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A little tardy in getting this post together. This is a trip I took with my daughter Ally, her boyfriend Nick and Hero the dog back in the middle of November in 2018. It was cold and the current state of steelhead runs, both A & B, coming up into the Snake river system are just awful – to put it mildly. WE left Pullman, WA way too early in the morning and arrived at the bottom of Rattlesnake Grade before the sun came up. Did I mention that it was really cold ???

A few new things I got for this trip:

Patagonia Stealth Atom Sling Pack

NAUTILUS CCFX2 REEL…

I almost picked up one of the rods but will wait a few more months before doing so…Buelah Platinum Spey Fly Rod, 13’2″, 7wt. Below is a map location of The Grande Ronde River in Southeastern Washington…

Grande Ronde River Map…

XMAS lights in Lewiston, ID at 4:30 AM…

Coming down Rattlesnake Grade way too early in the morning...

Chemtrails above the Grande Ronde…ūü§™

Ally putting on Hero’s warm jacket along the river…

So we drove around for awhile to warm up. This is above Boggan’s Oasis, the only outpost of civilization along this stretch of river in Washington…

Frosty parking spot for Nick’s Landcruiser above the river…

Hero takes Ally for a walk…

Ok there it is, go for it…

Ally ¬†– The Packmule…

Looks like someone arranged those rocks for soaking in the Summer…

Nick wades in and starts nymphing…

Up river, or looking North…

Down river, or looking South towards Oregon…

So, while Nick was nymphing, I was swinging #6 bugs…these are the results…

These guys laughed at me and left…

So did these guys in the gallery…

They were everywhere !

We moved to another spot up river, where I actually ran into a guy who was float fishing and he said he caught one smaller Steelie…this was the only person that I spoke to , all day, that caught a fish…

Hero, Ally and Nick…warming up in the sunlight that finally came over the canyon walls…

A campfire pit at our next stop…

Lunch time !!!

I spent some time working with Nick on his nymphing style. This is the first time he had nymphed for Steelhead…

This is a nice section of the Grande Ronde…

Another view from the same spot…

Time to move again…

Further up the river…

Another bend in the river…

One more…

Last stop…the sun was going behind the canyon wall at 3:20 PM…

Nick casts and steps down with a wet #4…

Boggan’s Oasis…This is the new building, the old, original structure burned to the ground the previous year…

Menu…

Placemat…

Ally has a BLT…

Pop has the Steak Sandwich…

Nick goes for the French Dip…

The “Get Away” driver holds down the fort…

Starting up Rattlesnake Grade

Getting curvy…

Into the hairpins…

…getting snakey…

Into the sunset…

Moonrise in Southeast Washington…

Pullman, WA is on that rise in the distance…

 

Next: Down and back and in-between…

 

 

PT/TB

 

 

 

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These will be the first steelhead fly patterns that I have tied since 1975, when I traveled up to Vancouver Island to fly fish for these sought after seagoing Trout.I will begin by tying four of each pattern – maybe more if I decide to vary sizes . A lot has changed since then and the runs have been drastically reduced and these fish along with many of the great Salmon runs are in peril. The causes are many and will not be documented here…This particular post has taken way too long to finish… I have a series of mostly photographic posts coming up shortly…

Completed box of traditional Steelhead Fly Patterns…

Home base… while Ally goes here to get her degree in Veterinary Medicine…

Traveling down to Lewiston, Idaho and the Clearwater River…

Coming down the grade ( Lewiston Hill )…

Traveling East along the Clearwater River towards Orofino, ID…

A right turn towards Peck, ID…

…and The Red Shed Fly Shop…I have never seen so much great stuff squished into such a small space…

So I was advised to purchase this book about the wonderful rivers in the area – The Clearwater, Grande Ronde, Salmon and Snake rivers and their tributaries. Inside one finds history, the names and bios of folks who pioneered steelhead fishing in these locations, their stories and tips, fly patterns that they used and the evolution of rods and equipment. This book is just a great read !!! Many of the first patterns I am tying will come from it, with a few variants of my own…

A pull-off, along the road, next to the Clearwater River…

GREEN SKUNK BUTT VARIANT…

HOOK: Daiichi 2441, #6

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAIL: Fl. Orange Hackle

DUBBING BALL BUTT: Chartreuse Ice Dub

ABDOMEN: Medium Black Chenille

RIB: Silver Tinsel

WING: Fl. White Buck Tail

HACKLE: Schlappen feather, Black

Materials –¬†GREEN SKUNK BUTT VARIANT…

GREEN SKUNK BUTTs…

One of the most popular steelhead patterns ever developed. Designed by Dan¬†Callaghan, the green butt was added sometime after 1950. I wold venture a guess that one still finds these in a majority of PNW steelhead fly shops…

The Clearwater River at a boat ramp…

GREEN ANT (Two Variants) Black Hackle / Grizzly Hackle – Alec Jackson Steelhead Irons #7 …¬†

Materials – GREEN ANT…* The Chartreuse Ice Dub isn’t supposed to be there…:doh:

GREEN ANTs…

The Green Ant is a variant:

HOOK: Alec Jackson Steelhead Irons, #7

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAIL: GoldenPheasant Tippet

BUTT: UV2 Peacock herls (3) – Natural

UNDER ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier Fl. White Thread

ABDOMEN: Datum Glo Brite Floss, Chartreuse

WING: Natural Squirrel Tail

HACKLE: WEbby Grizzly Hackle

The Clearwater River towards Lewiston, ID from Peck, ID…

SEAL-X ICE (Nightmare Red) & CDL …

HOOK: Alec Jackson Steelhead Irons #7

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Silver Tinsel

UNDER ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier Fl. White thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Seal-X Ice, Nightmare Red

AT THORAX:  * -tie in UTC 70 Denier Fl. Orange thread to complete fly

HACKLE: Coq De Leon (Whiting) a bit heavy

Materials¬†SEAL-X ICE (Nightmare Red) & CDL…

SEAL-X ICE (Nightmare Red) & CDLs…

Simple, with a hackling I have not used before…

Closer to Lewiston…

MELLOW YELLOW …

 HOOK: Daiichi 2441, #6

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Silver Tinsel

UNDER ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier Fl. White Floss

BUTT: Yellow Floss

TAIL: Yellow Mallard Flank *– not pictured in materials

REAR COLLAR:  UV2 Peacock Herl, dyed Black Р2 herls

ABDOMEN: Yellow Floss

RIB: Silver Tinsel

THORAX: Firestar Dubbing, Caddis Green

WING: Yellow BuckTail

Hackle: Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle, Yellow

Materials¬†MELLOW YELLOW…

MELLOW YELLOWs…

Something for stained and off color water…

Long shot of the Clearwater River…

The North 40 Store in Lewiston in which a Fly Shop is located…about 1/6th. the size of Bob Marriott’s in L.A. …

A box in progress…

ORANGE & BLACK…

HOOK: Alec Jackson Steelhead Irons, #7

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Silver Tinsel

ABDOMEN: Uni Floss, Black

RIB: Silver Tinsel

WING: Batch of strung Marabou, Fl. Orange, cut short

HACKLE: Fl. Orange Saddle Hackle…the package in the photo is from 1974

Materials¬†ORANGE & BLACK…

ORANGE & BLACKs…

This pattern was favored by Jake Gulke who frequented the Grande Ronde …in the days when there were monumental runs of fish…

UV2 SEAL-X PURPLE PERIL …

HOOK: Daiichi 2421, #6

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Purple Saddle Hackle

ABDOMEN: UV2 Purple Seal-X

RIB: Silver Tinsel

WING: Buck Tail dyed Fl. White

Hackle: Purple Saddle Hackles

Materials¬†UV2 SEAL-X PURPLE PERIL…

UV2 SEAL-X PURPLE PERILs…

The Purple Peril was developed by George McLeod from the Seattle area before World War II. It is considered one of the classic PNW steelhead fly patterns

“BEATS ME” …

HOOK: Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Red

TAG: Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Golden Pheasant Crest

UNDER ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier  Fl. White thread

OVER ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier Fl. Cerise thread

RIB: Silver Tinsel

THORAX:  Medium Black Chenille

UNDER WING: 6-8 strands UV Pearl Krystal Flash

OVER WING: Fox SquirrelTail

HACKLE: Webby Grizzly

Materials¬†“BEATS ME”…

“BEATS MEs”…

Bill Alspach, who resided in Pullman, WA until his death in 1997, designed and used this fly pattern. He was asked by a fellow steelheader about the fly he was using and that’s how the name came about. I would have loved to have fished with this guy

ALLY’S MOSCOW MULE …

HOOK: Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #7

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG:  Oval Copper Tinsel

TAIL: Golden Pheasant Crest

UNDER ABDOMEN: Base of UTC 70 Denier  Fl. White thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Copper Brown Floss… that came on a wooden spool that I purchased somewhere in the mid 70’s… ūüôā

RIB: Oval Copper Tinsel

UNDER WING: 6-8 strands of UV Pearl Krystal Flash

OVER WING: Squirrel Tail, Natural

Hackle: Yellow Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle

Materials¬†ALLY’S MOSCOW MULE…

ALLY’S MOSCOW MULEs…

I love this color…named after my daughter Ally and the famous drink which originated at the Cock N’ Bull¬†restaurant on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood before I was born…

HARBINGER …

HOOK: Daiichi 2050, #7

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Golden Pheasant Crest

UNDER ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier Fl. White Floss

OVER ABDOMEN: Uni Chartreuse Floss

RIB: Silver Tinsel

THORAX: UV2 Peacock – Natural – 3 herls

WING: Chartreuse Buck Tail

HACKLE: Chartreuse Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle

Materials¬†HARBINGER…

HARBINGERs…

I like CHARTREUSE…

UV2 PURPLE AND BLUE COPPER DOC …

HOOK: Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Red

TAG: Embossed Copper Tinsel – Veevus

TAIL: Dyed Purple Golden Pheasant Crest

ABDOMEN: Uni Doctor Blue Floss over a base of UTC 70Denier Fl. White thread

RIB: Copper Embossed Tinsel – Veevus

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Purple Peacock – 3 strands of herl

UNDER WING: UV pearl Krystal Flash – 6-8 strands

OVER WING: Black Buck Tail

HACKLE: Purple Wooly Bugger Saddle Hackle

Materials¬†UV2 PURPLE AND BLUE COPPER DOC…

UV2 PURPLE AND BLUE COPPER DOCs…

My favorite colors …

BOX – DOUBLED UP…

BRIGHT UNNAMED FLY…

HOOK: Rick Miller/Variant – Daiichi 2050, #5

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Yellow Hackle topped with Mallard Flank dyed Woodduck

ABDOMEN: Fine Lt. Orange Chenille

RIB: Silver Tinsel

WING: Yellow Bucktail

CHEEKS: Golden Pheasant Tippet

HACKLE: Yellow Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle

Materials BRIGHT UNNAMED FLY…

BRIGHT UNNAMED FLYs…

Rick Miller was one of the first steelhead fly fisherman who started fishing the Grande Ronde in 1948. It’s fair to say that he was one of the first fly fisherman to catch a steelhead on a fly in that river…If he were alive today, he would be 99 years old…

PRINCETON TIGER VARIANT …

HOOK: Daiichi 2421, #2

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Hot Orange Saddle Hackle

ABDOMEN: UV2 Seal-X, Black

RIB: Silver Tinsel

UNDER WING: 8 strands UV Pearl Krystal Flash

OVER WING: Yellow Bucktail

HACKLE: Schlappen Feather, Black

Materials¬†PRINCETON TIGER VARIANT…

PRINCETON TIGER VARIANTs…

”¬†This fly was introduced and popularized by Eddie Ward as he fished the Clearwater River back in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. He was a graduate of Princeton so he used the college colors, orange and black and the athletic teams’, Tigers, to name the fly. It proved to be a very successful fly to lure big steelhead on the Clearwater.”...HERE

FALL FAVORITE ¬†–¬†Silvius/Variant …

HOOK:  Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #3

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Red

TAG: Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Red Hackle Fibers

ABDOMEN: Medium Silver Tinsel

RIB: Oval Silver Tinsel * – Coat with Zap-a-Gap to lock in place

UNDER WING: Mix 4 strands each – Grizzly Krystal Flash (Black/Red) – Crystal Mirror Flash – Cascade Crest Tool Co.

OVER WING: Red Bucktail

Materials¬†FALL FAVORITE…

FALL FAVORITEs…

This pattern is a steelhead classic pattern. More on it’s history may be found HERE- FALL FAVORITE.

COPPER COLONEL / Variant …

HOOK:Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Embossed Copper Tinsel – Veevus

ABDOMEN: Medium Copper Brown/Pearl tinsel Chenille

UNDER WING: 6-8 strands Crystal Mirror Flash – Cascade Crest Tool Co.

OVER WING: Sparse Black Bucktail

HACKLE: Black Schlappen feather

Materials COPPER COLONEL / Variant..

COPPER COLONEL / Variants

A Duke Parkening pattern that was brought from California to catch Steelhead on the Clearwater River in the 60’s…

SILVER,GOLD N’ SQUIRREL…

HOOK:  Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #3

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Flat Gold Tinsel

TAIL: Golden Pheasant Crest

ABDOMEN: Flat Silver Tinsel

RIB: Veevus French Tinsel. Gold *– coat with Zap-a-Gap to lock the rib in place

HACKLE: * – not shown – Webby Grizzly Hackle

WING: Fox Squirrel Tail

Materials¬†SILVER,GOLD N’ SQUIRREL…

SILVER,GOLD N’ SQUIRRELs…

Going all out on bright and flashy…

UV2 PINK BUTT AND PURPLE…

HOOK: Daiichi 2441, 1/0

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Fl. White РUnder Abdomen  /  Danville 6/0, Black РThorax forward

TAG: Flat Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Dyed Golden Pheasant Tippet, Red

BUTT: Dyed UV2 Peacock Herl, Pink, 3 strands

ABDOMEN: Purple Uni Floss

RIB: Flat Silver Tinsel

HACKLE: Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle, Bright Purple

WING: Large Northern Bucktail, Purple

Materials¬†UV2 PINK BUTT AND PURPLE…

UV2 PINK BUTT AND PURPLEs…

Purple is a color that is considered ¬†de rigueur for steelhead patterns. The last color to disappear at depth. So this is one of those in a classic style…

CHARTREUSE D- PURPLE …

HOOK:Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Fl. White – Under Abdomen / Danville 6/0, Black – Thorax forward

TAG: Flat Silver Tinsel

ABDOMEN: Chartreuse Spooled Antron

RIB: Purple Medium D-Rib

WING: Back Deer Belly

HACKLE: Black Schlappen Feather

Materials¬†CHARTREUSE D- PURPLE…

CHARTREUSE D- PURPLEs…

So…I wanted something different, in chartreuse which is one of my favorite attractor colors…this was it…

COPPER KING …

HOOK:  Daiichi 2051, # 5

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Fl. White – Under Abdomen / Danville 6/0, Black – Thorax forward

TAG: Flat Copper Tinsel

TAIL: Golden Pheasant Crest

ABDOMEN: Spooled Gold Antron

RIB: Embossed Copper Veevus Tinsel

HACKLE: Black Schlappen Feather

WING: Grey Squirrel Tail (Natural)

Materials¬†COPPER KING…

COPPER KINGs…

A bright, shimmering pattern for off colored water…

GREEN LANTERN …

HOOK: Daiichi 2051 or Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Veevus Flat Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Natural Black Squirrel

UNDER ABDOMEN: Veevus Flat Silver Tinsel

OVER ABDOMEN: Thin strip of Edgebrite Fl. Green

HACKLE: Black Schlappen feather

UNDER WING: 2 Midge Mirage Opal, 2 Midge Flash Chartreuse strips

WING: Black Deer Belly

Materials GREEN LANTERN

GREEN LANTERNs…

This pattern was a favorite of Craig Lannigan, from Lewiston, Idaho who was one of the finest steelhead fly fishermen in the area, on the Clearwater River …

Almost completed box…

LEPRECHAUN …

HOOK: Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black РThorax forward / UTC 70 Denier Fl. White Р Under Abdomen

TAG: Gold Tinsel

TAIL: Chartreuse hackle

RIB: Veevus French tinsel, Gold

ABDOMEN: Dark Green spooled Antron *- over UTC 70 Denier Fl. White thread

HACKLE: Chartreuse Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle

WING: Grey Squirrel Tail (Natural)


Materials¬†LEPRECHAUN…

LEPRECHAUNs…

Something in dark green …

 

 

Next:¬†A day on the Grande Ronde…

 

PT/TB

 

 

 

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Michael and his wife Aimee traveled to Montana in late July to attend a wedding for Aimee’s BFF at a cabin over by Henry’s Lake in Idaho. What follows are some photos that he sent to me highlighting their trip… ūüôā

Arriving at West Fork Cabin Camp

Getting ready…

Walking the bridge…

Maybe down here first…

Heading up to $3.00 Bridge the next morning…

A nice AM Rainbow…

Standing on my rocks…

Another Rainbow to hand…

Aimee, working the drift late in the day…

Michael, just doing what he does…

Then Aimee blows him away…

A different kind of Rainbow…

MOO’S Sunset Rainbow…

Sunset 1, Madison River above $3.00 Bridge…

Some flies that worked for Michael & Aimee…

Sunset 2, Madison River, MT…

Sunset 3, same place…¬†ūüėú

A visit between the lakes before heading to the Park…

Working a streamer…

In Yellowstone National Park…

Those guys again…

That’s close enough…

Long shot…

The Yellowstone River looking upstream…

Another perspective…

A Westslope Cutthroat…

…on one of ALLO’S POLAR EXPRESS HS CH BUGGERS…

Further downstream on the Yellowstone River…

 

Boulders in the Yellowstone…

Hot pool…for some reason, Michael takes a photo of everyone of these that he has ever encountered…

 

NEXT: Hangin’ at Palouse Falls, Ally & Hero exploring local waters then…Patterns for Chrome…not¬†necessarily in that order…

 

 

PT/TB  

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So…on Monday, July 9, I said goodbye to Los Angeles after forty seven years and headed North with Ally, Nick and Hero for the Pacific Northwest, Steelhead and Salmon,new adventures and a stone’s throw from Idaho…

Under the¬†bougainvillea gate…

Past the LA Aqueduct, on the hill, that brings water from the Eastern Sierra and Owens Valley into the San Fernando Valley…

A gourmet, tailgate breakfast with the crew in Mojave, CA where the wind always blows…

Through Red Rock Canyon State Park

Past Little Lake on Hwy 395…

Goodbye, for awhile, to the Dino Hut outside of Olancha

…and Owens Lake nearby…

Through Lone Pine, CA where I caught my first Trout when I was five and the Pizza Factory – (“We toss ‘Em , They’re Awesome”) that Michael loved when he was little…

High Sierra Outfitters in Lone Pine where my Father bought Salmon Eggs and Red Worms for my twin Brother and I, back in the 1950’s…

…and, of course , the Frosty Chalet where the best hot dogs, french fries and chocolate shakes I ever had ¬†– after hunting for chukar, quail and pheasant in the Owens Valley back in the day…

This was the Georges Fire that had started the afternoon of Sunday, July 8 and was ragging in the foothills of the Sierra as we headed North towards Independence, CA…I spent a lot of time up in that area, through the years, fishing for Trout and later, teaching Michael and Ally how to target shoot…

Looking down towards the Owens Valley way up along Georges Creek…

The White Mountains below Independence, CA…

Ally’s favorite BBQ in the Owens Valley…Copper Top in Big Pine, CA

Along Hwy 6, North of Bishop on the way to Nevada…

Ally & Hero at the stateline…later California…

Up the grade…where’s the truck?

S‚ÄôSocorro‚Äôs Place, Mina, Nevada…

Ally…healthy eating…

“Don’t ask me…”

There is the truck !…on to Winnemucca !!!

Winnemucca …1st. stop.

Overnight¬†accommodations…

Morning in Winnemucca…

Halfway there…

Looking East, North of Winnemucca…

Last Chance to gamble … McDermitt, NV..

Flagman…hurry up and wait…almost in Oregon…

Rustic indeed…

Southeast Oregon…more desert…

There’s that truck with Nick !…

Always with the stickers…

Pit stop for Hero…

Dropping down into farmland in Idaho…

Somewhere near Arcadia, Idaho…

North of Fruitvale, ID on Hwy 95…

Near Weiser, ID…looking North…

Looking South…

Entering Payette National Forrest

Finally, some forested mountains…

This is a very pretty place that needs some additional exploring…

45th Parallel in Western Idaho…

Little Salmon River... headwaters…

The Summit above White Bird, ID

The Salmon River…

Outside of Lewiston, ID…

Lewiston Hill…Entering Washington State…

On to Pullman, WA…

Apples in the front and backyard…

Ally & Hero…

My new view… ¬†ūüôā

 

NEXT: Lil’ Moo in Maui then BIG MOO on the Madison River and other places…

 

 

PT/TB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So Ally and Nick traveled to the Philippines and China in May 2018. These are some photos of their trip that Ally sent by phone and email. This was her second trip to China . Her first was in June 2012 with her Mother, Uncle, Aunt and cousins

Arriving and first night in Shanghai

Towers in Shanghai…

Shanghai street scene #1…

Shanghai street scene #2…

Building corners in Shanghai…

Carving the duck at the table…

Ally and Nick…at the harbor…

Bullet train to Beijing…

The route…

Tiananmen Square…Beijing…

Ally at the Great Wall…

… on it goes…

…on and on…

” Do we really have to climb that ???” …

Looking through an arch…

Ally in a guard tower…

Down to Hong Kong…

Playing with the monkeys –¬† Kam Shan Country Park ( Monkey Hill ), Hong Kong…

More monkey biz…

Ten Thousand Buddahs Monestary, ( actually 13,000 ) Hong Kong…

Ally and more stairs to climb…

More Buddahs…

A Temple…

Hong Kong Harbor at sunset…

 

Next: Up the road…

 

 

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A lot has transpired since my last post back in June. Coming up, I will be posting Ally & Nick’s trip to China, PT’s relocation, a trip to Palouse Falls, Mini Moo out in the Pacific and Big Moo on the Madison and environs thereabout…

In no particular order…

 

 

PT/TB

 

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So these will be some larger sized Attractor and Anchor fly patterns for Michael. Ally, Nick and I to use this year. Most will be in the #10 – #14 range, designed to sink rapidly through the water column. It appears that me and some of the crew will be exploring some new waters this year – more on that as time passes….¬† ūüôā

Completed ANCHOR AND ATTRACTOR BOX…

This is a lake in which Michael says there are very large Rainbow Trout. It is at 10,000′ outside of the Mexican City of Oaxaca where he recently¬†spent ten days with his wife. He didn’t take his fly rod…doh !!! Enlarged, the white dots in the photo are hailstones…

MIYUKI NYMPH – Gasparin / Variant …

HOOK: Hanak C 200 BL Hook, #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Brown РAbdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Brown Р under bead, coated with Super Glue

TAIL: Natural Pheasant Tail Fibers

RIB: UTC Ultra wire, Amber, SM

ABDOMEN: Natural Pheasant Tail

THORAX: Hare’E Ice Dub Harder’s Bloody Black

BEAD: Hump-Bak glass bead, smoke РSpirit River  РActually,  Miyuki mini-gouttes beads 3.4mm Spirit River no longer toys these beads.

LEGS: Natural Brown-is partridge

So this pattern was in the Fall Issue 2017 of Fly Tier Magazine. These two guys got together and tied up a bunch of these flies…

THIS is the SBS for tying the fly pattern. FYI the Miyuki beads also come in a 2.8mm size for smaller hooks. At some point, I will get around to tying some flies with the Tungsten Drop (Insta Jig) Beads from Hareline which were originally developed by Biodoz, in Europe, as the Off Bead

Materials MIYUKI NYMPH…

MIYUKI NYMPH(s)…#10’s …

MINK TAIL #47 DOUBLE DUB JIG …

HOOK: Hanak H 470 BL (JIG WAVE) Hook, #12 Р#14

WEIGHT: .010 – .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

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

TAIL: Mink Fur (Spikey Suff off the hide)

ABDOMEN: Danville 6/0, Tobacco Brown Thread

RIB: UTC Ultra wire, Silver, x-sm

REAR DUBBING: UV Ice Dubbing, Hot Orange

FRONT DUBBING: AZ Simi Seal, #20 Canadian Brown – * Bore brush and clip both dubbings together

BEAD: Slotted Silver Tungsten Bead, sized to hook

One could tie these patterns in any combination of colors, keeping the Hot Spot UV Hot Orange dubbing in the aft position. I am going to try some other variations on this guy once I get situated in a new location with Ally…

Materials¬†MINK TAIL #47 DOUBLE DUB JIG…

MINK TAIL #47 DOUBLE DUB JIG(s)… #14’s …

YELLOW DNA HS BIOT BUG – Sanchez/Variant…

HOOK: Hanak C 400 BL, #10 Р#14

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

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

TAILS/SIDES: Goose Biots, Brown

OVER ABDOMEN: 8-10 strand fiber / 1 strand flash – DNA Holofusion, Yellow – * Coat with Hard As hull before tying on and ribbing biots

RIB: UTC Ultra wire,  Fl. Hot Orange, SM

THORAX: Hare’E Ice Dub, Brown

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, #5 Fl. Fire Orange

BEAD: Faceted Slotted Tungsten Bead, Copper or Gold, sized to hook

This is an older Scott Sanchez pattern done on a jig hook. The original pattern called for an abdomen of fibrous material that could only be ordered from Dan Bailey’s Fly Shop in Livingston, MT. I have seen it tied with a Felxi – Floss abdomen and a Hare’s Ear Abdomen. I like DNA Holofusion for these types of fiber abdomens and I always coat it with Hard As Hull – the stuff that comes in the blue bottle¬†…

Materials¬†YELLOW DNA HS BIOT BUG…

YELLOW DNA HS BIOT BUG(s)… #12’s…

LT. OLIVE HS BUG – ¬†Parrott/ Variant…

HOOK: TMC 113 BLH, #12 Р#16

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

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

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck Fibers

HOT TAG: Datum Glo-Brite, #5 Fl. Fire Orange

ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier, Lt. Olive Thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Clear Micro Tubing

THORAX: Hare’E Ice Dub, Olive Brown

BEAD: Gold Tungsten, sized to hook

This is a Steve Parrot pattern that was originally tied on a jig hook from Colorado Guide Flies. As mentioned below , Steve works out of  The Blue Quill Anglers Fly Shop in CO. I thought of changing it up a bit for use up here:

Somewhere up North…Photo U.S. Forrest Service…

Materials¬†LT. OLIVE HS BUG…

LT. OLIVE HS BUG(s)… #12’s …

PURPLE HOLO SQUIRREL JIG …

HOOK:¬†Hanak H470BL “Jig Wave”, #12 – #14

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

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Purple- Abdomen / Veevus 16/0, Red – Thorax forward

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier Purple Thread

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer Opalescent Thread #145-8040 – *Coat with Hard As Hull

HACKLE: Grizzly Hen Neck, Brown

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Brown

HOT SPOT: Veevus 16/0, Red thread

BEAD: Hanak Diamond Silver  Slotted Bead, sized to hook

A jig attractor pattern in Purple. On all my jig patterns, I push wraps of small lead wire up into the slot of the bead, wrap with thread and lock it inlace ¬†with some type of Super Glue.On most of my attractor patterns, I will use Hard As Hull to cover KF, Holoshimmer, and other flat materials like Flashabou that I use for ribbing. This is for durability. I have seen way too many patterns put together by tiers who use UV resin slathered all over a pattern. While that may be effective for¬†Perdigon nymphs, generally speaking, it does not enhance the effectiveness of most nymph patterns – rendering them static and lifeless…

Materials¬†PURPLE HOLO SQUIRREL JIG…

PURPLE HOLO SQUIRREL JIG(s)… #12’s …

FLATBRAID TUNGSTEN OLIVE NYMPH – Pennington/Variant…

HOOK:  Hanak H 290 BL, #12 Р#14

WEIGHT: .010 – .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

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

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Black Speckled

RIBBING: 1 strand UTC Chartreuse, SM / 1strand UTC Red, X-sm

WING CASE: Mini Flat Fly Braid, Pearl – * Coat with UV Resin

BEAD: Tungsten, Black, sized to hook

Chad Pennington was one of the first tiers I have seen that used flat braid for the wing case on a nymph pattern. It comes in a wide variety of colors. I would most frequently use Pearl and Black. His creations may be viewed at cp’s fly fishing and fly tying

Materials¬†FLATBRAID TUNGSTEN OLIVE NYMPH…

FLATBRAID TUNGSTEN OLIVE NYMPH(s) … #14’s …

Pleasant Sunday on the Madison River, below $3.00 Bridge…

FLEXI FLOSS N’ UV2 PEACOCK NYMPH …

HOOK: Hanak H 280 BL Hook, #10 Р#16

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

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Fl. White – Abdomen / Veevus 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Flexi-Floss, LT. Olive – over UTC Fl. White thread

RIB: UTC Ultra wire, Black, SM or x-sm depending on hook size

THORAX: UV2 Natural Peacock Eye

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Metallic Purple, sized to hook

Slimy bodied attractor nymph using a Flexi-Floss body. Using Fl. White thread beneath enhances the tone of the Flexi-Floss colors. It is an underused material for fly patterns.

Materials¬†FLEXI FLOSS N’ UV2 PEACOCK NYMPH…

FLEXI FLOSS N’ UV2 PEACOCK NYMPH(s) … #14’s …

The BOX…finished (unless I get a bigger box tomorrow¬† ūüôā )…

I got a bigger box…

“HUGGY BOY” ATTRACTOR NYMPH …

HOOK: Hanak C 200 BL, #12 Р#14

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

THREAD: UTC 70 denier Fl. Chartreuse – Abdomen / Veevus 16/0 Black – Thorax forward

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Light Speckled

ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier, FL. Chartreuse thread

RIB: Purple Haze Holographic Flash Fiber – * Coat abdomen with Hard As Hull for durability

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock, Hot Pink

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Jet Black, iced to hook

Every once in awhile, I like to tie an outrageous attractor pattern that one would never see in a fly shop bin. That also means that trout have also never seen them.Chartreuse, Purple and Pink are killers ! One would have had to have grown up in SoCal in the 50’s to know who “Huggy Boy ” was. I’ll ¬†just say that he was inspirational for two generations of kids that listened to his late night ¬†broadcasts out of¬†Dolphin’s of Hollywood record store…

Materials¬†“HUGGY BOY” ATTRACTOR NYMPH…

“HUGGY BOY” ATTRACTOR NYMPH(s)…# 14’s …

SILVER WC TUNG GOLDEN OLIVE NYMPH…

HOOK: TMC 113BLH, #12-#16

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

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

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck

ABDOMEN: Veevus Body Quill, Olive

RIB: UTC Ultra wire, Silver, SM

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Rusty Brown

WING CASE: 8-10 strands Fire Fly, Silver

BEAD: Nickel (silver) Tungsten, sized to hook

A generic, Olive May Fly nymph…thin and meant to get down fast. This TMC hook is the heavier version of the TMC 103 BL. I use them a lot…

Materials¬†SILVER WC TUNG GOLDEN OLIVE NYMPH…

SILVER WC TUNG GOLDEN OLIVE NYMPH(s)… #14’s …

HI SQUIRREL & CDC BUG…

HOOK: TMC 403BLJ, #10 Р#14

WEIGHT: .010 – .015 LED or Lead Sub.

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive

TAG/RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer Metallic Thread – Lime Green #145-6032

ABDOMEN: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Olive – * brush out ( bore brush) and taper cut

THORAX: Hare’E Ice Dub, Black

HACKLE: Trouthunter CDC, Medium Dun

BEAD: Slotted Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

This is a heavy jig, Caddis attractor, pupa pattern – buggy in it’s construction and with CDC to hold air bubbles. A touch of Frog’s Fanny to the CDC on this fly enhances the air bubble effect…If I use a pattern off the bend of these barbless hooks, I tie it with a Uni Knot. I have never had a trailer slip off using that knot…

Materials¬†HI SQUIRREL & CDC BUG…

HI SQUIRREL & CDC BUG(s) …#12’s …

OLIVE CBx2 NYMPH…

HOOK:  TMC 113 BLH, #12 -#14

WIGHT: .010 -.015 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Olive РAbdomen  /   Tiemco 16/0, Olive РThorax forward

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Working Danville thread

RIB: UTC Ultra wire, Fl. Yellow

THORAX: AZ Simi Seal, #19 Canadian Brown – picked out

WING CASE: Thin Skin, Black

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, #5, Fl. Fire Orange

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

An Olive Attractor Nymph, simply tied and meant to get down in the water column rapidly. I really like these TMC 113BLH hooks !

Materials¬†OLIVE CBx2 NYMPH…

OLIVE CBx2 NYMPH(s)… #12’s …

PT & SIMI SEAL NYMPH – Vasies/Variant…

HOOK: Hanak C 300 BL Hook, #12 Р#16

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

THREAD: UTC 70 denier, Black

HOT SPOT TAG: Datum Glo-Brite #11, Fl. Chartreuse

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Red

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, Brassie or SM Red – depending on hook size

THORAX: AZ Simi Seal, Black/Red – in dubbing loop, brushed out and clipped as a collar

BEAD: Gold Tungsten, sized to hook

Lucian Vasies owns Troutline¬†and has a great blog with a ton of great ties and information. This bug is a wonderful attractor…

Materials¬†PT & SIMI SEAL NYMPH…

PT & SIMI SEAL NYMPH(s) … #12’s …

UV2 KINGFISHER BLUE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SOFT HACKLES …

HOOK:¬†Alec Jackson’s Covert Nymph Hook, #11 – #15

WEIGHT: Optional – .010 -.015 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

ABDOMEN: UV2 Kingfisher Blue Dyed Peacock, 3-4 herls

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, Gold, Brassie or Sm – depending on size of hook

HACKLE: Hungarian Partridge, Grey/ Black

This was the most successful soft hackle pattern we used last year – particularly in Eastern Sierra high elevation lakes. My grandson Miles now swears by them…

Miles with the guys at the end of a very successful day on Little Virginia Lake in the Eastern Sierra …

Materials¬†UV2 KINGFISHER BLUE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SOFT HACKLES…

UV2 KINGFISHER BLUE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE Soft Hackles – Alec Jackson’s Covert Nymph Hook, #11 – #15…a couple of TMC 2302’s in #12 are snuck in with this group…

They work real good…

UV2 HOT PINK PEACOCK AND BROWN PARTRIDGE SH…

HOOK:¬†¬†Alec Jackson’s Covert Nymph Hook, #11 – #15

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

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Brown

ABDOMEN: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Hot Pink, 3-4 herls

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, Silver, Brassie or SM  Рdepending on hook size

HACKLE: Hungarian Partridge, Dyed Brown

So this is a pattern for high elevation lakes – primarily. Over the past several years, I have used Purple and the above Kingfisher Blue dyed peacock from Spirit River (Hareline). This is one I have not tried yet. The others have been wildly successful… Maybe this too ???

Materials¬†UV2 HOT PINK PEACOCK AND BROWN PARTRIDGE SH…

UV2 HOT PINK PEACOCK AND BROWN PARTRIDGE SH(s)…# 11’s …

BROWN & CHOCOLATE NYMPH …

HOOK: TMC 113BLH, #12 Р#16

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

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Turkey Biot, Brown

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, Amber, SM

WING CASE/ LEGS: Krystal Flash, Black – 6-8 strands – pulled over, tied back

THORAX: 70% Hare’E Ice Dub, Brown / 30% Ice Dub, Chocolate Brown

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, #5, Fl. Fire Orange

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Matte Black, sized to hook

Another in a series of easy-to-tie anchor/attractor nymphs to get to the bottom of the water column quickly – in a muted tone. I will generally tie a midge larva or hatch imitating nymph off the stern of these types of patterns… I will be needing to tie more patterns with these matte black beads for clearer water like this (below), that I will be much nearer to later this year…ūüĎć

Photo – ICL

Materials BROWN & CHOCOLATE NYMPH…

BROWN & CHOCOLATE NYMPHS… #14’s…

DNA GRIZZLY AND GREY SOFT HACKLE…

HOOK: Hanak H 280 BL, #10 Р#16

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

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

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: DNA Holofusion, Grey 10-15 fibers including one flash fiber

RIB: Holoshimmer, Black – * Coat with Hard AS Hull for durability

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Dun

HACKLE: Grizzly Hen Neck, Natural

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Jet Black, sized to hook

A muted, soft hackle attractor pattern which may be used alone or as an anchor fly. Michael and I had a lot of success wit these types of flies on our trip up to Montana in September 2017…

Materials¬†DNA GRIZZLY AND GREY SOFT HACKLE…

DNA GRIZZLY AND GREY SOFT HACKLE(s)…#14’s…

A good place to try the above soft hackles…above $3.00 Bridge on the Madison River…

BLING NYMPH – Parrott / Variant…

HOOK: Hanak C 500 BL Hook, #12 Р#14

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

THREAD: Under Abdomen – UTC 70 Denier, Cream / Thorax Forward – Tiemco 16/0, Brown

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck

ABDOMEN: Micro Tubing, Pheasant Tail

BLING SPOT: Flashabou, Micro Opal, 1/100″

WING CASE: Stalcup’s Flash Back, Black

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

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, #3, Red

BEAD: BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Red, sized to hook

This is a variation of Steve Parrot’s “Bling Nymph'”. He tie out of Blue Quill Angler in CO and the pattern may be found in this book…¬†Many of his patterns may also be found in this ¬†great book

Materials BLING NYMPH…

BLING NYMPH(s) … #14’s …

MINI MOO’S YELLOW PEARL CRUNCHER SH …

HOOK: Hanak C200BL, #10 – #14

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Brown

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

TAIL: Hungarian Partridge, Olive

ABDOMEN: Dyed Yellow Pearl Flashabou #6971 over Danville working thread – * Coat with Hard As Hull

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, Fl. Chartreuse, SM

THORAX: Micro UV Polar Chenille, Olive Brown

HACKLE: Hungarian Partridge, Olive

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, #5, Fl. Fire Orange

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

A “Cruncher” style beaded soft hackle pattern that will work well in still and moving water. Cruncher patterns are one of my go-to patterns for general searching. They can be tied as attractors or more hatch specific, as one chooses…

Materials¬†MINI MOO’S YELLOW PEARL CRUNCHER SH…

MINI MOO’S YELLOW PEARL CRUNCHER SH(s)…#10’s …

CRUNCHER WATER – Between the lakes on the Madison River…

 

 

 

PT/TB

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