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Well…after a four month break of not tying any fly patterns, I finally set up my vice and started making some wraps around a hook shank. This time out is the longest I have gone since 2004 and not tying flies. Time to get back in the groove:

Hanak Hook heaven at Bob Marriott’s Fly Fishing Store…2.17.2018…

Econo – Masu Beads and Jig Hooks…

Not Econo Hanak Hooks…

TMC Hooks and Plummeting Tungsten Beads, Matte Black…

UV2 Collared Crystal Serendipity – Peacock…Matthews / Variant, Firehole Stick 316, #18…

Materials UV2 Collared Crystal Serendipity – Peacock

UV2 Collared Crystal Serendipities – Peacock…#18’s…

ANGLER’S IMAGE DEEP 6 COMPARTMENT FLY BOX...with some small stuff that will appear below…

OPAL Z-APPLE TWIST SERENDIPITY…Matthews / Variant, Firehole Stick 633, #16 – #18

Materials OPAL Z-APPLE TWIST SERENDIPITY…

 

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So this came today…

“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 January, 2018. 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 …

The PAGE…

The Poster…

 

It is an honor to have been a part of this project !

 

 

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Before I put up the Montana photos, I wanted to show these new hooks I picked up while I was in Bozeman, MT. These are Firehole Sticks which were purchased at the Family Fly Shop:

FIRE HOLE OUTDOORS

FAMILY FLY SHOP, BOZEMAN, MT

 

These hooks are designed and marketed  by Joe Mathis whom I’ve known for the past eight years through his Fly Recipes Site. If you are a member of the Facebook Group – “Fly Tying With Uncle Cheech”, then you are most likely aware of these hooks. A lot of people there are now tying on them and quite satisfied …

 

 

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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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  1. Complet a post on the family trip to the Eastern Sierras in August…
  2. Complete the post on Montana Soft Hackle Patterns…
  3. Sift through 1500 + photographs on the Montana and back through Bridgeport and the East Walker River trip…post them..

Meanwhile some things I brought back:

Lil’ Moo’s Montana score…

ZELON tying materials from the Zelon capitol of the Universe…

 

 

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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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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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