Friday, December 16, 2011


The 'Shotglass' is one of my newest spin offs of the original Splatte series and is a great pattern to have in the box when you're looking for something a bit different.  The original thought behind this fly was incorporating a clear glass bead into the thorax, representing the gas bubble in an emerging nymph.   As far as making for a great looking fly, this did the trick and put the smack down on fish in the process.  Not pictured are the Red, Blue Dunn, and Dark Brown version of this fly.  The Dark Brown and Dunn have taken the place of RS-2's and pheasant tails in my box, with the added durability and fish appeal it's really a no brainer.  With the variety of colors tungsten offered from Montana Fly Company, it was an easy exercise to incorporate tungsten into the pattern by replacing the glass.  Almost any fishy colored thread can have a Lucent tungsten bead to match.  Two of my favorites include the coffee and burnt orange, but they all have a place in the box.  Hook selection for this fly can range from straight to curved but the hook gap must be considered before expecting the fly to perform the way it should.  I originally tied this on the TMC 2488, like I do everything else, but found that the hook gap could be overrun by the bead in smaller sizes.  Field testing proved a ton of hook-ups, but I wasn't pleased with the amount of fish being unbuttoned during the struggle.  The clear choice from there was the TMC 2499spbl.  Despite the fact that this hook is technically barbless, the 'shovel' like barb has a holding property that allows fish and dropper rigs to remain on the hook, I've never had a problem with either coming undone.  Other than being super sticky as well, this hook has enough gap to hold super huge fish and has become my first choice when reaching into the hook bins.  The two downsides to this hook are the expense and the fact it's only made down to a size 18, it seems you pay a premium for all those features.   Special thanks to Hopper Juan for taking these pictures.   
Tungsten Shotglass (Watery Olive and Christmas Red Lucent)
Tungsten Shotglass (Rusty Brown and Burnt Orange Lucent)
Tungsten Shotglass Top View
Shotglass Midge (Black/Glass) Top View
Shotglass Midge (Black/Glass)


  1. GREAT looking flies-- I'm inspired. Can't wait to see the fish they fool!


  2. Shea ... I have been tying the shot glass in red, purple, and black, today all three saw action in the river with nice success. Happy to add this great bug to the fly box. Planning to mixing up some more colors this week. Thanks for the great pictures!


  3. Men, Thanks.
    Jim, if you get a chance, send me a picture of a Shotglass hanging out of a trouts mouth. The only one's I've seen lately have been crimped in the vice, I haven't been out in a while.