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That time again, so this box will be filled with BWO/ Baetis nymphs, emergers, cripples and duns:

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

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RADIATION BAETIS, Brown – Gunkel/Variant – TMC 2488, #16 – #18…

 

 

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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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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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So Ally and Nick have gone “Bugger Bonkers” and returned to North Lake and  Lower Lamarck Lake over the Labor Day weekend to toss more flies at the Trout…Here are their experiences…

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Ally and Hero…on the road again…

ALLY RT VOLCANO

...there’s the volcano at Little Lake again…

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Ally & Hero…meditating at Lower Lamarck Lake

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Lower Lamarck Lake…

ALLY L LAKE 5

Typical Brookie from non-planted lakes in the Eastern Sierras…they do not get real big…

ALLY L LAKE 9

A soft hackle that works well for Brook Trout and Rainbows in the Eastern Sierras…

ALLY L LAKE 6

…another typical Brookie brought to net…

ALLY L LAKE 7

…an Olive Matuku, another pattern that works well in lakes and in the Owens River, Upper and Lower…

ALLY L LAKE 8

…one of a bunch of Rainbows they caught…most were in the 10″-12″ range…and they were released…

ALLY L LAKE 12

…a wide shot of Lower Lamarck Lake…

ALLY L LAKE 13

…Nick, rigging a different pattern…

ALLY L LAKE 14

…Hero in the picture…

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…a Brown Trout in North Lake, that hung around for five minutes and scoffed at Ally and Nick…

ALLY NL SNOW

Yup…mention North Lake and Ally is there…

J.FAIR SEAL SUB

“The” Dubbing…

MOO BIG RAINBOW LODGE

“The” result…

ALLY NL 16 395

Smoke from the still burning Rough Fire and clouds drifting over the Eastern Sierras near Tinemaha Reservoir, South of Big Pine, CA…

NEXT: Me and Michael have put my trip back East on hold… until Spring. So, there will be a batch of patterns for Fall in the Eastern Sierras…now, let it rain…

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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…

A BP MAP

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

3 BP 15

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…

3.5 BP 15

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…

4 BP 15

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…

5 BP 15

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

10 BP 15

The “Virgin Mary”…extra spicy…

11 BP 15

…and garlic bread, of course !

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

13 BP 15

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

14 BP 15

…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…

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…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…

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

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…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…

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..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…

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…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…

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…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…

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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 !!!

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

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Until next time…

NEXT:…

CONES HOOKS

…more of patterns tied on these…

PT/TB

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So this year, with the CA drought being what it is, I get to try some new patterns out with Michael and Ally( yay !!! First time together again in four years) up on some still waters in the Bridgeport area. These will be a few soft hackles and a smattering of other stuff I’ve wanted to tie up for a while. Some of the soft hackles will be larger than usual for an experiment on Twin Lakes …Here are a few of last year’s  Lake Soft Hackles that worked just fine…I will be adding some Trout photos to this post and the recipes will be completed after returning from a trip up the road with these guys…I’m back !!!

MOO'S BIG RAINBOW VLR

A little something Michael caught today (7.31.15)…9 lbs./4ozs…. and, before anyone goes nuts about keeping Trout, this is a Triploid Trout that is genetically altered and will not reproduce. They come from Desert Springs Trout Farm in Summer Lake, OR…

MOO'S RAINBOW VL 7.29.15 SZD A little something from Little Virginia Lake…7.29.15…CALLIBAETIS TRUMBULL LAKE CALLIBAETIS Spinner…today (7.28.15) at Trumbull Lake, CA… MOO ALLY TRUMBULL LAKE Michael & Ally, a while ago at one of the spots the flies below will be used… HEAVY D - RUST HEAVY D SH – Rust/Purple …

HOOK: Partridge Patriot Czech Nymph Fine, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Brown

UNDER ABDOMEN: Working thread

ABDOMEN: D-Rib, small, Rust

THORAX: Micro UV Polar Chenille, UV Purple

HACKLE; Natural Partridge, white/grey feather

I really like these hooks for soft hackles. I used a similar hook for my “Left Over Klinks” last year, while fishing on the high elevation lakes in the Eastern Sierras. They performed exceedingly well. This is a translucent, attractor pattern…

HEAVY D - OLIVE HEAVY D SH – Olive/Black …

HOOK: Partridge Patriot Czech Nymph Fine, #18

THREAD: Timeco 16/0, White- UnderAbdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Brown, Thorax forward

UNDER ABDOMEN: Working Thread, White

ABDOMEN: D-Rib, small, Light Olive

THORAX: Micro UV Polar Chenille, UV Black

HACKLE: Natural Partridge, Brown-ish feather

A small, translucent Caddis type soft hackle…this has applications for moving water too !

HEAVY D - YELLOW HEAVY D SH – Yellow/Tan …

HOOK: Partridge Patriot Czech Nymph Fine, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Light Cahill

UNDER ABDOMEN: Working thread

ABDOMEN: D-Rib, small, Yellow

HACKLE: Partridge, Natural, Brown-ish feather

Another simple translucent soft hackle…

Mat HEAVY D SH Materials HEAVY D SHs… HEAVY D SH GRP HEAVY D SOFT HACKLES… DISTRESSED DAMSEL 1 DISTRESSED DAMSEL NYMPH …

HOOK: TMC 2312, #10 – #14

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 or Veevus 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Marabou, Olive

ABDOMEN: Ostrich Herl, Olive

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer, Pearlescent

THORAX: Senyo’s Laser Dub, Olive

EYES: Spirit River Barbell Mono Eyes, Olive, x-sm

HEAD/WING: Translucent Razor Foam, Olive, 1mm

Michael wanted a dry patten Damsel to toss at the Trout around weed beds…so this was it…

Mat DISTRESSED DAMSEL Materials DISTRESSED DAMSEL NYMPH… DISTRESSED DAMSEL GRP DISTRESSED DAMSEL NYMPHs… TWIN LAKES EM BUG 2 TWIN LAKES EMERGING BUGGER, Olive – Rickards/Randol Variant…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #8 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Orange (503)

WEIGHT: .020 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Strung Marabou, Olive – topped wit two strands Holographic Mylar Motion, 1/64″, Silver

ABDOMEN: 1/3 of each, mixed: Senyo’s Laser Dub, Olive / AZ Simi Seal, Olive / Ice Dub, Olive – brush out

RIB: Copper Wire, Brassie

THORAX: Micro UV Polar Chenille, UV Hot Orange

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger Pack Feather, Orange/Black

Taking a bit from Denny Rickards and mixing it with Doc Randol’s Twin Lakes Special. Twin Lakes ( Upper & Lower) are in the Bridgeport area…and hold some of the largest Trout taken in California…

Mat TWIN LAKES EMG BUG Materials TWIN LAKES EMERGING BUGGER … TWIN LAKES EMG BUG GRP TWIN LAKES EMERGING BUGGERs… DENNY'S EMERGING BUGGER 1 DENNY’S EMERGING BUGGER, Black – D. Rickards …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #8-#10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .020 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Black Marabou topped with strands of Silver Holo Flash

RIB: Copper Wire, Brassie

ABDOMEN: 50/50 Mix Peacock Ice Dub/ AZ Simi Seal, Black/Red – Brush out

HACKLE: Speckled Hen Saddle, Black

This is a Denny Rickard’s lake  pattern, for which, an SBS may be found HERE:

Mat DENNY'S EM BUG BLK Materials DENNY’S EMERGING BUGGER, Black… MOO ALLY TWIN LAKES Two trouble makers at Twin Lakes… DENNY'S EM BUG BLK GRP DENNY’S EMERGING BUGGERs, Black… MOO LIITTLE VL Michael on a favorite lake, near Bridgeport, when he was little -er… ALLY'S T CRUNCHA' ALLY’S T CRUNCHA’ …

HOOK:  Daiichi 1560, #12 – TMC 5262, #10 – #14

THREAD: 70 Denier, Black – Abdomen / Veevus 16/0 Fl. Chartreuse, thorax forward

TAIL: Olive Pheasant Tail

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Olive

RIB: UTC Chartreuse wire, sm

THORAX: Micro UV Polar Chenille, Chartreuse

HACKLE: Partridge, Dyed Olive – Wapsi

This is an attractor soft hackle pattern for use at Trumbull lake, in the mornings, when olive and chartreuse are particularly effective…

Mat ALLY'S T CRUNCHA' Materials ALLY’S T CRUNCHA’… TRUMBULL LAKE The T Spot… ALLY'S T CRUNCHA%22s ALLY’S T CRUNCHA’s… MOO'S CRUNCHA' BRN 2 MOO’S VL CRUNCHA’, Brown …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #10 – #14

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

TAIL: Pheasant Tail, Brown

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Brown

RIB: UTC Wire, sm, Hot Orange

THORAX: UV Polarar Chenille, UV Olive Brown

HACKLE: Hungarian Partridge, Dyed Brown

A simple soft hackle with some sparkle that imitates something alive in this size…soft hackles are great for lakes as well as moving water…

Mat MOO%22S VL CRUNCHA' Materials MOO’S VL CRUNCHA’ – Brown… moo-yaghting-1 A larger Michael on Little Virginia Lake… MOO'S VL CRUNCHA' - BRN MOO’S VL CRUNCHAS’ – Brown …

Next: PT, Michael, Ally and Hero take an elevated trip…

PT/TB

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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:

FISHPOND STREAM THERMOMETER

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…

Mat SPOT N' SPARKLE FLAV

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…

Mat CDC FLAV SPINNER

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…

Mat FLAV BURST WC C-E Materials BURST WC CRIPPLE/EMERGER FLAV… FLAV EMERGERS BURST WC C-E GRP BURST WC CRIPPLE/EMERGER FLAVs… WHITLOCK STRIKE IND -1- 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…

Mat UNUSUAL USUAL FLAV HC 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 !

Mat POSTED SW FLAV 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…

ID SH FLAV 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…

Mat BOOTY'S FLAV EMERGER 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...

Mat FLAV CAPTIVE DUN 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

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…

MAT TP-UV2 FLAV CRIPPLE Materials FLAV CRIPPLE TP/UV2… FLAV CRIPPLEs TP-UV2 GRP FLAV CRIPPLEs TP/UV2… FLAV GD JACKLIN-HAUGH 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-Rie, #.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.

Mat COMPARADUN FLAV 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…

Mat BAT WING FLAV 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

Mat KORNS TNT NYMPH GD (FLAV) 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…

Mat ST HARE'S ICE NYMPH (FLAV) 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 !

Mat CW's FOAM GD EMERGER 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…

Mat HAIRWING DUN FLAV 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… Mat SS EMERGER FLAV 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

Mat CHUCK SURFACE SH FLAV 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

THUMPER FLAV NYMPH - 2 TOP THUMPER NYMPH (Flav)…TOP… THUMPER FLAV NYMPH - 3 BOT THUMPER NYMPH (Flav)…BOTTOM… Mat THUMPER NYMPH FLAV Materials THUMPER NYMPH (Flav)… THUMPER NYMPHS FLAV THUMPER NYMPHS (Flavs)…

Keep in mind that Flavs are crawler nymphs. Their availability is moderate. Fish these guys most often on a dead drift, “in glides and slicks between the brief riffles and drops of high gradient streams” (Hafele & Hughes). Keep them inches off the bottom across the breadth of the water column…

MOO SUGAR The THUMPERS, getting their sugar fixes… MOLYBDENITE FLAV 1 MOLYBDENITE NYMPH (Flav)…

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12- #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

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

ABDOMEN: 4-6 Select Marabou fibers, twisted together – half each, Shad Gray and Light Olive

RIB: Micro tubing, Olive

THORAX: 75%/25% Mix – SLF Spikey Squirrel, Olive and Natural Muskrat

WINGCASE: Scud Back 1/8″, Black

LEGS: Partridge, Natural Brown

Mat MOLYBDENITE NYMPH FLAV Materials MOLYBDENITE NYMPH (Flav)… MOLYBDENITE NYMPS FLAV GRP MOLYBDENITE NYMPHS…

These are the Flavs I came across on Molybdenite Creek, in Mono County, many years ago. The gray-ish cast comes from the granite rock that characterizes the stream bottoms on the majority of freestones waters flowing off the Eastern Slope of the Sierras. I have also seen this with other members of the Drunella family and in particular, the  Green Drakes that hatch on the Frying Pan River in CO – they have a pink-ish cast. Shane Stalcup designed a specific pattern for this hatch…Try to be observant and match the color and size of the Flavs that might be present in a particular location. Collecting samples and photographing them, on the spot, will greatly enhance one’s knowledge and tying…

Next…a few Sierra, high elevation lake patterns, for MOO

PT/TB

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