I've been tying more flies lately, so I thought I'd share some of the patterns that are working for me...or that I HOPE will work for me.
This is an "Epoxy and Mink Baitfish" pattern, but I used neither epoxy nor mink. The fur strip is Pine Squirrel.
These are excellent bluegill topwater flies tied using sheet foam...called "Gurglers":
Below is a Clouser Deep Minnow...this is a small version tied on a #10 hook and using Craft Fur instead of bucktail. I think the craft fur is a better choice on Clousers this small. I've been doing VERY well with these lately on bluegills and hybrid sunfish:
Below is a Stayner Ducktail pattern. The mallard flank feather is tied flat on the back...which is supposed to give it great action as is slowly sinks, and when it is retrieved. I haven't fished this pattern yet, but it looks pretty good:
This is called a Rabbit Fly. Rabbit fur tail and wing/thorax, dubbed body, and peacock herl head.
This is basically a Pine Squirrel Cheater, although I added some soft hackle near the eye of the hook.
Some EP-style baitfish
A crayfish pattern:
A zonker (rabbit strip) minnow pattern tied with a heavy conehead:
Some examples of the Boa Yarn Leech patterns that have caught a BUNCH of fish for me this year: