The Nano Crab is a tiny crab that's designed by Dave McKenna to sneak up on the pickiest bonefish and permit. After receiving a pack of Semperfli's new Guard Hair Chenille and matching micro chenille, Dave set out to make a better finesse crab. This fly lands like an Olympic diver but gets into the zone quick, without spooking tailing fish.
To keep this fly top-shelf quality, we use all Semper Fli Nano Silk Thread, UV Straggle Chenille, Guard Hair Chenille and Micro Chenille for matching claws. Nano Crab's are tied on short-shank, big game hooks to ensure solid hook sets into the hardest crushers.
Guide Flexo Crabs *NEW*
These are not just any ordinary tubing body crab. Because of the high demand for more realistic and custom series of flex body crabs we designed our series of Guide Flexo's Crabs. We make these with the profile, colors and markings that trigger reactions on even the most pressured permit, trigger fish and bonefish flats.
Each Guide Flexo Features:
- Realistic Solarez Epoxy Eyes
- Bright Orange Brass eyes to mimic natural eggs
- Premium Allen saltwater hooks with low glare
- A more natural profile than most other commercially tied flex style crabs
A Guide Flexo for Every Flat:
- Sand Camo- Perfect for mixed bottom sandy flats, it there's a universal color its Sand Camo
- Marl Grey- Designed for the larger permit and bonefish of the Marls of Abaco, Bahamas but match any grey or rock bottom
- White- A perfect match for any white sandy bottom. If it wasn't for the orange brass eyes and red tipped claws, it would almost disappear. Ideal for destinations such like Cuba, Bahamas and Ascension Bay.
- Olive- Our dark/light olive color mixes in perfect over turtle grass and matches the green crabs that are found all over permit flats of Belize, Mexico and Honduras
- Brown- Ideal for darker sand bottoms or anywhere the crabs have a darker bodies. These are a great match for fiddler crabs and burrowing mud crabs
The Shimmer Minnow
The Shimmer Minnow is designed by well known Pennsylvania smallmouth guide Brian Schumacher. He's made this fly a staple streamer pattern that takes trout just as well on the swing. This articulating fly uses a Flymen Fish Mask, Living Eyes, Gamakatsu B10S Stinger hook and 3D glass bead to keep a light a casting profile that gives great action.
Our custom Stimi uses Semperfli's UV Micro Chenille and Micro Straggle Legs for a special look that draws in trout from all depths and triggers aggressive takes! Hi Floating underwing and elk keep this fly riding high to float nymph rigs just like the classic.
We tie our Guide Stimi's on premium Firehole Outdoors #718 barbless hooks.
Guide Mayhem Emergers
This is a must have pattern for fishing any water where small flies are popular trout food. Developed in Colorado, the Mayhem imitates a wide range of midges and small beatis patterns that make up a majority of trout's diets. We tie ours with premium Semperfli threads and wires to keep small, realistic profiles with Semperfli Fluoro Brite for tail shucks.
Guide Mayhem's are tied on Firehole #419 barbless dry fly hooks.
There is no greater pleasure in freshwater fly-fishing than throwing huge dry flies to huge fish, and our Guide Floater brings this joy to a new level. The mop chenille body sits on the water with its egg sack under the surface, imitating big dry flies laying eggs, the most vulnerable stage of the fly. The foam layer on top along with the crinkle hair makes for an extremely buoyant fly that pops right back up after rapids.
Our orange Guide Floater imitates the classic large salmon-colored stonefly found all over the country especially May and June on western rivers.
Our golden Guide Floater imitates the golden Stone typically hatching after the salmon-colored one and continues throughout the summer.
The olive Guide Floater imitates the green grasshoppers prevalent through Summer and into a Fall. All of our Guide Floaters are topped off with a patch of high visible crinkle hair to make the fly easy to see.
Stoneflies are an entomological phenomenon, we get to see some of nature’s tiniest wonders in big scale. Stonefly nymphs take up to 3 years to molt, then hatch. They grow up to 2 inches long hen crawl to the rocks, river banks, and leaves to molt, shedding an exoskeleton and emerging big a beautiful like a butterfly. Trout tend to eat up to 80% of there food for year during this 2-3 week hatch, gorging themselves. Needless to say the fly-fishing becomes legendary.
Next to the famous stonefly hatch, grasshoppers are one of anglers’ biggest delight. Warm Summer weather triggers massive hopper hatches on rivers throughout the world. Hoppers live in grasses on the rivers’ edge and many fall into the river hopping around by accident, enough for trout stack up and feed.
Anytime a river has stoneflies or hoppers our Guide Floaters will prevail. They are most fun fished alone, allowing for casts to land within a centimeter of the bank, this technique is most enjoyed from a boat. Guide Floaters are also ideal for dry-dropper fishing. The floating power Is so great with this fly it acts like an indicator, holding as many droppers as you want and still floating. This fly eliminates the need for an indicator while nymphing, especially when using our tungsten-beaded jig nymphs.
“The Guide Floater is the best stonefly the Black Canyon has ever seen.” —Matt Selig, 20 year veteran Colorado Guide
“The Guide Floater is crucial for hopper fishing anywhere, easy to see and floats like a cork.”
—Mal Burks, 22 year veteran Colorado Guide
We took the classic crushing RS-2 pattern and made it 100 times better. The RS-200 is a small fly designed to land the biggest fish. The barbless Firehole hooks have a wider gap and stronger body than other small fly hooks and can handle trophy fish after trophy fish. They won’t break or straighten as with other hooks. The nano thread and Semperfli flash also elevate this fly 100 times over. Any small mayfly, midge, or trico hatch will be undone with the appropriate color of our RS200.
The sparkle ant is a fly that we’ve developed with a combination of synthetic materials that have out fished and out floated all other ants we’ve tried. Combining Semperfli Straggle String, Straggle Legs and a pre-treated Crinkle Wing, this ant gives trout an irresistible natural target on the surface. Sparkle Ants works as perfect stealth strike indicator when floating small nymphs or trailing tiny dries in low light.
Inferno Quill Split-Case Nymph
McKenna's latest nymph creation, the Inferno Quill, has become a go-to, novel split-case bug that dares any trout to have a taste. Utilizing SemperFli's Inferno Quills to create a full length hot-spot, this may be one of the fishiest bugs to come out in 2020!
Use it to match the hatch for:
Welcome to the tiny world of guide midges, like magic you will now start catching big fish on tiny flies, one of the ultimate tactics for fishing technical trout. The G Midge in its varying colors and sizes will answer all midge hatches, it’s the only midge pattern you need when trout start focusing on small sub-surface midges.
In true Guide Flies style, we designed this midge pattern to standout when trout have already passed on your standard midge patterns. This fly in sizes 18-22 will help you perform the magic needed to catch the most selective trout, from tailwaters to freestones.
The G Midge Features:
- Premium Firehole barbless hooks
- Ultrafine wire ribbing over Semperfli UV Pearl Tinsel
- Custom blended UV dubbing to compliment the body color
Guide Chromie is a slim-profiled attractor caddis, effective in technical waters. A tungsten bead head and Semperfli's Hot Green wire over a copper body creates the profile that trout simply can't resist. This Guide Chromie is perfect for stillwater fishing when the Chironomid Pupa is hatching.
The Chromie is available in Caddis Green and Black & Red.
Premium Spring Trout Kits
We love spring fly fishing. As the temperatures climb and the greenery arises, we find ourselves drawn to the water. Some of the largest trout are landed in the spring, but as fishing pressure increases, it can also be one of the most technical times to fly fish.
Our flies are designed to trigger technical trout. We tie these flies with realistic thin bodies, UV materials and custom blended dubbings for extra bugginess.
Our Premium Spring Trout Kit includes 36 of our favorite barbless winter nymphs, midges and emerges including:
- #14-16 McKenna's Sexier Walt's
- #10-12 Rubber Leg Stones
- #16 Pheasant Tails
- #18 Tungesten G Midges
- #18-20 RS200's
- #16-18 Guide Mayhems
- #18-20 G Midges
These flies are tied with premium hooks from Firehole Outdoors
Guide Buggers *NEW*
A baby brother to the Trout Stringer, our Guide Bugger uses an irresistible combination of Extreme String and Guard Hair Chenille from Semper Fli of England. This material moves with the realism of marabou and hackle with a UV flash that is just perfect for making this a dead ringer for just about any minnow, dace, alewife, white-bait or shiner most trout commonly feed on.
We tie the Guide Bugger on a premium barbless Firehole 811S for rock-solid holding power and minimal damage to the fish's mouth.
Trout Stringers *NEW*
The Stringer is tied on a premium combination of Gamakatsu B10S #2 front hook and a rear Firehole 811 barbless streamer hook. The hooks are attached with high strength articulating wire and a 3D red glass Tiger bead. This combination ensures maximum hookups with minimal damage to fish.
We top off the Trout Stringer with a Flymen Fishmask and 3D Living Eyes for the ultimate imitation of a baby rainbow trout, brown trout or sculpin.