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Back to what I do every Fall and Spring, more Baetis/BWO’s…These little guys are always about in some instar, just about everywhere, in moving water…I never have enough…and yes, there will be a box full...

MOO OWENS LOWER

MOO…working his MOJO on the Lower Owens…

BAETIS BLUE 14

BLUE FL. PT/BLACK BAETIS – Daiichi 1560, #18…

OWENS BROWN DEPART

Fall friend…

PEARL ON PEARL BLACK BAETIS

PEARL ON PEARL (Black) BAETIS – Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22…

Mat PEARL ON PEARL B BAETIS

Materials PEARL ON PEARL (Black) BAETIS…

PEARL ON PEARL B BAETIS

PEARL ON PEARL (Black) BAETIS…

RTO BWO 1

RTO/BWO- Gamakatsu R17-B, #18 – #22… Mat RTO:BWO

Materials RTO/BWO… RTO:BWO GRP

RTO/BWO(s)…

MOO FLY SHOP

MOO does some FLY SHOP recon (back East)…good things come in small packages MOO FLY SHOP 2

…over this past weekend… BAT:BWO 14 IN PROG BAETIS/BWO’s Fall 2014…In progress… SKARKA EMERGER BWO

SKARKA EMERGER BWO – Dennis Skarka/Variant, Daiichi 1130, 2457 , #18 – #22… Mat SKARKA EMERGER BWO

Materials SKARKA EMERGER BWO… SKARKA EM GRP

SKARKA EMERGERS BWO… NANO BAETIS OL -1-

NANO BAETIS NYMPH (Olive) – TMC 2488, #20 – #22… Mat NANO BAETIS 

Materials NANO BAETIS NYMPH (Olive)… NANO BAETIS GRP

NANO BAETIS NYMPH(s)… LOWER OWENS TWILIGHT

LOWER OWENS RIVER …at twilight… GFORCE 2 NYMPH BAETIS OLIVE

GFORCE NYMPH (Baetis Olive) – Glen-Young/Variant – TMC 103BL, #17 – #21… GFORCE UV LIGHT 1

GFORCE NYMPH (Baetis Olive)…UV Torched… Mat G FORCE NYMPH

Materials GFORCE NYMPH… G FORCE OL

May the “G” FORCE be with ya’ !… BURST WC BAETIS L:O

BWC BAETIS (Lt. Olive) – TMC 2488, #16 – #20… Mat BWC BAETIS

Materials BWC BAETIS… BWC BAETIS OL

BWC BAETIS (s)….. FIVE BRIDGES LO

Below FIVE BRIDGES on the Lower Owens River outside of Bishop, CA… 5 BRIDGES BAETIS -2-

FIVE BRIDGES BAETIS (Olive) – Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22… Mat 5 BRIDGES BAETIS

Materials FIVE BRIDGES BAETIS (Olive)… 5 BRIDGES BAETIS GRP

FIVE BRIDGES BAETIS… QWENS BAETIS 14

BAETIS/BWO HEAVEN… BRN SHEER BAETIS -1-

BROWN SHEAR BAETIS – TMC 103BL, #17 – #21… Mat BRN SHEAR BAETIS

Materials BROWN SHEAR BAETIS… BRN SHEAR BAETIS GRP

BROWN SHEAR BAETIS… TRIG LOOP EMERGER BWO -1-

TRIGGER LOOP EMERGER/CRIPPLE BWO – Gamakatsu C16-B, #18… Mat TRIGGER LOOPBWO

Materials TRIGGER LOOP EMERGER… TRIGGER LOOP BWO GRP

TRIGGER LOOP EMERGERS… T TRIG NYMPH GRY BAETIS

TUNGSTEN TRIGGER NYMPH (Baetis Gray) – Mercer/Variant – Daiichi 1560, #18/Daiichi 1110, #20… Mat TRIGGER NYMPH BAT GRY

Materials TUNGSTEN TRIGGER NYMPH (Baetis Gray)… TRIGGER BAETIS GRAY

TUNGSTEN TRIGGER NYMPHS (Baetis Gray)…. OWENS FALL (BAETIS 14)

One of my favorite places…in the Fall… BOB 2

BOB (Brown/Olive Baetis) – TMC 103BL, #17 – #21… Mat BOB NYMPH

Materials BOB (Brown/Olive Baetis)… BOB NYMPH GRP

BOB(s)… MOO LOW O -1- Where these would be used this Fall… SNIPER BAETIS RUST -1-

SNIPER BAETIS – Rust – Ramirez/Variant – TMC 2488, #18 – #24… Mat SNIPER BAETIS RUST

Materials SNIPER BAETIS – Rust… SNIPER BAETIS RUST

SNIPER BAETIS – Rust…. DIPHETOR HAGENI -2-

DIPHETOR hageni – family Baetidae – TMC 100SP BL, #18 -#20… Mat DH BAETIS

Materials DIPHETOR hageni… DH BAETIS

Some DH’s… CDC BUBBLEBACK BLK BAETIS -1- CDC BUBBLEBACK BAETIS, BLACK – Silverman/Variant – Daiichi 1130, #18- #20… Mat CDC BUBBLEBACK BAT-1-

Materials CDC BUBBLEBACK BAETIS, BLACK… CDC BUBBLEBACK BAETIS GRP -1-

CDC BUBBLEBACK BAETIS … WD-50 GRY -2- WD-50, GRAY – Stout/Variant, TMC 2488, #18 -#24… Mat WD-50 GRAY -1- Materials WD-50, GRAY… WD-50 GRAY GRP -1- WD-50(s), GRAY…

PT/TB 

 It was time to test out patterns for water at high elevation…me and two of the guys spent a day and a half up at Virginia Lakes in the Eastern Sierras. What follows, is a photo journal of that trip August 1-3, 2014…The lakes in the area have Rainbows, German Browns, Eastern Brookies and some Goldens in the higher lakes…VIRGINA LAKE -1-  Or destination, Virginia Lakes, at 9700′ near ,Bridgeport, CA… SUNRISE RRCAN -1-  Sunrise on Hwy. 14, in the Mohave desert, just nort of Red Rock Canyon… BT-42- ALLY, passing The Homestead, in Indian Wells Valley, off Hwy 395, as the sun comes up… BT-34R- The volcano…one has arrived at Little Lake and the gateway to the Owens Valley… DINO HUT OANCHA -1- The Dino Hut in Olancha, CA… BT-39- Mmmmm….Mahogany Smoked Meats, in Bishop, CA…the best jerky on the planet… BT-4- Just  a portion of what they have… BT-9- Pit stop for Hero in Lee Vining…. BT-40- Finally, after eight hours, the back porch…at the Walker River Lodge, Bridgeport, CA… LITTLE VIR IPHONE -1- We arrive…Little Virginia Lake…Tubers go left! I like to fish from a boat because it provides a high platform to spot cruisers… Some of the patterns that I used on Little Virginia: SOFT HACKLES LVL BLOG -3- SOFT HACKLES… STREAMERS BUGGERS LVL BLOG -1- STREAMERS/BUGGERS… SCUDS LVL BLOG -2- SCUDS…not the sowbugs !   WHAT worked best on this particular trip… pea-pt-n-part-1   Pheasant Tail & Partridge…ticket was #16 / Peacock & Partridge, #12 was the champ… strip ‘em fast on an intermediate line… BT-45R- STRIPPING SOFT HACKLES… pur-pea-n-part-1 Purple Peacock and Partridge, #12…I used this pattern first, stripped fast on an intermediate line and it slammed…but, I had others to try… ypt-quicksilver-1 YELLOW PT/ QSB/ STARLING SOFT HACKLE , #18 – I fished this over the weed beds on a floating line and caught Brookies and Rainbows around mid-day on Saturday… this little guy was a blast ! VIR LK BF SUNSET -1-  Little Virginia about an hour from sunset… kgs-spring-ck-sc-var-1 KELLY GLISSMEYER’S SPRING CREEK SCUD – #18…Stripped slowly then a six inch burst, or using a hand twist retrieve with a rod twitch, near or over weeds or weed beds, this pattern is a High Sierra Lake KILLER…use an intermediate line if the air temps. are warm during the day…a floating line works well in the evening or early morning when the light is low and scuds are more active near the surface… owens-off-ch-hs-1 OWENS “OFFENDER” HS CH  #6 – I designed this pattern for use in the Fall on the Owens River but had an idea that it would also work in some high elevation lakes…strip this fly FAST, on an intermediate line (the cone gets it down) with pronounced jerks of the rod tip…and hold on…this took my largest fish of the trip, a 4lb. Rainbow… LEFT OVER KLINKS LEFT OVER KLINK – This was a surprise..I had tied these up several years ago and have used them on a number of rivers with some success…these, in Olive, Brown and Black were absolutely fish slayers on Little Virginia Lake in #14 & #16…Srrip ‘em fast on an intermediate line… POP TROUT -2- The old guy with a 4lb. Rainbow that Ally took home…on this trip, I caught more fish in a day and a half than on any other visit of the same duration. Most were in the 10″- 12″ category with a couple of 16″ – 18″ Trout in the mix… BT-41- Coming down the mountain, for dinner… BRIDGEPORT INN BT -54- …at the Bridgeport Inn BT-21- THE Garlic toast…this is as far as we got taking pictures…too famished !!!

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The next day: BT-16- Ally in the boat… BT-37 HERO in the middle…Then these two split… again… for some trekking while I stayed and fished… HERE is a compliation of trails, curios and lakes in the surrounding area…Thanks ALLY !!!! BT-24- Cooney Lake…on the trail to Summit Pass (11.100′)… BT-23- HERO takes a break… BT -1- Frog Lake #2… BT-11- HERO getting a workout… BT-2 The Trekking Pup..with six legs..I gotta’ ask Ally how she did this… BT-14- The Miner’s Cabin on the trail to Summit Pass, just before Cooney Lake… BT-47R- Another view… BT-50- On the trail… BT-35- Frog Lake #1…loaded with stunted Brookies… BT=49- Ally… Creek break… BT-46- Oh…doe deer… VIR LAKES IPOD -2- Above Frog Lake #2… BT-13- Hero…taking in the view… BT-5- Meandering (mostly) dry creek… BT-31- Ally & Hero on the Alpine beach… BT-26- A smoky look down the mountain…smoke from fires burning on the West Slope really got bad on Saturday… BT-27R- The same lake (Moat) without the beach dwellers… BT-10- Up a creek… BT-20- Hero plays it cool…   BT-8- Ally and Hero selfie… BT-18- Hero in the pines… BT-7- Ally takes a short drive up to Twin Lakes… BT-12- …and hikes a trail near there… UP VIR LAKE -1- Back up the mountain to pick up Dad… SUN SET BP -1- …and back down towards Bridgeport…the smoke is worse… BT-43- Time for dinner at the Virginia Creek Settlement BT-19- Oh yeah…

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We we going to fish again on Sunday morning , however, the weather took a turn for the worse…so.. KENS SPORTING GOODS ...a  quick visit to Ken’s Sporting GoodsFLIES KENS SG -1- A view of the fly box…now that’s a FLY BOX…then off tho check out Bridgeport Res. and the East Walker River… AL HERO BRIDGE RES -1- Bridgeport Res. …not good…the water is very, very low… BT POP RES -1- <- Bridgeport Res – East Walker River -> EWR DAM -1- The first pool on the EWR…the flows are low and the water is warm with lots of algae…we needs a ton of snow this coming Winter… BT-25- …Back up the mountain to say goodbye to fellow tier and operator of Virginia Lakes Resort along with her husband John – Carolyn Webb… BT-36- Ally takes a seat and admires… BT-22- …This six lb. Brown that came out of Little Virginia Lake in 2006… BT-17- Where Carolyn server up some fantastic pies… BT FISH BOARD -52- The Trout board in the cafe… ALLY HERO VIR LK -1- Ally and Hero…one last bite of left over pizza and a goodbye… BT-29R- …down the mountain to Conway Summit… BT-30- Hero wants to see… BT-51- The Mono Inn over looking Mono Lake…we have had some great meals here through the years and it has finally re-opened… BT OWENS RAIN -1- Rain in the Owens Valley…Near Big Pine… BT-33- The volcano and back to what passes as the real world… 10562620_825346980818242_7312704035442934890_o Just below Summit Pass… looking back towards Virginia Lakes…1987 – two years before Ally was born…Yup I like it up there…

 

NEXT: Gettin’ ready for Fall…

 

 

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These are some patterns that we use up on high elevation lakes in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. I put 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…I also used some other patterns that I have wanted to try out on this trip, in a lake. Those will be included in my next post . The largest fish I took, on this trip was 4lbs.(end of post). I won’t go into numbers, but I caught more fish in a day and a half of fishing than I have EVER caught on Little Virginia Lake…

LIL VIR SH POST -1-

Little Virginia Lake, Bridgeport, CA…

DAD BOAT BRIDGE -1-

…and they all got tested out this weekend (Aug. 1-3)…

SOFT HACKLE BOX -2-

 

BOX…done…

PEA PT N PART -1-

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

Mat PT N PART-1-

Materials PHEASANT TAIL & PARTRIDGE…

PT N PART GRP -1-

PT’s & PARTRIDGE  Soft Hackle – Natural… 

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

RIB: Ultra wire, Gold or Copper, SM or xsm

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Natural

Hackle: Partridge

These are one of the soft hackle patterns, including the one next to it, that have probably taken more Trout – world wide – than any other soft hackle patterns. I never have enough and #16 was what worked on this trip up to Bridgeport…

Mat PEA N PART -1-

Materials PEACOCK HERL & PARTRIDGE…

PEA N PART GRP -1-

PEACOCK HERL & PRATRIDGE(s) SOFT HACKLE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Peacock Herl, 4-2 fibers, twisted around thread for durability

RIB: *Optional. Gold, Copper or Red wire , SM or x-sm

Hackle: Partridge

These are a required soft hackle pattern for anyone’s boxes. They just plain work…EVERYWHERE..#12 was the ticket for this trip to Little Virginia…

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

RED LAKE SPECIAL SH -2-

ALLY’S RED LAKE SPECIAL SOFT HACKLE …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Black

RIB: Ultra wire, Hot Orange, SM

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Brown

THORAX: Peacock Herl, Strung Red, 4-2 fibers twisted around working thread for durability

This is another pattern that there was not enough time to use in it’s intended destination – Red Lake…I give this a shot next time…

Mat A RED LAKE SP -1-

Materials ALLY’S RED LAKE SPECIAL..

ALLY RL SPECIALS -1-

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

PEA RAIN SH -2-

PEACOCK RAINBOW SOFT HACKLE …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #14 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0,Black

ABDOMEN: Midge Diamond Braid, Peacock

THORAX: Multihued Rainbow Brass Bead, Sized to hook

HACKLE: Partridge

I put this pattern together with Trumbull Lake, in the AM, specifically in mind…never got over there so the testing on this fly will have to wait…

Mat PEA RNBOW SH -1-

Materials PEACOCK RAINBOW SOFT HACKLE…

RAIN BOW SOFT HACKLES -1-

Over the PEACOCK RAINBOWS…

PUR PEA n PART -1-

PURPLE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SH …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #18

THREAD: Ultra 70 Denier, Purple

RIB: Lagartun Silver wire, Fine or X-Fine

ABDOMEN: Purple Iridescent Peacock Herl – Spirit River

HACKLE: Partridge

This was the first pattern I tried out starting around 1:00PM on Friday afternoon…Yeah it worked, in #12 –  consistently.. .but I had more flies to test…

Mat PURP PEA SH -1-

Materials PURPLE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SH…

PURP PEA SHs -1-

PURPLE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SOFT HACKLE(s)…

ALLY RED LAKE

Ally…early in the morning at RED LAKE…

RUSTY ORANGE SH -1-

RUSTY ORANGE SOFT HACKLE …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – #18

THREAD: Abdomen- Tiemco 16/0, Brown / Thorax forward – Veevus 16/0, Orange

RIB: Ultra wire, Gold, SM or x-sm

ABDOMEN: Midge Diamond Braid, Rust

THORAX: Orange Iridescent Peacock – Spirit River

HACKLE: Partridge

I took some nice (12″-16″) Rainbows on the fly early in the AM on Saturday morning then, the bite just turned off on these guys. I was using a hand twist retrieve with them…

 

Mat RUSTY OR SH -1-

Materials RUSTY ORANGE SOFT HACKLE…

RUSTY OR SHs -1-

RUSTY ORANGE SOFT HACKLE(s)….

HARES ICE N DAZZLE SH -1-

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

HOOK: Alec Jackson Phantom Covert Nymph Hook, #11 – #15

THREAD: Tiemco or Veevus 16/0, Brown

RIB: Ultra wire, Copper Brown, SM

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Ice Dub, Hare’s Ear

THORAX: Dazzle Bead Metallic Pheasant Tail, sized to hook

Hackle: Partridge

I took a few Rainbows on this pattern. It occurred to me…later,  that for lakes, using Peacock Hare’s Ice Dubbing might make a better choice…Oh well…

Mat HARES ICE SH -1-

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

HARES ICE BEAD SHs -1-

A BATCH OF THE ABOVE…

RED HERL N HEN -1-

RED PEACOCK & HEN SH…

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Red

RIB: Ultra wire, Metallic Blue, SM or x-sm

ABDOMEN: Peacock. Iridescent Red - Spirit River

HACKLE: Hen Neck, Furnace

I was really looking forward to trying these out after the sun had set behind the mountain and the lake goes calm with a mirror surface. Unfortunately, I had to have the boat back in by 7:00PM and it wasn’t going to happen on this trip..maybe later when it sets sooner…

VIR LK BF SUNSET -1-

Not DARK enough…

 

 

 

Mat RED PEA N HEN -1-

Materials RED PEACOCK & HEN…

RED PEA N HEN SHS -1-

RED PEACOCK & HEN SOFT HACKLES…

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Ally… goofing off on Little Virginia Lake…

YPT QUICKSILVER -1-

YELLOW PT/QSB/STARLING SOFT HACKLE …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Lt. Cahill

RIB: Ultra wire, Gold, Sm or x-sm

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Yellow

THORAX: Hi-Lite Glass Bead, Quicksilver, SM or x-sm

Hackle: Bleached Ginger Starling

I used these in the morning, on the second day, fishing over the weed beds on Little Virginia…Oh Boy! I haven’t caught so many Brookies in years, along with a bunch of Rainbows. I was stripping them moderately fast with some added rod twitches…

Mat YELP PT N STAR -1-

Materials YELLOW PT/QSB/STARLING SOFT HACKLE…

YELO PT N STARLING -1-

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

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Little Virginia Lake…way up there…

BRN PEA PART -2-

BROWN PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE – 

HOOK: Alec Jackson Phantom Covert Nymph Hook, #11 -#17

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

RIB: Ultra wire, Copper Brown, SM

ABDOMEN: Peacock, Iridescent Brown,- Spirit River

HACKLE: Partridge

These guys took a number of Rainbows, stripped FAST, in 6″ bursts, in the late afternoons of both days…

Mat BRN PEA PART -1-

Materials BROWN PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE…

BRN PEA PARTS -1-

BROWN PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SOFT HACKLES…

OLIVE CHART SH -2-

OLIVE PHEASANT & PARTRIDGE …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 -#18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

RIB: Ultra wire, Chartreuse, SM or x-sm

ABDOMEN: Olive Pheasant Tail fibers

HACKLE: Olive Partridge - Hareline

This pattern worked well for me on the trip, fished near and over weed beds and stripped at a moderate speed, on an intermediate line with a 12′ leader and tippet…

Mat OL PHEAS PART -1-

Materials OLIVE PHEASANT & PARTRIDGE…

OL PHEAS PARTS -1-

OLIVE PHEASANT & PARTRIDGE SOFT HACKLES…

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Pop and his rower…on Little Virginia Lake…

BP SH -2-

BLACK PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE …

Add Contact FormHOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: Ultra wire, Silver, SM or x-sm

ABDOMEN: Peacock, Iridescent Black – Spirit River

HACKLE: Partridge

An alternative to the standard Peacock and Partridge, fish it in lakes with a hand twist retrieve or stripped. The Trout will let one know the speed at which they prefer the pattern stripped…

Mat BP SH -1-

Materials BLACK PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE…

BP SHACKLES -1-

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…

POPS VIR TROUT -1-

 This one Ally took home…to eat…

 

NEXT: ME, ALLY & HERO – lakin’ it…

 

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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…

TL BOX -1-

Completed box of patterns tied on TroutLegend hooks…

RAM JIG -2-

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…

RAM JIGS -1-

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…

UV2 MALLARD N BLUE-1-

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

Mat MAL N BLU -1-

Materials UV2 MALLARD N’ BLUE…

MAL N BLUS -1-

MALLARD N’ BLUE(s)….

VEEVUS DIP -1-

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…

Mat VEEVUS DIP -1-

Materials VEEVUS DIP…

VEEVUS DIPS -1-

VEEVUS SERENDIPITIES…

BSHEEP CRK SPL -1-

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…

BAETIS JIG -2-

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…

BAETIS JIGS -1-

BAETIS JIG(s)…

JULIUS NYMPH -2-

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…

Mat JULIUS NYMPHS -1-

Materials JULIUS NYMPH…

JULIUS NYMPHS -2-

JULIUS NYMPH(s)…

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

GAS CAD -1-

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…

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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…

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Materials HARE’S ICE ANCHOR BUG….

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HARE’S ICE ANCHOR BUG(s)…

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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:

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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)…

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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

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Materials HOLO HAZE SH…

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HOLO HAZE SH(s)…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

 

 

PT/TB   

 

 

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 !!!

 

PT/TB

 

 

 

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