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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

 

 

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These will be eighteen patterns for Michael to use back East this Spring and Summer. They will include Mayflies, Caddis, and maybe a Stone or two – Nymphs, Emergers and Adults (since he’s now on his “dry or die” phase) and some attractors...The Box is now complete (3.03.2015)…I will be adding recipes, links and additional information in the next day or so…

MOO EAST BOX

A Box of Eastern Patterns for my son…

LITTLE CADDIS THING

LITTLE CADDIS THING (Hydropsyche/Ceratopsyche) – Petersen/Variant – Daiichi 1110, #16- #18…

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 – TMC 100SPBL, #10 -#16…

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

SILI STONE

SILI STONE (Black) – Williams/Variant – Umpqua – (Hanak) C400BL, #8 – #14, Knapek J (#4-#6)…

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, TMC 2499SP-BLB, #14…

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 – Didas – Korn/ Variant- TMC 206BL, #12-#14…

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 – Daiichi 1130, #12 – #16…

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-Cutter-Weilenmann/Variant – TMC 100BL, #14 – #16…

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, TMC 2488, #18 – #20…

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 workbox…coming along…

CDC N' HARE RX CADDIS

S-HARE N’ CDC RX  APPLE CADDIS –  Matthews/Cutter/Variant – Daiichi 1110, #14 – #18…

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 – TMC 2499SPBL #10 – #14…

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 – Daiichi 1110, #14 – #16…

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 – TMC (Hanak) C400BL, #12-#16…

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 – Umpqua (Hanak) C400BL, #10 – #14…

Mat S.I.D. JIG

Materials S.I.D. JIG…

S.I.D. JIGS

S.I.D. JIG(s) – #10 & #14…

bk-1

BUG destination…

HENDRICKSON EMERGER

HENDRICKSON EMERGER (DK) – Cherundolo/Variant – Daiichi 1130, TMC 2487, #12 -#14…

Mat HENDRICKSON EM D

Materials HENDRICKSON EMERGER (DK)…

HENDRICKSON EMERGERS DK

HENDRICKSON EMERGERS (DK)….

HENDRICKSON NY DK 2

TUNG. HENDRICKSON NYMPH (DK) – TMC 2302, Daiichi 1260, #12 – #14…

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/Williams Variant – TMC 103BL, #13 – #15….

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 – Daiichi 1250, #16- #16, Gamakatsu 13U, #16 – #20…

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 – Umpqua (Hanak) C300BL, #10 – #12…

Mat MARCH BROWN EMERGER

Materials MARCH BROWN EMERGER…

MARCH BROWN EMERGERS

 

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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

2014 in review

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Here’s an excerpt:

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THANKS to each and every one who visited !!!

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Click here to see the complete report.

These are the Fall/Winter ’14 Midges I have been working on…

FALL-WINTER MIDGES  14 COMP

Fall/Winter ’14 MIDGE BOX…

However, before I drop in the recipes, links and additional information, I have some matters to attend to…

YODA SANTA

CHRISTMAS merry be… 

 

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Umpqua Feather Merchants will no longer be distributing Tiemco 16/0 thread in the U.S. TMC 16-0 Top Top view of a great 16/0 thread… TMC 16-0 SIDE Side view… I was wondering why it was impossible to obtain the 16/0 thread in the two new colors (Tan and Rust) that had appeared on the Tiemco site back in January of this year…now I know… a lot of tiers  ( Charlie Craven & Juan Ramirez among them) like this thread …smooth move Umpqua…

TIEMCO 16:0 THREAD

The full range of Tiemco 16/0 thread from the Tiemco site…

However – HELLO SF NANO SILK 18-0 CASCADE CREST TOOL CO is now offering the 18/0 Nano Silk  from Semper Fli in Black and White (use markers). Hopefully they will add the other colors,in the near future…this product may be purchased direct from Cascade Crest. In the meantime, I will research the availability of the Tiemco 16/0 thread from some obscure fly shops in Japan or Thailand…I purchased every last spool that Bob Marriott’s had – today

On that NOTE, the next Midge pattern I tie in the “Midge series in progress” – below) , will use the 18/0, White Nano Silk… At this link, one may get the spiff on how to use Semper Fli Nano Silk

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NANO SILK 30D (18/0) Color Selection…

* I found out today, 11.26.14, that Tiemco has discontinued the TMC thread. A friend had located several spools of Tan and Rust in a Fly Shop in Yokohama, Japan that were the last they had in stock…

Here is another alternative from Veevus – just use markers…

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These will be some patterns that I have had in mind for a while…Several are older, but not forgotten, NW fly patterns that have stood the test of time and have produced Trout both in lakes and moving water. A couple of the others will be variations on old themes that also are patterns I turn to in the Fall in the Eastern Sierras…Just below, are a couple of links on Streamer techniques and rigging…Some of this information has greatly enhanced my experiences with using patterns like the ones below…

RALPH CUTTER Streamer Strategies…

HATCHES – 5 Tips for Better Streamer Fishing…

MIDCURRENT How to tie a non-slip loop knot..

RIFFLE HITCH-NetKnots.com…

STR BOX FALL 14

 

FALL 2014 STREAMER BOX… done…

ALLY'S PINATA STREAMER

ALLY’S Piñata STREAMER …

HOOK: TMC 5263, #4 – #6

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Marabou Blood Quill, Black

ABDOMEN: Wooly Bugger Chenille, Black, so

BODY HACKLE: Jay Fair Schlappen, Burnt Orange – * three turns at the front

RIB: UTC Wire, Hot Orange, sm

WING: UV2 Rabbit Strip – Jailbird – straight

HACKLE: Zonker Strip, Crawdad Orange Variant – Cross Cut

1. Make dubbing loop

2. Insert short strip of fur

3. Cut from skin

4. Twist

5. Stroke fur rearward while wrapping

A larger attractor pattern which imitates something LARGE…for use in dark, turbulent or off color water – like when the DWP is messing with the flows on the Lower Owens River…

 

ALLY'S PINATA STR

Materials ALLY’S Piñata STREAMER…

ALLY'S PINATA

ALLY’S Piñata STREAMER…ready for busting…

ALLY FALL

Ally…looking for her Piñata…

MOO OWENS STREAMER

STREAMER water…

HONEY BUN

HONEY BUN…

HOOK: Daiichi 2220, #2 – #6

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands each side, Medium Brown Krystal Flash – lay one batch of Marabou, then flash, then another batch of Marabou

ABDOMEN REAR: Petite Estaz, Pearl Olive

ABDOMEN/THORAX: Petite Estaz, Black

HACKLE: Zonker Strip – Olive Variant – Straight …yes straight works too done this way…

1. Make dubbing loop

2. Insert short strip of fur

3. Cut from skin

4. Twist

5. Stroke fur rearward while wrapping

Mat HONEY BUN STREAMER

Materials HONEY BUN…

HONEY BUNS ST

HONEY BUN STREAMERS…

YIP DOG 1

YIP DOG …

HOOK: Daiichi 2220, #6 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, White -Under abdomen – Danville 6/0 Red, thorax forward

TAG: Angel Hair, Shrimp Pink fibers

RIB: Veevus Holographic Tinsel, small, Brown

ABDOMEN: Uni Floss, Orange – white thread should be used under ANY floss for translucence

UNDER WING: Four strands UV Pearl Krystal Flash

WING:  Coyote, Natural (hence the Yip Dog)

OVER WING: Two Strands of Peacock Herl

HACKLE: Zonker Strip, Gold Variant – Cross Cut

1. Make dubbing loop

2. Insert short strip of fur

3. Cut from skin

4. Twist

5. Stroke fur rearward while wrapping

This is totally an attractor, something to dabble with when I just don’t want to do anything except test an outrageous fly pattern…everyone should have a few on hand for those occasions … expect to be surprised!!!

Mat YIP DOG

Materials YIP DOG…

YIP DOGS

YIP DOG(s)…

MOO OWENS DAWN

Big MOO…pumping a Seal Bugger on the Lower Owens River at 6AM… PW PUNK PERCH 2

PW PUNK PERCH – Loe/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 5263, #6 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Red

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

TAIL: Marabou, Dark Brown

ABDOMEN: 80% Ice Dub UV Lt. Olive / 10% Ice Dun UV Brown / 10% Hares Ice Dub, Olive Brown

RIB: UTC Wire, Hot Orange, sm

HACKLE: Silver Badger Saddle, tied dry style…PW stands for “pushing water”

*Tease out the dubbing after ribbing, wit a bore brush or Velcro strip so that the maters “pulsates” when stripped, twitched or pumped. This is a proven perch imitation from Guide Tom Loe mainly for use in Crowley Lake. I have found Perch Fry in other locations, in the Eastern Sierras, thanks to the “bucket brigade”…and they work…try some

Mat PW PUNK PERCH

Materials PW PUNK PERCH – (*Red 6/0 Danville Thread not pictured) PW PUNK PER GRP

PW PUNK PERCH Bunch… PUMPKIN BUN 1

PUMPKIN BUNNY …

HOOK: TMC 5262 or 5263, #6 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAIL: Marabou Blood Quill, Black

RIB: UTC Wire, Silver, sm – ( * not pictured in materials photo)

ABDOMEN: Black Sparkle or Plain Chenille – (* not pictured in materials photo)

WING: Zonker Strip, Black, Straight

HACKLE: Zonker Strip, Fl. Orange, Cross Cut

1. Make dubbing loop

2. Insert short strip of fur

3. Cut from skin

4. Twist

5. Stroke fur rearward while wrapping

 

Just another Black Fly pattern with a giant hot spot…for exploring deeper, dark water at dawn and dusk…

 

Materials PUMP BUN less Chen

Materials PUMPKIN BUNNY -*abdomen not pictured – more later) PUMPKIN BUNNIES

PUMPKIN BUNNIES… MAINE 3

Michael and Aimee in Maine a couple of weekends ago…a good place to tow a streamer behind a kayak… OWENS  DESERT DACE

DESERT DACE …

HOOK: TMC 300, #8 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Olive

TAG: Angel Hair fibers, Rusty

ABDOMEN: DNA Holo Fusion, Olive – *coat with Hard As Hull or SHAN

WINGS: Stacked 2 Peacock Hers over, Brown Marabou, Lt. Olive Marabou

UNDER ABDOMEN: White Marabou

GILLS: Danville 6/0 Red

Another old but favorite design…Marabou just comes alive in water and I tie a lot of streamer patterns that utilize this material…Oh yeah… and about some of the FINNY RESIDENTS of the Owens Valley…

Mat DESERT DACE

Materials DESERT DACE… DESERT DACE GRP

DESERT DACE(s)… FALL OWENS PKG

DESERT DACE place…. MUTHA OF PEARL ST 2

MUTHA OF PEARL

HOOK: TMC 5263, #4 – #8

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Red (* not pictured with materials)

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

TAIL: Marabou Blood Quill, Black

ABDOMEN: Sparkle Braid, Pearl

WING: Black Barred Rabbit Strip, White – Straight

LATERAL LINE FLASH: One strand, Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/Red – on each side

HACKLE: Zonker Strip – Cross Cut – Black

1. Make dubbing loop

2.  Insert short strip of fur

3. Cut from skin

4. Twist

5. Stroke fur rearward while wrapping

I like these bunny strippers. One does not have to add a lot of weight to these patterns. Using a short leader with a sink tip or full sink line will generally get them into the zone and the action of the fur, when wet, is quite enticing… Variations of Black and White have always performed well for me on Easter Sierra waters…THIS is an old stand-by for me on the Lower”O” and East Walker River…

 Mat MUTAH OF PEARL ST

Materials MUTAH OF PEARL… MUTAH OF PEARLS GRP

MUTAH(s) OF PEARL… CAREY SPECIAL 2

CAREY SPECIAL – Col. Thomas Carey …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #6 – #12

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

TAIL: Ringneck Pheasant Rump fibers, Natural

ABDOMEN: 4-6 Peacock Herl Ffibers, natural

RIB: UTC Gold Wire, sm

WING: Ringneck Pheasant Rump, feather, Natural

A Northwest pattern that has been around since 1925 that is one any fly fisherman should have in the streamer box. Here is what my buddy, Dean Endress has to say about this pattern…

“I have used this pattern for 30 plus years, and it is still very effective on Trout, I often fish it in lakes , usually on a type 2 or 3 Uniform sink line. use a 4 ft. leader of 10 to 6lb. test . in rivers swim it deep like a nymph or swing it like a wetfly/streamer.. however you choose to fish it, always remember to animate the hackle fibers, they twitch and wiggle very well..

Thought not exactly tyed to imitate one food type, the Carey Special suggests : Dragonfly Nymphs, Chubs, Water beetles, leeches, Crayfish, maybe even baby trout – plenty of food items..

I have used the Carey Special in numerous Sierra Nevada lakes. effective indeed and a great change up from Midge indicator fishing.
It also works great for Smallmouth and Largemouth bass, plus Bluegill and other Sunfish species.. while i have not tried it yet, i am fairly certain it will work well for Carp.”

The pattern is also mentioned in HERE:

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…amen…

Mat CAREY SPECIAL

Materials CAREY SPECIAL… CAREY SP GRP

CAREY SPECIAL(s)… MOO'S SIERRA STEER -2-

MOO’S SIERRA STEER (Unroyal) Olive/Chartreuse …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #6-#10, 5263, #6- #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAIL: Speckled Hen Saddle Fibers, Black

UNDER ABDOMEN: Medium Holographic Tinsel, Chartreuse – (* Not pictured with materials)

OVER ABDOMEN: Olive Micro Tubing

WING: UV2 Calftail, White

PEACOCK POINTS: Iridescent Peacock, Black – Spirit River

BEARD: Speckled Hen Saddle Fibers, Black

If this looks familiar, it is because it is similar to THIS… the wing may be clipped if desired. In it’s original form, Frank Arcularius used a clipped version on the Upper Owens River on the family ranch..it is mentioned in Ray Bergman’s “Trout” and is still a very effective streamer pattern when fished beneath overhanging banks and willow sweeps…this is an attractor, streamer pattern…

SIERRA STEERS REAL

…other SIERRA STEERS, near the Upper Owens River…

. Mat MOO'S SIERRA STEER

Materials MOO’S SIERRA STEER… MOO'S SIERRA STEERS GRP

MOO’S SIERRA STEER’s… FALL MONO CTY

Fall…around Bridgeport, CA… SIX PACK 1 ADD

SIX PACK – Haufner/Caryl (Brown Rump PT)…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #6 – #12

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

TAIL: Ringneck Pheasant Tail Rump Patch fibers, Brown

ABDOMEN: Ringneck Pheasant Tail Rump Patch fibers, Brown

HACKLE: Ringneck Pheasant Tail Rump Patch, feather

The SIX PACK was developed by Carl Haufner with help from angler Everett Carl. It is a Pacific Northwest pattern. Along with the Carey Special, it is a tried and true fly that dates from 1963. It has caught a load of fish…

Mat SIX PACK

Materials SIX PACK… SIX PACKS GRP

SIX PACKS…

Older stuff…

STREAMERS I

STREAMERS II

 

Next: SMALL FACES…Diptera

 

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