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We awoke on Monday, September 18 to overcast skies and a chill in the air. Once again, the weather was starting to turn cold-er and a promise of more snow was in the air…

Dark skies again…

We decided to make a short run up to $3.00 Bridge, check what might be hatching and fish for awhile. Michael checks on of my Wheatley boxes for something small…

Michael worked the slot above my favorite big rock…large Rainbows and Browns drift in and out of the faster water to chow down on Midges and Baetis/BWO’s in here…

A flock of Trout were taking emerging Baetis in the pool above…they were what used to be called Pseudocloeon and were about size #24, which neither of us had in our boxes…

Michael spent some time just photographing and shooting video of the activity and gave me a heads up that he wanted to toss streamers up river, between the lakes…

While he  above me, I managed to get one small Rainbow on a Midge larva…

This is Kelly Galloup’s Slide Inn Fly Shop, located couple of miles South of the $3.00 Bridge turnoff…

Some of the bins containing Kelly’s signature streamer patterns…and a suggestion about not falling on one’s posterior… 🙂

More of those streamer patterns which Michael judiciously fingered…

I bought him several of Kelly’s flies, ineluding one that cost around $10.00, to be used on one of his streamer adventures, on the Upper Delaware River…

Now I know what the benches are for…

This is a map view of the area know as “between the lakes” on the Madison river. It is that relatively short section of river between  Lake and Quake Lake. This earthquake, in 1959 created Quake Lake…Large Trout in Quake lake run up the Madison to spawn in the Spring and Fall…

This is a view of Quake Lake looking North towards the Slide Inn…

…and an opposite view looking South towards West Yellowstone…

This is about half-way down the road leading to the parking lot above Quake Lake. On this particular day, there were a lot of people there and trucks, 4X4’s and cars were jammed into every nook and cranny alongside the dirt road…lots of deep potholes field with water and mud..

This is about half way to the parking lot above Quake Lake…

The meadow beyond the lower parking lot…

…and another view, slightly North…

We started fishing just below here, I was using big soft hackles and Michael was using my Conehead Hot Spot Seal Buggers…

CONEHEAD HS SEAL BUGGERS…in particular…the one in the left slot…

This deadfall looked interesting…The water in this area was really moving. It is also filled with Whitefish. I took a couple of small Rainbow Trout and Michael, using the Seal Buggers, was broken off by two really nice Trout. In this heavy, I suggested he might want to switch out to 3X Seaguar instead of 4X Trouthunter…

For the most part, I preferred to work the edges rather than mess with that forceful current…

Michael liked working the water around and above both sides of this sizable boulder…

…and in this side channel above it…

Upstream view from the large boulder…

Cautious “Old Guy” works the edges…

So after getting beat up down there with minimal reward, for most of the afternoon, we headed up to the Campfire Lodge to check out their collection of feathers

Then a drive back down to the Westfork Cabins …

…and one more shot for Michael, with that Seal Bugger, just above the bridge… 🙂

Sausage & Salad for dinner…

Happy Seal Bugger guy !!!

 

 

NEXT: The Fire Hole River, Yellowstone National Park

 

 

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After a surprising dump of snow in the Yellowstone area, beginning on Friday, September 15, Michael and I awoke to a bit of sunshine on Sunday, September, 17.

The parking lot at $3.00 Bridge, some snow showers in the background…

I think Michael is chanting in anticipation of a large Trout…

It is noticeably warmer (in the low 40’s) and most of the snow on the ground has melted…the water temps were in the low 50’s…

The white tube on the left was put the by Blue Ribbon Flies for waste leader and tippet materials…general information is on the large board…

This is where one picks up an envelope…

…to deposit in this lockbox each time $3.00 Bridge is visited…I generally leave more than $3.00 because of all the great experiences this area has given me through the years…

Michael positions himself above my favorite rock…

…while I futz around tying on the following fly pattern…

…Paul Freeman’s SHUKA KAHN MIDGE Variant, #20…it worked nicely…SCROLL DOWN

Michael has something in his net…

…a healthy Rainbow, also taken on a Midge…

This one…

Back to the vehicle for some snacks…

It has warmed up quite a bit…now,  off on a long walk North of $3.00 Bridge…

…but first, Michael HAD to photograph this Woolly Bear Caterpillar…More HERE

…just a little further…

Here ya’ go…and why they call Montana “BIG SKY” country…In 2004, I hooked a 5lb. Brown just above those two side-by-side rocks. When I tightened the line, it flew over my head and behind me… 🙂

Michael works behind a rock in the expanse of the Madison River…

For me, this is one of the most beautiful parts of the Madison River…

Lots of water to work & nooks and crannies to explore…

The “old guy” checks to see what kind of bugs are moving around stream side…

…while Michael works some additional rocks and boulders…

An excellent hiding place for a large Trout, a deadfall in the middle of the Madison…

Playing with the camera #1.

Playing with the camera #2.

So I am sitting on the bank watching Michael cast…

…and this very skittish, strange dog, which appears to be a Greyhound rescue, comes up to me then Michael…

Finally figured out that he belonged to one of these two guys who were dry fly fishing this side channel…

My Winston Boron IIIX Super 10, 5wt. with a Hatch Fanatic 4…really like this rod for nymphing…

We decide to head back to the cabin a little early so that Michael could BBQ before dark…

Do you really need half a bottle of lighter fluid ?

Salad fixins…

Before dark eh ???

Well…it was worth it … 🙂

 

NEXT: A visit to Kelly’s joint & Between the lakes…

 

 

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I began planning this trip to Montana with Michael around Christmas 2016 when he and Aimee came out to California for the Holidays. Originally, we had planned to visit Montana in July but unforeseen circumstances made us put it off until September of 2017. I made this same  trip with my Father forty years ago in the middle of October 1977. This trip was a lot different. I traveled 3685 miles (RT) over 20 days and Michael and I took over 1500+ photographs with four cameras…Here are some of them…

Watching the sunrise near Ridgecrest, CA around 6AM on Wednesday, September 13…

The usual stop at Mahogany Smoked Meats in Bishop, CA at 9AM to pick up stuff to snack on while fly fishing…

The good stuff !!! 🙂

 Out in the middle of Nowhere, Nevada. I always take back roads when traveling to Montana. There are awe inspiring vistas to be viewed and very little traffic along the roads. The only drawback is those flagmen one ALWAYS encounters where they are doing repair work on some desolate stretch of highway and yer’ stuck there for up to an hour…

MIddlegate Station, Nevada…located on “the loneliest road in America”, Hwy 50 between Fallon and Austin, Nevada. One of the many “saloons” that I was required to stop at on the trip I took with my Father in October, 1977. I was ready to eject him by the time we left Jackpot, NV and entered Idaho…

Yep…it looks like a few things have expired here…

A Nevada roadmap overview that does not show the back roads unless enlarged…

North of Austin, Nevada and some menacing clouds in the distance…

The road that leads to Bewawe, NV and Hwy. 80 East to Wells, NV…

The curse of Nevada Highways…dead stop on Hwy. 93 …North to Jackpot, NV and Idaho Falls…

This is a vintage shot of Cactus Pete’s Casino in Jackpot, NV the last of the places my Dad HAD to get a drink on our way to Yellowstone. There are several new casinos in Jackpot now since they outlawed gambling in Idaho and I would venture to say that Hwy. 93 is one of the most dangerous roads in America – alcohol might be involved…

So I am on the phone with my son Michael, at the dead stop above and he tells me he will find me a place to stay outside of Twin Falls, ID because  almost all of the motels/lodgings in that city are dumps (been there and he’s correct). So he tells me about this place called the Hagerman Valley Inn which is 30 miles West of Twin Falls and easy to find. As I progress up Hwy 93 into Idaho, the skies darken, it starts to pour, it is getting dark and semi’s are barreling down the road throwing water all over my windscreen…did I say it was dark and pouring rain ??? All I have to do is find Hwy. 30 and go West…

HWY 93 and Junction with HWY 30…I missed it three times … it is VERY DARK, it’s still pouring and there are MANY trucks…why isn’t the light in front of the sign ???

Hagerman Valley Inn

Michael has called the Inn to tell them I am lost but that I will be there – sometime. I keep driving on this two lane Highway can’t find this place, drop calls with Michael and finally arrive an hour after their restaurant had closed…I am just happy to get a room and go to sleep…

So I am up at 6AM, re-pack the vehicle, head out to Hwy 84, make a wrong turn and drive 30 miles towards Boise instead of Twin Falls and North to Yellowstone…Finally on the right track around Pocatello, Idaho…

Trouthunter in Island Park, ID…stopped here to pick up a few items…

Leaders and tippet material…

Heading towards West Yellowstone on Hwy. 20…

Fly Fishing Shop Nirvana…Blue Ribbon Flies, West Yellowstone Montana…time to get a Montana license and browse…

Almost there…The Madison River below Quake Lake and above Kelly Galloup’s Slide Inn…

The Bridge at the Old Kirby Place and West Fork Cabin Camp

Setting up the cabin #1…

Setting up the cabin #2…

Wait…what happened to the sun ???…and the it started raining – really raining…

A Virgin Bloody Mary at The Grizzly Bar & Grill about a mile up the road…

..and it was still raining the next morning when I headed through Ennis, MT to Bozeman to pick up Michael at the airport…this is Yesterday’s at the Ennis Pharmacy…best breakfast in Montana…

Sitting here at the airport in Bozeman waiting for Michael’s flight to arrive…outside, it is raining harder…

Michael shoots the Montana landscape from his window seat…it is raining…

 Stopped at The River’s Edge West next to the Simms Factory to pick up some new G3’s for Michael and some extra socks and gloves…this is a screen shot…it was raining even harder…

Up the grade from Norris to Ennis, Montana…it is getting real crappy now…

From Ennis up to West Fork Cabin Camp…

Arriving at the bridge…

So, after unpacking, Michael takes a stroll around the Madison River, in the immediate vicinity…

Yep…it’s still snowing…

More and more…

Time for dinner at the nearest joint possible…The Grizzly Bar and Grill again…

IPA for Michael, Virgin Bloody Mary for me…

Went to bed after seeing this…

Woke up Saturday, September 16th. to this…Thanks Michael !!!

…and this…

Michael getting busy with the broom…

Up the road to $3.00 Bridge…

Nobody in the parking lot, wonder why ???

$3.00 Bridge in the snow, in September and it is COLD !

Get out there and fish !!!

Trudging along the Madison River…

I like this spot…

A Rainbow…on a #20 Cream Miracle Midge…

Not entirely for the birds…

Warming up a bit…

I’ll just work this section…

Michael finds a Glossosoma – Short Horned Caddis…

The Trout are drifting in from the heavier current on the outside to the softer current on the inside…

…and they are focused on MIDGES…

As Michael was well aware…

Thawing out in the afternoon…

Back at them tomorrow !

Salad with sausage for dinner at the cabin…

 

NEXT: More on the Madison…

 

 

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So Michael and Aimee flew into San Francisco from NYC and spent five days in the Virginia Lakes Basin before the rest of the family came up from Los Angeles…

Bridgeport, CA …a bit overcast and stormy up in the Sierras…

This dormant cinder cone, near Little Lake, CA, let’s one know that they are truly out of smog city…

The usual stop at Mahogany Smoked Meats in Bishop, CA to stock up on all things jerky…

Heading up the road (395) to Mammoth Lakes, CA…

Past Lake Crowley home of the very large Cutthroat Tout that make their way up into the Upper Owens River in Winter…

The TroutFitter in Mammoth Lakes, CA to pickup few items for Lil’ Moo’s first Trout experience…

Crusin’ by Mono Lake

Lil’ Moo explores the East Walker River behind The Walker River Lodge at 6AM…

BIG MOO has his cup of coffee with Lil’ Moo…

The East Walker River…

High mountain trail near Virginia Lakes…

Heading up there, out of Bridgeport with the gang in tow…

Dunderberg Peak on the right…

This guy’s first attempt at Trout fishing…with a fly and bubble

SCORE!!!

Boarders want Lil’ Moo… Aimee’s Dad, Michael & Aimee…

Little Virginia Lake in the setting sun…

A “SECRET” Bugger pattern that scored for BIG MOO…

The fly of the trip…Kingfisher Blue Peacock & Partridge…This, in #13 tied on an Alec Jackson covert nymph hook rocked the Rainbows…

High country mushroom…kinda’  Psychedelic…

The HIKERS…Hero, Michael, Ally Lalo, Greg, Aimee & Nadia…

Captain Moo & Crew…

The Old Guy with Mini Moo & Nick…Lalo observes…

Coming down from Virginia Lakes to 395…

395 to Bridgeport, CA…

The mob at the Bridgeport Inn under terrible lighting…but good eats…

Snowline hikers…Nadia, Greg & Ally…

Ally & Hero getting ready for the salami, cheese and Chileno Pepper tailgatefest…

East shore of Little Virginia Lake in the late afternoon…

West shore of Little Virginia Lake at sunset…

Oh…did Lil’ Moo mention ha caught some Trout ?… 🙂

Those guys just can’t stop hiking…

Last shot of Little Virginia in the late afternoon…

The family, on the steps at Virginia Lakes Resort…all of us have been coming up here since the kids were tiny…

Ally & Hero check out Jolly Cone T-shirts…

Ally makes a call from a Bridgeport “antique”…

These are some places Ally, Nick and I stopped by on our way back to Los Angeles:

Up to Lake Sabrina above Bishop, CA…

Lake Sabrina…Full for the first year in a very long time…

The Aspen Groves above North Lake…

North Lake where Nick tossed my Blue Peacock Soft Hackle and caught his limit in 15 minutes…

HERO makes friends with released Rainbow…

George’s Creek Sandtrap near Lone Pine where Michael and Ally learned how to catch Trout…

…another view of the sand trap looking East towards the spillway…

…and no trip to the Sierras is complete without a serious walk around this place…been doing it since I was seven…

 

NEXT: Completing the Soft Hackle Box with more photos, links, recipes and information…

 

 

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This will be a selection of various patterns for waters in the greater Yellowstone National Park area in September. Besides fishing the Madison River outside of the park, Michael wants to visit some of the other locations in the park that he has not been to. This LINK provides an overview of some of those places…and these are the REGULATIONS for fishing in Yellowstone National Park…None of these patterns use lead or lead sub. in their construction…

YNP BOX, FALL 2017…

40 years ago, in the Fall, on the Firehole River…

BLEW ON BLUE SH – Matthews/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #10

THREAD: UTC 210 Denier, Peacock Blue – Abdomen / UTC 70 denier, Peacock Blue – Thorax forward

TAIL: 6 strands Krystal Flash UV Blue

ABDOMEN: UTC 210 Denier, Peacock Blue Thread

RIB: UTC Gold Wire, BR

THORAX: Az Simi Seal, #21 Black/Blue

HACKLE: Natural Partridge, Grey-ish

A Craig Matthews Fall run-up Soft Hackle pattern. I used UTC Peacock Blue rather that the Uni Aqua called for in this video…because it has worked very well for me in other Blue patterns that I use…

Materials BLEW ON BLUE SH…

BLEW ON BLUE SHs…#10’s…

FULL DRESSED (Red) – Matthews/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Red

RIB: UTC Gold Wire, BR

THORAX: Mink Body Hair, raked from hide, Natural Brown

HACKLE: Brown-ish Natural Partridge

A Craig Matthews/Blue Ribbon Flies Soft Hackle pattern for Fall run-up Trout…on some rivers we will be fishing

 

Materials FULL RED DRESS…

FULL RED DRESS SHs …#10 & #14…

Someone is near Toronto today…by a lake…maybe some fish photos to follow… :-)…nope, Michael didn’t catch any fish out of his kayak…shold have tried some Dahlberg Divers…

PRINCE ALBERT, Gold – D. Pauline/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #10 & #14 – #18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Dark Brown

TAIL: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Brown

ABDOMEN: 3 strands Gold Krystal Flash

RIB: UTC WIRE, RED –  BR, SM or x-sm

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Brown

HACKLE: Dyed Brown Partridge – Wapsi

BEAD: Tungsten, Black, sized to hook

This is a variant, in Gold, of a Doug Pauline fly pattern. He guides for the Slide Inn on the Madison River…

Materials PRINCE ALBERT, Gold…

PRINCE ALBERTs, Gold…#10 & #14…

SPICY TUNGSTEN BLOODY MARY (Furnace)…

HOOK:  TMC 5262, #12 – #16

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Red – Abdomen / Veevus 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

TAIL: Goose Biots, Rusty Brown

ABDOMEN: Danville 6/0, Red thread

RIB: 1 UV2 Peacock Hel wrapped around Veevus 16/0, Black Thread – 1 turn in front of hackle behind bead

HACKLE: Hen neck, Furnace

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Red, Sized to hook

This is an older steelhead pattern downsized for Trout using furnace hackle and a red tungsten bead…for the Madison inside the park…

 

Materials SPICY TUNGSTEN BLOODY MARY (Furnace)…

SPICY TUNGSTEN BLOODY MARYs (Furnace)…#14’s…

UV2 PURPLE PEACOCK/PARTRIDGE (Plummeting Purple Tungsten Bead) SH…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #14 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Black

BODY: UV2 Dyed Purple Peacock

RIB: UTC Silver Wire – SM

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Purple, sized to hook

I first tied some of these soft hackles up back in 2014 because I like to use peacock and partridge SH’s on high elevation lakes in the Eastern Sierras. I have also used the natural peacock and partridge soft hackle on various stretches of the Madison River from Ennis up to Raynolds Pass with success in the early Summer and Fall. I have a very strong suspicion that these purple guys are going to take a lot of nice Trout on this upcoming trip…

Materials UV2 PURPLE PEACOCK/PARTRIDGE (Plummeting Purple Tungsten Bead) SH…

I love this stuff !!!

UV2 PURPLE PEACOCK/PARTRIDGE (Plummeting Purple Tungsten Bead) SH…#16’s…

Ally and Michael at Burnt Tree Hole on the Madison River…

UV2 PURPLE PEACOCK/PARTRIDGE – W/O Bead # 12’s…I tied these up on 7.09.2017 for Ally to take into the Sierra Backcountry this coming weekend because they are a killer pattern for lakes…

RECIPE FOR UV2 PEACOCK/PARTRIDGE…

GRIZZLY SERENDIPITY TB #47 …

HOOK: TMC 113BLH, #14 – #18

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

RIB: UTC Copper or Gold wire SM & x-sm depending on hook size

WING: Bleached Coastal Deer Hair

EXTENDED FLASH: Grizzly Krystal Flash Black/Red

This is a variation on Kelly Galloup’s $3,00 Bridge Serendipity using a wide gape heavy hook and the “Special JuJu”  Grizzly Krystal Flash. I don’t know exactly why, but this Grizzly Krystal Flash, incorporated into nymph and midge patterns, can really make a great day of Trout fishing…

Materials GRIZZLY SERENDIPITY TB #47…

GRIZZLY SERENDIPITY TB #47…#16’s…

$3.00 BRIDGE SERENDIPITY –  Galloup Version/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 100SPBL, #16 & #18

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black – Abdomen / Veevus 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

RIB: UTC Wire Gold or Silver SM #16 /  x-sm #18

WING: Bleached Coastal Deer Hair

EXTENDED FLASH: 1 strand each side to just behind hook bend, Krystal Flash UV Pearl

This is Kelly Galloup’s version of the $3.00 Bridge Serendipity in Black. The version developed by Craig Matthews at Blue Ribbon Flies is tied on a scud hook and looks like THIS. Both may be tied with or without a bead and both work exceptionally well…

Materials $3.00 BRIDGE SERENDIPITY –  Galloup Version/Variant…

 $3.00 BRIDGE SERENDIPITY(s) –  Galloup Version/Variant…#18’s & #16’s…

SEREN STUPIDITY UV2 –  (The X) – MFC/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 & #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

BODY: UV2 Turkey Biot, BWO

RIB: Flashabou Dyed Pearl, Olive #6969

WING: EP Trigger Point Int’l. Fibers, White

So this is a variant on a Montana Fly Co. pattern that I wanted to include in my selection of attractors to use on the Madison and some other waters when Michael and I go to Montana. Serendipities can mimic a great number of bugs in the biomass and are very useful sub-surface searching patterns. I employ them on moving waters wherever we go…

Materials SEREN STUPIDITY UV2 –  (The X)…

SEREN STUPIDITYs UV2 –  (The X)…#18 & #16…

UV2 SHOP VAC (Rusty Brown) – Rowan Nyman/Variant, Daiichi 1130, #16 – #20… a little experiment I’ll be fishin’ on…

SHOP VAC (Rusty Brown) –  Rowan Nyman/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #16 – #20

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers – Rusty Brown – Wapsi PTP 051

RIB: UTC Copper wire SM & x-sm – depending on hook size

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock, Black * Optional – or just plain black thread

WING: White Zelon

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

This is a Rowan Nyman pattern (variant) that he developed at Blue Ribbon Flies many years ago. I tie a bunch of variants on this fly and always create  a bunch before I head to Montana. I also tie these with a Danville 6/0, #47, Tobacco Brown thread abdomen using gold wire and a gold bead. This little guy works well in the Eastern Sierras too...Here it is tied by Arrick’s Fly Shop in West Yellowstone

Materials UV2 SHOP VAC (Rusty Brown)…

UV2 SHOP VACs (Rusty Brown)…#18 & #16…

FIREHOLE FLOSS NECTOPSYCHE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #14 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive

BODY: Flexi-Floss, Chartreuse

UNDERWING: EP trigger Point Int’l. Fibers, White

FLASH: (in wing) – 6-8 strands Midge Rainbow Flash –  Cascade Crest

WING: Bleached Coastal Deer Hair

This is the “White Miller Caddis” that appears on waters in Yellowstone National Park waters in the Spring and again in the Fall. An overview of this insect is provided in this article from Fly Fisherman Magazine

Materials FIREHOLE FLOSS NECTOPSYCHE…

FIREHOLE FLOSS NECTOPSYCHE(s)…#16’s…

 

NEXT: Another BOX for MONTANA…

 

 

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This box of patterns will include foam fly patterns for use in Montana. Michael came in from NYC on Sunday for Mom’s Day and work here in Los Angeles. We are currently re-thinking our trip up to Montana for September, instead of July, when it is less crowded and easier to get around Yellowstone National Park. Michael and Aimee now want to spend a week or so, before September, up in the Virginia Lakes area (Bridgeport,CA -and one hopes that the record snowfall finally melts) camping, fishing the lakes and the East Walker River. Several of the patterns in this box will reflect that later date…There are thirteen patterns in this box. I am a bit late getting this posted due to a kindergarten graduation and a day at the beach with my Grandson Miles… 🙂

Beach Day with Lil’ Moo at the Santa Monica Pier

The Lil’ Moo…

AIR HOCKEY !!!…Miles won…

Life is a beach… 🙂

MONTANA FOAM FLY PATTERNS…Done !!!

LIL’ BLACK FOAM CADDIS (Glossosoma)…

HOOK: TMC 900 BL, #16 – #20

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Ice Dub, UV Black

FOAM: 1mm. Black

WING: Dyed Coastal Deer Hair, Black

HACKLE: Whiting Saddle, Black

A dry Glossosoma Caddis pattern which I will never be able to see. It will have to trail a larger pattern or have THIS or THIS applied to the tippet about eight inches above the fly…This problem will be soled when I get around to tying some Black Brazilian Caddis

Materials LIL’ BLACK FOAM CADDIS (Glossosoma)…

LIL’ BLACK FOAM CADDIS (Glossosoma)…#16’s…

BUBBA’S B 3 BOMBER – B. Smith/Variant (Brown UV2 Peacock)…

HOOK: TMC 5212, #8 – #16

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown

ABDOMEN: UV2 Dyed Peacock, Brown

BODY: 2mm. Foam Rootbeer

WING: White McFlylon

LEGS: Montana Fly Company Centipede Legs, Yellow/Black/Red – Medium

HACKLE: Orange Grizzly, Whiting 100 – sized to hook

Bubba Smith is the designer of this fly pattern.More of his patterns may be viewed herein. This one may catch a Trout or two…

Materials BUBBA’S B 3 BOMBER…

BUBBA’S B 3 BOMBERs…# 14’s…

Puttin’ on the SYLK, #3 & #6

WILLY’S ANT  (Black/Chartreuse) – Dornan/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1280, #8 – #12

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Chartreuse

ABDOMEN: Micro UV Polar Chenille, UV Chartreuse

FOAM BODY: 2mm. Black

WING: White McFlylon

LEGS: Sili Legs, Fl. Chartreuse Barred

This is a Will Dornan pattern. He has tied a few flies and I have a sense this variant might work…

Materials WILLY’S ANT  (Black/Chartreuse)…

WILLY’S ANTs (Black / Chartreuse )…#12’s…

CHERNOBYL FOAM ANT …

HOOK: Daiichi 1280, #6 – #14

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

TOP FOAM: 2mm. Black

BOTTOM FOAM: 2mm. Tan

LEGS: Black/Brown Silicone – Cascade Crest Tool. Co.

INDICATORS: 1mm. Razor Foam Opaque Orange & Yellow

This pattern has been around for awhile. The Chubby version is more recent. When I have time, I will tie up a bunch more in other colors and sizes for Michael and Ally to lose…

Materials CHERNOBYL FOAM ANT…

CHERNOBYL FOAM ANTs…#12’s…

FOAM CYLINDER HIGH-VIZ CARPENTER ANT …

HOOK: TMC 102Y, #11- #13

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

BODY: Rainy’s Hi-Viz Ant Body 1/8″

LEGS: Flex-Floss, Black

This would be a Carpenter Ant pattern. Rainy’s provides tying instructions with the foam package. HERE is an interesting article on ant patterns…and another from Midcurrent

Materials FOAM CYLINDER HIGH-VIZ CARPENTER ANT…

RAINY’S ORANGE TIP HI-VIZ ANT …

HOOK: Fulling Mill 35050, #18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

BODY: Rainy’s Hi-Viz Ant Bodies, 1/16″ – Black/Orange

HACKLE: Whiting Black Saddle (Midge)

Always gots to have black ants for the Madison River…In fact, ants of any and most descriptions work on that river…

Materials RAINY’S ORANGE TIP HI-VIZ ANT…

“THEM !”…

More “THEM!”… 

Big MOO on the NEVERSINK RIVER today… 5.28.2014…

A Brown that took a BLUE BWO SH pattern…

Something new to play with…Thanks Dean Endress... 🙂 …FULLING MILL HOOKS BY HAYABUSA – 35050 ULTIMATE DRY BARBLESS BLACK NICKEL

PURPLE PEACOCK LOCO BEETLE …

HOOK: TMC 900BL, #14 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

ABDOMEN: Dyed Purple Peacock (4 strands) – Spirit River

BODY: Loco Foam, Olive

LEGS: Sili Legs, Black/Blue Flake

INDICATOR: Rainy’s Parachute Pos, 1/16″, Chartreuse

So, I wanted at least one Loco Foam pattern in this group of flies and of course, something with that dyed purple peacock from Spirit River (Now Hareline) I tie a lot of different patterns using this product and just ordered a bunch more. Hareline is still offering the dyed UV2 peacock eyes seen HERE at Arrick’s Fly Shop

 

Materials PURPLE PEACOCK LOCO BEETLE…

PURPLE PEACOCK LOCO BEETLEs… #14’s…

CHARTREUSE BEETLE BAILEY – John Kreft/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2312, #12 – #14

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive Green

TAIL: Moose Body Hair

UNDERBODY: Ice Dub, Chartreuse

BODY: 2mm. Foam, Chartreuse

LEGS: Sili Legs, Fl/\. Chartreuse Barred

HACKLE:  Golden Olive Grizzly, Whiting 100, sized to hook

INDICATOR: Razor Foam, Opaque Orange, 1mm.

This is a John Kreft pattern from RiverKeeper Flies. I have taken some artistic license with it . His tie is an excellent fly for Cutthroat trout. Take some time to peruse a lot of John’s other patterns. Most, if not all, will produce Montana Trout almost anywhere in that state…

Materials CHARTREUSE BEETLE BAILEY…

CHARTREUSE BEETLE BAILEYs…#14’s…

FAT CADDIS (Black/Peacock) – Grillos/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 102Y, #13 – #15

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

ABDOMEN: Ice Dub, Peacock

BODY: 2 mm. Black Foam

WING: White McFlylon

LEGS: Sili Legs, Barred Clear/Pearl

An Andrew (“Hippie Stomper”) Grillos fly pattern which he ties here. I did a version in Black, with a Peacock abdomen, for September on the Madison…

Materials FAT CADDIS (Black/Peacock)…

FAT CADDIS (Black/Peacock)…#15’s…

ROOT BEER FLOAT (Gold) …Tilty…

HOOK: Daiichi 1280, #10 – #12

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Yellow

BODY/HEAD/SHORT WING: 2mm. Foam, Rootbeer

UNDERWING: 6-8 strands each – Krystal Flash Hot Yellow & Gold

LEGS: Silicone, Brown/Black – Cascade Crest Tool Co.

OVERWING: Dyed Orange Deer Hair – Rocky Mountain Dubbing Co. (Pdf.)

INDICATOR: Fl. Peach McFlyfoam

This is a general foam attractor pattern. Michael and I first started using these kind of patterns on the Stillwater River in Montana in 2004. A fellow that was getting ready to float the river, just below Buffalo Jump, gave Michael a handful of foam attractor patterns and he proceeded to have a ball with them…here he is using one of them:

Michael on the Stillwater River, MT…

ROOT BEER FLOAT (Gold)…Right on…

Materials ROOT BEER FLOAT (Gold)…

ROOT BEER FLOATs (Gold)…#12’s…

ANGLERS IMAGE DEEP FLY BOXES…

MOODAH POODAH (Lavender) – Pierce & Fry/ Variant …

HOOK:  Daiichi 1167, #10 – #12

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Purple

TAG: Ice Dub UV Hot Orange

ABDOMEN: Ice Dub UV Lavender

RIB: Pearl Krystal Flash or Sulky Opalescent Thread

UNDERWING: Dyed Cow Elk, #.37, Medium Dun – Nature’s Spirit

HEAD/WING: 2mm. Purple foam, V-notched

LEGS: Grizzly Flutter Legs, Purple Barred/Hot Pink

INDICATOR: Steelhead Orange, McFlyfoam

This pattern is just so weird I just had to tie up a version for Michael to try out on the Madison River. It is a design by those guys over at Fly Fish Food. Check out the other versions too !

 

Materials MOODAH POODAH (Lavender)…

MOODAH POODAHs (Lavender)…#12’s…

PUTERBAUGH CADDIS – Don Puterbaugh/Variant – American Grannom (B. americanus)…

HOOK:  TMC 102Y, #17 – #19

THREAD: Abdomen – UTC 70 Denier, Olive Green / Thorax forward – UTC 70 Denier, Gray

FOAM WING: Translucent Dun 1mm. Razor Foam

OVERWING: Medium Dun Cow Elk #.37 – Nature’s Spirit

HACKLE: Dun Midge Saddle

This pattern is for the Fall Grannom Hatch – (B. americanus – scroll down)  which hatches in the Fall during September and October.The original pattern was designed by Don Puterbaugh

Materials PUTERBAUGH CADDIS – American Grannom (B. americanus)…

PUTERBAUGH CADDIS – American Grannom (B. americanus)…#17’s…

FOAM CYLINDER CINNAMON FLYING ANT …

HOOK: Daiichi 1100, #18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Burnt. Orange

ABDOMEN: Rainy’s Parachute Post, 1/16″, Orange

WING: White MvFlylon

HACKLE: Whiting Brown Saddle

Tightline Productions ties it here .These are an excellent pattern to have in one’s boxes for just about anywhere flying ants, in Cinnamon, are found. The Madison River is one of those places…This is the Blue Ribbon Flies version in #14 & #16

Materials FOAM CYLINDER CINNAMON FLYING ANT…

FOAM CYLINDER CINNAMON FLYING ANTs…#18’s…

NEXT: More flies for MONTANA IN SEPTEMBER

 

PT/TB

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So for her Birthday, Ally Nick and HERO headed up to the Eastern Sierras to camp overnight and to wander in some desert locations looking for black, shiny obsidian thingees…here is a record of that experience…

HERO…”Are we there yet ??? “…

Ally & Hero  at Red Rock Canyon State Park…North of Mojave on Hwy. 14 on the way to Lone Pine…

Interesting formations…

Some of the “Flash Gordon” film serial was shot here in 1940…

Ally & HERO looking for the “Rock Men”

Looking for a campsite in the Alabama Hills above Lone Pine, CA…

Sunrise for HERO with Mt. Whitney in the background…

Checking out the local scenery…

Wait…there’s Ally’s  G -Ma making a movie ( “Rawhide” 1950)…

This has become a very popular spot to visit…

Mom with Tyrone Power, in a burial scene from Rawhide – shot in this area…

Another view, looking North along the Sierra Range…

Out in the middle of nowhere on the way to Goose Lake…Ally’s friends in the road…

Goose Lake…looking North…

Another view…

 

A bit to the South…we have been coming here a looking for a very long time ( early 50’s)…

Looking for Charlie’s Butte….

Gotta’ pay attention when I take you there – Ally !!!…

Not too shabby !!! …

They will join these…

On the return, Owens Lake at Olancha at dusk…

 

NEXT: Preppin’ for MONTANA…

 

 

PT/TB

 

 

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