Posts Tagged ‘Big R Fly Shop Great Falls MT’

These are some ties for my son, Michael to use, when he and Aimee are up in Montana, about the first week in August…They will include PMD’s, Epeorus, Caddis and an attractor or two plus a Stonefly…he can get his own hoppers , by checking at the waters edge -in the grass and bushes – and determining what color and size to use…

A Madison County Bridge…

A box of flies…for Michael and THAT RIVER

Gotta’ LOVE MONTANA…a FLY SHOP that offers Ice Cream cones !!!

CZECH CATNIP…Daniels/Variant…

THREAD: UTC Ultra, 70 Denier, Black

HOOK: TMC 2499SP- BL, Daiichi 1120, Mustad CO 68 or TMC Czech Comp. Hook – #8 – #14

ABDOMEN: Micro UV Polar Chenille, Olive – (Hareline)

RIB: Glimmer Thread, Root Beer (Cascade Crest)…George uses Mono 4x

THORAX: Micro Polar Chenille, Black

SHELL BACK: Thin Skin, Mottled Oak, Olive

BEAD: Tungsten, Black – one size under, with lead sub. wire wraps

A George Daniel’s pattern…Colorado guide and author of “Dynamic Nymphing”…something for Michael to use to take his flies deep…George ties it HERE…at my favorite Fly Shop…

FOAM FLY ANT…Nyman/Variant …

THREAD: UTC Ultra, 70 Denier, Black

HOOK:  TMC 101, #14 – #22

ABDOMEN: Black Razor Foam – Wapsi, 1MM

WING: White or Dun Zelon

LEGS: Sili Legs, Black/Blue Flake- Wapsi…Craig uses round rubber…

A GREAT pattern to have, for the month of August, on the Upper Madison…when they are about, the Trout go nuts for ’em !!!…Craig Matthews ties Rowan Nymen’s pattern HERE:

Happy MOO with a squaretail Brown…about 300 meters above the BRIDGE…

PUTZY PUPA – TAN…Lobrel/Variant…

THREAD: Abdomen-Danville 6/0, Tan…Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Brown

HOOK: Daiichi 1250, #14 – #18…I prefer these over ANY Dai-Riki hook…


THORAX: UV Brown Ice Dub

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten – Hareline – Metallic Purple, sized to hook

Another simple tie out of the BIG “R” Fly Shop…Tan Caddis…Hydropsyche, are present in goodly numbers in August on the Madison…The tutorial is HERE:


HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: Wapsi, Ultra 70 Denier, Black or Brown

ABDOMEN: Copper Krystal Flash

RIB: Wapsi wire, Copper/Brown, SM – coat with SHAN or Hard as Hull for durability

WING: Bleached Coastal Deer Hair, Nature’s Spirit – held vertical to hook shank and clipped – long-ish

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 5

BEAD: Gold or Copper Tungsten, sized to hook


THEY like ’em…

…around SUNSET…


THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

HOOK: TMC 2499SP-BL, #14 – #18

ABDOMEN: Holographic Tinsel, Chartreuse, Med. or SM

RIB: Wapsi wire, Black and FL. Yellow, SM…coat with hard as Hull or SHAN for durability…

WING: Coastal Deer Hair, Medium

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #12, Fl. Green

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook…
This and the long wing Copper Dip are meant to imitate emerging Caddis Pupa…work, they do !!!

CLAKKA IRIS CADDIS…Matthews-Wiese/Variant…

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown or Olive

HOOK: TMC 100BL, #14 – #18

SHUCK: Gold Zelon

ABDOMEN: Fly Rite Poly, Olive/Brown

WING: Grey Poly Yarn

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Tan

HACKLE: Light Ginger

The Improved version of Craig Matthews by Walter Wiese (Park’s Fly Shop)…Craig once fished the Madison for a whole season using only the Amber Iris Caddis as his fly…go figure…Walter ties a version HERE:

EPEORUS RS-2 EMERGER…Chung-Stalcup/Variant…

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Primrose

TAIL: Bleached Moose or Light Elk

ABDOMEN: Yellow Micro Tubing over tying thread

WING: Yellow CDC, Clipped

LEGS: Yellow mallard Flank

THORAX: Trouthunter, Yellow CDC Dubbing
I won’t even reflect on how many Madison Trout have gobbled an RS-2 pattern…I tie a lot of them…this one is for Michael to try during that astounding hatch of Epeourus on the Madison…this may be fished deep or in the surface film. Epeorus, like March Browns, emerge as adult duns…patterns that mimic this behavior – can be deadly !!!

LITTLE YELLOW SALLY EMERGER – Howard Cole/Variant…TMC 5212, #12 – #16…(and YES, they can emerge on the water’s surface…happened a lot of times on the Madison and Lower Owens Rivers – straight into my face…see pg. 98, Schollmeyer & Leeson’s – “Tying Emergers”…

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Lt. Cahill

HOOK: see above

TAIL/SHUCK: Amber Zelon topped with Wood Duck fibers

ABDOMEN: 1/3 Fl. Orange dubbing – 2/3 Creamy Yellow dubbing

WING: Dun Zelon

THORAX: Creamy Yellow dubbing


WING CASE: Thin Ethafoam or Electronic packing foam (used here)…

Howard Cole ties some great patterns…I’m loading Michael up with a bunch of U-Con 2 Caddis Emergers that are also Howard’s design…


THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Lt. Cahill

HOOK: Daiichi 1760, #18

SHUCK: Olive-Brown Zelon, sparse

RIB: Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Yellow Marabou and Tan Marabou, twisted together

FORWARD WING: Two small bunches of Yellow Sparkle Emerger Yarn

FORWARD WING/POST: Small cylinder foam, Yellow – Rainy’s


An adaptation of Jan Nemec’s… Fast Water Emerger-Baetis…which I will further detail when I start tying up BWO’s/Baetis for this Fall…He’s out of Reno and quite an interesting tier…

FAST WATER EMERGER BWO -1-FAST WATER EMERGER BAETIS – Nemec/Variant – TMC 200R, #18 – #20…this is a #20….(10.12.13)


THREAD: Tiemco 16,0, Lt. Cahill

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #16

TAIL: Yellow Mallard Flank Fibers

ABDOMEN: Yellow Goose Biot, fringed

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine gold wire

THORAX: Trouthunter CDC dubbing, yellow

WING: Cream Hen Neck

BEAD: Killer Caddis Diamond glass bead

I tie these to match just about every May Fly…because they truly perform…from the bottom of the water column to just under the surface…A Tracy Petersen winner !!!

KF PMD EMERGER…Murphy/Variant…

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

HOOK: TMC 100SPBL, #16 – #20

SHUCK: Rusty Brown Zelon, sparse

ABDOMEN: Rusty Brown Goose Biot, fringed

RIB: Lagartun Copper Wire, x-fine

WING CASE: Pearl KF, coated with UV Knot Sense or Clear-Goo

THORAX: Yellow Ostrich Herl

LEGS: Rusty Brown KF…three strands, each side

A Rick Murphy pattern that I play around with a lot. I think I have a tie for every May Fly in the West – based on his design…

SOUTHERN CROSS… (“…and ‘ya know it will”…)

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

HOOK: TMC C400BL, #14 – #16

TAIL: Bobwhite Quail -fibers from tail feather

ABDOMEN: Rainbow Sow Scud dubbing

HACKLING: V-notched feather from shoulder feather- Bobwhite Quail

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel dubbing – Black

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

BEAD: Gold Tungsten

An attractor for Michael to play with…I got a feeling a Trout might like it…

Boy looks for Trout…somewhere, down there, in the Madison…

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Lt. Cahill

HOOK: TMC 2302 – #14 – #16, Daiichi 1760, #18

TAIL: Yellow Mallard Flank Fibers

RIB: Wapsi Wire, Hot Yellow, SM

ABDOMEN: Gold Tinsel

THORAX: Yellow or Gold Ostrich Herl

HACKLE: Lemon Wood Duck, V-notched and spun

Anything from Nick catches fish !!!…HERE is Craig Matthews tying it…

Looking down the Madison River Valley from Palisades towards Ennis, MT…

CHARLIE C’s JUJU PMD – Light Phase…

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White to THORAX, then Tiemco 16/0, Brown – forward

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 – #20

TAIL: Brown Hen Neck fibers

ABDOMEN: 2 strands Tan Super Hair, 1 strand Orange Sea Hair

WING CASE: Pearl KF, coated with UV Knotsense or Clear-Goo

THORAX: Spirit River Emergence dubbing – Pheasant tail

Legs: Brown Fluro Fiber…look at Charlie’s suggestions in tutorial…then go crazy counting

I wouldn’t see Michael off without an abundance of ties from Charlie Craven…HERE is his tutorial on the Juju Baetis with the PMD at the bottom…

CHARLIE C’s  JUJU PMD – Dark Phase

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Lt. Cahil to Thorax, then Tiemco 16/0, Brown – forward

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 – #20

TAIL: Brown Hen Neck fibers

ABDOMEN: 2 strands Brown Super Hair, 1 strand Orange Sea Hair

WING CASE: Pearl KF, coat with UV Knotsense or Clear-Goo

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Brown

LEGS: Brown Fluro Fiber…see above pattern…

Because like BWO’s/Baetis, PMD’s come in a variation of colors, in close proximity, in the same watershed…be prepared…

Who knows…maybe Michael and Aimee might even try some of these over here…on the Stillwater River…Rusty Brown is killer there…

“G”, Split Wing Case PMD…

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

HOOK:Daiichi 1130, #16 – #18

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark

RIB: Glimmer Thread – Cascade Crest – White

ABDOMEN: Rusty Brown Goose Biot, fringed

WING CASE: Mottled Brown Medallion Sheeting…split wih an exacto knife after being tie in

UNDER WING CASE: Yellow Razor Foam, .5MM

LEGS: V-Notched Brown Hen Neck Feather

Yeah…it looks weird…some of my weirdest patterns are my best producers…I will let Michael put it to the test…


THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 – #20

RIB: Lagartun Copper Wire, x-fine

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Rusty Brown

WING CASE: Rusty Brown Krystal Flash

THORAX: Stalcup’s PMD dubbing

LEGS: Speckled Yellow Hen Neck fibers

Another option with a small, slim profile for the MOO to toss around…

MICRO MADISON PMD/Variant – Matthews…

THREAD: Lagartun 74 Denier, Rusty Brown

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

TAIL: Rusty Brown Pheasant tail fibers

RIB: Wapsi Copper Wire, x-sm

ABDOMEN: Working Thread

THORAX: Nature’s Spirit Emergence dubbing, Pheasant Tail

WING CASE/LEGS: Black Krystal Flash

BEAD: Copper Tungsten sized, ONE SIZE under

Craig Matthew’s Madison standy-by…bumped by me…another PMD nymph alternative for Michael and an opportunity to test out the Lagartun Rusty Brown thread…

Where Michael’s feet will be planted…soon…

I’m also going to sneak my Montana (special) Nymph box into his vest when i see him this weekend…

SIDE # 1.

Side # 2.

NEXT: ROAD TRIP !!!…with ALLY and a visit to a Fly Shop next to a lake in Sonoma County with Michael and Aimee…


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A dozen it is…darker colors and some attractor styles  for some places that me n’ the tribe visit when the leaves change color and there is an Autumnal chill in the air…I look forward to and cherish fly fishing at this time of year… …notice the Gamakatsu R10-B Hook..I like these…

A pond on the way to the glacier above Big Pine, CA…along Big Pine Creek in the Fall…

The completed box…just another, to go in….Michael’s vest…

RS-2 TUBE BROWN BAETIS, #20-#22…Rim Chung/Shane Stalcup/ PT…side view…

RS-2 TUBE BROWN BAETIS, #20-#22…Rim Chung/Shane Stalcup/ PT…tilted view

HOOK: TMC 200R, #20-#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Two Moose Body fibers (or black barbetts)

ABDOMEN: Micro Tubing, Brown

WING: Premium CDC, Medium Dun, (TroutHunter)

THORAX: Hare-Tron Dubbin, Dark Brown

GLASS BEAD: Diamond, Killer Caddis, 15/0, Midge

The RS-2, developed and designed by Rim Chung, is one of those must patterns for any fly box. It is like a Pheasant Tail or WD-40 when one needs useful Baetis/BWO patterns for Spring, Fall or anytime – anywhere…it JUST WORKS. This is a bit of a take off, with a micro tube abdomen and Glass Bead. The late Shane Stalcup has this pattern in his book, “Mayflies – Top to Bottom”. He uses partridge for legs…I started using this pattern long ago and used them exclusively (with glass beads),for two weeks, on the Madison River, at $3.00 Bridge – to test their effectiveness. They are machines…this variation may be tied in many colors using various shades of micro tubing, differing thread colors beneath the abdomen and fine dubbings…

PIB BAETIS…(“Paint It Black” – Baetis). #18…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Speckled Black

RIB: Lagartun Fine Wire, Violet

FLASH BACK: Mirage Opal Tinsel, SM

ABDOMEN: Micro Tubing, Black

WING CASE: Stalcup’s Flash Back, Black

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Black

WING STUBS: Marc Petitjean Select CDC Feather Fibers, Lt. Mallow

BEAD: Black Tungsten

Late Fall and Winter Baetis/BWO’s come in darker shades, especially when they are about to “POP”…I have tied several variations on this theme for use in these conditions…don’t believe me…??? SEE HERE:

This particular tie was named after my Grandson’s Dad made an exclamation, at an event we all attended, this past Saturday…How appropriate…Something about the “Stones….”

IRON LOTUS BWO/BAETIS…Egan…(Variant)…#16-#20…Side view

IRON LOTUS BWO/BAETIS…Egan…(Variant)…tilted view

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16-#20 or TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130

THREAD: Wapsi 70 Denier, Brown/Olive for abdomen

RIB: White, Uni, 6/0, twisted…cover abdomen with a coat of SHAN or Loon UV Knot Sense

WING CASE: Scud Back 1/8″ or strip of Black Thin Skin

HOT SPOT: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Red thread (Datum Glo-Brite works too!!!)

BEAD: Gold Tungsten, sized to hook

What else needs to be said…It is a Lance Egan pattern…HARELINE offers “Glo-Brite” here in the US...Glo- Brite

B’s “BLACK MAMBA” Winter BAETIS…#20…

HOOK: TMC 100SPBL, #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Soft Hen Hackle Saddle, Black

ABDOMEN: Tying thread (16/0, Tiemco, Black

RIB: Midge Rainbow Flash (Cascade Crest)…coat abdomen with SHAN

THORAX: Purple UV Ice Dub

LEGS: Midge Flash, Black

BEAD: Silver Brass or Tungsten, 5/64″

The anti-“Silver Streak” and because, down deep, on the East Walker River this pattern will slay ’em…“B” would be me…

6X EMERGER (Baetis) – Variant…Clayton Molinero…

HOOK: TMC 3761, #18 or TMC 2487, Daiichii 1130, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Black or Brown

RIB: X-SM gold or copper wire

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers

WING: White Zelon

THORAX: Peacock Herl..or, in this instance –  Dyed Purple, Iridescent Peacock Herl… (Hence variant)

An older pattern that has caught more that its’ fair share of Trout in the Yellowstone area…revived by Craig Matthews and BRF

KG’s Halfback/Foamback BAETIS – (Variant)…#18-#22…Side view…

KG’s Halfback/Foamback BAETIS – (Variant)…Tilted view…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18-#22

THREAD: Body – Wapsi Ultra 70 Denier, Brown

THREAD: Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0 Brown

TAIL / SHUCK: Amber Sparkle Emerger Yarn

RIB: Wapsi wire, x-SM, Chartreuse

ABDOMEN: Tying thread

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Brown

WING CASE: Electronics packing foam

LEGS: Midge Flash, Black

KG would be Kelly Glissmeyer, whose patterns can regularly be seen over on FAOL. This is a good one that I have, as usual, tweaked a bit…the addition of the MF legs and sparkle emerger yarn shuck…(Kelly uses Zelon). A little dumpster diving will provide a wealth of that electronics packing foam, which has numerous applications…This fly works most excellent as a trailer, just below the surface film…

TOO BLUE BAETIS EMERGER…#18-#22…side view…


HOOK: TMC 101, #18-#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray

TAIL / SHUCK: Blue Zelon

ABDOMEN: Royal Blue Krystal Flash

RIB: X-SM Wapsi wire, Silver

WING CASE: Larva Lace, Floss, Blue


LEGS: Fluoro Fiber, Black

Since my experience with the “Palinista” Midge on the East Walker River, I decided to come up with a ridiculously Blue Baetis nymph for my son Michael…I can’t wait to see what inhales this


HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #16-#20

THREAD: Abdomen – Waspsi Ultra 70 denier, Tan

THREAD: Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Brown

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck Fibers


WING CASE: Purple Flexi Floss

THORAX: Nature’s Spirit Fine Natural Dubbing #8, Brown Olive

LEGS: Lemon Wood Duck Fibers

Another interesting pattern out of the BIG R Fly Shop in Great Falls, MT…I tweaketh…video HERE:

BROWN BAETIS DRY EMERGER…Schmidt / Variant…side view…

BROWN BAETIS DRY EMERGER…Schmidt / Variant…tilted view…

HOOK: Daiichi 1100, #20-#22
THREAD: Tiemco, 16/0, Olive
TAIL: Partridge Fibers
ABDOMEN: Nature’s Spirit, Brown/Olive # 8. – Dubbing…I used a dubbing loop for segmentation
THORAX: Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dub., Rusty Olive # 82.
UNDER WING: Mottled CDC, Med. Dun
OVER WING: Partridge

This is a Pat Dorsey find from Blue Quill Angler…Tweaked it a bit for the Eastern Sierras…the original pattern may be viewed HERE:…a little something to float in the surface film on nasty days, on the Lower Owens River…

FLUORO KF BAETIS NYMPH…side view…Schollmeyer

FLUORO KF BAETIS NYMPH…tilted view…Schollmeyer

HOOK: Gamakatsu R10-B (Retainer Bend, Barbless), #16-#18
THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black
TAIL: Hen Saddle Patch Fibers, Black
ABDOMEN: 2-4 Strands, Black Krystal Flash
THORAX: Nature’s Spirit Fine natural Dubbing, # 8. – Brown Olive
WING CASE: 6-8 Strands, Black Krystal Flash
LEGS: Fluoro Fibre ( Slinky- Gliss’n Glow)

A simple tie on some hooks I have been wanting to try out. Jim Schollmeyer developed this pattern. I have changed the hook and added Fluoro Fiber legs. A nice, slender little Baetis nymph…

BROWN BAETIS EMERGER …WIKE / Variant…side view…

BROWN BAETIS EMERGER …WIKE / Variant…tilted view

HOOK: TMC 100 SPBL #18-#20
THREAD: Abdomen, Wapsi 70 denier, Brown
THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black
TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium, Speckled
FLASHBACK: Holographic Mylar Motion 1/64″. Black, (Spirit River)
RIB: Wapsi Ultra Wire, x-sm, Black
THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Brown
BUDDING WINGS: Mottled CDC, Medium Dun, (Nature’s Spirit)
WINGCASE: Scud Back, 1/8″, Black
BEAD: Tung., Black, sized to hook

I have been wanting to tie this pattern up for a year…a good Montana Baetis pattern from those guys at the Big R Fly Shop – again…of course, I NEVER leave well enough alone…the video for this pattern may be found HERE:


HOOK: Daiichi 1130, TMC 2487, Mustad C49s, #16-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Soft hen hackle fibers, Black

RIB: Wapsi wire, X-SM

FLASH BACK: Holographic Mylar Motion, Red, 1/64″

ABDOMEN: Black Pheasant Tail Fibers

WING CASE: Red Super Floss, Larva Lace

THORAX: Arizona Simi Seal, Black / Blue #21

LEGS: Red Krystal Flash

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

I first saw this pattern over on Gary Muncy’s BLOG (SwittersB) about a year ago and wanted to tie some up…the pattern was originated by Spencer Higa and may be found HERE: I think Michael will be workin’ this one real deep, up in this water…

But it will be a lot colder then and time for the warm clothing…

Michael and PT on the bank of the East Walker River…








NEXT: Some large…er  stuff then MIDGES


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So I have completed seven additions to the Spring BWO/BAETIS arsenal for the Eastern Sierras and beyond. Most of the bugs I encounter in the Baetis complex, this time of year, run to lighter earth tone colors including: tan, light olive, grey and light brown. Most are in the #16 -# 20 size range. As I have previously stated, in my outings on Eastern Sierra waters, I have come across one or more colors in different sections of the same rivers that I fly fish. Hence, I probably carry way too many boxes containing these variations…or not…

These are some of the boxes that may be found in my vest or pack when I am on the H2O with these critters in mind:

12 compartment Myran boxes

18 compartment Myran Fly Boxes…

I like these Myran boxes because I can readily see what is inside of them, they have great hinges, not crushing the flies and most of all, because they readily allow air to circulate after I have take my usual dunkin’ in the river…

First, I am including this pattern, which I first put up in April 2008. It is a good one, easy to tie, a bit different and it works


Hook: Diiachi 1130, TMC 2487, # 16-#22

Thread: Gordon Griffiths grey or olive
Tail/shuck: Olive brown ice dub
Abdomen: Stalcup’s BWO goose biot
Rib: Lagartun fine gold wire
Thorax: Arizona Peacock hares ear
Wing: White Sparkle Emerger Yarn or Grey Sparkle Emerger Yarn

The Owens Emerger is a good surface film pattern used as a trailer or with a small BB size tuft of yarn 6 inches above the fly. I use Enrico Puglisi “ Powerfull” tippet material for fishing dries and film emergers. I have recently been using Stroft GTM which my son Michael brought home from a trip to Paris, with excellent results. For fishing deep, my flurocarbon is always Seaguar.

5 BRIDGES BAETIS NYMPH (Tan)…tilted view

HOOK: TMC 2488 # 18- #22
THREAD: Lagartun 74D, Rusty Brown
TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck fibers
ABDOMEN: Nature’s Spirit # 26 Goose Biots, Callibaetis, fringed
RIB: Lagartun copper wire, x-fine
THORAX: Ice Dub Olive/Brown or UV Brown
UNDER WING CASE: Med. Holo Tinsel, Gold
WING CASE: Brown Scud Back, 1/8″
LEGS: Brown Partridge, V Notched
OPTIONAL: 4-6 wraps .010 lead

5 BRIDGES BAETIS NYMPH (Tan)…side view
One of my favorites places to pursue Trout is in the 5 bridges section of the Lower Owens River. Michael, Ally and I have done a load of exploring in these parts and there are some surprising fish in this area if one approaches them properly and provides the proper presentation at the right depth…this fella’ will find a spot in the deep slots and undercuts prior to actual emergence…The Holo Tinsel in Gold beneath the wing case provides a spice of glint I look for in nymphs…
The Lower Owens River in the 5 Bridges area…
HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, Mustad c49s, # 16-#22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer Dun
SHUCK/TAIL: Lt. Dun, Crinkly Zelon
ABDOMEN: Premo Goose Biot, Hareline, BWO
WING: Medium Dun CDC
THORAX: Superfine (SFD 171) Callibaetis
HACKLE: Grizzly Dun
This is an excellent Shane Stalcup pattern.I have tweaked the colors just a bit for waters I fish. He suggests using saddle hackle or hen necks for the hackle. The hackle is twisted around finely dubbed thread, 2-3 turns,pulled around the thorax, then tied off before the wing is added. The hackle fibers are pulled to the sides…any that are uncooperative may be snipped off…I am quite surprised that I do not see more people tying and using Shane’s patterns…they are some of the best I have come across…This pattern is meant to be fished in the surface film, dead drift…
HOOK: TMC 2487. Daiichi 1130, Mustad c49s, #16-#22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Sheer, Ginger
TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck fibers
ABDOMEN: 2 Strands Tan UV, KF, 1 Strand Olive KF
WING: CDC Oiler Puff, Dun
THORAX: Brown / OLive Ice Dub
WING CASE: Black Thin Skin or Scud Back
BEAD: Black Tung, sized to hook
I decided to name this fly after putting a second degree burn on part of my left hand and thumb from a cook pot full of hot vegetable oil gone awry…actually, I have been putting CDC oiler puffs on many of my emerger patterns since tying up a lot of different Rs2’s a long time ago… this is meant to represent an emerger that has popped below the surface…that is why it has a tungsten bead on it…dead drift and swing…
HOOK: TMC 5262, #16-#18
THREAD: Wapsi, Ultra 70 Denier, Tan
TAIL: Brown Partridge fibers
ABDOMEN: Tan Micro Tubing
THORAX: 1/3 Brown/ Olive SLF Prism, 2/3 Dk. Tan Beaver
WING CASE: Black Medallion Sheeting
LEGS: Brown Partridge, V-Notched
WEIGHT: Lead wire .010 or Sub.

This is another Shane Stalcup pattern that is tied without a V-Notch in the rear of the Medallion Sheeting. The tie ends up behind the wing case if one prefers to use that method. I have used micro tubing in many of my fly patterns and find it to be a material I enjoy using which also adds to the segmentation and translucense of the pattern’s abdomen…long and thin also has it’s place in BWO/ Baetis recipes…
HOOK: TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120 #14-#20
THREAD: Wapsi, Ultra, 70 Denier, Olive
BEAD: Green Lucent Tung or Green Glass
TAIL: Mallard Flank or Lemon Wood Duck
BODY/ABDOMEN: Green Tinsel
WING: Medium Dun CDC
WING CASE: Black Scud Back or Thin Skin
THORAX: Ice Dub, Peacock
A nifty little flashy pattern that comes out of the Big R Fly Shop in Great Falls, MT. I like flasy and different…The instructional video for this fly is here:
HOOK:Dai Riki 135, TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, Mustad c49s #16-#22
THREAD: Wapsi, Ultra, 70 Denier, Fl. Chartreuse
BEAD: Gold Tung, sized to hook
TAIL: Brown Partridge
RIB: Uni. 6/0 Thread, White, new piece cut for each fly
ABDOMEN: Tan Ultra Thread, Wapsi, 70 denier
THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Dun
WING CASE: Black Thin Skin or Scud Back
My take on the Lance Egan pattern for Spring. UV Dun Ice Dubbing, used in a number of fly patterns, can produce some interesting results… The original version is tied in colors for Fall – here:
TAN IRON LOTUS …frontal view…

HOOK: TMC 2488, # 16-#22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Dun
TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck fibers
RIB: Copper/ Brown Ultra Wire, SM
ABDOMEN: Natural Goose Biot
HACKLE: Partridge , Grey
I LOVE soft hackles and wanted some in this color combination. I also like tying them on this TMC 2488 hook !!!
Ally, waiting on the Madison River, MT for what comes next…


Caddis patterns…

Not enough BAETIS/ BWO’s ???…TRY HERE (follow links at bottom of article)


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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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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


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:



Meanwhile, Michael will get busy…losing flies…

On the Owens River…in Spring…

Ally will just look good in the sunlight…





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