I’m good friends with Joe Shafer. Joe is a great fisherman and an even better person. As a fly guide and a resident of Colorado, he is one of the best sources to learn from.
Joe named this fly after his kickboxing daughter. (hence “beast”) Here is what Joe said about this kick-ass pattern.
“This fly can mimic leeches and small bait fish. This is a big fish fly. Some of the biggest fish we have stuck over the years have been on this fly! I will fish this on a streamer rig, usually a two streamer rig. I love fishing this one under an indicator as a point fly or as the bottom fly in a three fly rig. This is another great swinging fly when placed under the indicator. I’ll also add some strips with a pause for some outstanding takes. Ella’s Beast also does very well in still waters.” ~ Joe Shafer