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So this year, with the CA drought being what it is, I get to try some new patterns out with Michael and Ally( yay !!! First time together again in four years) up on some still waters in the Bridgeport area. These will be a few soft hackles and a smattering of other stuff I’ve wanted to tie up for a while. Some of the soft hackles will be larger than usual for an experiment on Twin Lakes …Here are a few of last year’s  Lake Soft Hackles that worked just fine…I will be adding some Trout photos to this post and the recipes will be completed after returning from a trip up the road with these guys…

MOO'S BIG RAINBOW VLR

A little something Michael caught today (7.31.15)…9 lbs./4ozs.

MOO'S RAINBOW VL 7.29.15 SZD A little something from Little Virginia Lake…7.29.15…CALLIBAETIS TRUMBULL LAKE CALLIBAETIS Spinner…today (7.28.15) at Trumbull Lake, CA… MOO ALLY TRUMBULL LAKE Michael & Ally, a while ago at one of the spots the flies below will be used… HEAVY D - RUST HEAVY D SH – Rust/Purple – Partridge Patriot Czech Nymph Fine, #18… HEAVY D - OLIVE HEAVY D SH – Olive/Black – Partridge Patriot Czech Nymph Fine, #18… HEAVY D - YELLOW HEAVY D SH – Yellow/Tan – Partridge Patriot Czech Nymph Fine, #18… Mat HEAVY D SH Materials HEAVY D SHs… HEAVY D SH GRP HEAVY D SOFT HACKLES… DISTRESSED DAMSEL 1 DISTRESSED DAMSEL NYMPH – TMC 2312, #10- #12… Mat DISTRESSED DAMSEL Materials DISTRESSED DAMSEL NYMPH… DISTRESSED DAMSEL GRP DISTRESSED DAMSEL NYMPHs… TWIN LAKES EM BUG 2 TWIN LAKES EMERGING BUGGER, Olive – Rickards/Randol Variant, TMC 5262, #8 – #10… Mat TWIN LAKES EMG BUG Materials TWIN LAKES EMERGING BUGGER … TWIN LAKES EMG BUG GRP TWIN LAKES EMERGING BUGGERs… DENNY'S EMERGING BUGGER 1 DENNY’S EMERGING BUGGER, Black – D. Rickards – TMC 5262, #8-#10… Mat DENNY'S EM BUG BLK Materials DENNY’S EMERGING BUGGER, Black… MOO ALLY TWIN LAKES Two trouble makers at Twin Lakes… DENNY'S EM BUG BLK GRP DENNY’S EMERGING BUGGERs, Black… MOO LIITTLE VL Michael on a favorite lake, near Bridgeport, when he was little -er… ALLY'S T CRUNCHA' ALLY’S T CRUNCHA’ – Daiichi 1560, #12 – TMC 5262, #10…  Mat ALLY'S T CRUNCHA' Materials ALLY’S T CRUNCHA’… TRUMBULL LAKE The T Spot… ALLY'S T CRUNCHA%22s ALLY’S T CRUNCHA’s… MOO'S CRUNCHA' BRN 2 MOO’S VL CRUNCHA’, Brown – TMC 5262, #12 – #14… Mat MOO%22S VL CRUNCHA' Materials MOO’S VL CRUNCHA’ – Brown… moo-yaghting-1 A larger Michael on Little Virginia Lake… MOO'S VL CRUNCHA' - BRN MOO’S VL CRUNCHAS’ – Brown … PT/TB

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..

Flavs or Lesser Green Drakes, are composed of two species, Drunella flavilinea and Drunella coloradensis. One needs a microscope and entomology degree to distinguish between the two. They are crawlers and they also are ( Hafele & Hughes) the third most important Mayfly hatch, behind the Baetis complex and PMD’s, on moving Western waters.They can be found almost anywhere in the mountainous West. In California, their distribution is widespread and they are probably present in a lot more locations than have been documented. In Montana, they have been found HERE. They may be found hatching from Mid-June through Mid-October from the Pacific to the Rocky Mountains. On most waters the Flav hatch begins when water temperatures creep up towards a steady 55°…I always carry one of these:

FISHPOND STREAM THERMOMETER

Stream Thermometer…

On Hafele & Hughes’ Hatch Importance Ranking Table,  Flavs are ranked in this order of avaiability:

1.Duns & Emergers

2. Nymphs

3. Spinners

I carry all of them…

FLAV BOX 7-15

A FLAV BOX…288 flies…

SPOT N' SPARKLE SPINNER FLAV -1-

SPOT N’ SPARKLE SPINNER (Flav) …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #12 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Brown – Abdomen / Veevus 14/0, Rust – Thorax forward

TAIL: Coq De Leon fibers, Dun – Set with Zap-A-Gap

ABDOMEN: Rusty Quill Body – Set with Zap-A-Gap

THORAX: Micro Fine Dubbing, Rusty Spinner

SPOT: Razor Foam, Opaque Pink

WING: Polypro Yarn, White

OVER WING: Micro Flash, Light Blue Dun, Pearl – 6 strands

Something that these tired old eyes can see as darkness approaches in not so slick water…see spinner pattern below for additional comment…

Mat SPOT N' SPARKLE FLAV

Materials SPOT N’ SPARKLE SPINNER – FLAV…

CDC RUSTY SPINNER CDC RUSTY SPINNER FLAV – René Harrop/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #12 – #16

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

TAIL: Split fibbetts, Dun – set with Zap-A-Gap

ABDOMEN: Red Quill Goose Biot – set with Zap-A-Gap

THORAX: Micro Fine Dubbing, Rusty Spinner

SPENT WINGS: Posted, then split, CDC White (2 feathers) – topped with Z-Lon, Kinky Light Dun

Most Flav spinner falls will appear on smooth water…at twilight…take a flashlight (Surefire) with you to find the way back…

Mat CDC FLAV SPINNER

Materials CDC RUSTY SPINNER – FLAV…* The thorax dubbing is Micro Fine Rusty Spinner (not pictured)…

FLAV SPINNERS

FLAV SPINNERs – CDC RUSTY, #12 & SPOT N’ SPARKLE , #14…

FLAV BURST WC C-E BURST WC CRIPPLE/EMERGER FLAV…

HOOK: TMC 102Y, #11 – #15

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

SHUCK: Three Ostrich Hel ends, Olive

ABDOMEN: Chartreuse Micro Tubing

BURST WING: Z-Lon, Light Kinky Dun

THORAX: Senyo’s Laser Dub, Olive

WINGCASE: Medallion Sheeting, Brown – * Optional, coat with UV Resin

LEGS: Dyed Olive Partridge, V-notched

This is an experimental pattern that I will put in Michael’s hands, to try out on the Truckee River, when he is up there the first week in August…report to follow in this space…

Mat FLAV BURST WC C-E Materials BURST WC CRIPPLE/EMERGER FLAV… FLAV EMERGERS BURST WC C-E GRP BURST WC CRIPPLE/EMERGER FLAVs… WHITLOCK STRIKE IND -1- Something new, Telstrike indicators, to try out… FLAV UNUSUAL USUAL HC -1- UNUSUAL USUAL FLAV EMERGER – Howard Cole…

HOOK: Daiichi 1190, #12 – #16, TMC 100BL, #12 -#16

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

TAIL/SHUCK: Lemon Woodduck over Amber Z-Lon

ABDOMEN: Pale Olive Turkey Biot, fringed

THORAX: Fly-Rite Natural Dubbing, Olive

WING: Snowshoe Rabbit, Medium Dun

HACKLE: Grizzly Olive

A Howard Cole design that may be v-notched  or trimmed flat across the bottom, to ride lower in the surface film. I always have a set of scissors in my vest to do additional tinkering with patterns that I carry…

lanyard-1

Don’t leave home without them…

Mat UNUSUAL USUAL FLAV HC Materials UNUSUAL USUAL FLAV EMERGER… FLAVS UNUSUAL USUAL GRP UNUSUAL USUAL FLAV EMERGERs… POSTED SPENTWING FLAV EMERGER  -1 POSTED SPENTWING FLAV EMERGER (Snowshoe Hare’s Foot) -Schollmeyer/Variant

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #12 – #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun

SHUCK: Snowshoe Rabbit, Brown

RIB: 1-2 Strands Persall’s Marabou Silk Floss

BODY: Micro Fine Dub, BWO, Olive

WING: Snowshoe Hare, Light Dun – posted, then split and pulled down to create a fan wing

This is a simple Jim Schollmeyer dun pattern for Flavs. He uses a lot of Snowshoe Hare patterns that are fairly easy to tie and they work. The best Snowshoe Hare that I have found comes from the White Fox Fur & Feather Co. One may call them direct to get their excellent products. Schollmeyer cuts the fur off the foot, cleans it, then splits the bunch, takes the two portions and aligns them and rolls then between his fingers. The fur is then tied in, on a horizontal plane on top of the hook shank. Figure eight wrap, then pull the wing up and take wraps of thread around the base of the fur to post it. Trim the top to the approximate length of the hook shank and tug each portion downward to fan the wing. There is no bump of hair behind the wing to worry about…nice !

Mat POSTED SW FLAV Materials POSTED SPENTWING FLAV EMERGER (Snowshoe Hare’s Foot) … FLAV POSTED EMERGER Top view showing split, posting and fan of snowshoe hare wing… FLAVS POSTED SW SSH POSTED SPENTWING FLAV EMERGERs… ID SH FLAV ID SH FLAV …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560. #12 – #16 or, when they finally become generally available, TMC 113BLH, #12 – #16

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

TAIL: Natural Partridge fibers, Brown

RIB: UTC Flat Gold Tinsel, SM or UTC Hot Yellow Wire, #14- #16

ABDOMEN: Ice Dub, UV Light Olive

THORAX: Ice Dub, Olive

HACKLE: Partridge Natural, Brown feather

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Chartreuse, behind hackle

A generic Soft Hackle that may be fished dead drift or swung, with weight on the leader or on a greased line in the surface film. Try it as a dropper behind a larger Flav Dry pattern…

ID SH FLAV Materials ID SH FLAV… ID SH FLAVS GRP ID SH FLAVs… McGee Creek MCT Yep…there are Flavs, up this high, in the Eastern Sierras – PHOTO MONO COUNTY TOURISM… BOOTY'S FLAV EMERGER 2 BOOTY’S FLAV EMERGER – B. Allen/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110 #12 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Dyed Deer Hair, Olive –*optional, over Brown/Olive Sparkle Emerger Yarn

RIB: 1-2 Strands Persall’s Marabou Silk Floss

ABDOMEN: Nature’s Spirit .6 Pale Olive Dubbing

OVER THORAX: Razor Foam Translucent Olive

WING: Puglisi Trigger Point Int’l fibers, BWO

HACKLE: Dun Saddle

This is a Boots Allen pattern that floats like a cork with the inclusion of Razor Foam in the thorax section. He ties a number of May Fly patterns using this technique, but ya’ got to do some serious looking to find them…

Mat BOOTY'S FLAV EMERGER Materials BOOTY’S FLAV EMERGER… BOOTY'S FLAV EMERGERS GRP BOOTY’S FLAV EMERGERS… CAPTIVE DUN FLAV -2 CAPTIVE DUN Flav – Harrop/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 100BL, #12 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Yellow/Olive – Under abdomen / Veevus 16/0, Olive -Thorax forward

TAIL/SHUCK: Lemon Woodduck over Olive/Brown Sparkle Emerger Yarn

ABDOMEN: Turkey Biot, Caddis Green

THORAX: Micro Fine Dubbing, BWO, Olive

WING/LEGS: Looped Premium CDC, Medium Dun – excess pulled back, tied down then clipped for legs. Use plenty of CDC feathers (4-6)

A Rene’ Harrop pattern that was developed to match Flavs captive in the surface film. His CDC, from the TroutHunter Shop, is some of the best available here in the U.S. He uses a lot of CDC in his patterns. If one is having problems using CDC because of slime, try this trick...

Mat FLAV CAPTIVE DUN Materials CAPTIVE DUN Flav… CAPTIVE DUNs FLAV CAPTIVE DUNs Flav… FLAV CRIPPLE TP-UV2 FLAV CRIPPLE TP/UV2 -Matthews/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #12 – #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Z-Lon, kinky, Tan-ish/Brown

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, BWO

RIB: Cascade Crest Glimmer thread, Red

THORAX: Snowshoe Rabbit foot dubbing, 4. Olive – Nature’s Spirit

WING: Puglisi Trigger Point Int’l fibers, Black

HACHLE: Dun Saddle

This is a variation of a Craig Matthew’s pattern with a red rib and black wing. A black wing will stand out and be more visible in “greasy” sunlight or when there is cloud cover and rain. Emergers & Cripples are probably the two most effective patterns for fishing over a Flav hatch…

MAT TP-UV2 FLAV CRIPPLE Materials FLAV CRIPPLE TP/UV2… FLAV CRIPPLEs TP-UV2 GRP FLAV CRIPPLEs TP/UV2… FLAV GD JACKLIN-HAUGH COMPARADUN FLAV – Jacklin/Haugh Variant …

HOOK: TMC 100BL, TMC 900BL, Daiichi 1110 #12- #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Stiff Dun fibers

RIB: 1-2 strands of DMC Embroidery Floss, Yellow

ABDOMEN: Fly-Rie, #.3 Dark Olive

WING: Comparadun Deer

HACKLE: Dun Saddle – trim across bottom

This is a pattern designed and used by Yellowstone Fly Shop owner, Bob Jacklin by way of tier Byron Haugh. It is an excellent imitation of the Flavs that appear on waters in the YNP area. These May Flies hatch bright green and immediately, their bodies and wings start to darken, once exposed to air.

Mat COMPARADUN FLAV Materials COMPARA DUN FLAV… COMPARADUN FLAVS GRP COMPARA DUN FLAVs… BAT WING FLAV BAT WING FLAV -Petersen/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #12 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Natural Hen Neck Feather fibers

UNDER ABDOMEN: Cascade Crest Micro Floss, Olive

ABDOMEN: Nature’s Spirit Goose Biot, 6. Pale Olive

WING: Fluff at the base of a Dun Hen neck feather

THORAX: Nature’s Spirit Snowshoe Hare Dubbing, 4. Olive

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Lt. Olive, SM

Tracy Petersen’s Bat Wing is one of the best emerger patterns I have ever put in the water. I fish these from the bottom to the top of the water column, with weight or as a dropper. I believe that many  times, Trout take this pattern as an merger that has drowned. In any case, I don’t do a series of a particular may fly without including it…

Mat BAT WING FLAV Materials BAT WING FLAV… BAT WING FLAVS GRP BAT WING FLAVs… WING OF BAT FLAV WING of BAT WING… DK TNT GREEN DRAKE FLAV KORN’S TNT GREEN DRAKE NYMPH (Flav version) – Doug Korn/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #14

THREAD:Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Mottled Oak Turkey Quill fibers

RIB: UTC wire, Hot Yellow, SM

ABDOMEN: 50/50 Mix – DW’s SLF Dubbing, Scud Shrimp Olive / Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dubbing 4. Olive

HACKLE: Natural Pheasant Tail “Philo Feather”, from base of the clump

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Light Olive, SM

Doug Korn knows his Greed Drakes…this is a scaled down version of his Drunella grandis nymph (the big guy) to match the smaller Flav. I would toss this pattern into the drift and swing it into the shallows just about anywhere. That “Philo Fearther”(aftershaft feather) is one of the most underutilized feathers on a Pheasant…see Jack Gartside

Mat KORNS TNT NYMPH GD (FLAV) Materials KORN’S TNT GREEN DRAKE NYMPH (Flav version)… KORNS TNT NYMPH GD (FLAV) GRP KORN’S TNT GREEN DRAKE NYMPHs (Flav version)… ICE GRHE FLAV NYMPM ST HARE’S ICE NYMPH- (Flav) – Schollmeyer-Leeson/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #16

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

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAIL: Fox Squirrel Tail

ABDOMEN: 75/15/10 Mix – Hare’s Ice Dub – 1. Peacock, 2. Olive Brown, 3. Hare’s Ear

RIB: UTC Flat God Tinsel or UTC Hot Yellow SM wire on #16

THORAX: Hare’s Ice Dub, Brown

LEGS: Natural Partridge – Brown

WINGCASE: McFlyLon, Black

This may be fished either deep or higher in the water column, just prior to emergence. Twist-ons for deep nymphing and grease the leader and dab some Frog’s Fanny on it, for just below the surface… or use it as a dropper off a larger Flav Dry pattern. Flavs move towards less boisterous water when hatching (and McFlyLon floats fairly well)… This is one of Schollmeyer and Leeson’s standard nymph pattern’s I added some zip to…

Mat ST HARE'S ICE NYMPH (FLAV) Materials ST HARE’S ICE NYMPH- (Flav)… ST HARE%22S ICE NYMPHs (FLAVs) ST HARE’S ICE NYMPHs- (Flavs)… mike-looking-boulder Michael looking around, on a high elevation river on the North side of YNP, for Df or it’s cousin Dc… CW's LGD EMERGER 2 CW’s FOAM GREEN DRAKE EMERGER (FLAV) – Williams/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #10 – #12…

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

SHUCK: Z-Lon, Olive Brown

ABDOMEN: Premo Goose Biot, BWO

RIB: Ice Thread, Yellow

THORAX: 50/50 Mix- Uv2 Fine & Dry, BWO / Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dubbing .3 BWO

WING: Marc Petitjean CDC, #.1 Blue Dun

HACKLE: Furnace

WINGCASE: Razor Foam, Translucent Black – tie in foam and split at rear with an X-acto knife, tie in wing, dub thorax, hackle over thorax, trim hackle at the top ,pull split foam over the thorax, catching CDC in between and tie down…

This is an interesting design from Chris Williams, who is a tier and Elementary School teacher from Boise, ID. He’s one of those guys that one has to look around for. His patterns have impressed a lot of folks in ID, WY and MT waters…do a search !

Mat CW's FOAM GD EMERGER Materials CW’s FOAM GREEN DRAKE EMERGER (FLAV)… CW's FOAM GD EMERGER GRP CW’s FOAM GREEN DRAKE EMERGERs (FLAVs)… UV2 TP HAIRWING DUN FLAV UV2 TRIGGER POINT HAIRWING DUN (Flav) – Harrop/Variant…

HOOK:TMC 103BL, #11- #15

THREAD:Veevus 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Dyed Grizzly Blue Dun fibers

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, BWO

UNDERWING: Puglisi Trigger Point Int’l. fibers, BWO

WING: Dun dyed Yearling Elk

HACKLE: Dyed Grizzly Blue Dun

This is Harrop’s classic pattern, which may be used as a template for any number of May Fly Emergers. Flavs,when emerging, will generally migrate to softer flows they are not great swimmers and will pulse up and down in the water column before popping just under the surface film or in it…

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)…

HOOK: TMC 206BL, #12  #14

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun

SHUCK: Amber Z-Lon

RIB: Datum Glo-Brite #189, Fl.Hot Yellow

ABDOMEN: 75/25 Mix Fly-Rite #3 Dark Olive / Nature’s Spirit .3 BWO Emergence Dub

THORAX: Spirit River UV2 Natural Peacock Eye, (3-4), Twisted on thread

WING: Snowshoe Rabbit, Light Dun

Fish Flav Emergers the same as one would fish a PMD or BWO Emerger. Light tackle, 4x-6x tippet, reach cast and downstream wiggle. In typical freestone headwaters with benches, makes short casts, keep the line off the water and don’t let this fly drag. Hold the rod tip high, as in high stick nymphing…it’s fast and furious fishing…the water below is typical and fortunately there isn’t a lot over overhanging vegetation…when something large comes off the bottom and whacks this guy, it will be worth it…

WWR MONO TOURISM Yep…those guys are in here…PHOTO – Mono County Tourism SH CHUCKY FLAV CHUCKY SURFACE SH (Flav) …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #16

THREAD:Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun -Abdome / Tiemco 16/0, Olive – Thorax forward

TAIL: 4-8 Wood chuck fibers

RIB: Micro Tubing, Red

ABDOMEN: 75/25 Mix – Stalcup’s Micro Fine BWO, Gray/Olive / Ligas #48 E. Nymph

THORAX: Spirit River UV2 Peacock Eye, Brown

HACKLE: Partridge, Natural- Brown

Mat CHUCK SURFACE SH FLAV Materials CHUCKY SURFACE SH (Flav)… CHUCKY SURFACE SOFT HACKLES FLAV GRP CHUCKY SURFACE SOFT HACKLES (Flav)…

This soft hackle patter is meant to be fished just under the surface film, either dead drift or swung. Grease thy line so it hangs high in the water column or use it as a dropper behind a larger dry Flav. There are times when a red ribbed Flav pattern will out perform the more traditional yellow ribbed pattern…don’t ask me… why?

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) …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – #16

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

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL: Spikey fur fibers from a Natural Hare’s Mask – (The fur located between the eyes)

ABDOMEN/THORAX/COLLAR: 75/15/10 Mix – Buggy Nymph, Olive – Natural Dark Hare’s Ear #.2 – Buggy Nymph, Lava Brown

GILLS: Ostrich Herl, Natural Gray – one strand each side, pulled forward

RIB: Gudebrod 10/0 Clear Thread or 5x Mono

UNDER WINGCASE: Razor Foam, Translucent Dun

LEGS: Partridge, Natural Brown, V-Notched

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten, Brown, sized to hook

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)…

Keep in mind that Flavs are crawler nymphs. Their availability is moderate. Fish these guys most often on a dead drift, “in glides and slicks between the brief riffles and drops of high gradient streams” (Hafele & Hughes). Keep them inches off the bottom across the breadth of the water column…

MOO SUGAR The THUMPERS, getting their sugar fixes… MOLYBDENITE FLAV 1 MOLYBDENITE NYMPH (Flav)…

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12- #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAIL: Spikey fibers from a Natural Hare’s Mask – (The fur located between the eyes)

ABDOMEN: 4-6 Select Marabou fibers, twisted together – half each, Shad Gray and Light Olive

RIB: Micro tubing, Olive

THORAX: 75%/25% Mix – SLF Spikey Squirrel, Olive and Natural Muskrat

WINGCASE: Scud Back 1/8″, Black

LEGS: Partridge, Natural Brown

Mat MOLYBDENITE NYMPH FLAV Materials MOLYBDENITE NYMPH (Flav)… MOLYBDENITE NYMPS FLAV GRP MOLYBDENITE NYMPHS…

These are the Flavs I came across on Molybdenite Creek, in Mono County, many years ago. The gray-ish cast comes from the granite rock that characterizes the stream bottoms on the majority of freestones waters flowing off the Eastern Slope of the Sierras. I have also seen this with other members of the Drunella family and in particular, the  Green Drakes that hatch on the Frying Pan River in CO – they have a pink-ish cast. Shane Stalcup designed a specific pattern for this hatch…Try to be observant and match the color and size of the Flavs that might be present in a particular location. Collecting samples and photographing them, on the spot, will greatly enhance one’s knowledge and tying…

Next…a few Sierra, high elevation lake patterns, for MOO

PT/TB

Michael is getting ready for our trek up to some Eastern Sierra Lakes at the end of July. A little work out on New York’s  Willowemoc Creek over the 4th. and 5th.

MOO 7.5.15 WILL -2-

He reported that the Sili Stone JIG…

MOO SILI STONE 7.15

…and Vince Wilcox’s TNT CADDIS

MOO 7.5.15 WILL VW TNT -3-

…were working for him…

MOO 7.5.15 WILL -1-

 

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 …

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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…

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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

MOO SILI STONE 7.15

Yep, it works… Moo on the Willowemoc…7.04.15

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…

bk-1

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

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