Fishing Fly tying

Fly tying: The Shakey Bealy

Fall weather is on us here in the West—snowfall is slated to put an end to a brutal fire season, and the aspen leaves are turning in earnest. It’s one of the best times of the year to be a fly fisherman, and it’s when I start to think about visiting my favorite Western river: The Firehole.

And, thanks to Tim Flagler, I’ll be fishing a new-to-me pattern—his version of the Shakey Bealy.

This has the makings an excellent soft-hackle swinger, and I’m expecting the Firehole’s browns to gobble it up. I’ll be tying these for the next week or so, and I’ll be sure to report back with the results.

— Chris Hunt

By Chris Hunt.