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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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This will be a continuation of the previous post. However, these will be some dry flies I have been wanting to complete before Spring in the Eastern Sierras and before Michael, Aimee (maybe Ally?) and I go to Montana this Summer. A lot of my ties in the next couple of months will be focused on that MT trip…

SMATTERING BOX II – Done…

For use here and other nearby locations…

LIME GREEN / BLACK PEACOCK UV2 ROYAL WULFF CRIPPLE – Nyman/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 900BL. #12 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Kinky Olive Zelon

PEACOCK SECTIONS: Peacock Eye Fibers, UV2 Dyed Black Peacock – Spirit river (now Hareline)

FLOSS SECTION: Datum Glo-Brite Floss #.11 – Yellow/ Chartreuse

POST: White Poly Yarn

HACKLE: Whiting Saddle – Bronze Grizzly Golden

A variant on Rowan Nyman’s Royal Wulff Cripple, one of the best dry attractor patterns I have ever used:

Nyman’s Royal Wulff Cripple…

Materials LIME GREEN / BLACK PEACOCK UV2 ROYAL COACHMAN CRIPPLE…

LIME GREEN / BLACK PEACOCK UV2 ROYAL COACHMAN CRIPPLEs…#14’s…

Goose Lake, Owens Valley…a little trip that Ally took this past weekend ( 3.10.2017 )…more later…

CINNAMON CADDIS EMERGER …

HOOK: TMC 102Y, #15 – #17

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Brown

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Ginger

ABDOMEN: #.35 Cinnamon Caddis Dubbing, X- Fine – Nature’s Spirit

POST: McFlylon, White

WING: Elk Rumo, #.48, Natural – Nature’s Spirit

HACKLE: Whiting 100, Golden Brown Grizzly

I always keep a selection of Amber/Cinnamon Caddis in my boxes. Here is why…

Materials CINNAMON CADDIS EMERGER…

CINNAMON CADDIS EMERGERs… #15’s…

OPAL TRAILING BUBBLE SNOWSHOE R & B CADDIS (Tan) – Ritt-Burk/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 900BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 12/0, Tan – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Lt. Cahill – Thorax forward

TRAILING BUBBLE: 2 strands Opal Mirage Accent

ABDOMEN: Ice Dub UV Tan

UNDERWING: 4 strands Opal Mirage Accent

WING: Snowshoe Hare, Tan

HACKLE: Whiting 100, Grizzly Golden Brown

This Caddis is a combination of Al Ritt’s ARF Trailing Bubble Harey Caddis and Andy Burk’s Snowshoe Caddis …just a something a little different the Trout have not seen…here, in the evening…

…on the Stillwater River, Montana…

Materials OPAL TRAILING BUBBLE SNOWSHOE R & B CADDIS (Tan)…

OPAL TRAILING BUBBLE SNOWSHOE R & B CADDIS (Tan)… # 16’s…

CLOWN SHOE CADDIS (Tan) –  Zimmerman/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #14 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 12/0, Tan – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Lt. Cahill – Thorax forward

OVERABDOMEN: D-Rib, Tan, small

WING: Cow Elk, Natural

THORAX: Sow Scud Dubbing, Tan

POST: McFlyfoam, Fl. Cerise

Hackle: Whiting 100, Grizzly Golden Brown

Jay Zimmerman’s clever Caddis pattern tied by the creator…Most excellent for trail a smaller pattern…

Materials CLOWN SHOE CADDIS – Tan…

CLOWN SHOE CADDIS (Tan)…#16’s…

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PARTRIDGE & CDC CADDIS EMERGER (Olive) …

HOOK: Weilenmann/Variant – Daiichi 1130, #12 – #18

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

OVERABDOMEN: D-Rib, Lt. Olive, small

UNDERWING: MP Select CDC, Olive – 2 tips

OVERWING: Brown dyed Partridge

PARAPOST: Rainy’s 1/16″, round foam, Yellow

THORAX: Ice Dub, Peacock

HACKLE: Whiting 100, Golden Grizzly / Olive

A Hans Weilenmann variant based on this pattern…I would also suggest this pattern in Tan and Brown…for the below location, in the evenings…

Michael on the East Walker River, at dusk…

Materials PARTRIDGE & CDC CADDIS EMERGER (Olive)…

PARTRIDGE & CDC CADDIS EMERGERs (Olive)..#14’s…

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UV BUBBLE SHUCK OLIVE CADDIS …

HOOK: TMC 100SPBL. #12 – #18

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

TRAILING BUBBLE SHUCK: UV Pearl Krystal flash, 2 strands – * not pictured with materials

ABDOMEN: Spectra Blend Dry Fly, Olive/Gray

UNDERWING: MP Select CDC, Dirty Yellow – 2 tips

HACKLE: Whiting 100, Golden Olive/ Grizzly – V-Notch for lower flotation

Another basic Caddis which may be tied in a number of colors and sizes to match prevailing hatches…I use both UV Pearl Krystal Flash and Opal Accent for trailing bubble shucks…

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Materials UV BUBBLE SHUCK OLIVE CADDIS…

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UV BUBBLE SHUCK CADDIS —# 16’s…

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HYDROPSYCHE EMERGER – Garcia/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 212TR, #13 – #17

THREAD: Danville #47, Tobacco Brown 6/0, Base Abdomen / Veevus 16/0,Tan Wing tie-in & post / Tiemco 16/0, Lt. Cahill dubbing & hackle     tie off

TAG: Flashabou, Olive

RIB: Flashabou, Pearl – * Coat entire abdomen with UV Resin

UNDERWING: Polish CDC, Cinnamon, 2 tips

WING: Premium Yearling Elk, Bleached

POST: Trigger Point Intl. Fibers, White

THORAX: AZ Dubbing, Hare’s Ear

HACKLE: Whiting Bron Rooster

A variation on the Greg Garcia Emerging Caddis pattern found here

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Materials HYDROPSYCHE EMERGER…

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HYDROPSYCHE EMERGER(s)… #15’s…

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Something ALLEN MCGEE BOOK I picked up at Bob Marriott’s Fly Fishing Store – Today…(2.25.2017)

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UV2 TAN CADDIS – Garcia/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 102Y, #13 – #19

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Primrose – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Lt. Cahill – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, Tan

UNDERWING: 2strands each : Yellow DNA Holofusion (Flash) / UV Pearl Krystal Flash / Rusty Brown Krystal Flash

WING: Bleached Premium Yearling Elk

HACKLE: Whiting Tan Grizzly

This is a Tan version of Greg Garcia’s Mother’s Day Caddis...there are prolific hatches of Hydropsyche on the Madison River June – September…waited from the a lot, right here:

$3.00 Bridge on the Madison River at dusk…

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Materials UV2 TAN CADDIS…

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UV2 TAN CADDIS… #15’s…

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FLUSH CDC SALLY…

HOOK:  TMC 5212, #14 – #16

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Primrose

EGG SAC: Angler’s Choice, Fire Red Dubbing

ABDOMEN: CDC Dubbing, Pale Yellow, Trouthunter

WING: Bleached Premium Yearling Elk

HACKLE: Whiting Tan/Grizzly

Just a generic Yellow Sally pattern meant to sit flush in the surface film…I will be doing a couple of other Yellow Sally patters for our upcoming trip to Montana…this will provide a indication of what is going on in the Yellowstone area in the Summer…

This chart is from Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone…Little Yellow Stone #14 – #16, hatch in July and August – up there. In the Eastern Sierras, they hatch April – September…I always make a point of visiting that fly shop when we go up there. To inspect the terrific fly bins and to purchase some of the best fly tying materials on the planet…

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Materials FLUSH CDC SALLY…

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FLUSH CDC SALLY STONES… #14’s…

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MARCH BROWN PARA EMERGER …

HOOK: Daiichi 1167, #10 – #14

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

SHUCK: Lemon Wood Duck over Brown Zelon

RIB: Single strand #632 DMC Floss, Desert Sand

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, March Brown

POST: While Poly Yarn

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry, March Brown

HACKLE: Whiting Brown/Grizzly

A Klinkhammer version of a March Brown Emerger that appears in the Eastern Sierras March – May

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Materials MARCH BROWN PARA EMERGER…

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The ribbing material I left out…

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MARCH BROWN PARA EMERGER(s)…#14’s…

 

Next: Ally’s Dusty Desert Birthday Trudge…

 

 

PT/TB

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These will be a few patterns that Michael has requested that I tie up for his use back East this coming Spring. I will also be testing them out on some Western waters as the weather warms and the flows (finally) subside…These are primarily attractor patterns meant to be fished sub-surface…the next SMATTERING will be surface and film patterns…

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SMATTERING FLY BOX .1

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THE PHANTOM , Vince Wilcox Variant…

HOOK: TMC C200BL, #10 – #14

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

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAIL: 3 Black Pheasant Tail Fibers

ABDOMEN: Black Veevus Body Quill over working thread

RIB: 1 strand DNA Chromosome – * Coat with UV Resin

WINGCASE: 1/32″ Holographic Mylar Motion, Black

GILLS: Fluoro Fibre, White

THORAX: Ice Dub, Purple

BEAD: Silver Tungsten – sized to hook –  *Coat Wingcase with UV Resin

The Phantom is a loose adaptation of Vince Wilcox’s “Little Green Machine” using different materials and having a thinner profile. Here is Vince tying the pattern…

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Moo in the water of the Trout that like the PURPLE…East Walker River

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Materials THE PHANTOM…

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THE PHANTOM(s)…#12’s…

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FLOSS DIVER 

HOOK: Umpqua C300BL, #10 – #14

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

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAG: Chartreuse Fluoro Fibre

OVERABDOMEN: (Over Olive thread) – Chartreuse Flashabou #6962

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer Metallic Thread, Black – #8051*Coat with UV Resin

WINGS: Flexi Floss, White

THORAX: Micro UV Polar Chenille, Black

BEAD: Black Tungsten – sized to hook

A Caddis attractor due for plunking here:

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East Walker River…some residents…

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Materials FLOSS DIVER…

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FLOSS DIVER(s)…#10’s…

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UV2 CCC (Claret/Copper/Coq) Jig…

HOOK: Umpqua 400BL, #10 – #14

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck

ABDOMEN: Claret Veevus Body Quill – over working thread

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer Metallic Lt. Copper #6011 – * Coat with UV Resin

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Herl, Brown – 3-4 fibers

HACKLE: Whiting Natural Coq  De Leon

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

BEAD: Slotted tungsten, Copper – sized to hook

An attractor jig pattern in a dark color with some perky, sparkly hackle…That Micheal will be trying out here:

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Upper Delaware River…

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Materials UV2 CCC (Claret/Copper/Coq) Jig…

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UV2 CCC (Claret/Copper/Coq) Jig(s)…#12’s…

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FLOSS N’ FLASH (BUG) COLLARED GREEN…

HOOK: Tiemco C200BL, #12 – #14

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAIL: Guinea Fowl feather fibers

FLASHBACK: Opal Tinsel, Med.

ABDOMEN:Spanflex, Olive – over working thread base

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, Red – SM. – * Coat with UV Resin

WING: White Fluoro Fibre

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Dark Brown

HOT SPOT: Bug Collar (Bozeman Fly Goods), Fl. Orange, – sized to hook

BEAD: Tungsten, Black  – Sized to hook

A pure attractor pattern for use here… in the late Spring…

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East Walker River…

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Materials FLOSS N’ FLASH (BUG) COLLARED GREEN…

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FLOSS N’ FLASH (BUG) COLLARED GREEN(s)…#14’s…

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UV PF TWO TONE STONE – Williams/Variant – Olive- Olive/Brown …

HOOK: Tiemco 403BLJ, #8 – #10

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

BODY: 1 strand each, tied in and brought to hook bend then back behind hook eye – 1 UV Olive / 1 UV Olive Brown

BEAD: Slotted faceted tungsten, Gold -sized to hook

This is the first of a series of variants on Loren William stonefly pattern. Michael has used two of these variants patterns I have tied for him and has done quite well with them. So well, he requested more. Try some…

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Materials UV PF TWO TONE STONE – Olive- Olive/Brown…

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UV PF TWO TONE STONE(s) – Olive- Olive/Brown…#8’s…

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Stone water, in the Canyon of the West Walker River…

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TWO-TONE PF STONE, Brown/Tan – Williams/Variant…

HOOK: Tiemco 403BLJ, #8 – #10

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

LEGS/ANTENNAE: Wapsi Sili Legs, Barred Brown

BODY: 1 strand each, tied in and brought to hook bend then back behind hook eye – Micro Polar Chenille – 1Brown, 1 Tan

BEAD: Slotted Black Tungsten – sized to hook

A second variation on Loren Williams pattern to imitate smaller Brown-ish stonefly nymphs. I would use these in larger CA freestone rivers on the Eastside like the West Walker River and the East Fork of the Carson River as well as some West Slope Sierra waters…see here for suggestions…they would work well on this water as well…

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SFK…Monache Meadows…

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Materials TWO-TONE PF STONE, Brown/Tan…

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TWO-TONE PF STONE, Brown/Tan, #10’s…

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UV DARK PF TWO-TONE STONE – Black/Purple – Williams/Variant …

HOOK: Umpqua U506 #2 – #4

THREAD: UTC 140 Denier, Black

WEIGHT:.025 Lead or Lead Sub.

LEGS/ANTENNAE: Cascade Crest Silicone, Orange/Black

BODY: 1 strand each,tied in and brought to hook bend then back behind hook eye – Micro Polar Chenille – 1 UV Black, 1 UV Purple

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten, Black – sized to hook

A further continuation on the Loren Williams pattern. I prefer stonefly patterns that are suggestive and that have a lot of movement built into their construction…I would fish this wherever these might be found and in the following manner …Below would be a good place to start the follow the migrating hatch upstream (just remember to stay well ahead of it)…

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Above Ennis Lake on the Madison River…

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Materials UV DARK PF TWO-TONE STONE – Black/Purple…

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UV DARK PF TWO-TONE STONE (s) – Black/Purple…#2 & #4…

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TWO TONE PF STONE – Williams/Variant – Olive Brown/Yellow…

HOOK: Umpqua s506, #4

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive

LEGS/ANTENNAE: Cascade Crest Silicone Legs, Olive/Black Flake

BODY: 1 strand each, tied in and brought to hook bend then back behind hook eye – Micro Polar Chenille Yellow/ UV Olive/Brown

BEAD: Slotted tungsten, Gold – sized to hook

Another variation on Loren Williams stonefly pattern which has demonstrated it’s effectiveness on this water for Michael…

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Willowemoc Creek, NY…

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Materials TWO TONE PF STONE…

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TWO TONE PF STONE(s) – #4’s…

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The hook and bead…

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GOLD DEVIL JIG – Steve Parrott/Variant …

HOOK: Umpqua 403 BLJ Hook, #12 – #16

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #61 – Lt. Olive

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck

RIB: UTC Tinsel (Gold side) x-sm –  * coat with UV Resin

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squireell dubbing, Golden Olive

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten, Gold – sized to hook

A Steve Parrott design. For instructions, see the link on the below Blue Devil Jig pattern. Here is another version which is where this guy will be going this Summer with me and Michael…

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Above $3.00 Bridge, on the Madison River, MT…

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Materials GOLD DEVIL JIG…

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GOLD DEVIL JIG(s) – #12’s…

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BLUE DEVIL JIG – Steve Parrott/Variant…

HOOK: Umpqua 400BL Hook, #14 – #16

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub. – *not pictured

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

TAIL: Guinea feather fibers

ABDOMEN: Working thread

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer Metallic Thread #8052, Royal Blue* Coat with UV Resin

THORAX: Arizona Synthetic Peacock, Black

BEAD: Slotted Faceted Tungsten, Black – sized to hook

A Steve Parrott atractor pattern. The video maybe found HERE…I used Sulky instead of flashabou because it is more durable and a black, instead of Silver, bead to tone it down a bit…

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Materials BLUE DEVIL JIG…

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BLUE DEVIL JIG(s) – #14…

 

NEXT: SMATTERINGS II…What floats

 

PT/TB

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Can’t do this anywhere around NYC…

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Sierra Sunrise…

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Smalltown U.S.A – at dawn…

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Owens Valley sunrise…

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Storm front comin’ in…

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Something Black and Shiny…

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Charlie’s Butte…

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More to the point…

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Lower, lower “O”…

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Windy and cold…

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Desert gourmet lunch…

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The quest for the “perfect” cocktail onion continues…

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THIS ain’t it…

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Some “Old Guy” wandering around in the desert, with a stick, doing something…

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The return, at sunset…

 

Next: Moar Bugs…

 

 

PT/TB

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These are the patterns tied while I was waiting for Michael to come out from NYC. Not all of them were used on that trip. Ally and I will make further use of them in October. Follow the highlighted link below to the post:

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Waiting for the son…A nymph,terrestrials and Seal Buggers…

 

NEXT: Fall 2016 Baetis/BWO’s…

 

PT/TB

 

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Finally got these patterns done after Michael and I traveled up to the Eastern Sierras. We were hoping to get some of these guys wet on our trip but our visits to the East Walker River were frustrating. Five years of drought have warmed, weeded and silted this great Trout water…

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Not worth using the PMDs. Michael on the East Walker River…

For the finished PMD recipes, links and materials used:

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Click on HERE

 

Next:  1,Complete “Waiting for the son…”
2.Tie Baetis/BWO’s for me n’ Ally to use on the Lower Owens in October

PT/TB

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I have been waiting for this guy to show up for the past three months so we could travel North to wet our lines in some Eastern Sierra water…

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Michael…”Let’s go Dad !!!”…

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From here to there…

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Red Rock Canyon...

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The cinder dome at Little Lake…

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The Dino Hut…Olancha, CA…

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Eastside Sports, Bishop, CA…

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Mahogany Smoked Meats, Bishop, CA…

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PT, takin’ a break in Lee Vining, CA…

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Mono Lake…

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The Mono Inn

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The East Walker River…Fly Fishing here for the first time in four years…

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Four years of drought have done the following…Silted the bottom in the “Miracle Mile” section and most of the river down to the pond, allowed the growth of weeds the likes of which I have never seen in the river since I started coming here, on a regular basis, in 1974 and turned the water to a dingy, chocolate color…

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PT workin’ the milk shake…The water temp., at 4PM, was 62 degrees, I was picking up weeds on every cast using a #18 Frenchie jig…

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Michael… experiencing the weeds…

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Dam !!!…

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Downriver MOO…

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In the soup…

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Where I once have taken some very large Brown Trout…

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“Are we having fun, yet ???”…

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More frustration…

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In 3 1/2 hours, I took one 7″ Rainbow…Moo…ZIP…On the upside, because this river has not been receiving the usual foot traffic, the stream side vegetation has come back with a vengeance…that is a good thing !

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The Dinner was excellent at The Bridgeport Inn

 

DAY2……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Up to Lower Virginia Lake …

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7:30 AM…

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“Row me Dude !!!”…

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“Yep, right about here”…

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Moo’s first Rainbow on a #16 Peacock and Partridge Soft Hackle…

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The fly on the right…

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Looking good…

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I tied on one of these…in #12…

PURPLE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SH …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #18

THREAD: Ultra 70 Denier, Purple

RIB: Lagartun Silver wire, Fine or X-Fine

ABDOMEN: Purple Iridescent Peacock Herl – Spirit River

HACKLE: Partridge

…and the hits by football sized ‘Bows, just kept on coming…

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#1…

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#2…

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#3…

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#4…

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#5…

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#6…

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#7…

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#8…

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#9…

Michael switched over to one of these…

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OWENS “OFFENDER” II, Brown / Black …

HOOK: TMC 5263 #4- #6, Daiichi 2220 #6 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Brown or Olive

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Black Marabou

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands each side, Flashabou Dyed Pearl, orange, 6967 / 2 strands each side, Black Krystal Flash

RIB: UTC Copper Wire, Med

HACKLE: Ewing Bugger Hackle, Brown Grizzly

BODY: J. Fair Seal Sub Dubbing, Dark Brown

CONE: Wapsi, Copper, SM

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

…and took several more Rainbows…

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All in all, it was a great day! We brought an uncountable number of Rainbows to hand using both patterns…

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Sunset…

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Down the mountain for dinner…

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…at the usual location…

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Virginia Creek Settlement…

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Tired MOO…

 

DAY # 3…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

Back to Little Virginia Lake and up there…

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A brief pause for cell service…

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I’ll just look around…

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…towards Nevada…

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Moo’s first Rainbow…

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Not bad…

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We will be back for you !!!

Michael hits the trail while I play with different fly patterns…

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Trail info…

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More trail info…

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Trail to the summit…

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A lake along the way…

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Looking back, down at Big Virginia Lake…

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…another view…

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Another lake on the way up…

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Almost there…

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At the top…

55 MOO BLOG POP BROOKIE 55

Meanwhile… a lot more Trout for Dad, including this Brookie…

56 MOO BLOG POP VCS 56

Tired PT…

DAY #4 Rosaschi Ranch, Nevada………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

It’s here:

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View from a bridge…

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Michael takes a look…

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Downriver…

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Upriver…

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We started here, about 1/4 mile down stream…through the “wait- a- minute” bush…

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Michael ties up with a hopper and midge dropper…

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The water temp. was 57 degrees, a lot less weeds and much clearer than on the CA side. There was evidence of flooding from rainfall and it was hot and humid…

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Did I mention HOT & HUMID ???

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Arctic Creel with Coke,Squirt and water…

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Typical riffle water…

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What Michael was using… Winston WT, 9′, 5wt. with a Tibor Tailwater…I uses a Winston Nexus 9′, 5wt. with a Hardy Lightweight…

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This looked interesting…I said “looked”…

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Michael hooked a 5″ Brown here…

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Almost back to the bridge…

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Let’s see…this old dude vaulted one 3″ Rainbow 15′ upstream…catch of the morning…

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Upstream after lunch…

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Michael switched to using the Nexus…

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Working a long run…

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Score…

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A smallish Brown…

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Nope… nothing for PT here…

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But Michael gets another small Brown…Must be the rod !

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Michael… working beneath the willows…

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It certainly looks “fishy” in there…

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PT TRUDGE…

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This is a very pretty river…

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Another likely spot that did not produce…

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Old dude in the sage…by the river…

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Back to the vehicle…

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Late afternoon, looking downstream…

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But WAIT !… Michael wants to give this spot, next to the bridge another try…because there has to be something big, behind the rock…

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” Just ONE more cast, Dad!!!”…

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Right here…

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Michael’s GREAT CATCH – a Tui Chub

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There was more activity in the hornet’s nest on the side of the bridge…

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Notice…

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Back to Bridgeport and dinner at the Bridgeport Inn…

DAY 5, slowly back to L.A. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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A quick trip up to Trumbull Lake…

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Something from The Trout Fly in Mammoth Lakes…

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Mmmm…Schat’s Bakery in Bishop, for lunch…

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Up to North Lake for one last fly fling…

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Aspens above the lake…

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“Cast over there MOO !!”

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Limit in a hour…all released…

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Recon at The Homestead near Ridgecrest. It would appear that there is construction activity going on here. This was a favorite dining spot focus for many years …hope springs eternal !!!

 

NEXT:

  1. Complete the PMD’s
  2. Complete Waiting for the son
  3. Tie Baetis/BWO’s for me n’ Ally to use on the Lower Owens in October

 

PT/TB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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