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3 Brothers Flies offers quality hand-tied flies, ice flies, and jigs that catch fish, not just fishermen.  Many of the flies featured are signature patterns that we have designed to fish waters both local and abroad. Fly fishing is one of our huge passions, and we know the awesome moment and excitement of watching a trout delicately rise and sip our dry fly. We love casting hair jigs for bass way back in the lily pads or chasing slab crappies on a Minnesota lake. In these moments, we need a fly or jig that’s effectiveness is equal to our passion for fishing. Tied right here in Minnesota, all our flies are tied to be very durable and withstand lots of fish.

If you don’t see a fly you need or you want a custom fly or jig, just click the contact button or shoot us an email at rainbowtrout@3brothersflies.com and we will work with you to figure out the perfect fly or jig for your situation.

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‘Gill Shrimp (1)

Veteran ice fisherman have long known that scuds (or freshwater shrimp) are a favorite food for big panfish and trout under the ice. The ‘Gill Shrimp ice fly is a close imitation of a scud, enticing finicky slab bluegills, crappies, and trout with life-like chickabou feathers that breathe convincingly. Fished in a “Michigan rig” (tying an ice fly a few inches above a quick-sinking tungsten jig with either a palomar knot or a dropper tag) while tight lining or in a dropshot rig, ice flies are perfect for fooling wary winter panfish.

Big panfish and trout will recognize the big eyes and curled position of the ‘Gill Shrimp, which provide key triggers for fooling wary fish. You just can’t beat the tantilizing movement and realism of an ice fly for slab bluegills or crappies through the ice. These flies often turn negative fish that reject the baited jig into biters, a situation common with finicky cold front panfish.  If your local state regulations do not allow two hooks on one line, a drop shot rig is equally effective. Anglers fishing with ice flies and the tight line technique will often out fish the guy using standard methods with just bait.

Price: $3.50

#14 Slab Spike (1)

Spikes (mayfly nymphs) and scuds are a favorite food source for winter panfish. The Slab Spike, with its segmented body, rubber legs, and seductive chickabou tail, closely imitates a small mayfly nymph. Slab bluegills and crappies can get pretty finicky under the ice, and ice flies are sometimes the only way to hook mid-winter panfish.

Tight lining has taken the panfish ice fishing scene by storm in the past few years, and for good reason. This highly productive technique utilizes ultra-quick sinking tungsten jigs in combination with realistic, imitative ice flies on the same line. You just can’t beat the tantalizing movement and realism of an ice fly for slab bluegills or crappies through the ice. These flies often turn negative fish that reject the baited jig into biters, a situation common with finicky cold front panfish.

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Price: $3.25

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Pink Punch (1)

The scruffy collar pushes water and the cone head gets it down, making this fly a good option for deep or murky water. The ice dub gives it a translucent minnow effect, and the pink color makes it irresistible to slab crappies and gills. Tied on a size #12.

Price: $2.50

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Noah’s Minnow (1)

The Noah’s Minnow is a great fly for picky panfish. The marabou tail twitches in the water driving the most skittish fish to bite. The natural colors and bead chain eyes make it a natural option to throw. You can fish this fly single, or trailing behind another streamer. I like to fish it behind a Pink Punch making a great combo for both agressive and non-agressive fish.

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Price: $2.50

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#8 Tungsten Slab Spike (1)

Spikes (mayfly nymphs) and scuds are a favorite food source for winter panfish. The Slab Spike, with its segmented body, rubber legs, and seductive chickabou tail, closely imitates a small mayfly nymph. Slab bluegills and crappies can get pretty finicky under the ice, and ice flies are sometimes the only way to hook mid-winter panfish. The tungsten gives it the speed of a jig, without loosing the finesse of the fly.

This highly productive technique utilizes ultra-quick sinking tungsten jigs in combination with realistic, imitative ice flies on the same line. You just can’t beat the tantalizing movement and realism of an ice fly for slab bluegills or crappies through the ice. These flies often turn negative fish that reject the baited jig into biters, a situation common with finicky cold front panfish.   Anglers fishing with ice flies and the tight line technique will often out fish the guy using standard methods with just bait.

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Price: $3.75

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Panfish Gurgler (1)

Fishing topwater is my favorite way to fish for panfish. There is nothing like watching your fly get smashed by a monster ‘gill as you strip it across a still lake. The foam construction of the Panfish Gurgler gives it durability, so it never sinks. Its rubber legs and hackle add the movement that is irresistible to ‘gills. Tied on a size 12, it is the perfect size for all panfish.

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Price: $2.75

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DNA Mini Clouser

 

The DNA Mini Clouser is a great fly for big bull bluegills, and especially crappies. Big panfish eat meat. The profile and shine of the DNA Frosty Fish Fiber looks almost exactly like a small minnow. Tied on a size 12.

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Price: $2.50

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