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

HOUSY BLACK STONE

Michael & friend…

MOO HOUSY

…on The  Housatonic River, yesterday (3.13.2016)…

EAST AND WEST BOX

EAST N’ WEST ATTRACTOR BOX…finished…

BROWN EWR

Brownie on the East Walker River…

BLUE R.A.M. CADDIS

BLUE RAM CADDIS – Ross A. Merigold/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 113 BLH, #10-#14

THRAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdomen

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer Silver Metallic Opalescent #8040

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

HACKLE: Hen Nec, White

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

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

Mat RAM CADDIS BLUE

Materials BLUE RAM CADDIS…

RAM CADDIS BLUE GRP

BLUE RAM CADDIS #12 & #14…

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

S CADDIS PUPA Brown

S CADDIS PUPA (Brown)…

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak) C300BL #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer, #6055, Cranberry

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Brown

WINGLETS: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive Brown

THORAX: Hare’s Ear Ice Dub, Brown

HACKLE: Hen Neck Furnace

BEAD: Tungsten, Copper, sized to hook

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

Mat S CADDIS PUPA BROWN

Materials S CADDIS PUPA (Brown)…

S CADDIS PUPA BRN GRP

S CADDIS PUPAe (Brown)…

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A place where BLUE works…The East Walker River…

BLUE HERESY JIG

BLUE HERESY JIG…

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

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Black Pheasant Tail

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

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

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

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten, Silver, sized to hook

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

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Yeah…right…

Mat BLUE HERESY NYMPH

Materials BLUE HERESY JIG…

BLUE HERESY NYMPHS

BLUE HERESY JIG(s)…

SPOOKY TOOTH

SPOOKY TOOTH …

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

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

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

RIB: UTC Wire Hot Yellow

ABDOMEN: Natural Pheasant Tail Fibers

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Dark Brown

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss Fl. Red

BEAD: Tungsten, Copper, sized to hook

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

Mat SPOOKY TOOTH NYMPH

Materials SPOOKY TOOTH…

SPOOKY TOOTH NYMPHS GRP

SPOOKY TOOTH(s)…

LASER WINGED SHIMMER NYMPH

LASER WING SHIMMER NYMPH…

HOOK: TMC 113 BLH, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

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

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer # 6045, Multi Dark

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

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

THORAX: Hare’s Ice Dub, Black

BEAD: Tungsten, Black, sized to hook

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

Mat LASER WINGED SHIMMER NYMPH

Materials LASER WING SHIMMER NYMPH…

LASER WINGED SHIMMER NYMPHS GRP

LASER WING SHIMMER NYMPH(s)…

BAT WING NYMPH OLIVE FIRE FLY -1

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

HOOK: TMC 100SPBL, #12 – #16

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

THREAD: Veevus 8/0, Olive

TAIL: Olive Ozark Turkey Quill Fibers

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

ABDOMEN: Olive Ozark Turkey Quill Fibers

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

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

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Olive

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

Mat BAT WING NYMPH OLIVE FIRE FLY

Materials  BAT WING NYMPH – Olive/ Fire Fly…

BAT WING NYMPH OLIVE FIRE FLY GRP

BAT WING NYMPH(s) – Olive/ Fire Fly…

RUSTY THE BUG

RUSTY THE BUG …

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

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

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

TAIL: Brown Partridge

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

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Ice Dubbing, Rusty Orange

WINGCASE: Razor Foam, Opaque Red, 1mm.

LEGS: Brown Partridge

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Rusty Brown

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

Mat THE RUSTY BUG

Materials RUSTY THE BUG…

RUSTY BUGS GRP

RUSTY THE BUG(s)…

UPPER OWENS ALLY

Upper Owens River…2.14.2016…

HOT CREEK CAMPSITE

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

HERO CULVER'S

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

ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGER 2

ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGER – Stephenson/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 113 BLH, #16 – #18

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

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

RIB: Black Nylon or Ice Thread

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

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

BEAD: Tungsten, Copper, one size under

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

Mat ICE WINGE OLIVE QUILL EMERGER

Materials ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGER…

ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGERS GRP

ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGER(s)…

ATTRACTOR BOX IP

…a little over half-way there…

DNA BUBBLE SHEATH TAN PUPA 1

DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS PUPA (Tan) Hydropsyche…

HOOK:  TMC 226BL, #14 – #16

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

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

SHEATH: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Tan

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

ABDOMEN #2: Tan Micro Tubing

THORAX: UV2 Peacock Eye, Brown

WINGLETS: Hungarian Partridge, Brown, V-notched

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

MAT DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS TAN

Materials DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS PUPA (Tan)…

DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS PUPA TAN GRP

DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS PUPAE (Tan)…

FARMINGTON RIVER

Hydropsyche water on the Farmington River…

UV2 BIOT BUFFALO JUMP

UV2 BIOT BUFFALO JUMP – PlanetTrout/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 113BLH, #8 – #12

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck fibers

RIB: UTC Wire Copper Brown

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

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

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

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

BEAD: Tungsten, Nickel, sized to hook

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

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They might work…Jason Bordash Watercolor…

Mat BIOT BUFFALO JUMP

Materials UV2 BIOT BUFFALO JUMP…

BIOT BUFFALO JUMP GRP

UV2 BIOT BUFFALO JUMP(s)…

WINGED NYMPH Black -1 REVISION

WINGED NYMPH (Black) Vasies/Variant…

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

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

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

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Black

RIB: Gutxrmann W251, Copper

WING: Marc Petitjean CDC Cream – 2 tips, opposed

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel, Rusty Brown

BEAD: Faceted Slotted Tungsten Bead, Black, sized hook

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

Mat WINGED NYMPH BLACK

Materials WINGED NYMPH (Black)…

WINGED NYMPH BLACK GRP

WINGED NYMPHs (Black)…

REUNION CADDIS

REUNION CADDIS PUPA (Attractor)…

HOOK:  Umpqua JB01, #10- #14

WEIGHT: >010 Lead or >015 Lead Sub.

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

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Silver

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

OVER ABDOMEN: Swiss Straw, Dun

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

REAR THORAX: Ice Dub UV Lavender

HACKE: Marc Petitjean CDC, White

COLLAR: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Gray

BEAD: Tungsten, Nickel, sized to hook

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

Mat REUNION CADDIS

Materials REUNION CADDIS PUPA…

REUNION CADDIS GRP

REUNION CADDIS PUPAE (Attractors)…

SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE

SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE – Wilcox/LGM Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 113 BLH #10 – #14

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

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

TAIL: Pheasant Tail, Olive

ABDOMEN: Veevus Body Quill, Olive

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

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

WINGLETS/GILLS: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, White

THORAX: Ice Dub, Peacock

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

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

Mat SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE

Materials SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE…

SPARKLE QUILL MACHINES GRP

SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE(s)….

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

riffle-ewr-sim-1

East Walker River…

moo-7-5-15-will-2

Willowemoc Creek…

ALLY MORT'S DELI

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

SULKY METALLIC HOLOSHIMMER 1. 16

SULKY HOLOSHIMMER…

GUTERMANN THREADS

GÜTERMANN DEKOR THREAD…

DMC EM FLOSS PINK-ORANGE

DMC EMBROIDERY FLOSS…

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

ALLY'S PEARL YELLOW PERIL SH

ALLY’S PEARL YELLOW PERIL SH…

HOOK:  TMC 113BLH, #10 – #12

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax Forward

TAIL: Woodchuck Fibers

ABDOMEN: Cascade Crest Micro Floss, Yellow

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

OVER ABDOMEN #2: Swiss Straw, Amber

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

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

HACKLE: Hen, Yellow

COLLAR: Ice Dub, Peacock

BEAD: Tungsten, Gold, sized to hook

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

Mat ALLY'S PEARL YELLOW PERIL

Materials ALLY’S PEARL YELLOW PERIL SH…

ALLY%22S PEARL YELLOW PERIL GRP

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

MOTHER'S DAY MUNCH

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

HOOK:  TMC 226 BL, #14 – #18

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

ABDOMEN: Datum Glo-Brite Floss Fl. Chartreuse

RIB: UTC Wire, Gunmetal Blue, x-sm

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

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Black

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

Mat MOTHER'S DAY MUNCH

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

MOTHER'S DAY MUNCH GRP

MOTHER’S DAY MUNCHies…

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

SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPAE OLIVE

SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPA (Olive) …

HOOK: Umpqua JB01, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

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

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

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

WINGLETS: Sili LegsNymph, Fl. Chartreuse Barred

THORAX: Hare’s Ice Dubbing, Brown

HACKLE: Marc Petitjean CDC, #14 Dirty Yellow

BEAD: Tungsten, Nickel, sized to hook

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

MAT SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPA

Materials SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPA…

SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPAE GRP

SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPAE…

SWISS N' FLASH JIG 2

SWISS N’ FLASH JIG, (Olive) …

HOOK: Hanak 403 BLJ, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Danville 6/0 Brown

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck

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

OVER ABDOMEN: Thin strip Olive Swiss Straw

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

THORAX: Micro Polar Chenille, UV Olive Brown

BEAD: Faceted Slotted Tungsten Bead, sized to hook

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

Mat SWISS N' FLASH JIG OLIVE

Materials SWISS N’ FLASH JIG (Olive)…

SWISS N' FLASH JIGS OLIVE GRP

SWISS N’ FLASH JIG(s) …

QUILLER NYMPH

QUILLER NYMPH – Stephenson/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 113 BLH, #12 – #16

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

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

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

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

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

REAR THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Hot Orange

FRONT THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Brown

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

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

 

Mat QUILLER NYMPH

Materials QUILLER NYMPH…

QUILLER NUMPHS GRP

QUILLER NYMPHS, #12 & #16…

 

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

 

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So Michael did a turnaround , going up to Hancock, NY to work the Upper Delaware River…

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER ROSCOE HANCOCK

A quick stop at Deete Trout Flies, in Roscoe for some information…

DETTE SHOP

Then up to Hancock and down to the River…

ADIML MOO UDEL

MOO put in just about here…

ADIML MOO UDEL TROUT 3

A nice Rainbow…

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER 10.24.15 MOO

More flat water to work…

CHANNEL DEL RIVER MOO

Working the bank in a channel… with an Orange Beadhead Seal Bugger…

MOO ORANGE BUGGER

…and, a nice Brown to hand…

ADIML MOO UDEL 2nd TROUT 4

….I tie ’em with Yellow Marabou tails…as well…

BROWN ORANGE SEAL BUGGER

Michael’s “end of the day” look…

ADIML MOO UDEL 2

Meanwhile, Ally is visiting her friend Liz in San Francisco…

ADIML ALLY LIZ SF

…and the “Old Guy” is hanging out here…

ADIML 2 OINKSTER

…at The Oinkster, in South Pasadena,CA…

ADIML 1 MOO MARISA

…with Lil’ Moo and his BFF, Marisa…

NEXT: Those “more flies” for the Lower Owens River…

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

ALLY RAD NL RC LAKE

Ally and Hero…on the road again…

ALLY RT VOLCANO

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

ALLY & HERO LAN 1

Ally & Hero…meditating at Lower Lamarck Lake

ALLY L LAKE 3

Lower Lamarck Lake…

ALLY L LAKE 5

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

ALLY L LAKE 9

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

ALLY L LAKE 6

…another typical Brookie brought to net…

ALLY L LAKE 7

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

ALLY L LAKE 8

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

ALLY L LAKE 12

…a wide shot of Lower Lamarck Lake…

ALLY L LAKE 13

…Nick, rigging a different pattern…

ALLY L LAKE 14

…Hero in the picture…

ALLY L LAKE N LAKE 15

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

ALLY NL SNOW

Yup…mention North Lake and Ally is there…

J.FAIR SEAL SUB

“The” Dubbing…

MOO BIG RAINBOW LODGE

“The” result…

ALLY NL 16 395

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

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

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I am tying up a few more Conehead Bugger patterns before I switch to some additional Eastern Fly patterns for Michael and I to use. hopefully, in October, in rivers around Roscoe, NY. These are similar to the original Owens “Offender” which worked so successfully for Michael and I on our trip up to Bridgeport, CA. I would most certainly consider these for use in the Owens River…come Fall…Ally and her friend Nick came by and swiped some of these patterns while they were “in progress” and gave them a workout in North Lake, above Bishop, CA over the August 22nd weekend…

michaelandally

MOO and ALLO…North Lake regulars…even in the snow…

CONE BOX SEPT 15

A Box of Cones…

ALLY COPPERTOP BP

Ally trying out the BBQ at The Copper Top, in Big Pine, CA…her report was that “it was some of the best”, she evah’ tasted…

NORTH LAKE SMOKE RD MTN

…getting there...

North Lake copy

North Lake, when fires are not burning in the Sierras… (Photo: Bishop Chamber of Commerce)

SUNSET NL SMOKE

Same lake, with smoke from the “Rough Fire” drifting over the Sierras…

BLACKSTONE CONE

BLACKSTONE CONE…

HOOK: TMC 300, #8 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Black Marabou

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands, each side, Holographic Mylar Motion, 1/64″, Red / 2 strands, each side, Black Krystal Flash

RIB: UTC Wire, Red, Medium

BODY: Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dubbing, #.33, Stonefly Black

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger Pak, Black

CONE: Wapsi, Black, SM

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, # 3 Red

Another conehead bugger in Black with some additional accents. This guy wasn’t finished for the trip up so, I’ll just have to give them a whirl in the Fall…somewhere…

ALLY HERO NORTH LAKE

Slakin’ Cone Head testers ( ALLO & HERO ) at North Lake, Bishop, CA …

Mat BLACKSTONE CONE

Materials BLACKSTONE CONE…

BUGGER STUFF

Some things I keep on hand for construction of all these cone head patterns…I cement my weight on with Zap-A-Gap after covering with thread, behind the cone. I pick out the dubbing with a dubbing needle and use the bore brushes and/or tooth type brushes to really spead it out and back. The dubbing always go into a waxed loop. For these types of buggers I prefer, in this order, these dubbings:

  1. J, Fair Seal Sub Dubbing...soft, shiny and translucent when brushed and excellent to work with in a dubbing loop…this stuff is premo !
  2. Wapsi Angora Goat Seal Sub, Dubbing…fibers are a bit longer and a bit crinkly
  3. Seal X Dubbing...also rough and crinkly but it has been around and proven – forever

I am going to play around with this material for some other ( like the BLACKSTONE CONE) Bugger Patterns that I have in mind. It is 100% Trilobal and dubs extremely well in a loop and it also has mixed tones:

Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dubbing

BLACKSTONE CONE GRP

BLACKSTONE CONEs…

ALLY HERO TOYOTA

Sierra Ridge Runners…

5br-1

Fall on the Lower Owens River, Bishop, CA…

PLIERS Needle Nose

These are on my desk and in my kit for removing hook barbs – on and off the water…

OWENS %22OFFENDER%22 BLK - MED OLIVE

OWENS “OFFENDER” 1 …

HOOK: Black/Medium Olive, Daiichi 2220, #6 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black or Olive

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Black Marabou

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands , each side, Flashabou , Dyed Pearl, Orange 6967 / 2 strands, each side, Black Krystal Flash

RIB: UTC Copper Wire, Medium

HACKLE: Ewing Bugger Pack, Brown Grizzly

BODY: J. Fair Seal Sub. Dubbing, Medium Olive

CONE: Wapsi, Black, SM

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #3 Red …  (or, Copper Cone and #5, FL.Orange Datum Glo-Brite Floss)

NORTH LKE RB NET

Along with the Brown/Black version, this worked the best at North Lake…

Mat OWENS %22OFFENDER%22 1

Materials OWENS “OFFENDER” 1…

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OWENS “OFFENDER” 1’s….

ALLO'S POLAR EXPRESS CH BUGGER

ALLO’S POLAR EXPRESS CH …

HOOK:  TMC 300, #6 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Black Marabou

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands, each side Flashabou Opal Mirage / 2 strands, each side, Black Krystal Flask

RIB: Micro UV Clear Polar Chenille

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger Pak, Grizzly

BODY: Wapsi Angora Goat, Seal Sub., Black

CONE: Wapsi, Black, SM

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #3 Red

I wanted Ally to have some cone buggers in black, in case she fished early in the AM or late in the PM and if the sky was cloudy or if it rained. My experience with the color black, in buggers,  is that they are most effective during low light periods…well the guys mostly got up late and left early – for dinner. The sky was completely smoky while they were there…

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Deer… against a Sierra smoky sky…

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Materials ALLO’S POLAR EXPRESS CH…

ALLO'S POLAR EXPRESS GRP

ALLO’S POLAR EXPRESS….

BIG REEDY HUCKLEBERRY

BIG REEDY HUCKLEBERRY CONE BUGGER…

HOOK: Mustad R76-79580, Daiichi 2220 – #6 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Olive

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Brown Marabou

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands, each side – Flashabou Dyed Pearl,Olive, 6969  / 2 strands, each side, Black Krystal Flash

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger Pak, Black/Yellow Grizzly

BODY: J.Fair Seal Sub. Dubbing, Light Olive

CONE: Wapsi, Black, SM

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, #3 Red

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Nick and something attracted to the HUCKLEBERRY…

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Materials BIG REEDY HUCKLEBERRY CONE BUGGER…

BIG REEDY HUCKLEBERRY GRP

BIG REEDY HUCKLEBERRIES…

HERO NORTH LAKE

…”STOP! I see a chipmunk!”…

OWENS OFFENDER II BRN 2

OWENS “OFFENDER” II, Brown / Black …

HOOK: TMC 5263 #4- #6, Daiichi 2220 #6 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Brown or Olive

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Black Marabou

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands each side, Flashabou Dyed Pearl, orange, 6967 / 2 strands each side, Black Krystal Flash

RIB: UTC Copper Wire, Med

HACKLE: Ewing Bugger Hackle, Brown Grizzly

BODY: J. Fair Seal Sub Dubbing, Dark Brown

CONE: Wapsi, Copper, SM

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

Michael caught the two Trout, pictured below, on the original OWENS “OFFENDER”. Over the past two years, this pattern has produced a lot of Trout for me…

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…yes..

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…they work…

Mat OWENS OFFENDER II BRN-BLK

Materials OWENS “OFFENDER” II, Brown / Black…

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Nick, using the Brown/Black version on North Lake…

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OWENS “OFFENDERs” II, Brown / Black…

NICK OWENS VALLEY

Nick, looking over a smoked out Owens Valley…

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

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Bridegport, CA and surrounding area…

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

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…and this would be Little Lake, CA

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

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

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

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

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

CHILENO PEPPERS

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

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

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I get to say, “Are we there yet?”…

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

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…time for dinner at the Bridgeport Inn

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The “Virgin Mary”…extra spicy…

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…and garlic bread, of course !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Little Virginia Lake…our first spot on the Itinerary…

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

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

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

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

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…Michael slackin’ off with his new brim…

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…looks like a rise to me…

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…yep…

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…a typical Trumbull Rainbow…

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…and another…

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Trumbull Lake… approaching sunset…

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…a rise in deeper, dark water…

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

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

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…down the mountain for dinner at the Virginia Creek Settlement

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…what’s on the menu ?

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

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…after dinner moon…

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

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

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

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

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…looking downstream…

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…another downstream view…

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

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

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

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…another view, looking Southeast…

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

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

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..Red Lake…

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Red and Copper…

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

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…more Red Lake from the non-red side…

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…patterns in the water…

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Summit Pass …11,100’…

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…more form and texture from Summit Pass…

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…Alpine flora…

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…something for Nadia’s next kitchen counter project…

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…and Koi Pond…

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Alpine trickler…

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

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…looking back towards Big Virginia Lake…

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

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

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

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Peak scenery…

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

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

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

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

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Then, Michael added this to his tippet…

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…and BAM !!!

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

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

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…almost ready for the report photo…

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Carolyn shoots…

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Michael goes on the board a second time…

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

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

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…and Hero…

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Meanwhile, back on the lake, I pick up…

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…a few Brook Trout…

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…using this little red peacock soft hackle…

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Pretty little guys…

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

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Thanks Nick !!!

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

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Michael cleans a Big Trout…

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Step #.1, – with a good sharp knife…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…and I was having this kind of day…

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

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…Nope, not here…

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…getting wet…

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Ally and Hero up there…

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

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At the marina…

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Ally and Hero … posing…

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Boats at rest…

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

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Last sunset before leaving Bridgeport…

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

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

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

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Bring your kids too !!!

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

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Ally, 1995, by the raceways that were destroyed…

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Michael spies some Brook Trout…

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Why I love this place…

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

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Michael does filets…

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Marinate for a little while…

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Grill…

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Add the sides…

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Enjoy !!!

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

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Until next time…

NEXT:…

CONES HOOKS

…more of patterns tied on these…

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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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Ally took me out for a birthday dinner and a trip to the craft store to pick up some materials, to fix to metal, this past Sunday…

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Ally at dinner…

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I was recently give these beads and hooks by fly tying friend Jacob Adamerovich. They are available his shop, along with a host of other products, at CompetetiveAngler in Latrobe,PA

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Hanak Hooks and beads…Below are some of the items that will be featured in upcoming posts…

COATS & CLARK THREAD

Coats and Clark Thread…

SULKY MAT

SULKY Holoshimmer and Metallic Threads…

DMC EM FLOSS

DMC EMBROIDERY FLOSS…

STONFO THREAD SPLITTER

From Bob Marriott’s – Stonofo Thread Splitter…

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Bob Marriott’s…

STONFO HAIR CLIPS

Also from Bob Marriott’s…Stonfo Hair Clips…and finally, some Partridge Patriot hooks that my friend,fly designer Dean Endress turned me on to at the Fishermen’s Spot

PARTRIDGE HOOKS

 

 

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Yup……these are some patterns I will be putting in the East Walker River box for May 2014…some things I have wanted to tie up for awhile. If one has never been to Bridgeport, CA, where the East Walker River is located, I would not plan on rushing up there this Spring/Summer/Fall, unless the intention is to fish the reservoir or higher elevation lakes. We are in the third year of a drought which has seen very little snowpack in the Sierras…Bridgeport Reservoir will not be anywhere near this full:

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The RES.  – Spring 2011…it was full – then…I will not fish the East Walker during the stated periods unless the flows are at least 100-125cfs.

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We love these guys too much…

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For flows on the East Walker River see HERE

 

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A May 2014 Box of assorted fly patterns…

BROWN SUGAR -1-

BROWN UV2 SUGAR  NYMPH – Davies/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #12 – #18

THREAD:Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

WEIGHT: .015 or .010 Lead or Lead sub.

SHUCK: DNA Holo Fusion, Russet – 10-12 non-flash strands, 1 flash strand (for a #14 hook)

ABDOMEN: Flashabou Brown Holographic Tinsel – * coat  thread with Hard As Hull before wrapping tinsel

RIB: Ultra Wire Hot Orange, small or brassie

WINGLETS: Goose Biots, Red Quill

LEGS: 3 each side, tilted upwards, Rust or Red Pheasant Tail Fibers

THORAX: 50/50 mix UV2 Fine & Dry, Rust / UV Ice Dub, Brown

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

A take off on Canadian tier, Jeremy Davies’  “Spidey Nymph”. I tie a lot of his patterns – because they work…period

Mat BROWN UV2 SUGAR -1-

Materials BROWN UV2 SUGAR NYMPH…

BROWN UV2 SUGARs-1-

BROWN UV2 SUGAR NYMPHS…

UV2 PMD CRIPPLE -1-

UV2 PMD CRIPPLE/EMERGER …

HOOK:  Gamakatsu C16-B, #16 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Yellow

SHUCK: Antron, Copper Brown

ABDOMEN: Working thread

WING: Puglisi Trigger Point International Fibers, PMD

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Yellow

HACKLE: UV2 Ginger/Cream

Something in a PMD to hang in the surface film when these Western bugs are hatching…any where. If it is cold and raining, they will trickle off for most of an afternoon. The Trout know this…I like this hook form cripple/emerger patterns…

Mat CE PMD -1-

Materials UV2 CRIPPLE/EMERGER PMD…

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UV2 CRIPPLE /EMERGER PMD(s)….

STILL SH -1-

STILLWATER SH…

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #16 – #18

THREAD: Persall’s Silk Thread, #.12 Cardinal

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck

RIB: Lagartun, Gold, x-fine

THORAX: Iridescent  Dyed Peacock , Olive Dun – Spirit River

HACKLE: Hungarian Partridge

A simple soft hackle using a different material for the thorax…and for some reaso, that olive dun color works in certain places, the Stillwater River in MT being one such place. In the materials photo, note the Matarelli Bobbin. It was designed to hold Persall’s Silk thread. Get one before they disappear… forever…

Mat STILL SH -1-

Materials STILLWATER SH…

STILL SH GRP -1-

STILLWATER SOFT HACKLES…

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My BOZOS, mulling it over… on the Stillwater River, MT…

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BOX in progress…This is my DeWitt working box…

BLACK N BLUE RBG -1-

BLACK N’ BLUE MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: UTC Gun Metal Blue

THORAX: Iridescent Dyed Peacock Herl – Spirit River

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

Another attractor type Midge with some blue highlights…Blue has some spectacular days on the East Walker working on both Rainbows and Browns…

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Materials BLACK N’ BLUE MIDGE…

BLACK N BLUES GRP -1-

BLACK N’ BLUE MIDGES…

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POLAR FLOSS CADDIS LARVA (Brown/Olive) – Umpqua/Hanak C300BL, #10 – #14… Light B/G

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POLAR FLOSS CADDIS LARVA (Brown/Olive) …

HOOK:  Umpqua/Hanak C300BL, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: ,015 – .010 Lead or Lead Sub.

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

RIB: Ice Thread, Brown

ABDOMEN: Flexi-Floss, Light Olive

FLASH BACK: Hedron Glow-In-The-Dark (Orange) Flashabou… One Strand

OVER ABDOMEN: Scud Back, 1/8″. Tan

THORAX: Micro Polar Chenille, Tan

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Always playing with stuff to imitate those free living Caddis Larvae on the East Walker River…

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Materials POLAR FLOSS CADDIS LARVA…

POLAR FLOSS CADS GRP -1-

POLAR FLOSS CADDIS …

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HB FURNACE & HERL (Brown) …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Brown

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

RIB: UTC Wire, Copper Brown, SM

ABDOMEN: Iridescent Dyed Peacock, Brown – Spirit River

HACKLE: Hen Neck, Furnace

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, Sized to hook

This is just a generic peacock soft hackle with a hot butt and bead…for use in lakes, I would omit the bead. I have a lot of success with these types of soft hackle patterns and will eventually tie them in Purple, Black, Red, Orange, Blue and Dun…using different hen hackling, starling and partridge .Me thinks they would take a couple of Trout on this water…

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Little Virginia Lake, Bridgeport, CA…

Mat Furnace and Herl -1-

Materials HB FURNACE & HERL…

FURNACE AND HERL GRP -1-

HB FURNACE & HERL (s)…

TRAILING BUBBLE CADDIS -1-

TRAILING BUBBLE CADDIS – Ritt/Variant (Gray) …

HOOK:  Daiichi 1260, #14 – #16, Daiichi 1110, #14 – #18

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

SHUCK: Midge Mirage Opal

ABDOMEN: Veevus 16/0 Gray Thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Gray Micro Tubing

UNDER WING: Puglisi Trigger Point Internatioal Fibers, BWO – mixed with 3 strands of Midge Mirage Opal

OVER WING: Yearling Elk, Gray

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry Adams Gray

HACKLE: Medium Dun

This is an Al Ritt pattern that uses snowshoe hare for the over wing in the original pattern. This Gray Caddis would be for the east Walker River to be fished a long the edges, under the willows, below, in early June. I like to present these guys downstream… so Mr. Brown sees the fly first…

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Michael… working along the willows on the EWR…with a 10′, 5wt.

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Materials TRAILING BUBBLE CADDIS…

TRAIL BUB CADDIS GRP -1-

HAPPY TRAILS…

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ALLY’S RED VINE MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1273, #18 – #20

THREAD: Gordon Griffith Sheer, 14/0, Red

SHUCK: Midge Mirage Opal

ABDOMEN: Clear Micro Tubing

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Copper Red – Spirit River

BEAD: Glass Hi-Lite, Quicksilver, x-sm

Keep the Micro Tubing tight while wrapping back to the bend, then forward. It will not slip. Translucence and segmentation, the identity of Midge sub-surface…

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Materials ALLY’S RED VINE MIDGE…

ALLY'S RED VINE MIDGES -1-

ALLY’S RED VINE MIDGES…

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RED VINE GIRL on the Stillwater River, MT…

 

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STJ’s BAETIS – Olive/Black- Ramirez/Variant – TMC 2488, #16 – #18…

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STJ’s BAETIS – Olive/Black- Ramirez/Variant  (light B/G)…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 – #18

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

TAIL/CARPACE: Black Pheasant Tail Fibers – 3

RIB: Ice Thread, Black

THORAX: Hare’s Ice Dub, Olive Brown

WING CASE/LEGS: Fluoro Fiber, Black – 12 -16 strands, pulled over and split

OVER WING CASE: Holographic Mylar Motion, 1/32″, Black – *Coat with UV Resin

This Baetis/BWO pattern is SIMILAR TO JUAN’s… Juan would be Juan Ramirez aka: THE HOPPER JUAN…it is a combination of two different patterns I viewed there…

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Materials STJ’s…

STJs GRP -1-

STJ’s…

 

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MRB – (Mink, Resin, Brassie) – Copper/Brown…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #16 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN:  Wapsi UTC wire, Copper Brown, SM – Coat with UV Resin

THORAX: Mink body hair, Natural Brown

A simple Brassie pattern that may be tied on straight or curved hooks. I started coating the wire wraps with Dave’s Flexament, then UV Resin several years ago, up in Montana. This pattern really works well on reddish bottomed stream beds like the Stillwater in MT. I use it during the first PMD hatches that occur there just when the run off starts, in late June – early July and fish it along the edges and softer water. Use different colored wires for other bottom conditions but stick with mink for the thorax because of it’s ability to retain air bubbles…Mink is now available in a lot of dyed colors – use it !

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Materials MRB…

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MRB(s)…

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MRB –  a very effective pattern …in MT, on the Stillwater…

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BLACK PEARL …

HOOK:  TMC 2499 SPBL, #16 – #18

THREAD: (Not Pictured) Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Pearl

ABDOMEN: 2 Strands Black / 1 Strand Pearl Glimmer Thread – Cascade Crest – * Coat with Hard as Hull or SHAN

WING: 1 Strand Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/Red

THORAX: Iridescent Dyed Peacock Herl, Copper Red – Spirit River

BEAD: Nickel Tungsten (Silver), sized to hook

A flashy Zebra type Midge pattern which is very effective on Eastern Sierra tail waters, like the East Walker River, or anywhere a Zebra Midge might be used…

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Materials for BLACK PEARL…

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BLACK PEARL (s)…

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EWR CRIPPLE – Matthews/ MGC Variant …

HOOK:  TMC 2488, #16 – #18

THREAD: Abdomen- Uni 8/0, Olive Dun / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Zelon, Light Olive

ABDOMEN: Working thread, Olive Dun

THORAX: Iridescent Dyed Peacock, Purple – Spirit River

WING: Puglisi Trigger Point International Fibers, BWO

HACKLE: Medium Dun, V-Notched, at the bottom

This is a BWO version of Craig Matthew’s Madison Guide Cripple… Video HERE…Never enough Baetis/BWO patterns…

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Materials EWR CRIPPLE…

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EWR CRIPPLES…

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East Walker River Brown…

 

 

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MR. T CADDIS (UV2/TPI) – Matthews/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1100, #16 – #18

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

SHUCK: Amber Zelon

UNDER WING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Tan

WING: Puglisi Trigger Point International Fibers, Black

This is an older BRF/Craig Matthew’s pattern that was designed for that “greasy sunlight”, just at dusk, on the Madison River. The black wing helps the angler see the fly under those lighting conditions. The wing material is treated with WATERSHED. so it floats real nice…

 

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Materials MR. T Caddis…

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MR. T(s)…

4.8.13 3Caddis time on the Madison River, MT…where the little guy below hatches during the dog days of Summer…

GLOS MAT -1-GLOSSOSOMA CADDIS LARVAE – Matthews/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #16

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

RIB: UTC wire, Amber, small

ABDOMEN: LaFontaine Touch Dubbing, Pink

THORAX: Senyo’s Laser Dubbing, Tan

HACKLE: Hungarian Partridge

This is THE MOST IMPORTANT Caddis in the Eastern Sierras, which is not the only place that it is found. Most Fly Fisherman, who travel to those waters, don’t even know about it. Like Ralph Cutter says in the article that I have linked to, “Learn how to use this pattern!”. Craig Matthews ties it HERE

 

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Materials GLOSSOSOMA CADDIS LARVAE…

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GLOSSOSOMA CADDIS LARVAE…

KISS MIDGE LARVA -2-K.I.S.S. MIDGE LARVA – Chartreuse …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black – for the head only

ABDOMEN: Micro Tubing Chartreuse

Start the Micro Tubing at the head position, after tying it in, keep it under tension wrapping back into the bend then forward…one may add some Iridescent Peacock for a thorax- if desired. These are simple, translucent and portray hints of segmentation…fish this about 6″ off the bottom …

MAT KISS MIDGE -1-Materials K.I.S.S. MIDGE LARVA….

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K.I.S.S. MIDGES….

COPPER LOTUS -1-COPPER LOTUS – Egan/Variant…

HOOK: – TMC 100 SPBL, #16 – #20

THREAD: Uni 8/0, Olive Dun

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dun

RIB: Uni 6/0, Black – twisted

WING CASE: Midge Diamond Braid, Black

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Olive

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

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

This is a variation on Lance Egan’s “IRON LOTUS”… tied on a straight shank hook with some different elements added A curved shank hook like the TMC 2487 or Daiichi 1130 works well too.I prefer keeping the abdomen thin on these patterns This pattern imitates a small May Fly in an attractor sort of way…A video for the original pattern may be viewed HERE

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Materials COPPER LOTUS…

COPPER LOTUS s -2-COPPER LOTUS(s)….

I will be able to use some of them with this little lightweight set-up I have not put to work in a long time:

bamboo-stillBamboo,Abel, H&L Variant and ‘Bow…on the Stillwater River, MT...

 

NEXT: Some interesting hooks and beads from the TROUT LEGEND STORE …with bugs tied on them – of course…

PT/TB

 

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Since she was little, Ally (and Michael) have been going out in the deserts doing stuff…

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ALLY MT WHITNEY -2-Here is where I found her…today…

ALLY MUSIC VIDEO -1-THE HEAD AND THE HEART – “Another Story” – from their upcoming album. Let’s Be Still…

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This is the first fly pattern I ever tied, back in 1974 before there were Vimeo vids., You Tube vids., SBS’s on Forums and BLOGS and books with SBS diagrams (in color). It  appeared in Roy Patrick’s “Tie Your Own Flies”, published in 1956…

PACIFIC KING -1-PACIFIC KING – Roy Patrick – Daiichi 1560, #18…

I tied this pattern on Mustad 3906 hooks in sizes #12 – #14 when I first began tying…there was not much else around. Here is the recipe for the original pattern which Roy Patrick designed for use in the Eastern Sierras in 1940…

BOOK FIRST FLY TIED -5-The “original” recipe…

BOOK FIRST PATTERN -4-I first saw the pattern in this great listing of patterns – over 1000 in here – published in 1970. I picked it up in 1974…

ROY PATRICK TYOF -1-This book, published in 1956, has the SBS for the pattern…drawings – no photos…

PACIFIC KINGS -1-Some PACIFIC KINGS in #18, note that the tail is omitted, to imitate and emerging Caddis Pupa…I did this on the first batch I tied, as well…

Mat PACIFIC KING -1-Materials for the PACIFIC KING…

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #18

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

ABDOMEN: Micro Floss, Insect Green – Cascade Crest

BACK (OVER ABDOMEN): Micro Floss, C. Brown – Cascade Crest

RIB: Ultra Wire, Black, SM or x-sm – 4 turns

BEARD: Speckled Hen Hackle, Black, Nature’s Spirit

WING: Black Squirrel Tail, White Fox Fur and Feather

This is the place I first tried out this pattern…”dapped” and swung in the current…

malonepinecreekMichael and Ally standing in Lone Pine Creek, Lone Pine, CA in just about the same spot I caught my first Trout on this fly pattern…

lone-pine-area1Lone Pine, California…in the High Sierras…

owens-lpc-1Another spot, on Lone Pine Creek, where a “bow and arrow cast” would work…and did – with this little guy…

owens-a-h-lpc-11Ally and HERO…above that same section of Lone Pine Creek where she and her brother Michael were standing in the middle of the stream…

POP NAD CHIL PAC KING -1-PT and Nadia rockin’ it at Chilko Lake, BC where this pattern took some nice Rainbows back in ’76…

JEAN RF PAC KING -1-Jean Marie, swinging a PACIFIC KING, on the Roaring Fork River, near Aspen, CO…back in the day…

POP FP PAC KING -1-PT… used that pattern on the Frying Pan too !!!

EAST WALKER GAUGE PK -1-Another good location to use this pattern…The East Walker River…in the early Summer and Fall…

LIL MOO BAVARIA -2-Lil’ MOO…on a mission to find the elusive “German Black Squirrel”…in Bavaria… last week…

NEXT: An ANNELID

PT/TB

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