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Many moons ago, I was fishing up in Bridgeport, CA when I met an older woman, at the Bridgeport Inn, from Reno, NV that owned property on a small creek that ran off the Eastern Side of the Sierras between Bridgeport and Walker, CA. She invited me to meet her at a locked U.S. Forrest Service gate to gain access to that location, the next morning. I spent the entire day up there and caught Brookies, Browns and Rainbows galore. I stomach sampled a couple of the fish I caught and Drunella flavilienea or Flav  nymphs were in that sampling. That was the first time I became aware of their presence in the Eastern Sierras other than in the Truckee River which runs East out of Lake Tahoe into Reno, NV and beyond. These guys had a distinct grey-ish cast to their otherwise olive color…I’ll get into that later…

CW's LGD EMERGER 2

CW’s FOAM GREEN DRAKE EMERGER (FLAV) – Williams/Variant – TMC 2488, #10 – #12…

UV2 TP HAIRWING DUN FLAV

UV2 TRIGGER POINT HAIRWING DUN (Flav) – Harrop/Variant, TMC 103BL, #11- #15…

Mat HAIRWING DUN FLAV

Materials UV2 TRIGGER POINT HAIRWING DUN (Flav)… 

HAIRWING DUNS FLAV

UV2 TRIGGER POINT HAIRWING DUNS (Flav)…

SS EMERGER FLAV 1

SNOWSHOE EMERGER – FLAV – Schollmeyer & Leeson/Variant – TMC 206 BL, #12 – #14…

Mat SS EMERGER FLAV

Materials SNOWSHOE EMERGER – (Flav)…

SS EMERGER FLAV GRP

SNOWSHOE EMERGERS – (Flavs)…

WWR MONO TOURISM

Yep…those guys are in here…PHOTO – Mono County Tourism

SH CHUCKY FLAV

CHUCKY SURFACE SH (Flav) – Daiichi 1560, #12 – #16…

Mat CHUCK SURFACE SH FLAV

Materials CHUCKY SURFACE SH (Flav)…

CHUCKY SURFACE SOFT HACKLES FLAV GRP

CHUCKY SURFACE SOFT HACKLES (Flav)…

MOO AIMEE SF 4.30.15 SF

Michael & Aimee at 32,000′ over Virginia Lakes in the Eastern Sierras, while on their way to San Francisco from N.Y.C. – yesterday, 4.30.2015. They waved at the Flavs for me…

THUMPER FLAV NYMPH - 1

THUMPER NYMPH (Flav) – TMC 5262, #12 – #16…

THUMPER FLAV NYMPH - 2 TOP

THUMPER NYMPH (Flav)…TOP…

THUMPER FLAV NYMPH - 3 BOT

THUMPER NYMPH (Flav)…BOTTOM…

Mat THUMPER NYMPH FLAV

Materials THUMPER NYMPH (Flav)…

THUMPER NYMPHS FLAV

THUMPER NYMPHS (Flavs)…

MOO SUGAR

The THUMPERS, getting their sugar fixes…

MOLYBDENITE FLAV 1

MOLYBDENITE NYMPH (Flav), Daiichi 1560, #12- #16…

Mat MOLYBDENITE NYMPH FLAV

Materials MOLYBDENITE NYMPH (Flav)…

MOLYBDENITE NYMPS FLAV GRP

MOLYBDENITE NYMPHS…

PT/TB

Back in the day, in Chuck Fothergill’s Fly Shop, in Aspen, CO, I came across a woven fly pattern called the La Fonte Wobble-Rite. It was awhile before I actually employed this Caddis Pupa pattern for moving and still waters. Why did I wait so long…? In tying this pattern, one secures the lead or non lead substitute parallel to the hook shank. That, enables the pattern to seductively “wobble” as it moves through the water…what follows are some variations, on that original fly, with updated materials. The recipe for the original pattern may be found in Solomon and Leiser’s “The Caddis and the Angler” ppgs. #.84 -#.88…try some, they will not disappoint…Here (below) is the SBS for the DB AMBER WOBBLE-RITE CADDIS PUPA…All of the other WOBBLE-RITES start with the same lashing approach…

Michael CROTON GEAR

Michael…gearing up today, to hit an Eastern river tomorrow, with some of the bugs his sister hand delivered to him a couple of weeks ago…

MOO C RIVER 4.25.2015

Cold day on the river for MOO…(4.25.2015)…

KG's SCS OLIVE WOBBLE

KG’s SPRING CREEK SCUD -Wobble Style – Glissmeyer/Variant …

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak) C550BL, #12- #14, TMC 2499 SPBL, #12 – #16. TMC 2488H, #12 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive Green – Abdomen / Veevus 16/0, Olive – Head

WEIGHT: Lead or non-lead sub., approximate diameter of shank, lashed to sides, flattened and coated with Zap-A-Gap

RIB: SulkySilver Metallic 8040 Opalescent

BACK/CARAPACE: Clear Stretch-Flex, 1/8″

BODY: Arizona Simi-Seal, #.12, Olive – in a dubbing loop, picked out with a bodkin and brushed wit a bore brush- cut jut below hook point

Kelly G’s scud pattern in the 1.0 version. He just informed me that a 2.0 version is in the works and because these guys just plain slam, I will be adding that to my arsenal as soon as he lets me see it. Scuds, when they are resting are curled…when they move, in short bursts up to six inches, are straight…tie accordingly

VIR LAKE KG WOBBLE SCUD

The above scud is for use in this lake…in the early AM or at dusk, around, in and over the weed beds…

Mat WR SCS OLIVE

Materials KG’s SPRING CREEK SCUD -Wobble Style…

WR KG's SCS OLIVE GRP

KG’s SPRING CREEK SCUDS -Wobble Style…

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A “BOMBPROOF” SBS…

Mat AMBER WR CAD PUPA

Materials DB AMBER WOBBLE-RITE CADDIS PUPA…

WR SBS 1

#1...Place Diamond Bead on the hook and insert in vise. Take ten wraps and do the first of a lot of half-hitches that will keep this guy trucking’…

WR SBS 2

#2… Place a strip of lead on the near side of the shank, wrap forward and back to the tie in point and half-hitch…

WR SBS 3

#3…Place the second strip of lead on the  far side of the shank, even with the first, and wrap down into the bend. Use fingernails to keep the lead in position, parallel to the shank…

WR SBS 4

#4… Half-hitch the thread at the bend, flatten the lead parallel to the hook shank with non-serrated pliers, twist or nip off the excess lead and cover the rear with a few wraps of thread. Half-hitch…

WR SBS 5

#5…Run the thread up to the front of the lead then back to the bend to cover any frays…

WR SBS 6

#6…Coat the thread wraps with Zap-A-Gap – Keep it away from the bead and let it dry !

WR SBS 7

#7…Cut a thin strip of thin skin and taper the end to a point…

WR SBS 8

#8…Cut the D-Rib at an angle ( to reduce bulk)…

WR SBS 9

#9…Attach the thin skin at the bend with three tight wraps of thread and half-hitch…

WR SBS 10

#10...Attach the D-Rib at the bend, flat side down, with three tight thread wraps and half-hitch.Bring the Fl.White thread forward and half-hitch. Tie in the Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown thread at the front of the lead base. Keep in mind that Caddis Pupa are chubby at the stern and skinny-er at the thorax…

WR SBS 11

#11…Bring the thin skin over the top of the shank, add two soft wraps and pull forward to tighten. Then, add two more tight wraps of thread and half-hitch…

WR SBS 12

#12…Wrap the D-Rib up the hook shank in tight turns, secure with 5 wraps of thread and cut the excess…

WR SBS 13

#13...Cover the thread wraps with a thinly dubbed thread of SLF Spikey Squirrel dubbing. Half-hitch twice, just in front of the dubbing. Push the Diamond Bead back into the dubbing, bring the thread forward and add two more half-hitches tight against the bead while pushing back with the Stonfo half-hitch tool (below).Add a few wraps of thread over the shank towards the hook eye, the back to the bead. Half-hitch again at the bead and add a touch of Hard-As-Hull to all that thread (Those wraps on the hook shank will assist in preventing  the V-Notched partridge from spinning in the next step! ) I use a number of different half-hitch tools for tying. The Stonfo half-hitch tool (more below) really comes in handy for locking beads in, when utilized at the thorax position

WR SBS 14

#14… V-Notch a Brown Partridge feather…

WR SBS 15

#15…Place the Partridge feather over the top of the hook shank and lock in place with two soft wraps of thread. Adjust the fibers with your fingernails then add two tight wraps, cut the excess feather protruding over the eye of the hook, add two more tight wraps and half-hitch with the Stonfo hitch tool…

STONFO HALF HITcH TOOL

Stonfo Half Hitch Tool…

WR SBS 16

#16… Tie in Brown Ostrich Herl with the fibers pointing to the rear of the hook shank. Clip excess and half-hitch. Then, wrap the herl forward using 5-7 turns. ( I use there hackle pliers to hold the end of the herl:

HACKLE PLIERS

…and place my right hand thumbnail just behind the eye of the hook when wrapping) With my left hand, I take the tying three out of the bobbin cradle and bring the thread behind the hanging herl then over the hook shank with two tight wraps. Remove thumbnail and add two additional tight wraps….clip the excess herl and add a half-hitch with the Stonfo hitch tool. Whip finish and add a drop of Hard-As-Hull

WR SBS 17

#17… Go fish…

AMBER WR CAD PUPA GRP

DB AMBER WOBBLE-RITE CADDIS PUPAE, #14’s…

DB AMBER WR CAD PUPA 2

DB AMBER WOBBLE-RITE CADDIS PUPA – Daiichi 1250, #12 – #16…

“But, why the DIAMOND BEAD?”

MOO EWR AMBER CAD

AMBER CADDIS might be found in here…

DB AMBER CAD

Here are the DB’s…it’s in there (subtle not pronounced)…

DB AMBER WR CAD PUPA TOP 2

DB AMBER WOBBLE-RITE CADDIS PUPA – Top…

WOBBLE-RITE TAN PUPA YB

TAN WOBBLE-RITE CADDIS PUPA…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #12 -#18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Fl. White – Under Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown – Thorax forward

WEIGHT: Lead or non-lead sub., approximate diameter of shank, lashed to sides, flattened and coated with Zap-A-Gap

OVER ABDOMEN: Tan D-Rib, Small or Medium depending on hook size

BACK/CARAPACE: Thin strip of Medallion Sheeting, Buggy Brown

WINGLETS: Brown Partridge ( lower back on the skin) – V-Notched

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Brown – Spirit River

A Tan Pupa using the same method. For the smallest size, as in #18, use Micro Tubing and a lot of patience…

Mat WOBBLE-RITE TAN

Materials TAN WOBBLE-RITE CADDIS PUPA…

WOBBLE-RITE TAN GRP

TAN WOBBLE-RITE CADDIS PUPAE…

CHART WOBBLE-RITE

CHARTREUSE WOBBLE-RITE CADDIS PUPA…

HOOK: Hanak C300BL Hook, #12- #14

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Fl. White – Under Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Olive or Black – Thorax forward

WEIGHT:  Lead or non-lead sub., approximate diameter of shank, lashed to sides, flattened and coated with Zap-A-Gap

OVER ABDOMEN: Glitter D-Rib, Medium Chartreuse

BACK/CARAPACE: strip of Tin Skin, Mottled Bustard Natural

WINGLETS: Olive Partridge, V-Notched

THORAX: Ostrich Herl, Black

This is an attractor Rhyacophila imitation. I really like the color Chartreuse, which on some occasions, will out fish a green or olive pattern. Changing the color, one could imitate various net spinning Caddis PupaDon’t be opposed to using different colors of thread as an under abdomen base in conjunction with D-Rib or Micro Tubing. Find the color, vibrance and hue that meets the requirements of the bugs and conditions in which the pattern is to be used. I do this a lot with Barr’s Graphic Caddis and the results are worth the effort…

Mat CHART WOBBLE-RITE CAD

Materials CHARTREUSE WOBBLE-RITE CADDIS PUPA…

CHART W-R TOP

CHARTREUSE WOBBLE-RITE CADDIS PUPA – Top view…

CHART W-R BOTTOM

CHARTREUSE WOBBLE-RITE CADDIS PUPA – Bottom view…

WOBBLE-RITE CHART GRP

CHARTREUSE WOBBLE-RITE CADDIS …

three-dollar-bridge_1

Yep…in that chop on the left…

WOBBLE-RITE SIDE OLIVE

WOBBLE-RITE CADDIS PUPA (Olive)- La Fonte/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #10-#18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, FL. White – Underabdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown – Thorax forward

WEIGHT: Lead or non-lead sub., approximate diameter of shank, lashed to sides, flattened and coated with Zap-A-Gap

OVER ABDOMEN: D-Rib, Small, Olive ( for larger sizes, use Medium)

BACK/CARAPACE: Thin strip of Medallion Sheeting, Mottled Brown

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel dubbing, Dark Brown

HACKLE: #2 Metz Hen Neck, Furnace

I prefer straight hook for this pattern for use in still water. For tailwaters and freestone rivers and streams, I would tie this pattern on curved, slow curve, or keel hooks…

Mat WOBBLE-RITE CAD

Materials WOBBLE-RITE CADDIS PUPA (Olive)…

PVR WOBBLE

PVR … where this pattern literally banged the biggies…

WOBBLE-RITE OLIVE TOP

WOBBLE-RITE…Top view…

WOBBLE=RITE BOTTOM OLIVE

WOBBLE-RITE…Bottom view…

WOBBLE-RITE CAD GRP

WOBBLE-RITE(s)…

NEXT: Drunella flavilienea

PT/TB

I will be tying up a series of Jig Patterns and some other patterns on the hooks that were sent to me by my fly tying friend, Jacob Adamerovich. They are available at his shop, the Competitive Angler in Latrobe,PA. Some of these will be used in the Eastern Sierras and a few will travel back to NYC for Michael to use this Summer…

BUG LINE JA HOOKS

The Bug Line…done…

ROAR FORK 78

Some of the above would work well in here…now where would that be ?

BRUSHED LASER & D-RIB CADDIS BRUSHED LASER & D-RIB CADDIS …

HOOK: Hanak 390 BL, #12 – #16

WEIGHT: .010 lead 0r .015 Lead Sub. – 4-6turns

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive

TAG: 2 strands flash, 8-10 strands fiber – DNA Holo Fusion, White – cut short

RIB: Chartreuse D-Rib, Small, 6-7 wraps

ABDOMEN: (In a dubbing Loop) Senyo’s Lase Dub, Light Olive – wrap between ribbing and brush rearward with velcro on a popsicle stick or a bore brush…trim excess with curved scissors

WINGLETS: Flex Floss, Brown

THORAX: 2 Iridescent Peacock Herl Fibers (Spirit River), twisted into a rope, then 3-4 turns

HACKLE: Partridge Feather, Olive

HOT SPOT: Veevus, 8/0, Fl. Orange Thread

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

This is just a simple soft hackle Caddis pattern with a subdued rib and shaggy appearance. The DNA tag adds a bit of flash and the hot spot provides a trigger. Fish this pattern directly above your position then let it swing in the current below. Michael nails a lot of nice Browns (below) using this technique…

MOO EWR PURP CAD Michael likes my Caddis patterns…

Mat BRUSHED LASER & D-RIB CADDIS

Materials BRUSHED LASER & D-RIB CADDIS…

BRUSHED LASER & D-RIB CADDIS GRP

BRUSHED LASER & D-RIB CADDIS…

DUN MINK UV2 DUN MINK & UV2 – Williams/Variant …

HOOK: Hanak 450 BL, #12 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Gray/Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

RIB: Sulky Opalescent Thread

ABDOMEN: Dun Mink underfur, Nature’s Spirit, use a dubbing rake

THORAX: 70/30 Mix SLF Spikey Squirrel, Gray – UV2 Dark Enhancer

BEAD: Silver Tungsten slotted, sized to hook or oversize x1

This is a variation of Loren William’s LW’s Stud. I like tying with mink fur because this material has the unique ability to trap air bubbles. It comes in a wide range of dyed colors…I also use the longer fibers, cut off the skin, for tailing and hackle…

Mat DUN MINK & UV2 Materials DUN MINK & UV2… DUN MINK & UV2 JIGS DUN MINK & UV2 JIGS… EWR MM Shades of MINK work well here…on the East Walker River… SULPHUR EMERGER SULPHUR EMERGER – Grobert/Variant…

HOOK: Hanak 390 BL Hook, #14 – #16

THREAD: Abdomen – UTC 70 Denier, Yellow / Thorax forward, Veevus 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Brown Z-Lon fibers

ABDOMEN: Yellow tying thread

RIB: “Touch dubbed” to Danville 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown thread, #37, Seal Brown Hareline Fur Dubbin

WING: Snowshoe Hare, Tan

THORAX: Micro Fine Dry Fly Dub, Sulphur Yellow

Another pattern that will be going back East to Michael for his use. I used some other materials than the way Matt Robert ties it HERE….later…

Mat SULPHUR EMERGER Materials SULPHUR EMERGER… SULPHUR EMERGERS SULPHUR EMERGER(s)… RYCHO Z-WING RYCHO Z-WING (Olive) – Mercer/Variant …

HOOK: Hanak 390 BL Hook, #12 – #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive

ABDOMEN: 70/30 Mix, Antron Dubbing, Olive – UV2 Caddis Nymph, Olive

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer, Black

CARAPACE/BACK: Mottled Olive Thin Skin

WINGS: Ginger Z-Lon – split from 1 strand

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Black (Spirit River) – 2 fibers, twisted into a rope – 3-4 turns

A variation on Mike Mercer’s Z Wing Caddis for the Rhyacophila hatch that occurs in the Eastern Sierras March – August. It may also be tied in Tan.That would be the Emerging Pupal stage of this guy…

EWR FREE LIVING CADDIS

Free living Caddis…East Walker River, Bridgeport, CA…

Mat RYCHO ZLON CADDIS Materials RYCHO Z-WING CADDIS… RYCHO ZELON CAD GRP RYCHO Z-WING CADDIS… JACOB'S MAT The Hooks and Beads…

D 1167 & H 390 BL

F.Y.I. – The Daiichi 1167, #14 & Hanak H 390 BL – side by side…Hans explains the real KLINKHAMER…HERE…

B CADDIS B. CADDIS (JIG) – Bloom/Variant …

HOOK: Hanak 450 BL Hook, #10 – #16

THREAD: Under Abdomen, Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Ultra Wire, Fl. Chartreuse, Brassie or Small – depending on hook size –  * Coat with UV Resin

HACKLE: MP Select CDC feather fibers in a dubbing loop

HOT SPOT: Veevus 8/0, Fl. Chartreuse

BEAD: Slotted Faceted Tungsten Bead, Black, sized to hook or over sized x1

A number of years ago, I walked into this fly shop at Four Corner’s, outside of Bozeman, MT and found this simple little Caddis attractor that used chartreuse wire, CDC and a tungsten bead. That shop is now history but it had more flies in any one place than I have ever seen – before or since. So… I picked up a couple of those little guys that were designed by Dave Bloom. One of the results may be seen below…they may also be tied with copper wire, tan CDC and a copper bead…

pop-3-00-rainbow

The original worked like a charm…in here…Madison River, MT… Mat B. CADDIS Materials B. CADDIS… B.CADDIS GRP B. CADDIS(s)… HURRICANE BUG HURRICANE BUG (JIG…

HOOK: Hanak 450 BL Hook, #10 – #16

THREAD: Lagartun 74 Denier, Rust – Abdomen / Tiemco 10/0, Dk. Brown, to secure thorax

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .)15 Lead Sub.

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Lagartun Thread

RIB: Sulky Opalescent Thread – * coat with UV Resin

THORAX: Micro UV Chenille, Hot Orange

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten Copper – sized to hook or oversized x1

A flashy, easy to tie attractor that drops like a rock. I’ll do an Olive version later…that guy below liked Flashy Orange…

ewr-sized-pop-brown-blog-27 One of my test subjects on the East Walker River… Mat HURRICANE BUG Materials HURRICANE BUG… HURRICANE BUG(s) HURRICANE BUG(s)…

Next: Wobble Bugs

PT/TB

These are nineteen patterns for Michael to use back East this Spring and Summer. Because I do not Fly Fish in the East, I have relied upon patterns by folks who primarily do. When my son wants Catskill dries, I will take him to Dette Trout Flies in Roscoe, NY and buy some for him. Some of these are Western pattern variants  that have slowly drifted to and found favor with some of those in the regions of the less inclined…The MOO will let me know…

MOO EAST BOX

A Box of Eastern Patterns for my son…

LITTLE CADDIS THING

LITTLE CADDIS THING (Hydropsyche/Ceratopsyche) – Petersen/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #16- #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

ABDOMEN: Micro Fine Dry Fly Dub, Cinnamon

THORAX: X-tremely Fine Natural Dubbing, #.25, Cinnamon Caddis – Nature’s Spirit

WING(s): CDC Natural Mallard, 2 feathers each side, orientation outward. Ouside feather is pulled back by stem and tied down, providing  outriggers

ANTENNAE: Natural Pheasant Tail Fibers.

This is a Tracy Petersen dry Caddis pattern that smokes ’em. It first appeared in the Summer 2006 Issue of Flyfishing & Tying Journal (pg. 59). Tracy tied the original with an abdomen of twisted CDC. I used dubbing because it is not quite as fragile. To match other Caddis, I would suggest using Trouthunter CDC or CDC from these other two sources…HERE and HERE

Mat LIL CAD THING HY C

Materials LITTLE CADDIS THING (Hydropsyche/Ceratopsyche)…

LIL CAD THING HY C

LITTLE CADDIS THING(s) #16 & #18…

WINSTON NEXUS (9',5wt) 1

…another rationa(lies)zation…back-up to the back-up…

PT CRUNCHER OL 1

PT CRUNCHER (Olive)- G. Daniel/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 100SPBL, #10 -#16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive Green

TAIL: Pheasant Tail Fiber, 6-8, Olive

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Olive

THORAX: Micro UV Chenille, Olive

HACKLE: Partridge, Dyed Olive

A variation of a George Daniel pattern. The original uses natural PT, UV Chartreuse Micro Chenille, copper ultra wire and brown hen hackle…There are a gazillion cruncher patterns…this is just one in simple olive…

Mat PT CRUNCHER OL

Materials PT CRUNCHER (Olive)…

PT CRUNCHERs OLIVE

PT CRUNCHER(s)- OLIVE…

bk-4

More water for the MOO, back East…

TWO TONE STONE

TWO TONE STONE (Lt. Brown/Olive) – Williams/Variant …

HOOK: Umpqua – (Hanak) C400BL, #8 – #14, Knapek J (#4-#6)

THREAD:Veevus 16/0, Olive or UTC 70 Denier Olive or Danville 6/0, Olive

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or Lead Sub. to .025

ABDOMEN: 1 strand UV Polar Chenille, Olive / 1 strand Micro Polar Chenille, Tan

LEGS: Barred Crazy Legs, Golden Yellow/Pearl Flake

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten, Gold, sized to hook

SILI STONE

SILI STONE (Black) – Williams/Variant …

HOOK: Umpqua – (Hanak) C400BL, #8 – #14, Knapek J (#4-#6)

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Black, UTC 70 Denier, Black or Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or up to .025 Lead Sub.

ABDOMEN: Micro Polar Chennile, Black

LEGS: Sili Legs, Black/Red, Flake

BEAD: Faceted, Slotted Tungsten Bead, Black, sized to hook

A Loren Williams pattern with the SBS HERE

Materials Sli & OL BRN STONES

Materials for SILI & TWO TONE STONE(s)…

SILI STONE & BRN OLIVE ST

SILI STONE(s) & TWO TONE STONE(S)…

QUILL GORDON EMERGER

QUILL GORDON EMERGER –  Stenström/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2499SP-BLB, #14

THREAD: Gordon Griffith Sheer, 14/0, Black

SHUCK: Zelon, Brown

ABDOMEN: Stripped Peacock, Natural

RIB: UTC Wire, Red, x-sm – * coat body with UV Resin

UNDER WING: Mallard Flank dyed Woodduck or Woodduck

OVER WING: CDC Dark Dun

THORAX Hare’s Ear Plus, #.2 Natural Dark

This tie is based on David Stenström’s Red Quill Emerger HERE. Many of his other excellent patterns may be found HERE.

Mat QUILL GORDON EMERGER

Materials QUILL GORDON EMERGER…

QUILL GORDON EM GRP

QUILL GORDON EMERGER(s)…

moo-farm-4

For places like this too…the Farmington River….

SS HENDRICKSON EMERGER

UV2 SS HENDRICKSON EMERGER – Korn/ Variant…

HOOK: TMC 206BL, #12-#14

THREAD: UTC 70 denier, Fl. White, Body – Uni. 8/0 Lt. Olive, Head

SHUCK: Zelon, Amber

ABDOMEN/THORAX: 80/20 Mix UV2 Hendrickson, Pink / UV2 BWO – blend with comb (see Apple Caddis below)

WING: Snowshoe Hare, LT. Dun

LEGS: * (not pictured with materials) CDC, Ligt Dun

I  “borrowed” this pattern from Doug Korn and used Snowshoe Hare instead of CDC…

Mat UV2 SS HENDRICKSON EMERGER

Materials UV2 SS HENDRICKSON EMERGER…

UV2 SS HENDRICKSON EMERGERS GRP

UV2 SS HENDRICKSON EMERGER(s)…

BAT WING LT CAHILL EM-CR

BAT WING E/C LIGHT CAHILL – Petersen/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #12 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Lt. Cahill

SHUCK: Zelon, Kinky Ginger mixed with 4-6 Mallard Fibers

ABDOMEN: Goose Biot, Lt. Cahill

THORAX: Light Tan Beaver

BATWING: Fluff from the base of a Dun Hen Neck feather, tied cover side up and pulled over the thorax and bead

BEAD: Killer Caddis Diamond Bead, SM

I particularly like Tracy Petersen’s  Bat Wing series of Mayflies to match “clingers”…the May Fly that exits it’s shuck, at the bottom of the water column and emerges as an adult. The original pattern calls for the use of a hen neck feather, not partridge and there are plenty of hen necks around to match almost any May Fly wing… Grade #2 or #3 works fine…

 

Mat BAT WING LT CAHILL

Materials BAT WING E/C LIGHT CAHILL…

BAT WING LT CAHILL EMERGER

BAT WING E/C LIGHT CAHILL(s)…

UV2 DK BLUE SEDGE

UV2 DARK BLUE SEDGE – Matthews-Weilenmann/Variant …

HOOK:  TMC 100BL, #12 – #16

THREAD:  * – (not Pictured) UTC 70 Denier, FL. White , Body – UTC 70 Denier, Dark Gray, Head

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Amber – looped

ABDOMEN: 70/30 Mix UV2 Fine & Dry, Adams Grey / Davy Wotton SLF Standard Dark Green, Chopped

HACKLE: CDC Dark Dun, behind wing

WING: Yaerling Elk, Dun

THORAX/HEAD: Abdomen Dubbing Mix

This is another slightly tweaked version of Craig Matthew’s X-Caddis to imitate the Dark Blue Sedge (Caddis) . I will be getting around to tying up some of the Safet style Caddis patterns for Michael to use, when I put another box together for him… later this year…

 

Mat UV@ DK BLUE SEDGE

Materials UV2 DARK BLUE SEDGE…

UV2 DK BLUE SEDGES GRP

UV2 DARK BLUE SEDGE(s)…

michael-ff-1

MOO is already smiling…

CHIMARRA LARVA 2

CHIMARRA NANO-T CADDIS LARVA – Grobert/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18 – #20

THREAD: 12/0 Nano Silk, Abdomen – Danville 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown, Head

OVER ABDOMEN: Micro Tubing, Orange

This is a simple Larva to imitate the CHIMARRA , or Black Caddis…Matt Grobert ties it HERE

EAST BRANCH CROTON RIVER

Where Michael might expect to see the above Caddis Larva moving around in the next week or so…later further North…

Mat CHIMARRA CAD LARVAE

Materials CHIMARRA NANO-T CADDIS LARVA…

CHIMARRA CADDIS LARVAE

CHIMARRA NANO-T CADDIS LARVAE…

MOO BOX IN PROGRESS

Dewitt work box…coming along…

CDC N' HARE RX CADDIS

S-HARE N’ CDC RX  APPLE CADDIS –  Matthews/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #14 – #18

THREAD: VEEVUS 16/0, Tan

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Clear (White) – looped

ABDOMEN: * – Not Pictured – Stalcup’s BWO Micro Fine Dub 70% / Fine and Dry Chartreuse, 30% * combed to mix

UNDER WING: MP Select, Cream

OVER WING: Snowshoe Hare, Tan

Another revision of the  Craig Matthews X Caddis with a looped shuck , CDC Under Wing and using Snowshoe Hare…the photo below shows how I mix the Abdomen dubbing by combing the fibers together…

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Combs used…

 

BEAVERKILL

MOO water…on the Beaverkill…

Mat RX APPLE CADDIS

Materials S-HARE N’ CDC RX APPLE CADDIS…

RX APPLE CADDIS GRP

S-HARE N’ CDC RX APPLE CADDIS #14 & #16…

ICED APPLE CADDIS

ICED APPLE CADDIS PUPA – Strolis/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2499SPBL #10 – #14

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Chartreuse

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

ABDOMEN: Mix – 60/20/20 Ice Dub, Caddis Green / Senyo’s Laser Dub, LT. Olive / Ice Dub, Chartreuse

WING STUBS: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Tan

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dub, Dark Brown – * Tease out the entire fly with velcro or a .30cal. bore brush and trim

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

This is a variant on Rich Strolis’ Classified Caddis , tied using a bead…he says it works, real good…

Mat ICE APPLE CADDIS

Materials ICED APPLE PUPA…

ICE APPLE CADDIS GRP

ICED APPLE PUPA(s)…

TP TAN CLAKKA CADDIS

TAN TP CLACKA CADDIS -Matthews/Wiese Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #14 – #16

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

SHUCK: Zelon, Golden Ginger

ABDOMEN: Emergence Dub. #.42, Than – Nature’s Spirit

LOOPED WING: Trigger Point Int’l Fibers (Puglisi), PMD

THORAX: 80/20 Mix, #.35 Medium Hare’s Ear / #.10 Yellow – both from Ligas

HACKLE: Whiting Ginger Variant

A pattern using elements from Craig Matthews (Blue Ribbon Flies) and Walter Wiese (Parks Fly Shop) to imitate the tan Hydropsyche Caddis. Eastern Fly Fishing folks have finally started to get hip to the effectiveness of the Iris Caddis, developed by Craig Matthews…

Mat TAN IRIS CADDIS

Materials TAN TP CLACKA CADDIS…

TAN X IRIS CADDIS GRP

TAN TP CLACKA CADDIS #14 & #16…

MOO & AIMEE RODS

MOO & Aimee’s Rods…on the Beaverkill…

S.I.L. JIG

S.I.L. JIG (Something In Light)…

HOOK: Umpqua – (Hanak) C400BL, #12-#16

THREAD: Gordon Griffith Sheer 14/0, Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

ABDOMEN: Peacock Quill, Natural – * Coat with UV Resin

HACKLE: Hen Nek Feather, Ginger/Brown

THORAX: Chopped AZ Diamond Hair, Tan

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

BEAD: Slotted Silver Tungsten Bead, sized to hook

A generic Anchor, attractor pattern, for Michael, in a light coloring…

Mat S.I.L. JIG

Materials S.I.L. JIG…

SIL JIGS

S.I.L. JIGS…#14 & #16…

S.I.D. JIG

S.I.D. JIG  (Something In Dark)…

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak) C400BL, #10 – #14

THREAD: VEEVUS 14/0, Rusty Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Rusty Brown

RIB: Rust Brown Micro Tubing

HACKLE: Hen Neck Furnace Feather

THORAX: 70/30 Mix SLF Spikey Squirrel, Dk. Brown / Chopped AZ Simi Seal, Canadian Brown

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

BEAD: Slotted Gold Tungsten, sized to hook

This is the second of two anchor Jig Attractors I put in the box for Michael to use in conjunction with another pattern, trailing off the bend of this fly…The hackle on this pattern simulates movement and is similar to Lance Egan’s Dart Series of Jig flies…

Mat S.I.D. JIG

Materials S.I.D. JIG…

S.I.D. JIGS

S.I.D. JIG(s) – #10 & #14…

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BUG destination…

HENDRICKSON EMERGER

HENDRICKSON EMERGER (DK) – Cherundolo/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, TMC 2487, #12 -#14

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Brown

SHUCK: Zelon, Dark Dun, mix in a few partied fibers grey and black

ABDOMEN: Goose Biot, Brown

WING: MP Select CDC, Cream

THORAX: 80/20 Mix Hendrickson Dubbing #.27 – Nature’s Spirit / Tri LObal Antron, #.27 Tan – Nature’s Spirit

LEGS: Partridge

This is a variant on a George Cherundolo pattern. His various patterns may be viewed HERE.

Mat HENDRICKSON EM D

Materials HENDRICKSON EMERGER (DK)…

HENDRICKSON EMERGERS DK

HENDRICKSON EMERGERS (DK)….

HENDRICKSON NY DK 2

TUNG. HENDRICKSON NYMPH (DK) …

HOOK: TMC 2302, Daiichi 1260, #12 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Dark Brown

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

ABDOMEN: Turkey Biot, Brown

RIB: Krystal Flash, Black

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Brown

WINGCASE: Black Stretch Flex over Holographic Mylar Motion 1/32″, Black – * Coat with UV Resin

LEGS: Speckled Hen Saddle, Amber – V-notched

BEAD: Black Tungsten sized to hook

Something really dark with a bit of flash to imitate this crawler nymph. They do not swim real well so Michael can drift this guy along the bottom prior to a hatch…and hence, the black wingcase…

Mat TUNG HENDRICKSON NY DK

Materials TUNG. HENDRICKSON NYMPH (DK)…

TUNG HEN NYS DK GRP

TUNGSTEN HENDRICKSON NYMPHS (DK)…

ICE FISHING VERMONT

Ally is out doing “recon” today (1.12.15)…somewhere in Vermont…

This Battenkill River hatch chart should provide a pretty good idea of what will be in the box:

battenkill_river_hatch_chart

 

From troutu.com

TB CDC X CADDIS GRANN

TB CDC X CADDIS – Grannom Caddis (Brachycentrus americanus) Matthews/ Variant…

HOOK: TMC 103BL, #13 – #15…

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Brown

SHUCK: Copper Brown Antron mixed with 6 strands of Pearl Midge Flash

ABDOMEN: 60/40 Mix HareTron, Dark Brown/#.18 Dark Honey – Nature’s Spirit

UNDER WING: CDC Brown Olive

OVER Wing: Coastal All Purpose Deer Hair (Dark Tips)

This is a generic Brown Caddis for Michael to use. It may also be tied in a number of different colors to match the various Caddis that are present in the East…Dette Trout Flies, in Roscoe, NY offers a bunch of them…

Mat EASTERN GRANNOM X CAD

Materials TB CDC X CADDIS…

EASTERN GRANNOM X CADDIS GRP

TB CDC X CADDIS Team…

BLUE QUILL EM FIN

BLUE QUILL EMERGER (DNA) – Doug Korn/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1250, #16- #18, Gamakatsu 13U, #16 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Gray

ABDOMEN: DNA Holo Fusion, Brown – * Coat with Hard As Hull for durability

WING/LEGS: Trouthunter CDC, Dark Dun

This is a Doug Korn pattern. Doug lives in the East but spends a good deal of the Summer in Montana designing and tying flies for Park’s Fly Shop in Gardiner, MT. His site has many excellent fly patterns His tie is here.

Mat BLUE QUILL DNA EMERGER

Materials BLUE QUILL EMERGER (DNA)…

BLUE QUILL EMERGERS DNA

BLUE QUILL EMERGERS (DNA)…

Here is the first…

MARCH BROWN EMERGER 1

MARCH BROWN EMERGER – Boyle/Variant…

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak) C300BL, #10 – #12

THREAD:Danville, 6/0, Tan

SHUCK: Brown Zelon

ABDOMEN: March Brown Emerger Dub – Nature’s Spirit

RIB: UTC Chartreuse wire, SM

WING: Trouthunter CDC, Cream, looped

THORAX: Tan Sow Scud Dubbing

HACKLE: Partridge, Brown-ish feather

 

This is a simple March Brown pattern by North Carolina tyer, Caleb Boyle that appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of Fly Tyer Magazine. More patterns that mimic RHITHROGENA, that I use, may be found HERE.

 

Mat MARCH BROWN EMERGER

Materials MARCH BROWN EMERGER…

MARCH BROWN EMERGERS

 

PT/TB

Ally took me out for a birthday dinner and a trip to the craft store to pick up some materials, to fix to metal, this past Sunday…

Ally ICHIBAN RAN 1

Ally at dinner…

IR MENUE

Here…

 

I was recently give these beads and hooks by fly tying friend Jacob Adamerovich. They are available his shop, along with a host of other products, at CompetetiveAngler in Latrobe,PA

JACOB'S MAT

Hanak Hooks and beads…Below are some of the items that will be featured in upcoming posts…

COATS & CLARK THREAD

Coats and Clark Thread…

SULKY MAT

SULKY Holoshimmer and Metallic Threads…

DMC EM FLOSS

DMC EMBROIDERY FLOSS…

STONFO THREAD SPLITTER

From Bob Marriott’s – Stonofo Thread Splitter…

BOB MARRIOTTS 1.15

Bob Marriott’s…

STONFO HAIR CLIPS

Also from Bob Marriott’s…Stonfo Hair Clips…and finally, some Partridge Patriot hooks that my friend,fly designer Dean Endress turned me on to at the Fishermen’s Spot

PARTRIDGE HOOKS

 

 

PT/TB

Finally, next to the last day of the year. This group includes Larvae, Pupa, Emergers and Adults. Several are being tied for Michael to toss in some water back East. He’s  gone on a dry fly bender, so a couple of these will meet his needs for catching some sippers and slurpers while his fingers freeze…I had an inquiry from a reader beyond the U.S. about where to find a substitute for the Iridescent Peacock colors from Spirit River in Europe. There ain’t none. I am not aware of anything (including the “other colored peacock” from a U.S. source) that even comes close to the quality of the SR material I use in many of my fly patterns…If ya’ want the real deal, SPIRIT RIVER  will ship it to ya’ !… a tying friend of mine received it in Serbia…

SMALL FACES MIDGES

Completed MIDGE BOX….

XMAS 14 MOO FACE -4

Miles says, “That’s just the way it is !”

TUNG YQM MIDGE 3

TUNG. YQM MIDGE…

HOOK: Daiichi 1250, #18 – Gamakatsu 13U, #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: UV Gray Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Synthetic Quill Body Wrap, Adams Gray – Hareline  – * Coat with Hard As Hull for durability before and after wrapping

WING: CDC Puffs, White…more than one maybe needed

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Black – Spirit River

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

YQM stands for…Yer’ Quillin’ ME…

Mat YQM MIDGE

Materials TUNG. YQM MIDGE…

TUNG YQM MIDGES

TUNG. YQM MIDGES…

QUILL MIDGE OL 1

OLIVE QUILL MIDGE – Ritt/Variant ..

HOOK: TMC 103BL, #19 – #21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

ABDOMEN: Baetis Olive, D’s Flyes, Quill – (* Soak in H2O, wrap, then coat wit Hard As Hull) or use McLean’s Quill Bodies

WING: Sparkle Organza, White

WING CASE/ FORWARD POST: Hi-Vis, Yellow

HACKLE: Olive Grizzly, v-notched

This is an Al Ritt pattern with which, I used a different quill and indicator yarn for the wing case and post (I generally see yellow better). It is an easy tie and may be done in a range of colors for dry fly fanatics like my son…(sigh…)

Mat OLIVE QUILL MIDGES

Materials OLIVE QUILL MIDGE…

OL QUILL MIDGES

OLIVE QUILL MIDGES…

MOO WINTER DAY LO -1-

Good place for Midges and Midge clusters……in the back eddy on the left…Lower Owens River…

UV CHOC MIDGLING

UV CHOCOLATE MIDGLING – Mercer/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax Forward – Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

SHUCK: AZ Diamond Hair, #.7, Lt. Purple

OVER ABDOMEN:  Pearl Krystal Flash then Micro Tubing, Brown

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Silver Wire

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Black – Spirit River

WING(s): Looped UV Pearl Krystal Flash

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

Mike Mercer came up with this California variant on the Zebra Midge and his pattern works very well here and in most other places too. The original may be viewed on Steve Schalla’s Site (scroll down). I wanted some in Chocolate for the Lower Owens River…

Mat UV MIDGLING BRN

Materials UV CHOCOLATE MIDGLING…

UV MIDGLINGS BRN

UV CHOCOLATE MIDGLINGS…

OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGE 2

OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGE EMERGER – Cannon/Matthews Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1167, #20 or TMC 2488, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: AZ Simi Seal, #.34, Crayfish Orange

ABDOMEN; Micro Opal Flashabou, 1/100″ – * Coat thread with HAH or SHAN, ten wrap Opal Flashabou

RIB: Black,x-sm UTC Wire – * Coat again with HAH orSHAN for durability

UPRIGHT WING: Snowshoe Hare White and Black mixed

THORAX: Stalcup’s Micro Fine Dub., Black

A Jim Cannon pattern with a hint of Craig Matthews (with the Opal Abdomen)…the original is HERE … another basic Midge Emerger that may be tied in a number of colors with a wing that will keep the pattern in the meniscus… like a cork

OPAL SUSPENDER RBG 1

Same pattern…Wing Schollmeyer style…

Mat OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGE

Materials OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGE EMERGER…

OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGES

OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGE EMERGERS…

DIRTY SPIDER MIDGE OL VAR

(DIRTY) SPIDER MIDGE (Olive) – Matthews/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1250, #18, TMC 206BL, #20, Gamakatsu 13U, #20

THREAD: Abdomen – Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Olive / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Olive

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Copper Wire – * Coat with HAH or SHAN for durability

THORAX: Fly-Rite, x-fine Poly, #.10, Brown/Olive

WING CASE/ WING: MP Select CDC, Dirty Yellow

HACKLE: Olive Grizzly

Delicious !!!…another winner from Craig Matthews … a good flat water pattern for below…not the choppy stuff in the center …when Michael wants to work the surface…and maybe the “old guy” when hen sees Michael nailing ’em…

EWR MIDGES F-W 14

There might be some Olive Midges in this water…maybe…

Mat DIRTY SPIDER MIDGE (OL)

Materials (DIRTY) SPIDER MIDGE (Olive)…

DIRTY SPIDER MIDGES

(DIRTY) SPIDER MIDGES (Olive)…

RED MORSEL MIDGE

RED MORSEL MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1153, #18, Gamakatsu C-12B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Under Abdomen, Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax Forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: DNA Holo Fusion – 8 strands Red / 1 Strand Flash – * Coat with HAH or SHAN

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Purple – Spirit River

Red is a Midge color that has worked for me at various times on the East Walker and other places when oxygen levels are fairly low, in the water. These two articles HERE and HERE explain why certain Midges are Red and when they should be considered for use…

Mat RED MORSEL MIDGE

Materials RED MORSEL MIDGE…

RED MORSEL MIDGES

RED MORSEL MIDGES…

UV BLUE WISP MIDGE 2

UV BLUE WISP SH MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110 – #18 – #22

THREAD: Under abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Krystal Flash UV Blue

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Silver Wire – * Coat with HAH or SHAN

THORAX: Hare’s Ear Ice Dub, Harder’s Bloody Black

HACKLE: Starling feather, Blue (dyed) – White Fox Fur & Feather Co. or HERE

Another small Midge pattern in Blue. Use any number of UV Krystal Flash colors over White thread to make these little guys with a dark-ish Thorax. Starling is a particularly good feather for soft hackling these small Midges and if ya’ have to ask “Why over white thread ?”…ya’ ain’t been reading the BLOG…

Mat BLUE WISP MIDGE

Materials UV BLUE WISP SH MIDGE…

BLUE WISP MIDGES

UV BLUE WISP SH MIDGES…

MIDGES FALL 14 IP

MIDGES….coming along…slowly…

BP BRN ML 1

BP MIDGE LARVA (Brown)…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Head

ABDOMEN: Working thread, Olive

RIB: Ice Thread, Yellow – * Coat with SHAN or HAH for durability

A very simple Midge pattern with a high contrast ribbing that hardly anyone uses…something different for the Lower Owens River where Brown Midges are prevalent throughout the year…

Mat BP MIDGE LARVA Brown

Materials BP MIDGE LARVA (Brown)…

BP MIDGES LAR BRN

BP MIDGES – Brown Larva…

STUCK SHUCK MIDGE 1

STUCK SHUCK MIDGE – Luallen/Variant (Cream) …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #24

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

SHUCK: Darlon, Amber

ABDOMEN: Working Tiemco 16/0, White Thread

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Copper Wire – * Coat with SHAN or HAH for durability

WING: MP Select CDC, Lt. Mallow

ABDOMEN: Beaver dubbing, Dark Tan

HACKLE: Ginger Grizzly, V-notched

This is a Wayne Luallen pattern I specifically tied for those occasions that Cream Adult Midges are in and on the surface of the East Walker River. There are major hatches of these Midges (in Cream) in late May and at other times during the year on this water. Most anglers that visit the EWR are not even aware of their importance much less have a single pattern in their boxes that imitates them…that’s OK with me…

MOO EWR MIDING

There are prolific hatches of Cream Midges on the East Walker River…the adults are most readily seen at dawn and sunset…The MOO knows about them…

Mat STUCK SHUCK MIDGE CRM

Materials STUCK SHUCK MIDGE…

STUCK SHUCK MIDGES CRM

STUCK SHUCK MIDGES…

GRAY XMAS MIDGE 2

GRAY XMAS MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

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

SHUCK: UV Pearl Krystal Flash

OVER ABDOMEN: DNA Holo Fusion, Gray – 8 strands Gray / 1 strand Flash

RIB: Red Ice Thread – * Coat with HAH or SHAN for durability

WING: Sparkle Organza, Dun

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Red – Spirit River

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

Gray is a color that is often overlooked when it comes to  color for Midge patterns.The Trout don’t overlook them – when they are present…have some in yer’ box…

Mat GRAY XMAS MIDGE

Materials GRAY XMAS MIDGE…

GRAY XMAS MIDGES

GRAY XMAS MIDGES…

Tying BM's 14 -2

Tying at Bob Marriott’s Fly Fishing Fair, November 22-23, 2014…

LX7 K-SS PT RED 1

K-SS PT MIDGE EMERGER- (RED)…

HOOK: Daiichi 1167, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Red Pheasant Tail Fibers

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Silver Wire

WING CASE/WING: Snowshoe Rabbit, White or Cream

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Black – Spirit River

This is a suspender Midge pattern using the Daiichi “Klinkhammer Hook” that comes in black nickel or bronze. Do not be opposed to using Pheasant Tail fibers for patterns with abdomens that hang below the surface film. Once well soaked, they are very effective. I usually will cut Snow Shoe hair wings with scissors (like Jim Schollmeyer does) rather than lining up the tips…the Trout don’t care and it’s faster. One may substitute Poly Yarn,Puglisi Trigger Point Int’l Fibers, CDC , Foam or Electronic packaging for the Wing Case and Wing..all float better than deer hair…If desired, put a shuck on it…

Mat K-SS PT MIDGE

Materials K-SS PT MIDGE EMERGER- (RED)…

K-SS PT MIDGE EMERGERS

K-SS PT MIDGES…

NANO DNA BLUE 1

NANO DNA CB MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1250, #18 – Gamakatsu 13U, #20

THREAD: Nano Silk, White, 18/0

SHUCK: Crystal Mirror Flash, Pearl – Cascade Crest

ABDOMEN: DNA Holo Fusion, Blue – 8 strands Blue / 1 strand Flash

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Copper Wire – *Coat with HAH or SHAN for durability

WING(s): Grizzly Krystal Flash – Copper/Blue

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Dun

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

I am using the White, Semperfli, Nano Silk in 18/0 as the base for this pattern. It is slippery as all get out so I use two half hitches to secure it to the hook when first wrapping it on the shank. For this pattern, it adds to the translucence of the abdomen and as a refltor for the UV Ice Dub in the Thorax. Blue is a color, in Midges and other patterns, that have taken good fish for me and the crew throughout the year, for Rainbows and Browns – not just in the Winter. Michael got the Brown below on a “Moo’s Blue Midge” on the East Walker River in September…

mikes-bday-brn-ewr-21

Michael’s Birthday Brown…East Walker River…as my friend, Jim Reid, who owns Ken’s Sporting Goods, in Bridgeport, CA, once said – “There are times when Browns ‘turn on’ to the color Blue.” Best to have some when THAT happens…

Mat DNA CB BLUE MIDGE

Materials NANO DNA CB MIDGE…

DNA CB BLUE MIDGES

NANO DNA CB MIDGES…

MATT'S MIDGE PW

MATT’S MIDGE PW – Matt Miles/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #24

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Working thread

WING: Pearlescent White Nymph Shear – Cascade Crest

WING CASE/ FORWARD INDICATOR: Poly Yarn, Orange

HACKLE: Grizzly, V-notched a bottom for a lower profile, if desired

A Matt Miles pattern…he worked for Pat Dorsey in CO and may have fished a Midge or two while there. It is an excellent flat water pattern. There are many stretches of such water on both the Lower Owens and East Walker Rivers, where this pattern will take fish that are picking off adults, drifting in the current…

Mat MATT's MIDGE PW

Materials MATT’S MIDGE PW...

MATT's MIDGES PW GRP

A gathering of MATT’S MIDGES…

TAN DNA ICE LARVA MIDGE

TAN DNA/ICE LARVA MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Abdomen- Tiemco 16/0, White / Head-Tiempo 16/0, Black

OVER ABDOMEN: Tan DNA Holo Fusion – 8-10 strands solid color / 1 strand flash

RIB: Rusty Brown Ice Thread – * Coat with HAH or SHAN for durability

Just a simple little Tan Midge Larva that has flash , translucence and segmentation – that is fairly “tooth proof” when coated…I do these in a bunch of colors using DNA Holo Fusion. It is good stuff !

Mat TAN DNA ICE LARVAE MIDGE

Materials TAN DNA/ICE LARVA MIDGE…

TAN DNA ICE LARVAE MID GRP

TAN DNA/ICE LARVA MIDGES…

AM OWENS RIVER

The Lower Owens River at dawn…in the late Fall…

KIMBALL'S MIDGE EMR TP 1

KIMBALL’S EMERGER TP MIDGE – Mike Kimball/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #20 – #28

THREAD:Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Natural Teal Flank (Midges do not have tails!)

ABDOMEN: Working thread

THORAX: Stalcup’s Micro Fine Dub, Black or omit on smaller sizes

WING CASE: Puglisi Trigger Point Int’l fibers, Dun (use a dubbing needle to “hump” it and it will trap air beneath and it will           float mo’ better’)

HACKLE: Grizzly – notched at bottom

This along with Matt’s Midge (above),  “V-Midge”  are three excellent dry patterns to use when the tiny guys are drying their wings before becoming airborne and yes, I will use them from time to time…Michael, now an expatriate to the East, uses dry patterns of all types more frequently than I do…

Mat KIMBALL'S EMERGER MIDGE

Materials KIMBALL’S EMERGER TP MIDGE…

KIMBALL'S EMERGER MIDGES

KIMBALL’S EMERGER TP MIDGES…

UV PURPLE CHASER 3

UV PURPLE CHASER MIDGE…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1250, #18, Gamakatsu 13U, #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

UNDER ABDOMEN: Krystal Flash UV Purple

SHUCK: Tag end of the above UV Purple Krystal Flash

OVER ABDOMEN: Micro Tubing Purple

THORAX: Hare’s Ear Ice Dub, Harder’s Bloody Black

BEAD: Killer Caddis Diamond Bead, x-sm

*NOTE: On this pattern, tie the UV Purple KF and Micro Tubing on behind the bead, wrap the KF around the hook to the bend first, hold it in the material clip on the vise and then wrap the Micro Tubing back to the bend, then forward, decreasing the tension as ya’ wrap forward…tie off at the thorax…

One may also use a TMC 200r or Daiichi 1270 for this guy but I prefer the hook gape and shape on the Keel  hooks listed with the pattern. Any combo of KF and Micro Tubing may be conjured up for this fly…go for it !

Mat UV PURPLE CHASER MIDGE

Materials UV PURPLE CHASER MIDGE…

UV PURPLE CHASER MIDGES

UV PURPLE CHASER MIDGES…

OWENS VALLEY WINTER MIDGES

OWENS VALLEY in Winter….

DIS'-GO UV MIDGE GRY 1

DIS’-GO UV MIDGE (Gray) …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Under abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: UTC Wire, Gun Metal Blue, x-sm

OVER ABDOMEN: UV Gray Krystal Flash – * Coat with HAH or SHAN for durability

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Kingfisher Blue – Spirit River

These may be tied using any of the UV colored Krystal Flash products. Use WHITE THREAD beneath the flash…hit it with yer’ UV Torch after completion and watch it light up…reflectivity is the purpose for using that combination and for me, it works…

Mat DIS' GO UV MIDGE

Materials DIS’-GO UV MIDGE (Gray)…

DIS%22 GO UV MIDGES

DIS’-GO UV MIDGES…

OP TUNG FB BLK B -2-

TUNGSTEN OPAL FLASHBACK BLACK BEAUTY – Dorsey/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130 -TMC 2487, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: Lagartun, X-fine, Copper Wire

FLASHBACK: Flasabou, Opal, 1/100″ – *Coat with Hard As Hull or SHAN for durability

THORAX: Iridescent Black Peacock – Spirit River

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

A variation on Pat Dorsey’s pattern which may be tied in a number of colors. This uses Opal instead of Pearl for the Flashback…It is a good deep water pattern…One may also use Ostrich Herl for the thorax but I am a big fan of the Iridescent Peacock colors from Spirit River

Mat OP T BB 1

Materials TUNGSTEN OPAL FLASHBACK BLACK BEAUTY...

OPAL TUNG BB GRP 1

TUNGSTEN OPAL FLASHBACK BLACK BEAUTIES…

 

MORE MIDGE PATTERNS – scroll down

 

Next: Some patterns for Michael…

 

PT/TB

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