Bill Beck Australian Fly Range

 

Mayfly Tackle is proud to deliver custom fly ranges developed specifically for Australia by local experts and tied to the high standards of Fulling Mill. Each of our local guides and fly tying gurus has their own range of flies, which appear below along with some commentary on the best way to fish each pattern.

 

Bill Beck

About Bill Beck

A member of the Tasmanian Professional Trout Guides Association, Bill has been a fixture in the highlands of Tasmania for decades and has guided thousands of anglers to success. His patterns reflect his wealth of experience and unique perspective on trout fishing.

Beck's Bibio Hopper

Beck's Bibio Hopper

The best nondescript fly in my fly box. Will take fish blind and takes them on duns, chironomids, beetles etc. If I could only fish one fly – this would be it. Use a floating fly line.

Order Code Size
COA93712 12
COA93714 14

Group 16

Beck's Guide Tag

Beck's Guide Tag

A good high floating Red Tag variant, easily seen on both bright and dull days. Effective on rivers and lakes. Use a floating fly line.

Order Code Size
COA93510 10
COA93512 12
COA93514 14
COA93516 16

Group 16

Beck's Jassid

Beck's Jassid

My go to fly when the Jassids are about, gathers dust in the fly box waiting for the next Jassid fall but I would feel naked without half a dozen when it happens. Use a floating fly line.

Order Code Size
COA93114 14
COA93116 16

Group 16

Beck's Stick Caddis

Beck's Stick Caddis

My best catcher of tailing fish but effective in any lake situation. Usually fished on short dropper under a Guide Tag. Use a floating fly line.

Order Code Size
COA93614 14

Group 12

Brown Wulff

Brown Wulff

Good, high floating dun pattern, especially in rough weather. Good Penstock fly fished off the floating line. In size10 it is good for suspending the Krystal Flash Nymph with 3 foot dropper. Use a floating fly line.

Order Code Size
COA93210 10
COA93212 12

Group 16

Green Machine

Green Machine

I fish the green Machine as a point fly in a team of three flies using a Scientific Anglers Mastery Wet Tip in sink rate V. It is a consistent taker of fish and rainbows, in particular, love it. Use the Lurex Cat as the top dropper and Krystal Cat as middle dropper. Best fished from a drifting boat using a drogue to control the speed of drift. Vary your retrieve rate from short sharp pulls to long slow retrieves until you find a speed the trout like on the day. Also, mix up the depth fished from starting the retrieve as soon as the flies hit the water to counting down in multiples of 5 until the depth the fish are hanging in has been found.

Order Code Size
COA92706 6
COA92708 8

Group 14

Krystal Cat

Krystal Cat

This fly is used in my 3 team rig and is attached on the middle dropper. The positioning of these flies is not set in concrete but, over many seasons of guiding, the positions I have recommended have proven the most reliable. Best fished using the Scientific Anglers Mastery Wet Tip in sink rate V with the Green machine on point and Lurex cat as top dropper. Best fished from drifting boat using a drogue to control the speed of drift. Vary your retrieve rate from short sharp pulls to long slow retrieves until you find a speed the trout like on the day. Also, mix up the depth fished from starting the retrieve as soon as the flies hit the water to counting down in multiples of 5 until the depth the fish are hanging in has been found.

Order Code Size
COA92906 6
COA92908 8

Group 14

Krystal Flash Nymph

Krystal Flash Nymph

For the last few seasons this fly has taken the most fish of any pattern used. Normally fished 3ft under a big indicator fly like the Brown Wulff with a fluorocarbon dropper. This fly appears to imitate the sub surface mayfly nymph during its emerging phase and is as effective during a hatch as before.  Fished best with a floating fly line. If fishing by itself try a very slow figure 8 retrieve, just keeping in contact with fly.

Order Code Size
COA93014 14

Group 12

Lurex Cat

Lurex Cat

This fly is used as the top dropper in a team of three flies and is the best catching wet fly I have used personally and when guiding clients. Works best using the Scientific Anglers Mastery Wet Tip in sink rate V and teamed with the Green Machine as point and Krystal Cat as middle dropper. Best fished from drifting boat using a drogue to control the speed of drift. Vary your retrieve rate from short sharp pulls to long slow retrieves until you find a speed the trout like on the day. Also, mix up the depth fished from starting the retrieve as soon as the flies hit the water to counting down in multiples of 5 until the depth the fish are hanging in has been found.

Order Code Size
COA92806 6
COA92808 8

Group 14

Parachute Emerger - Black

Parachute Emerger - Black

My other standard dun pattern (with the Parachute Emerger Brown), usually fished as the middle dropper in a team of three. Best used on dull days during a mayfly hatch but also very effective on evenings when the trout are feeding on chironomids. Also works well on the Great Lake sharks when they are beetle feeding - don’t ask me why! Use a floating fly line.

Order Code Size
COA93412 12

Group 16

Parachute Emerger - Brown

Parachute Emerger - Brown

This is the best dun pattern that I use, it takes fish anywhere. May be used as a single fly or as a point fly in a team of 3 and works best with a bit of sunshine around. Use a floating fly line.

Order Code Size
COA93312 12

Group 16