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So these  will be emergers, duns and maybe a spinner or two along with more detailed information on the little guys that are available almost year round and the most important May Fly hatch perhaps anywhere…Gary LaFontaine had a book in the works, at one time, on Blue Winged Olives. It was never completed prior to his passing. I would have definitely enjoyed having a copy of THAT…Here are some great resources for learning more about the Baetis Complex…books and links…

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My first book on Mayflies…and still a good one…

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A must…

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Shane Stalcup’s classic…

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…another classic from Swisher & Richards…

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A recent publish that has excellent informations and BWO patterns with recipes…

These links provide a primer on Blue Winged Olives…one may notice a few of my fly patterns included in the photos from Fly Fishing Traditions:

Baetis Complex – Part I

Baetis Complex – Part II

Baetis Complex – Part III

Baetis Complex – Part IV

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Completed BAETIS BOX…and a little something from Rick Hafele on BWO’s:

Hafele’s Bug Blog

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Winston BORON IIIX SUPER 10, 5wt. – Hatch  4 Plus Finatic…

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Frozen MOO…

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PQ BWO PARA EMERGER …

HOOK: TMC 206BL, #16 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive/Brown

ABDOMEN: Polish Quill, Olive – * Coat with UV Resin for durability and Bling

THORAX: Superfine Dry Fly Dubbing – BWO

POST: Blue Dun McFlylon #.24

HACKLE: Dun

Michael likes his dry flies, so this is a hanging emerger for his use. I gots to tie more Mayfly emergers on this hook…me likee…

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Materials PQ BWO PARA EMERGER…

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PQ BWO PARA EMERGERs …# 20’s…

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Baetis water…0 degrees at the 45th. parallel – halfway between the North Pole and the Equator…

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BWO PARA SPINNER – Schollmeyer/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #16 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

TAIL: Micro Fibetts, Light Dun

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, Rust

POST: White Poly Yarn

HACKLE: Dun

A simple Jim Schollmeyer spinner pattern when one encounters them and the Trout are receptive to flush floaters…

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Materials BWO PARA SPINNER…

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BWO PARA SPINNERS…#20’s…

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CHART DOT I.C.U. BAETIS – McCormick./ Variant …

HOOK:  TMC 2488, #20

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

SHUCK: Zelon, Dun

POST: Rainy’s Parachute Post ( foam cylinder), Chartreuse, 1/16″

THORAX: Orvis Spectrablend – Olive Gray

WING(s): Zelon – Dun

Another Bucky McCormick pattern from Blue Ribbon Flies for these old eyes to see…

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Materials CHART DOT I.C.U. BAETIS …

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CHART DOT I.C.U. BAETIS…#20’s…

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BUCKY’S KLINKHAMMER SHUCKIN’ BAETIS …

HOOK: McCormick/Variant- Daiichi 1167, #18 – #20

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive – Abdomen / Thorax Forward, Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Dark Olive Dun

ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier, Olive

RIB: Lagartun Copper Wire, x-fie – * Coat with Hard As Hull for durability

POST: Poly Yarn, Orange

THORAX: Dark Tan Beaver

Bucky McCormick, of Blue Ribbon Flies, ties this pattern as a Midge. I have adapted it for an emerging Baetis…

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Materials BUCKY’S KLINKHAMMER SHUCKIN’ BAETIS…

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BUCKY’S KLINKHAMMER SHUCKIN’ BAETIS…#20’s…

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A visit to SPOOL CITY

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PQ BAETIS EMERGER – Barr/Pennington Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Zelon, Amber

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

OVER/WINGCASE: 2 strands Holographic Mylar Motion, Black, 1/32″

WINGCASE/LEGS: Fluoro Fiber, Brown or Black, 16 strands or less depending on hook size * Coat Mylar Motion with UV Resin

This is a composite of John Barr’s BWO Emerger and Carl Pennington’s Biot Emerger ,using a Black Holographic wing case. Why Black ??? Because BWO’s are most active when their wing cases darken, just prior to hatching…This pattern is meant to be fished from the bottom of the water column to just under the surface. Grease thy leader or hang it off a larger dry pattern…I prefer the wing case be pronounced as a trigger…

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Materials PQ BAETIS EMERGER…

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PQ BAETIS EMERGERs…#20’s…

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SPANFLEX CDC CDL OLIVE BAETIS EMERGER …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 – #20

THREAD: Underabdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax Forward, Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Whiting CDL Fibers

WING: Marc Petitjean Blue Dun CDC tips * tied in opposed

THORAX: Superfine BWO Dubbing – BWO

LEGS: * ( not Pictured ) Coq De Leon, Light Speckled – Hareline …and yes, there is a big difference between the Whiting and Spanish CDL

This is a pattern that sits with the abdomen just below the surface film. It is meant for slick, slow water below riffles…

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Materials SPANFLEX CDC CDL OLIVE BAETIS EMERGER….

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SPANFLEX CDC CDL OLIVE BAETIS EMERGERs…# 18’s….

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FOAM BIOT EMERGER BWO – Bill Black/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax Forward – Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive/Brown

ABDOMEN: UV2 Turkey Biot – fringed side out

WINGCASE/BURST WING: Razor Foam, Translucent Dun , 1mm or .5MM -sized to hook

LEGS: Dyed Brown Partridge, V-Notched

This is a Bill Black pattern. He was the President of Spirit River and the developer of the UV2 products. That company no longer exists. They were acquired by Hareline this past Fall (2016). This is an excellent floating emerger pattern for slick water…

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Materials FOAM BIOT EMERGER BWO…

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FOAM BIOT EMERGERs BWO…#18’s…

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In hand, on the East Walker River…

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DOA BWO CRIPPLE (Olive/Gray) – Nyman/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 103BL, #17 -#21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Zelon, Olive/Brown

ABDOMEN: Micro Fine Dry Fly Dub, Gray/Olive

BURST WINGCASE/WING: EP Trigger Point Int’l.  – Dun or Black (for those Gray Days)

Hackle: Dun, clipped so it rides low

This is a version of Rowan Nyman’s pattern tied on a TMC 103BL hook. This is an older pattern that was first presented by Blue Ribbon Flies awhile ago. It still works, real good, when Trout are feeding on cripples, in the surface film…

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Materials DOA BWO CRIPPLE (Olive/Gray)…

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DOA BWO CRIPPLEs (Olive/Gray)…#21’s…

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CDL TPI PARACHUTE BWO …

HOOK:  TMC 102Y, #17 – #21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dun

ABDOMEN: Orvis Spectrablend Dry Fly – BWO

POST: Enrique Puglisi Trigger Point Into. Fibers Dun (BWO) or color of choice

HACKLE: Dun

Just a simple little BWO parachute for darker BWO hatches. I find that the BWO’s on the East Walker River tend to have a deeper Olive color than those, lower down, on the Owens River, below Pleasant Valley Reservoir. The Fl. Orange post is for me and the Dun post for Big MOO and Ally…they have better eyes…I am a big fan of this hook because of it’s color and wide gape…

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Materials CDL TPI PARACHUTE BWO…

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CDL TPI PARACHUTE BWOs… #19’s…

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Fill’er up…

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UV2 BROOK’S SPROUT BWO – Bob Brooks/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #16 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn – Olive/Brown

ABDOMEN: Premo Goose Biot, BWO

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry – BWO

POST: Rainy’s Parachute Post (Foam Cylinder), White or color of choice, 1/16″

HACKLE: Dun

Bob Brooks developed this style pattern for Midges and small May Fly hatches when he was the river keeper on Hot Creek in the Eastern Sierras. This pattern has found wide-spread use throughout the world since it’s inception. With the shuck, it imitates an merging BWO…

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Materials UV2 BROOK’S SPROUT BWO…

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UV2 BROOK’S SPROUT BWOs…#20’s…

 

NEXT: Up the road with MOO then a smattering of patterns which will be done individually and not for a complete box…

 

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That time again, so this box will be filled with BWO/ Baetis nymphs, emergers, cripples and duns. I will be going into more depth on Baetis/BWO’s in part II of this series:

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Twilight on the Upper Delaware River …

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They work East & West…as Big Moo demonstrates here on the Upper Delaware – 11.05.2016…

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NYMPHS done…on to the widows in PART II…

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Richard Wheatley Fly Box – These come from the Orvis Store in Pasadena, CA…

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PQ HS BAETIS NYMPH -Vasies/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 113BLH, #16 – #20

THREAD:Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon

ABDOMEN: Stripped Polish Peacock Quill, Olive – Hard As Hull on the thread before wrapping, UV Resin over the entire fly

HOT SPOT: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Red

This is my take on a Lucian Vasies pattern. If one does not know who he is, I suggest going HERE  and then bookmarking it, He also has an excellent shop that provides unique fly fishing and tying goods HERE …

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Materials PQ HS BAETIS NYMPH…

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PQ HS BAETIS NYMPHs…#20’s…

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Moo says they (BWO’s/Baetis ) were working here for some nice Trout…Upper Delaware River…

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FIRE FLY DARK OLIVE BAETIS NYMPH …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #16 – #20

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

TAIL: Natural Hen Fibers

ABDOMEN: 2 strands Dark Olive Veevus Body Quill / 1 strand Veevus Black Body Quill – * coat with Hard As Hull for durability

TOP WINGCASE: 8-10 strands Pearl Fire Fly

UNDER WINGCASE: 15 -25 strands Black Fluoro Fiber, pulled over Thorax and split

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Dark Olive

This is a Blingy Baetis. The Pearl Fire Fly over the Black Fluoro Fiber really stands out. As an option, for durability, one may coat the top of the wing case with UV resin…I this this guy will have some application in here:

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Wild Trout section, Middle Owens River…

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Materials FIRE FLY DARK OLIVE BAETIS NYMPH…

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FIRE FLY DARK OLIVE BAETIS NYMPHs…#18’s…

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TWO TONE BODY QUILL BAETIS NYMPH…

HOOK: TMC 113 BLH, #16 – #20

THREAD:Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdomen / Veevus 8/0 Fl. Orange – Thorax forward

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck

ABDOMEN: 2 strands Lt. Olive Veevus Body Quill, 1 strand Veevus Black Body Quill – * Coat with Hard As Hull for durability

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrell Dubbing, Brown

HOT SPOT: Veevus 8/0 Fl. Orange thread

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten,Metallic Brown, sized to hook

A simple Baetis with weight and a hot spot…meant to get down quick. These hooks are the heavier version of the TMC 103BL…I like ’em…

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Ancient angler on the East Walker River tossing Baetis…in neoprenes…

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Materials TWO TONE BODY QUILL BAETIS NYMPH…

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TWO TONE BODY QUILL BAETIS NYMPHs… #18’s…

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BLACK KRYSTAL FLASH WINGCASE BWO NYMPH – Schollmeyer/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 3761, #16 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Orvis Spectrablend,Dry Fly, Blue Winged Olive – pick thorax out for suggesting legs

WINGCASE: Black Krysta Flash, 6-10 strands, depending on hook size

A Jim Schollmeyer pattern that is meant to be used in calmer waters and fished within a foot of the surface. They may also be tied in other Olives, Tan and Brown…

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Materials BLACK KRYSTAL FLASH WINGCASE BWO NYMPH…

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BLACK KRYSTAL FLASH WINGCASE BWO NYMPHs…#20’s…

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SQUIRRELLY/BIOT OLIVE BAETIS NYMPH…

HOOK:  TMC 103BL, #17 – #21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck

ABDOMEN: Goose Biot, #.4 Olive, Nature’s Spirit

RIB: Lagartun, SM, Chartreuse

WINGCASE/LEGS: Fluoro Fiber, Black – 15-25 strands, pulled over thorax and split

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dub., Dark Olive

Another the Baetis pattern  on the TMC 103BL Hook in light Olive with the black winces to suggest the nymph just ready to emerge and when they are most active…

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Materials SQUIRRELLY/BIOT OLIVE BAETIS NYMPH…

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SQUIRRELLY/BIOT OLIVE BAETIS NYMPHs…#19’s…

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UV2 QUILL NYMPH BWO – Bob Krumm/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 3761, #16 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdomen (*not pictured) / Teimco 16/0, Black – Thorax Forward

TAIL: Natural Pheasant Tail

RIB: UTC x-sm Gold Wire

ABDOMEN: Veevus Body Quill, Brown (* not pictured) – * Coat with Hard As Hull for durability

WING CASE: Pearl Mylar

THORAX: UV2 Peacock, Natural

This is a simple pattern designed by Bob Krumm a Montana and Wyoming guide. Again – THIN – which Baetis are…Krumm ties very simple but effective fly patterns. Look for them …

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Materials UV2 QUILL NYMPH BWO …

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UV2 QUILL NYMPHs BWO…#20’s…

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MOO on the Lower “O”, early Fall…

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BROWN/OLIVE BAETIS NYMPH – Galloup/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #18, TMC 1100, #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Stripped Goose Biot, #.8 Brown/Olive, Nature’s Spirit

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine Copper Wire  * Coat abdomen with Hard As Hull for durability

GILLS: Fire Star Purple Pearl Dubbing or Pearl Ice Dub

WINGCASE: Black Krystal Flash

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dub, Brown/Olive

BEAD: Tungsten Copper, 5/64″ or 1/16″

Kelly Galloup ties it here –  in a very long VIDEO

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Materials BROWN/OLIVE BAETIS NYMPH…

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BROWN/OLIVE BAETIS NYMPHs… #18’s…

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PURPLE/OLIVE BODY QUILL SVELTE BAETIS …

HOOK: TMC 103 BL, #17 – #21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

TAIL: Olive Partridge Fibers

ABDOMEN: Veevus Body Quill, Light Olive – * Coat with Hard As Hull for durability

WINGCASE/LEGS: Fluoro Fiber, Purple – 15-25 strands, pulled over thorax and split – dependent on hook size

OVER WINGCASE: 2 -3 twisted strands of Dyed UV2 Purple Peacock –  (F.Y.I. Hareline purchased Spirit River in late October 2016)

THORAX: Orvis Spectrablend Dry Fly, Blue Winged Olive

I like using the TMC 103BL hooks for thin patterns. I also like using Roman Moser Shock Gum Loops when using these more fragile hooks and just generally too. They add about a Lb. of strength to the tippet material being used and lessen the straightening of said hooks on larger Trout that take the fly in heavy water…these are the shock gum loops:

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Roman Moser Shock Gum Loops…

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Materials PURPLE/OLIVE BODY QUILL SVELTE BAETIS…

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PURPLE/OLIVE BODY QUILL SVELTE BAETIS – #19’s…

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BLACK BODY QUILL BAETIS NYMPH…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #20

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

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

RIB: Lagartun Fine Wire, Chartreuse

ABDOMEN: Veevus Body Quill, Black – *Coat with Hard As Hull for durability

WINGCASE/LEGS: Six strands of Black Krystak Flash pulled over thorax and split

THORAX: Orvis Spectrablend Dry Fly Dubbing, Brown

This nymph is tied with Veevus Body Quill, a relatively new product which I believe will find it’s way into a lot of patterns in the near future. I like using the color black to imitate emerging Baetis nymphs…fish it from the bottom to just under the surface of the film…

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Materials BLACK BODY QUILL BAETIS NYMPH…

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BLACK BODY QUILL BAETIS NYMPHs…#20’s…

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PURPLE WING BAETIS EMERGER SH – Nadica & Igor Stancev/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 900BL, #16 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Light Cahill

ABDOMEN: Ice Dub, Pheasant Tail

WING: DNA Holofusion, Purple – 20-25 strands fiber, 3 strands of flash

Hackle: Natural Starling

This is a European pattern tied by Nadica & Igor Stancev who hail from Skopje, Macedonia…I like it ! It is meant to be swung and I would also dead drift this fly with a lift to imitate the egg laying female returning to the surface…

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Materials PURPLE WING BAETIS EMERGER SH…

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PURPLE WING BAETIS EMERGERs  SH…

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RADIATION BAETIS, Brown – Gunkel/Variant…

HOOK:TMC 2488, #16 – #18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Brown

TAIL: Natural Hen Fibers

CARAPACE (BACK): Holographi Mylar Motion, Black, 1/32″

RIB: Lagartun x- fine Copper Wire – * Coat abdomen with Hard As Hull for durability

WINGCASE/LEGS: Brown Fluoro Fiber,pulled over and split, 10-12 strands each side

THORAX: Ice Dub, Peacock

HOT SPOT: Veevus 8/0, Fl. Orange thread

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

This is a Shea Gunkel pattern that is available through Umpqua Feather Merchants…It may also be tied with different colored abdomen and thorax to match local inhabitants…

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Materials RADIATION BAETIS, Brown…

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RADIATION BAETIS, #18’s…

 

 

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The “Dancing Caddis” pattern, a Gary LaFontaine design, appears in his 1981 tome –” CADDISFLIES”, (pages 51-61)

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Those pages include an SBS for tying the pattern (* pay particular attention to step # 6).Below is the hook design that Gary La Fontaine settled on for this pattern…

PARTRIDGE K3A SWEDISH DRY FLY HOOK

PARTRIDGE K3A Swedish Dry Fly Hook… The Swedish dry fly hooks were designed in Sweden by Nils Eriksson and Gunnar Johnson who were well known Swedish fly tyers. Partridge first made them in 1979. Good luck to finding them now – in quantity.  So, I used this:

GAMAKSTSU C-16B HOOK

GAMAKATSU C-16B Cripple/ Emerger Hook…

GAMAKATSU C16-B HOOKS

The hooks, in various sizes…

He states, in his book, that the new fly proved very effective with both dead-drift and twitch presentations. It worked as a flush imitation on fish that were feeding selectively on passive female Caddis, and it also worked as well as a high-riding imitation on fish that were feeding on active females.

Am imitation tied on an upside-down hook could be effective for all types of adult Caddisflies, the fly not only resting on the wing edges and body, but also skating on them. Without the hook to interfere, one fly could simulate the important characteristics whether drifting, drag-free or moving.Further tactics for fishing this pattern may be found on pages 128 – 134 in the book. The key to the success of this fly pattern is the twin streaks of light created on the water by the wing edges of this skating pattern (pg. 54). The Gamakatsu C16-B hook is probably the best currently available hook to compliment this design and provide the desired effect of those streaks.

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DANCING CADDIS HYDROPSYCHE (Uv2 Tan)…

HOOK: Gmakatsu C16-B, #14 – #18…

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Light Cahill

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, Tan

WING: Bleached Coastal Deer Hair

HACKLE: Barred Dark Ginger – Whiting

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Materials DANCING CADDIS HYDROPSYCHE (Uv2 Tan)…

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DANCING CADDIS HYDROPSYCHE (Uv2 Tan) – #16 & #18…

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HOT CREEK DANCING CADDIS – (Gray)…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C16-B, #16 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Charcoal Gray

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, Grey

WING: Medium Dun Deer Hair

HACKLE: Grizzly

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Materials HOT CREEK DANCING CADDIS -(Gray)…

DANCING CADDIS GRAY GRP 16 & 18

HOT CREEK DANCING CADDIS -(Gray)…#16 & #18…

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Michael on Hot Creek, CA…

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MOO…at Caddis time on the East Walker River…

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(B.occidentalis)…MOTHER’S DAY DANCING CADDIS…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C-16B, #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

ABDOMEN: Stalcup’s Micro Fine Dubbing, BWO Olive

WING: Coastal All Purpose Deer Hair

HACKLE: Grizzly Dyed Dun

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Materials (B.occidentalis)…MOTHER’S DAY DANCING CADDIS…

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(B.occidentalis)…MOTHER’S DAY DANCING CADDIS…

DANCING CADDIS GRANNOM

DANCING CADDIS Grannom – 

HOOK: Gamakatsu C16-B, #14 -#18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

ABDOMEN: UV2 Peacock Eye, Natural – Spirit River

WING: Medium Dun Deer Hair, #.37 – Nature’s Spirit

HACKLE: Whiting Hackle, Olive/Grizzly

DANCING CADDIS 2

Yes. it rides hook point UP…

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Materials “DANCING CADDIS” Grannom…

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“DANCING CADDIS” Grannoms…

NEXT: Caddis Continuation

 

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Stocking up on some additional hooks and other materials that will be appearing …soon

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House of all things fly fishing in Fullerton, CA…

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Lost in the bead section…to appear in the next project…

GAMAKATSU C16-B HOOKS

GAMAKATSU C-16B Hooks…

STREAMER HOOKS

STREAMER HOOKS…

STREAMER CONES

STREAMER CONES…

VEEVUS BODY QUILL

VEEVUS BODY QUILLs…

MICRO POLAR CHENILLE

MICRO POLAR CHENILLE…

VEEVUS 16-0 LT. Olive - WH DGBF - RUST SM

VEEVUS 16/0, Lt. Olive Thread / White DATUM GLO-BRITE Floss / UTC Wire, Rust, SM…

BLACK SEY - CDC

BLACK SPARKLE EMERGER YARN / BLACK MARC PETITJEAN CDC…

UV PEARL MINNOW - BRN COW ELK

ICE WING FIBER UV & PEARL MINNOW MIX / BROWN COW ELK…

 

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So Michael was here over the Holidays, bugging me for more flies to use this year on the rivers he fishes outside of N.Y.C. These will be some fly patterns that BOTH of us can use this coming Spring. Looks like there might be a bunch of water in the Eastern Sierras this year and I would like to try these on the East Walker River and the Owens River as well. There will be eighteen patterns in all, several will be tied in two different sizes, to accommodate our needs…When Michael comes out in the next few weeks (April) he will be taking some of these to tryout on the rivers he fishes in NY, MA, and CT…

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Michael & friend…

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…on The  Housatonic River, yesterday (3.13.2016)…

EAST AND WEST BOX

EAST N’ WEST ATTRACTOR BOX…finished…

BROWN EWR

Brownie on the East Walker River…

BLUE R.A.M. CADDIS

BLUE RAM CADDIS – Ross A. Merigold/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 113 BLH, #10-#14

THRAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdomen

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer Silver Metallic Opalescent #8040

ABDOMEN: Super Floss, Blue, Larva Lace…  (They have excellent stuff) – * Coat Abdomen with Hard As Hull

HACKLE: Hen Nec, White

HEAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Red – two coats of Hard As Hull

I started using a R.A.M. Caddis  a very long time ago, in Olive and in Purple. It was designed by the same person who came up with the Serendipity pattern, on the Madison River – Ross A. Merigold. One of the largest Rainbow Trout I have ever caught in a river was on a #14 Purple RAM Caddis, on the East Walker River in 1980. I keep a bunch of them in one of my Caddis boxes…they are that good

Mat RAM CADDIS BLUE

Materials BLUE RAM CADDIS…

RAM CADDIS BLUE GRP

BLUE RAM CADDIS #12 & #14…

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MOO… in attractor mode, at sunset, on the East Walker River…

S CADDIS PUPA Brown

S CADDIS PUPA (Brown)…

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak) C300BL #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer, #6055, Cranberry

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Brown

WINGLETS: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive Brown

THORAX: Hare’s Ear Ice Dub, Brown

HACKLE: Hen Neck Furnace

BEAD: Tungsten, Copper, sized to hook

An attractor Caddis Pupa with a thinner body, in a large size, flash and movement built in…yep

Mat S CADDIS PUPA BROWN

Materials S CADDIS PUPA (Brown)…

S CADDIS PUPA BRN GRP

S CADDIS PUPAe (Brown)…

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A place where BLUE works…The East Walker River…

BLUE HERESY JIG

BLUE HERESY JIG…

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak), C400BL, #12 – #16

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Black Pheasant Tail

ABDOMEN: Sulky Holoshimmer Metallic Royal Blue #8052  – * Coat with Hard As Hull

WINGCASE: 4-5 Strands Holographic Mylar Motion, 1/32″, Black

THORAX: Wapsi Rainbow Sow Scud Dubbing (the real deal)

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten, Silver, sized to hook

A parallel universe Rainbow Warrior with the wing case on top of the hook…which is heretical…

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Yeah…right…

Mat BLUE HERESY NYMPH

Materials BLUE HERESY JIG…

BLUE HERESY NYMPHS

BLUE HERESY JIG(s)…

SPOOKY TOOTH

SPOOKY TOOTH …

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak) C550BL, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

TAIL: Ancient Claret Hackle Fibers (like the name, from the 70’s)

RIB: UTC Wire Hot Yellow

ABDOMEN: Natural Pheasant Tail Fibers

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Dark Brown

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss Fl. Red

BEAD: Tungsten, Copper, sized to hook

Another simple PT attractor with a Hot Spot and tail color that no one but me uses…on a PT nymph…

Mat SPOOKY TOOTH NYMPH

Materials SPOOKY TOOTH…

SPOOKY TOOTH NYMPHS GRP

SPOOKY TOOTH(s)…

LASER WINGED SHIMMER NYMPH

LASER WING SHIMMER NYMPH…

HOOK: TMC 113 BLH, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: UTC Fl. White – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer # 6045, Multi Dark

ABDOMEN: Sulky Holoshimmer #7043 (Rainbow Prism Purple)  – *Coat with Hard As Hull

WING: Sanyo’s Laser Dub White – tie in fibers lengthwise and cut at an angle

THORAX: Hare’s Ice Dub, Black

BEAD: Tungsten, Black, sized to hook

This is the kind of pattern I like to toss into fast water that drops into deep holes along the edges of the East Walker River. It’s the one some of the big guys have never seen before and there are times that it is exactly what they want…

Mat LASER WINGED SHIMMER NYMPH

Materials LASER WING SHIMMER NYMPH…

LASER WINGED SHIMMER NYMPHS GRP

LASER WING SHIMMER NYMPH(s)…

BAT WING NYMPH OLIVE FIRE FLY -1

BAT WING NYMPH- Peterson/Variant – Olive/ Fire Fly…

HOOK: TMC 100SPBL, #12 – #16

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub. – 6-8 wraps at thorax, tied down with thread and Zap-A-Gaped

THREAD: Veevus 8/0, Olive

TAIL: Olive Ozark Turkey Quill Fibers

RIB: #1 – UTC Chartreuse Wire, sm / #2 Sulky Holoshimmer #145, Opal/Pearlescent

ABDOMEN: Olive Ozark Turkey Quill Fibers

WING: Fluffy base Grizzly Hen Neck, tied in convex side up and pulled over thorax

WINGCASE: Pearl Fire Fly, 6-8 strands…UV resin, be careful not to get it in the wing

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Olive

A generic Olive May Fly nymph meant to be bounded along the bottom. If I were going to tie it as an Emerger, I would use a Daiichi 1130 hook, Olive pheasant tail – tail, Olive Biot body and a Diamond bead in front of the Thorax. The wing case would be omitted…

Mat BAT WING NYMPH OLIVE FIRE FLY

Materials  BAT WING NYMPH – Olive/ Fire Fly…

BAT WING NYMPH OLIVE FIRE FLY GRP

BAT WING NYMPH(s) – Olive/ Fire Fly…

RUSTY THE BUG

RUSTY THE BUG …

HOOK: Partridge Czech Nymph Fine Hook, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #47, Rusty Brown

TAIL: Brown Partridge

RIBBING: #1 – Sulky Holoshimmer, #8014 Red Metallic / #2 Gutxrmann Red #247

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Ice Dubbing, Rusty Orange

WINGCASE: Razor Foam, Opaque Red, 1mm.

LEGS: Brown Partridge

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Rusty Brown

This is one of those patterns that my son Michael will look at and ask me, “What’s that?”…I will tell him to attach it to the end of his 4x tippet and he will proceed to catch the largest Trout of the day…always happens…

Mat THE RUSTY BUG

Materials RUSTY THE BUG…

RUSTY BUGS GRP

RUSTY THE BUG(s)…

UPPER OWENS ALLY

Upper Owens River…2.14.2016…

HOT CREEK CAMPSITE

A cold campsite tonight, on Hot Creek (2.13.16)…

HERO CULVER'S

HERO at Culver’s Sporting Goods, in Bishop, CA this AM ( 2.13.16 ) – picking up some Seaguar 5x and 6X tippet material & some Twist-ons…

ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGER 2

ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGER – Stephenson/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 113 BLH, #16 – #18

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

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

RIB: Black Nylon or Ice Thread

ABDOMEN: 2 strands of Veevus Body Quill, Olive – * Coat with Hard As Hull

WING: Ice Dub, UV Gray – tie in the fibers lengthwise and cut at an angle

BEAD: Tungsten, Copper, one size under

I tie many patterns like this with a white dubbing wing. Other materials I use are Zelon, CDC, Antron, Organza and Fluro Fiber all in the color white, which I believe, is a most excellent trigger on these kinds of flies…

Mat ICE WINGE OLIVE QUILL EMERGER

Materials ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGER…

ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGERS GRP

ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGER(s)…

ATTRACTOR BOX IP

…a little over half-way there…

DNA BUBBLE SHEATH TAN PUPA 1

DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS PUPA (Tan) Hydropsyche…

HOOK:  TMC 226BL, #14 – #16

WEIGHT: 6-8 wraps of .010 Lead at the Thorax. Secure with thread and Zap-A-Gap

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Fl. White – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown – Thorax forward

SHEATH: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Tan

ABDOMEN #1: DNA Holofusion, White – 8strands fiber, 1 strand flash

ABDOMEN #2: Tan Micro Tubing

THORAX: UV2 Peacock Eye, Brown

WINGLETS: Hungarian Partridge, Brown, V-notched

A simple bubble sheath Caddis Pupa for the Hydropsyche hatch tied on the new TMC 226 BL Hook. I like the translucent effect of the micro tubing over the white DNA Holofusion…

MAT DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS TAN

Materials DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS PUPA (Tan)…

DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS PUPA TAN GRP

DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS PUPAE (Tan)…

FARMINGTON RIVER

Hydropsyche water on the Farmington River…

UV2 BIOT BUFFALO JUMP

UV2 BIOT BUFFALO JUMP – PlanetTrout/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 113BLH, #8 – #12

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck fibers

RIB: UTC Wire Copper Brown

ABDOMEN: UV2 Turkey Biot – * Coat thread with Zap-A-Gap before wrapping biot, for durability

THORAX: Orange Ice Dub 50%., Nat. Squirrel Belly 50%

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

WING CASE: 6-8 strands Brown Krystal Flash, pulled over and divided

BEAD: Tungsten, Nickel, sized to hook

In have been using this pattern for about five years. It is particularly effective in the Eastern Sierras in the Spring. The original Buffalo Jump was ties on a TMC 100SPBL hook. This version uses a biot for the body and is tied on the new TMC 113 BLH Hook…

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They might work…Jason Bordash Watercolor…

Mat BIOT BUFFALO JUMP

Materials UV2 BIOT BUFFALO JUMP…

BIOT BUFFALO JUMP GRP

UV2 BIOT BUFFALO JUMP(s)…

WINGED NYMPH Black -1 REVISION

WINGED NYMPH (Black) Vasies/Variant…

HOOK:  Umpqua (Hanak) C400BL, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

TAIL: CDC #.35 Wood Duck, Nature’s Spirit

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Black

RIB: Gutxrmann W251, Copper

WING: Marc Petitjean CDC Cream – 2 tips, opposed

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel, Rusty Brown

BEAD: Faceted Slotted Tungsten Bead, Black, sized hook

Another Lucian Vasies inspired attractor jig. His site has a lot of interesting patterns, information and tying tips…

Mat WINGED NYMPH BLACK

Materials WINGED NYMPH (Black)…

WINGED NYMPH BLACK GRP

WINGED NYMPHs (Black)…

REUNION CADDIS

REUNION CADDIS PUPA (Attractor)…

HOOK:  Umpqua JB01, #10- #14

WEIGHT: >010 Lead or >015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Fl. White – Under Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0 CH Gray, – Thorax forward

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Silver

ABDOMEN: Dyed Pearl Purple Flashabou – * Coat with Dave’s Flexament

OVER ABDOMEN: Swiss Straw, Dun

RIB: Gutxrmann Metallic Effect Thread W331, Black* Coat with Dave’s Flexament for durability

REAR THORAX: Ice Dub UV Lavender

HACKE: Marc Petitjean CDC, White

COLLAR: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Gray

BEAD: Tungsten, Nickel, sized to hook

This attractor is tied on the  Barr’s Pupa Emerger Hook from Umpqua. It is meant to be a heavy anchor fly in a two fly rig…

Mat REUNION CADDIS

Materials REUNION CADDIS PUPA…

REUNION CADDIS GRP

REUNION CADDIS PUPAE (Attractors)…

SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE

SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE – Wilcox/LGM Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 113 BLH #10 – #14

WEIGHT: (Optional) .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

TAIL: Pheasant Tail, Olive

ABDOMEN: Veevus Body Quill, Olive

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer, Metallic Lime Green #6032 – * Coat with Hard As Hull

WINGCASE: Krystal Flash, Black, 8-12 strands – * Coat with UV Resin

WINGLETS/GILLS: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, White

THORAX: Ice Dub, Peacock

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Metallic Olive, 1 size under

A variation on Vince Wilcox’s LGM. I have been using a bunch of Vince’s LGM’s, in the Eastern Sierras, for the past ten years. It is just a fish catching machine and I tie them in a bunch of different sizes and colors. The original is HERE

Mat SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE

Materials SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE…

SPARKLE QUILL MACHINES GRP

SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE(s)….

Michael and I might be tossing some of the above in these two places…in the not too distant future…

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East Walker River…

moo-7-5-15-will-2

Willowemoc Creek…

ALLY MORT'S DELI

So Ally says, after I treated her at the Deli, ” We need to go to Jo-ann’s Dad!” …And so, we did…

SULKY METALLIC HOLOSHIMMER 1. 16

SULKY HOLOSHIMMER…

GUTERMANN THREADS

GÜTERMANN DEKOR THREAD…

DMC EM FLOSS PINK-ORANGE

DMC EMBROIDERY FLOSS…

Some materials that will be appearing in the patterns I am now working on…

ALLY'S PEARL YELLOW PERIL SH

ALLY’S PEARL YELLOW PERIL SH…

HOOK:  TMC 113BLH, #10 – #12

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax Forward

TAIL: Woodchuck Fibers

ABDOMEN: Cascade Crest Micro Floss, Yellow

OVER ABDOMEN #1: Dyed Pearl Flashabou #6971, Yellow – * Coat with Dave’s Flexament

OVER ABDOMEN #2: Swiss Straw, Amber

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer Cranberry #6055 – * Coat with Dave’s Flexament a second time

REAR THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel, Rusty Brown or Dark Brown

HACKLE: Hen, Yellow

COLLAR: Ice Dub, Peacock

BEAD: Tungsten, Gold, sized to hook

Another attractor pattern that appears to be a long, involved process…see SWISS N’ FLASH JIG – below…

Mat ALLY'S PEARL YELLOW PERIL

Materials ALLY’S PEARL YELLOW PERIL SH…

ALLY%22S PEARL YELLOW PERIL GRP

ALLY’S PEARL YELLOW PERIL(s) Soft Hackles…

MOTHER'S DAY MUNCH

MOTHER’S DAY MUNCH (Caddis Pupa, Brachycentrus)…

HOOK:  TMC 226 BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Fl. White – Under Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Datum Glo-Brite Floss Fl. Chartreuse

RIB: UTC Wire, Gunmetal Blue, x-sm

WING: Marc Petitjean CDC, #5 White – * Two tips tied in opposed

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Black

This is one of my favorite patterns for the Spring Mother’s Day hatch on the Lower Owens River. The hook is the new, heavier version of the TMC 206BL When using floss, I always tie a base of white three beneath the the material – an old tip from those guys who tie with a ton of it when I got started…

Mat MOTHER'S DAY MUNCH

Materials MOTHER’S DAY MUNCH (Caddis Pupa, Brachycentrus)…

MOTHER'S DAY MUNCH GRP

MOTHER’S DAY MUNCHies…

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Where the Mother’s Day Caddis gets hot and heavy around mid-March, on the Lower Owens River…

SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPAE OLIVE

SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPA (Olive) …

HOOK: Umpqua JB01, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Veevus 8/0, Chartreuse – Under Abdomen / Veevus 16/0, Brown – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Jay Fair Seal Dubbing, Medium Olive – * In a loop, brushed back wit a bore brush and cut with curved scissors

RIBBING:  Veevus Iridescent Thread – Silver  / Sulky Holoshimmer Opalescent 8040

WINGLETS: Sili LegsNymph, Fl. Chartreuse Barred

THORAX: Hare’s Ice Dubbing, Brown

HACKLE: Marc Petitjean CDC, #14 Dirty Yellow

BEAD: Tungsten, Nickel, sized to hook

A fuzzy, hot spotted Caddis Pupa Attractor. Jay Fair Seal Sub. has a lot of other uses than just for Bugger patterns…play with it

MAT SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPA

Materials SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPA…

SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPAE GRP

SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPAE…

SWISS N' FLASH JIG 2

SWISS N’ FLASH JIG, (Olive) …

HOOK: Hanak 403 BLJ, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Danville 6/0 Brown

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck

ABDOMEN: 2 strands Olive Dyed Pearl Flashabou 6969 – * Coat with Dave’s Flexament

OVER ABDOMEN: Thin strip Olive Swiss Straw

RIBBING: 1 strand Sulky Holoshimmer, Black 8051 / UTC Wire Hot Orange, SM – * Coat Abdomen again with Dave’s Flexament

THORAX: Micro Polar Chenille, UV Olive Brown

BEAD: Faceted Slotted Tungsten Bead, sized to hook

Tying this pattern, using two coats of Dave’s Flexament, may seem like a laborious process. Trust me, it pays off when these are plunked in the water. The coatings secure the materials to the hook shank and provide a subtle effect to the material beneath the Swiss Straw. The second coat may also use a thin coat of UV resin.

Mat SWISS N' FLASH JIG OLIVE

Materials SWISS N’ FLASH JIG (Olive)…

SWISS N' FLASH JIGS OLIVE GRP

SWISS N’ FLASH JIG(s) …

QUILLER NYMPH

QUILLER NYMPH – Stephenson/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 113 BLH, #12 – #16

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

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

TAG: UTC Fl. Fire Orange, 70 Denier – * Coat with Hard As Hull

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Veevus Body Quill ( 2 strands) Lt. Olive * Coat with Hard As Hull for durability

REAR THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Hot Orange

FRONT THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Brown

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

This is a variation on a Hans Stephenson Jig pattern using the new TMC 113 BLH Hook. Slender and meant to drop like a rock. I prefer using white thread under the body quill to bring out the true color of the material. I will be using more of this product; coating, in some cases, with UV resin…

 

Mat QUILLER NYMPH

Materials QUILLER NYMPH…

QUILLER NUMPHS GRP

QUILLER NYMPHS, #12 & #16…

 

Next: Some Caddis patterns by Gary La Fontaine that are updated…a bit

 

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These will be the second batch of patterns for The Lower Owens River in the Eastern Sierras, from Fall through Winter and into early Spring.Most of these guys will work in other areas of the world…Never know where me n’ the tribe might wander. As usual, first the fly, then the recipes and additional information…

So…in the midst of tying these SCOTTY’s MIDGES, the tension screw on my older Renzetti Traveler vise went South. Well, after eleven years and thousands of flies, that happens …back to Renzetti for a new cam-lever set of jaws and an upgrade to the Renzetti 2000…a back-up now for me and something for Michael to get started tying on…Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the “Old Guy”…

YODA XMAS 15

“OLD GUY”…

 

MIDGES OWEN GOR 2

Finished GOURMET GAMBIT BOX II…

OLIVE CRYSTAL DIP BCS 20 - RAINBOW

OLIVE RAINBOW DIP (G-BCS-20)…

Hook: Daiichi 1130, #18 -#22

THREAD: Gudebrod 8/0, BCS 20 Light Olive Green – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

RIB: Lagartun Copper wire, X-Fine – * Coat Abdomen with Hard As Hull

WING: Six strands Midge Rainbow Flash (Pearl or Silver) or Hareline Midge Flash (Pearl or Silver)

Slowly using up the last of the great Gudebrod thread left in my stash. If one is interested it still may be obtained through Performance Flies. Below is what was available when a wonderful store put out the best Fly Fishing catalog ever..

GUDEBROD THREAD

On the subject of threads, check out this “floating thread” that my friend Jacob just got in at Competitive Angler

Mat OLIVE RAINBOW DIP

Materials OLIVE RAINBOW DIP…(there is the G-BCS-20)…

OLIVE RAINBOW DIP GRP

OLIVE RAINBOW DIP(s)…

UV2 GLO-BRITE MIDGE Purple

UV/2 GLO-BRITE MIDGE (Purple)…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C-12B, #18 – #20

THREAD:  Tiemco 16/0, White – Under abdomen (not pictured) / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

SHUCK: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

RIB: Purple Ribbing Wire, .005 Dia.

ABDOMEN: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #14, Purple

THORAX: UV2 Peacock, Purple – Spirit River

BEAD: Black tungsten, sized to hook

Floss over white thread for translucency – always. Something in Purple, which will always work…

Mat UV2-GLO-BRITE MIDGE

Materials UV/2 GLO-BRITE MIDGE (Purple)…

UV2 GLO-BRITE MIDGES GRP

UV/2 GLO-BRITE MIDGE(s)…

MOO LO SNOW

Big MOO on the Lower Owens River in late December…maybe again this year ?

SH PSEUDO PT JIG - 2

SOFT HACKLE PSEUDO PT JIG …

HOOK: Hanak 400BL, #16, Dohiku HDJ, #18

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Light Speckled

RIB: Lagartun Copper, X-Fine

ABDOMEN: Natural Pheasant Tail Fibers

THORAX: Pseudo Peacock Dubbing, Natural – Spirit River

BEAD: Slotted, Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

A simple, little, unobtrusive jig for those times the Trout are not wanting Bling…

 

Mat PSEUDO SH PT JIG

Materials SOFT HACKLE PSEUDO PT JIG…

PSEUDO SH PT JIGS GRP

SOFT HACKLE PSEUDO PT JIG(s)…

DNA TAC VAC BLACK

DNA TAC-VAC (Black) – Nyman/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: UTC Silver wire, x-sm

ABDOMEN: Non-flash strands DNA Holo Fusion, Black – * Coat with Hard As Hull

WING: Z-lon. Kinky White

THORAX: UV2 Peacock, Black

BEAD: Tungsten, Black, sized to hook

 

Simple little Black Midge Pupa based on Rowan Nyman’s “Shop-Vac”…which has caught a ton of fish for me and my guys…If on wishes to get technical, use melanistic pheasant tail fibers for the abdomen…

Mat TAC VAC BLACK

Materials DNA TAC VAC (Black)…

TAC VAC BLACK GRP

DNA TAC VAC(s) …

X2 - UV2 BP SPARKLE GNAT

X2-UV2 (BLACK PEACOCK) SPARKLE GNAT – Griffith’s Gnat-George Griffith/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 101, # 18- #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Sparkle Yarn, Amber, cut short mixed with 3 strands of Midge Flash, Fl. Fire Orange, Pearl

ABDOMEN:UV2 Peacock, Black

HACKLE: Whiting, Grizzly

The Griffith’s Gnat imitates a cluster of Midges, this pattern (Sparkle Gnat), originated in the UK. I like using them on most High Sierra Lakes and in the swirling back eddys on the EWR and Owens River. Anywhere that midges collect in large numbers, on slow flat water etc…all of these are excellent locations for this pattern…

Mat X2 SPARKLE GNAT

Materials X2-UV2 (BLACK PEACOCK) SPARKLE GNAT…

X2 SPARKLE GNATS GRP

X2-UV2 SPARKLE GNAT(s)…

OWENS BOX HALF FINISHED

Half way there…

COMBO MID BEAD BAETIS 2

COMBO MID-BEAD BAETIS – Gunkel/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck

ABDOMEN: Combo Thread, Olive/Yellow Cascade Crest* Coat with Hard As Hull

LEGS: Fluoro Fibre, Brown, 10-12 Strands each side

WINGCASE: Holographic Mylar Motion, Black, 1/32′ – * Coat with UV Resin

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry, Callibaetis

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, Sized to hook

A variation on Shea Gunkel’s “Shotglass Baetis”. I used combo thread, for segmentation and a black, holographic wing case because the wing cases on BWO’s/Baetis darken to almost black when the nymphs are most active, just prior to emergence…The copper tungsten bead is for weight – use a glass bead to fish it as an emerged/dropper…

Mat COMBO MID-BEAD BAETIS

Materials COMBO MID-BEAD BAETIS…

COMBO MID-BEAD BAETIS GRP

COMBO MID-BEAD BAETIS…

THIN OLIVE JIG :VASIES-Variant

OLIVE THIN WINGED JIG – Vasies/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 4640 Jig Hook, #16, Dohiku HDJ Jig Hook, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck

ABDOMEN: UV2 Turkey Biot, fringed side up – * Coat thread with Hard As Hull before wrapping

WING: MP Select CDC, Blue Dun – two feather tips

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry, BWO

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten, Black or Copper, sized to hook

This is a unique Lucian Vasies pattern he designed as a “winged wet for dynamic nymphing”. Check out his other patterns and visit his Troutline store for some really interesting fly tying materials…This is just a quick and simple variant with generic BWO colors…These Daichi jig hooks have much longer shank than the European Jig Hooks. Rumor has it that Daichi will be offering the in smaller sizes, at some point…

 

Mat THIN WINGED OLIVE JIG

Materials OLIVE THIN WINGED JIG…

THIN WINGED OLIVE JIGS GRP

OLIVE THIN WINGED JIG(s)…

HOUSY MOO

Somebody was fishing the “Housy” a few days ago…

HOUSY MOO 2

…and caught this…

UV2 HOLO COPPER FIRE 2

UV2 HOLO COPPER FIRE JIG – Oishi/Variant …

HOOK: Hanak C400BL, #16, Dohiku HDJ Jig Hook, #18

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAG & HOT SPOT: Veevus 14/0, Fl. Orange, * Coat with Hard As Hull

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Sulky Holoshimmer, Copper – * Coat with Hard As Hull

THORAX: 70% Firestar Copper Fire / 30% UV2 Dubbing Enhancer, Dark

This is a scaled down variant of Canadian tier, Todd Oishi’s ” Prospector “. With various colors of Sulky Holoshimmer, let thy imagination run…I like using these little guys as anchor flies, trailing a simple Midge pattern, like a Cream Miracle Midge, off the back on places like the East Walker River…

Mat UV2 HOLO COPPER FIRE JIG

Materials UV2 HOLO COPPER FIRE JIG…

UV2 HOLO COPPER FIRE JIGS GRP

UV2 HOLO COPPER FIRE JIG(s)…

GAMERA 2

GAMERA MIDGE, Brown …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD:Tiemco 16/0, White- Under abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Brown – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: 8-10 strands, non-flash DNA Holo Fusion, Brown

RIB: UTC wire, Red, x-sm

THORAX: UV2 Peacock, Brown – Spirit River

BEAD: Black tungsten, sized to hook

It’s Gamera…what else do I need to say…

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GAMERA…

Mat GAMERA MIDGE ls Fl.FIRE O-P MF

Materials GAMERA MIDGE – (Fl. Fire Orange/Pearl Midge Flash shuck, not pictured)…

GAMERA MIDGES GRP

GAMERA MIDGES…

UV2 BLUE HOLO MIDGE

UV2 BLUE HOLO MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – # 22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under abdomen to and including thorax / Tiemco 16/0, Black, behind bead

SHUCK: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

ABDOMEN: Blue Holographic Tinsel (here, from Rainbow Holo Flashabou) or from Veevus

RIB: UTC Silver wire, x-sm – * Coat abdomen with Hard As Hull

THORAX: UV2 Peacock, Black – Spirit River

BEAD: Silver Nickel Tungsten, sized to hook

Yep, I like BLUE. There have been quite a few occasions that this color has worked very successfully for me and the tribe. I like to keep more than a few in my Midge boxes…just never know…

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Brown, taken by Michael on the East Walker River, on a BLUE Midge…

Mat BLUE HOLO UV2 MIDGE

Materials Uv2 HOLO MIDGE…

UV2 BLUE HOLO MIDGES – (one Black for contrast)

RENZETTI 2000

The new vise…

SCOTTY'S MIDGE REN 2000

SCOTTY’S MIDGE – Matthews / Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18 -#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Underabdomen / Tiempo 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

SHUCK: Coachman Red Zelon

RIB: Brown Micro Tubing

ABDOMEN: Coachman Red Zelon

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry, Black

WING: Coastal Deer Hair – Nature’s Spirit

This is a pattern that has been around for awhile and mentioned frequently in the BRF Newsletter. Try and find a recipe for it ! Maybe Craig Matthews will do a video on this bug at some point in the future. And HERE it is (5.26 2016) In the meantime, I went with an approximation gathered from this location. Notice that the BRF version is tied on a TMC 2488 hook and the other on a TMC 206 BL hook…I like the former for this pattern…

Mat SCOTTY'S MIDGE

Materials SCOTTY’S MIDGE…

SCOTTY'S MIDGE GRP

SCOTTY’S MIDGE(s)…

MOTTLED MIDGE UV2

MOTTLED MIDGE UV2…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Lady AmherstPheasant Tail, Red/Black fibers – Spirit River

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer, Black

THORAX: UV2 Peacock Herl, Natural

WINGS: 4-6 Strands, Nymph Shear, Pearlescent White – Cascade Crest

BEAD: Silver Nickel Tungsten, sized to hook

Just an offbeat Midge with some mottling and a flashy wing. I like these kinds of patterns that the Trout have not seen before…

 

Mat MOTTLED MIDGE UV2

Materials MOTTLED MIDGE UV2…

MOTTLED MIDGES UV2 GRP

MOTTLED MIDGE(s) UV2…

 

 

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I have been waiting for these hooks to become available in the U.S., in all sizes, for the past year. Finally, they are here!

TMC 113 BLH HOOKS

TMC 113 BLH HOOKS – the heavier version of the 103BL hook, in even sizes…

TMC 226 BL HOOKS

TMC 226 HOOK – the heavier version of the 206 BL hook…

…and two other items I picked up:

VEEVUS BODY QUILLS

VEEVUS BODY QUILL…

VEEVUS BODY QUILL

The full range of colors from Hareline…

…and something for Michael that he will find in his stocking…Every fly fisherman should have these tools…

C&F FABRE ENTO KIT

C&F DESIGN FABRE Entomology Kit… 

 

 

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So…Fall, my favorite time of year. What follows with be a smattering of patterns, small and large (in the following post), for use in the Eastern Sierras and primarily – the Lower Owens River. These guys would work almost anywhere in the West and maybe some other places as well… Life intruded a bit on my completing all of the recipes and additional information – it does that, sometimes…MIDGES - 2 BWO's FALL 2015

MIDGES & 2 BWO’s – Fall 2015…

PAL MIDGE 1

PAL (Midge) – Keeler/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

RIB: UTC wire, x-sm, Black

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Tan

BEAD: Hi-Lite Glass Bead, Blue Peacock, x-sm

This pattern is an Adrian Keller design. I featured, but did not tie it, about six years ago. Finally…done…

Mat PAL MIDGE

Materials PAL (MIDGE)…

PAL MIDGES GRP

PAL (MIDGEs)…

OWENS TRACK

Lower Owens River, Wild Trout section…Bishop, CA…with what is needed soon…

PARA MIDGE EMERGER CREAM

PARA-MIDGE EMERGER,Cream – Willmott-Sanchez/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1167, #20 (and smaller when they make them)

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Emergence Dubbing, #.11 Cream – Nature’s Spirit

RIB: Krystal Flash, Medium Brown

WING: Hi-Vis, White

HACKLE: Whiting Grizzly Midge

The PME was developed by long time guides Gary Willmott and Scott Sanchez on the upper Snake River.. It was originally tied on a TMC 101 hook. The abdomen on this pattern is meant to hang below the surface film so use floatant only on the hackle and wing. I tied this is cream because this Midge color is predominant on the Lower Owens and East Walker Rivers…

Mat PAR MIDGE EM CREAM

Materials PARA-MIDGE EMERGER -Cream …

PARA MIDGE EMERGER MIDGES GRP

PARA-MIDGE EMERGER(s) – Cream…

RC UV2 MIDGE 2

UV2 RC MIDGE – Gold, Freeman/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: UnderAbdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

OVER ABDOMEN: Micro Floss, Gold – Cascade Crest

RIB: Brown Micro Tubing

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Black

Another Paul Freeman variant of a pattern for the San Juan River ( link to Paul below). I always use white tread as a base under floss bodies. A little trick I learned a while back  – it adds to the translucency of a floss abdomen which is particularly important for Midge Larva or Pupa…

Mat UV2 RC MIDGE

Materials UV2 RC MIDGE…

UV2 RC MIDGES GRP

UV2 RC MIDGE(s)…

MIDGE EMERGER UV2 IWAMASA BLK

UV2 MIDGE EMERGER, Black – Iwamasa/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Natural Mallard feather section, curved side up – (I spread a little thinned Dave’s Flexament on it)

WING: White Poly Yarn

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, Black

HACKLE: Whiting Grizzly Midge – 1 1/2 turns

This is an interesting Ken Iwamasa pattern that he uses on the Frying Pan River in the video linked to under his name. I have caught one or two Trout in that section over the years. His take on the shuck imitation is, well… provocative…

Mat MIDGE EMERGER KI

Materials UV2 MIDGE EMERGER, Black – Iwamasa/Variant…

MIDGE EMERGERS KI GRP

UV2 MIDGE EMERGER(s), Black…

BROWN MIRACLE MIDGE 2

MIRACLE MIDGE, Brown …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, Brown / Head – Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: Lagartun x-fine, Copper wire – * coat fly with Hard As Hull for durability

It does not get much simpler than this Midge Larva. I have taken some of my largest Trout on this type of pattern over the past several years and I keep a stock of them in different colors for me and my tribe to use…

MAT MIRACLE MIDGE BRN

Materials MIRACLE MIDGE, Brown …

MIRACLE MIDGES BRN GRP

MIRACLE MIDGE(s), Brown…#18 & #20…

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CRUMPLED MIDGE time on the Lower Owens River, Bishop, CA…

CRUMPLED MIDGE CREAM

CRUMPLED MIDGE, Cream – Engle/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White /Thorax forward- Tiemco 16/0, Black

OVER ABDOMEN: Cream, Black, Olive, Brown, etc. Micro Tubing (it’s hollow, it floats)

WING: Medallion Sheeting, Dun

A variation on an older Ed Engle pattern that is meant for sippers in flat water on cold, overcast, snowy days. Here be a few of those on the Lower Owens River…checkout some of Ed’s other small patterns on the link above…

CRUMPLED MIDGE OLIVE

CRUMPLED MIDGE, Olive – Engle/Variant – Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22…

CRUMPLED MIDGE BLACK

CRUMPLED MIDGE, Black – Engle/Variant – Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22…

Mat CRUMPLED MIDGE

Materials CRUMPLED MIDGE…

CRUMPLED MIDGES GRP

A flock of CRUMPLED MIDGES…

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A good time and place to use the pattern below…Michael says so…

COQ'd OPAL MIDGE

COQ’d OPAL MIDGE, Blue/Lavender…

HOOK: Umpqua JB01 Hook, #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

RIB: UTC Gunmetal Blue wire, x-sm

OVER ABDOMEN: (of working black thread) 1/100″ Opal Micro Flashabou

WING: Coq De Leon, Barred Speckled Aconchado

THORAX: Ice Dub UV Lavender

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #.15, Fl. Purple

BEAD: Black Tungsten, 2,4mm

Another attractor Midge type pattern in flashy colors. I like these on particularly cold days and fish them with the expectation that there will soon be a nice Trout attached to it…usually happens…

Mat COQ'd OPAL MIDGE

Materials COQ’d OPAL MIDGE…

UMPQUA JB01 HOOK

The HOOK…

COQ'd OPAL MIDGES GRP

COQ’d OPAL MIDGE(s)…

OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE

UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE – Matthews/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 – #18

THREAD: Abdomen, Lagartun 74 Denier, Olive / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive Brown

ABDOMEN: Lagartun 74 Denier, Olive Thread

WING: EP – Trigger Point Int’l Fibers , BWO (Dun)

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Purple – Spirit River

HACKLE: Whiting Midge, Dun

A variation on THIS Craig Matthews pattern for the BWO/Baetis Fall hatch on the Lower Owens River…I like Enrico’s Trigger Point Int’l fibers of small patterns and it comes in an array of insect colors…

Mat UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE

Materials UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE…

UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE GRP

UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE(s)…#16 & #18…

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE PUPA …

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under abdomen / Tiemco16/0, Black – Thorax forward

SHUCK: 1 strand Opal Midge Flash

OVER ABDOMEN: Purple Micro Tubing

WINGLETS: 1 strand Krystal Flash UV Purple, doubled back, for one each side

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Black – Spirit River

BEAD: X-sm Diamond Bead – Killer Caddis

A Midge Pupa in Purple for AM or PM low light and overcast conditions…

Mat UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE

Materials UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE PUPA…

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE GRP

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE PUPAE…

COPPER HOLOSHIMMER MIDGE LARVAE

COPPER HOLOSHIMMER N’ ICE MIDGE LARVAE – Freeman/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #24

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: Black Ice Thread

ABDOMEN:  Lt. Copper Holoshimmer – Coat completed fly with Hard As Hull for  durability

This is a simple Midge Larva pattern that is a variation on a Paul Freeman pattern. Notice on the link to Sulky Holoshimmer, the amount of different available colors. Do not be adverse to trying ALL of them out…it makes a great ribbing material too for smaller patterns !

Materials COPPER HS MIDGE

Materials COPPER HOLOSHIMMER N’ ICE MIDGE LARVAE…

COPPER HS MIDGES GRP

COPPER HOLOSHIMMER N’ ICE MIDGE LARVAE…

LOWER OWENS FALL

Fall… on the Lower Owens River…

BAETIS HS JIG GRAY-OLIVE

HS / UV2 BAETIS JIG – Gray/Olive…

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak) C400BL #16, Dohiku HDJ Jig Hook, #18 – #20

THREAD:Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck fibers

ABDOMEN: Gray Micro Tubing over working thread

HACKLE: #3 Dun Hen neck feather

THORAX: 80% Micro Fine dub., BWO Gray Olive / 20% UV2 Dubbing Enhancer, Dark

HOT SPOT: Veevus 14/0, FL. Orange thread

BEAD: Copper Slotted Tungsten, size to hook

A bit of an attractor BWO nymph pattern that sinks like a rock. I fish these upstream then let them swing upwards through the drift…

Mat BAETIS HS IG G-O

Materials  HS / UV2 BAETIS JIG – Gray/Olive…

BAETIS HS JIG G-O GRP

HS / UV2 BAETIS JIG(s) – Gray/Olive…

FLASH JUJU

FLASH JUJU – Charlie Craven…

HOOK:  TMC 2488, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 , White – Under Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Two strands of Olive Superhair, 1 strand Black Superhair

THORAX: 1 strand 1/100″ Micro Opal Flashabou over Black thread

WING CASE/BUDS: Dun Fluoro Fiber

Charlie Craven new addition to the JuJu series. This one is not up on the Flybox site yet. Some of his other JuJu patterns may be found HERE. They have been very productive for me where large populations of Midges are found…Mat JUJU FLASH

Materials FLASH JUJU…

JUJU FLASH GRP

FLASH JUJU(s)…

NEXT: More patterns for the Lower Owens River through Winter

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What a trip ! Michael flew out from NYC for some time in the Eastern Sierras with me, his sister Ally and HERO the DOG…Oh… and Nick too! This is where we went…and what we experienced…

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Bridegport, CA and surrounding area…

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One knows they are well out of Los Angeles when arriving at Red Rock Canyon, on both sides of Hwy. 14, outside of Mojave, CA…

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…and this would be Little Lake, CA

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The volcano, at the entrance to the Owens Valley and Fossil Falls, just to the right and foreground of the mound…Me and the kids have spent a lot of time wandering around that cinder cone, looking’ for stuff…

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On this trip, Michael and I did not make the usual climb up to the portal at Mt. Whitney, so we let Ally, Nick and Hero do that for us on their trip up to meet us three days later…

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This is Eastside Sports in Bishop, CA. I make a point of frequenting this shop every time we hit the Sierras…never know what I might find and then need. These are the hats that Michael was going through for his wife Aimee…

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Wait !…Michael got one for himself and me to keep the sun off of the back of our necks while fishing the lakes…

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One just does not go through Bishop without stopping at Mahogany Smoked Meats…It’s more important than Sierra Trout Magnet (The Fly Shop), across the street (sorry David !)…

CHILENO PEPPERS

Then the quest to pick up some of these...the MOST RIGHTEOUS peppers on the planet…normally, MSM’s carries these but they were (horrors!) out of stock and nobody else had them in Bishop either…that, required a quick phone call to Ally to implement plan “B” and she picked them up at a shop in Lone Pine on the way up. F.Y.I. these are going to be difficult to get for the next year because of a crop failure on the other side of the Sierras during the growing season…

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Mono Lake, about 35 miles South of Bridgeport, CA where road repairs required us to wait, while only one lane of traffic was open at a time…This is where brine shrimp are cultivated for use as fish food in aquariums. At one time, an interesting group of native Americans, known as the “fly eaters” dwelt on this lake’s Eastern shore. It is too salty to support any fish populations…

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I get to say, “Are we there yet?”…

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Yay !!!…The Walker River Lodge … I have been staying here since 1974, when I first brought my Father up to Bridgeport…

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…time for dinner at the Bridgeport Inn

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The “Virgin Mary”…extra spicy…

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…and garlic bread, of course !

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…up at 6AM and a visit to Nugent’s Bakery, before heading up the mountain…

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…main street, Bridgeport CA at 7AM…not too alive…

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…the arrow designates the way South to Conway Summit and the turn off to Virginia Lakes…

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…along Hwy. 395, headed South…The peaks to the left, in the photo are our destination…

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…getting closer…Michael wanted to pull off the road to make a call back East to his wife…the bars indicated service…

17 BP 15

…my phone does not get service ( thanks, unmentioned carrier) up here so I used it for some photos…Looking South towards Mono Lake…

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Little Virginia Lake…our first spot on the Itinerary…

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…The “Old Guy” in a reverse view…Virginia Lakes closes up for boat rentals at 11AM on Tuesdays so that the staff at Virginia Lakes Resort can go down the mountain to Bridgeport or Mammoth Lakes for recreation and taking care of personal business…be aware if ya’ don’t take some other type of water craft with ya’…

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…so Michael and I headed over to Trumbull Lake to fish from the shoreline…a trek through the “Mule Ears”...

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Trumbull Lake, looking East…this lake has Browns, Rainbows (planted) and Brookies. The Rainbows are the most plentiful. I have seen a 7 lb. + Brown taken from this lake and there are probably some larger ones in here as well…

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…on the far side of the lake, by the scree and talus…one of my favorite spots, here…

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…Michael slackin’ off with his new brim…

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…looks like a rise to me…

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…yep…

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…a typical Trumbull Rainbow…

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…and another…

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Trumbull Lake… approaching sunset…

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…a rise in deeper, dark water…

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,,,a beaver lives just below that fallen pine…

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...A Callibaetis Spinner Michael picked off the surface film…

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…down the mountain for dinner at the Virginia Creek Settlement

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…what’s on the menu ?

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…well, this is just part of what is offered…the Italian servings are great and so is the pizza…

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…after dinner moon…

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…the following day, back at Little Virginia Lake with the “Old Guy” rowing…

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…Michael nails a 2lb. / 10 oz. Rainbow on an Owens “Offender”…The overall fishing on this trip was difficult. Normally, we catch and release a lot of Trout when visiting these lakes. Jim Reid, owner of Ken’s Sporting Goods in Bridgeport, had some thoughts on just why this was occurring this season. I will not go into his explanation – but I do concur…

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This is the East Walker River, an Eastern Sierra classic, “Blue Ribbon” water. Because of our current drought, the water flows are very low and warm. The river is choked with weeds and algae and the mosquitoes are out for blood…Michael and I left our favorite river – alone…

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…more East Walker, close to the Nevada state line…

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…looking downstream…

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…another downstream view…

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…Bridgeport Reservoir …the source for the East Walker River and the lowest I have seen it since it was drained in 1987…

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…one fellow, working the river below the dam. Michael watched him take a 18″ Brown from this section…like I said, I leave it alone…

40 BP 15 LOWER TWIN LAKE

…this is Lower Twin Lakes, outside of Bridgeport. The level is down 15′ and we took photos rather than fish it…

41 BP 15

…another view, looking Southeast…

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Upper Twin Lakes…more water, deeper and colder…there were only two boats out on the lake when we passed here and we did not fish it…I visited again with Ally,Hero and Nick on a very wet evening, a few days later…

43 BP 15 LAKE MAP

…exploring time for Michael…what follows are some places and images that Big Moo documented while Pop pounded the water with a gazillion fly patterns…

44 BP 15

..Red Lake…

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Red and Copper…

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Carolyn Webb told me there was a submarine sized Brown in here…haven’t met ’em…yet…

47 BP 15

…more Red Lake from the non-red side…

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…patterns in the water…

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Summit Pass …11,100’…

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…more form and texture from Summit Pass…

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…Alpine flora…

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…something for Nadia’s next kitchen counter project…

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…and Koi Pond…

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Alpine trickler…

55 BP 15Lone Pine by the lake…

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Big Virginia Lake and the WALL…sit over there in the evening with a float tube or pontoon and use beetle and flying ant patterns…

57 BP 15

…looking back towards Big Virginia Lake…

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…a good casting location which Michael always seems to find…

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…another view from the Summit Trail back towards Virginia Lakes…and Nevada in the background…

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…another lake I don’t know the name of..way up there…

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Peak scenery…

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The Jolly Kone in Bridgeport…the burger and hot dog palace, which appears to have a new offering…

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Nope, don’t see it on the regular menu…

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Enough food…back up to Little Virginia on an overcast day which was marked by thunder and showers…

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One of the locals (Scud) that motored by our boat just as the rain stopped…

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Then, Michael added this to his tippet…

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…and BAM !!!

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Michael brings the Trout up to the Lodge to have Carolyn put it on the digital scale…

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Carolyn lets Michael know the scale is off by 2 ozs. under…

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…almost ready for the report photo…

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Carolyn shoots…

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Michael goes on the board a second time…

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Pop shoots Michael for posterity…this is the largest Trout he has landed, to date…

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…and who shows up moments later…ALLY !!!

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…and Hero…

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Meanwhile, back on the lake, I pick up…

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…a few Brook Trout…

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…using this little red peacock soft hackle…

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Pretty little guys…

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Back down the mountain to celebrate with pizza at the Virginia Creek Settlement…

77 BP 15 MOO ALLY DAD

Thanks Nick !!!

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Back to the Walker River Lodge and some work for Michael…

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Michael cleans a Big Trout…

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Step #.1, – with a good sharp knife…

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Step #.2, all the way up to the initial cut…

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Step #.3, take the gills and entrails rearward…use  finger nails to remove all veining and blood…

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Step #.4, breathe…place in freezer…get ready for yer’ last day…

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…first on the lake, early in the AM on a day that did not see much action…

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Dinner and not mint juleps on the veranda at the Bridgeport Inn. Michael left the following morning to pick up his wife in Reno and spend a few days with her family up in Lake Tahoe…

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So it’s Ally, Hero and Nick. I got him started with a fly and bubble on a rainy day. Nick’s fishing experience on freshwater lakes was, shall we say…limited. He got a nice huge strike on a Tan Seal Bugger but did not set the hook in time – doh…

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…and I was having this kind of day…

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…while Ally, Hero and Nick went looking for Frodo and Mordor…

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…Nope, not here…

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…getting wet…

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Ally and Hero up there…

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A short trip up to Upper Twin Lakes in the rain…

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At the marina…

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Ally and Hero … posing…

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Boats at rest…

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The cafe at Annett’s Mono Village where Michael swears he had the best cheeseburger ever…( kid was delusional )…

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Last sunset before leaving Bridgeport…

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Since Nick had never been here, we made a point of stopping at the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery which I have been visiting since 1952…

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The brood stock pond…the race ways, where large Brook and Rainbows were kept, were destroyed in a flood in 2008…they have not been replaced…More HERE

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When I was a little kid, my Dad would bring my brother and I here. There were thousands of Rainbow, Brown, Brook and Tiger Trout in the metal rearing pens inside this structure…

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Bring your kids too !!!

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Yep…Ally and Michael have been coming up for quite awhile…

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Ally, 1995, by the raceways that were destroyed…

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Michael spies some Brook Trout…

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Why I love this place…

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No story is complete without an ending…and nothing goes to waste…

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Michael does filets…

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Marinate for a little while…

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Grill…

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Add the sides…

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Enjoy !!!

110 BP 15 T BIG MOO LT 2

A little paddling on Lake Tahoe…and there’s the hat Michael got Aimee…

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Until next time…

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…more of patterns tied on these…

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Many moons ago, I was fishing up in Bridgeport, CA when I met an older woman, at the Bridgeport Inn, from Reno, NV that owned property on a small creek that ran off the Eastern Side of the Sierras between Bridgeport and Walker, CA. She invited me to meet her at a locked U.S. Forrest Service gate to gain access to that location, the next morning. I spent the entire day up there and caught Brookies, Browns and Rainbows galore. I stomach sampled a couple of the fish I caught and Drunella flavilienea or Flav  nymphs were in that sampling. That was the first time I became aware of their presence in the Eastern Sierras other than in the Truckee River which runs East out of Lake Tahoe into Reno, NV and beyond. These guys had a distinct grey-ish cast to their otherwise olive color…I’ll get into that later..

Flavs or Lesser Green Drakes, are composed of two species, Drunella flavilinea and Drunella coloradensis. One needs a microscope and entomology degree to distinguish between the two. They are crawlers and they also are ( Hafele & Hughes) the third most important Mayfly hatch, behind the Baetis complex and PMD’s, on moving Western waters.They can be found almost anywhere in the mountainous West. In California, their distribution is widespread and they are probably present in a lot more locations than have been documented. In Montana, they have been found HERE. They may be found hatching from Mid-June through Mid-October from the Pacific to the Rocky Mountains. On most waters the Flav hatch begins when water temperatures creep up towards a steady 55°…I always carry one of these:

 

Stream Thermometer…

On Hafele & Hughes’ Hatch Importance Ranking Table,  Flavs are ranked in this order of avaiability:

1.Duns & Emergers

2. Nymphs

3. Spinners

I carry all of them…

FLAV BOX 7-15

A FLAV BOX…288 flies…

SPOT N' SPARKLE SPINNER FLAV -1-

SPOT N’ SPARKLE SPINNER (Flav) …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #12 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Brown – Abdomen / Veevus 14/0, Rust – Thorax forward

TAIL: Coq De Leon fibers, Dun – Set with Zap-A-Gap

ABDOMEN: Rusty Quill Body – Set with Zap-A-Gap

THORAX: Micro Fine Dubbing, Rusty Spinner

SPOT: Razor Foam, Opaque Pink

WING: Polypro Yarn, White

OVER WING: Micro Flash, Light Blue Dun, Pearl – 6 strands

Something that these tired old eyes can see as darkness approaches in not so slick water…see spinner pattern below for additional comment…

 

Materials SPOT N’ SPARKLE SPINNER – FLAV…

CDC RUSTY SPINNER CDC RUSTY SPINNER FLAV – René Harrop/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #12 – #16

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

TAIL: Split fibbetts, Dun – set with Zap-A-Gap

ABDOMEN: Red Quill Goose Biot – set with Zap-A-Gap

THORAX: Micro Fine Dubbing, Rusty Spinner

SPENT WINGS: Posted, then split, CDC White (2 feathers) – topped with Z-Lon, Kinky Light Dun

Most Flav spinner falls will appear on smooth water…at twilight…take a flashlight (Surefire) with you to find the way back…

 

Materials CDC RUSTY SPINNER – FLAV…* The thorax dubbing is Micro Fine Rusty Spinner (not pictured)…FLAV SPINNERS

FLAV SPINNERs – CDC RUSTY, #12 & SPOT N’ SPARKLE , #14…

FLAV BURST WC C-E BURST WC CRIPPLE/EMERGER FLAV…

HOOK: TMC 102Y, #11 – #15

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

SHUCK: Three Ostrich Hel ends, Olive

ABDOMEN: Chartreuse Micro Tubing

BURST WING: Z-Lon, Light Kinky Dun

THORAX: Senyo’s Laser Dub, Olive

WINGCASE: Medallion Sheeting, Brown – * Optional, coat with UV Resin

LEGS: Dyed Olive Partridge, V-notched

This is an experimental pattern that I will put in Michael’s hands, to try out on the Truckee River, when he is up there the first week in August…report to follow in this space…

Materials BURST WC CRIPPLE/EMERGER FLAV… FLAV EMERGERS BURST WC C-E GRP BURST WC CRIPPLE/EMERGER FLAVs…

Something new, Telstrike indicators, to try out… FLAV UNUSUAL USUAL HC -1- UNUSUAL USUAL FLAV EMERGER – Howard Cole…

HOOK: Daiichi 1190, #12 – #16, TMC 100BL, #12 -#16

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

TAIL/SHUCK: Lemon Woodduck over Amber Z-Lon

ABDOMEN: Pale Olive Turkey Biot, fringed

THORAX: Fly-Rite Natural Dubbing, Olive

WING: Snowshoe Rabbit, Medium Dun

HACKLE: Grizzly Olive

A Howard Cole design that may be v-notched  or trimmed flat across the bottom, to ride lower in the surface film. I always have a set of scissors in my vest to do additional tinkering with patterns that I carry…

lanyard-1

Don’t leave home without them…

Materials UNUSUAL USUAL FLAV EMERGER… FLAVS UNUSUAL USUAL GRP UNUSUAL USUAL FLAV EMERGERs… POSTED SPENTWING FLAV EMERGER -1 POSTED SPENTWING FLAV EMERGER (Snowshoe Hare’s Foot) -Schollmeyer/Variant

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #12 – #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun

SHUCK: Snowshoe Rabbit, Brown

RIB: 1-2 Strands Persall’s Marabou Silk Floss

BODY: Micro Fine Dub, BWO, Olive

WING: Snowshoe Hare, Light Dun – posted, then split and pulled down to create a fan wing

This is a simple Jim Schollmeyer dun pattern for Flavs. He uses a lot of Snowshoe Hare patterns that are fairly easy to tie and they work. The best Snowshoe Hare that I have found comes from the White Fox Fur & Feather Co. One may call them direct to get their excellent products. Schollmeyer cuts the fur off the foot, cleans it, then splits the bunch, takes the two portions and aligns them and rolls then between his fingers. The fur is then tied in, on a horizontal plane on top of the hook shank. Figure eight wrap, then pull the wing up and take wraps of thread around the base of the fur to post it. Trim the top to the approximate length of the hook shank and tug each portion downward to fan the wing. There is no bump of hair behind the wing to worry about…nice !

Materials POSTED SPENTWING FLAV EMERGER (Snowshoe Hare’s Foot) … FLAV POSTED EMERGER Top view showing split, posting and fan of snowshoe hare wing… FLAVS POSTED SW SSH POSTED SPENTWING FLAV EMERGERs… ID SH FLAV ID SH FLAV …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560. #12 – #16 or, when they finally become generally available, TMC 113BLH, #12 – #16

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

TAIL: Natural Partridge fibers, Brown

RIB: UTC Flat Gold Tinsel, SM or UTC Hot Yellow Wire, #14- #16

ABDOMEN: Ice Dub, UV Light Olive

THORAX: Ice Dub, Olive

HACKLE: Partridge Natural, Brown feather

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Chartreuse, behind hackle

A generic Soft Hackle that may be fished dead drift or swung, with weight on the leader or on a greased line in the surface film. Try it as a dropper behind a larger Flav Dry pattern…

Materials ID SH FLAV… ID SH FLAVS GRP ID SH FLAVs… McGee Creek MCT Yep…there are Flavs, up this high, in the Eastern Sierras – PHOTO MONO COUNTY TOURISM… BOOTY'S FLAV EMERGER 2 BOOTY’S FLAV EMERGER – B. Allen/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110 #12 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Dyed Deer Hair, Olive –*optional, over Brown/Olive Sparkle Emerger Yarn

RIB: 1-2 Strands Persall’s Marabou Silk Floss

ABDOMEN: Nature’s Spirit .6 Pale Olive Dubbing

OVER THORAX: Razor Foam Translucent Olive

WING: Puglisi Trigger Point Int’l fibers, BWO

HACKLE: Dun Saddle

This is a Boots Allen pattern that floats like a cork with the inclusion of Razor Foam in the thorax section. He ties a number of May Fly patterns using this technique, but ya’ got to do some serious looking to find them…

Materials BOOTY’S FLAV EMERGER… BOOTY'S FLAV EMERGERS GRP BOOTY’S FLAV EMERGERS… CAPTIVE DUN FLAV -2 CAPTIVE DUN Flav – Harrop/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 100BL, #12 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Yellow/Olive – Under abdomen / Veevus 16/0, Olive -Thorax forward

TAIL/SHUCK: Lemon Woodduck over Olive/Brown Sparkle Emerger Yarn

ABDOMEN: Turkey Biot, Caddis Green

THORAX: Micro Fine Dubbing, BWO, Olive

WING/LEGS: Looped Premium CDC, Medium Dun – excess pulled back, tied down then clipped for legs. Use plenty of CDC feathers (4-6)

A Rene’ Harrop pattern that was developed to match Flavs captive in the surface film. His CDC, from the TroutHunter Shop, is some of the best available here in the U.S. He uses a lot of CDC in his patterns. If one is having problems using CDC because of slime, try this trick...

Materials CAPTIVE DUN Flav… CAPTIVE DUNs FLAV CAPTIVE DUNs Flav… FLAV CRIPPLE TP-UV2 FLAV CRIPPLE TP/UV2 -Matthews/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #12 – #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Z-Lon, kinky, Tan-ish/Brown

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, BWO

RIB: Cascade Crest Glimmer thread, Red

THORAX: Snowshoe Rabbit foot dubbing, 4. Olive – Nature’s Spirit 70% / UV2 Fine & Dry BWO 30%

WING: Puglisi Trigger Point Int’l fibers, Black

HACHLE: Dun Saddle

This is a variation of a Craig Matthew’s pattern with a red rib and black wing. A black wing will stand out and be more visible in “greasy” sunlight or when there is cloud cover and rain. Emergers & Cripples are probably the two most effective patterns for fishing over a Flav hatch…

Materials FLAV CRIPPLE TP/UV2… FLAV CRIPPLEs TP-UV2 GRP FLAV CRIPPLEs TP/UV2…

COMPARADUN FLAV – Jacklin/Haugh Variant …

HOOK: TMC 100BL, TMC 900BL, Daiichi 1110 #12- #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Stiff Dun fibers

RIB: 1-2 strands of DMC Embroidery Floss, Yellow

ABDOMEN: Fly-Rite, #.3 Dark Olive

WING: Comparadun Deer

HACKLE: Dun Saddle – trim across bottom

This is a pattern designed and used by Yellowstone Fly Shop owner, Bob Jacklin by way of tier Byron Haugh. It is an excellent imitation of the Flavs that appear on waters in the YNP area. These May Flies hatch bright green and immediately, their bodies and wings start to darken, once exposed to air.

Materials COMPARA DUN FLAV… COMPARADUN FLAVS GRP COMPARA DUN FLAVs… BAT WING FLAV BAT WING FLAV -Petersen/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #12 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Natural Hen Neck Feather fibers

UNDER ABDOMEN: Cascade Crest Micro Floss, Olive

ABDOMEN: Nature’s Spirit Goose Biot, 6. Pale Olive

WING: Fluff at the base of a Dun Hen neck feather

THORAX: Nature’s Spirit Snowshoe Hare Dubbing, 4. Olive

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Lt. Olive, SM

Tracy Petersen’s Bat Wing is one of the best emerger patterns I have ever put in the water. I fish these from the bottom to the top of the water column, with weight or as a dropper. I believe that many  times, Trout take this pattern as an merger that has drowned. In any case, I don’t do a series of a particular may fly without including it…

Materials BAT WING FLAV… BAT WING FLAVS GRP BAT WING FLAVs… WING OF BAT FLAV WING of BAT WING… DK TNT GREEN DRAKE FLAV KORN’S TNT GREEN DRAKE NYMPH (Flav version) – Doug Korn/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #14

THREAD:Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Mottled Oak Turkey Quill fibers

RIB: UTC wire, Hot Yellow, SM

ABDOMEN: 50/50 Mix – DW’s SLF Dubbing, Scud Shrimp Olive / Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dubbing 4. Olive

HACKLE: Natural Pheasant Tail “Philo Feather”, from base of the clump

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Light Olive, SM

Doug Korn knows his Greed Drakes…this is a scaled down version of his Drunella grandis nymph (the big guy) to match the smaller Flav. I would toss this pattern into the drift and swing it into the shallows just about anywhere. That “Philo Fearther”(aftershaft feather) is one of the most underutilized feathers on a Pheasant…see Jack Gartside

Materials KORN’S TNT GREEN DRAKE NYMPH (Flav version)… KORNS TNT NYMPH GD (FLAV) GRP KORN’S TNT GREEN DRAKE NYMPHs (Flav version)… ICE GRHE FLAV NYMPM ST HARE’S ICE NYMPH- (Flav) – Schollmeyer-Leeson/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #16

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

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAIL: Fox Squirrel Tail

ABDOMEN: 75/15/10 Mix – Hare’s Ice Dub – 1. Peacock, 2. Olive Brown, 3. Hare’s Ear

RIB: UTC Flat God Tinsel or UTC Hot Yellow SM wire on #16

THORAX: Hare’s Ice Dub, Brown

LEGS: Natural Partridge – Brown

WINGCASE: McFlyLon, Black

This may be fished either deep or higher in the water column, just prior to emergence. Twist-ons for deep nymphing and grease the leader and dab some Frog’s Fanny on it, for just below the surface… or use it as a dropper off a larger Flav Dry pattern. Flavs move towards less boisterous water when hatching (and McFlyLon floats fairly well)… This is one of Schollmeyer and Leeson’s standard nymph pattern’s I added some zip to…

Materials ST HARE’S ICE NYMPH- (Flav)… ST HARE%22S ICE NYMPHs (FLAVs) ST HARE’S ICE NYMPHs- (Flavs)… mike-looking-boulder Michael looking around, on a high elevation river on the North side of YNP, for Df or it’s cousin Dc… CW's LGD EMERGER 2 CW’s FOAM GREEN DRAKE EMERGER (FLAV) – Williams/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #10 – #12…

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

SHUCK: Z-Lon, Olive Brown

ABDOMEN: Premo Goose Biot, BWO

RIB: Ice Thread, Yellow

THORAX: 50/50 Mix- Uv2 Fine & Dry, BWO / Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dubbing .3 BWO

WING: Marc Petitjean CDC, #.1 Blue Dun

HACKLE: Furnace

WINGCASE: Razor Foam, Translucent Black – tie in foam and split at rear with an X-acto knife, tie in wing, dub thorax, hackle over thorax, trim hackle at the top ,pull split foam over the thorax, catching CDC in between and tie down…

This is an interesting design from Chris Williams, who is a tier and Elementary School teacher from Boise, ID. He’s one of those guys that one has to look around for. His patterns have impressed a lot of folks in ID, WY and MT waters…do a search !

Materials CW’s FOAM GREEN DRAKE EMERGER (FLAV)… CW's FOAM GD EMERGER GRP CW’s FOAM GREEN DRAKE EMERGERs (FLAVs)… UV2 TP HAIRWING DUN FLAV UV2 TRIGGER POINT HAIRWING DUN (Flav) – Harrop/Variant…

HOOK:TMC 103BL, #11- #15

THREAD:Veevus 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Dyed Grizzly Blue Dun fibers

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, BWO

UNDERWING: Puglisi Trigger Point Int’l. fibers, BWO

WING: Dun dyed Yearling Elk

HACKLE: Dyed Grizzly Blue Dun

This is Harrop’s classic pattern, which may be used as a template for any number of May Fly Emergers. Flavs,when emerging, will generally migrate to softer flows they are not great swimmers and will pulse up and down in the water column before popping just under the surface film or in it…

Materials UV2 TRIGGER POINT HAIRWING DUN (Flav)…  HAIRWING DUNS FLAV UV2 TRIGGER POINT HAIRWING DUNS (Flav)… SS EMERGER FLAV 1 SNOWSHOE EMERGER – FLAV – Schollmeyer & Leeson/Variant – TMC 206 BL, #12 – #14…

Materials SNOWSHOE EMERGER – (Flav)… SS EMERGER FLAV GRP SNOWSHOE EMERGERS – (Flavs)…

HOOK: TMC 206BL, #12  #14

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun

SHUCK: Amber Z-Lon

RIB: Datum Glo-Brite #189, Fl.Hot Yellow

ABDOMEN: 75/25 Mix Fly-Rite #3 Dark Olive / Nature’s Spirit .3 BWO Emergence Dub

THORAX: Spirit River UV2 Natural Peacock Eye, (3-4), Twisted on thread

WING: Snowshoe Rabbit, Light Dun

Fish Flav Emergers the same as one would fish a PMD or BWO Emerger. Light tackle, 4x-6x tippet, reach cast and downstream wiggle. In typical freestone headwaters with benches, makes short casts, keep the line off the water and don’t let this fly drag. Hold the rod tip high, as in high stick nymphing…it’s fast and furious fishing…the water below is typical and fortunately there isn’t a lot over overhanging vegetation…when something large comes off the bottom and whacks this guy, it will be worth it…

WWR MONO TOURISM Yep…those guys are in here…PHOTO – Mono County Tourism SH CHUCKY FLAV CHUCKY SURFACE SH (Flav) …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #16

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

TAIL: 4-8 Wood chuck fibers

RIB: Micro Tubing, Red

ABDOMEN: 75/25 Mix – Stalcup’s Micro Fine BWO, Gray/Olive / Ligas #48 E. Nymph

THORAX: Spirit River UV2 Peacock Eye, Brown

HACKLE: Partridge, Natural- Brown

Materials CHUCKY SURFACE SH (Flav)… CHUCKY SURFACE SOFT HACKLES FLAV GRP CHUCKY SURFACE SOFT HACKLES (Flav)…

This soft hackle patter is meant to be fished just under the surface film, either dead drift or swung. Grease thy line so it hangs high in the water column or use it as a dropper behind a larger dry Flav. There are times when a red ribbed Flav pattern will out perform the more traditional yellow ribbed pattern…don’t ask me… why?

MOO AIMEE SF 4.30.15 SF Michael & Aimee at 32,000′ over Virginia Lakes in the Eastern Sierras, while on their way to San Francisco from N.Y.C. – yesterday, 4.30.2015. They waved at the Flavs for me… THUMPER FLAV NYMPH - 1 THUMPER NYMPH (Flav) …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – #16

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

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL: Spikey fur fibers from a Natural Hare’s Mask – (The fur located between the eyes)

ABDOMEN/THORAX/COLLAR: 75/15/10 Mix – Buggy Nymph, Olive – Natural Dark Hare’s Ear #.2 – Buggy Nymph, Lava Brown

GILLS: Ostrich Herl, Natural Gray – one strand each side, pulled forward

RIB: Gudebrod 10/0 Clear Thread or 5x Mono

UNDER WINGCASE: Razor Foam, Translucent Dun

LEGS: Partridge, Natural Brown, V-Notched

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten, Brown, sized to hook