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These eighteen (18) fly  patterns will be for a trip I am planning with Michael & Ally up to the Yellowstone area in July 2017…The three of us have not been up there together in way too long…

Those guys…

These are tied on smaller, #14 – #20 size hooks  and are attractor type fly patterns…the larger guys will follow…The Box is completed…Michael will be in from NYC on Mother’s Day to inspect the box !!! 🙂

FLY BOX OF NYMPHS … For Montana, Summer 2017…

…for these guys..

SPANFLEX PSYCHO PRINCE (Yellow) – Mercer/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 113BLH, #10 – #14

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #.8 Yellow

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAILS: Brown Spanflex

CARAPACE/BACK: Ozark Oak Mottled Turkey

ABDOMEN: Ice Dun UV Lt. Yellow

RIB: UTC Wire, Hot Orange – sm

BURST WING: Angel Hair, electric yellow

THORAX: Ice Dub UV Lt. Yellow

LEGS: Flexi – Floss, White

COLLAR: Ice Dub, UV Brown

BEAD: Copper or Gold Tungsten sized to hook

A Mike Mercer pattern that one does not go to Montana without…substituted Spanflex for the more usual biots…

Materials SPANFLEX PSYCHO PRINCE (Yellow)…

SPANFLEX PSYCHO PRINCEs (Yellow)…#14’s…

PINK & PURPLE SMOOTHIE NYMPH …

HOOK: Umpqua C200BL, #14 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

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

WINGCASE/LEGS: Purple Fluoro Fiber – about 18 strands each side

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Rust

HOT SPOT: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Red

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Purple, sized to hook

Of course, short shank, small & PURPLE…

...PLUNK

Materials PINK & PURPLE SMOOTHIE NYMPH…

PINK & PURPLE SMOOTHIE NYMPHs… #16’s…

YELLOWTAIL NYMPH…

HOOK: UMPQUA C550BL, #12 – #14

THREAD: Danville 6/0 #.8 Yellow – Abdomen / Veevus 16/0, Brown – thorax forward

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL: Yellow Pheasant Tail Fibers

ABDOMEN Danville Thread

CARAPACE/BACK: Yellow Pheasant Tail Fibers

RIB: UTC Wire, Black, x-sm

THORAX: Mix 70% SLF Spikey Squirrel, Brown / 30% SLF Prism, Peacock

BEAD: Tungsten Nickel

General attractor, short body, wide gape hook for here…

…working the banks in the riffle at twilight…

Materials YELLOWTAIL NYMPH…

YELLOWTAIL NYMPHs…#14’s…

Michael… getting in some practice on the Croton today… (4.30.2017)…

BROWN HOLO CANADIAN JIG…

HOOK: TMC 403BLJ, #12 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Ginger

ABDOMEN: Brown Holographic Flashabou

RIB: UTC wire, Rust, sm – *Coat with UV Resin

THORAX: AZ Simi-Seal, Canadian Brown

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #5, Fl. Orange

BEAD: Faceted, slotted Tungsten Bead, Copper or Gold

A generic, flashy Brown Jig. These, with the Brown Holographic Flashabou, seem to work just about anywhere…

Materials BROWN HOLO CANADIAN JIG…

BROWN HOLO CANADIAN JIGs … #14’s…

ANDY’S EDIBLE ARRANGEMENT (Pearl/Amber) – Larkin/Variant …

HOOK: Umpqua C400BL. #10 – #12

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, White – Abdomen / Veevus 16/0, Black – thorax forward

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

ABDOMEN: Ice Dub, UV Pearl

RIB: Amber D-Rib, small – *Brush abdomen with a bore brush (with vigor) and lightly trim

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing , Brown – * Behind and in front of hackle

HACKLE: Mac Petitjean CDC , Black

BEAD: Slotted, faceted Tungsten, Gold , sized to hook

This is an Andy Larkin pattern that I did with green overtones with Laser Dub. back in Feb. 2014 – scroll down… They work…

Materials ANDY’S EDIBLE ARRANGEMENT (Pearl/Amber)…

ANDY’S EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTs (Pearl/Amber)…#12’s…

OPALBACK LT. OLIVE BRONZE NYMPH 

HOOK: TMC 113BLH, #14 – #16

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

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL: Hungarian Partridge, Olive

CARAPACE/BACK: Medium Opal Tinsel

RIB: UTC Chartreuse Wire, SM

WINGCASE/LEGS: Six strands of Black Krystal Flash

THORAX: AZ Synthetic Dubbing, Bronze Peacock

BEAD: Gold Tungsten, sized to hook

Something FLAV-Ish in a nymph for “between the lakes”:

LITTLE GREEN DRAKE — (DRUNELLA FLAVILINEA)

HOOK SIZES 14, 16

Flavs are a big deal on the Henry’s Fork, but they are often overshadowed in the mind of anglers on the Madison by PMDs. This is a big mistake. Their imitations are necessary not only for rising fish, but also make superb searching patterns.

OUR RIVERS AND WHEN TO FLY FISH WITH LITTLE GREEN DRAKES

Madison River          July 10 – August 10

Firehole River           June 1 – June 25
Yellowstone River    July 20 – August 10
Henry’s Fork            July 1 – July 25
(*From Madison River Outfitters)

Materials OPALBACK LT. OLIVE BRONZE NYMPH…

OPALBACK LT. OLIVE BRONZE NYMPHs…#14’s…

ROBINSON SPECIAL – Simon Robinson/Variant …

HOOK: Umpqua JB01 Specialty Hook, #12 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Cream – Abdomen / UTC 70 Denier, Black – thorax forward

WEIGHT: .015 -.010 Lead Wire

TAIL/SHUCK: Angel Hair, Electric Pink

ABDOMEN: #.2 Natural Dark Hare’s Ear Plus – the vintage stuff

RIB: UTC Fl. Pink wire -SM

THORAX: Ice Dub, Peacock

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Salmon Pink, sized to hook – * Brush out the body and thorax with a bore brush then lightly trim to shape

I haven’t figured out who ROBINSON is yet but Kelly Galloup has this pattern up for sale on the Slide Inn site when they are in stock…Now I know. This fly was designed by Simon Robinson… (5.14.2017)

Materials ROBINSON SPECIAL/Variant…

ROBINSON SPECIAL/Variants…#12’s…

TUNG RED-HEADED STEPCHILD – Brown/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 113 BLH, #12 – #16

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown – thorax forward

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL: Natural Pheasant Tail Fibers

ABDOMEN: Working Danville Thread

RIB: UTC wire, Red, SM

THORAX: UV2 Natural Peacock

WINGCASE/LEGS: Grizzly Krystal Flash, Red/Black

OVER WINGCASE: UTC Med. Opal Tinsel – * Coat with UV Resin

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten, Red, sized to hook

A Hogan Brown pattern that has been young for awhile that is very effective on the Big Hole…Kelly says so…I tie the Wingcase and legs Rick Murphy style, then resin the hump made by the KF and Opal Tinsel…The original was tied with a red glass bead.

Materials TUNG RED-HEADED STEPCHILD…

TUNG RED-HEADED STEPCHILD…#14’s…

JIG NYMPH (Olive) – Gustav Fröléen/Variant…

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak) C400BL, #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL/SHUCK: Marc Petitjean CDC, Olive

ABDOMEN: Life Cycle dubbing, Olive Caddis

RIB: Olive, Pearl Flashabou (6969)

THORAX: Ice Dub, Caddis Green

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten, Copper, 3/32″

Gustav Fröléen ties it here

Materials JIG NYMPH (Olive)…

JIG NYMPHs (Olive)…#16’s…

$3.00 BRIDGE, 6PM, IN JULY …

HOOK:TMC 113BLH, #14

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Lt. Olive – Underabdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Olive – Thorax forward

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL: Coq De Leon Fibers, Ginger

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

WING: 2 CDC feather tips – Marc Petitjean , Lt. Yellow

THORAX: Acrysilk Dubbing, Olive

BEAD: Gold Tungsten, sized to hook

A impressionisistic version of a Epeorus albertae that emerges as an adult on the Madison River, around $3.00 Bridge, after 6PM in late July and August…

…like here…

Materials $3.00 BRIDGE, 6PM, IN JULY…

$3.00 BRIDGE, 6PM, IN JULY EMERGERS …#14’s…

ZEPUPALON (Hydropsyche)Rowan Nyman/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, weighted, #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

SHUCK: Zelon, Tan

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Ear Plus, Natural Dark – the vintage stuff

ANTENNAE: 2 strands Krystal Flash, Medium Brown

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Dark Brown

A Hydropsyche Pupa imitation concocted by Rowan Nyman from these guys…for the time period we expect to be there

there…above $3.00 Bridge at 6AM in July…

Materials ZEPUPALON (Hydropsyche)…

ZEPUPALONs (Hydropsyche)…# 16’s ….

MVP CHARTREUSE – Tim Tollett/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP-BLB, #12 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Lt. Cahill

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, White

ABDOMEN: Working thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Veevus Pearl Tinsel, SM

BACK: Chartreuse McFlyfoam

RIB: UTC Silver wire, X-sm

HACKLE: Hen Neck, Dun

THORAX: Ice Dub, Peacock

BEAD: Tungsten Nickel, sized to hook

This is a Tim Tollet signature fly pattern ( Most Valuable Player). He is a Montana tier and fly shop operator (Frontier Anglers, Dillon, MT). One has to sniff around to find his ties. It is worth it. I don’t go to Montana without a bunch of his ties…

Materials MVP CHARTREUSE…

MVP’s CHARTREUSE…#14’s…

Weighty stuff from Bob Marriott’s today… (4.8.2017)…

DARK SHADOW (Purple) NYMPH …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560. #12 – #14

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL: Purple Pheasant Tail Fibers

ABDOMEN: working thread

RIB: Purple Ribbing wire .00500 – Cascade Crest Tool Co.

WINGCASE/LEGS: Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/White – * Coat Wingcase with UV Resin

THORAX: Dyed Purple Peacock Eye, UV2

HOT SPOT: Veevus 16/0, Pink

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten, Metallic Purple, sized to hook

Another Purple Attractor Nymph…it’s how I roll…

Materials DARK SHADOW (Purple) NYMPH…

DARK SHADOW (Purple) NYMPHs…#14’s…

VBQ PINK-O …

HOOK:  TMC 113 BLH, #12 – #16

THREAD: Lagartun 74 denier, Olive

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL/SHUCK: Midge Flash, Pink/Pearl

ABDOMEN: Working Thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Veevus Body Quill, Dk. Olive

RIB: UTC Wire, Fl. Pink, SM – * Coat with UV Resin

THORAX: Ice Dub, Peacock

BEAD: Tungsten Nickel, sized to hook

Another, easy to tie, down and deep, flashy generic nymph to be used most often as an anchor pattern…so I may surprise myself when something large grabs hold of it…

…like here, between the lakes, on the Upper Madison…

Materials VBQ PINK-O…

VBQ PINK-O’s…#14’s…

MADISON CRANBERRY MAHOLO NYMPH- Jan Nemec/Variant

HOOK: Umpqua C300BL, #12 – #14

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL: PT Fibers, Rusty Brown

ABDOMEN: Sulky Holoshimmer Metallic Thread – Cranberry #6055

RIB: UTC Wire, Hot Orange, SM – * Coat with UV Resin

WINGCASE: Opal Mirage Tinsel, Med.

LEGS: 3-4 each side, Rusty Brown PT fiber tips

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

A Jan Namec Pyramid Lake fly pattern adapted to a curved, comp. hook, Jan ties the pattern HERE

Materials MADISON CRANBERRY MAHOLO NYMPH…

MADISON CRANBERRY MAHOLO NYMPH(s)…#14’s…

YELLOW QUILL SILVER NYMPH …

HOOK: TMC 113 BLH, #12 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck

ABDOMEN: Stripped Polish Quill, Fl. Yellow – *Coat with UV Resin

WINGCASE/LEGS: Krystal Flash UV Pearl, six strands

THORAX: Ice Dub, Peacock

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #5, Fl. Orange

BEAD: Tungsten Nickel, sized to hook

This is aan attractor Mayfly pattern that I would use in the early AM and in the late afternoon, as the shadows are beginning to fall,  in this particular area…

..above $3.00 Bridge on the Madison River at sunset…

Materials YELLOW QUILL SILVER NYMPH…

YELLOW QUILL SILVER NYMPH(s)…#12’s…

KREINIK C&C BUG…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP-BLB, #16 – #18

THREAD: TMC 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

ABDOMEN: Coats and Clark Dual Duty XP Thread 7040 Jungle Gold

RIB: Kreinik Metallic Very Fine Braid- Pearl #32 – *Coat with UV Resin

WING: 2 Natural Brown CDC tips – Trouthunter

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Brown

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten, Metallic Red, Sized to hook

A small, Caddis general purpose attractor. The abdomen darkens to a deep olive/brown when treated with UV Resin…

Materials KREINIK C&C BUG…

KREINIK C&C BUG(s)…#18’s…

YELLOW HOT SPOT JIG (PMD)…

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak) c400BL, #14 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Ginger Speckled

ABDOMEN: PT Fibers, Rusty Brown, – Wapsi PO51

RIB: Lagartun X-Fine, Copper Wire

THORAX: Ice Dub UV Light Yellow

BEAD: Copper Slotted Tungsten, sized to hook

This is just a simple attractor jig nymph for use during the PMD hatch. If one wishes to tie this pattern a bit smaller, use the Dohiku HDJ # 18 Hook

I would  use this pattern in here, Raynolds Pass FAS, on the Madison River , about this time, when Ally is feeling better…

Materials YELLOW HOT SPOT JIG (PMD)…

YELLOW HOT SPOT JIG (PMDs)…#16’s…

 

NEXT: A BOX OF FOAM FLIES FOR MONTANA

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…

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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

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I will be tying up a series of Jig Patterns and some other patterns on the hooks that were sent to me by my fly tying friend, Jacob Adamerovich. They are available at his shop, the Competitive Angler in Latrobe,PA. Some of these will be used in the Eastern Sierras and a few will travel back to NYC for Michael to use this Summer…

BUG LINE JA HOOKS

The Bug Line…done…

ROAR FORK 78

Some of the above would work well in here…now where would that be ?

BRUSHED LASER & D-RIB CADDIS BRUSHED LASER & D-RIB CADDIS …

HOOK: Hanak 390 BL, #12 – #16

WEIGHT: .010 lead 0r .015 Lead Sub. – 4-6turns

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive

TAG: 2 strands flash, 8-10 strands fiber – DNA Holo Fusion, White – cut short

RIB: Chartreuse D-Rib, Small, 6-7 wraps

ABDOMEN: (In a dubbing Loop) Senyo’s Lase Dub, Light Olive – wrap between ribbing and brush rearward with velcro on a popsicle stick or a bore brush…trim excess with curved scissors

WINGLETS: Flex Floss, Brown

THORAX: 2 Iridescent Peacock Herl Fibers (Spirit River), twisted into a rope, then 3-4 turns

HACKLE: Partridge Feather, Olive

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

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

This is just a simple soft hackle Caddis pattern with a subdued rib and shaggy appearance. The DNA tag adds a bit of flash and the hot spot provides a trigger. Fish this pattern directly above your position then let it swing in the current below. Michael nails a lot of nice Browns (below) using this technique…

MOO EWR PURP CAD Michael likes my Caddis patterns…

Mat BRUSHED LASER & D-RIB CADDIS

Materials BRUSHED LASER & D-RIB CADDIS…

BRUSHED LASER & D-RIB CADDIS GRP

BRUSHED LASER & D-RIB CADDIS…

DUN MINK UV2 DUN MINK & UV2 – Williams/Variant …

HOOK: Hanak 450 BL, #12 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Gray/Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

RIB: Sulky Opalescent Thread

ABDOMEN: Dun Mink underfur, Nature’s Spirit, use a dubbing rake

THORAX: 70/30 Mix SLF Spikey Squirrel, Gray – UV2 Dark Enhancer

BEAD: Silver Tungsten slotted, sized to hook or oversize x1

This is a variation of Loren William’s LW’s Stud. I like tying with mink fur because this material has the unique ability to trap air bubbles. It comes in a wide range of dyed colors…I also use the longer fibers, cut off the skin, for tailing and hackle…

Mat DUN MINK & UV2 Materials DUN MINK & UV2… DUN MINK & UV2 JIGS DUN MINK & UV2 JIGS… EWR MM Shades of MINK work well here…on the East Walker River… SULPHUR EMERGER SULPHUR EMERGER – Grobert/Variant…

HOOK: Hanak 390 BL Hook, #14 – #16

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

SHUCK: Brown Z-Lon fibers

ABDOMEN: Yellow tying thread

RIB: “Touch dubbed” to Danville 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown thread, #37, Seal Brown Hareline Fur Dubbin

WING: Snowshoe Hare, Tan

THORAX: Micro Fine Dry Fly Dub, Sulphur Yellow

Another pattern that will be going back East to Michael for his use. I used some other materials than the way Matt Robert ties it HERE….later…

Mat SULPHUR EMERGER Materials SULPHUR EMERGER… SULPHUR EMERGERS SULPHUR EMERGER(s)… RYCHO Z-WING RYCHO Z-WING (Olive) – Mercer/Variant …

HOOK: Hanak 390 BL Hook, #12 – #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive

ABDOMEN: 70/30 Mix, Antron Dubbing, Olive – UV2 Caddis Nymph, Olive

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer, Black

CARAPACE/BACK: Mottled Olive Thin Skin

WINGS: Ginger Z-Lon – split from 1 strand

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Black (Spirit River) – 2 fibers, twisted into a rope – 3-4 turns

A variation on Mike Mercer’s Z Wing Caddis for the Rhyacophila hatch that occurs in the Eastern Sierras March – August. It may also be tied in Tan.That would be the Emerging Pupal stage of this guy…

EWR FREE LIVING CADDIS

Free living Caddis…East Walker River, Bridgeport, CA…

Mat RYCHO ZLON CADDIS Materials RYCHO Z-WING CADDIS… RYCHO ZELON CAD GRP RYCHO Z-WING CADDIS… JACOB'S MAT The Hooks and Beads…

D 1167 & H 390 BL

F.Y.I. – The Daiichi 1167, #14 & Hanak H 390 BL – side by side…Hans explains the real KLINKHAMER…HERE…

B CADDIS B. CADDIS (JIG) – Bloom/Variant …

HOOK: Hanak 450 BL Hook, #10 – #16

THREAD: Under Abdomen, Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Ultra Wire, Fl. Chartreuse, Brassie or Small – depending on hook size –  * Coat with UV Resin

HACKLE: MP Select CDC feather fibers in a dubbing loop

HOT SPOT: Veevus 8/0, Fl. Chartreuse

BEAD: Slotted Faceted Tungsten Bead, Black, sized to hook or over sized x1

A number of years ago, I walked into this fly shop at Four Corner’s, outside of Bozeman, MT and found this simple little Caddis attractor that used chartreuse wire, CDC and a tungsten bead. That shop is now history but it had more flies in any one place than I have ever seen – before or since. So… I picked up a couple of those little guys that were designed by Dave Bloom. One of the results may be seen below…they may also be tied with copper wire, tan CDC and a copper bead…

pop-3-00-rainbow

The original worked like a charm…in here…Madison River, MT… Mat B. CADDIS Materials B. CADDIS… B.CADDIS GRP B. CADDIS(s)… HURRICANE BUG HURRICANE BUG (JIG…

HOOK: Hanak 450 BL Hook, #10 – #16

THREAD: Lagartun 74 Denier, Rust – Abdomen / Tiemco 10/0, Dk. Brown, to secure thorax

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .)15 Lead Sub.

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Lagartun Thread

RIB: Sulky Opalescent Thread – * coat with UV Resin

THORAX: Micro UV Chenille, Hot Orange

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten Copper – sized to hook or oversized x1

A flashy, easy to tie attractor that drops like a rock. I’ll do an Olive version later…that guy below liked Flashy Orange…

ewr-sized-pop-brown-blog-27 One of my test subjects on the East Walker River… Mat HURRICANE BUG Materials HURRICANE BUG… HURRICANE BUG(s) HURRICANE BUG(s)…

Next: Wobble Bugs

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My Daughter Nadia came across these photographs ( and a lot more) that I did not know I had. These are a mixed bunch of our visits to Montana through the years…I LOVE that state…

The Fly Fisherman Statue in Ennis, MT…

The Channels Section of the Madison River at sunset…Ally’s apparition appears in the BG…maybe it’s a BIG TROUT?…

Where one does not want to tread if they are fishing below Varney Bridge on the Madison…stay below the high water mark…

Michael trudges along the road on the Upper Boulder River, MT…

Lots of nice Trout in here…Channels Section, Madison River, MT…

Ranch along the road near Nye, MT and the Stillwater River…

Another nice stretch of water among the islands in the channels section of the Madison River, Valley Gardens…Near Ennis, MT…

Michael working to the bank on the Stillwater River, MT…

Outdoor dining at Montana Hanna’s, between Fishtail and Nye, MT….yummy…

Ally, bankin’ it on the Madison River, channels section…

Ally, on a hot and humid day on The Madison River, MT…

There be some big TROUT, just around the bend!!!…

Ally, fixin’ a rod wrap…on the Madison River…

Michael with a nice Trout below Varney Bridge…

Michael working a seam in the channels section of the Madison River, MT…

Michael changes patterns with a let up in the wind…

Looking down towards Ennis, MT…that is a FIRE starting in the Gallatins to the right hand side of the photo…Ally and I drove down fro Gardiner to Livingston two days later at night…the fire had become HUGE…

Up at $3.00 Bridge on the Madison…”The River is right over there!”…

Ally and Michael “pow-wow” on the Madison…planning the evening’s strategy…

Next: Some mo’ OWENS VALLEY

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I know, given the bulk of my previously posted patterns, one might think that I never place fur, feathers, thread and hair in the surface film…Well, there have been moments when the screeching of my Rug Rats (now Rug Roos) to see a Trout bust it’s head or fly outta’ the drink – drove me to attach one of these to their tippets to halt the seemingly endless cacophony…

Here are some guys that have stood the test of time and produced desired results:

Rat Faced McDougal

HOOK: TMC 100 or Daiichi 1100, #14-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Sheer Black (gel spun for the deer hair)

TAIL: Yellow Marabou

BODY: Spun and clipped deer hair

WINGS: Grizzly hen hackle tips

HACKLE: Brown and Grizzly mixed

I found this Fly at Chuck Fothergill’s shop in Aspen, CO when I first started fly fishing. It provided many pleasurable experiences on The Roaring Fork River when Caddis were about…In fact this girl is using one of these right here:

JMH on the Roaring Fork…(nice form)

Ausable Wulff

HOOK: Dry Fly 2x-long, I use the TMC 5262, #12-#18

THREAD: Fluorescent orange 6/0 – 8/0

TAIL: Woodchuck tail

BODY: Australian Possum, dyed rusty orange ( I like to mix in some Hendrickson pink fine and dry)

WING: White calf tail

HACKLE: Brown and Grizzly, mixed

This is a great old stand-by. I like tis pattern and the H & L Variant during PMD hatches on the Stillwater River in Montana…this Rainbow hopped on this fly up there:

Rainbow on the Stillwater River, MT…

Royal Trude Cripple

HOOK: Dry Fly 2x-long, TMC 5262, #12-#18

THREAD: Uni 6/0-8/0 Black

TAIL: Dun McFlyon

BUTT: Red dubbing

BACKWING: Elk Hair

BODY: AZ Peacock mixed with AZ Simi Seal, Black

OVERWING: White Snowshoe hair, from the heel area

HACKLE: Brown, palmered from butt of back wing to head

This is my “banker” fly pattern…when stonefly nymphs are moving t5owards riverbank shores to hatch. Makes a good Skwala imitation. I treat it with Hydrophobe and it floats like a cork…“SMACK “– up from the undercut bank…

Kings River Caddis

HOOK: TMC 100, #12-#18

THREAD: Danville 6/0 Brown

BODY: Dark Hare’s Ear

WING: Cinnamon Turkey tip ( coated with flexament)

HACKLE: Brown

The classic slow water Caddis pattern, developed here in California for the King’s River which flows out of the Western Sierra Nevada…It works in this place too:

Michael, coming up through a long, slick pool on the Boulder River, MT…

H & L Variant

This was “Ike’s” favorite Fly. It is a classic that has caught Trout for me and the “EVIL SPAWN“on a multitude of Western flowing waters. It is tied here in sequence by Skip Morris

Michael ties on an H & L Variant on the Stillwater River, MT…

Sierra Brite Dot

This is THE High Sierra stream and beaver pond “BOMB”…It slays Brookies.There is a place, about an hour’s drive North, from Bridgeport, CA, behind two locked gates that has a stream that looks like this:

About a four mile hike – upstream, one comes to a place that looks like this:

BROOKIE HEAVEN…at 9500’…

Chris Broomell shows how to tie the Sierra Brite Dot

Royal Wulff Lime

A variation on the Royal Wulff… a good change up when the other one ain’t workin’…some epic days on the Madison with this…Harry Mason, from Troutflies.com ties it… in RED…


Sparkle Para Adams (Caddis Variant)

HOOK: TMC 100 or Daiichi 100, #14-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Black

BODY: Fine and Dry Adams

UNDERWING: 3 strands of Pearl Krystal Flash under Dun Zelon

OVERWING: Coastal Deer hair, natural with black tips

POST: 12 – 20 strands of Pearl Krystal Flash, cut post length

HACKLE: Dun or Grizzly Dun tied parachute style

Flashy and easy to see before the water on the water gets “greasy”…Under the willows on the East Walker…

Spotlight Caddis (Amber)

HOOK: TMC 2487or Daiichi 1130, # 12- #18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Sheer – to match body color

TAIL: 3 strands of Pearl Krystal Flash with Cream or Amber Zelon

WING / POST: White Calf Body

ABDOMEN: Vernille – Olive, Tan or Amber

RIB: Pearl Krystal Flash

WING: Dun Zelon

THORAX: Spectrablend, a shade darker than body color or Antron dubbing

LEGS: V- notched Partridge fibers

HACKLE: Brown, Olive or Grizzly Dun

An excellent Caddis Emerger…Works wonders around here in the evening,,,

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THIS is $3.00 Bridge… Madison River…

Open rebellion averted on the Boulder River, MT…

NEXT:

PMD’s…Nymphs, Wets, Emergers…

PT/TB


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PHOTO: “BAETIS” – John Jurasek, Blue Ribbon Flies Newsletter

The prolific little bugs that love to hatch on overcast, blustery, rainy, snowy, miserable and memorable days on waters everywhere. I LOVE these guys…

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OLIVE/BROWN Baetis…

Hook: TMC 2487, Diiachi 1130, #16-24 (Fall SMALL)

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths, 14/0, olive or gray

TAIL: Three olive or brown Pheasant tail fibers

Rib: Gold Largutan extra fine wire

ABDOMEN: Wapsi thread, Olive Brown

THORAX: SLF Prism ,Olive Brown, picked out

WINGCASE: Black Krystal Flash or Firefly

BEAD: Gold

I have used this fly on the Owens, Hot Creek and The East Walker River in the Fall with success by fishing it deep prior to a hatch, The black KF version works best trailed off an emerger – about 12′ of tippet material off the bend…

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John Barr’s BWO Emerger…

HOOK: TMC 101, # 16 – # 24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths, 14/0, Gray

TAIL:Dun Hen Hackle fibers, clipped

ABDOMEN: Stalcups BWO Dubbing

THORAX: Adams Gray Superfine or Muskrat Gray

WINGCASE/ LEGS: Bunch of Dun Hen Hackle tied over, evenly separated and tied back

John Barr developed this pattern a long time ago – it still works. Fish it deep or through the water column. I sometimes pull Black KF over the top above the hen hackle to give the fly a sight hump. The hen hackle fibers are retained for legs…


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Foam Baetis Emerger…

HOOK: TMC 100, #18-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Olive or Gray

TAIL/SHUCK: Olive or Olive Brown Zelon

RIB: Largutan, Gold, extra fine wire

ABDOMEN: Olive or Natural Pheasant Tail

THORAX: Dk. Olive ,Stalcup’s Baetis dubbing, picked out

WINGCASE/TAG: Razor Foam, Gray

This is a good flat water, stuck emerger. I use it along edges on the Owens and on waters where the Trout are in the tipped back sipping mode – picking off easy prey. I find this on really cold days when it takes a little longer for the bugs to get off the surface film…

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Pheasant Tail…

HOOK: TMC 3761, #16-#20

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Brown

TAIL: Natural Pheasant Tail Fiber or Olive

RIB: Largutan, Gold, Extra Fine or XSM Wapsi Wire, copper

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, natural or Olive

THORAX: Peacock Herl, SLF Prism ,Olive Brown,Arizona Peacock (natural), Ice Dub, Olive Brown,Ostrich Herl- Olive, Brown and Dark Gray

BEAD: Gold or Copper

WINGCASE/ LEGS: Pheasant Tail Fibers, pulled over and separated, Natural or Olive

This is the American standard. Through the years, I have tied it using different kinds of materials for the thorax. With the arrival of Dyed Pheasant Tail, I have tied it in Black, Red, Yellow and Green…get the picture? IT SLAYS…

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EthaDun BWO Parachute…

HOOK: TMC 100, #16-#24, TMC 102Y, # 17- #21

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Olive, Brown, Gray

TAIL: Microfibetts, color to match thread

ABDOMEN: Turkey or Goose Biot, fringed- tan, olive, gray

THORAX: Flyrite, Super Fine or Stalcups – Lt. Olive, Dk. Olive, Olive/ Brown, Brown/Olive

HACKLE: Premium Dun

WING: Ethafoam or Evazote – Gray or colored Gray

One of my favorite dry patterns. I don’t use dries a lot. I learned early on from Georges Odier that 90% of the time, Trout feed below the surface. However, there is just something irresistible about dry fly fishing and this pattern floats well and produces…

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GRHare’s Ear…

HOOK: TMC 3769 #16-#20, Diiachi 1560, #16-#18, TMC 100, #16-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Gray, Olive, Brown

TAIL: Stiff Hare’s Ear – from Mask

RIB: Gold Mylar Tinsel, SM

ABDOMEN: Fur from a hares mask # 3

THORAX: Spiky, darker Hare’s Mask Fur # 4

WINGCASE: Mottled Turkey Tail Fiber Section

This is another Standard pattern. I tie this pattern in Natural, Olive, Dun and Black. The first there colors work well for Baetis / BWO’s. They are all in their appropriate slots in my Nymph Boxes. Here is a good tutorial from Hipwader on this essential fly… I do not use weight for smaller patterns…

Hipwader Tutorial GRHE


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Quasimodo Pheasant Tail…

HOOK: TMC 2487, #16-#24, Diiachi 1130, # 16-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Brown

TAIL: Pheasant Tail Fibers- Natural,Olive,

RIB: Gold Largutan, extra fine wire or Wapsi xsm Copper wire

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Natural or Olive

THORAX: Peacock Herl, Peacock SLF Prism, Arizona Peacock, Ice Dub Olive/Brown

WINGCASE/ LEGS: Pheasant Tail Fibers, pulled over, separated and tied back. Black, Pearl or Peacock KF works too!!!

BEAD: Gold or Copper

Kinda’ looks like Charles Lawton…This is an alternative to the classic PT. Hunched and curved it gives the impression of SQUIRMY in the water column. Jeremy Davies swears by this hook and it’s heavier versions for the holding capability …Works for me…

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BWO Emerging Dun…

HOOK: TMC 2487,#16-#24, Diiachi 1130 #16- #24, Mustad C49S ,#16-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Olive, Brown, Gray

TAIL: Zelon, Olive/Brown, Olive or Brown

RIB: Optional, Largutan extra fine, Gold

ABDOMEN: Goose or Turkey Biot, Fringed, BWO, Olive, Tan,Gray

WING: Reversed Half Hackle Wing, Premium Dun or Lt. Olive

HACKLE: Premium Dun or Grizzly Dun, clipped at bottom

This FLY catches fish. It has a great profile, hangs like an emerger should and floats in every condition except the roughest water. I came across this pattern years ago and finally worked up the gumption to deal with the wings. After a number of tries, it became easy..try some, the fish like it…

P1010375BWO/ BAETIS ZELON EMERGING DUN…

HOOK: TMC 1oo. #18-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Olive or Gray

TAIL/ SHUCK: Amber or Gold Zelon

ABDOMEN: Sm. amount of Gray Superfine or Stalcup’s BWO Dub for #18-#20, Thread for smaller ties

THORAX: Small amount of Gray Superfine or Stalcup’s Baetis or BWO Dubbing

WING: Med. Dun Hi-Vis, Upright, spread with fingernail, clipped in back

HACKLE: Premium Dun

Notice the 7X Mono in the eye…this fly produced for me on a wet, windy, cold day on the Wild Trout section of the Owens River. No one else was there but me and the Trout…

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Freezing rain on the Owens, GOOD Baetis/BWO conditions…

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Glass Bead Emerger…

HOOK: TMC 200R, # 16-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Olive Brown or Gray

BEAD: Glass Metallic or Pearl

TAIL: Pheasant Tail fibers

ABDOMEN: Goose or Turkey Biot, fringed, Tan, BWO, Olive or Gray

THORAX: Fly-Rite mixed with Hare’s Ear or Muskrat, picked out

WING: Mallard Flank, Gray or Lemon Wood Duck, posted and covered by dubbing

This is a very good soft water fly pattern. I use HYROPHOBE on the thorax section of the fly ONLY. If it tilts over, no matter, the fish rise to it anyway. Lots of fun with this on The East Walker River…


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Starling BWO…

HOOK: Alec Jackson, North Country, # 17-#19, TMC 3761 #18-#20, TMC 2488, #18-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/o, Gray, Olive or Benecchi, 12/0 ,Tan

RIB: Largutan extra fine wire, Gold

ABDOMEN: Tying Thread

THORAX: Muskrat dubbing

HACKLE: Starling

I enjoy swinging soft Hackles. This is an easy tie and the fishees seem to like it anywhere it drops in…

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Silver Wing Case PT…

I include this fly, which has a silver Mylar wing case, because one day – on The Madison River, above $3.00 Bridge, at about 6AM in Mid-September, I hooked six of the largest Browns and Rainbows that I have ever brought to a net …on this fly in size # 20…

set-3-honey-04 In THIS SPOT – On the Madison River

I don’t remember when or why I was inspired to tie this particular fellow. This is the same fly…hook not bent…go figure…

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Tan Biot KF Emerger…

HOOK: Diiachi 1560, #16-#18, TMC 3761, # 16-#20, TMC 2488, #16-#24

Thread: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Tan

Tail: Olive or Amber Zelon

RIB: Optional. Largutan, extra fine Gold Wire

THORAX: Olive Ostrich Herl

WINCASE/ LEGS: Peacock, Pearl or Black Krystal Flash

This is my favorite Fall BWO/ Baetis Emerger. I fish it deep with twist-ons…It has worked like a charm here:

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The Owens River, below Five Bridges…

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BAETIS/ BWO’s # 4

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 5

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 6

PT/TB :faint:




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