Freddy Fly Step By Step
Before the Chubby Chernobyl, John Foust’s Freddy Fly (or Fat Freddy) was a staple pattern throughout the West. Foust invented the fly for the waters around Missoula, but it has caught fish all over the world.
The Freddy differs from a lot of modern foam patterns in its incorporation of a synthetic post rather than a large synthetic down-wing(s). When tied correctly, the post keeps the fly visible to the fisherman, but is less visible from below. The foam body provides buoyancy and the rubber legs add motion. This fly can be tied in many different color combinations to imitate any stoneflies or large terrestrials. The Freddy is a good searching pattern, with or without a dropper, when nothing obvious is happening.
The Missouri River around Craig does not have large stonefly hatches. However, when fished properly and at the right time, the Freddy has accounted for quite a few trout on this section of water.