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These are some patterns that we use up on high elevation lakes in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. I am putting together some simple little soft hackle ties that work extraordinarily well for me and my guys. I generally use these  fly patterns in sizes #12 – #18 and vary the retrieve based on what the Trout are liking at any given time…These are now completed. However, I will be putting them to use prior to dropping in the recipes, links and additional information…who knows, maybe I will post a photo of a Trout Ally caught !

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Little Virginia Lake, Bridgeport, CA…

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BOX…done…

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PHEASANT TAIL & PARTRIDGE / PEACOCK HERL & PARTRIDGE…TMC 5262, #12-#18/Daiichi 1560, #12-#18…

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Materials PHEASANT TAIL & PARTRIDGE…

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PT”s & PARTRIDGE – Natural – #14 & #16…

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Materials PEACOCK HERL & PARTRIDGE…

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PEACOCK HERL & PRATRIDGE(s)…Daiichi 1560, #14 & #16…

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Michael and Aimee on Little Virginia Lake…she’s using a PT & Partridge…

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ALLY’S RED LAKE SPECIAL SOFT HACKLE – TMC 5262, #12 – #16…

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Materials ALLY’S RED LAKE SPECIAL..

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ALLY’S RED LAKE SPECIAL SOFT HACKLE(s)…

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PEACOCK RAINBOW SOFT HACKLE – TMC 5262, #14 – #16…

Mat PEA RNBOW SH -1-

Materials PEACOCK RAINBOW SOFT HACKLE…

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Over the PEACOCK RAINBOWS…

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PURPLE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SH – Daiichi 1560, #12 – #18…

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Materials PURPLE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SH…

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PURPLE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SOFT HACKLE(s)…

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Ally…early in the morning at RED LAKE…

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RUSTY ORANGE SOFT HACKLE – TMC 5262, #12 – #18…

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Materials RUSTY ORANGE SOFT HACKLE…

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RUSTY ORANGE SOFT HACKLE(s)….

HARES ICE N DAZZLE SH -1-

HARE’S ICE DUB (Hare’s Ear) DAZZLE BEAD & PARTRIDGE SH – Alec Jackson Phantom Covert Nymph Hook, #11-#15…

Mat HARES ICE SH -1-

Materials HARE’S ICE DUB (Hare’s Ear) DAZZLE BEAD & PARTRIDGE…

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A BATCH OF THE ABOVE…

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RED PEACOCK & HEN -Daiichi 1560, #12 – #18…

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Materials RED PEACOCK & HEN…

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RED PEACOCK & HEN SOFT HACKLES…

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Ally… goofing off on Little Virginia Lake…

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YELLOW PT/QSB/STARLING SOFT HACKLE – TMC 5262, #14 – #18…

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Materials YELLOW PT/QSB/STARLING SOFT HACKLE…

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YELLOW PT/QSB/STARLING SOFT HACKLE(s)…

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Little Virginia Lake…way up there…

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BROWN PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE – Alec Jackson Phantom Covert Nymph Hook, #11 – #17

Mat BRN PEA PART -1-

Materials BROWN PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE…

BRN PEA PARTS -1-

BROWN PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SOFT HACKLES…

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OLIVE PHEASANT & PARTRIDGE – TMC 5262, #12 – #18…

Mat OL PHEAS PART -1-

Materials OLIVE PHEASANT & PARTRIDGE…

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OLIVE PHEASANT & PARTRIDGE SOFT HACKLES…

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Pop and his rower…on Little Virginia Lake…

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BLACK PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE – Daiichi 1560, #12 – #18… 

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Materials BLACK PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE…

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BLACK PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SOFT HACKLE(s)…

 

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Nah, they don’t work AT ALL…

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Ally at Trumbull Lake, with Michael, expressing her opinion on Dad’s Trout…

 

More coming…

 

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I am going to do a series of patterns on TroutLegend Hooks. I have about half a dozen each so that it will be possible to do as many flies for a grouping and still have enough for me to use after my kids lose the others. There are now fifteen patterns in the batch and that does it for now…All of the patterns using lead, have had super glue swept over the covering thread wraps… so that the flies last longer than me…

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Completed box of patterns tied on TroutLegend hooks…

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R.A.M.  PURPLE  JIG – Ross Merigold/Variant …

HOOK: TroutLegend J Hook, #8, #10, #12

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Purple

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

RIB: Ultra Wire, Red, Brassie or sm

ABDOMEN: Flexi Floss, Purple

HACKLE: Whiting Hen, White

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Herl, Spirit River, Black

BEAD: Black Tungsten Slotted, sized to hook

They work and who else has a plaque on the Madison River

Mat RAM JIG -1-

Materials R.A.M. PURPLE JIG…

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R.A.M. PURPLE JIG(s)…

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A Purple R.A.M. Caddis took one of the largest Rainbow Trout I have ever caught, on the East Walker, right where I be…

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UV2 MALLARD N’ BLUE –  L. Williams/Variant 

HOOK: TroutLegend C Hook, #8, #12, #16

THREAD: Abdomen – Danville 6/0, Gray / Thorax Fwd. – Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAIL: Mallard Fibers

UNDER ABDOMEN: (over Gray thread) Flat Pearl Mylar Tinsel, Medium – * Coat with Super Glue, then wrap…

ABDOMEN: UV2 Turkey Biot, Mallard Gray

THORAX: Davy Wotton SLF Standard Dubbing, Kingfisher Blue

BEAD: Tungsten, sized to hook, Black or Silver

An attractor pattern based on this Loren Williams design...I see more of these, in varying sizes and colors, with additional UV2 Turkey Biots…in my future…and pearl mylar tinsel - because

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Materials UV2 MALLARD N’ BLUE…

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MALLARD N’ BLUE(s)….

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VEEVUS DIP …

HOOK:  TroutLegend N/D Hook, #14 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: Ultra Wire, Fl. Yellow, SM

ABDOMEN: Veevus IRIS Thread, Olive * Coat with Hard As Hull

WING: White Z-Lon

These types of Serendipities are just plain deadly. I would wager that over the course of a years fishing, this simple little pattern will take more Trout than any other Caddis type attractor in sizes #14 -#18…that is why my and Michael’s boxes are full of them… beaded, unbeaded, on curved and straight hooks…

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Materials VEEVUS DIP…

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VEEVUS SERENDIPITIES…

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BLACK SHEEP CREEK SPECIAL – George Biggs/Variant …Yup a Western thing

HOOK: TroutLegend “S”, #6 – #12

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 lead

TAG: Datum Glo-Brite, Fl. Chartreuse, #.12 – * Coat with Hard As Hull

HACKLE: Hen Neck, Furnace

RIB: Chartreuse Rayon Floss – (for smaller sizes, split the floss)

ABDOMEN: Iridescent Peacock – Spirit River – Black

WING: Two overlapping sections of Natural Mallard Flank

HEAD: Datum Glo-Brite – FL. Chartreuse, #.12 – * Coat with Hard As Hull

This is a stillwater pattern developed by George Biggs of Jerome, ID. It has proven itself through the years and has been around before I ever cast my first fly…there are a number of variations on this pattern and the dyed iridescent peacock herl from Spirit River makes even more possible…I love the stuff

Mat B SHEEP CREEK S -1-

Materials BLACK SHEEP CREEK SPECIAL…

B SHEEP SPECIALS -1-

BLACK SHEEP CREEK SPECIAL(s)…

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The judge of my fly patterns…

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BAETIS JIG…

HOOK:  Dohiku J (from TroutLegend), #18

THREAD: Abdomen – Uni 8/0, Olive Dun / Thorax Fwd. – Tiemco 16/0, Olive

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck

RIB: Lagartun x-fine, Silver Wire

ABDOMEN: Uni 8/0, Olive Dun * Coat with Hard As Hull

THORAX: Ostrich Herl, Natural Gray

BEAD: TroutLegend TS 2.5mm, Silver, slotted

I REALLY like these hooks and will be ordering a bunch moe from Dejon/TroutLegend for some other Baetis and PMD patterns that I have in mind…stay tuned

Mat BAETIS JIG -1-

Materials BAETIS JIG…

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BAETIS JIG(s)…

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JULIUS NYMPH …

HOOK: -TroutLegend N/A Hook, #14 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

RIB: Glimmer Thread, Root Beer, Cascade Crest Tool Co.

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Ear Ice Dub, Tan

WING CASE: Razor Foam, Opaque Orange, .5mm

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dub., Brown – picked out

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

A general purpose attractor for Michael to use on some of the waters he visits (like below). I am a believer in using foam in wing cases alone or covered with an additional material…see Kern River Emerger

 

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…close to home…

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Materials JULIUS NYMPH…

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JULIUS NYMPH(s)…

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A little Brown that Michael hooked up with yesterday, Saturday, June 14, 2014…

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GAS CADDIS – Vinci/Variant …

HOOK: TroutLegend “C” Competition Hook, #8 and #12

THREAD: Abdomen – Danville 6/0, Chartreuse / Thorax Fwd. – Danville 6/0, Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

CARAPACE/BACK: Select Marabou Plumes, Fl. Chartreuse

ABDOMEN: Hump-Bak Glass Beads, Spirit River, Clear Rainbow – ( 3 for #8 – 2 for #12)

BETWEEN BEADS: A dab of Chartreuse Ice Dub on Danville 6/0, Chartreuse Thread

WINGS: Hungarian Partridge

THORAX: Ostrich Plume, Brown…one may also mix in some Brown UV Ice Dub

BEAD: Tungsten, 5/32′, Black

This is a Greg Vinci pattern that I have wanted to tie for some time.He developed this pattern for use on rivers that flow off the central Wester Sierra slope. I believe that it will take Trout just about anywhere…

Mat GAS CADDIS -1-

Materials GAS CADDIS…

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A few GAS CADDIS…

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HARE’S ICE ANCHOR BUG …

HOOK:  TroutLegend “J” Competition Hook – #8

THREAD: Abdomen – Danville 6/0, Olive / Thorax Fwd. – Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAG: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Pale Yellow

RIB: Glitter D Rib, Chartreuse, Medium

ABDOMEN: Ice Dub Hare’s Ear

THORAX: Senyo’s Laser Dub, Black

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten, 5/32″, Black

This would be a Caddis pattern…after completing the whip finish, I take a toothbrush, velcro and bore brush to brush and tease all the fibers back and then do a final shaping with Anvil curved scissors…one heavy, translucent little fellow…

Mat CAD ANCHOR BUG -1-

Materials HARE’S ICE ANCHOR BUG….

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HARE’S ICE ANCHOR BUG(s)…

CRIPPLE TRUDE -1-

COACHMAN TRUDE CRIPPLE – Wiese/Variant …

HOOK:  TroutLegend N/D Competition Hook, #14 – #16

THREAD: Abdomen UTC 70 Denier, Brown / Thorax Fwd. – Veevus 16/0, Brown

SHUCK: Short, Amber Z-Lon

ABDOMEN: AZ Synthetic Peacock, Natural

WINGS/WAKING POST: Polypro Yarn, White

HACKLE: Whiting Saddle, Dark Barred Ginger

The TL N/D hooks are meant for nymphs and dries so this is a Walter Wiese Brachycentrus pattern that will also be tied up on a size #18 hook for use in the Fall. Walter ties it HERE:

Mat RC TRUDE -1-

Materials COACHMAN TRUDE CRIPPLE…

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COACHMAN TRUDE CRIPPLE (s)….

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CALIFORNIA EMERGING BUGGER (Leech) –  Shiess/Rickards Variant …

HOOK:  TroutLegend “S” Competition hook, #6

THREAD: Danville 6/0,#.47, Tobacco Brown

WEIGHT: .020 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Select Marabou, Rusty Brown

TAIL FLASH: 3 strands each side, Copper Krystal Flash

RIB: Ultra Wire Brassie

ABDOMEN: AZ Simi Seal, #,19, Canadian Brown

WING: 3 strands Krystal Flash, Rusty Brown

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger, Grizzly Burnt Orange

This is a Western lake leech pattern developed by Bill Shiess ( Pdf.). It is a good one. I add a hackle of Grizzy Burnt Orange because it’s a Denny Rickards thing, pushing a little water and adding movement to the fly…Michael and I have taken some very large Trout on the lake below, in the evening, using Denny’s Olive Seal Buggers…I’m just going to tell ya’ exactly where…

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TRUMBULL LAKE, CA…where these leeches will be going… first…

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Materials CALIFORNIA EMERGING BUGGER (Leech)…

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CA EMERGING BUGGER (s)…

HAZED HOLO SH EMERGER -1-

HOLO HAZE SH – Craven/Variant…

HOOK: TroutLegend N/D Hook, #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Fluoro Fiber, White

RIB: Lagartun, Violet, Fine

ABDOMEN: 1 strand Purple Haze Holographic Flash Fiber – * coat with Hard As Hull

WING: Fluoro Fiber, White

HACKLE: Purple Starling – White Fox Fur and Feather Co.

THORAX: Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dubbing, #.73, Purple

A general purpose soft hackle Mayfly emerger that would be used in still and moving water. Charlie Craven ties it HERE

Mat PUR SH HAZE -1-

Materials HOLO HAZE SH…

SH PUR HAZE GRP -1-

HOLO HAZE SH(s)…

RIVERKEEPER -2-

RIVER KEEPER  BLUE…

HOOK:  TroutLegend (Dohiku) “J” Hook, #18

THREAD:  Tiemco 16/0, Charcoal Gray

WEIGHT:  .010 Lead

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

RIB: Lagartun, Silver wire, X-Fine

ABDOMEN: 1 strand of blue holographic tinsel from THIS…(*not pictured in materials) – *coat with Hard As Hull

HACKLE: Starling, Natural

THORAX: AZ Diamond Hair, #.23, Rainbow

COLLAR/HOT SPOT: Veevus 16/0, Red

BEAD: TS 2.5 mm, slotted tungsten bead, Silver

Blue has been a very successful color for me and my guys up in the Eastern Sierras working on both Rainbows and Browns…try some…

Mat RIVERKEEPER -1-

Materials RIVER KEEPER – * Blue Holographic Tinsel not pictured…

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RIVER KEEPER (s)…

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THE WEIGHT …

HOOK: TroutLegend Competition “J” Hook, #8

THREAD: UTC 8/0, Brown

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck fibers

UNDER ABDOMEN: Veevus Holographic Brown Tinsel, Medium

OVER ABDOMEN: Spirit River Halo Wire

HACKLE: Ginger Furnace

THORAX: 20% UV2 Dubbing Enhancer, Dark – 40% each – SLF Prism, Hare’s Ear / Squirrel Blend, Orange

COLLAR/ HOT SPOT: Veevus Fl. Orange Thread, 12/0

BEAD: Tungsten slotted, Gold, 4.3 mm

Something that will drop like a rock, pique some interest and occasionally take something… quite large. Halo wire is some nifty stuff, taking on the hue of the material beneath it

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Materials THE WEIGHT…

THE WEIGHT GRP-1-

Some WEIGHT(s) for your leader…

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HOMELESS OC DRIFTER (Larva) …

HOOK: TroutLegend Competition “J” Hook, #8, #10, #12

THREAD:  Abdomen- UTC FL. White – Thorax Fwd. – Danville, 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

RIB: Ultra Wire, Copper Brown, SM

ABDOMEN: 30% Senyo’s Laser Dubbing, White – 70% Ligas Dubbing, #.14, Lt. Beige

LEGS: Hen Hackle fibers, Black

THORAX: Ostrich Plume, Brown

COLLAR: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Brown (* not pictured in materials below)

BEAD: Black Slotted Tungsten, sized to hook

I always carry several versions of the larva of the October Caddis in my boxes. One just never knows when ya’ might run into these guys drifting in waters where they are found…this is a good pupa pattern to use in the Fall…

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The Hook…

Mat OC CAD -1-

Materials for HOMELESS OC DRIFTER (Larva)… (* not pictured SLF SPIKEY DUB – Brown)

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The Bug…(PHOTO from WEST FLY)…

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HOMELESS OC DRIFTER(s)…

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Where I have found these guys,in the drift, looking to build new homes…in July, on the East Fork of the Carson River down in the canyon, East of Markleville, CA…The Cuttys were on ‘em…

Gotta’ start someplace, so why not with a very large free living Caddis Larva pattern, that is heavily weighted, from HVK and currently featured in the Summer 2014 Issue of Fly Tyer Magazine (although it’s been on the intertube for some time)…

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KLINK’s CASELESS CADDIS LARVA – Hans Van Klinken/Variant

HOOK: Czech TroutLegend Competition Hook “C”, #8 – #16

THREAD: Veevus16/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .o15 Lead or Lead Sub.

RIB: 2x Mono Tippet  for #8, ( or down to 5x for #16)

CARAPACE (BACK): Scud Back, 1/8″, Gray

ABDOMEN: Adhesive Furry Foam Fl. Chartreuse, or Lt. Olive, Dk. Olive and Tan

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

The quest for the perfect caseless Caddis larva is really never over…here is how it is tied…and heavily weighted

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The Hook…

Mat KLINKS CAD -1-

Materials for KLINK’S CASELESS CADDIS…

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A few KLINK’S…

NEXT: Some patterns for use in some high elevation lakes with Ally and Hero…up here:

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…real soon…

 

PT/TB 

 

 

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Winners of the 2014 DawnTown Alternative Mobilities competition

MOO DESIGN

MIKE AWARD

 

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So, for these larger hooks that were sent to me by Dejon, from TROUT LEGENDan excursion out behind the Orange Curtain was in order to pick up a few things to put on the metal…

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BOB MARRIOTT’S FLY FISHING STORE…

The following are some items I picked up along with some goodies for future ties…one could spend an entire day here just browsing the aisles…I always dig in to the baskets of items that have not been put up – first…

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Threads and Holographic Tinsel from Veevus…

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Dubbings…

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…and more dubbing…

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Micro tubing and D-Rib…two of Shane Stalcup’s best fly tying innovations…ever…

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Some of Davy’s Standard SLF – in BLUE…

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Furry Foam…

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More Slotted Tungsten Beads…

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More Hooks…

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Covert Nymph Hooks…

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Whole Speckled Hen Saddle in Burnt Orange from Nature’s Spirit…

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Whiting Bronze Badger Saddle…this will be for some smaller Caddis and May Fly patterns I will be tying up for my son , Michael…

 

NEXT: The flies, of course…

 

 

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Dejon Hamann over at TROUT LEGEND, the Fly Fishing Competition Forum has sent me some hooks and beads from the TL Store to work up some patterns on. He asked me to focus on some “anchor flies” …the larger, heavy dudes…so I will. As an aside, the Adult Fips-Mouche World Championships are going on right now in the Czech Republic. IF one is so inclined. follow the exploits of the American Team HERE:

A few of these guys might be familiar names…

Pat Weiss
Josh Graffam
Devin Olsen
Russell Miller
Norman Maktima
Lance Egan
George M. Daniel- Team Captain
Jerry Arnold- Team Manager

THE HOOKS:

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DOHIKU JIG HOOKS #18 and #8…

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SCUD AND STRAIGHT SHANK HOOKS…

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STREAMER HOOKS…

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SLOTTED TUNGSTEN BEADS…

 

THANK DEJON !!!

 

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Yup……these are some patterns I will be putting in the East Walker River box for May 2014…some things I have wanted to tie up for awhile. If one has never been to Bridgeport, CA, where the East Walker River is located, I would not plan on rushing up there this Spring/Summer/Fall, unless the intention is to fish the reservoir or higher elevation lakes. We are in the third year of a drought which has seen very little snowpack in the Sierras…Bridgeport Reservoir will not be anywhere near this full:

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The RES.  – Spring 2011…it was full – then…I will not fish the East Walker during the stated periods unless the flows are at least 100-125cfs.

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We love these guys too much…

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For flows on the East Walker River see HERE

 

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A May 2014 Box of assorted fly patterns…

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BROWN UV2 SUGAR  NYMPH – Davies/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #12 – #18

THREAD:Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

WEIGHT: .015 or .010 Lead or Lead sub.

SHUCK: DNA Holo Fusion, Russet – 10-12 non-flash strands, 1 flash strand (for a #14 hook)

ABDOMEN: Flashabou Brown Holographic Tinsel – * coat  thread with Hard As Hull before wrapping tinsel

RIB: Ultra Wire Hot Orange, small or brassie

WINGLETS: Goose Biots, Red Quill

LEGS: 3 each side, tilted upwards, Rust or Red Pheasant Tail Fibers

THORAX: 50/50 mix UV2 Fine & Dry, Rust / UV Ice Dub, Brown

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

A take off on Canadian tier, Jeremy Davies’  “Spidey Nymph”. I tie a lot of his patterns – because they work…period

Mat BROWN UV2 SUGAR -1-

Materials BROWN UV2 SUGAR NYMPH…

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BROWN UV2 SUGAR NYMPHS…

UV2 PMD CRIPPLE -1-

UV2 PMD CRIPPLE/EMERGER …

HOOK:  Gamakatsu C16-B, #16 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Yellow

SHUCK: Antron, Copper Brown

ABDOMEN: Working thread

WING: Puglisi Trigger Point International Fibers, PMD

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Yellow

HACKLE: UV2 Ginger/Cream

Something in a PMD to hang in the surface film when these Western bugs are hatching…any where. If it is cold and raining, they will trickle off for most of an afternoon. The Trout know this…I like this hook form cripple/emerger patterns…

Mat CE PMD -1-

Materials UV2 CRIPPLE/EMERGER PMD…

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UV2 CRIPPLE /EMERGER PMD(s)….

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STILLWATER SH…

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #16 – #18

THREAD: Persall’s Silk Thread, #.12 Cardinal

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck

RIB: Lagartun, Gold, x-fine

THORAX: Iridescent  Dyed Peacock , Olive Dun – Spirit River

HACKLE: Hungarian Partridge

A simple soft hackle using a different material for the thorax…and for some reaso, that olive dun color works in certain places, the Stillwater River in MT being one such place. In the materials photo, note the Matarelli Bobbin. It was designed to hold Persall’s Silk thread. Get one before they disappear… forever…

Mat STILL SH -1-

Materials STILLWATER SH…

STILL SH GRP -1-

STILLWATER SOFT HACKLES…

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My BOZOS, mulling it over… on the Stillwater River, MT…

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BOX in progress…This is my DeWitt working box…

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BLACK N’ BLUE MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: UTC Gun Metal Blue

THORAX: Iridescent Dyed Peacock Herl – Spirit River

BEAD: Hi-Lite Glass, Blue Peacock, x-sm

Another attractor type Midge with some blue highlights…Blue has some spectacular days on the East Walker working on both Rainbows and Browns…

Mat BLACK N BLUE -1-

Materials BLACK N’ BLUE MIDGE…

BLACK N BLUES GRP -1-

BLACK N’ BLUE MIDGES…

POLAR FLOSS CAD LT -1-

POLAR FLOSS CADDIS LARVA (Brown/Olive) – Umpqua/Hanak C300BL, #10 – #14… Light B/G

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POLAR FLOSS CADDIS LARVA (Brown/Olive) …

HOOK:  Umpqua/Hanak C300BL, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: ,015 – .010 Lead or Lead Sub.

THREAD: Abdomen- UTC 70 Denier Light Olive / Thorax forward – Veevus 16/0, Brown

RIB: Ice Thread, Brown

ABDOMEN: Flexi-Floss, Light Olive

FLASH BACK: Hedron Glow-In-The-Dark (Orange) Flashabou… One Strand

OVER ABDOMEN: Scud Back, 1/8″. Tan

THORAX: Micro Polar Chenille, Tan

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Always playing with stuff to imitate those free living Caddis Larvae on the East Walker River…

Mat POLAR FLOSS CAD -1-

Materials POLAR FLOSS CADDIS LARVA…

POLAR FLOSS CADS GRP -1-

POLAR FLOSS CADDIS …

HB FURNACE AND HERL -1-

HB FURNACE & HERL (Brown) …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Brown

HOT BUTT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #.5, Fl. Orange

RIB: UTC Wire, Copper Brown, SM

ABDOMEN: Iridescent Dyed Peacock, Brown – Spirit River

HACKLE: Hen Neck, Furnace

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, Sized to hook

This is just a generic peacock soft hackle with a hot butt and bead…for use in lakes, I would omit the bead. I have a lot of success with these types of soft hackle patterns and will eventually tie them in Purple, Black, Red, Orange, Blue and Dun…using different hen hackling, starling and partridge .Me thinks they would take a couple of Trout on this water…

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Little Virginia Lake, Bridgeport, CA…

Mat Furnace and Herl -1-

Materials HB FURNACE & HERL…

FURNACE AND HERL GRP -1-

HB FURNACE & HERL (s)…

TRAILING BUBBLE CADDIS -1-

TRAILING BUBBLE CADDIS – Ritt/Variant (Gray) …

HOOK:  Daiichi 1260, #14 – #16, Daiichi 1110, #14 – #18

THREAD: Abdomen – Veevus 16/0, Gray / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Charcoal Gray

SHUCK: Midge Mirage Opal

ABDOMEN: Veevus 16/0 Gray Thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Gray Micro Tubing

UNDER WING: Puglisi Trigger Point Internatioal Fibers, BWO – mixed with 3 strands of Midge Mirage Opal

OVER WING: Yearling Elk, Gray

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry Adams Gray

HACKLE: Medium Dun

This is an Al Ritt pattern that uses snowshoe hare for the over wing in the original pattern. This Gray Caddis would be for the east Walker River to be fished a long the edges, under the willows, below, in early June. I like to present these guys downstream… so Mr. Brown sees the fly first…

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Michael… working along the willows on the EWR…with a 10′, 5wt.

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Materials TRAILING BUBBLE CADDIS…

TRAIL BUB CADDIS GRP -1-

HAPPY TRAILS…

ALLYS RED VINE -1-

ALLY’S RED VINE MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1273, #18 – #20

THREAD: Gordon Griffith Sheer, 14/0, Red

SHUCK: Midge Mirage Opal

ABDOMEN: Clear Micro Tubing

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Copper Red – Spirit River

BEAD: Glass Hi-Lite, Quicksilver, x-sm

Keep the Micro Tubing tight while wrapping back to the bend, then forward. It will not slip. Translucence and segmentation, the identity of Midge sub-surface…

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Materials ALLY’S RED VINE MIDGE…

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ALLY’S RED VINE MIDGES…

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RED VINE GIRL on the Stillwater River, MT…

 

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STJ’s BAETIS – Olive/Black- Ramirez/Variant – TMC 2488, #16 – #18…

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STJ’s BAETIS – Olive/Black- Ramirez/Variant  (light B/G)…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 – #18

THREAD: Abdomen – Lagartun 74 Denier, Olive / Thorax forward- Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL/CARPACE: Black Pheasant Tail Fibers – 3

RIB: Ice Thread, Black

THORAX: Hare’s Ice Dub, Olive Brown

WING CASE/LEGS: Fluoro Fiber, Black – 12 -16 strands, pulled over and split

OVER WING CASE: Holographic Mylar Motion, 1/32″, Black – *Coat with UV Resin

This Baetis/BWO pattern is SIMILAR TO JUAN’s… Juan would be Juan Ramirez aka: THE HOPPER JUAN…it is a combination of two different patterns I viewed there…

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Materials STJ’s…

STJs GRP -1-

STJ’s…

 

MRB -1-

MRB – (Mink, Resin, Brassie) – Copper/Brown…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #16 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN:  Wapsi UTC wire, Copper Brown, SM – Coat wit UV Resin

THORAX: Mink body hair, Natural Brown

A simple Brassie pattern that may be tied on straight or curved hooks. I started coating the wire wraps with Dave’s Flexament, then UV Resin several years ago, up in Montana. This pattern really works well on reddish bottomed stream beds like the Stillwater in MT. I use it during the first PMD hatches that occur there just when the run off starts, in late June – early July and fish it along the edges and softer water. Use different colored wires for other bottom conditions but stick with mink for the thorax because of it’s ability to retain air bubbles…Mink is now available in a lot of dyed colors – use it !

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Materials MRB…

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MRB(s)…

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MRB –  a very effective pattern …in MT, on the Stillwater…

BLACK PEARL -1-

BLACK PEARL …

HOOK:  TMC 2499 SPBL, #16 – #18

THREAD: (Not Pictured) Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Pearl

ABDOMEN: 2 Strands Black / 1 Strand Pearl Glimmer Thread – Cascade Crest – * Coat with Hard as Hull or SHAN

WING: 1 Strand Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/Red

THORAX: Iridescent Dyed Peacock Herl, Copper Red – Spirit River

BEAD: Nickel Tungsten (Silver), sized to hook

A flashy Zebra type Midge pattern which is very effective on Eastern Sierra tail waters, like the East Walker River, or anywhere a Zebra Midge might be used…

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Materials for BLACK PEARL…

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BLACK PEARL (s)…

MGC BWO -1-

EWR CRIPPLE – Matthews/ MGC Variant …

HOOK:  TMC 2488, #16 – #18

THREAD: Abdomen- Uni 8/0, Olive Dun / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Zelon, Light Olive

ABDOMEN: Working thread, Olive Dun

THORAX: Iridescent Dyed Peacock, Purple – Spirit River

WING: Puglisi Trigger Point International Fibers, BWO

HACKLE: Medium Dun, V-Notched, at the bottom

This is a BWO version of Craig Matthew’s Madison Guide Cripple… Video HERE…Never enough Baetis/BWO patterns…

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Materials EWR CRIPPLE…

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EWR CRIPPLES…

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East Walker River Brown…

 

 

MR T -1-

MR. T CADDIS (UV2/TPI) – Matthews/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1100, #16 – #18

THREAD: Abdomen – Veevus 16/0, White / Thorax forward – Veevus 16/0, Brown

SHUCK: Amber Zelon

UNDER WING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Tan

WING: Puglisi Trigger Point International Fibers, Black

This is an older BRF/Craig Matthew’s pattern that was designed for that “greasy sunlight”, just at dusk, on the Madison River. The black wing helps the angler see the fly under those lighting conditions. The wing material is treated with WATERSHED. so it floats real nice…

 

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Materials MR. T Caddis…

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MR. T(s)…

4.8.13 3Caddis time on the Madison River, MT…where the little guy below hatches during the dog days of Summer…

GLOS MAT -1-GLOSSOSOMA CADDIS LARVAE – Matthews/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #16

THREAD: Abdomen – UTC 70 Denier, Shell Pink / Thorax forward – Veevus 16/0, Brown

RIB: UTC wire, Amber, small

ABDOMEN: LaFontaine Touch Dubbing, Pink

THORAX: Senyo’s Laser Dubbing, Tan

HACKLE: Hungarian Partridge

This is THE MOST IMPORTANT Caddis in the Eastern Sierras, which is not the only place that it is found. Most Fly Fisherman, who travel to those waters, don’t even know about it. Like Ralph Cutter says in the article that I have linked to, “Learn how to use this pattern!”. Craig Matthews ties it HERE

 

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Materials GLOSSOSOMA CADDIS LARVAE…

GLOS MAT GRP -1-

GLOSSOSOMA CADDIS LARVAE…

KISS MIDGE LARVA -2-K.I.S.S. MIDGE LARVA – Chartreuse …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black – for the head only

ABDOMEN: Micro Tubing Chartreuse

Start the Micro Tubing at the head position, after tying it in, keep it under tension wrapping back into the bend then forward…one may add some Iridescent Peacock for a thorax- if desired. These are simple, translucent and portray hints of segmentation…fish this about 6″ off the bottom …

MAT KISS MIDGE -1-Materials K.I.S.S. MIDGE LARVA….

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K.I.S.S. MIDGES….

COPPER LOTUS -1-COPPER LOTUS – Egan/Variant…

HOOK: – TMC 100 SPBL, #16 – #20

THREAD: Uni 8/0, Olive Dun

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dun

RIB: Uni 6/0, Black – twisted

WING CASE: Midge Diamond Braid, Black

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Olive

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, #.5, Fl. Hot Orange

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

This is a variation on Lance Egan’s “IRON LOTUS”… tied on a straight shank hook with some different elements added A curved shank hook like the TMC 2487 or Daiichi 1130 works well too.I prefer keeping the abdomen thin on these patterns This pattern imitates a small May Fly in an attractor sort of way…A video for the original pattern may be viewed HERE

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Materials COPPER LOTUS…

COPPER LOTUS s -2-COPPER LOTUS(s)….

I will be able to use some of them with this little lightweight set-up I have not put to work in a long time:

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NEXT: Some interesting hooks and beads from the TROUT LEGEND STORE …with bugs tied on them – of course…

PT/TB

 

So a flashy little jig pattern that I have seen around..and NO, it isn’t in Umpqua’s catalog yet and there is no definitive recipe. If one tries to Google or Bing it, it won’t appear in any image search…so THIS is the closest approximation there is – right now. I have already had a couple of folks come snoopin’ around  lookin’ for it….here it is:

TUNG RED DART VAR -1-

TUNGSTEN RED DART – Lance Egan/Variant …

Mat RED DART -1-Materials for TUNGSTEN RED DART…

HOOK: Umpqua C400 BL, #12 – #16

THREAD: Ultra 70 denier, Olive Green – Abdomen / Gordon Griffith 14/0, Sheer – Thorax forward & Hot Spot

WEIGHT: .015 – .010 lead or lead sub.

TAIL: Red Saddle Hackle fibers

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Ice dubbing, Peacock – Hareline

*RIB: Brassie or Small Metallic Olive Ultrawire

HACKLE: Hen Neck, Ginger/Brown

THORAX: Pink UV Ice Dubbing

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten, Gold, sized to hook

* I have been informed by one of my tying friends that Lance Egan uses Sulky Holoshimmer for the ribbing and secures it with a covering of monofilament – thanks Jake !

This is a good attractor pattern !!!

 

RED DART JIGS -1-TUNGSTEN RED DART(s)…

The Blue version may be viewed HERE

ORANGE DART -2-

TUNGSTEN ORANGE DART – Lance Egan/Variant …

Mat ORANGE DART -1-Materials ORANGE DART…

HOOK: Umpqua C400BL, #12 – #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0 Brown – Abdomen / Datum Glo Brite #5, Hot Orange – *not pictured

WEIGHT: .015 – .010 lead or lead sub.

TAIL: Orange Saddle Hackle

ABDOMEN: 60% UV Ice Dub Brown / 40% Hareline dubbing #.24 – Chocolate Brown

RIB: Brassie or Small Ultrawire, Copper Brown

HACKLE: Hen Neck – Furnace

THORAX: UV Ice Dub Hot Orange

BEAD: Faceted Slotted Tungsten, Black – sized to hook

Brown is a color that works well in a lot of locations that we visit…So, why not ?

ORANGE DARTS -1-ORANGE DARTS….

BELOW VARNEY -1-Below Varney Bridge on the Madison River…

 

 

PT/TB 

 

 

 

 

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