Originally designed as a spent caddis pattern, we took "caddis" off the end of the name, as this sparse pattern has proven absolutely deadly at mimicking nearly every insect category, from caddis to mayflies to small stones to terrestrials. This fly works great as a "stand out" in blizzard hatches. Something magic here...
Great tie. Fishes well. Seems to interest fish when nothing is happening
Mark GiordanoJun 23rd 2020
Mercer's Missing Link review
This is one of my top flies I have ever fished with in 40 years of fly fishing and should be there with the Adams as an all time great!
Tom ClarkMay 8th 2020
My home water is Henry’s Fork, Idaho. Tough fish, that have seen just about everything. The missing link, as a transitional fly, has been a great choice. 5 ⭐️’s.
Tom MillmanApr 6th 2020
Love these flies of all types would not fish without them.
JimJun 16th 2019
Mercer’s missing link
I used the size 18 natural dark missing link during a black Caddis hatch in Pennsylvania and caught one after another. Needless to say ordered some more and started to learn how to tie it immediately.
LanceSep 28th 2018
As a full time Guide, The Missing Link is my favorite Smal fly!! It has saved many abad day when the Trout were not bitting very well. The little Fly Works!
Captain Lance Glaser
Brook S.E. SchoenfieldSep 11th 2018
The local West Slope cuts can't resist the missing link, especially as the afternoon cools off and the shadows lengthen. Doesn't matter whether there's a hatch or not, whether the water's low, whatever conditions, these trout are consistently fooled. My go-to fly if nothing else is working.
LaurenceAug 3rd 2018
As advertised it is catching fish on the Arkansas River near Salida, Colorado! I am using it and some Galloup Found Links and my own ties of the same flies and Mike is in first place with me second and Kelley third! Dry flies are a lot of fun in clear shallow water!