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“A note about Indigo Guide Service: From the time that I first contacted them about the trip, to the time that Matt dropped us of at the Ludington airport, they were great.  I have been with guides before for an ‘all day’ trip, but never had I been picked up before sunrise and dropped off near sunset and completely exhausted.  Matt Dunn, our guide, was as knowledgeable and professional as I could have expected.  I was completely thrilled with my experience and would recommend them to anyone.”  Matt Livingston

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Michigan Flies

This page has fly fishing patterns and recipes from our guide service, friends and other outfitters.  The focus of the page is Michigan fishing and the rivers and lakes that we guide and fish.  These would include the Pere Marquette River, Manistee River, Muskegon River and Lake Michigan near Ludington, Beaver Island and Traverse City.

Fly Fishing is our passion at Indigo and these are the flies we use daily to chase steelhead, trout, salmon, carp, smallmouth bass and pike while fishing throughout Michigan.


Lake Michigan flats fishing for carp.


Steelhead Streamers
Steve’s Foxxy Brown… Steve Martinez

Best For… steelhead and trout         Could Also Be Used For… salmon, pike and bass

Tying directions and recipe for the Steve’s Foxxy Brown

Basic Bucktail Tube… Kevin Morlock

Best For… steelhead and pike          Could Also Be Used For… trout, salmon and bass

Tying directions and recipe for the Basic Bucktail Tube

Fred’s Ugly Bug (Tube Version)… Fred Davidson

Best For… steelhead and trout         Could Also Be Used For… salmon, pike and bass

Tying directions and recipe for the Fred’s Ugly Bug

Hula by… Unknown

Best For… steelhead            Could Also Be Used For… pike and salmon

Tying directions and recipe for the Hula

Grau’s Tracer Bullet (fancy) by… Walt Grau

Best For… steelhead            Could Also Be Used For… salmon

Tying directions and recipe for the Grau’s Tracer Bullet (fancy)

Martinez’s Halloween Caveman (on a tube) by… Steve Matinez

Best For… steelhead, salmon            Could Also Be Used For… bass, pike and trout

Tying directions and recipe for Martinez’s Halloween Caveman

Martinez’s Steelhead Caveman (in bright yellow for dirty water) by… Steve Martinez

Best For… steelhead, salmon and pike            Could Also Be Used For… bass and trout

Tying directions and recipe for Martinez’s Steelhead Caveman

Steelhead Flies, Salmon Flies and Trout Flies
Alevin & Salmon Fry
Alevin Martinez… Steve Martinez

Best For… steelhead and trout         Could Also Be Used For… panfish

Tying directions and recipe for the Alevin Martinez

Morlock’s Baby Salmon… Kevin Morlock

Best For… steelhead and trout          Could Also Be Used For… panfish

Tying directions and recipe for the Morlock’s Baby Salmon

Blueburg… John Kluesing

Best For… salmon, steelhead and carp          Could Also Be Used For… trout, bass and panfish

Tying directions and recipe for the Blueburg

Hex & Wiggler Flies
Bunny Hex by… unknown

Best For… steelhead          Could Also Be Used For… salmon and trout

Tying directions and recipe for the Bunny Hex

spring wiggler fly Spring’s Wiggler by… Ron Spring (?)

Best For… steelhead and salmon          Could Also Be Used For… trout and carp

Tying directions and recipe for the Spring’s Wiggler

Stoneflies
Steve’s Steelhead Stone by… Steve Martinez

Best For… steelhead and trout

Tying directions and recipe for the Steve’s Steelhead Stone

Michigan Stonefly Morlock’s Spring Stone by… Kevin Morlock

Best For… steelhead and trout

Tying directions and recipe for the Morlock’s Spring Stone

fly fishing stonefly or stoneflies NEW  Easily Stoned by… Phil Cusey

Best For… steelhead and trout

Tying directions and recipe for the Easily Stoned

michigan steelhead stonefly or stoenflies NEW  Martinez’s Psycho Stonefly by… Steve Martinez

Best For… steelhead and trout

Tying directions and recipe for the Martinez’s Psycho Stonefly

Caddisflies
Michigan flies for steelhead and trout. NEW  Ted’s Slingshot Caddis by… Ted Grossman

Best For… steelhead and trout

Tying directions and recipe for the Ted’s Slingshot Caddis

Scud Flies
Morlock’s Pearl Jam Shrimp… Kevin Morlock

Best For… steelhead            Could Also Be Used For… trout

Tying directions and recipe for Morlock’s Pearl Jam Shrimp

Egg Flies
Crystal Egg (Estaz Egg or Sparkle Egg) by unknown

Best For… steelhead, salmon and trout

Tying directions and recipe for the Crystal Egg

Nuke (nucleus) Egg by… Unknown

Best For… steelhead, salmon and trout

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Glow Nuke Egg by… Kevin Morlock

Best For… steelhead, salmon and trout in dirty or dark water

Tying directions and recipe for the Glow Nuke Egg

Sculpin Flies
Fly fishing for salmon, trout and steelhead. NEW  Egg Sucking Sculpin by… Kevin Morlock

Best For… salmon, steelhead and trout

Tying directions and recipe for the Egg Sucking Sculpin

Grau’s Easy Sculpin (Walt Grau) by… Walt Grau

Best For… steelhead, salmon, carp, bass and trout

Tying directions and recipe for Grau’s Easy Sculpin

muddler fly Martinez’s Muddler (a Muddler Minnow variation) by… Steve Martinez

Best For… trout and steelhead            Could Also Be Used For… pike, salmon and bass

Tying directions and recipe for the Martinez’s Muddler

Misc. Salmon & Steelhead Flies
Flies for salmon fishing in Michigan. NEW  Salmon Candy by… Aaliyah Morlock

Best For… salmon, steelhead and trout

Tying directions and recipe for the Salmon Candy

Morlock’s Steelhead Ammo by… Kevin Morlock

Best For… steelhead          Could Also Be Used For… salmon and trout

Tying directions and recipe for the Morlock’s Steelhead Ammo

SS Bugger (Steelhead/Salmon Bugger) by… Everyone

Best For… steelhead and salmon            Could Also Be Used For… carp, bass and trout

Tying directions and recipe for SS Bugger

Fly fishing and flies for Michigan steelhead. NEW  Afternoon Delight version by… Phil Cusey

Best For… steelhead and trout

Tying directions and recipe for the Afternoon Delight

Morlock’s UV Rabbit (in brown) by… Kevin Morlock

Best For… salmon, steelhead            Could Also Be Used For… bass, carp and trout

Tying directions and recipe for Morlock’s UV Rabbit

Morlock’s 4 Eyes by… Kevin Morlock

Best For… salmon and steelhead            Could Also Be Used For… bass, trout and pike

Tying directions and recipe for Morlock’s 4 Eyes

Dry Flies
Mouse Flies
Robot Mouse by… Matt Dunn

Best For… Trout            Could Also Be Used For… bass and pike

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Hopper Flies
My Favorite Hopper by… Unknown

Best For… Trout            Could Also Be Used For… panfish and bass

Tying directions and recipe for My Favorite Hopper

Popper Flies
Gary Krebs popper fly for bass and snook NEW  Krebs Popper by… Gary Krebs

 

 

 

Best For… bass, pike and snook

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Carp Flies and Smallmouth Bass Flies
Crawfish Flies
crawfish flies Morlock’s Craw Bunny by… Kevin Morlock

Best For… carp and smallmouth bass       Could Also Be Used For… trout and largemouth bass

Tying directions and recipe for the Morlock’s Craw Bunny

crayfish flies Morlock’s Quick Craw by… Kevin Morlock

Best For… carp        Could Also Be Used For… smallmouth bass, trout, steelhead and panfish

Tying directions and recipe for the Morlock’s Quick Craw

Goby Flies
goby flies Morlock’s Goby by… Kevin Morlock

Best For… carp and smallmouth bass

Tying directions and recipe for the Morlock’s Goby

Martinez’s Goby in olive by… Steve Matinez

Best For… bass and carp             Could Also Be Used For… salmon, steelhead and trout

Tying directions and recipe for Martinez’s Goby

Martinez’s Depth Charge by… Steve Martinez

Best For… carp          Could Also Be Used For… trout, bass and steelhead

Tying directions and recipe for the Martinez’s Depth Charge

Misc. Smallmouth and Carp Flies
Morlock’s Carp Breakfast… by Kevin Morlock

Best For… carp and smallmouth bass

Tying directions and recipe for the Morlock’s Carp Breakfast

Anderson’s Hammerhead by… Ian Anderson.

Best For… carp and smallmouth bass        Could Also Be Used For… salmon

Tying directions and recipe for the Anderson’s Hammerhead

Morlock’s Beast Bait by… Kevin Morlock

Best For… carp       Could Also Be Used For… trout, bass, salmon and steelhead

Tying directions and recipe for the Morlock’s Beast Bait