The Shafer’s Flies series are all my flies that I have created over the years that I use day in and day out on the water. It has taken many guide trips and days out on the water fly fishing to perfect these bugs! Many of these flies have been in books and magazines over the years. I hope you enjoy this series and please don’t tell too many people about these flies I still use them every day out on the water.
Here it is folks what everyone has been asking me to post!
The Gummy Crane was born on a fishing trip with fellow Guide Chris Steinbeck. Chris had taken a seine and we found several very large crane flies. I snapped a picture and studied it for a while. How this came about is really funny. I was literally on the toilet, where the best thinking happens for many of us, and the idea hit me for this fly!
After about six months of tweaking, this has proven to be the most effective crane fly I’ve ever fished! I’ve had many others test it and they’ve had the same results. This fly dominates…period! I have put this fly up against the best flies in my boxes and it produced no less than five to one, and that’s in the winter time. This fly is not a looker, but trust me, this damn thing fishes like you wouldn’t believe. I’m very proud of this Gummy Crane Fly and know you’ll love it too. Fish this under indicators or on tight line rigs, just about anytime of year and you will not be disappointed!
You can purchase my hand tied flies from this site as well and your local fly shop can get them in stock from Hollyflies.net.