As I mentioned in my last post, I am doing some ties for Casting For Recovery and a drawing box over at Fly Fishing Addicts…here are some things I have completed for deployment in the coming months by myself and a few other fly fisher persons…I have the utmost confidence that these will put the users into good Trout…I just don’t tie for any other reason – it’s a utilitarian point of view…


HOOK: TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120, Daiichi 1130, TMC 2487 #12-#16, TMC 2499 SPBL #12-#16

THREAD: Abdomen, Fl. Chartreuse Ultra 70 denier – to” hot spot “, then Tiemco 16/0, Brown

OVER ABDOMEN: Halo Wire, Spirit River

HOT SPOT: Fl. Red Ultra 140 Denier – or Datum Glo Brite floss, FL. Red

THORAX: 50-50 Mix, Peacock Ice Dub/Olive Squirrel Blend (Spirit River)

This pattern appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of Flyfishing and Tying Journal tied on the new Umpqua competition hook. I would imagine it would be successful on any number of different hooks…so my crew and a few other will be giving them a go…


HOOK: Daiichi 1760 #18 or Daiichi 1120/1130 #16

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Ultra 70 Denier, Burnt Orange to thorax – the, Tiemco 15/0, Brown


UNDER WING: Puglisi Short Fiber Streamer Brush – Clear…short sections cut from wire

WINGS: V-Notched Brown Partridge

THORAX: SLF Squirrel Dubbing, Rusty Brown

REFRACTORY<believing that rules are only for other people, he’s been refractory virtually his entire life>…so, I have been playing with some off- the- wall materials to add some sparkle and bubble illusion to Caddis Pupa…this is one such effort…I’ll let Michael put this puppy to work…he’s good at that…

The above pattern is for HERE:

This little Amber Caddis comes off the water, in the Spring and Summer, on the East Walker River. I think it will keep Michael BUSY…that one has a “PINKY” in his mouth…Oooooppppssss, wrong “PINKIE” – try this ONE

GUIDE SERENDIPITY…Matthew’s/Variant…for the “Mother’s Day” Hatch and Brachycentrus “echo” hatch in the Fall…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, TMC 2487, Daiichi 1560, TMC 3761 – #14-#18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black or Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Chartreuse Zelon or Antron strands, split and twisted

FLASH: Twisted with Zelon or Antron – 1 strand Black KF, 1 strand Pearl KF

WING: White Zelon

This pattern is based on Craig Matthew’s Guide Serendipity…it is a very simple tie and has accounted for ridiculous numbers of good fish for me and my guys…more about these HERE and HERE

ALLY with her friend Liz in San Francisco…sends regards…Nice TAT LIZ !!!…

BH AMBER SERENDIPITY… (for Helicopsyche borealis)…

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

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown or Gordon Griffith 14/0. Brown

ABDOMEN: Amber Zelon – split strand, twisted

FLASH: 1 strand Rusty Brown KF, 1 strand Pearl KF…twisted with Zelon

WING: White Zelon

BEAD: Copper Tung. or Brass with lead sub. wraps pushed inside – sized to hook

See above HERE and HERE links…for variations, these catch fish !!!


HOOK: Daiichi 1120/1130, #16-#18, TMC 2457/2487, #16-#18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown or Gordon Griffith 14/0, Brown

ABDOMEN: Amber Zelon, split strand – twisted

FLASH: 1 strand Rusty Brown KF, 1 strand Mirage Accent Opal

WING: White Sparkle Emerger Yarn

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Brown

BEAD: Copper Tung. or Brass with lead sub. wraps

Another variation on the theme…a bit flashier for some biggies that lurk bank side in…

…the East Walker River in late Spring and early Summer…


HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #18, TMC 3761, #18-#20, TMC 100BL, #22

THREAD: (Abdomen) – Wapsi 70 denier, Black then, Tiemco 16/0 Black thorax forward

TAILS: 3 Melanistic Pheasant Tail fibers, (Black),,,Scott uses Black micro fibbets

FLASH BACK: Micro Flashabou, Pearl

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, Black, x-sm

THORAX: 1-2 strands Peacock Herl

HACKLE: 1 – 1 1/2 turns, Starling

BEAD: Black Tung. or brass with stuffed lead sub. – 1 size OVERSIZED – (ie.  3/32 for #18)

This is a Scott E. Smith pattern. He is also a designer for Solitude Fly CO… and trust me, this is ONE GOOD Baetis fly pattern. I foisted this recipe on a close friend (See Keith’s PURPLE DISBELIEF) , to use this past fall on the East Walker River…I do that to him…it represents that darkened Baetis just before it “POPS”…Keith caught, maybe, one or two Trout on this fly…

P&PT TWIST NYMPH…La Fontaine/Variant…

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

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

TAIL: 3 Natural Pheasnt Tail fibers

ABDOMEN: Natural Pheasant Tail in a dubbing loop with Rusty Brown Antron “touch dubbed” to one waxed side of thread

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine Copper wire

THORAX: 1-2 Strands, Peacock Herl

WINGCASE: SM Silver Tinsel

LEGS: Brown Partridge – lower back of skin

It is a basic design by Gary LaFontaine using “touch dubbing”…need I say more ???

Where the above pattern proved… SPECTACULAR

BAT WING BAETIS EMERGER…Tracy Petersen…#16-#20…this is a #20

THREAD:  Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Gray or Olive, Tiemco 16/0 Gray

HOOK: TMC 2487 or Daiichi 1130, #16-#20

TAIL: Dun Hen Hackle Barbs

ABDOMEN:BWO or Olive Goose Biot ( I use Stalcup’s)…it may be tied fringed or flat

WING: Fluffy, butt end of a Dun Hen feather, mounted convex side up and pulled over Abdomen and Bead

THORAX: Brown or Dk. Tan Beaver

BEAD: Gun Metal Glass or Black Metal sized to hook

I put this pattern up earlier. This is a better photo and the top view may assist in understanding how it is tied. This fly has accounted for more Trout than any other except for the KF Emerger, which is one of the first patterns I put up. I fish this fly from the bottom to the top of the water column…it bangs ‘em all the way…I included this pattern, in this batch of flies for others, because it is a MACHINE…PERIOD


HOOK: TMC 3761, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

SHUCK: Hi-Vis, #16, Medium Gray

ABDOMEN: Olive Pheasant Tail

RIB: Lagartun, x-Fine, Gold

WING CASE/WING: Trouthunter, Medium Gray CDC

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Brown

BEAD: Gunmetal glass, sized to hook

A Baetis to use as a dropper…I am inclined to fish this from the bottom of the water column to just under the surface…the same way I fish the Bat Wing Baetis…


HOOK:Gamakatsu R10-B #16-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray

SHUCK: Hi-Vis, #16, Medium Gray

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, x-sm, Silver

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Muskrat Gray, Nature’s Spirit

THORAX: Ostrich Herl, Natural Gray

WING CASE/LEGS: 6 strands, Midge Flash, Black – pulled over and separated

This is a variation on Rick Murphy’s excellent Krystal Emerger which appears on pg. 99 of this book:

It is, hands down, the BEST emerger patter I have ever used on the “BIG REEDY”…

TAK’S PB BAETIS NYMPH…Takahashi/Variant…W/O the paintbrush fibers…

HOOK: TMC 100SPBL, #18-#20, TMC 100BL, #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Hi-Vis, #27, Dark Brown

ABDOMEN: Micro Tubing, Black

WING CASE: Mirage Accent Opal over Black, .5MM, Razor foam (Wapsi)

LEGS: Brown Partridge or Brown India Hen Neck

This is a variation on Rick Takahashi’s “Paintbrush Baetis Nymph”…using different materials. Though probably best known for his recent book, “Modern Midges”, Rick also ties some other interesting patterns…I wanted a couple of other Baetis patterns in BLACK to be included in this batch of flies…


(L-R) Front: PT, Auntie Ally, MOM – Nadia, Great Grandama Hong

(L-R) Rear: Great Grampa Hong, Grandma Jean Marie, MILES, Dad – Greg, Grandma Maratea

MIKE’S HAZED BAETIS EMERGER…TMC 2488, #18-#20…side view


HOOK: TMC 2488, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Hi-Vis, #27, dark Brown

THORAX: Ice Dub Olive/Brown

WING CASE: 1 strand Purple Haze Holographic Flash Fiber (Hareline) over .5MM, Razor Foam, Black

A Baetis in a smaller size  which incorporates a number of elements from the above patterns, specifically for the body of water that runs along side where Michael is leaving his footprints in the grass below…those big guys in there go for flash and tiny…

Michael, in the meadow, on the “Miracle Mile” section of the East Walker River, Bridgeport, CA…

NEXT: My take on some EURO patterns followed by some NINJA FLIES for the EW and Owens Rivers…


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