We read Ed Engle's book "Fishing Small Flies" and took it made a big impact on our fly boxes. His big lesson to anglers was to tie small flies very sparse and focus on imitative profiles. Use the best hooks and get a good drift. If you do that, the fish respond. However, it can still pose a challenge to most veteran guides and anglers.
Our team has years of experience fishing, guiding, and designing tiny flies for some of North America's most famous and technical tailwaters.
Most fly anglers hesitate at the thought of threading a tiny #22 hook eye with 6x or 7x tippet in the winter. We reverse-engineered our tiniest Mayhems, G Midges, and RS200's on hooks that solve all of the above issues.
We specifically use barbless Firehole Hooks on our smallest flies for their extra-large hook eyes and extra-wide hook gaps. These have held up without fail on some of the Rockies' largest brown trout. Extra sharp claw points one these hooks penetrate easily and hold strong.
We take the guesswork out of tailwater fly selection with our specialized kits. These flies are downsized to match the smaller insect profiles of the colder months. We also select each pattern to effectively fish in tandem to maximize your odds, even when fish are feeling a little sluggish.
We use the best UV Tinsels, Nano Silk threads, flash, and dubbings from Semperfli in the UK to get the smallest profiles on the largest gap hooks for all of our signature small flies.
Dave McKenna will personally hand select each kit, so if you need a particular color or have a special request, leave a note at checkout or send us an email and we'll do our best to customize your kit! We can select heavier or lighter flies if you let us know.
Signature Small Fly Kits Include 24, 36 or 60 flies with a varied selection of:
- Guide Mayhems: Black, Olive, Brown in Sz. #18-22 hooks
- RS200's: Black, Olive, Grey in #18-22
- G Midges: Black - Red - Olive #18-22
- Guide Chromies: Caddis & Copper #18
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Meet the Guanaja Fly Tyers Guild. They are the primary supplier and designers for Guide Flies and the inspiration to pass on the art of fly tying to this incredibleisland community.
It started by recognizing the natural fly tying talent that existed in the community of Guanaja. The guides and family members of the Fly Fish Guanaja staff had learned the basics of fly tying and made creative flies for technical permit and bonefish that were not easily fooled.
Over the the last three years they have worked hard to perfect their craft. What began as an experiment in the beach front cabana, has turned into one of the greatest small business opportunities for the Island of Guanaja.
The team of fly tyers that make the Guanaja Fly Tyers Guild is instructed and led by Dave McKenna. They work daily to make the custom tied flies you can purchase through our website. They are self managed and work with an entrepreneurial approach to their business of fly tying.
Through the challenges of passing hurricanes and the Covid-19 pandemic, they have persevered and worked with pride to make the flies we offer here.
We all thank you sincerely for the support and orders that have helped bring the entire team through the hardest parts of the past year. We are very excited to share our newest flies and designs with you!