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Another Spring, another box to fill. These are a series of attractor patterns and hopefully, there will be some snow and water here in the West, this year, to use them in. Some of these guys will be going back East for Michael to use in rivers outside of NYC. Many will be incorporating some new materials I want to try out..There are eighteen (18) patterns in this series…Take what ya’ want and leave the rest…

ATTRACTORS SPRING 2014 -1-

The box… is completed…

Z BLUE DONE -1-

BLUE Z DONE…

Mat BLUE Z DONE NYMPH -1-

Materials BLUE Z DONE NYMPH…

HOOK:   Umpqua/Hanak C260BL, #12 – #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 or,015 lead wire

TAIL: Mallard side fibers, Royal Blue. Nature’s Spirit

ABDOMEN: Over working thread, 6-8 strands Blue Zelon

RIB: Ultra wire, x-sm, Gun Metal Blue

HACKLE: Hen Neck, Dun

THORAX: Ice Dub UV Pink

HOT SPOT: Gordon Griffith, 14/0 Sheer, Red

BEAD: Tungsten Nickel, sized to hook

Slinky BLUE – the new black…

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‘Cause Michael says so…BLUE Z DONE NYMPHS -1-

BLUE Z DONE(s)…IN PINK -2-

IN PINK JIG NYMPH …

Mat IN PINKS -1-

Materials IN PINK JIG NYMPH…

IN PINKS -2-

IN PINK (s) JIG NYMPH….

HOOK: TMC 403BLJ, #12 – #16

THREAD:  Abdomen -Ultra 70 Denier, Fl. White / Thorax forward, Tiemco 16/0, Brown

WEIGHT: .010 or.015 lead wire

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

OVER ABDOMEN: Over white thread base, 1 strand flash, 12-18 non flash strands DNA Holo Fusion, Pink

RIB: Micro tubing, Pheasant Tail…NOW * coat with Hard As Hull

THORAX: 50/50 Mix Fire Star, Fire Red / Squirrel Blend, Rust

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten, Black, Sized to hook

Pink is another color that I have had a lot of sucess with in recent years. The Browns on the East Walker River like the color…

KIMCHEE NYMPH -1-

KIMCHEE NYMPH – Chung/Variant …

Mat KIMCEE NYMPH -1-

Materials KIMCHEE NYMPH…

HOOK:  Umpqua/Hanak, C550BL, #10 – #14

THREAD: Abdomen- Ultra 70 denier, Brown  / Thorax forward, Veevus 16/0, Brown

WEIGHT: .010 or ,015 lead wire

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

RIB: Ultra wire, Fl. Yellow, SM

WING: Marc Petitjean CDC, Dirty Yellow

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, Fl. Orange

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

A hot RS2…why not ?

KIMCHEE NYMPHS -1-

KIMCHEE NYMPH(s)…MINKY J. UV2 -1-

MINKY J. CADDIS  UV2 (Tan)…

Mat MINKY J. -1-

Materials MINKY J. UV2  CADDIS (Tan)…

HOOK:  TMC 403BLJ, #12 – #16

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

WEIGHT: .015 or .010 lead wire

OVER ABDOMEN #.1: Cover thread base with Medium Pearl Tinsel * coat thread with Hard As Hull… first

OVER ABDOMEN #.2: 40% UV2 Caddis Nymph, Tan / 60% Natural Mink

RIB: Veevus Iridescent Thread, Copper

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dub, Brown … NOW…brush with Velcro and vigor…

HOT SPOT: Veevus 10/0 Sunburst Yellow Thread

BEAD: Black, Gold or Copper Tungsten, sized to hook…

These may be done in Olive, Amber, Gray or Brown…proper colors of UV2 Dubbing and dyed Mink from White Fox Fur and Feather Co.. Mink is a great fur for capturing air bubbles…I have been using Mink and Sable in many of my Caddis ties for a long time…HERE

MINKY J. s -1-

MINKY J. UV2 CADDIS (Tan)…EGAN GTI CADDIS -2-

GTI CADDIS – Egan/Variant…

Mat GTI CADDIS-1-

Materials GTI CADDIS…

HOOK:  Umpqua/Hanak C300BL, #12 – #16

THREAD: Abdomen – Ultra 70 Denier Yellow Olive / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 or .015 lead wire

TAG: Small bunch of DNA Holo Fusion Fibers, Brown, cut short

ABDOMEN: Senyo’s Laser Dub, Light Olive

OVER ABDOMEN RIB #1. : Medium Chartreuse Glitter D Rib..*Under Floss Back

OVER ABDOMEN RIB #2. : Ultra wire, x-sm, Black * Over Floss back

BACK: Brown Flexi-Floss, or Thin Skin, Stretch Flex,  a strip of .5mm Brown Razor Foam – your call

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel, Black

BEAD: Tungsten Black Nickel, sized to hook

A new Lance Egan pattern, for which, there is no recipe…YET…it may be viewed HERE at Blue Quill Anglers …in several colors…

GTI CADDIS -1-

GTI CADDIS…TUNG BUD BUG -1-

TUNGSTEN BUD BUG …

Mat TUNG BUD BUG -1-

Materials TUNGSTEN BUD BUG…

HOOK: Umpqua/Hanak C260BL – #12 – #16

THREAD: Abdomen – Ultra 70 denier Lt. Olive / Tiemco 16/0, Black – thorax forward

WEIGHT: .015 or .010 lead wire

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

ABDOMEN: Working Lt. Olive Ultra Thread

RIB: Ultra wire, Metallic Olive, SM

THORAX: 20% Fire Star, Copper Fire / 20% SLF Davy Wotton Amber / 60% SLF Spikey Squirrel, Brown

WING BUD: Short loop of Midge Diamond Braid, Fl. Hot Pink

WING CASE: Black Zelon

BEAD: Nickel or Black Tungsten, sized to hook

Another generic , earth toned, May Fly nymph with a bit of bling in the bursting wing bud…

TUNG BUD BUGS -1-

TUNGSTEN BUD BUG (s)…TURBO MIDGE -1-

LEE’S TURBO MIDGE- Chris Lee/Loren Williams- Variant 

Mat TURBO MIDGE -1-

Materials TURBO MIDGE…

HOOK: TMC 403BLJ, #14 -#16, TMC 2499SPBL, #18

THREAD: Ultra 70 Denier, Black

WEIGHT: .010 lead wire

RIB: Veevus Silver Iridescent Thread – * coat with Hard As Hull for durability

THORAX: Ice Dub UV Black

BEAD: Tungsten Nickel, sized to hook

A Loren Williams pattern by way of Chris Lee…the SBS tutorial is HERE…I will send some of these to Michael and will try them out on the East Walker as a Zebra Midge replacement…

TURBO MIDGES -1-

TURBO MIDGE(s)…MOO NET SYSTEM -1-Moo…in perfect TURBO water…East Walker River, in the Spring…
UV2 BOP -1-

B.O.P. UV2 …

Mat B.O.P. UV2 -1-

Materials B.O.P. UV2…

HOOK: Umpqua/Hanak – C400BL, #12 – #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Brown

WEIGHT: Optional – .015 or .010 lead wire

TAIL: UV2 Strung Saddle Fibers, Fl. Orange

RIB: Ultra wireHot Orange, SM

ABDOMEN: Senyo’s Laser Dub, Light Olive

HACKLE: Furnace

THORAX: Ice Dub UV Shrimp Pink

HOT SPOT: Ultra 70 Denier, Fire Orange

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

A light Olive May Fly attractor with a hackling position that will be seen on a lot more jig patterns…

B.O.P. s UV2 -1-

B.O.P. (s) UV2…PIT STOP -1-PIT STOP PUPA …

Mat PIT STOP NYMPH -1-

Materials PIT STOP PUPA…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SPBL, #14 – #18

THREAD: Abdomen- Tiemco16/0, White  / Thorax forward, Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAG: Veevus Holo Tinsel, Chartreuse, SM 1/64′, * coat with Hard As Hull

OVER ABDOMEN: cover white thread base with Nano Silk 12/0, Orange

RIB: Ultra wire, Copper Brown, SM

THORAX: Natural Gray Ostrich Herl

WINGS: V-Notched Partridge, Brown-ish

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Metallic Brown, sized to hook

A Caddis Pupa attractor for the Browns… on the East Walker River…

PIT STOP NYMPHS -1-

PIT STOP PUPA(s)…BRUIN NYMPH -1-

BRUIN NYMPH …

Mat BRUIN NYMPH -1-

Materials BRUIN NYMPH…

HOOK: TMC -403BLJ, #12-#16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: .015 or .010 lead wire

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Ginger Speckled

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Black

RIB: Ultra wire, Hot Yellow, SM

THORAX: 30% Diamond Hair (chopped) Silver/Blue – 20% AZ Simi Seal (Chopped) Blue/Black – 50% Awesome Possum, Black

BEAD: Gold Slotted Tungsten,sized to hook

A generic, black Mayfly pattern…

BRUIN NYMPHS -1-

BRUIN NYMPHS…MADISON 2 4.8.13 4

BRUIN time…Madison River…in the channels…PIMENTO NYMPH -1-PIMENTO NYMPH …

Mat PIMENTO NYMPH -1-

Materials for PIMENTO NYMPH…

HOOK: Umpqua/Hanak,  C200BL, #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

WEIGHT: .010 lead wire

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dun

ABDOMEN: 6/0 Combo Thread Yellow/Olive (over 16/0 Olive) * coat with SHAN or Hard As Hull

THORAX: 50/50 Mix Senyo’s laser Dub, Light Olive / SLY Spikey Squirrel, Olive

HOT SPOT: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Sheer, Red

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, 3/32′, Metallic Olive

Because there is always a small Olive colored nymph in the drift…

PIMENTO NYMPHS -1-

PIMENTO NYMPHS…

MOO EWR WADE -2-

Add PIMENTO and the water will stir…East Walker River…F BARRON VAR -1-FEYD UV 2 (The Baron’s Nephew) – Loren Williams/Variant …

Mat FEYDS -1-Materials FEYD UV 2…

HOOK:  Umpqua/Hanak C300BL, #12 – #16

THREAD: Abdomen – Ultra 70 Denier, Fl. White / Thorax forward, Danville #47, Tobacco Brown, 6/0

WEIGHT: .015 or .010 lead wire

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck fibers

ABDOMEN:  Flat Pearl Tinsel, Med. or SM

OVER ABDOMEN: * coat with Zap-A-Gap, then wrap, UV2 Turkey Biot Mahogany

THORAX: 30% AZ Simi Seal (chopped Canadian Brown) / 70% SLF Spikey Squirrel Dark Brown

BEAD: One size undersized to hook, Gold Tungsten

The second of two Loren Williams patterns in this series and it is a good one. Loren ties it HERE…play with other colors on this one…good segmentation and bugginess…

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STING as FEYD in “DUNE”…

FEYDS -1-FEYD(s) UV 2…

ED AR AL CAD -2-

“EDIBLE ARRANGEMENT” Caddis Attractor – Andy Larkin/Variant …

Materials LARKIN CAD ATTR -1-Materials “EDIBLE ARRANGEMENT” Caddis Attractor…

HOOK: Umpqua/Hanak – C400BL, #14 – #16

THREAD: Abdomen – Veevus 10,White / Thorax forward, Veevus 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: .015 or .010 lead wire

OVER ABDOMEN: (over white Veevus thread) 1 strand OPal Mirage Flashabou – *coat with had cement first!

OVER OPAL MIRAGE: Glitter D Rib, Medium Chartreuse

WRAPPED IN GLITTER GROOVES: Senyo’s White Laser Dub in dubbing loop of White Veevus thread

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Dark Brown, brushed out

COLLAR HACKLE: CDC Black

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

This is just a great pattern from Andy Larkin. Rather than trying to go into a detailed description of how to tie it, check out Andy’s SBS tutorial HERE. I will be tying these up in Tan and Amber in the near future…

LARKIN CADDIS ATTR -1-“EDIBLE ARRANGEMENT” Caddis Attractor(s)…

PURPLE BLUE ATT -1-PURPLE PT TOOB …

Mat PUR PT TOOB -1-Materials PURPLE PT TOOB…

HOOK:  UMPQUA (Hanak) C200BL, #12 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: .015 or .010 lead wire

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Mediu speckled

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Purple

RIB: Micro Tubing, Blue

THORAX: 50/50 Mix Fire Star, Purple Pearl / Squirrel Blend, Natural Grey

WING CASE: 8-10 strands of Pearl Fire Fly – * coat with UV Resin

HOT SPOT: Ultra 70 denier, Peacock Blue

BEAD: Tungsten Nickel, sized to hook

Would there not be a PURPLE pattern when I tie attractors? Something slim to cut through the water column and bounce the bottom…That Fire Star comes from LARVA LACE and I really like mixing it with furs…

PUR PT TOOBS -2-PURPLE PT TOOB(s)…

MAD SUNSET VARNEY -1-TOOB water….

FLOSS DIVER -1-FLOSS DIVER …Caddis Pupa

Materials FLOSS DIVER BO CDC MIS -1-Materials FLOSS DIVER – (Brown/Olive CDC not pictured)

HOOK:  Umpqua/Hanak C400BL, #14 – #16

THREAD: Abdomen- Ultra 70 Denier, Olive Green / Thorax forward, Tiemco, 16/0, Dark Brown

WEIGHT: .015 0r .o1o lead wire

ABDOMEN: Goose Biot, Caddis Green

RIB: Black Ice Thread – *Coat abdomen with SHAN or Hard As Hull for durability

WING BUDS: Brown Flexi-Floss cut at an angle and a bit short

THORAX: 50/50 Mix Fire Star, Copper Fire / SLY Spikey Squirrel, Olive Brown

COLLAR HACKLE: Brown Olive CDC

HOT SPOT: Dat Glo-Brite, Chartreuse

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

I love Caddis Pupa with a lot of scraggly stuff flowing off the thorax…This critter may be fished dead drift or swung in the current…hold on when it makes the dash to the surface…

FLOSS DIVERS -2-FLOSS DIVERS…

CLIFF SWALLOW -2-CLIFF SWALLOW…

CLIF SWAL ZTROUT MT -1-Cliff Swallow (Photo – ZTrout)…

Materials CLIFF SWALLOW -1-Materials for CLIFF SWALLOW…

HOOK:   TMC 103BL, #15 – #17

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

WEIGHT: Optional, .010 lead wire

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Lady Amherst Pheasant Tail Fibers, Rust/Black

RIB: Ultra wire, Copper Brown, SM

THORAX: 50/50 Mix SLF Prism, Sand – SLF Spikey Squirrel, Brown

HOT SPOT: Fl. Fire Orange Ultra 70 denier thread

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, 5/64″ or 3/32″

I would not be adverse to using this little fellow when PMD’s are about, either on this river, the Frying Pan or others that have a rust toned, cobble bottom…

ALLY CLIFF SWALLOW -2-Ally at Cliff Swallow…on the Stillwater River, MT

CLIFF SWALLOW(s) -2-CLIFF SWALLOW(s)…

YES BUTT PK OL -1-YES BUTT Olive/Pink …

Materials YES BUTT ATTR -2-Materials for YES BUTT…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP-BLB, #16 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

WEIGHT: Optional, .010 lead wire

TAG: Short, cut fibers, Chartreuse Fluoro Fibre

ABDOMEN: Working thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Non flash strands of DNA Holo Fusion, Olive

RIB: Pink Ice thread – * coat with SHAN or Hard As Hull for durability

WING: 1 short strand, Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/White

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Eye, Olive Dun – Spirit River

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Metallic Pink, sized to hook

Pink and Olive…Oh yeah…two colors, which when mixed together, have scored some nice Browns on the Owens and East Walker Rivers…

YES BUTTS -2-YES BUTT(s)…

EWR YES BUTT -1-YES !!!…Miracle Mile section of The East Walker River, Bridgeport, CA…

ELECKTRA GLIDE JIG -1-ELECKTRA GLIDE JIG …

Mat ATT DNA CHART -1-Materials for ELECKTRA GLIDE JIG…

HOOK: Umpqua/Hanak C400BL, #12 – #16

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

WEIGHT: .015 or .010 lead

TAG: Holographic Tinsel, Blue (from Rainbow Holo Flashabou)

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Ultra 70 Denier, Fl. Chartreuse

OVER ABDOMEN: Non flash strands of DNA Holo Fusion, Chartreuse

RIB: Ultra wire, x-sm or SM, Gun Metal Blue

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Eye, Kingfisher Blue – Spirit River

BEAD: Tungsten Nickel, sized to hook

A little guy with motion and translucence for dredging the bottom of the water column in dark or turbid water…

ATT DNA CHART -1-ELECKTRA GLIDE(s)…

NEXT: Something STONEFLY simple…

PT/TB 

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Here are the recipes, separate photographs and further information on the attractor patterns I posted on my previous post…I use attractor patterns as lead flies in multiple fly rigs and often use them solo to work places where big Trout might be lurking and in the mood for the “get out of my space” syndrome…

“RAIN, KIDS…messin’ around”

There are additional attractor patterns I will be posting soon because…

This box is not full yet, attractor patterns are really fun to tie and one can let their imagination stretch beyond boundaries…

RED/ ORANGE PT (BUFFALO JUMP)

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, TMC 3761 , TMC 100 SP BL,  #12-#18

THREAD: Uni 8/0 Brown, to secure tail, rib and abdomen

TAIL: Lemon Wooduck

RIB: Wapsi, Copper/Brown wire SM

ABDOMEN: Red Pheasant Tail fibers...then

THREAD: Wapsi 6/0 Fl. Orange

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

WING CASE/ LEGS: Rusty Brown Krystal Flash

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

I am particularly influenced by color of the water and stream bottom color when choosing an attractor pattern…given the name of this guy, one might suspect where it would be employed…

YELLOW/OLIVE PT (178)

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, TMC 3761 # 14-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Ginger

TAIL: Yellow Pheasant tail Fibers, 3-6

RIB: Wapsi, Green Metallic Wire, SM

ABDOMEN: Yellow Pheasant tail fibers…then

THREAD: Wapsi 6/0, FL. Pink or Red

WING CASE/LEGS: Black Krystal Flash

THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub 50%, Olive squirrel 50%

BEAD: Black Brass ( stuffed with lead or lead sub.) or Black Tungsten

Pictured below is a location that might find me using this pattern…especially in high water in the early Summer…

Somewhere off Hwy 178…

TUNGSTEN PARROT NYMPH

HOOK: Dai Riki 135 # 16, Daiichi 1120 #14-#18, Mustad CO 68 #14-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Orange Fl., 6/0

BEAD: 7/64 Gold Tung for #16 ( or 1 size, oversize for # 14 and # 18)

RIB: SM Gold or Copper Wire

ABDOMEN: Natural Pheasant Fibers

OVERBODY: SM Mylar tinsel

THORAX: SLF Spiky Squirrel Dub …I used a combination of Mink and Sable for air bubble retention…

HEAD: Fl. Thread in front of bead

This fly imitates a Caddis and was developed for the Missouri River in Montana. It imitates the bug in it’s transition stage. It is meant to be fished dead drift and deep with a little Frog’s Fanny brushed on the thorax. This pattern comes out of the BIG R FLY SHOP, in Great Falls, MT. Poke around there…interesting other patterns to be discovered…

CHARTRUSE PARROT TUNG NYMPH

HOOK: Mustad CO 68 #14-#18, Daiichii 1120, #14-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Fl. Chartreuse 6/0

BEAD: Black Tung one size larger than normally called for

RIB: Sm Black Wapsi wire

OVERBODY: SM Mylar Tinsel

THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub 50%, SLF Prism Peacock 50%

HEAD: FL. Thread, Wapsi, Chartruse 6/0

OK, I like this color and just could not resist tying up some of the Tungsten Parrots in chartreuseI have had great success with this color on a number of rivers where me and the guys FF…

OLIVE/PINK PT (BIG REEDY)

HOOK: Mustad CO68, #14-#18, Daiichii1120, #14-#18, TMC 2457 #14-#18

THREAD: UNI 8/0 Olive

TAIL: Olive Pheasant tail fibers, 3-6

ABDOMEN: Olive Pheasant tail Fibers

RIB: Wapsi Pink wire, SM...then

THREAD: Wapsi Fl Pink, 6/0

WING CASE/LEGS: Pearl Krystal Flash

THORAX: UV Pink, Ice Dub

BEAD: Gold Tung, sized to hook

This be the BIG REEDY

…and, these colors kick butt in here…

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HOOK: TMC 3761 #12-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra 140 & 70 Denier, Black (based on Hook size)

TAIL: Olive Pheasant tail fibers, 3-6

RIB: Wapsi Chartreuse SM

WING CASE: Black Thin Skin…then

THREAD: Wapsi, Chartreuse 70 Denier

THORAX: Olive squirrel dubbing 50%, Ice Dub Olive Brown 25%, SLF Olive 25%

LEGS: Olive Partridge, V notched

BEAD: Silver Tungsten sized to hook

Tis pattern WORKS anywhere up or down 395…and some other places… in and on the edges of YNP…

龍戰士 (DRAGON WARRIOR)

HOOK: Mustad c49s, Tmc 2487, Daiichi 1130 #16-#20

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Black

TAIL: Pheasant tail fibers

ABDOMEN: Black Holo Flash, or SR, Holographic Mylar Motion 1/64″ (coat thread base with cement before wrapping – I use Hard As Hull)

THORAX: Wapsi Raibow Sow Scud Dub

WING CASE: Pearl Mylar Tinsel

Forget RAINBOW Warriors…from the same creator, Lance Egan…tie some of these with Red and Green Holo Flash abdomens too…

龍戰士

2T-S (Two Toned SURVEYOR)

HOOK: TMC 2457, Mustad CO68, Daiichi 1120, #10-#18

THREAD: 6/0, 8/0,  RED (based on Hook size)

BEAD: Silver, Tungsten, sized to hook

TAIL: Natural Pheasant tail fibers, 3-6

RIB: Silver wire

ABDOMEN: Wapsi Rainbow Sow Scud Dub (light)

THORAX: Wapsi Rainbow Sow Scud Dub (dark)…I used Hareline Dark Shade Rainbow Scud Dub

WING CASE: MED. Pearl Tinsel, Thinskin….I use Spirit River, Holographic  Mylar motion, Black, 1/64″

Another Lance Egan pattern which works…REAL GOOD…

BBDF (Blue, Bleu Dun, Frenchie)

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, Mustad c49s, #14-#20

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

THREAD: Uni 8/0 Grey, Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Grey

TAIL: Olive Pheasant tail fibers, 3-6

RIB: Lagartun , Blue, Fine or small

THORAX/COLLAR: UV Ice Dub Dun

WING CASE: Optional....SM or MED Pearl Mylar Tinsel

My take on another Lance Egan pattern. Different collar colors, PT colors and hooks (Daiichi 1560, TMC 100 SPBL) may be utilized. For more on using this and other patterns specifically designed for European Nymphing, check out Aaron Jasper’s just released DVD:

AVAILABLE HERE:

PERFORMANCE FLIES

Meanwhile, Michael will get busy…losing flies…

On the Owens River…in Spring…

Ally will just look good in the sunlight…

ATTRACTORS III

MORE ATTRACTOR PATTERNS

NEXT…More ATTRACTORS

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These are some attractor patterns that I use. When no Trout are rising, when the water is off-color, when it (or I ) is/am very cold, I pull these guys out of my boxes and affix them to my tippet…

KERN RIVER EMERGER (KRE) Variation

HOOK: TMC 5262, # 10- # 18, (or similar hook)

WEIGHT: Non toxic lead substitute

BEAD: Gold , Copper or Black Tungsten

THREAD: UNI 8/0 or Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Black

TAIL: Pheasant Tail Fibers, quantity dependent on hook size

RIB: Gold or Silver Tinsel

ABDOMEN: Peacock Herl

WINGCASE: Razor Foam 2mm., Red, Orange, Green, Yellow, Pink or Black

THORAX: Olive/Brown Ice Dub ( Pink Ice Dub…yessss)

LEGS: Optional, rubber, variegated

A pattern developed by Guy Jeans for the Kern River in the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains. It imitates Stone flies and some May fly species that inhabit that sometimes brawling freestone fishery. I have found this pattern to be effective throughout the Western US. I have caught many nice Trout on the East Walker River fishing this fly with a pink wing case in May…This is a good one for swift pools, behind and alongside boulders and through tail outs – fished deep

Guy Jean’s famous Kern Emerger pattern

Hook: TMC 5262 # 10 -18

Thread: Uni 6/0 or 8/0

Tail: Black Hen feathers

Rib: Gold tinsel, ( I use XSM gold wire for # 18 )

Abdomen: Peacock herl

Wingcase: Razor foam, pick yer’ color!

Legs: Here ,black Raineys rubber,but one could experiment!

Thorax: Peacock Ice Dub,Peacock Herl, SLF Prism Peacock or Arizona Peacock dubbing

Bead: Tung with lots of lead or non toxic sub. on thorax

Check out the Kern River Forum. Those guys up there use this fly throughout the year with great success. Guy Jean opened up his shop in Kernville several years ago and is a champ when it comes to doing good things for the Kern River and other local waters. Drop in and see him!

Here is another version that is beadless:

BEADLESS KRE

TURKEY VAC (OLIVE)

TURKEY VAC (TAN/BROWN)

HOOK: Mustad CO68, TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120, # 12- #18

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

BEAD: Gold, Copper or Black

WIRE: Chart. for Olive, Red for Tan/Brown

ABDOMEN: Olive Mottled Turkey Tan/ Brown Mottled Turkey

WING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, White/Clear or White Zelon

THORAX: Peacock Herl or Peacock Ice Dub

A Walter Wiese pattern out of Park’s Fly Shop in Gardiner, MT where Walter guides. This pattern was developed as an improved Shop Vac to imitate emerging Caddis Pupa.The original Shop Vac came out of BRF in West Yellowstone, MT. These flies will take Trout when offered at the proper time to imitate both Hydropsyche and BraychycetrusI have found these patterns to be very effective and employ them everywhere…


THE ORIGINAL SHOP VAC

Hook: TMC 2457,2487 or Diiachi 1120, 1130 # 16-20

Thread: Danville # 47, 6/0

Wire: Gold, xsm

Wing: Strand of White Zelon, clipped

Thread at head: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Black

Bead: Tung or Metal, Gold

The original- fish vaccum via BRF, Craig Matthews and designer Rowan Nymen. I also tweak this simple pattern with 3 strands of midge pearl flash under the wing and I tie it using UTC 70 Olive for the body. Faux Shop Vac here.



HULA PRINCESS

HOOK: TMC 2457, Mustad CO68 or other Scud hook, # 12 – # 18

THREAD: UNI 6/0, 8/0, or Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Dark Brown

ABDOMEN: Peacock Herl

RIB: Fine Gold or Copper wire

WING: White Zelon

THORAX: Brown Ostrich Herl

BEAD: Gold or Copper

Another Wiese fly pattern. Peacock Herl is one most effective material to incorporate into a searching fly. Weight may be added via a tungsten bead or non toxic wire wraps under the thorax. I have found that fish will take this guy fished dead drift or swung…the Zelon wing acts as a trigger…

LEFT OVER KLINK

Left over Klink

Hook: Partridge 15BN, #16-20

Thread: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, or Benechi 12/0 brown, olive or black

Tail: brown, olive or black hen neck

Abdomen: Wapsi UTC 70, brown, olive-brown, rusty- brown, olive or black / covered with clear micro tubing or color desired.

Rib: Wapsi x-sm gold, copper or silver

Thorax: (Behind a copper, gold or silver bead) olive brown, UV black or peacock Ice Dub

Wing/legs: brown, olive or black hen neck

So I have these remaining Klinkhammer hooks and what to do? I like it better in the available small sizes than the TMC 200R – superior gape. The fish seem to like it ( think Flav, Mahogany etc…) Rust bites back on the Stillwater!

And, here are two more in different color combinations…this pattern is one of my favorites..,

OLIVE / BROWN LEFT OVER KLINK

OLIVE LEFT OVER KLINK


JEREMY’S ARIZONA PRINCE

HOOK: TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120, Mustad CO68, # 10 -# 18

THREAD: Uni. Olive, 8/0 or Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Olive

BEAD: Copper, Gold or Black

TAILS: Brown Goose Biots

RIB: Gold or Copper wire

BODY: Light Arizona Peacock Dubbing

THORAX: Natural Peacock Arizona Dubbing

WINGS: White Goose Biots

A Jeremy Davies designed fly. ANYTHING that he designs catches Trout. This is his simpler version of the Prince Nymph tied on a curved hook. Many years ago, Jeremy had a link to a plethora of flies that he put together for the Bow River. That link no longer exists…however, I wrote all the recipes down…I now know why I did that…


ICE WEEVIL

HOOK: TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120, Mustad CO68 or other scud hook, # 12 – # 18

THREAD: UNI 8/0 Olive or Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Olive

TAIL: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Olive

RIB: Chart. or Metallic Green Wapsi wire

ABDOMEN: Caddis Green Ice Dub

THORAX: Olive/Brown SLF Prism

OVER ABDOMEN 1.: Optional, Pearl mylar or Black Krystal Flash

OVER ABDOMEN/WING CASE 2.: Olive Thin Skin or Scud Back

WINGS: Brown Goose Biots

BEAD: Copper or Gold

Some minor tweaking on Jeremy Davies’ venerable “EVIL WEEVIL” series.This is a flashy tie for early Spring and high, cloudy water…

BLACK WEEVIL (TOP VIEW)


BLACK WEEVIL

HOOK: TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120, Mustad CO68, # 12 – # 18

THREAD: UNI 8/0 Black or Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Black

TAIL: Black Rabbit, long hairs cut from mask, underfur combed out

RIB: Silver wire or Silver Mylar tinsel

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Mask ,#4

OVER ABDOMEN 1.: Pearl Mylar

OVER ABDOMEN 2.: Clear Scud Back

THORAX: Black Ice Dub

WINGCASE: Clear Scud Back

WINGS: White Goose Biots

BEAD: Black Tungsten or Black with non toxic lead wraps

Another tweak on the “EVIL WEEVIL”, fished deep, in the Spring, where and when Stone Flies are present and moving towards shore…


HOT GO 2 PRINCE

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – # 18

THREAD: Uni 8/0 Black or Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Black

TAIL: Ginger Furnace Hen Hackles

RIB: Metallic Red Wapsi wire

ABDOMEN/THORAX: Peacock Herl

WING: White Zelon

HACKLE: Ginger Furnace Hen

BEAD: Spirit River, Hot Orange

A combo soft hackle, combo meaning that designs from Rick Takahashi and “Pop” from “Let it Fly “in Pagosa Springs, CO influenced the final tie…This one will get a work out on the East Walker and Lower Owens..Michael gets to try it first ( then just let me try to pry the box out of his vest – good luck)…

EVIL WEEVIL

HOOK: TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120, Mustad CO68,or other scud hook, # 12 – # 18

THREAD: Uni 8/0 Black or Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black

TAIL: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Natural

OVER ABDOMEN/ OVER THORAX: Olive Scud Back or Thin Skin

RIB: Gold or Copper wire

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Mask, Olive # 3

THORAX: Peacock SLF PRISM

WINGS: Rusty Brown Goose Biots

BEAD: Gold or Copper, Tungsten or Brass

Another “Evil Weevil”…as one can see, numerous variations and possibilities…this is a good early Spring pattern…

NEU COWDUNG AMBER

HOOK: Alec Jackson, North Country, # 13 & # 15

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Brown

ABDOMEN/THORAX: Amber Hareline Krystal Dubbing

WING: Amber Zelon

HACKLE: Natural Partridge

BEAD: Glass Bead, Metallic

NEU COWDUNG OLIVE

HOOK: Alec Jackson, North Country, # 13 & # 15

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths, 14/0, Olive

ABDOMEN/THORAX: Olive Krystal Dubbing

WING: Grey Sparkle Emerger Yarn

HACKLE: Hen neck, brown

BEAD: Glass Bead, Metallic

Both the above flies are Wiese soft hackle Caddis imitations meant to be swung in the current with a lift and drop at the terminus of the swing. I particularly like to use this method on the Stillwater and Madison Rivers in Montana in the evening during hatches of the respective species these colors imitate…

I would be remiss if I did not put up this pattern. It was the first nymph that I tied out on the water, on the Madison River at Valley Gardens in August 1975, not the best time to be FF down in the channels section above Ennis Lake. This fly appeared in Fly Fishing Magazine in early 1975. It is called the “Mink Thing”…I have tied it on a wide variety of hooks with beads and without – with hackle and without. I have mixed sable into the blend. I still use this pattern in shades ranging from light tan to dark brown. The mink ( and sable) retain air bubbles which adds to the effectiveness of the fly…no Frogs Fanny needed!!! I weight the body of the fly heavily…it is one of the BEST early Spring, cold water imitations I have ever used…

“Mink Thing” at Valley Gardens on the Madison River 1975…

It is right here, in this Nymph box, that I still use…

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I have a few more that I am working on that will be posted soon…

PT/TB


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While I am working on putting together a series of attractor patterns, I thought I would share some flies that fall into the attractor category which I have come across in my aquatic travels/ adventures. Four of these I use to imitate Caddis and the fifth is a  May Fly tie that has certainly provided some exciting top water acrobatics and runs by the Trout that pounced on it…And YES, I sometimes like to fish with a Dry Fly…

RAM CADDIS (Yellow)

RAM CADDIS(Olive)

This is a Madison River pattern developed by the late Montana guide, Ross A. Merigold. I have used it in Olive, Yellow, Purple and Flo. Orange. It was originally used in the “Slide” area of the Madison River where the river narrows and the water blasts through… It is not an area for wading. The fly is fished directly upstream on a tight line. It is an excellent pocket water Caddis pupa attractor and may also be swung through riffles, just below the surface during the evening hatch. I first became acquainted with this fly many years ago on the East Walker River where a purple RAM Caddis produced one of the largest Rainbows I have ever netted there…It is tied on #8 – #14, TMC 3769, TMC 9300 or similar hook using floss, gold wire rib and white hen neck with a purple or dark red head, A Peacock herl head makes an interesting variation…

PEACOCK CADDIS

This dry pattern is basically an extension of the original Al Troth Elk Hair Caddis. It is used to imitate small Black Caddis like American Grannom.I have used this guy with great success on the Owens and East Walker Rivers in #14- #20…in the Spring and in smaller sizes, in the Fall…

CRIPPLED CADDIS EMERGER

A Mike Lawson pattern. One of two very enticing Caddis cripple flies that I use. This one is in Tan, utilizing an Antron ( or crinkled Zelon) shuck, Partridge wing, and Peacock Herl head. Appropriate colors work well for bright Green (Chart.) or Olive abdomens with a wire rib (try  twisted Krystal Flash… heh, heh) – tied on TMC 100 hooks #14 – # 18. Michael, Ally and I have enjoyed some rather stupendous results using this imitation on a high elevation lake around sunset…It works in soft and flat running water as well…Caddis get stuck in the shuck too…

ROYAL WULFF CRIPPLE
I first saw this pattern in the bins at BRF in West Yellowstone. I purchased a few in #14 -# 16 – then took it apart. When I went back to the shop,a week later, the bins were empty. It was designed by Rowan Nyman who worked for Craig Matthews and now has his own guiding gig and ties for the Montana Fly CO.* (see link). …This fly KICKS BUTT…Everywhere…

RECIPE: (From FLYFISHING & TYING JOURNAL, Fall 2011)

HOOK: Standard Dry #10-#18

THREAD: 6/0-8/0, Black

TAIL: Brown Zelon

BODY: Peacock Herl and FL. red Antron yarn or floss

WING: White poly yarn

HACKLE: Coachman Brown, trimmed underneath

 

Now, back to tying…

PT/TB

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Works in progress… Some variations on Jeremy Davies’ “Evil Weevil”, Walter Wiese’s ” Turkey Vac”, “Hula Princess”, ” Deep Super Softy”, “Glass Caddis” and “Neu Cowdung” and ,some ideas of my own on – attractor patterns for Spring and Summer…

Michael slurps his approval prior to hitting the road…

NEU COWDUNG...

TURKEY VAC

BLACK WEEVIL

KF WEEVIL

These two guys are more interested in steak – THAN FLIES

Tying instructions and ingredients on these patterns and more will be posted in the next week or so…

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One of my favorite spots on the Wild Trout section of the Owens River…a good place to let some of the above patterns  – “DROP IN”

PT/TB

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