Fly Tying: Predacious Fox

A year ago, I got my hands on some predator wrap. I immediately began working up some little baitfish patterns for swinging on the Missouri. My first outing met with promising results. After a few refinements, I’ve got a simple pattern that I'm really happy with and really like. As tiers may note, this pattern has been modified from the Foxee Clouser. I’m not ditching the Foxee, but this one is updated with some real fishy materials.

Our rivers in Montana have lots of small minnows: shiners, suckers, dace, whitefish and juvenile trout are common. While the Predacious Fox is a small minnow, it certainly represents more biomass than a midge. Drift it, swing it, strip it and find a predator.

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Streamer 4X Long #10

140 Denier Ultra Thread in Cream

Marble Fox - Golden Olive

Spirit River Real Eyes

Senyo’s Barred Predator Wrap Black & Olive

Loon UV Clear Fly Finish

Loon UV Power Light

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I fly fish to live (25+ years guiding). I live to fly fish (obsession). At the age of two, I captured my first Bluegill in Southern Michigan. Since then, I have never stopped looking into waters for fish. My first wild trout came from the waters of Glacier NP a few years later. I spent much of my youth chasing fish in Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and throughout central Canada. I went to Alaska in 1989, where I met my wife, started a family and spent 26 seasons guiding anglers. Great Falls and the North 40 Fly Shop are now home base. Stop by and lets talk fish, bear encounters or even my experience with Bigfoot.
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