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 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…

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Little Virginia Lake, Bridgeport, CA…

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

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BOX…done…

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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…

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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…

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Over the PEACOCK RAINBOWS…

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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…

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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 …

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…

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RUSTY ORANGE SOFT HACKLE(s)….

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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…

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A BATCH OF THE ABOVE…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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 This one Ally took home…to eat…

 

NEXT: ME, ALLY & HERO – lakin’ it…

 

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This little creek which is called a RIVER ,  in the Southern Sierras, holds a good population of stone flies. On this particular visit, Michael was workin’ the locals over with dries while I tossed small stone fly nymph patterns into the deeper drops that can be seen at Michael’s feet. I took some of the larger residents… on those patterns…

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Michael…somewhere in the Southern Sierras…on a small river that is full of stone flies…

What follows is a series of fairly easy to tie Stones that inhabit Western waters we visit…These bugs require clean, oxygenated unpolluted water!!! Please note that I have updated the links (in bold type) to some of the Fly Tying companies whose products I use…they will be updated on my front page under catalogs…eh…soon…

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STONE BOX completed…

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THE PICKLE – Pat Dorsey …

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Materials for THE PICKLE…

HOOK:  Daiichi 2220, #6 – #12

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Brown

WEIGHT: .020-.025 Lead or Lead Sub.

LEGS: Black/Brown – Cascade Crest

BODY: Variegated Chenille, Medium, Lt.Olive/Rust – Wapsi

This has been around for awhile…good to have when Golden Stones are about (and they generally are in a range of sizes) in the waters me and my guys fish. Charlie Craven ties it HERE
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Some PICKLES…ready to be eaten…An ROACH FLY -1-

Yoraperla nigrisoma (Roach Fly) …

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Materials YOPERLA nigrisoma (Roach Fly)…

ROACH FLY DIST -1-

…and NO, they won’t be found in most backyards…they are however,found ( so far ) in two additional states, that are not colored…

HOOK: TMC 2302, #10 – #12

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL(s): Goose Biots, Sulphur Orange

RIB: Micro Tubing, Brown

BODY: AZ Simi Seal #.34 Canadian Orange

WINGCASE9s): Medallion Sheeting, Mottled Brown

LEGS: Speckled Hen Back, Yellow

ANTENNAE: Goose Biots, Sulphur Orange

BEAD: Brass or Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

Yup…they are up there on the East Side and while most fishermen don’t know about them, the Trout do…plan accordingly…

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YOPERLA nirisoma (Roach Fly) herd…

ALLOPERLA boreallis -1-

Sweltsa borealis …

Mat SWELT BORE -1-

Materials for Sweltsa borealis…

HOOK: Daiichi 1260, #14 – #16

THREAD: Lagartun 74 Denier, Amber

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL(s): Goose Biot, Tan

BODY: Emergence Dubbing, #.70, Amber – Nature’s Spirit

RIB: Ultra Wire, SM, Amber

BACK: Scud Back, 1/8″, Tan

LEGS: Speckled Hen Saddle Feather, Amber, * tied convex side up and pulled over… like a Bat Wing Baetis

WINGCASE(s): Scud Back, 1/8″, Tan –  * whip finish and coat the entire top of fly with UV resin

 

Yeah…I go for the obscure latin names…these guys are found in a number of places here in the WEST. They are certainly in the Sierras and Ally ain’t waitin’ in vain below…

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A few Sweltsa borealis nymphs…

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Ally, waiting for those little guys to move into the shallows, on a late June evening, in the Madison channels…OLIVE UGLY -1-

UGLY BUG – Variegated (Black/Olive) …

Mat UGLY BUG -1-

Materials for the UGKY BUG - Variegated (Black/Olive)…

HOOK:  Daiichi 2220, #6 – #10

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: .015 -.025 Lead or Lead Sub.

BODY: Variegated Chenille, Medium, Black/Olive – Wapsi

LEGS: Medium, Olive/Black - Cascade Crest

 

This pattern goes by a number of different names and they may be tied in various colors,some imitative and some, like this, as more of an attractor. Just depends on what Mr. Trout is up for on any given occasion…

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Some UGLY BUGS…BELOW VARNEY BRIDGE -2-

Some UGLY BUG water…Below Varney Bridge, on the Madison River…

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PAT’S RL ( Brown/Amber)…Pat Dorsey …

Mat PATS RL -1-

Materials PAT’S RL  (Brown/Amber)…

HOOK:  TMC 5262, 5263 – #6 – #12

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Brown

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead sub.

BODY: Medium or Fine Dark Brown Chenille

LEGS: Super Floss, Amber – Larva Lace

This is a simple and effective tie that can be done in a number of sizes and colors to match a wide variety of Stone Flies. They are very useful in pocket and turbulent water where the Trout have to make a quick decision on food items…

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PAT’S RL (s)…SOUTH FORK CARSON RIVER -1-

Another STONE FLY factory in the Eastern Sierras…which takes a 4X4 to get into…

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Some Stone Flies identified during a stream survey, in a watershed, not too far away from the above location…TIMS STONE CM -1-

TIM’S LITTLE BLACK STONE – Matthews/Variant …

Mat TIMS STONE -1-

Materials TIM’S LITTLE BLACK STONE…

HOOK:  TMC 2302, 5212 – #14 – #16

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

WEIGHT: .010 lead wire

TAIL(s): Goose Biots, Black

RIB: Ultra Wire, SM, Hot Orange or Red

BODY: AZ Simi Seal, Black/Red … * taper with scissors

HACKLE: English Grouse

BEAD: Brass or Tungsten – sized to hook

Small black stoneflies represent many different orders of Plecoptera…they are good to have in a selection of sizes and configurations. This particular pattern is a recent addition done by Craig Matthews of Blue Ribbon Flies and as with most of the patterns he does, it is simple and very effective. It may be used ALL YEAR LONG… some the larger orders of stone flies take up to three years to mature…so they start out small and become larger each season…

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TIM’S LITTLE BLACK STONE(s)….
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Michael, working a stone imitation, on the West Walker River…with a stick he needs to remove above his indicator…NEMORA FLYMPH -1-

NEMOURA STONE FLYMPH…

Mat NEMOURA STONE -1-

Materials NEMOURA STONE FLYMPH…

HOOK: TMC 5262, 2302 #10- #12

THREAD: Abdomen – Danville #47, Tobacco Brown, 6/0 – Thorax forward – Veevus 16/0, Brown

TAILS: Two short fibers, Iridescent Peacock, Brown – Spirit River

ABDOMEN: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing,Brown

RIB: Olive/Brown Micro Tubing

WINGCASE(s): Bustard Thin Skin * coat with UV resin prior to adding hackle

HACKLE: Speckled Hen Saddle, Amber

That little Brown Stonefly  (NEMOURA) found in the Eastern Sierras, is this guy. It is also found in other areas, primarily throughout the U.S. and Europe in various shadings…this is a good imitation to work along banks when they are preparing to exit the water and their nymphal form, to hatch in the stream side rocks and vegetation…

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NEMOURA STONE FLYMPHS – #10 & #12…HOLO SALLY UV2 -1-

HOLO SALLY UV2 …

Mat HOLO SALLY UV2 -1-

Materials HOLO SALLY UV2…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1260, #14 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Light Cahill

WEIGHT: .010 lead wire

TAIL: Goose Biots, Tan

UNDER BODY: Veevus Holographic Tinsel, Small, Yellow

OVER BODY: D-Rib, Medium, Yellow

BACK: Amber Zelon

RIB: Ice Thread, Rusty Brown

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry, PMD

WINGCASE: Mottled Brown, Thin Skin – * coat with UV resin

ANTENNAE: Goose Biots, Tan

BEAD: Tungsten, Copper or Gold, sized to hook

The Little Yellow Sally is present throughout the West. I have seen some great hatches of this small stonefly, in the evening, on the Madison River, below Ennis Lake, in Beartrap Canyon. They also available to Trout in most watersheds in the Eastern Sierras (HERE) . It is a must carry stonefly imitation both in the nymphal and adult form…

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Ally, down in Beartrap Canyon on the Madison river…and there is a reason they call it BEARTRAP!!!

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HOLO SALLY(s) UV2…

 

NEXT: Finally getting around to SBSing these updated versions of GLF’s SPARKLE PUPA   done by Eric Slagle ,in Fly Tyer Magazine, Spring 2006…

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In use… on the East Walker River …

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Affirmed…the addiction is a genetic thing…

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 MONTY ALLY SAWTOOTHS -2-

The Rainbow Bridge…inspired by a Norse legend
By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.

Where the friends of man and woman do run,

When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,

Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.

On this golden land, they wait and they play,

Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,

For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.

Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,

Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,

Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.

All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,

Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;

Together again, both person and pet.

So they run to each other, these friends from long past,

The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,

Has turned into joy once more in each heart.

They embrace with a love that will last forever,

And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

“Monty”…Summer 1998-Jan. 10, 2014

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Michael and Aimee came in from NYC for Christmas and Michael and I wanted to do something with his sister Ally that we have not done together in awhile…at his time of year…

ICE GOOSE LAKE LP -1-A pond which will remain nameless somewhere in the middle of the Owens Valley around which native Americans lived and hunted…

M A GOOSE LAKE LP -21-Déjà (Ally & Moo) vu…

MOO GL LP -5-Michael checks the map coordinates…

HERO ROAD DOG LP -2-HERO says, “This must be the place !!!”…

ALLY GL LP -3-Ally says. “Yup, he’s right !”…

GL LP SIERRAS -7-The black obsidian and yellow or red jasper thingees may be found in the surrounding area…

GC LP -8-Ally and HERO at the George’s Creek Sand Trap…a stop for a bit of lunch and a lot more water than when we were here in March…

MOO GC LP -9-Michael prepares the Sierra standard…

LUNCH GC LP -6-Mmmmm…good stuff !!!…

ALLY HERO GC IP -8-HERO gets his handout…

CREEK BIG POINT LP -9-Back in the day, I found the largest obsidian spear point ever…along that creek bed in the distance…my Dad wore it around his neck in a gold setting…

MOO CREEK LP -10-Michael scours the landscape…

MOO LP CREEK LP -17-A stop by Lone Pine Creek where Michael learned how to fish when he was little…

ALLY LP RD  LP -11-Ally in the parking area below Whitney Portal…getting ready to look for a snowball to hit Pop with…HERO lurks in the background…

PORTAL RD LP -12-There was a little snow up there…

PORTAL RD DOWN LP -15-Looking down the same road towards the Owens Valley and Lone Pine below…

PORTAL RD LP -14-The colors at sunset…

LAST LIGHT LP -19-Last Light…Mt. Whitney Portal RD.  ….

BRIDGE LP -20-The Bridge on Lone Pine Creek…

MAH LP XMAS 13 -1-Ally, Michael and HERO…hanging out for a time before…

SEASONS LP -16-…dinner here…

SEASONS DIN LP -19-…eats…

ARR HEAD PLATE LP -18-A plate of stuff we found, during the day…Hit some areas we had not been to in about 15 years…lot of much older obsidian on the plate…

NEXT: Finish the SCUDS and then some new attractor patterns including Euro Jigs…

PT/TB 

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Michael and Aimee left the environs of the Big Apple and headed out to do some exploring on one of the rivers I hope to visit with him when I travel back East later this year…these are some preliminary photos which he sent to me…

BK -1-Yeah…well, I don’t know about THAT…

BK-7-The surrounding area…

BK-2-Moo’s BIIX Winston, 9′, 5wt. with a Tibor CL Reel and Aimee’s Sage SP, 9′, 6wt. with a Ross Canyon…

BK-3-The Beaver Kill…

BK-5-A local resident…I will be focusing on a lot more Eastern bugs in upcoming posts…to fill some additional fly boxes for the kids (and maybe for me)…

Beaverkill Hatch ChartBeaver Kill Hatch Chart from troutu.com…looks like I have a few patterns to tie…

BK-4-More Beaver Kill water…

BK-6-Camping by the river…that kid keeps the most organized campsite I have ever seen…

I will finish the Retro Crippled Caddis series in a couple of days. Frankenfly is off Trouting the Ausable and he will be posting the SBS on those guys sometime in the next week…

After that…some additional Cripple, Emerging and Caddis dries that would work in the above water and some places here in the West…

PT/TB 

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Time to get to some patterns that have been on the back burner for awhile. A portion of these will go into a box for a person who is new to Fly Fishing. So, these are patterns that will put that person into fish, no matter where they might use them…

BUGS 4 OTHER -1-

In on a book and done…

ANG CIN CAD LARVA -1-ANGORA CINNAMON CADDIS LARVAE  – Culton/Variant …

MAT ANG CAD -1-Materials for ANGORA CINNAMON CADDIS…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1560, #14 – #18

THREAD:  Ultra 70 denier, Burnt Orange – Under Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Brown – Thorax forward

WEIGHT: *NOTE…this pattern is underweighted (wire dia. smaller than shank dia.)  – 0.10 lead wire

ABDOMEN: 60% Ginger Angora Goat / 40% SLF Standard Cinnamon Dub

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Brown

BEAD: Copper Brass or Tungsten, sized to hook

This is a Steve Culton pattern that I first saw in the Summer 2012 Issue of Flyfishing & Tying Journal. He now has his own BLOG on WordPress and it is linked to under his name <-. I have used both Angora Goat and Seal-EX for bugger and streamer patterns. My take on this fly differs a bit from Steve’s. I like a buggier effect, using the “brushed method” ( that is why there is a bore brush and Velcro in the materials photo) so I use the material like I do with Mink, in tying the “Mink Thing”.That is just my preference, it may be tied as one chooses…in any case, it is a buggy, translucent pattern that will take Trout – anywhere there are Caddis…I will be tying more up in some other colors so that Michael can match this experience…

MOO EW JUMP RAIN -1-…on waters he will be Fly Fishing in the East. The Brown above… was caught on the East Walker River…

UV2 SW RS2 -1-UV2 SPARKLE WING RS2 – Craven/Variant…

MAT UV2 RS2 _1-Materials for UV2 SPARKLE WING RS2…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #16 – #24

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray – Head / Tiemco 16/0, White – under abdomen...* When using UV2 dubbing ALWAYS use a reflective base under it !

TAIL: White Fluoro Fibre – 2 short strands propped up by one THIN turn of dubbing under the tail(s)

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, Adams Grey

WING BUDS: 2 srort looped strands of DNA Holo Chromosome Flash, Pearl …or, what Charlie uses…

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry, Adams Grey

Ever since Rim Chung designed it, RS2′s take Trout…This is Charlie Craven’s version which may be found HERE.

I have taken good Trout in just about every location I have Fly Fished, using this pattern and a number of it’s variations. It may be tied to imitate just about ANY May Fly. They may be worked from the bottom of the water column to the top…I don’t leave home without them…

LO O 1 4.8.13 6The RS2 has taken a lot of nice fish for me and my crew here, in the Lower Owens River, in Spring and Fall. The above pattern, in Grey, is a good BWO/Baetis imitation for the Owens…

HB PSF -1-

HB PSF NYMPH …

MAT HB PSF NYMPH -1-Materials for HB PSF NYMPH…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1560, #14 – #18

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Ultra 70 Denier, Brown / Thorax forward, Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

WEIGHT: 0.10 Lead… stuffed into bead

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Light Speckled

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Brown

RIB: Wapsi Wire, Copper, SM or X-sm

WING CASE/LEGS; Six strands Rusty Brown Krystal Flash, pulled over Thorax then separated

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel, Brown

BEAD: Orange Hot Bead, sized to hook

A pumped up Pheasant tail nymph that works well on the East Walker River and other locations, in the Spring when waters are off colored. I use a lot of Rusty Brown Krystal Flas for abdomens, wing cases and legs…in the rivers I fish. in the Sierras, it goes over well…

DNA DIP PINK -1-DNA DIP (PINK)…

MAT DNA DIP -1-Materials DNA DIP (PINK)…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #16 – #18

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White /  Head – Tiemco 16/0, Brown

RIB: Brown Ice Thread – coat body with SHAN for durability

WING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Clear White

A simple Caddis Serndipity pattern in PINK. For Hydropsyche or any other Caddis that appears TAN…Walter Wiese, of Park’s Fly Shop in Gardiner, MT has been playing around with a lot of patterns in Pink… because they work

STILLWATER 4.8.13 1…and they will slay in here, in the evening…on the Stillwater River, MT

YAMSI SPECIAL -1-YAMSI SPECIAL – Dave Hughes/Variant …

MAT YAMSI -1-Materials YAMSI SPECIAL…

HOOK:  TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, #16…

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: 0.10 Lead Stuffed into bead

ABDOMEN: Ultra Wire Copper, SM and Fl Chartreuse, SM…I coat with SHAN

THORAX: SLF Squirrel Spikey Dubbing Dave uses black Hare’s Ear

BEAD: Black Brass or Tungsten

Dave Hughes created this wire pattern for Brachycentrus (Grannom) hatches on the Yamsi Ranch in Oregon. He notes that it works well in many “other” places. I have used a number of wired abdomen patterns ( excluding the Copper John series) and they have produced for me. I like to coat the abdomens with Dave’s Flexament  or Aqua Tuff, which adds dimension to the fly…in this instance, I have used SHAN

MADISON 2 4.8.13 4Wired patterns have put me into some rather large Browns in this section of The Madison River, below Ennis, MT…

$#.00 Wired SEREN -1-

WIRED $3.00 DIP – Matthews/Variant…

MAT WIED DIP -1-Materials for WIRED $3.00 DIP…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, TMC 2487, #14 -#18

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

RIB: Waspsi Wire, Hot Orange, SM and Copper Brown, SM

WING: Bleached Coastal Deer Hair – Nature’s Spirit

Another fish catching machine from Blue Ribbon Flies and Craig Matthews. The original $3.00 Dip works anywhere…so will this. I have tied it on a curved, scud hook rather than a straight hook as seen in BRF’s instructional video

$3.00 BRIDGE SUNSET -1-The location , from whence, the above pattern got it’s name…$3.00 Bridge on the Madison River, MT…and the BEST time to be there…

NEXT: Fill this up…

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PT/TB

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