Posts Tagged ‘Angelo (the DOG)’

It is that time of year again…lots of get togethers with my kids, good food and company. It is, and has been, pouring here in Los Angeles. Does, however, give me time to whip up some attractor patterns that I have been wanting to do for quite some time. What follows are a couple that are done, which will be included in a whole series of flies…some my own and others by tiers I really like…

Aimee and Michael, down from the Bay area, at the Pine Tree Inn, for some excellent Korean BBQ…Michael with chopstix at the ready asks, “What’s NEXT ?”…

Something with Yellow Pheasant Tail, Metallic Green wire, mixed dubbing, Krystal Flash and Hot Flo Pink Thread…

Lemon Wood Duck, Red Pheasant Tail, Copper Brown wire, Mixed dubbing, Rusty Brown Krystal Flash and  Hot Flo Orange Thread…

CADDIS IMITATION…out of Montana…

Another CADDIS IMITATION in Chartreuse…

PINK N’ OLIVE attractor…






Angelo. decked out in his XMAS greenery says, ” Ho, Ho Hum”…

Ally and Michael listen in to hear what their nephew has to say about the “traditional” Chinese XMAS dinner….

More be coming off the vise…soon


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These are three flies that I have been using consistently over the past 5 years or so… that have produced for me on rivers from California to Montana. All are simple ties…As standard, I will put up the photos and add in the details later…I may re-shoot these ( pattern ) photos in available light. I’m not thrilled with the results I have been getting with interior lighting…Ahhhh…that’s better…

Maybe it will SNOW again, good Baetis weather…


HOOK: Daiichi 1560 #16- #18, TMC 3761 # 16 – #20

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Sheer, Brown

RIB: Fine Lagartun Gold

TAIL: Mottled Turkey Fibers – ( I prefer mottled Partridge, from the tail feather)

ABDOMEN: Mottled Turkey fibers

FLASHBACK: A single strand of black Holographic flashabou or Holo Mylar Motion

THORAX: Dark Tan Beaver dubbing

WING CASE: Fluffy butt end of a natural Black hen neck hackle – ( I prefer Dark Dun Hen Neck)

Another Tracy Peterson patternwhich may be fished with weight on the hook or not,- dead drift, shallow or deep, alone or as a dropper. Make the dropper tippet 16″- 24″…this fly has accounted for a lot of hook ups for me on the East Walker and Lower Owens RiverI became aware of this pattern, along with the BatWing Baetis ( tied on a curved hook) in 2006I have a lot of both patterns, in many sizes, in my fly boxes…they WORK!!!


Another BAT WING BAETIS NYMPH…in good old California sunshine….

Mr. BROWN gettin’ ready to book it after hopping on a Bat Wing nymph…


HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #16-#18, TMC 3761 #16-#20

THREAD: Abdomen, Danville 6/0 Tan, From thorax to behind bead, Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Ginger

TAIL: Hungarian Partridge

RIB: Small Copper/ Brown wire

ABDOMEN: Danville 6/0 Tan

WING CASE: Strip of Mylar Sheeting or a few strands of Pearl Flashabou or Krystal Flash ( I use Pearl Firefly on back and over wing case ) Thanks Vince Wilcox!!!

THORAX: Olive Antron dubbing or other shiny synthetic dubbing – ( I prefer Arizona Simi Seal in Grey/Olive)

BEAD: Copper (1/16 for # 18 & # 20)


A Craig Matthews pattern I got hooked on after visiting Craig Matthews Shop – Blue Ribbon Flies – back in 2004I have found that this fly will work just about anywhere, and especially in the Fall when these guys appear all over the place below 5 Bridges, on the Lower Owens Riverweight may be added behind the bead…I’s don’t go out not carrying a bunch of these

Somebody is very cold here…Lower Owens River. after Thanksgiving…Brrrr…BAETIS weather…


HOOK: TMC 2487 #16- #22, Daiichi 1130 #16-#22, Mustad c49s # 16-#22.

THREAD: Abdomen, Wapsi 70 Denier Olive. Thorax to behind bead, Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Olive

TAIL: Three Natural Pheasant tail fibers

RIB: Wapsi, xsm Gold wire

THORAX: Peacock Herl

WING CASE/ LEGS: 8-6 strands of Black Krystal Flash

BEAD:Black nickel- sized for hook

I carry these in all sizes …there are occasions when I run into different colored Baetis nymphs from one section of the water to another…these guys, carried in the aforementioned sizes, will generally do the trick, when that happens…


Here are two GREAT sources for more info on BAETIS/BWO’s



” Michael…put Angelo down and let’s get to it!!!”….


LINKS (AT BOTTOM OF POST) to ALL my Baetis/ BWO Patterns:  HERE <- 



NEXT…a Jeremy Davies colorful STONE


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This is Charlie Craven’s Purple Jujubaetis, developed three years ago as an offshoot of the original Jujubaetis. Charlie’s flies –  JUST CATCH FISH… According to a great article Walter Wiese wrote for  Flyfishing & Tying Journal, “Charlie (Craven) suggests fishing the Purple Jujubaetis under gray skies or during rain and snow storms, in other words, when Baetis mayflies are most active”.


This pattern was developed as an experiment, but after Charlie’s son tried it out on Colorado’s Blue and other Colorado rivers and received rave reviews, he started production tying them. It is suggested to fish this pattern in tandem with an imitative pattern. Charlie says this pattern usually wins out…


HOOK: TMC 2488, # 16 – # 22

THREAD: (Abdomen)- 74 Denier White…I used Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, White

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Sheer, Black

TAIL: Mottled Brown India Hen neck fibers

ABDOMEN: Two strands purple and one strand Blue Super Hair, over tapered White thread underbody

WING CASE/ LEGS: Brown Fluro Fiber or similar synthetic

FLASHBACK: Medium Opal Mirage Tinsel

THORAX: Black thread

COATING: Five minute epoxy (optional)

* Note: I tie this pattern using Black Holo Tinsel for the Flashback and also with Black Midge, Krystal Flash for the Flashback and legs…

Here is Charlie Craven’s excellent tutorial for the Jujubaetis

“Hey Michael, I got a new Baetis pattern for you to try!!!”…disnterested DOG and BOY on the Lower Owens River…

MORE BWO’s /BAETIS coming…


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Fall is almost here. So…it is time for Fall fly patterns like BWO’s/ Baetis, Midges and Streamers… Over the next few weeks, I will be adding some of those patterns here – along with a stonefly or two that are always hanging around in the water, pushing some Trout strikes…

My favorite time of year..Big Pine Creek, Big Pine, CA…

Somebody’s watchin’ me as I get ready for a cold day on the Owens River, Bishop, CA…

Michael is already in the river, pulling a big streamer…


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