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So I informed Ally that I need some photos of water and fish to add to the BLOG while I am slowly recovering from my kidney surgery. She, Nick and Hero are always happy to oblige so I can get my thrills vicariously during this down time. Michael and Aimee came out last week (October 18) for her baby shower in San Clemente, CA for my new Grandson, expected to arrive in January 2020. I will post some photos of that fun experience by the beach and another family visit to the fabulous Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood the next day…

The Lochsa River , October 5, 2019…

Marcus Point Trailhead Bridge over the Lochsa River…

Another view…on the bridge…

Above the Lochsa River on a cloudy and cold morning…

Some Lochsa whitewater…Well, this can’t be staged…good work Ally !!!

Another view downriver…I would break my neck trying to negotiate that terrain right now…

This is an attractor dry pattern that was developed for this river called the “Lochsa Special” – tied here by Scott P. on a #12 dry fly hook…when I get back to tying, I will do about two dozen of these for my guys…

A cutty from the Lochsa that would probably like that fly…

Frosty, wet pine needle from a nearby tree on the Lochsa…

Some of the locals on the way over to the Selway River

One approach to the Selway River…

HERO…Rockin’ the Selway…

Nice Cutthroat !

The Selway…broad and full of boulders…

One more Cutty from The Selway …

Ally and Hero, along Marble Creek, a tributary of the St. Joe River, October 26, 2019…This is a steam powered “Steam Donkey”near an old mill site on the creek…

Marble Creek…

Trail buds…Ally & Hero on a very cold day...

Tipped pines in the Marble Creek drainage…

Nick working the creek…there is a Trout splash just off his feet if one looks closely…

Nick with a hook-up…

Hero…needing to get in the mix …

 

 

NEXT: Some family stuff…

 

 

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Aly and I left Pullman to head down to Los Angeles on Thursday, July 25. She went to visit her Mom and friends and I came down for further medical care in Southern California…I will be down here until there is a resolution of those issues. I look forward to being in Pullman once again and fishing in Eastern Washington and Idaho. I have already received an invitation to fly fish with a friend on the Madison River, in Montana, next Summer…I would like to do that as well…

See ya’ La Casa…

How is all this stuff going to fit in that tiny car ???

Belted up and ready to zoom …

Next stop Winnemucca, Nevada…

Scorching the Palouse on the road to Lewiston, Idaho for the last time… for awhile…

Past the Town Hall in Uniontown, WA…

Until next time…Clearwater River, Idaho…

South on U.S. 95 in Idaho…

Past Riggins, Idaho making good time…

Junk food from a gas station in Riggins…

Canyon driving in Idaho…Ally and I saw a horrific accident shortly after this photo was taken…

Along the Salmon River…

We saw a lot of folks in watercraft on the river…

Coming down into Whitebird, Idaho…

North of Payette, Idaho heading into farmland and the flats…

Hops for brewing near the Idaho / Oregon border…

More farms … Oregon is a few short miles up the road…where the hills are , in the distance…

Right up there…

HERO and Ally take a break…

Ally’s rental “Rice Rocket”…amazingly, we stuffed a ton of luggage and stuff in there…

The great expanse of Eastern Oregon…

Owyhee River near Rome, Oregon…

As we entered Northern Nevada, the clouds and lighting were downright splendid…I took a bunch of photos all the way to Winnemucca…

More #2…

More #3…

More #4…

More #5…

 I made Ally stop the vehicle, about 60 miles North of Winnemucca, for this one…Thanks Ally !!!

The usual spot to spend the night…

Dinner !!!

…and for Allo, a cocktail which did not ward off the mosquitoes…

Cheese and Beef Burritos with the fixin’s and rice…Yummy…

6AM up and out …gas at the Mini-Mart…

Hero…ready to roll…

No…that’s my seat…

Pointed West and it is raining…

Walker Lake, just North of Hawthorne, Nevada…

Preppers delight …more ammo bunkers than anywhere else on Earth…

On Hwy. 6, approaching  the White Mountains in Western Nevada…

More of the White Mountains close to the California state line…

Americana…Benton Station, CA…

Almost to Bishop in the Chalfant Valley…

North of Bishop, near Five Bridges and the Lower Owens River…The Sierra in front…

Turn left…Here…

395 in Bishop and my favorite Mexican joint in the Sierra…

Big Pine…Lawd help us !!!

Lookout point for Tule Elk on the left and Charlie’s Butte  just ahead…pointy, black, shiny objects made from obsidian…

Worth the drive from Pullman…Frosty Chalet, Lone Pine, CA …

Lunch at Spainhower Park, creekside, in Lone Pine, CA…

Dogs with mustard, relish & onions…Rings too !!!

Back with this guy, in LA…

 

NEXT: Michael on the Metolius and Deschutes Rivers…

 

 

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On July 15, Jean Marie flew up to Pullman, via Seattle, WA and Lewiston, ID  to spend some time with Ally, Michael, Hero, Nick and the old guy. Another trip down to the airport in Lewiston…

…and the now traditional stop at Starbucks after the airport…Ally, Jean Marie and Michael

…a drive along the left side Clearwater River going up towards Orofino, ID and The Red Shed Fly Shop

…cross the bridge to the right side of the Clearwater River…

Michael, Jean Marie and Ally at steelhead Central in Peck, Idaho…

Lost in the aisle…with Spey Rods above…

Richard Wheatley Fly Boxes…most of the clip variety for Salmon and Steelhead fly patterns…

Family Fly Fishers lost in Nirvana…

More stuff for tying and the fly bins…

Ya’ won’t see this anywhere else…

Big Moo picked out a few bugs for his August trip to Oregon ( more on this trip to the Metolius River and Deschutes River… later )…

Pretty Barred Rhea for Steelhead Spey flies…

A few words of wisdom from Poppy…

Down the road to the Canyon Inn for lunch…

Sign between the restrooms…

Pop – Grilled Cheese, Big Moo – A  BLT…

A short drive back towards Lewiston to check out the flows on the Clearwater River…This is downriver…

Jean Marie strolls down the boat ramp…

This is upriver…

This particular day, it was cranking at 16,000cfs. – Flows here…Michael checks out the slippery, bowling ball rocks in the river…

Nobody is wading in there today…

Proof the Big MOO was here…

Wrap thy Steelhead…

Shadow and light on the drive from Lewiston to Pullman…

Dinner that evening at Pullman’s finest…The Black Cypress

Indeed…

Those guys…

That look when one discovers that they are about to become a G-Ma for the first time…

Baby Bean Barker…arriving January 2020…

The following day, Ally and Jean Marie devote their day to shopping in Moscow, Idaho…

Thrift store Ally…

Big Moo and Ally… NOW …

Downtown Moscow, Idaho…don’t blink…

Big Moo and Ally… THEN…

Time to head back to Pullman and get those Lamb Chops that have been marinating…on the grill…Nick is Chief Chef…

HERO, Guardian Of The Lamb…

Ally, Guardian Of The Cabernet…

Chops and Greens on the Barbie…

Just about ready…

Jean Marie digs in… with mint jelly too…

The following morning we took Michael down to Lewiston so that he could return to NYC. On the way back, we drove from Lewiston to Moscow for an appointment I had at the Gritman Wound Care Center…pretty landscape I had not seen before…

That evening, we returned to Moscow, ID to dine at an Italian joint that I selected…Ally wanted this VW Van parked in front…

Maialina is one of the nicest restaurants I have been to since the old Villa Capri in Hollywood, CA back in the 50’s with my Dad and twin brother…

Part II…

Getting a good reaction here…

Ally says yesssssssss…

A salad…

Antipasto…

I was so hungry I could not wait for a photo…

The cappuccino was delish…

We left at dusk…

The next morning, we set off once again for Elk River…It was a bright sunny day…

Elk River, Idaho…

Getting busy real quick…

Hero takes a dip…

He gets real interested with the Trout…

Another Rainbow to the net…

One of the quaint buildings in Elk River, Idaho…

Back to the Huckleberry Heaven General Store for more goodies…

No whipped cream this time…

Back to Trout fishing…

Long shot of Elk River Reservoir with some old guy on a dock, way down there…

HERO, Ally and Jean Marie…

Loungers in the late afternoon…

Those guys from another perspective…

So Jean Marie said this was an eagle…

More Rainbow Trout…

Nick and Ally moved closer to where the river enters the reservoir and caught a few small Brookies…It was a productive day… we caught and released a lot of Trout…no Pumpkinseeds this time…

On the road back to Pullman…

 

 

NEXT: Down to LA…

 

 

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Michael decided to fly out from NYC to visit us on July 13 to spend a few days with Ally, Nick, Hero and myself and to get me out on the water for the first time since my surgery back on May 15, 2019. His Mom, Jean Marie came up a few days later but those events will be saved for the next post…

Driving down to Lewiston, Idaho to pick Michael up at the airport…about a 40 minute drive from Pullman, WA…

Coming down the grade into Lewiston, Idaho…The Clearwater River joins the Snake River down there…

Michael, as usual, was hungry when he arrived so we headed over to Roosters Landing in Clarkston, on the Snake River for lunch…

Roosters has a collection of fishing related gear that has been used on the Snake River since people first arrived there…I took a lot of photos but will only post this one…

I split a burger with Moo…Mmmmmmm good !!!

The view of the Snake River from our table…

Big Moo has a craft brew…

While Ally has her traditional rabbit food…

A warning to parents who do not keep a watchful eye on their spawn…

After lunch, a brief stroll for photos…

The old guy with Ally & Nick…

A visit to the local Albertson’s in Lewiston to pick up lamb chops to BBQ when Jean Marie arrives…The only place I have seen those chops in the immediate area…

Can’t make a visit to Lewiston without hitting The North 40 Outfitters mega store…

Driveway Pork Chop BBQ in Pullman, WA…👍 Nick !!!

Oh yeah !!!

Big MOO chilling…

Dart gurl Ally …

HERO taking it all in…knowing that the next day will be a busy trip tp Elk River, Idaho…

Up early on Sunday morning and on our way to Elk River Reservoir … This is just East of Moscow, Idaho…

Coming into Deary, Idaho

Entering the sprawling metropolis of Elk River, Idaho

This is the place…

Setting up the gear…and yes, we used spinning rods and the fly & bubble technique, ’cause this old geezer ain’t quite ready to toss streamers with a fly rod (yet) and this allows for the maximum amount of stillwater coverage…

This platform / dock works for a start…only Pumpkinseeds caught here…no Trout…

PLOP !!!

Moved to another casting location and was rewarded with this guy…

Ally, Nick and HERO decide to engage the Trout with their stealth watercraft. Nick works at one of the world’s largest suppliers of whitewater boating equipment in Moscow, Idaho (NRS) and this is one of their products…how convenient…

Haul that puppy in and stash it on the Landcruiser’s roof for a lunch run to Elk River…

This place is to die for…Huckleberry Heaven Lodge & General Store

Smiling faces with the goods…

Cone…

…or shake…It’s delish !!!

Back on the water…Hot Spot Conehead Seal Buggers were the ticket…

These…

…or the colorful, gaudy ones…ALL worked !!!

Fast or slow retrieve with twitches…

…and BANG …

Nice shot by Big Moo from the raft…

Another Rainbow…This link, to the State of Idaho, provides a wealth of information on this water…

Working from the deadfall back to the dock proved to the most consistent and successful retrieve…

Michael and I hooked up together quite a few times…ALL the Trout were released…

This is the far end of the reservoir, at the dam. Fishing here was exclusively Pumpkinseeds

HERO on alert for those devil-ish Pumpkinseeds…

We retuned to the other side of the reservoir and continued to catch Trout. This was Michael’s and the last of the day. We really had a great time and it was just gratefully good to be out on the water, once again…

 

 

NEXT: Jean Marie visits us in Pullman, The Red Shed, lotsa’ food and back to Elk River…

 

 

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The last of June saw Ally driving me up to Spokane, Washington to have a biopsy completed on my left kidney…visits to the Au Sable River by Michael and Aimee and over to Lost Lake, Idaho for the Pullman crew…

Short drive that took a long time because of road work and rainy weather…

The biopsy was uneventful ( by that I mean I didn’t launch ten feet into the air when the long needle was inserted into my left side ) and then the sun came out for the return drive to Pullman…This was a barn I photographed near Steptoe, WA decked out for the 4th of July…

A brief stop at Eddy’s in Colfax, WA to pick up Chinese grub for dinner…

On July 3, Michael and Aimee went to Wilmington, NY to try their luck on the Au Sable River. Michael chows down at the The Hungry Trout Resort and Restaurant before the evening rise…

Working a run ,the next day on the Au Sable…

Brown reward…

More Au Sable water…

A Rainbow …

Meanwhile, Ally, Nick and HERO headed over to Lost Lake, near Avery, Idaho to camp and do some stillwater fishing…

HERO checks out the St. Joe River for future visitation…

They have arrived at Lost Lake after some nasty 4X4 driving and a hike…

Ally and HERO goofing off in their watercraft…

Callibaetis spinners on Ally’s sweater…

HERO and Nick, on the edge…

 

 

Next: Big Moo visits Pullman, in mid-July, with much good food involved and fishes Elk River Reservoir…

 

 

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On May 15, 2019 I had a life altering event that put me in Pullman Regional Hospital from removal of an obstruction in my lower intestine and an Ileostomy. They also discovered that I had a tumor on my left kidney which will be addressed in September 2019. These are a few of the things that were going on while I was recovering and my eventual return home after two weeks…

The apple tree blooms in the front yard one day before I entered the hospital…

Spring …on campus at Washington State University…

Hero lounges in the backyard, enjoying Spring, while Ally & Nick visit me in the hospital…

Nick, Ally and Hero venture over to Elk River Reservoir in Elk River, Idaho on a rainy Sunday…

A tagged Rainbow that Nick caught…they are texting me photos while I am flat on my back…😃

The view above my bed while those guys are having fun…

Nick with a Pumpkinseed…

Every three hours, these girls made certain I completed at least one circuit of the floor…they were great !!!

Nick with a very small, Smallmouth Bass…

Finally home on a rainy afternoon in Pullman, WA…

A seemingly endless series of visits to the Gritman Wound Care Center in Moscow, Idaho…this is driving past the WSU Grizzly Bear Compound  on the way to Idaho…

Returning home after having 41 staples removed from my abdomen…

 

NEXT: Ally, Hero and Nick visit Lost Lake, Idaho. A trip up to Spokane for a biopsy, while Big MOO fishes the Au Sable River in upstate New York…

 

 

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The following three posts will cover the trip that Ally, Nick, Hero & I took back to the environs of Southern California for the 2018 Christmas Holidays. Some of the photos in this family travelogue were lifted from Ally, Michael and Nadia…I only took a few photos over the duration ( 1600+)…This post features  our two day trek down to Los Angeles…

Nick packing up the rental vehicle so the kids don’t have to put wear and tear on their own rides…

Ally takes the first shift driving until dark. We left at about 11AM …Ally needed burger fuel…

Snow in the pastures as we headed South towards Lewiston, ID…

Coming down the grade into Lewiston, ID where the Clearwater River become the Snake River…

Lewiston, off to the right looking South…

Gas stop in the flatlands of Idaho, on Hwy. 95…

Canyon country South of Lewiston, ID…

Canyon driving with the white stuff…

Coming down a steep grade into Whitebird, ID…

Along the Salmon River…

Riggins, ID…Jet boat and rafting town…

Downhill towards Boise, ID…

A rough estimate of location…

Chilly out there…

Sunset near Marsing, ID…

A long stretch of road through Oregon and down to Winnemucca, NV where we finally got some food…Chihuahua’s | Grill & Cantina

Up at 6AM…

Heading West in Nevada…

Walker Lake, near Hawthorne, NV…

Getting close, California is that second range of mountains in the background !!!

Ally takes Hero for a pit stop…right at the state line…

Back in the high life again…

That looks familiar…the High Sierra, Lower Owens River to the right…just outside Bishop, CA…

After gas…the place to stock up on treats for the family…Mahogany Smoked Meats, Bishop, CA

Fill ‘er up…Paiute Palace, Bishop, CA

Ally’s happy now !!!

Late afternoon in Lone Pine, CA…where it all started and a lot of good memories…

Cinder Cone and Fossil Falls…heading South on 395…

Red Rock Canyon State Park at sunset…Santa Clarita, CA …

Hwy. 14…lots of friends and memories here…

Unloading in Burbank, CA and waiting for Lil’ Moo, Greg and Nadia…

Dinner with the guys …where else…Bob’s Big Boy

 

 

Next: L.A., Big Moo in the Upper Desert, PT & Family in the Lower Desert and around town…what do we eat next ???

 

 

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A little tardy in getting this post together. This is a trip I took with my daughter Ally, her boyfriend Nick and Hero the dog back in the middle of November in 2018. It was cold and the current state of steelhead runs, both A & B, coming up into the Snake river system are just awful – to put it mildly. WE left Pullman, WA way too early in the morning and arrived at the bottom of Rattlesnake Grade before the sun came up. Did I mention that it was really cold ???

A few new things I got for this trip:

Patagonia Stealth Atom Sling Pack

NAUTILUS CCFX2 REEL…

I almost picked up one of the rods but will wait a few more months before doing so…Buelah Platinum Spey Fly Rod, 13’2″, 7wt. Below is a map location of The Grande Ronde River in Southeastern Washington…

Grande Ronde River Map…

XMAS lights in Lewiston, ID at 4:30 AM…

Coming down Rattlesnake Grade way too early in the morning...

Chemtrails above the Grande Ronde…🤪

Ally putting on Hero’s warm jacket along the river…

So we drove around for awhile to warm up. This is above Boggan’s Oasis, the only outpost of civilization along this stretch of river in Washington…

Frosty parking spot for Nick’s Landcruiser above the river…

Hero takes Ally for a walk…

Ok there it is, go for it…

Ally  – The Packmule…

Looks like someone arranged those rocks for soaking in the Summer…

Nick wades in and starts nymphing…

Up river, or looking North…

Down river, or looking South towards Oregon…

So, while Nick was nymphing, I was swinging #6 bugs…these are the results…

These guys laughed at me and left…

So did these guys in the gallery…

They were everywhere !

We moved to another spot up river, where I actually ran into a guy who was float fishing and he said he caught one smaller Steelie…this was the only person that I spoke to , all day, that caught a fish…

Hero, Ally and Nick…warming up in the sunlight that finally came over the canyon walls…

A campfire pit at our next stop…

Lunch time !!!

I spent some time working with Nick on his nymphing style. This is the first time he had nymphed for Steelhead…

This is a nice section of the Grande Ronde…

Another view from the same spot…

Time to move again…

Further up the river…

Another bend in the river…

One more…

Last stop…the sun was going behind the canyon wall at 3:20 PM…

Nick casts and steps down with a wet #4…

Boggan’s Oasis…This is the new building, the old, original structure burned to the ground the previous year…

Menu…

Placemat…

Ally has a BLT…

Pop has the Steak Sandwich…

Nick goes for the French Dip…

The “Get Away” driver holds down the fort…

Starting up Rattlesnake Grade

Getting curvy…

Into the hairpins…

…getting snakey…

Into the sunset…

Moonrise in Southeast Washington…

Pullman, WA is on that rise in the distance…

 

Next: Down and back and in-between…

 

 

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These will be the first steelhead fly patterns that I have tied since 1975, when I traveled up to Vancouver Island to fly fish for these sought after seagoing Trout.I will begin by tying four of each pattern – maybe more if I decide to vary sizes . A lot has changed since then and the runs have been drastically reduced and these fish along with many of the great Salmon runs are in peril. The causes are many and will not be documented here…This particular post has taken way too long to finish… I have a series of mostly photographic posts coming up shortly…

Completed box of traditional Steelhead Fly Patterns…

Home base… while Ally goes here to get her degree in Veterinary Medicine…

Traveling down to Lewiston, Idaho and the Clearwater River…

Coming down the grade ( Lewiston Hill )…

Traveling East along the Clearwater River towards Orofino, ID…

A right turn towards Peck, ID…

…and The Red Shed Fly Shop…I have never seen so much great stuff squished into such a small space…

So I was advised to purchase this book about the wonderful rivers in the area – The Clearwater, Grande Ronde, Salmon and Snake rivers and their tributaries. Inside one finds history, the names and bios of folks who pioneered steelhead fishing in these locations, their stories and tips, fly patterns that they used and the evolution of rods and equipment. This book is just a great read !!! Many of the first patterns I am tying will come from it, with a few variants of my own…

A pull-off, along the road, next to the Clearwater River…

GREEN SKUNK BUTT VARIANT…

HOOK: Daiichi 2441, #6

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAIL: Fl. Orange Hackle

DUBBING BALL BUTT: Chartreuse Ice Dub

ABDOMEN: Medium Black Chenille

RIB: Silver Tinsel

WING: Fl. White Buck Tail

HACKLE: Schlappen feather, Black

Materials – GREEN SKUNK BUTT VARIANT…

GREEN SKUNK BUTTs…

One of the most popular steelhead patterns ever developed. Designed by Dan Callaghan, the green butt was added sometime after 1950. I would venture a guess that one still finds these in a majority of PNW steelhead fly shops…

The Clearwater River at a boat ramp…

GREEN ANT (Two Variants) Black Hackle / Grizzly Hackle – Alec Jackson Steelhead Irons #7 … 

Materials – GREEN ANT…* The Chartreuse Ice Dub isn’t supposed to be there…:doh:

GREEN ANTs…

The Green Ant is a variant:

HOOK: Alec Jackson Steelhead Irons, #7

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAIL: GoldenPheasant Tippet

BUTT: UV2 Peacock herls (3) – Natural

UNDER ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier Fl. White Thread

ABDOMEN: Datum Glo Brite Floss, Chartreuse

WING: Natural Squirrel Tail

HACKLE: WEbby Grizzly Hackle

The Clearwater River towards Lewiston, ID from Peck, ID…

SEAL-X ICE (Nightmare Red) & CDL …

HOOK: Alec Jackson Steelhead Irons #7

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Silver Tinsel

UNDER ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier Fl. White thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Seal-X Ice, Nightmare Red

AT THORAX:  * -tie in UTC 70 Denier Fl. Orange thread to complete fly

HACKLE: Coq De Leon (Whiting) a bit heavy

Materials SEAL-X ICE (Nightmare Red) & CDL…

SEAL-X ICE (Nightmare Red) & CDLs…

Simple, with a hackling I have not used before…

Closer to Lewiston…

MELLOW YELLOW …

 HOOK: Daiichi 2441, #6

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Silver Tinsel

UNDER ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier Fl. White Floss

BUTT: Yellow Floss

TAIL: Yellow Mallard Flank *– not pictured in materials

REAR COLLAR:  UV2 Peacock Herl, dyed Black – 2 herls

ABDOMEN: Yellow Floss

RIB: Silver Tinsel

THORAX: Firestar Dubbing, Caddis Green

WING: Yellow BuckTail

Hackle: Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle, Yellow

Materials MELLOW YELLOW…

MELLOW YELLOWs…

Something for stained and off color water…

Long shot of the Clearwater River…

The North 40 Store in Lewiston in which a Fly Shop is located…about 1/6th. the size of Bob Marriott’s in L.A. …

A box in progress…

ORANGE & BLACK…

HOOK: Alec Jackson Steelhead Irons, #7

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Silver Tinsel

ABDOMEN: Uni Floss, Black

RIB: Silver Tinsel

WING: Batch of strung Marabou, Fl. Orange, cut short

HACKLE: Fl. Orange Saddle Hackle…the package in the photo is from 1974

Materials ORANGE & BLACK…

ORANGE & BLACKs…

This pattern was favored by Jake Gulke who frequented the Grande Ronde …in the days when there were monumental runs of fish…

UV2 SEAL-X PURPLE PERIL …

HOOK: Daiichi 2421, #6

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Purple Saddle Hackle

ABDOMEN: UV2 Purple Seal-X

RIB: Silver Tinsel

WING: Buck Tail dyed Fl. White

Hackle: Purple Saddle Hackles

Materials UV2 SEAL-X PURPLE PERIL…

UV2 SEAL-X PURPLE PERILs…

The Purple Peril was developed by George McLeod from the Seattle area before World War II. It is considered one of the classic PNW steelhead fly patterns

“BEATS ME” …

HOOK: Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Red

TAG: Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Golden Pheasant Crest

UNDER ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier  Fl. White thread

OVER ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier Fl. Cerise thread

RIB: Silver Tinsel

THORAX:  Medium Black Chenille

UNDER WING: 6-8 strands UV Pearl Krystal Flash

OVER WING: Fox SquirrelTail

HACKLE: Webby Grizzly

Materials “BEATS ME”…

“BEATS MEs”…

Bill Alspach, who resided in Pullman, WA until his death in 1997, designed and used this fly pattern. He was asked by a fellow steelheader about the fly he was using and that’s how the name came about. I would have loved to have fished with this guy

ALLY’S MOSCOW MULE …

HOOK: Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #7

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG:  Oval Copper Tinsel

TAIL: Golden Pheasant Crest

UNDER ABDOMEN: Base of UTC 70 Denier  Fl. White thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Copper Brown Floss… that came on a wooden spool that I purchased somewhere in the mid 70’s… 🙂

RIB: Oval Copper Tinsel

UNDER WING: 6-8 strands of UV Pearl Krystal Flash

OVER WING: Squirrel Tail, Natural

Hackle: Yellow Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle

Materials ALLY’S MOSCOW MULE…

ALLY’S MOSCOW MULEs…

I love this color…named after my daughter Ally and the famous drink which originated at the Cock N’ Bull restaurant on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood before I was born…

HARBINGER …

HOOK: Daiichi 2050, #7

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Golden Pheasant Crest

UNDER ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier Fl. White Floss

OVER ABDOMEN: Uni Chartreuse Floss

RIB: Silver Tinsel

THORAX: UV2 Peacock – Natural – 3 herls

WING: Chartreuse Buck Tail

HACKLE: Chartreuse Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle

Materials HARBINGER…

HARBINGERs…

I like CHARTREUSE…

UV2 PURPLE AND BLUE COPPER DOC …

HOOK: Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Red

TAG: Embossed Copper Tinsel – Veevus

TAIL: Dyed Purple Golden Pheasant Crest

ABDOMEN: Uni Doctor Blue Floss over a base of UTC 70Denier Fl. White thread

RIB: Copper Embossed Tinsel – Veevus

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Purple Peacock – 3 strands of herl

UNDER WING: UV pearl Krystal Flash – 6-8 strands

OVER WING: Black Buck Tail

HACKLE: Purple Wooly Bugger Saddle Hackle

Materials UV2 PURPLE AND BLUE COPPER DOC…

UV2 PURPLE AND BLUE COPPER DOCs…

My favorite colors …

BOX – DOUBLED UP…

BRIGHT UNNAMED FLY…

HOOK: Rick Miller/Variant – Daiichi 2050, #5

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Yellow Hackle topped with Mallard Flank dyed Woodduck

ABDOMEN: Fine Lt. Orange Chenille

RIB: Silver Tinsel

WING: Yellow Bucktail

CHEEKS: Golden Pheasant Tippet

HACKLE: Yellow Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle

Materials BRIGHT UNNAMED FLY…

BRIGHT UNNAMED FLYs…

Rick Miller was one of the first steelhead fly fisherman who started fishing the Grande Ronde in 1948. It’s fair to say that he was one of the first fly fisherman to catch a steelhead on a fly in that river…If he were alive today, he would be 99 years old…

PRINCETON TIGER VARIANT …

HOOK: Daiichi 2421, #2

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Hot Orange Saddle Hackle

ABDOMEN: UV2 Seal-X, Black

RIB: Silver Tinsel

UNDER WING: 8 strands UV Pearl Krystal Flash

OVER WING: Yellow Bucktail

HACKLE: Schlappen Feather, Black

Materials PRINCETON TIGER VARIANT…

PRINCETON TIGER VARIANTs…

” This fly was introduced and popularized by Eddie Ward as he fished the Clearwater River back in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. He was a graduate of Princeton so he used the college colors, orange and black and the athletic teams’, Tigers, to name the fly. It proved to be a very successful fly to lure big steelhead on the Clearwater.”...HERE

FALL FAVORITE  – Silvius/Variant …

HOOK:  Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #3

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Red

TAG: Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Red Hackle Fibers

ABDOMEN: Medium Silver Tinsel

RIB: Oval Silver Tinsel * – Coat with Zap-a-Gap to lock in place

UNDER WING: Mix 4 strands each – Grizzly Krystal Flash (Black/Red) – Crystal Mirror Flash – Cascade Crest Tool Co.

OVER WING: Red Bucktail

Materials FALL FAVORITE…

FALL FAVORITEs…

This pattern is a steelhead classic pattern. More on it’s history may be found HERE- FALL FAVORITE.

COPPER COLONEL / Variant …

HOOK:Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Embossed Copper Tinsel – Veevus

ABDOMEN: Medium Copper Brown/Pearl tinsel Chenille

UNDER WING: 6-8 strands Crystal Mirror Flash – Cascade Crest Tool Co.

OVER WING: Sparse Black Bucktail

HACKLE: Black Schlappen feather

Materials COPPER COLONEL / Variant..

COPPER COLONEL / Variants

A Duke Parkening pattern that was brought from California to catch Steelhead on the Clearwater River in the 60’s…

SILVER,GOLD N’ SQUIRREL…

HOOK:  Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #3

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Flat Gold Tinsel

TAIL: Golden Pheasant Crest

ABDOMEN: Flat Silver Tinsel

RIB: Veevus French Tinsel. Gold *– coat with Zap-a-Gap to lock the rib in place

HACKLE: * – not shown – Webby Grizzly Hackle

WING: Fox Squirrel Tail

Materials SILVER,GOLD N’ SQUIRREL…

SILVER,GOLD N’ SQUIRRELs…

Going all out on bright and flashy…

UV2 PINK BUTT AND PURPLE…

HOOK: Daiichi 2441, 1/0

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Fl. White – Under Abdomen  /  Danville 6/0, Black – Thorax forward

TAG: Flat Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Dyed Golden Pheasant Tippet, Red

BUTT: Dyed UV2 Peacock Herl, Pink, 3 strands

ABDOMEN: Purple Uni Floss

RIB: Flat Silver Tinsel

HACKLE: Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle, Bright Purple

WING: Large Northern Bucktail, Purple

Materials UV2 PINK BUTT AND PURPLE…

UV2 PINK BUTT AND PURPLEs…

Purple is a color that is considered  de rigueur for steelhead patterns. The last color to disappear at depth. So this is one of those in a classic style…

CHARTREUSE D- PURPLE …

HOOK:Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Fl. White – Under Abdomen / Danville 6/0, Black – Thorax forward

TAG: Flat Silver Tinsel

ABDOMEN: Chartreuse Spooled Antron

RIB: Purple Medium D-Rib

WING: Back Deer Belly

HACKLE: Black Schlappen Feather

Materials CHARTREUSE D- PURPLE…

CHARTREUSE D- PURPLEs…

So…I wanted something different, in chartreuse which is one of my favorite attractor colors…this was it…

COPPER KING …

HOOK:  Daiichi 2051, # 5

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Fl. White – Under Abdomen / Danville 6/0, Black – Thorax forward

TAG: Flat Copper Tinsel

TAIL: Golden Pheasant Crest

ABDOMEN: Spooled Gold Antron

RIB: Embossed Copper Veevus Tinsel

HACKLE: Black Schlappen Feather

WING: Grey Squirrel Tail (Natural)

Materials COPPER KING…

COPPER KINGs…

A bright, shimmering pattern for off colored water…

GREEN LANTERN …

HOOK: Daiichi 2051 or Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAG: Veevus Flat Silver Tinsel

TAIL: Natural Black Squirrel

UNDER ABDOMEN: Veevus Flat Silver Tinsel

OVER ABDOMEN: Thin strip of Edgebrite Fl. Green

HACKLE: Black Schlappen feather

UNDER WING: 2 Midge Mirage Opal, 2 Midge Flash Chartreuse strips

WING: Black Deer Belly

Materials GREEN LANTERN

GREEN LANTERNs…

This pattern was a favorite of Craig Lannigan, from Lewiston, Idaho who was one of the finest steelhead fly fishermen in the area, on the Clearwater River …

Almost completed box…

LEPRECHAUN …

HOOK: Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron, #5

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black – Thorax forward / UTC 70 Denier Fl. White –  Under Abdomen

TAG: Gold Tinsel

TAIL: Chartreuse hackle

RIB: Veevus French tinsel, Gold

ABDOMEN: Dark Green spooled Antron *- over UTC 70 Denier Fl. White thread

HACKLE: Chartreuse Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle

WING: Grey Squirrel Tail (Natural)


Materials LEPRECHAUN…

LEPRECHAUNs…

Something in dark green …

 

 

Next: A day on the Grande Ronde…

 

PT/TB

 

 

 

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Michael and his wife Aimee traveled to Montana in late July to attend a wedding for Aimee’s BFF at a cabin over by Henry’s Lake in Idaho. What follows are some photos that he sent to me highlighting their trip… 🙂

Arriving at West Fork Cabin Camp

Getting ready…

Walking the bridge…

Maybe down here first…

Heading up to $3.00 Bridge the next morning…

A nice AM Rainbow…

Standing on my rocks…

Another Rainbow to hand…

Aimee, working the drift late in the day…

Michael, just doing what he does…

Then Aimee blows him away…

A different kind of Rainbow…

MOO’S Sunset Rainbow…

Sunset 1, Madison River above $3.00 Bridge…

Some flies that worked for Michael & Aimee…

Sunset 2, Madison River, MT…

Sunset 3, same place… 😜

A visit between the lakes before heading to the Park…

Working a streamer…

In Yellowstone National Park…

Those guys again…

That’s close enough…

Long shot…

The Yellowstone River looking upstream…

Another perspective…

A Westslope Cutthroat…

…on one of ALLO’S POLAR EXPRESS HS CH BUGGERS…

Further downstream on the Yellowstone River…

 

Boulders in the Yellowstone…

Hot pool…for some reason, Michael takes a photo of everyone of these that he has ever encountered…

 

NEXT: Hangin’ at Palouse Falls, Ally & Hero exploring local waters then…Patterns for Chrome…not necessarily in that order…

 

 

PT/TB  

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