fly tying techniques and really great break down of how to pick out the perfect rod and reel set up. The Iceland presentation is from a recent Atlantic salmon trip Gray just returned from.

Hope to see you all there!

Winter Tips and Flies for the Snake River


Winter fly fishing can be intimidating for multiple reasons. The weather, gear freezing up, picky fish, and what bugs to use. We have fine tuned a line up of flies and tricks on how to stick fish and stay warm on our local waters this frigid time of year.

Fly Selection:

Top 5 Nymphs

  • Christmas Nymph: Size 14 & 16 in black and red (video coming to our YouTube channel )
  • Gristle Bug: size 14-20 in red and olive (video coming to our YouTube channel )
  • Frenchies: Size 14-18
  • Electric Caddis: size 12-16
  • Surveyor: Size 14-18

These bugs have found a home in the SRF fly box because they are easy to tie and flat out deadly. When the temps drop the fish get sluggish and don’t want to exert a ton of energy while feeding. Adding these smaller techy type bugs to your arsenal will up your success while targeting trout in super cold temps.

Top 5 Streamers

  • Snake River Bugger: Size 6 -10 in white, tan, and black. (video on YouTube) 
  • Bunny Leeches: Size 8-12 in black and olive.
  • Straggle String Leech: Size 10-14 in blacks and browns (video coming to our YouTube channel )
  • Hot Head Burnt Toast Balanced Leech: Size 8-12 ( video on YouTube and available for purchase)
  • Blue Pill: Size 8-10 (video on YouTube and available for purchase) 

Softer smaller streamers swung slow through the deeper runs and frog water in the warmer times of day can be super effective. When the temps rise and the fish get a touch more active the bigger flies are more attractive due to the amount of calories they are able to take in with one bite. We generally see some bigger fish hooked up while fishing these flies in the slow moving water.  


Keep you hands warm

One of the biggest struggles of fishing in the winter is keeping your paws warm. The wind seems to always blow down here and when your hands get wet your in for some numb fingers. I’m sure you have tried tying knots and playing fish with these circumstances and nobody likes wearing big  gloves while fishing. So we have found that a thin pair of cloth gloves with a set of thin latex gloves over top help keep your hands dry and still give you the dexterity you need to preform. They defiantly don’t keep you super warm but keeping the wind and water off your hands is huge. The latex also does not remove the slim coating on the fish you catch. If you don’t like gloves carrying a hand towel is a solid option. Every time your hands get wet give them a dry off and your good to go.

Water to look For

When your out and about make sure to be looking for the slower moving water. Deep runs and still water type sections. Most fish will seek refuge in the slow section so they don’t have to use as much energy. Any of these types of water that have a run above are perfect because the food is being funneled town the tube right into the feed zone. 

We hope these tips help your next outing on the river and if you want more up to date information give us a ring at (208) 904-3900 or shoot us an email at

Best fishes and happy holidays from the SRF crew!