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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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So I got this BOX… and decided to fill it with soft hackle fly patterns for our trip to Montana ( me & Michael).None of these patterns were tied with lead so that they would be legal to use on Yellowstone National Park waters. I finished the box just before going up to the Sierras with my family and with the express purpose of getting my Grandson Miles into his first Trout. He was enamored with this fly box and got me to let him use a couple of flies herein. Good move on his part, one of the below fly patterns just wiped ’em out… 🙂

Sierra Brookie…(8,23.2017)

Hoover Wilderness….

Michael says bring MORE soft hackles… :)…8.23.2017

COMPLETED FALL SOFT HACKLE BOX…

RICHARD WHEATLEY 6″ BLACK BOX…

Somebody was on Willowemoc Creek on July 29 – 30… 🙂

Something to get flies down quick that is not lead (suggested for 4x leaders and larger)…Lead is a big No-No in YNP, in flies or on leaders and tippets…

This batch is just about ready to go into the box…

INTERIOR…

Many of the patterns going inside will be hackled with THIS:

…and THIS, because Fall is a great time to swing soft hackle fly patterns in the waters in and around Yellowstone National ParkEverything in this box will be soft hackle patterns…Starting with this:

MICRO FLOSS IN LIGHT OLIVE SH…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

ABDOMEN: Micro Floss, Light Olive – Cascade Crest

RIB: Ultra Wire, Olive, x-sm

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Light Olive

HACKLE: Grizzly Hen Neck, Olive – Wapsi

Just a tiny Olive soft hackle to match tiny Olive bugs in the drift…

Materials MICRO FLOSS IN LIGHT OLIVE SH…

MICRO FLOSS IN LIGHT OLIVE SHs…#16’s…

YELLOW SOFTIE..

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 -#14

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Ice Dub, Fl. Yellow

RIB: Ultra Wire, Brown, SM

THORAX: Hare’s Ear Plus, #2. Dark Hare’s Ear

HACKE: Brown-ish Partridge

I purloined this pattern from Fly Fishing In Yellowstone National Park. It is reported that it works well on the Firehole. I’ll try it next time I go when the wind isn’t blowing sideways and it isn’t snowing…

Materials YELLOW SOFTIE…

YELLOW SOFTIEs…#14’s…

BARKER’S BAETIS – McGee

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Black thread

RIB: Fl. Chartreuse Veevus Body Quill over Ultra Wire Chartreuse, x-sm

HACKLE: Purple Starling

BEAD: Tungsten Nickel, sized to hook or oversized to drop faster

Allen McGee and I are the only people I have seen tie with the Dyed Purple Starling from White Fox Fur & Feather Co. This is his creation and I doubt it has anything to do with the Barker’s found on these posts….

Materials BARKER’S BAETIS…

BARKER’S BAETIS…#18’s…

BWO UV2 TRANSITION FLYMPH – McGee/Variant …

HOOK: Fulling Mill 35050, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Zelon, Olive Brown

ABDOMEN: Polish Quill, Olive – * Coat with UV Resin

THORAX: UV2 BWO Dubbing

HACKLE: Dun Hen Neck – Metz #2

Small, generic Olive Mayfly imitation good in this size and smaller for Baetis/ BWO hatches

Materials BWO UV2 TRANSITION FLYMPH…

BWO UV2 TRANSITION FLYMPH…#18’s…

GOLD PROSPECTOR-McGee/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 3761, #12 – #16

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Gold – Underabdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Olive – Thorax forward

TAIL: Grizzly Marabou, Tan

ABDOMEN: UTC Wire , Hot Yellow SM or Brassie

THORAX: Mink, Natural Tan 42. –Wapsi, combed off hide and chopped

HACKLE #1: Grizzly Marabou Tan, 1 turn

HACKLE #2: Grizzly Hen Neck, Brown – Wapsi

BEAD: Gold Tungsten, sized to hook – * I placed a tiny dubbed wrap of Mink behind the bead

I am on the Firehole River, it is snowing, I am freezing, I tie on one of these and cast it to the far bank quartering downstream. As the fly begins to rise, on it’s swing downstream – BAM!!!…and so it was…

On the Firehole…swinging soft hackles…

Materials GOLD PROSPECTOR…

GOLD PROSPECTORs…#12’s…

SHUCK EMERGER (Nectopsyche albida) McGee/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 102Y, #15

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Straight White Zelon

ABDOMEN: Fine  & Dry Dubbing, Creamy White

UNDERWING: Mallard Flank, Natural

OVERWING: Marc Petitjean Select CDC, White

HACKLE: Grizzly Hen Neck – Wapsi

Tis is an merger imitation of the famous “White Miller Caddis” that one sees in the late Spring and Fall on the Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park. We didn’t see many of these fellows skittering around over the surface of the water while we were there – it was snowing…

Materials SHUCK EMERGER (Nectopsyche albida)…

SHUCK EMERGERs (Nectopsyche albida)…#15’s…

MADISON DRIFTER…

HOOK:  McGee/Variant – TMC 5262, #12 – #16

THREAD:Danville 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown

TAIL: Strung Marabou23. Brown – Nature’s Spirit

ABDOMEN: Haretron Dubbing, Dark Brown

RIB: Holoshimmer, #6055, Cranberry

THORAX: Ice Dub, Chocolate Brown

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

HACKLE: Hungarian Partridge, dyed Brown

A mid-bead, generic soft hackle. Michael used this as a dropper on a two fly rig while fishing the Madison in YNP, in the snow….

Materials MADISON DRIFTER…

MADISON DRIFTERs…#14’s…

KINGFISHER PEACOCK SH…

HOOK: Alec Jackson Covert Nymph Hook, #11 – #15

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

ABDOMEN: Dyed Peacock, Kingfisher Blue – Spirit River (now Hareline)

RIB: Ultra Wire, Gold, SM or Brassie

HACKLE: Partridge

Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner. My Grandson Miles made me pull one of these out of the soft hackle box on our family trip up to the Eastern Sierras. I can’t even tell ya’ how many Trout we caught on this fly…it was  unbelievable…

Materials KINGFISHER PEACOCK SH…

KINGFISHER PEACOCK SHs…#13’s…

STRUNG RED & PINK SH…

HOOK: TMC 113 BLH, #12 – #14

THREAD: UTC 70 denier, Black

TAG: Datum Glo-Brite #3. Red

ABDOMEN: Peacock Herl, strung Red – Wapsi

RIB: Ultra Wire, Fl. Pink, SM

HACKLE: Partridge

Another in the progression of Peacock and Partridge. I particularly like thee TMC 113 BLH hooks. The heavier version of the TMC 103 BL Hook

Materials STRUNG RED & PINK SH…

STRUNG RED & PINK SHs…#12’s…

UV2 3P’s SH (Purple) …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #14 – #18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Wine

ABDOMEN: Ringneck Pheasant, Dyed Purple

RIB: Holoshimmer Opalescent Metallic Thread

THORAX: UV2 Peacock, Purple – Spirit River (now Hareline)

HACKLE: Partridge

Something thin and in purple pheasant tail. Another good attractor for lakes and mining water…3 P’s being Pheasant, Peacock & Partridge

Materials UV2 3P’s SH (Purple)…

UV2 3P’s SHs (Purple)…#14’s…

CHARTREUSE TAG P & P SH …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 denier, Black

TAG: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #11

ABDOMEN: Strung Peacock Herl

RIB: Ultra Wire, Chartreuse, SM

HACKLE: Partridge

Another variation on the Peacock and Partridge theme using chartreuse floss for a tag. These kinds of soft hackles work very well on Montana Rivers. On some occasions, Tout will key in on the tag color so I tie a lot of them using silver, gold, red, chartreuse, blue, pink and copper wire as well as different colors of floss…just experiment…

Materials CHARTREUSE TAG P & P SH…

CHARTREUSE TAG P & P SHs – fourth aisle from the left – # 14’s…

DMC EMERGING BWO SH…

HOOK: TMC 100 SPBL, #18 – #20

THREAD: Benecchi 12/0, Olive

SHUCK: Gray spooled Antron

ABDOMEN: DMC Embroidery Floss # 640

THORAX: Hareline dubbing, Olive Brown #30.

HACKLE: Metz #3 Hen Neck, Dun

A small, emerging, BWO soft hackle to swing. Grey-is colors are predominate in some areas of the West so it it wise to have some of these in this color when one encounters them…


Materials DMC EMERGING BWO SH…

DMC 640 Floss…

DMC EMERGING BWO SHs…#18’s…

BLEACHED FALL FURNACE SH…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – #16

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Yellow

TAIL: Hungarian Partridge, Brown

ABDOMEN: Bleached PT Fibers – Nature’s Spirit

RIB: UTC Wire, SM, Rust

THORAX: UV2 Natural Peacock

HACKLE: Hen Neck, Furnace – Wapsi

A Pheasant Tail attractor, soft hackle. Like to use these in both moving and stillwater…

Materials BLEACHED FALL FURNACE SH…

BLEACHED FALL FURNACE SHs…#14’s…

AMBER TRILOBAL SH …

HOOK: Alec Jackson Covert Nymph Hook, #13 – #15

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Hot Orange

TAG: Working thread

ABDOMEN: Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dubbing, 70. Amber – use a sparse dubbing loop, brush out and trim

HACKLE: Hen Neck, Ginger – Wapsi

An attractor style caddis-y soft hackle which, when done sparsely, allows the tying thread to stand out under the dubbed abdomen…I like this for Fall and Spring Trout fishing…

Materials AMBER TRILOBAL SH…

AMBER TRILOBAL SHs…#13’s…

UV2 DATUM #3 COACHMAN SH …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

TAILS: Stripped Goose Biots, Brown

ABDOMEN: 2 separate wrapping of peacock herl

MID-SECTION: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #3 Red

HACKLE: Grizzly Hen Neck, Brown – Wapsi

A simple Coachman type attractor, soft hackle. A time tested format that works just about anywhere Trout dwell…

Materials UV2 DATUM #3 COACHMAN SH…

UV2 DATUM #3 COACHMAN SHs…#12 & #14…

SMOLT N’ STEEL SH …

HOOK: TMC 113 BLH, #12 – #14

THREAD: Abdomen – Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Sheer, Black / Head – Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Sheer, Red

ABDOMEN: Veevus Iridescent Thread,  Smolt Blue

RIB: Ultra Wire, Blue, SM

THORAX: Ice Dub Blue Steelie

HACKLE: Natural Grizzly Hen Neck – Wapsi

Another “off-the-wall” blue attractor, soft hackle fly pattern. I like to employ these guys where I am quite confident that the fish have never seen anything  quite like them before…the results are usually very positive…

 

Materials SMOLT N’ STEEL SH…

SMOLT N’ STEEL SHs…#12’s…

DIVER SH  (B. americanus) …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #16 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

EGG SAC: Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dubbing, 20. Caddis Green

ABDOMEN: Buggy Nymph Dubbing, Brownish/Olive – Metz

WING: Hi-Vis Antron, White

HACKLE: brownish Partridge

This pattern is to match the Fall Grannom which appears her in the West. Major hatches occur in September and October in the Eastern Sierras and in Montana as well. This is the female diving version which may be fished deep and swung…

Materials DIVER SH  (B. americanus)…

DIVER SHs  (B. americanus)…#16’s…

GOLD TAG P & P SOFT HACKLE …

HOOK: TMC 5262, # 12 – #18

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Sheer, Red

TAG: UTC Gold Wire, Sm or x-sm

ABDOMEN: UV2 Peacock, Natural

RIB: UTC Gold Wire, SM or x-sm

HACKLE: Partridge

A simple Peacock and Partridge Soft Hackle with a gold tag. I have used these around Varney Bridge on the Madison River in September and they have been very effective…


Materials GOLD TAG P & P SOFT HACKLE

GOLD TAG P & P SOFT HACKLEs…#16’s…

PURPLE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SH …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #18, TMC 5262, #12 – #18

THREAD: Ultra 70 Denier, Purple

RIB: Lagartun Silver wire, Fine or X-Fine

ABDOMEN: Purple Iridescent Peacock Herl – Spirit River

HACKLE: Partridge

This is one of the most useful fly patterns I have used for high elevation, stillwater Trout over the last five years. I wanted to have an ample supply for my grandson Miles and Michael to use up in the Sierras…

PURPLE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SOFT HACKLES – TMC 5262, # 16’s…

Materials PURPLE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SOFT HACKLES

 

NEXT:  MONTANA/BRIDGEPORT Trip

 

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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

 

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These eighteen (18) fly  patterns will be for a trip I am planning with Michael & Ally up to the Yellowstone area in July 2017…The three of us have not been up there together in way too long…

Those guys…

These are tied on smaller, #14 – #20 size hooks  and are attractor type fly patterns…the larger guys will follow…The Box is completed…Michael will be in from NYC on Mother’s Day to inspect the box !!! 🙂

FLY BOX OF NYMPHS … For Montana, Summer 2017…

…for these guys..

SPANFLEX PSYCHO PRINCE (Yellow) – Mercer/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 113BLH, #10 – #14

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #.8 Yellow

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAILS: Brown Spanflex

CARAPACE/BACK: Ozark Oak Mottled Turkey

ABDOMEN: Ice Dun UV Lt. Yellow

RIB: UTC Wire, Hot Orange – sm

BURST WING: Angel Hair, electric yellow

THORAX: Ice Dub UV Lt. Yellow

LEGS: Flexi – Floss, White

COLLAR: Ice Dub, UV Brown

BEAD: Copper or Gold Tungsten sized to hook

A Mike Mercer pattern that one does not go to Montana without…substituted Spanflex for the more usual biots…

Materials SPANFLEX PSYCHO PRINCE (Yellow)…

SPANFLEX PSYCHO PRINCEs (Yellow)…#14’s…

PINK & PURPLE SMOOTHIE NYMPH …

HOOK: Umpqua C200BL, #14 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Polish Quill, Pink – * Coat with UV Resin

WINGCASE/LEGS: Purple Fluoro Fiber – about 18 strands each side

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Rust

HOT SPOT: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Red

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Purple, sized to hook

Of course, short shank, small & PURPLE…

...PLUNK

Materials PINK & PURPLE SMOOTHIE NYMPH…

PINK & PURPLE SMOOTHIE NYMPHs… #16’s…

YELLOWTAIL NYMPH…

HOOK: UMPQUA C550BL, #12 – #14

THREAD: Danville 6/0 #.8 Yellow – Abdomen / Veevus 16/0, Brown – thorax forward

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL: Yellow Pheasant Tail Fibers

ABDOMEN Danville Thread

CARAPACE/BACK: Yellow Pheasant Tail Fibers

RIB: UTC Wire, Black, x-sm

THORAX: Mix 70% SLF Spikey Squirrel, Brown / 30% SLF Prism, Peacock

BEAD: Tungsten Nickel

General attractor, short body, wide gape hook for here…

…working the banks in the riffle at twilight…

Materials YELLOWTAIL NYMPH…

YELLOWTAIL NYMPHs…#14’s…

Michael… getting in some practice on the Croton today… (4.30.2017)…

BROWN HOLO CANADIAN JIG…

HOOK: TMC 403BLJ, #12 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Ginger

ABDOMEN: Brown Holographic Flashabou

RIB: UTC wire, Rust, sm – *Coat with UV Resin

THORAX: AZ Simi-Seal, Canadian Brown

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

BEAD: Faceted, slotted Tungsten Bead, Copper or Gold

A generic, flashy Brown Jig. These, with the Brown Holographic Flashabou, seem to work just about anywhere…

Materials BROWN HOLO CANADIAN JIG…

BROWN HOLO CANADIAN JIGs … #14’s…

ANDY’S EDIBLE ARRANGEMENT (Pearl/Amber) – Larkin/Variant …

HOOK: Umpqua C400BL. #10 – #12

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, White – Abdomen / Veevus 16/0, Black – thorax forward

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

ABDOMEN: Ice Dub, UV Pearl

RIB: Amber D-Rib, small – *Brush abdomen with a bore brush (with vigor) and lightly trim

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing , Brown – * Behind and in front of hackle

HACKLE: Mac Petitjean CDC , Black

BEAD: Slotted, faceted Tungsten, Gold , sized to hook

This is an Andy Larkin pattern that I did with green overtones with Laser Dub. back in Feb. 2014 – scroll down… They work…

Materials ANDY’S EDIBLE ARRANGEMENT (Pearl/Amber)…

ANDY’S EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTs (Pearl/Amber)…#12’s…

OPALBACK LT. OLIVE BRONZE NYMPH 

HOOK: TMC 113BLH, #14 – #16

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

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL: Hungarian Partridge, Olive

CARAPACE/BACK: Medium Opal Tinsel

RIB: UTC Chartreuse Wire, SM

WINGCASE/LEGS: Six strands of Black Krystal Flash

THORAX: AZ Synthetic Dubbing, Bronze Peacock

BEAD: Gold Tungsten, sized to hook

Something FLAV-Ish in a nymph for “between the lakes”:

LITTLE GREEN DRAKE — (DRUNELLA FLAVILINEA)

HOOK SIZES 14, 16

Flavs are a big deal on the Henry’s Fork, but they are often overshadowed in the mind of anglers on the Madison by PMDs. This is a big mistake. Their imitations are necessary not only for rising fish, but also make superb searching patterns.

OUR RIVERS AND WHEN TO FLY FISH WITH LITTLE GREEN DRAKES

Madison River          July 10 – August 10

Firehole River           June 1 – June 25
Yellowstone River    July 20 – August 10
Henry’s Fork            July 1 – July 25
(*From Madison River Outfitters)

Materials OPALBACK LT. OLIVE BRONZE NYMPH…

OPALBACK LT. OLIVE BRONZE NYMPHs…#14’s…

ROBINSON SPECIAL – Simon Robinson/Variant …

HOOK: Umpqua JB01 Specialty Hook, #12 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Cream – Abdomen / UTC 70 Denier, Black – thorax forward

WEIGHT: .015 -.010 Lead Wire

TAIL/SHUCK: Angel Hair, Electric Pink

ABDOMEN: #.2 Natural Dark Hare’s Ear Plus – the vintage stuff

RIB: UTC Fl. Pink wire -SM

THORAX: Ice Dub, Peacock

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Salmon Pink, sized to hook – * Brush out the body and thorax with a bore brush then lightly trim to shape

I haven’t figured out who ROBINSON is yet but Kelly Galloup has this pattern up for sale on the Slide Inn site when they are in stock…Now I know. This fly was designed by Simon Robinson… (5.14.2017)

Materials ROBINSON SPECIAL/Variant…

ROBINSON SPECIAL/Variants…#12’s…

TUNG RED-HEADED STEPCHILD – Brown/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 113 BLH, #12 – #16

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

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL: Natural Pheasant Tail Fibers

ABDOMEN: Working Danville Thread

RIB: UTC wire, Red, SM

THORAX: UV2 Natural Peacock

WINGCASE/LEGS: Grizzly Krystal Flash, Red/Black

OVER WINGCASE: UTC Med. Opal Tinsel – * Coat with UV Resin

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten, Red, sized to hook

A Hogan Brown pattern that has been young for awhile that is very effective on the Big Hole…Kelly says so…I tie the Wingcase and legs Rick Murphy style, then resin the hump made by the KF and Opal Tinsel…The original was tied with a red glass bead.

Materials TUNG RED-HEADED STEPCHILD…

TUNG RED-HEADED STEPCHILD…#14’s…

JIG NYMPH (Olive) – Gustav Fröléen/Variant…

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak) C400BL, #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL/SHUCK: Marc Petitjean CDC, Olive

ABDOMEN: Life Cycle dubbing, Olive Caddis

RIB: Olive, Pearl Flashabou (6969)

THORAX: Ice Dub, Caddis Green

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten, Copper, 3/32″

Gustav Fröléen ties it here

Materials JIG NYMPH (Olive)…

JIG NYMPHs (Olive)…#16’s…

$3.00 BRIDGE, 6PM, IN JULY …

HOOK:TMC 113BLH, #14

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Lt. Olive – Underabdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Olive – Thorax forward

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL: Coq De Leon Fibers, Ginger

ABDOMEN: Polish Quill, Ginger – *Coat with UV Resin

WING: 2 CDC feather tips – Marc Petitjean , Lt. Yellow

THORAX: Acrysilk Dubbing, Olive

BEAD: Gold Tungsten, sized to hook

A impressionisistic version of a Epeorus albertae that emerges as an adult on the Madison River, around $3.00 Bridge, after 6PM in late July and August…

…like here…

Materials $3.00 BRIDGE, 6PM, IN JULY…

$3.00 BRIDGE, 6PM, IN JULY EMERGERS …#14’s…

ZEPUPALON (Hydropsyche)Rowan Nyman/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, weighted, #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

SHUCK: Zelon, Tan

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Ear Plus, Natural Dark – the vintage stuff

ANTENNAE: 2 strands Krystal Flash, Medium Brown

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Dark Brown

A Hydropsyche Pupa imitation concocted by Rowan Nyman from these guys…for the time period we expect to be there

there…above $3.00 Bridge at 6AM in July…

Materials ZEPUPALON (Hydropsyche)…

ZEPUPALONs (Hydropsyche)…# 16’s ….

MVP CHARTREUSE – Tim Tollett/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP-BLB, #12 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Lt. Cahill

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, White

ABDOMEN: Working thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Veevus Pearl Tinsel, SM

BACK: Chartreuse McFlyfoam

RIB: UTC Silver wire, X-sm

HACKLE: Hen Neck, Dun

THORAX: Ice Dub, Peacock

BEAD: Tungsten Nickel, sized to hook

This is a Tim Tollet signature fly pattern ( Most Valuable Player). He is a Montana tier and fly shop operator (Frontier Anglers, Dillon, MT). One has to sniff around to find his ties. It is worth it. I don’t go to Montana without a bunch of his ties…

Materials MVP CHARTREUSE…

MVP’s CHARTREUSE…#14’s…

Weighty stuff from Bob Marriott’s today… (4.8.2017)…

DARK SHADOW (Purple) NYMPH …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560. #12 – #14

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL: Purple Pheasant Tail Fibers

ABDOMEN: working thread

RIB: Purple Ribbing wire .00500 – Cascade Crest Tool Co.

WINGCASE/LEGS: Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/White – * Coat Wingcase with UV Resin

THORAX: Dyed Purple Peacock Eye, UV2

HOT SPOT: Veevus 16/0, Pink

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten, Metallic Purple, sized to hook

Another Purple Attractor Nymph…it’s how I roll…

Materials DARK SHADOW (Purple) NYMPH…

DARK SHADOW (Purple) NYMPHs…#14’s…

VBQ PINK-O …

HOOK:  TMC 113 BLH, #12 – #16

THREAD: Lagartun 74 denier, Olive

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL/SHUCK: Midge Flash, Pink/Pearl

ABDOMEN: Working Thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Veevus Body Quill, Dk. Olive

RIB: UTC Wire, Fl. Pink, SM – * Coat with UV Resin

THORAX: Ice Dub, Peacock

BEAD: Tungsten Nickel, sized to hook

Another, easy to tie, down and deep, flashy generic nymph to be used most often as an anchor pattern…so I may surprise myself when something large grabs hold of it…

…like here, between the lakes, on the Upper Madison…

Materials VBQ PINK-O…

VBQ PINK-O’s…#14’s…

MADISON CRANBERRY MAHOLO NYMPH- Jan Nemec/Variant

HOOK: Umpqua C300BL, #12 – #14

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL: PT Fibers, Rusty Brown

ABDOMEN: Sulky Holoshimmer Metallic Thread – Cranberry #6055

RIB: UTC Wire, Hot Orange, SM – * Coat with UV Resin

WINGCASE: Opal Mirage Tinsel, Med.

LEGS: 3-4 each side, Rusty Brown PT fiber tips

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

A Jan Namec Pyramid Lake fly pattern adapted to a curved, comp. hook, Jan ties the pattern HERE

Materials MADISON CRANBERRY MAHOLO NYMPH…

MADISON CRANBERRY MAHOLO NYMPH(s)…#14’s…

YELLOW QUILL SILVER NYMPH …

HOOK: TMC 113 BLH, #12 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck

ABDOMEN: Stripped Polish Quill, Fl. Yellow – *Coat with UV Resin

WINGCASE/LEGS: Krystal Flash UV Pearl, six strands

THORAX: Ice Dub, Peacock

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

BEAD: Tungsten Nickel, sized to hook

This is aan attractor Mayfly pattern that I would use in the early AM and in the late afternoon, as the shadows are beginning to fall,  in this particular area…

..above $3.00 Bridge on the Madison River at sunset…

Materials YELLOW QUILL SILVER NYMPH…

YELLOW QUILL SILVER NYMPH(s)…#12’s…

KREINIK C&C BUG…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP-BLB, #16 – #18

THREAD: TMC 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

ABDOMEN: Coats and Clark Dual Duty XP Thread 7040 Jungle Gold

RIB: Kreinik Metallic Very Fine Braid- Pearl #32 – *Coat with UV Resin

WING: 2 Natural Brown CDC tips – Trouthunter

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Brown

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten, Metallic Red, Sized to hook

A small, Caddis general purpose attractor. The abdomen darkens to a deep olive/brown when treated with UV Resin…

Materials KREINIK C&C BUG…

KREINIK C&C BUG(s)…#18’s…

YELLOW HOT SPOT JIG (PMD)…

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak) c400BL, #14 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Ginger Speckled

ABDOMEN: PT Fibers, Rusty Brown, – Wapsi PO51

RIB: Lagartun X-Fine, Copper Wire

THORAX: Ice Dub UV Light Yellow

BEAD: Copper Slotted Tungsten, sized to hook

This is just a simple attractor jig nymph for use during the PMD hatch. If one wishes to tie this pattern a bit smaller, use the Dohiku HDJ # 18 Hook

I would  use this pattern in here, Raynolds Pass FAS, on the Madison River , about this time, when Ally is feeling better…

Materials YELLOW HOT SPOT JIG (PMD)…

YELLOW HOT SPOT JIG (PMDs)…#16’s…

 

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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…

partridge-cdc-caddis-olive

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…

olive-uv-bubble-shuck-caddis-1

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…

 

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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

 

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