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These eighteen (18) patterns will be for the trip I am planning with Michael & Ally up to the Yellowstone area in July 2017…It will be the smaller, #14 – #20 stuff…the larger guys will follow…

YELLOW QUILL SILVER NYMPH – TMC 113 BLH, #12 – #16…

KREINIK C&C BUG – TMC 2499 SP-BLB, #16 – #18…

Materials KREINIK C&C BUG…

KREINIK C&C BUG(s)…#18’s…

YELLOW HOT SPOT JIG (PMD) – Umpqua (Hanak) c400BL, #14 – #16…

Materials YELLOW HOT SPOT JIG (PMD)…

YELLOW HOT SPOT JIG (PMDs)…#16’s…

 

 

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So for her Birthday, Ally Nick and HERO headed up to the Eastern Sierras to camp overnight and to wander in some desert locations looking for black, shiny obsidian thingees…here is a record of that experience…

HERO…”Are we there yet ??? “…

Ally & Hero  at Red Rock Canyon State Park…North of Mojave on Hwy. 14 on the way to Lone Pine…

Interesting formations…

Some of the “Flash Gordon” film serial was shot here in 1940…

Ally & HERO looking for the “Rock Men”

Looking for a campsite in the Alabama Hills above Lone Pine, CA…

Sunrise for HERO with Mt. Whitney in the background…

Checking out the local scenery…

Wait…there’s Ally’s  G -Ma making a movie ( “Rawhide” 1950)…

This has become a very popular spot to visit…

Mom with Tyrone Power, in a burial scene from Rawhide – shot in this area…

Another view, looking North along the Sierra Range…

Out in the middle of nowhere on the way to Goose Lake…Ally’s friends in the road…

Goose Lake…looking North…

Another view…

 

A bit to the South…we have been coming here a looking for a very long time ( early 50’s)…

Looking for Charlie’s Butte….

Gotta’ pay attention when I take you there – Ally !!!…

Not too shabby !!! …

They will join these…

On the return, Owens Lake at Olancha at dusk…

 

NEXT: Preppin’ for MONTANA…

 

 

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

SMATTERING BOX II – Done…

For use here and other nearby locations…

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

HOOK: TMC 900BL. #12 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Kinky Olive Zelon

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

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

POST: White Poly Yarn

HACKLE: Whiting Saddle – Bronze Grizzly Golden

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

Nyman’s Royal Wulff Cripple…

Materials LIME GREEN / BLACK PEACOCK UV2 ROYAL COACHMAN CRIPPLE…

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

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

CINNAMON CADDIS EMERGER …

HOOK: TMC 102Y, #15 – #17

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Brown

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Ginger

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

POST: McFlylon, White

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

HACKLE: Whiting 100, Golden Brown Grizzly

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

Materials CINNAMON CADDIS EMERGER…

CINNAMON CADDIS EMERGERs… #15’s…

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

HOOK: TMC 900BL, #14 – #18

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

TRAILING BUBBLE: 2 strands Opal Mirage Accent

ABDOMEN: Ice Dub UV Tan

UNDERWING: 4 strands Opal Mirage Accent

WING: Snowshoe Hare, Tan

HACKLE: Whiting 100, Grizzly Golden Brown

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

…on the Stillwater River, Montana…

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

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

CLOWN SHOE CADDIS (Tan) –  Zimmerman/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #14 – #18

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

OVERABDOMEN: D-Rib, Tan, small

WING: Cow Elk, Natural

THORAX: Sow Scud Dubbing, Tan

POST: McFlyfoam, Fl. Cerise

Hackle: Whiting 100, Grizzly Golden Brown

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

Materials CLOWN SHOE CADDIS – Tan…

CLOWN SHOE CADDIS (Tan)…#16’s…

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PARTRIDGE & CDC CADDIS EMERGER (Olive) …

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

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

OVERABDOMEN: D-Rib, Lt. Olive, small

UNDERWING: MP Select CDC, Olive – 2 tips

OVERWING: Brown dyed Partridge

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

THORAX: Ice Dub, Peacock

HACKLE: Whiting 100, Golden Grizzly / Olive

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

Michael on the East Walker River, at dusk…

Materials PARTRIDGE & CDC CADDIS EMERGER (Olive)…

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

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UV BUBBLE SHUCK OLIVE CADDIS …

HOOK: TMC 100SPBL. #12 – #18

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

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

ABDOMEN: Spectra Blend Dry Fly, Olive/Gray

UNDERWING: MP Select CDC, Dirty Yellow – 2 tips

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

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

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Materials UV BUBBLE SHUCK OLIVE CADDIS…

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UV BUBBLE SHUCK CADDIS —# 16’s…

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HYDROPSYCHE EMERGER – Garcia/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 212TR, #13 – #17

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

TAG: Flashabou, Olive

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

UNDERWING: Polish CDC, Cinnamon, 2 tips

WING: Premium Yearling Elk, Bleached

POST: Trigger Point Intl. Fibers, White

THORAX: AZ Dubbing, Hare’s Ear

HACKLE: Whiting Bron Rooster

A variation on the Greg Garcia Emerging Caddis pattern found here

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Materials HYDROPSYCHE EMERGER…

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HYDROPSYCHE EMERGER(s)… #15’s…

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

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UV2 TAN CADDIS – Garcia/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 102Y, #13 – #19

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

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, Tan

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

WING: Bleached Premium Yearling Elk

HACKLE: Whiting Tan Grizzly

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

$3.00 Bridge on the Madison River at dusk…

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Materials UV2 TAN CADDIS…

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UV2 TAN CADDIS… #15’s…

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FLUSH CDC SALLY…

HOOK:  TMC 5212, #14 – #16

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Primrose

EGG SAC: Angler’s Choice, Fire Red Dubbing

ABDOMEN: CDC Dubbing, Pale Yellow, Trouthunter

WING: Bleached Premium Yearling Elk

HACKLE: Whiting Tan/Grizzly

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

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

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Materials FLUSH CDC SALLY…

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FLUSH CDC SALLY STONES… #14’s…

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MARCH BROWN PARA EMERGER …

HOOK: Daiichi 1167, #10 – #14

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

SHUCK: Lemon Wood Duck over Brown Zelon

RIB: Single strand #632 DMC Floss, Desert Sand

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, March Brown

POST: While Poly Yarn

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry, March Brown

HACKLE: Whiting Brown/Grizzly

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

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Materials MARCH BROWN PARA EMERGER…

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The ribbing material I left out…

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MARCH BROWN PARA EMERGER(s)…#14’s…

 

Next: Ally’s Dusty Desert Birthday Trudge…

 

 

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Can’t do this anywhere around NYC…

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Sierra Sunrise…

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Smalltown U.S.A – at dawn…

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Owens Valley sunrise…

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Storm front comin’ in…

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Something Black and Shiny…

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Charlie’s Butte…

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More to the point…

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Lower, lower “O”…

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Windy and cold…

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Desert gourmet lunch…

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The quest for the “perfect” cocktail onion continues…

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THIS ain’t it…

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

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The return, at sunset…

 

Next: Moar Bugs…

 

 

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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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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”…

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“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

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

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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…

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

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UV/2 GLO-BRITE MIDGE(s)…

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

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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…

 

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Materials SOFT HACKLE PSEUDO PT JIG…

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SOFT HACKLE PSEUDO PT JIG(s)…

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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…

gamera

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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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

PT/TB

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