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So I am watching a little college football this Saturday afternoon and I get a text with photos from my son Michael who is out fishing on the Upper Delaware River today…

He catches these two Rainbow Trout…

 

On the pheasant tail version of Rowan Nyman’s SHOP VAC fly pattern that we used so successfully on the Madison River, in Montana, in September…

This fly…

That I tie in a thread version (L) and a PT Version (R)…

Looks like I need to tie some more up. Ally wants me to go up tp Bishop, to fish the Lower Owens River, this coming weekend... 🙂

 

NEXT: More MONTANA travels…

 

 

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I have been asked to proudly spread the word that I am one of 245 fly fishers from throughout North America who have provided pro bono energies and original writings and images for America’s Favorite Flies: a 656-page, 1,700-image, 7 ½-pound amazing book that will be released on November 15, 2017. The 245 of us include notables such as President Jimmy Carter, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, and writer Tom McGuane; fly fishing icons such as Dave Whitlock, Lefty Kreh, and Joan Wulff; and diverse others such as former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, writer/artist James Prosek, and GWAR lead singer Michael Bishop…

None of us – including the authors and editors and designers – is getting paid, and that allows for 100% of the book’s profits to go to two organizations that help make waters and fisheries healthier: the James River Association and the Native Fish Society.

Read about the book and order your copies at www.americasfavoriteflies.com. The book is a great gift for anyone, fly fisher or not…

The Book…

About the book…

The Flies…

The Dust Cover…

Repeat… 🙂

Next: More Montana…

 

 

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Woke up Tuesday Morning, September 19 to more overcast skies and tiny snowflakes. so we headed towards West Yellowstone…

Yep…it’s going to get nasty…

..for certain…

A stop at Blue Ribbon Flies to pick up licenses and regulations for fishing in Yellowstone National Park…

The Regulations…those three things listed on the bottom left hand corner are ” need to know” information…

Then on to the Park Entrance just East of town to pay the fee ( in this case, for six days)…

The map was very useful…because of the snowy conditions, travel around the park was limited. We were headed to Biscuit Basin on the Firehole River

Slow going…The Madison River and Baker Hole are on the left…

Did I mention slow going…???

This is the Madison River, in the park, at about 14 miles in…it was now on the right hand side of the road…

Michael and I decided to stop and take some pictures…

…of each other and the scenery…

Then Michael helped this other gentleman use his phone for photographs…

This is the Firehole, about 8 miles from Madison Junction. where the Gibbon and Firehole join to create the Madison River…this is looking downstream…

…and this is looking upstream …

This is around mid-Geyser Basin where the traffic came to a dead stop so everybody could take bison photos…

On the left…

…and…Wait for it !!!

…on the right…this REALLY took forever…

Nearing Biscuit Basin…

…are we there yet ???

Finally, a view from the bridge, looking upstream above Biscuit Basin…

Looking downstream from the bridge and the reason – on the left – as to why the Firehole River remains at a warm temperature year-round. The water temps were around 62 degrees on this day…

Michael tries on Lil’ Moo’s glasses to see how fashionable he can be for the tourists, many of whom thought we were both crazy for fly fishing in the snow…

The soft hackle fly box I prepared for this occasion…

…and the GOLD PROSPECTOR I tied on as my first soft hackle to use…

OK…I can go for that…

Tis is a very beautiful place to fish…

Michael picks up a nice Brown on a Midge Larva…

He was using this MADISON DRIFTER as his lead fly because it has a tungsten bead for weight…he also used these:

Tungsten shot – because lead in the park is forbidden…From Madison Fly Company…P.S. They need to do some work ( refinement ) on this product…

I continued to swing soft hackles…

Using a UV DATUM #3 COACHMAN…

…and collected this little guy…

The bottom of the river in this location had a gravely sections filled with weeds and some large underwater rocks. One must watch their step, unsuspected drop-offs lurk …

Michael caught another nice Brown…these are the most common size…in the past, I have hooked into some very large Brown on the Firehole…

No matter though…I just enjoy being here…

Michael was using my Thomas & Thomas 9′, 5wt. (Bottom) and I was using a Winston WT 9′, 5wt. (Top) – both with Tibor  Tailwater Reels…the Silver being the CL Model…

Michael caught a bunch more small Brown Trout…

…and I had my share…

Then, it was time for Michael to take some photos of other attractions in the area and for us to go to lunch at the Old Faithful Inn Dining Room…I broke down the rods and warmed up my frozen hands…

Sulphur and smelly…

…self-explanatory…

….another cauldron of cooking chemicals…

…YIKES !!!…

I am going in the Lodge to grab a table…

The lobby of The Old Faithful Inn…it has changed a lot since I was last here in October, 1977 with my Dad…

The dining room…’cause we a both famished…

...the customary VIRGIN BLOODY MARY…very spicy…

I love menus # 1.

I LOVE menus #2.

Michael cannot resist…

A Caesar Salad…Michael had the other half and a burger with fries…

…perhaps Lil’ Moo would like one of these stuffed bears ???

…or some other tchotchke from the gift shop ??? Naw…back to Blue Ribbon Flies for fishin’ stuff…

Michael spies the clock…a real tourist…

So he goes out in a blizzard to wait for it to erupt…

While I wisely wait under cover …Never did go off while he was out there…

We are outta’ here…

..and back to West Yellowstone to pick up some supplies at the market…it is sleeting and snowing and the wind is blowing like crazy…

Everything is better with butter…but this is ridiculous…

…back down by $3.00 Bridge, the weather is beginning to clear…

…a few sprinkles up on the mountain…

…back at West Fork and… “Put the groceries away before you fish !”

…above the bridge again with a 10′, 5wt. Loomis Streamdance to the left…

So…Michael swings his Seal Bugger just in front of the rock…

…and a Rainbow end of the day…again… 🙂

 

NEXT: Down to ENNIS & The Channels Section / $3.00 Bridge afterwards…

 

 

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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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