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Suggestive Patterns


Seal Bugger Weighted - $2.75

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The fly patterns listed below are the flies I've designed for stillwater. They are suggestive imitating a variety of food sources trout eat. I don't believe you need alot of flies, but you need a variety of colors and sizes of reliable patterns that catch trout.

This is the most suggestive fly I use for all stillwaters. It is an improved version of the wolly bugger. I've replaced the chenille with seals fur or a suitable subsitute which gives the fly more appeal, imitating not one but a host of food sources found in lakes. It can be fished effectively with most sinking fly lines and with a variety of retrieves. Stock this fly in a vaiety of colors and sizes to match the many different variety of habitats found in still waters.

Color Patterns
  Body (Seal Sub) Hackle (Saddle) Tail (Marabou)
1 Black/Red Purple Black
2 Black/Red Purple Burgandy
3 Olive Brnt Orange Olive
4 Olive Brnt Orange Brnt Orange
5 Black Brnt Orange Black
6 Black Brnt Orange Brnt Orange
7 Olive Grizzly Olive
8 Black Grizzly Black
9 Brown/Red Black Brown
10 Black Black Black
11 Olive/Red Black Dark Olive
12 Olive/Red Black Black

Price: $2.75 qty


Denny's Multi-tailed Seal Bugger - $2.75

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Thank heavens fly tying is an endless activity of creating and brainstorming. The fly patterns of tomorrow have yet to be created, but we are working on it. Another version of my Seal Bugger resulted in this Multi-tailed pattern with a few other changes. The more obvious change is that I added another color to the tail to give the fly a little added appeal. I also added Holographic flash-a-bou instead of the standard flash-a-bou over the tail. In the body I added ice dub and mixed it with seals fur. On many lakes where I tested this pattern there was no apparent difference, but on others there was marked improvement in the bite. You be the judge. 

Color Patterns
  Body (Seal Sub) Hackle (Saddle) Tail (Marabou)
1 Black/Red Burgandy Burgandy/Black
2 Olive Brnt Orange Olive/Brnt Orange
3 Black Brnt Orange Brnt Orange/Black
4 Black Black Yellow Black
5 Black Burgandy White/Burgandy
6 Olive Olive White/Dark Olive

Price: $2.75 qty


Denny's Emerging Bugger - $2.75

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This fly captured the attention of a lot of stillwater anglers last year based on the response I've received. I wanted another emerging pattern to complement my A.P. Emerger, but with the appeal of a bugger style fly. This pattern filled that need and then some. It is now a go-to fly for me for trophy sized trout. It is best fished with a sink tip or a full sinking line moved in an upward angle.

Color Patterns
  Body Hackle (Saddle) Tail (Marabou)
1 Blk/Red Seal/Pea Ice Dub Burgandy Black
2 Blk/Red Seal/Pea Ice Dub Burgandy Burgandy
3 Olv Seal/Olv Ice Dub Brnt Orange Olive
4 Olv Seal/Olv Ice Dub Brnt Orange Brnt Orange
5 Blk Seal/Blk Pea Ice Dub Brnt Orange Black
6 Blk Seal/Blk Pea Ice Dub Brnt Orange Brnt Orange

Price: $2.75 qty

Note: Body is mixed with Ice Dubbing 50/50 and tails have
two strips of Holographic Flashabou over the top.



 Denny's Leech Weighted - $2.50

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Never go near stillwater without an assortment of leech patterns. I prefer the Janssen style leech and have tried and fished them since my first encounter on lakes. Since leeches are found in almost all stillwaters throughout the world, supply yourself with a good variety of colors and sizes.

Price: $2.50 qty



 Denny's Multi-Wing Leech - $2.50

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This new pattern has multi-colored marabou wings with flashabou over the top for added appeal. It has the same suggestive appearance as the regular leech patterns I tie and fish. It is weighted at the head with 20 turns of .020 lead and can be fished with almost any fly line at a variety of depths where fish hold. I fished it for the first time in the fall of 2004 with excellent results.

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NEW! - Denny's Stillwater Bug - $2.50
stillwater bug
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The Stillwater Bug may be the most suggestive fly I've ever fished. Its silhouette is similar to a leech, bugger or combination of both. It's a weighted pattern that moves and breathes with each pull of the retrieve, simulating something alive and edible to trout. I sampled this fly on a dozen lakes in 2006 and the best I could do was a 13 pound rainbow. Hopefully, you may be able to do better. Believe me, it works.

Color Patterns
  Tail (Marabou) Wing (Marabou) Body (Maraoub) Thorax Hackle (Saddle)
1 Black Black Black Purple/Ice Burgundy
2 Burgundy Burgundy Burgundy Fuchsia/Ice Burgundy
3 Dk.Olive Dk.Olive Dk.Olive Golden Brown/Ice Brnt Orange
4 Brnt Orange Dk.Olive Dk.Olive Golden Brown/Ice Brnt Orange
5 Brnt Orange Black Black Golden Brown/Ice Brnt Orange
6 Black Black Black Golden Brown/Ice Brnt Orange
7 White Dark Grey Dark Grey Peacock Ice Dub Brnt Orange
8 White Dark Olive Dark Olive Peacock Ice Dub Brnt Orange
9 Red Black Black Peacock Ice Dub Burgundy
10 Red Dark Grey Dark Grey Peacock Ice Dub Black
11 White Black Black Golden Brown/Ice Brnt Orange
12 Red Dark Olive
Dark Olive Golden Brown/Ice Brnt Orange

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Streamer Patterns


Denny's Stillwater Minnows - $2.50
stillwater minnow
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The Stillwater Minnow is an exciting new addition to my streamer series of flies that complements the Shiner and Chub Minnow. The major change in this streamer is the addition of marabou over deer or polar bear hair to give the fly more movement and suggestive look. It pulsates when pulled through the water, suggesting a host of little minnows, which was the basis for its name. I prefer it in size 8 and 10, which were the two sizes I tested the pattern over a host of lakes in 2006. I'm offering six different pattern colors, but if you tie your own, get creative and try other colors to match your lakes.

Price: $2.50 qty



NEW!
- Denny's Shiner Series
- $2.50

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This pattern exploded on the scene in the fall of 2003. The numbers of large trout landed through this past season bare out the effectiveness of this fly. Tied with a polar bear hair substitute gives the fly an appearance of a live minnow. Mixed with the right shades of crystal flash, flashabou and Angel Hair, this pattern looks and moves like a real minnow - I'll tell you this, the trout agree. I tied it for pursuing big trout in still or moving water, but many anglers have used it for other species of game fish as well. Retrieve it in semi-rapid 8-10 inch pulls and get a tight grip on the rod.

Price: $2.50 qty


Impressionistic Nymphs

Denny's Stillwater Nymphs - $2.50

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The Stillwater Nymph is as deadly as any fly I ever designed for stillwater trout. This is a highly suggestive pattern imitating a host of food sources found in lakes, especially the damsel nymph. I've added some new versions after testing them extensively on lakes throughout the western states last season. This fly seems to work when most other patterns fail. The burnt orange hackle has a lot to do with the fly's success. It's best fished on a 5 or 7 foot clear sink-tip or the Camo intermediate line. Use short slow pulls when water temperatures are above 50 degrees.

Color Patterns
  Body Hackle (Saddle) Tail (Marabou) Back (Skinny Skin)
1 Olive Marabou Brnt Orange Olive Olive
2 Olive Marabou Brnt Orange Brnt Orange Olive
3 Cinnamon Marabou Brnt Orange Brnt Orange Brnt Orange
4 Olive Ice Dub Brnt Orange Olive Black
5 Olive Ice Dub Brnt Orange Black Black
6 Peacock Brnt Orange Olive Olive
7 Peacock Brnt Orange Brnt Orange Olive
8 Peacock Brnt Orange Black Black

Price: $2.50 qty


Denny's All Purpose Emerger - $2.75

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I never go near lakes or moving water without this pattern. It has proven so deadly since I first designed it, I had no idea it would be so successful. I find it especially effective for big brown or any species of trout when they are honed in on emerging insects or feeding in the top few inches. Fish it with the Camo intermediate or with a 5 or 7 foot clear sink-tip line. Use slow 4-6 inch pulls.

 

Price: $2.75 qty


Denny's Stillwater Pupae  - $2.50 

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I spent two seasons testing this fly on a variety of lakes under a variety of conditions. It comes in six color variations and all have produced big time for me. I found it more critical to fish the fly in the two few feet and not to be so picky about color. The key is when the trout begin to show on the surface. Fish this fly just below the top with very SLOW pulls and LONGER than normal pauses between pulls. I've landed some really big fish on this pattern already so don't skimp on tippet size unless you have a good supply of the pattern in your fly box. I prefer the Camo intermediate fly line, but the 7 foot Camo sink tip is very effective as well. It works well as a searching pattern but is best when fished as a pupae just below the surface dwn a couple of feet.

 

Price: $2.75 qty


Denny's Callibaetis Nymph - $2.50
This is such a deadly fly when trout are feeding on Callibaetis mayflies on or in the surface film. I prefer the grey Callibaetis in size 12 or 14 fished with an intermediate or 7 foot clear sink-tip with slow 4-6 inch pulls. The Peacock Callibaetis or Olive Peacock Callibaetis is extremely consistent for me which makes it my first choice when probing shallow water or in depths of 1-4 feet. The same two fly lines apply here as well. I like this fly is sizes 10 and 12.

1. Grey Callibaetis Click here for a bigger image

Body Hackle Tail Wing Case
Grey Hare's Ear Grey Grizzly Wood Duck Wood Duck

2. Black Callibaetis Click here for a bigger image
Body Hackle Tail Wing Case
Peacock Black Black Black

3. Olive Callibaetis Click here for a bigger image
Body Hackle Tail Wing Case
Peacock Burnt Orange Olv. Wood Duck Olv. Wood Duck

4. Peacock Callibaetis Click here for a bigger image
Body Hackle Tail Wing Case
Peacock Burnt Orange Wood Duck Wood Duck

5. Black Peacock Callibaetis Click here for a bigger image
Body Hackle Tail Wing Case
Peacock Burnt Orange Black Black

 

Price: $2.50
Grey, Olive, and Peacock available in sizes 10, 12, and 14 qty

Black and Black Peacock available in size 10 and 12 qty


Denny's Diamond Weighted - $2.50

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The Diamond is a mayfly imitation. I use it for exploring depths of 2-6 feet when no insect activity is present. This pattern is best fished on the Camo intermediate line in sizes 10 or 12 with jerky 4-6 inch pulls. This is a good fly for dark days, rippled or off-colored water.

 

Price: $2.50 qty


Denny's Midge Larva  - $2.50 

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Basically a chironomid pupae or larva pattern, it depends on the depth and angle you choose to fish it. I find this fly an outstanding choice for brown trout especially in the fall. On many days, it's my best fly when probing depths of 8-10 feet or when midges are working.


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Denny's Midge Pupae  - $2.50 

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The difference between a midge in the pupae stage versus the larva stage is significant. The larva lives and is only found on the bottom in relatively shallow water. The pupae is found in the emerging stage or in the film just below the surface. The only significant difference between the two stages is the pupae has a wing case whereas the larva doesn't. From a presentation standpoint, the pupae is often eaten by trout for a larva and vise-versa. I can fish either as an emerger or sub surface and don't see a decline in strikes regardless of which fly I use. The biggest difference is more relative to color first, size second. Use the larger sizes 10-12 April-June and the 12-14 sizes in the fall. When trout are showing on the surface, this pattern is deadly. Use short pulls and long pauses between pulls.


Price: $2.50 qty


Coming Soon (Fall 2017)! Denny's Emerging Pupae  - $2.50 

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This is the other new pupae pattern in my gallery of Stillwater patterns. To say I'm excited about this fly's potential as a deadly fly on stillwaters would be an understatement. It has far exceeded my expectations during the test period last fall and this spring. In fact it has outperformed some of my regular go-to patterns on several occasions. The wing case is UV flashabou which may account for the increased strikes. The silhouette is a dead ringer for the natural. That means it is more the angler than the fly which determines the outcome. Takes can be explosive so don't skimp on tippet size. Fish this fly sub surface with very SLOW pulls and pauses up to 5-7 seconds between pulls. I prefer the Camo intermediate or the 7 foot Camo sink tip when fishing this pattern. It comes in two sizes, four colors all of which have been readily accepted by the trout feeding on pupae regardless of whether it's mayfly, caddis, midge, or damsels showing. They don't care and neither should you as long as they eat it.


NEW! - Denny's Damsel Nymph - $2.50

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Damsels are a key food source for trout from June through September. This pattern was tested extensively throughout 2006 to find out if the trout would accept it as food, regardless of what it's supposed to imitate. They did, and I've added it to my arsenal of stillwater patterns. I tied numerous variations before settling on these two versions, which are basically the same except for the thorax and hackle color. Both worked well, at times, one a little better than the other, but no significant difference.

Remember, this pattern should be fished in the top 12 inches with a slow 4-6 inch pull and pause or hand twist retrive.

Color Patterns
  Tail (Marabou) Wingcase Thorax Hackle (Saddle)
1 Olive Clear Skinny Skin Peacock Herl Olive
2 Olive Clear Skinny Skin Peacock Herl Burnt Orange
3 Burnt Orange Clear Skinny Skin Peacock Herl Burnt Orange

Price: $2.50 Sizes 10-12 qty


Denny's Dragon Weighted - $2.50

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Dragonfly nymphs are common in most nutrient lakes in the western states. They are found on or near the bottom and crawl out on shoreline rocks or vegetation to hatch. My dragonfly nymph is close to a Carey Special except I changed the body from chennile to seals fur or you can use a suitable substitute. I believe this makes the fly more suggestive and the trout seem to agree. Use a full sinking line to get the fly on the bottom regardless of depth.

 

Price: $2.50 Sizes 8-10 qty


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