Posts Tagged ‘Blue Ribbon Flies’

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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As I said in a previous post, I have a couple of open spots in my Fall Caddis box for a pattern that appears on certain Eastern Sierra waters in late September through October. This Caddis is one of the least researched in the world. It was first noted, in this area of California, in 1977 – near here:

The version that appears on the Firehole and Madison rivers during Spring and Fall, was first misidentified by Craig Matthews as being an Oecetis…that has since been corrected…I had originally intended to put up two patterns…as usual, I have gotten carried away and will post more than that…here are three so far…more will follow with links, recipes and additional information…Walter Wiese and Craig Matthews have provided the most in-depth research into this Caddis species and representations thereof…

BUG # 1.


HOOK: Alec Jackson, North Country, #15-#17

THREAD: Gordon Griffith, 14/0, Olive

ABDOMEN: Arizona Diamond Hair, Pearl Green

THORAX: Arizona Peacock, Light Peacock

HACKLE: Light Gray Partridge

This is a soft hackle pattern that was developed by Craig Matthew’s at Blue Ribbon Flies and also tied by Walter Wiese from Park’s Fly Shop in Gardiner, MT…It is for the hatches of this bug on the Firehole and other rivers around Yellowstone National Park…HERE is Walter’s video version…I like the Alec Jacson North Country Hooks for this pattern and adapt the materials to what works for me…

BUG # 2.


HOOK: TMC 900BL, #16-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith, 14/0, Olive

ABDOMEN: Creamy Golden Olive Dubbing Mix…(My Own)

WING: White Zelon

HACKLE: Dun, Cream or White _ I like Grizzly Dun – ties 1x-2x, OVERSIZE

WAKING POST: Two strands of White Zelon (from wings), clipped long-ish


This pattern, again, developed by Matthews, imitates the adult. The waking post adds to the fly’s effectiveness when swung, and skittered. The BRF Video may be found HERE…

BUG # 3.



HOOK: TMC 900BL, #16-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith, 14/0, Olive

SHUCK: Amber Zelon

ABDOMEN: 50% Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dub, Cream, #11 /  50% White Antron

WING: Looped strand of White Zelon

HEAD: Natures Spirit Tan Emergence Dub, #42

Another Craig Matthews pattern with the waking post…The video is HERE…Walter Wiese ties this pattern Clacka Style

BUG # 4.


HOOK: TMC 900 BL, #16-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith, 14/0, Olive

EGG SAC: Green Zelon, clipped short

ABDOMEN: 50% Arizona Diamond Hair, pearl Green / 25% White Antron / 25% SLF Prish, Pearl

WING: White Snowshoe Hair, Split

HEAD: Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dub, Tan, #42

Very simple and based on A Jim Schollmeyer design…this fly may be treated with WATERSHED, if desired…fish dead drift or swung and pulled under, at the end of the drift…

BUG # 5.

WHITE MILLER SUPER PUPAE – Wiese…( Tied Ed Story / Crackleback Style)

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

THREAD: Gordon Griffith, 14/0, Olive

ABDOMEN: 50% Nature’s Spirit Emerger Dub, Cream, # 11 / 50% SLF Prism Pearl

HACKLE: Ginger Rooster, 1X oversize, Tied Crackleback Style, may be clipped stream side – if desired

THORAX: 50% Arizona Peacock, Light Peacock / 50% Light Golden Antron

This is a Walter Wiese pattern that is pictured HERE…I took artistic license. Walter notes, in one of this videos, that the Golden Olive coloration of this insect has to be customized with dubbing mixtures…

If one desires to learn more about this Caddis, start HERE and HERE

The TROUT in this place already have done their HOMEWORK…

NEXT: Finishing that OC and on to BAETIS


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These are the creations of Craig Matthew’s of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, MT. The interesting about Craig’s ( he is Mr. ZELON ) patterns is his attention to detail…and, I mean on the river, where it counts. By making a minor adjustment to this fly, he has adapted it to another midge that hatches in February on the Madison River. I am a believer in rigging one’s rod up – on the water. When I am sitting there, I may observe what is actually going on. Then, the thermometer comes out and I start rolling over rocks and, on occasion, use a mesh net to discover what is drifting in the water column…IT PAYS OFF


Like in this place…The Madison River, just above $3.00 Bridge…


HOOK: TMC 2488, #20-#22

THREAD: Uni 8/0, Olive


BODY: Tying thread

THORAX: Black rabbit and chopped Black Zelon -BRF has the mix

WING: Dun Zelon

This is the guy that takes fish during the coldest months on the Madison then:

“A Zelon Midge is my favorite adult-crippled midge pattern. I tie it in size 20 on a TMC 2488 hook. Most importantly though, for this time of year, I use a pheasant tail micro-zelon shuck, tiger beetle zelon dubbing, and a dark dun zelon wing. This is a dead ringer for midges on all Montana and Idaho midges emerging from Feb-April.”

From Craig Matthew’s Journal


$3.00 Bridge…the way I like it…no people…and, no snow yet…

Some inspection is in order to determine size/coloration changes in midges through the late Fall and Winter…wherever one fly fishes for Trout…FYI – I just noticed that MIDGE MAN is back up and running  as POUDRE CANYON CHRONICLES. He is preparing to re-post a LOAD of Midge patterns…Might want to BOOKMARK his SITE…lotsa’ good stuff be going on over there…

NEXT: A pattern from Yellowstone that has been Maulin’ ’em on the Madison and a Diving Female Baetis…

I have sent my R&D associate out to garner some EXPERT advice on the best winging material for that Baetis pattern…

She is seen here…in deep discourse with a “diving expert“…


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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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No, not the Wooly Bugger pattern…These are two nymphs from Rowan Nyman who ties for The Montana Fly Company. He has two of these little guys he put together, one imitates a Baetis and the other a PMD…Both patterns are available from Blue Ribbon Flies. The Baetis is available from Dream Drift Flies. They also offer a good portion of MFC products . Craig Matthews is touting the Thin Mint PMD in his current BRF Newsletter… Rowan Nyman used to work out of his shop and came up with the great Shop Vac pattern there…

THIN MINT BAETIS…(Photo from MFC and Dream Drift Flies)

THIN MINT PMD…(Photo from BRF Newsletter)

I have an idea of what will be going on at my vise soon…


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This is a Richard Wheatley Fly Wallet (or Book) that I picked up many years ago in Colorado…I use it today for wets and small streamers…when nothing else produces…some of these fellas’ have pulled me through…

Hmmmm…let’s see what kind of surprises are inside…

Royal Coachmans, Peacock Winged Wets…what’s that semi Stimi doin’ in here…?

Bees, Profs., I need Bergman’s book to identify this stuff…

Rainbow Trout fry, Bitch Creeks, Purple Mini Buggers, Jungle Cock…

What is that concoction with the big eye?…

Muddlers and clipped Coachmans…marabou all over the place…WHAT A MESS!!!


This product, from Roman MoserHas helped me bring some big Trout to net…I first discovered shock gum loops back in the late 70’s when they were manufactured and distributed by Creative Sports Enterprises in Walnut Creek, CA. That Shop no longer exists…

I get some weird stares from people when I use these on the water (and static from nimrods/pilgrims in the ether)……they work exceptionally well when using very long leaders and fine tippets… and these guys…

As it might be noticed on the above price tag, that’s where I get ‘um…


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From the vise and newsletter of Craig Matthew’s Blue Ribbon Flies (designed by Diamond Ray) comes the Pop Top Mayfly pattern.I first saw this extended body in Shane Stalcup’s , “May Flies: Top to Bottom”. I believe the Spirit River, at one time, offered pre made Mayfly bodies based on his design, I did not see them after visiting their site. BRF offers them pre-tied, by the dozen. Shane’s book describes how to create them. A biot body example may be found HERE.

Here is a VIDEO on how to tie extended bodies…

That inverted CDC oiler puff keeps this pattern floating high…


THE BOOK...with the instructions


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Craig Matthews once again reminded me of a very effective tying technique for fishing spinners and Caddis in the late evening – especially for tired ,old eyes. It involves using EP (Enriquo Puglisi) Fibers, BLACK for the wing which is an easy color to pick up in fading light, when the sky is overcast and for those times there is a harsh glare on the water.

This pattern, an Epeorus Spinner, is featured in the current BRF Newsletter and is representative of how one may incorporate this material into the fly pattern:

EP Fibers and Beaver Dubbing

This same wing material has been used for the Mr. T Caddis, D.O.A. Cripple and the Black wing Baetis Cripple. I use it for”Flop Over” Baetis. Examples of many of these patterns may be found HERE…



Flop Over Baetis

Thread: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Gray

Hook: TMC 101 or Daiichi 1110, #16-#22

Taik: Dun Hackle Fibers

Body: Gray Superfine or other Gray (Adams) Dub /Flyrite poly

Wing: Enrico Puglisi EP Fibers for existing light conditions (black,pink,orange or white)

A good expended/cripple BWO/Baetis Pattern that came from the Flyfishing & Tying Journal. I like this fly during a hatch along slower water near banks and especially in back eddys. The black wing helps me on cloudy days and yes, it is supposed to drift on it’s side…

EP Fibers have added hours to my Fly Fishing experience, give it a try…


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I don’t like being cold or wet when I am Fly Fishing. What follows are some products which have served me well through the years – snow flying sideways, blowing, horizontal rain and ice in the guides…



Talus Jacket

I use this as an outer layer and underneath this if it is snowing or raining:

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Simms Guide Jacket

I have been using the same Simms Guide (Gore Tex ) Jacket that I picked up in 2001… Don’t need the bells and whistles. I like their products!!!

For base layers, I go with the Fred Segal T- Shirts ( “Mod -O-Doc” ) that are ONLY available at their shop on Melrose because they are the softest T-Shirts that I have ever found – ( and because. the eye candy therein is absolutely unbelievable when browsing that store and restaurant)…I cover it with:

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Patagonia R1 Pullover

If it is REALLY cold, I add this:


Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover

Which compresses well under the Talus Jacket…

Bottoms are: Patagonia Capilene 1,2,3,or 4

covered with:


Simms Guide Fleece Pant


This is very important , it is where a majority of the body’s heat can escape…

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Patagonia Synchilla Alpine Hat


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Patagonia Warm One Beanie



Simms Windstopper Half – Finger Gloves


Cloudveil, Run Don’t Walk Glove

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SEALSKINZ Waterproof Gloves

I am fortunate to live in Los Angeles. There are many locations where I may find these products, I especially like to go up to Ventura and drop in at Great Pacific Ironworks, the first Patagonia Store – which I have visited for many years…And, the proprietor likes to FF
Mighty Midget Mighty Midget Emerger

A Yvon Chouinard Pattern, From Blue Ribbon Flies Newsletter…


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Another winner from Craig Matthews and Blue Ribbon Flies. The tier is David Sloan, a guide from California.The under wing is Flex Wing from Montana Fly Co. The body is Larva Lace or Stalcups’ Tubing or D Rib. The head appears to be a wrapped foam strip (Razor or Evazote -around hackle) with a short tag…I would add some holographic tinsel (green) at the bend ,under the tubing, in the tradition of John Barr’s Graphic Caddis to represent an egg sac…remembering that 99% of Caddis found in or on the surface film will be females depositing their eggs and a good number of species dive, or crawl, under the surface to accomplish this final task…


Tie the Outrigger Caddis with olive thread on a No. 14 dry-fly hook.

Build the body with tan or olive Larva Lace or D-Rib. For the wings, tie in Flex Wing, then tie in a spray of elk hair.

For the head, use a synthetic olive dubbing wrapped over a foam strip. Tie a wingpost, then gather the hackle to the sides and wrap with a figure-eight and finish by tying back the foam strip over the wing.  (6.24.2011)

Perfect for Fishing Yellowstone Country

During the late summer and early fall, we see more than our fair share of caddis hatches. “Gracious plenty” is how Jen would describe the abundance of caddis in our neck of the woods, with prolific hatches on most area waters for the next couple months. And how best to imitate them but with a sturdy, stable, tan adult pattern? But what’s the big idea of having an “outrigger” design?

An outrigger design has added stability to large canoes and sailboats for ages. This is exactly what a clever California-based fly tyer and fly fisherman named Dave Sloan set out to accomplish the same stability when he needed a new caddis pattern to present to trout in high energy water. Tied with lots of stiff, horizontally protruding fibers, Sloan’s pattern borrows the structural design of outrigger canoes, yielding a caddis imitation that lands upright, floats higher, and remains visible in rough but productive runs.

Sloan’s Outrigger Caddis Tan Caddis is an excellent imitation of an adult tan caddis. Use this fly in fast, well oxygenated water above rocky river bottoms. It can also be effectively fished in medium to slow water with a delicate presentation, longer leaders, and a quiet stalking approach.

PT/TB :clap:

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