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So…Fall, my favorite time of year. What follows with be a smattering of patterns, small and large (in the following post), for use in the Eastern Sierras and primarily – the Lower Owens River. These guys would work almost anywhere in the West and maybe some other places as well… Life intruded a bit on my completing all of the recipes and additional information – it does that, sometimes…MIDGES - 2 BWO's FALL 2015

MIDGES & 2 BWO’s – Fall 2015…

PAL MIDGE 1

PAL (Midge) – Keeler/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

RIB: UTC wire, x-sm, Black

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Tan

BEAD: Hi-Lite Glass Bead, Blue Peacock, x-sm

This pattern is an Adrian Keller design. I featured, but did not tie it, about six years ago. Finally…done…

Mat PAL MIDGE

Materials PAL (MIDGE)…

PAL MIDGES GRP

PAL (MIDGEs)…

OWENS TRACK

Lower Owens River, Wild Trout section…Bishop, CA…with what is needed soon…

PARA MIDGE EMERGER CREAM

PARA-MIDGE EMERGER,Cream – Willmott-Sanchez/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1167, #20 (and smaller when they make them)

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Emergence Dubbing, #.11 Cream – Nature’s Spirit

RIB: Krystal Flash, Medium Brown

WING: Hi-Vis, White

HACKLE: Whiting Grizzly Midge

The PME was developed by long time guides Gary Willmott and Scott Sanchez on the upper Snake River.. It was originally tied on a TMC 101 hook. The abdomen on this pattern is meant to hang below the surface film so use floatant only on the hackle and wing. I tied this is cream because this Midge color is predominant on the Lower Owens and East Walker Rivers…

Mat PAR MIDGE EM CREAM

Materials PARA-MIDGE EMERGER -Cream …

PARA MIDGE EMERGER MIDGES GRP

PARA-MIDGE EMERGER(s) – Cream…

RC UV2 MIDGE 2

UV2 RC MIDGE – Gold, Freeman/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: UnderAbdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

OVER ABDOMEN: Micro Floss, Gold – Cascade Crest

RIB: Brown Micro Tubing

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Black

Another Paul Freeman variant of a pattern for the San Juan River ( link to Paul below). I always use white tread as a base under floss bodies. A little trick I learned a while back  – it adds to the translucency of a floss abdomen which is particularly important for Midge Larva or Pupa…

Mat UV2 RC MIDGE

Materials UV2 RC MIDGE…

UV2 RC MIDGES GRP

UV2 RC MIDGE(s)…

MIDGE EMERGER UV2 IWAMASA BLK

UV2 MIDGE EMERGER, Black – Iwamasa/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Natural Mallard feather section, curved side up – (I spread a little thinned Dave’s Flexament on it)

WING: White Poly Yarn

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, Black

HACKLE: Whiting Grizzly Midge – 1 1/2 turns

This is an interesting Ken Iwamasa pattern that he uses on the Frying Pan River in the video linked to under his name. I have caught one or two Trout in that section over the years. His take on the shuck imitation is, well… provocative…

Mat MIDGE EMERGER KI

Materials UV2 MIDGE EMERGER, Black – Iwamasa/Variant…

MIDGE EMERGERS KI GRP

UV2 MIDGE EMERGER(s), Black…

BROWN MIRACLE MIDGE 2

MIRACLE MIDGE, Brown …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, Brown / Head – Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: Lagartun x-fine, Copper wire – * coat fly with Hard As Hull for durability

It does not get much simpler than this Midge Larva. I have taken some of my largest Trout on this type of pattern over the past several years and I keep a stock of them in different colors for me and my tribe to use…

MAT MIRACLE MIDGE BRN

Materials MIRACLE MIDGE, Brown …

MIRACLE MIDGES BRN GRP

MIRACLE MIDGE(s), Brown…#18 & #20…

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CRUMPLED MIDGE time on the Lower Owens River, Bishop, CA…

CRUMPLED MIDGE CREAM

CRUMPLED MIDGE, Cream – Engle/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22

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

OVER ABDOMEN: Cream, Black, Olive, Brown, etc. Micro Tubing (it’s hollow, it floats)

WING: Medallion Sheeting, Dun

A variation on an older Ed Engle pattern that is meant for sippers in flat water on cold, overcast, snowy days. Here be a few of those on the Lower Owens River…checkout some of Ed’s other small patterns on the link above…

CRUMPLED MIDGE OLIVE

CRUMPLED MIDGE, Olive – Engle/Variant – Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22…

CRUMPLED MIDGE BLACK

CRUMPLED MIDGE, Black – Engle/Variant – Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22…

Mat CRUMPLED MIDGE

Materials CRUMPLED MIDGE…

CRUMPLED MIDGES GRP

A flock of CRUMPLED MIDGES…

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A good time and place to use the pattern below…Michael says so…

COQ'd OPAL MIDGE

COQ’d OPAL MIDGE, Blue/Lavender…

HOOK: Umpqua JB01 Hook, #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

RIB: UTC Gunmetal Blue wire, x-sm

OVER ABDOMEN: (of working black thread) 1/100″ Opal Micro Flashabou

WING: Coq De Leon, Barred Speckled Aconchado

THORAX: Ice Dub UV Lavender

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #.15, Fl. Purple

BEAD: Black Tungsten, 2,4mm

Another attractor Midge type pattern in flashy colors. I like these on particularly cold days and fish them with the expectation that there will soon be a nice Trout attached to it…usually happens…

Mat COQ'd OPAL MIDGE

Materials COQ’d OPAL MIDGE…

UMPQUA JB01 HOOK

The HOOK…

COQ'd OPAL MIDGES GRP

COQ’d OPAL MIDGE(s)…

OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE

UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE – Matthews/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 – #18

THREAD: Abdomen, Lagartun 74 Denier, Olive / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive Brown

ABDOMEN: Lagartun 74 Denier, Olive Thread

WING: EP – Trigger Point Int’l Fibers , BWO (Dun)

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Purple – Spirit River

HACKLE: Whiting Midge, Dun

A variation on THIS Craig Matthews pattern for the BWO/Baetis Fall hatch on the Lower Owens River…I like Enrico’s Trigger Point Int’l fibers of small patterns and it comes in an array of insect colors…

Mat UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE

Materials UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE…

UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE GRP

UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE(s)…#16 & #18…

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE PUPA …

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under abdomen / Tiemco16/0, Black – Thorax forward

SHUCK: 1 strand Opal Midge Flash

OVER ABDOMEN: Purple Micro Tubing

WINGLETS: 1 strand Krystal Flash UV Purple, doubled back, for one each side

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Black – Spirit River

BEAD: X-sm Diamond Bead – Killer Caddis

A Midge Pupa in Purple for AM or PM low light and overcast conditions…

Mat UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE

Materials UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE PUPA…

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE GRP

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE PUPAE…

COPPER HOLOSHIMMER MIDGE LARVAE

COPPER HOLOSHIMMER N’ ICE MIDGE LARVAE – Freeman/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #24

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: Black Ice Thread

ABDOMEN:  Lt. Copper Holoshimmer – Coat completed fly with Hard As Hull for  durability

This is a simple Midge Larva pattern that is a variation on a Paul Freeman pattern. Notice on the link to Sulky Holoshimmer, the amount of different available colors. Do not be adverse to trying ALL of them out…it makes a great ribbing material too for smaller patterns !

Materials COPPER HS MIDGE

Materials COPPER HOLOSHIMMER N’ ICE MIDGE LARVAE…

COPPER HS MIDGES GRP

COPPER HOLOSHIMMER N’ ICE MIDGE LARVAE…

LOWER OWENS FALL

Fall… on the Lower Owens River…

BAETIS HS JIG GRAY-OLIVE

HS / UV2 BAETIS JIG – Gray/Olive…

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak) C400BL #16, Dohiku HDJ Jig Hook, #18 – #20

THREAD:Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck fibers

ABDOMEN: Gray Micro Tubing over working thread

HACKLE: #3 Dun Hen neck feather

THORAX: 80% Micro Fine dub., BWO Gray Olive / 20% UV2 Dubbing Enhancer, Dark

HOT SPOT: Veevus 14/0, FL. Orange thread

BEAD: Copper Slotted Tungsten, size to hook

A bit of an attractor BWO nymph pattern that sinks like a rock. I fish these upstream then let them swing upwards through the drift…

Mat BAETIS HS IG G-O

Materials  HS / UV2 BAETIS JIG – Gray/Olive…

BAETIS HS JIG G-O GRP

HS / UV2 BAETIS JIG(s) – Gray/Olive…

FLASH JUJU

FLASH JUJU – Charlie Craven…

HOOK:  TMC 2488, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 , White – Under Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Two strands of Olive Superhair, 1 strand Black Superhair

THORAX: 1 strand 1/100″ Micro Opal Flashabou over Black thread

WING CASE/BUDS: Dun Fluoro Fiber

Charlie Craven new addition to the JuJu series. This one is not up on the Flybox site yet. Some of his other JuJu patterns may be found HERE. They have been very productive for me where large populations of Midges are found…Mat JUJU FLASH

Materials FLASH JUJU…

JUJU FLASH GRP

FLASH JUJU(s)…

NEXT: More patterns for the Lower Owens River through Winter

PT/TB

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That Annelid is up next…in the meantime, here are some bugs, held in low esteem by most fly fishermen, that catch lots of big Trout in places other than the Bighorn or rivers in the Ozarks…

ISOPOD -1-ISOPOD or Sowbug (from bugguide.net)…<- watch ’em move

ISOPODA MAP -1-One might encounter these rolly pollys, cress bugs, creepers anywhere, in the shaded portions of this bugguide.net Map

MOO LOBBING EWR -1-I would not have any qualms about tying one of these patterns on and using them in waters like the above East Walker River – as an attractor. They are buggy and may be taken as scuds or, in the case of the pink versions, as eggs. Trout are opportunistic … my job is to present the opportunity…

POLAR SB UV2 G-O -1-POLAR UV2 SOWBUG (Gray/Olive) – Daniels/Variant …

Mat GD SOWBUG VAR -1-Materials POLAR UV2 SOWBUG (Gray/Olive) – Daniels/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 103BL, #15 – #17

THREAD: Ultra 70 Denier, Dark Gray`

WEIGHT: .015 -.010 Lead wire or .015 Lead Sub. – flattened

RIB: Ice Thread, Gray /Olive

SHELL BACK: Strand of Firefly, Silver

UNDER ABDOMEN: UV2 Scud Shrimp, Gray

OVER ABDOMEN: Micro UV Pearl Chenille, Olive (or Gray)

* Coat the thread covered abdomen with Zap-A-Gap or Super Glue, then wrap dubbing

* Coat the completed fly, after brushing out with Velcro strip or .30 cal. bore brush, with UV resin of choice. Hit with UV torch then expose to sunlight. I gently clip the sides angling back towards the hook bend and then trim the bottom of the fly.

This is a George Daniel’s pattern that I have taken some license with. Another version – on Video, may be viewed HERE

GD SOWBUGS VAR -1-POLAR UV2 SOWBUG’s (Gray/Olive)…

UV2 HB SH SOW -1-UV 2 HOT BEAD SH SOWBUG (Pink) …

Mat HOT BEAD SH SB -1-Materials UV 2 HOT BEAD SH SOWBUG (Pink)…

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #14 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, White – Under Abdomen – Ultra Fl. Fire Orange – Behind bead

WEIGHT: .010 – .025 lead wire – or .015-.025 lead sub.

RIB Ice Thread, Pink

ABDOMEN: Equal parts – Ice Dub UV- Pink, UV2 Scud Shrimp- Pink, Sow Scud Dubbing- Pink

HACKLE: Hen Neck, White

BEAD: Spirit River, Hot Orange, sized to hook

* I brush out the dubbing with a Velcro strip and .30 cal. bore brush, trim top and bottom and angle cut the sides, towards the rear – before adding hackle

This is another standard Big Horn River pattern…(see link below)

HB SH SB's PINK -1-UV 2 HOT BEAD SH SOWBUG (s) (Pink)…

FUZZLE SOWBUG VAR -1-FUZZLE SOWBUG (UV2 Gray) – Murray Wilson/Variant…

Mat FUZZLE SB GRAY -1-Materials for FUZZLE SOWBUG ( UV2 Gray)…

HOOK: TMC 101, #14 – #20

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

WEIGHT: .010 -..025 lead or .015 -.025 lead sub. – flattened and covered with Super Glue or Zap-A-Gap after covering with thread

SHELL BACK: Holographic Mylar Motio 1/64″ or 1/32″ – depending on hook size

ABDOMEN: Equal parts – Ice Dub UV Gray, UV2 Scud Shrimp Gray and Sow Scud dubbing, Rainbow

MICRO TUBING (GRAY): The dubbing mix is spun on the stretched tubing ( twisted with fingers and a liberal amount of saliva) and wrapped over the hook shank

* Brush out the finished dubbing with a Velcro strip or bore brush (.30 cal.) and clip on the top and bottom. On the sides, clip it angling towards the hook bend with the larger leg portions at the head of the fly

This is technique developed by OZ guide and tier Murray Wilson. Australia probably has more sow bugs than anywhere on the planet. HERE is how it is done…Get the hang of it and let one’s mind consider other possibilities…

FUZZLES SB -1-FUZZLE SOWBUG(s) –  UV2/Gray…#16 – #18…

SOWBUG CC SH -1-SOFT HACKLE SOWBUG – Charlie Craven …

Mat CC SH SOWBUG -1-Materials for SOFT HACKLE SOWBUG…(and  the fluffy part of the hackle stem one saves for BATWING PATTERNS

HOOK:  Daiichi 1560, #14 – #18

THREAD: Ultra 70 Denier, Fl. Fire Orange

ABDOMEN: Krystal Dubbing, Cinnamon Caddis

HACKLE: Hen Neck, Dun

This is Charlie Craven’s easy and simple to tie pattern which he demonstrates HERE

CC SH SOWBUGS -1-SOFT HACKLE SOWBUGS…

OPAL GRAY RAY C. -1-OPAL GRAY RAY C. (Sowbug) …

Mat OPAL GRAY RAY C. -1-Materials OPAL GRAY RAY C. (Sowbug)…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1100, #16 -#20

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Red

WEIGHT: .010 or .015 lead or ,015 lead sub.

SHELL BACK: UTC Opal Tinsel, Med or SM

RIB: Ice Thread, Olive/Gray

ABDOMEN: Ostrich Plume, Dun

This is the standard Big Horn River pattern using Opal instead of Silver Tinsel. There are variations on this using TMC 5262 hooks and small chenille in shades of Gray, Tan, Pink and yes…Black. Many may be seen HERE

OPAL GRAY RAY C's. -1-Some OPAL GRAY RAY C. SOWBUGS…

T's TAN OTR SOWBUG -1-Timmy’s (Tan) OVER THE RAINBOW SOWBUG …

Mat TIMMY'S TAN SOWBUG -1-Materials for Timmy’s (Tan) OVER THE RAINBOW SOWBUG…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1110, #16 – #20

THREAD: Uni 8/0 Cahill or Tan or Tiemco 16/0, Light Cahill

WEIGHT: .010 or .015 lead wire or .015 lead sub. – flattened

RIB: Ice Thread, Amber

SHELL BACK: Flashabou, Hologgraphic Brown

DUBBING: Equal parts – Emergence Dubbing 42, Tan – Tan Rainbow Sow Scud Dubbing – A pinch of AZ Synthetic Hare;s Ear

* Coat flattened abdomen with Zap-A-Gap or Super Glue

* Brush out the dubbing with a Velcro strip or .30 cal. bore brush and clip top and bottom of dubbing…then, clip the sides angling towards the rear of the hook shank

This is for those Tan Sow Bugs one might encounter…

TIMMY'S TAN OTR SOWBUGS -1-A gathering of Timmy’s (Tan) OVER THE RAINBOW SOWBUG (S)…

Here are a couple of other good links on sow bugs from UTAH ON THE FLY, WESTFLY and MR. SOW BUG himself…

NEXT: That Annelid and then Fall Baetis/Bwo’s 2013 with something else in-between…

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Well, it is getting to be about that time…for the annual trek up to the East Side for a week or more with Michael. Michael, however, now makes his home with Aimee on the East Coast…so this year, it’s me and ALLY and HERO who will be traveling up Hwy. 395 ,to work the waters of the East Walker River and some other places that are Ally’s favorites. As usual, I will put up a photo of the pattern, add a photo of the materials used, then… describe the make-up of the pattern along with some relevant information…there are 18 patterns in this post…

Midge patterns are effective ALL year round…

MIDGES MAY 2013 -1-Finished Midge Box – May 2013…

F.Y.I – and WHY there are so many Nymph, Emerger and Cripple patterns found herein –

From the Winter 2013 Issue: Flyfishing & Tying Journal, “Water Entomology to Fly-Fish By”, Dave Whitlock, ppgs. 16-21…

THE MOST IMPORTANT WATER COLUMN POSITIONS TO FISH AQUATIC INSECTS, IN ORDER OF EFFECTIVENESS:

1. Fly one to six inches above stream bottom.

2. Fly moving upward (emerging) from bottom to surface.

3. Fly resting just under the surface film.

4. Fly resting on the surface film.

5. Fly actively twitching or skittering over the surface film.

MADISON 2nd. Vest -2-PT and Ally on the Madison River, MT…one of my favorite photos of Ally taken by Michael…

ANGLER IMAGE BOX -1- The magnetized Fly Box from Angler’s Image…without the completed Midge patterns…good for all kinds of small patterns !!!

owens-a-h-lpc-11Ally and Hero, above Lone Pine Creek, on our arrowhead finding – target shooting – photo taking trek in March of this year…

POP EWR MIDGE _2-PT workin’ the small stuff on the East Walker River…

STUBLE MIDGE TAN -1-SUBTLE MIDGE (Tan)…

RAINBOWEWR511-3-Michael, with one of the East Walker “minnows” that hopped on a Midge pattern….

MAT SUBTLE MIDGE -1-Materials for the SUBTLE MIDGE…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White – Head – Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

RIB: Ice Thread, Brown

ABDOMEN: 5-6 strands of Nymph Shear, Amber

A simple, quick tie for that Cream-ish Tan Midge Larva on the East Walker River… Also, tie this one in Gray with a Black Ice Thread rib and a short Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/White wing for that same water…

QUICKSILVER MIDGE -1-QUICKSILVER MIDGE (Olive) – Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL/SHUCK: Krystal Flash, Olive

RIB: Ultra Wire, Red, X-sm

UNDER ABDOMEN: Working Thread

ABDOMEN: 6 strands, Pale Olive Nymph Shear – Cascade Crest Tools

WING: Single Strand Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/Red – pulled back and slightly upwards from the sides…

THORAX: Dyed Red Peacock Herl – Wapsi * (not pictured)

BEAD: Hi-Lite Glass Bead, Quicksilver – Spirit River or Diamond Bead – Killer Caddis or Silver Tungsten Bead

When using Nymph Shear, the color of the thread beneath the material can influence the final color of the abdomen…play around with various colors of Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Veevus 16/0, Lagartun 74 denier or Tiemco 16/0 to get the color desired, to match the Midges on the water one will be working – and a lot of good practice in the process…


MAT QUICK S MIDGE -1-Materials for QUICKSILVER MIDGE…

SHEAR MIDGE BRN -1-SHEAR MIDGE (Brown) …

MAT SHEAR MIDGE -1-Materials for the SHEAR MIDGE (Brown)…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown – Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

TAIL/SHUCK: Midge Flash, Pearl

RIB: Lagartun x-Fine Wire, Gold

ABDOMEN: 5-6 strands Nymph Shear, Brown – Cascade Crest Tools

WING: White Zelon

THORAX: Iridescent Black Peacock Herl – Spirit River

BEAD: Gold Tungsten or Brass, stuffed with wrapped .010 Lead

SILVER TUNG DEVIL -1-SILVER TUNG DEVIL MIDGE …

MAT SILVER TUNG DEVIL M -1-Materials SILVER TUNG DEVIL MIDGE…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdomen – Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Brown – untwisted – Thorax Forward

TAIL/SHUCK: 6-8 short strands, Amber Darlon

ABDOMEN: 2 strands Gray Ice Thread, 1 strand Black Ice Thread

WING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Gray

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

BEAD: Tungsten Nickel (Silver), sized to hook

Something toned down in Earth accent colors for those times that the Trout are not into a real flashy, Midhe Pupa pattern…

CHOC F F MIDGE -1-CHOCOLATE FLASH FOAM EMERGER MIDGE – Barela/Variant…

MAT CHOC FFE MIDGE -1-Materials CHOCOLATE FLASH FOAM EMERGER MIDGE …

HOOK: TMC 206BL, #18 – #20 or Daiichi 1140, #18 -#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

TAIL/SHUCK: DNA Holo Fusion, Brown – Short Flashy strand (Not pictured)…the stand separates, *that is normal for this material

RIB: Lagartun x-fine Copper Wire – * coat with hard As Hull for durability

WING: 1mm closed cell foam – White

THORAX: Arizona Synthetic Dubbing – Chocolate

This is a variation on Jeremy Barela’s Chocolate Foam Emerger…a standard on the San Juan River…he has some other interesting Midge patterns HERE

MOCHA MIDGE -2-

MOCHA MIDGE…

IMGP0148Michael works a Cream Midge on the East Walker River…

MAT MOCHA MIDGE -1-Materials for MOCHA MIDGE…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Under abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White – Thorax forward, – Tiemco 16/0, Brown

TAIL/SHUCK: Krystal Flash, Root Beer, short strand

ABDOMEN: 2 strands White Super Hair, 1 strand Dark Brown Super Hair

WING: 6-8 Strands , White Fluoro Fiber

THORAX: (Over White thread) – UV 2 Fine & Dry, Rust

BEAD: Tungsten Nickel, sized to hook

Another Cream-ish Midge Pupa pattern that emphasizes translucence and segmentation, two important factors ( I believe ) for consistent “finny” attraction to Midge patterns…that’s why I play with materials like Super Hair, Nymph Shear and Ice Thread…

JUJU FLASH MIDGE -1-JUJU FLASH MIDGE – Craven/Variant …

MAT JUJU FLASH MID -1-Materials JUJU FLASH MIDGE…

HOOK:  Gamakatsu C 12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under abdomen -Tiemco16/0, Black – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Two strands Red Super Hair – 1 Strand White Super Hair

WINGS: Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/Red…1 strand tied in at sides and pulled up slightly

THORAX: Black Iridescent Peacock Herl – Spirit River

BEAD: Black Tungsten or Brass stuffed with wraps of .010 lead, sized to hook

Just a variant on Charlie Craven’s great JuJu series tied on a red hook with emphasis on the color red …This color work well on occasion on Eastern Sierra tail waters and there are always some in my box(s)…

WITCH DR MIDGE -1-WITCH DOCTOR MIDGE (Cream) …

* My Panasonic Lumix with the Leica lense went to purple LCD Screen this AM which probably means that the CCD Chip went South…so, the photos are being taken with another camera until the Lumix is repaired or I move to something else in the Panasonic line with a comparable lense…please bear with me…

MAT WITCH DR MIDGE -1-Materials for WITCH DOCTOR MIDGE (Cream)…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BL. #18 or TMC 2488, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Abdomen – Tiemco16/0, Brown – Thorax and Head

RIB: Lagartun x-fine Copper Wire

ABDOMEN: White Tiemco 16/0 tying thread – * Coast with SHAN

WINGS: 3 strands Krystal Flash, UV Gray

THORAX: Fluff from the base of a Grizzly Hen Neck Feather, dub on thread with saliva – NO WAX !!!

A Midge Pupa pattern for the ubiquitous Cream Midge found on the East Walker River and many other moving waters as well…hang this one off a lead dry at least two sizes larger…a Mike Mercer “Missing Link” Caddis would be a good one for that river…

HALF MIDGE BOX -1-Gettin’ there…and always one guy out of place…recipes on these starting 4.27…DONE !!!

NOTE MIDGE -1-N.O.T.E.  MIDGE…

MAT NOTE MIDGE -1-Materials N.O.T.E. MIDGE…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD:  Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL/SHUCK: Short strand, Mirage Accent Opal

RIB: 1 strand Midge Rainbow Flash – Cascade Crest or Midge Flash, Pearl

OVER ABDOMEN: 1/8″ Clear Stretch Flex – tip cut to a point before tying in

WING: CDC White

THORAX: Midge Ice Braid, purple  – #18, 3 turns or wraps – #20, two turns or wraps

Something else in Black that could also be done with Cream, Gray, Tan, Blue, Olive , Red or Purple thread…one may take their pick from Veevus, Tiemco, Lagartun 74 Denier or Gordon Griffith Sheer 14/0. Those are some of the colors and thread I use for Midges… and there are a lot of different bead colors to choose from…

MIDGES POP EW -1-The “old guy” has something on…on the East Walker River…

VOODO MIDGE OLIVE V -1-VOODOO MIDGE (Olive) – Smethurst/Variant …

MAT VOODOO QUILL MIDGE -1-Materials VOODOO MIDGE (Olive) – Smethurst/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1150, #18 or Daiichi 1140, #18-#22

THREAD: Gordon Griffith Sheer 14/0, Red

ABDOMEN: Stripped Peacock Quill dyed Olive..soak in water before use …allow portions of the thread beneath to be visible – * coat with Hard As Hull for durability

WINGS: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

THORAX: Fluff from the base of a Brahma Soft Hackle Feather, Mottled Gray – Whiting

A bit more like the original Smethurst pattern…HERE are some oth Peacock Quills from Poland, that might strike one’s fancy for use in this pattern, since Spirit River no longer offers the dyed versions…

DB ZEEB SH -1-DIAMOND BEAD “ZEEB” SH MIDGE – (PT & GROUSE)…

MAT DB ZEEB -1-Materials for DIAMOND BEAD “ZEEB” SH MIDGE – (PT & GROUSE)…

HOOK:  TMC 101, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL/SHUCK: Krystal Flash, Hot Orange

ABDOMEN: Ringneck Pheasant Tail, Black

RIB: Ultra Wire, Silver, x-sm

THORAX: Killer Caddis Diamond Bead, sized to hook

HACKLE: English Grouse – I V notch the feather, two soft loops of thread and spin it around the hook shank – use finger nails to spread evenly

Yes, a soft hackle Zeb(ra) Midge pattern that imitates an emerging adult and probably some other smallish creatures that inhabit a Western river biomass…

9-ewr-sized-bt-blog-7The “OLD GUY’s” favorite Midging set up – for rivers, when the flows ain’t blowin’..T & T Pardigm, 9′, 5wt., Tibor Spring Creek CL…

SB MIDGE -1-SAGEBRUSH MIDGE …

ew-30-mike-brown-2-Michael, with a typical Brown from the East Walker River, that was feeding on Midge larva and pupa…

MAT SAGE B MIDGE -1-Materials for SAGEBRUSH MIDGE…

HOOK: Alec Jackson Chironomid Hook – #17

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White – Tiemco 16/0, Black , thorax forward

TAIL/SHUCK: Krystal Flash, Hot Orange

ABDOMEN: Micro Olive Floss – Cascade Crest

RIB: Lagartun X-fine copper wire

WINGS: DNA Holo Fusion, Sage – use one strand, loop , tie  on sides and angle upwards…use a flashy strand

THORAX: Ice Dub UV Light Olive

Always use white thread under floss. It adds to the translucency of the floss and make a pattern using this material more effective. Micro Floss comes in a variety of colors

P GF MIDGE -1-P GF MIDGE – Duran/Variant …

MAT P GF MIDGE -1-Materials for P GF MIDGE…

HOOK: TMC 101. #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Purple Glimmer Thread – Cascade Crest

TRIGGER SPOT: 1 Short strand Micro Pearl Flashabou (over Black Thread)…coat with SHAN for durability

Jude Duran’s Midge patterns are mostly very simple ties that put emphasis on segmentation. He was among the first to add flash for trigger spots. I use a lot of them… and purple is a color that works when other folks haven’t arrived (they are still sleeping) or are just planning to depart (they are hungry for dinner) – in places like this:

MOO SS $3.00 BRIDGE -1-Above THAT Bridge on a river in Montana…

JD THREAD MIDGES -1-Some other Jude Duran Flash Thread Midges tied in different colors using Gudebrod rod wrapping thread…and they really work !

CCD MIDGE -1-CCD MIDGE …

MAT CCD MIDGE -1-Materials for CCD MIDGE…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BL, #16 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

RIB: Lagartun x-fine copper wire

ABDOMEN: A few strands of DNA Holo Fusion, Chartreuse – coat the finished abdomen with SHAN for durability

WING: CDC White

THORAX: STS Trilobal Dubbing, Black = clipped short

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

These little Midge Pupa emerger types work wonders on the East Walker River. I tie a lot of them using Krystal Flash Abdomens…I thought I might give some DNA products a workout…

PnP MIDGE -1-P ‘n P MIDGE …

MAT P n P MIdge -1-Materials for P ‘n P Midge…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #16 – #20

THREAD: Under Abdomen _ Ultra 70 denier, Fl. Shell Pink – Tiemco 16/0, DK. Brown Thorax forward

TAIL/SHUCK: Midge Raibow Flash – Cascade Crest – or Midge Flash, Pearl

OVER ABDOMEN: 1/8″ Clear, Stretch Flex – cut to a point to tie in to reduce bulk…this product does not degrade as quickly as Scud Back

RIB: Ultra Wire, Red, x-sm

THORAX: Ice Dub Peacock

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

…and yes, I have found pink to be an excellent color for Midges, small may Fly patterns, dries, Scuds etc…just remember, when using a latex type body covering, the material will start aging with exposure to sunlight. Don’t expect these kind of patterns to be in good shape, after a couple of seasons of languishing in ‘yer fly box…

ICE MIDGE VAR -1-ICE VOODOO MIDGE – Smethurst/Variant …

Mat ICE VD MIDGE -1-

Materials for ICE VOODOO MIDGE…

HOOK: Daiichi 1140, #18 -#22, Daiichi 1250, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, Dk. Brown, Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: 1 strand Black Ice Thread, 2 strands Rusty Brown Ice Thread..no Ice Thread ? – Use Super Hair

THORAX: Fluff from the base of a furnace hen neck feather – use saliva to dub on thread – NO WAX !!!

WINGS: 2 short lengths of Medium Brown Krystal Flash (1 strand looped at sides and pulled slightly upward)

This is a variation on Frank Smethurst’s pattern. I have also seen this pattern tied on small, down eye, straight hooks. Smethurst and Tracy Petersen are two of the few tiers who I have come across that have found an excellent use for that fluffy stuff at the base of a hen neck feather, which usually gets tossed out with the trash …video HERE.

ewr-sized-bt-moo-blog-51Another EWR Brown that Michael took on a Midge pattern…

SHADOWS GRIZ MIDGE -1-SHADOWS GRIZ MIDGE …

MAT SHAD GRIZ -1-Materials SHADOW GRIZ MIDGE…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20,,,TMC 2488, #16 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White

TAIL/SHUCK: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

ABDOMEN: A sparse group of strands, DNA Holo Fusion, Purple

RIB: Ultra Wire, Silver, x-small

THORAX: AZ Diamond Hair, Rainbow, #.22

WING: 2 Short Strands, Grizzly Flash, Black/White

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

BEAD: Silver Brass stuffed with .010 lead or Silver tungsten, sized to hook

Michael and I have had a lot of success with these oddball types of Midge patterns…this is something in purple, to use when shadows are on the water in the early AM or late PM…it just kinda’ migrated out of my thinking after tremendous success with this pattern

mike-ewr-3Approaching SHADOW time on the East Walker River….

UV2 BIOT MIDGE RH -1UV2 BIOT RH MIDGE …

MAT UV2 BIOT RH MID -1-Materials UV2 BIOT RH MIDGE…

HOOK: Gamakatsu  C12-B, #18 -#20

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White – Thorax forward –  Tiemco, 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 lead wraps, jammed into bead

ABDOMEN: UV 2 Turkey Biot, White

RIB: Holographic Mylar Motion, Red, 1/64″

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Eye, Black

BEAD: Black brass or tungsten, sized to hook

Segmentation, segmentation and segmentation…properties that have work well on Midge imitations…turkey biots come in a wide range of colors for small imitations...I will repeat this: Use white thread or pearl or silver mylar under UV 2 products to bring out the best in their reflective qualities…

390744_596181663734776_541273952_nMy Grandson Miles, preparing to do some pattern research…

NEXT: Me and Ally (and HERO) to San Francisco to watch Michael get his diploma…and then, for FRANKENFLY, an SBS on the most successful crippled Caddis pattern I have ever used…

OPOP N' HERO -1-The adventure never ends…

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Time to get to some patterns that have been on the back burner for awhile. A portion of these will go into a box for a person who is new to Fly Fishing. So, these are patterns that will put that person into fish, no matter where they might use them…

BUGS 4 OTHER -1-

In on a book and done…

ANG CIN CAD LARVA -1-ANGORA CINNAMON CADDIS LARVAE  – Culton/Variant …

MAT ANG CAD -1-Materials for ANGORA CINNAMON CADDIS…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1560, #14 – #18

THREAD:  Ultra 70 denier, Burnt Orange – Under Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Brown – Thorax forward

WEIGHT: *NOTE…this pattern is underweighted (wire dia. smaller than shank dia.)  – 0.10 lead wire

ABDOMEN: 60% Ginger Angora Goat / 40% SLF Standard Cinnamon Dub

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Brown

BEAD: Copper Brass or Tungsten, sized to hook

This is a Steve Culton pattern that I first saw in the Summer 2012 Issue of Flyfishing & Tying Journal. He now has his own BLOG on WordPress and it is linked to under his name <-. I have used both Angora Goat and Seal-EX for bugger and streamer patterns. My take on this fly differs a bit from Steve’s. I like a buggier effect, using the “brushed method” ( that is why there is a bore brush and Velcro in the materials photo) so I use the material like I do with Mink, in tying the “Mink Thing”.That is just my preference, it may be tied as one chooses…in any case, it is a buggy, translucent pattern that will take Trout – anywhere there are Caddis…I will be tying more up in some other colors so that Michael can match this experience…

MOO EW JUMP RAIN -1-…on waters he will be Fly Fishing in the East. The Brown above… was caught on the East Walker River…

UV2 SW RS2 -1-UV2 SPARKLE WING RS2 – Craven/Variant…

MAT UV2 RS2 _1-Materials for UV2 SPARKLE WING RS2…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #16 – #24

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray – Head / Tiemco 16/0, White – under abdomen...* When using UV2 dubbing ALWAYS use a reflective base under it !

TAIL: White Fluoro Fibre – 2 short strands propped up by one THIN turn of dubbing under the tail(s)

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, Adams Grey

WING BUDS: 2 srort looped strands of DNA Holo Chromosome Flash, Pearl …or, what Charlie uses…

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry, Adams Grey

Ever since Rim Chung designed it, RS2’s take Trout…This is Charlie Craven’s version which may be found HERE.

I have taken good Trout in just about every location I have Fly Fished, using this pattern and a number of it’s variations. It may be tied to imitate just about ANY May Fly. They may be worked from the bottom of the water column to the top…I don’t leave home without them…

LO O 1 4.8.13 6The RS2 has taken a lot of nice fish for me and my crew here, in the Lower Owens River, in Spring and Fall. The above pattern, in Grey, is a good BWO/Baetis imitation for the Owens…

HB PSF -1-

HB PSF NYMPH …

MAT HB PSF NYMPH -1-Materials for HB PSF NYMPH…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1560, #14 – #18

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Ultra 70 Denier, Brown / Thorax forward, Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

WEIGHT: 0.10 Lead… stuffed into bead

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Light Speckled

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Brown

RIB: Wapsi Wire, Copper, SM or X-sm

WING CASE/LEGS; Six strands Rusty Brown Krystal Flash, pulled over Thorax then separated

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel, Brown

BEAD: Orange Hot Bead, sized to hook

A pumped up Pheasant tail nymph that works well on the East Walker River and other locations, in the Spring when waters are off colored. I use a lot of Rusty Brown Krystal Flas for abdomens, wing cases and legs…in the rivers I fish. in the Sierras, it goes over well…

DNA DIP PINK -1-DNA DIP (PINK)…

MAT DNA DIP -1-Materials DNA DIP (PINK)…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #16 – #18

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White /  Head – Tiemco 16/0, Brown

RIB: Brown Ice Thread – coat body with SHAN for durability

WING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Clear White

A simple Caddis Serndipity pattern in PINK. For Hydropsyche or any other Caddis that appears TAN…Walter Wiese, of Park’s Fly Shop in Gardiner, MT has been playing around with a lot of patterns in Pink… because they work

STILLWATER 4.8.13 1…and they will slay in here, in the evening…on the Stillwater River, MT

YAMSI SPECIAL -1-YAMSI SPECIAL – Dave Hughes/Variant …

MAT YAMSI -1-Materials YAMSI SPECIAL…

HOOK:  TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, #16…

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: 0.10 Lead Stuffed into bead

ABDOMEN: Ultra Wire Copper, SM and Fl Chartreuse, SM…I coat with SHAN

THORAX: SLF Squirrel Spikey Dubbing Dave uses black Hare’s Ear

BEAD: Black Brass or Tungsten

Dave Hughes created this wire pattern for Brachycentrus (Grannom) hatches on the Yamsi Ranch in Oregon. He notes that it works well in many “other” places. I have used a number of wired abdomen patterns ( excluding the Copper John series) and they have produced for me. I like to coat the abdomens with Dave’s Flexament  or Aqua Tuff, which adds dimension to the fly…in this instance, I have used SHAN

MADISON 2 4.8.13 4Wired patterns have put me into some rather large Browns in this section of The Madison River, below Ennis, MT…

$#.00 Wired SEREN -1-

WIRED $3.00 DIP – Matthews/Variant…

MAT WIED DIP -1-Materials for WIRED $3.00 DIP…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, TMC 2487, #14 -#18

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

RIB: Waspsi Wire, Hot Orange, SM and Copper Brown, SM

WING: Bleached Coastal Deer Hair – Nature’s Spirit

Another fish catching machine from Blue Ribbon Flies and Craig Matthews. The original $3.00 Dip works anywhere…so will this. I have tied it on a curved, scud hook rather than a straight hook as seen in BRF’s instructional video

$3.00 BRIDGE SUNSET -1-The location , from whence, the above pattern got it’s name…$3.00 Bridge on the Madison River, MT…and the BEST time to be there…

NEXT: Fill this up…

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Some that are old, with a new twist for Spring… fellows like these on the East Walker River in Bridgeport, CA:…and something to check out !!!

BLUE RIBBON FLIES – ONLINE CATALOG 2013

CADDIS EWR -1-Michael’s “leetle frens”…as usual, recipes as I finish each dozen followed by photos of materials , links and additional information (which may or may not be useful… )

SPRING CADDIS 2013 -1-COMPLETED…Spring 2013, Caddis box…

POP N' MOO EW -1-PT and Michael plotting strategy on the East Walker River…

DNA DIPPER TAN -1-DNA SPARKLE DIP (Tan) …

MAT DNA SP DIP -1-Materials for the DNA SPARKLE DIP…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1120, #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Light Cahill, Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, Brown – Thorax forward

OVER ABDOMEN: DNA Holo Fusion, Tan then covered with Tan Micro Tubing

WING: White (Clear) Sparkle Emerger Yarn

BEAD: Gold Tungsten, sized to hook

I always tie up one of these simple little patterns to mimic the Amber and Tan Caddis which hatches on the East Walker River, in the Spring. One could also use White Zelon for the wing or Antron yarn or Darlon for a size #18. This DNA material is interesting and has a lot of applications for under wings, wings and tailings. It may be layed flat on the body or by using less, twisted into a rope much like Krystal Flash mixed with Zelon or Antron yarn. When twisting, I like to use these hackle pliers to grab the material:

HACKLE PLIERS -1-DO NOT over twist !!!

GRAPHIC CADDIS TAN -3-

GRAPHIC CADDIS -Tan- John Barr …for Hydropsyche…

DANVILLE 6-0 THREAD -1-The Danville Flymaster 6/0 threads I like for these two GRAPHIC CADDIS…#2 and #61…

MAT GRAPHIC CAD TAN OLIVE -1-Materials for the GRAPHIC CADDIS…Olive and Tan…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SPBL, #14 – #18

THREAD: OLIVE version Danville #61, Olive 6/0 –TAN version Danville #2, Cream 6/0  – Under abdomen…Tiemco 16/0 Olive or Brown – Thorax forward Olive and Tan versions

TAG: Silver Holographic Tinsel

ABDOMEN: 6/0 Tying Thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Olive or Tan Micro Tubing

THORAX: Natural Gray Ostrich Herl

WINGS/LEGS: Brown Partridge Fibers, V- Notched

This pattern, for me, is one of THE most productive Caddis Pupa I have ever used…there are two basic ways to use the under abdomen threads: Charlie’s Way and John Barr’s Way…One uses white thread… the other, the Danville threads – in colors. I have also experimented with Ultra 70 Denier and Lagartun 74 Denier Threads for the under abdomen…there is also the option of using Prismatic or other markers (or DNA Holo Fusion ) as an under abdomen…play around and see what works best in your area…

GRAPHIC CADDIS JB 2499 -1-GRAPHIC CADDIS – Olive – John Barr…TMC 2499 SPBL, #14 -#18…can never have enough of these in Olive, tan, Gray, Chartreuse and Brown…

OWENS BURN -2-Graphic Caddis and the Serendipity pattern below, are my “Go-To” patterns for the Caddis hatches on the Lower Owens River …

MOO IN SOHO NYC -1-My son Michael…gourmet dining in his new hometown…SOHO, NYC…(Photo: Aimee Brodeur Barker)

CADDISTROPHIC PUPA VAR CC OLIVE -1-CADDISTROPHIC PUPA – Craven/Variant…

MAT CADDISTOPHIC PUPA -1-Materials for CADDISTROPHIC PUPA…

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

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive or Lagartun 74 Denier, Olive

ABDOMEN: Ice Dub UV Light Olive

WING BUDS: Brown Flexi-Floss

HACKLING: 2-3 CDC, Medium Dun, Fiber Tips – V-Notched

ANTENNAE: 6 strands Nymph Shear, doubled over – Cascade Crest

SHELLBACK: Brown Flexi-Floss

RIB: Metallic Olive Wire, Brassie or Small –  Wapsi

HEAD: 50-50 Mix SLF Spikey Squirrel, Black and SLF Prism, Black

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

A Charlie Craven pattern from his book, Charlie’s Fly Box: Signature Flies for Fresh and Salt Water also seen HERE. So I didn’t have that exotic Morpho Fiber from Tiemco, but have a lot of Nymph Shear from Cascade Crest in different colors – I don’t think the Trout will mind….

SNOWY DAY EWR -2-Michael works the water on the East Walker River on a cold, snowy afternoon…

MOTHER'S DNA DIP -1-MOTHER’S DNA DIP – for THAT hatch and – it SLAYS…Matthew’s/Variant

MAT DNA DIP -1-Materials MOTHER’S DNA DIP …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #14 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Strands of DNA, Holo Fusion, Chartreuse

RIB: Ultra Wire, Black, x-sm

WING: 1 Strand of White Zeloon, cut short -ish

For those who have followed this BLOG for awhile, this will be familiar as a reincarnation of Craig Matthew’s Guide Serendipity. I tie these in many different configurations because they just plain whack a lot of Trout. Some of those variations may be found:

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I don’t go anywhere without a bunch of these, easy to tie, critters in my boxes…

CADDIS POP EWR -2-These guys love that “DIP” pattern…

GILL RIBBED LARVA TAN - BR -1-GILL RIBBED LARVAE Tan/Brown…

MAT TAN GILLED LARVAE -1-

 Materials GILL RIBBED LARVAE Tan/Brown…

HOOK: Daiichi 1250, #12- #16

WEIGHT: 0.10-).15 Lead or Lead SUB., 8-10 wraps, dependent on hook size

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

ABDOMEN: Tan Micro Floss – Cascade Crest

RIB: Dyed Brown Iridescent Peacock Eye Fiber, wrapped around Brown Ice Thread

This is another, just a bit updated version, of an old free-living  Caddis Larvae pattern that has taken a lot of nice Trout for me over the years…it’s nice to bring some of these older patterns back and the fish have not seen them in many generations…

SPARKLE MESS PUPA -1-SPARKLE MESS PUPA -Olive/Brown…

MAT SPARKLE MESS CADDIS -1-Materials SPARKLE MESS PUPA -Olive/Brown* NOT SHOWN – Natural Partridge, Nature’s Spirit…

HOOK: Mustad 3906B, #12 – #16

WEIGHT: 0,10 -0.15 Lead or Lead Sb. , 8-10 wraps, dependent on hook size

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Ear, Ice Dub, Olive-Brown

RIB: Insect Green Glitter Rib – Cascade Crest

WING(s): Black Thin Sking, cut short

LEGS: Partridge Fibers, Brown-ish

HACKLING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive,  spun and cut to hook bend or slightly longer

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel dubbing, Brown-Olive

Something fuzzed out and messy to imitate an Emerging Caddis Pupa..I’m playing around with different winging material…Medallion Sheeting will be in the next Emerging Caddis Pupa…

GLO BUBBLE CADDIS PUPA VAR MM -1-GLO BUBBLE CADDIS PUPA, OLIVE – Mike Mercer/Variant (DNA – UV 2)…

MAT GLO BUBBLE CADDIS PUPA -1-Materials GLO BUBBLE CADDIS PUPA, OLIVE – Mike Mercer/Variant (DNA – UV 2)* NOT SHOWN – Natural Partridge, Nature’s Spirit

HOOK: TMC 3761, #14 – #16

THREAD: Ultra 70 Denier, Olive for underabdomen – Tiemco 16/0, Olive, thorax forward

OVER ABDOMEN: Olive Micro Tubing

BUBBLE SHEATH: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Light Olive

WING(s): Partridge Fibers, Brown

WING CASE: DNA Holo Fusion, Brown

THORAX: UV 2 Peacock Eye Fibers (2) – Spirit River

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

A Mike Mercer Caddis PUPA that has been around for awhile…done a bit differently…

BUBBLE BUTT PUPA VAR -1-BUBBLE BUTT PUPA (Chartreuse) – Doudy/Variant…

MAT BUBBLE BUTT CADDIS -1-

Materials for BUBBLE BUTT CADDIS PUPA (Chartreuse)…

HOOK: TMC 2488H, #14 – #18

THREAD: Ultra 70 Denier, Fl. Chartreuse – for Under Abdomen,  Tiemcco 16/0, Olive – to secure bead and Thorax forward

BUTT BEAD: Killer Caddis Midge, Caddis Green, #16 – #18, Small – #14

OVER ABDOMEN: Clear Micro Tubing

WING: Brown Partridge, V- Notched

THORAX: Black Ostrich

This is a Gale Doudy pattern that is an alternative to John Barr’s Graphic Caddis. The SBS is at the link,. I posted this pattern a number of years ago and have finally gotten around to tying it…I think the Trouties in here will like it !

CADDIS MOO EWR -1-

MOO with an AM East Walker Brown…as usual…again…

GILL RIBBED LARVAE OL -2-

RETRO UPDATING – GILL RIBBED LARVAE – Olive/Red…

MAT GILL RIBBED LARVAE -1-Materials for GILL RIBBED LARVAE…

HOOK: Daiichi 1250. #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: 8-10 wraps .0.15 or 0.10 lead or lead sub. – wire depending on hook size

ABDOMEN: Micro Floss. Lt. Olive, Cascade Crest

RIB: One strand, dyed red peacock herl wrapped around Red Ice Thread

THORAX: Two separate strands dyed red peacock herl, wrapped around Tiemco 16/0 thread for durability

This is an up date on a pattern that I successfully used on a lot of Eastern Sierra waters and in Colorado as well, back in the late 70’s and early 80’s…it comes from this interesting book which was published in 1977 and pre-dates that “other” book by GLF

CADDIS AND THE ANGLER BOOK -1-I will add one or two others from this book, updated of course, before this series of Caddis is completed…

POP EWR CADDIS -1-This guy says, “They WORK !!!”…

STICK BRACHY -2-

Brachycentrus larvae – STICK CADDIS –

MAT BRACHY STICK CADDIS -1-Materials for Brachycentrus larvae – STICK CADDIS …

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

THREAD: Tiemco 16,0 Brown

UNDER ABDOMEN/HEAD: Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dubbing, Caddis Green

RIB: Ice Thread, Brown

ABDOMEN/BODY: 3 Olive PT Fibers/ 2 natural PT Fibers for size #16…all materials are tied towards the bend of the hook

LEGS: 6-8 Small Strands DNA Holo Fusion, clipped short

This is the ubiquitous “Stick Caddis” found hanging off sticks, vegetation and rocks in Eastern Sierra waters and almost everywhere else. It is the Larvae of the famous Mother’s Day Hatch and there are a gazillion of these guys in the Lower Owens and East Walker Rivers. They produce two hatches  on these waters -one in the Spring and a smaller version in the Fall…Tie ’em in #14 – #18 and this portion of the hatch is covered. The Trout will take these case and all !!!

SPRING EWR MOO -1-Michael working some swift riffles on the East Walker River…this place is loaded with Caddis of varying species…90% of the time, the Trout in here are not looking up…fish the pattern deep, bouncing the bottom and a lot more hook-ups will result…

BRACHY SC SH -1-Brachycentrus larvae…”STICK CADDIS” – TUNG SH…

MAT BRACHY SH TUNG SC -1-Materials for Brachycentrus larvae…”STICK CADDIS” – TUNG SH…

HOOK: TMC 5262, # 14 – #18

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

RIB: Ice Thread, Gray

UNDER ABDOMEN: Trouthunter Caddis Green Dubbing

OVER ABDOMEN: Moose Body hair – #16, 4 hairs – wrap GENTLY

HACKLE: Black Starling

BEAD: Black Tungsten, 1 size undersize (ie. 5/64″ for #16)

Another cased Grannom (Mother’s Day Caddis) pattern from Westfly . 

This pattern is meant to be fished dead drift and deep in water like this that holds many different types of cased and free living Caddis…

CADDIS WATER EWR -1-Turbulent, Caddis -y water on the East Walker River in the “Miracle Mile” section…so, I’d use the cased Caddis as my lead fly and a Cream Miracle Midge, Baetis Nymph or a small attractor like a “Pinkie” or Black rainbow Warrior as my dropper in Mid to late May…just one combo I’d try… first…here…

NEXT: “Getting Jiggy with it”...and MORE…EURO TYPE STUFF…

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FALL BAETIS / BWO’s…2012…(COMPLETED)

A whole mess of ’em coming up –  with an emphasis on Gray and Olive/Gray…and this time..I’ll put the recipes in as I finish each dozen…

What it says…

PHEASANT & FOLDED FOAM (Gray Baetis) EMERGER – Gantner/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 200R, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray

SHUCK: Zelon, Olive/Brown

RIB: Wapsi Ultra Wire, Silver, x-sm

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, #16. Muskrat Gray – Nature’s Spirit

HACKLE: Medium Dun Saddle

WING: Wapsi Razor Foam, .5MM, Translucent Dun – Folded over double…the hackle windings tip it forward
A John Gantner pattern I have put up before using different ingredients. It may be tied as an adult, emerger or cripple depending on the tailing material. It is a good one !!!

Michael working the water in the “Wild Trout Section” of the Lower Owens River…

2TONE FOAM SPLIT WING CRIPPLE – (Gray/Olive Baetis)…Howard Cole/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1100, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White…to front of thorax, then Tiemco 16/0, Gray

SHUCK:  Zelon – Olive/Brown

ABDOMEN: Gray Micro tubing

BACK: Over top of Abdomen, UV 2 Turkey Biot, BWO

RIB: Black Ice Thread

THORAX: UV 2 Fine & Dry Adams Grey

WING CASE: Wapsi Razor Foam, Translucent Dun, .5MM

WINGS: Hi-Vis #7, Black

Another interesting pattern from Howard Cole to use when the Trout are looking up top…the black wings are so I can see it on Gray, overcast days…that Turkey biot back is the other variation I was talking about to give the pattern differing tones…

SNOWSHOE MESS (Knock Down Dun) – Gray Baetis…Schollmeyer/Matthews-Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 -#22

THREAD: Danville 6/0 Gray – Abdomen…Tiemco 16/0 Gray – Thorax forward

TAIL: Dun Snowshoe Hare’s Foot

WINGS: Dun Snowshoe Hare’s foot

THORAX: on #16 – #18 – UV 2 Fine and Dry Adams Gray

It does not get any easier than this…Jim Schollmeyer calls it “The Snowshoe Mess”…the “Knock Down Dun”, using Zelon is tied HERE by Craig Matthews…it may also be ties using Hi-Vis, Sparkle Emerger Yarn or CDC…Snowshoe Hare floats the best and longer than any of the other materials…

Our favorite kind of day along the Lower Owens River…

IRON BRIDGE UV 2 BATTIS…(GRAY BAETIS) -Jurgens/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1480, #18 – #22 – I like this Limerick bend hook !

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray, Tiemco 16/0 , White – under abdomen

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

ABDOMEN: UV 2 Turkey Biot, Mallard Gray – fringed side up

WING: Hi-Vis, #16, Medium Grey

THORAX: Micro Fine Dry Fly Dub Baetis Gray – Hareline

HACKLE: Medium Dun

A Larry Jurgens – pattern adapted for fall…He has done a bunch of variations on the Iron Bridge, which may be found HERE:

JUJU (UV 2) RS-2 EMERGER (Baetis, Gray/Olive)…Chung/Craven-Variant…or as ALLY would say. “Der…”…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White- Abdomen and Thorax…Tiemco 16/0, Gray – Head

TAIL: Moose Body Hair. Black – Nature’s Spirit

ABDOMEN: 1 strand Olive Super Hair, 2 strands Gray Super Hair wrapped over abdomen

WING: CDC Puff, Medium Dun

THORAX: UV 2 Fine and Dry, Adams Grey – Spirit River
A combination of elements from two proven patterns – Rim Chung’s RS-2 and Charlie Craven’s Juju series…der…

GRAY HAZE CRIPPLE FALL/BAETIS…Wiese/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #20

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun

SHUCK/TAIL: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive/Brown

ABDOMEN: Super Floss, Gray – Larva Lace

WING: Para Post, Light Gray

HACKLE: Whiting Midge Saddle, Medium Dun

A Walter Wiese pattern similar to Rowan Nyman’s DOA Cripple…I used some different materials…The video for this pattern may be found HERE

UV 2 CDC/ CDL-50.5…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18 – #22

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive Brown – Abdomen…Tiemco 16/0, Gray – Thorax forward

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

WING STUB: UV 2 Select CDC, Medium Dun

WING CASE: Holographic Mylar Motion, 1/32″, Black – Spirit River…coat with UV Knotsense, Clear Goo or 5 Min. Epoxy

THORAX: UV 2 Caddis Nymph Hares Ear Dubbing – Spirit River

My variation pattern that has been around for a very long time, based on the WD 40. Other variants on this theme, which work well in the eastern Sierras and other places may be found HERE…I like CDC, for the wing stub, because it traps air bubbles. I tie a lot of RS 2’s using CDC too –  and fish both patterns from the bottom to the top of the water column…

Ally takes a Baetis break to engage in her favorite pastime…

CHIDING McGEE FLYMPH-Baetis Gray/Olive…

HOOK: TMC 101, #20 -#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray

SHUCK: Olive/Brown Zelon

ABDOMEN: Goose Biot, #7. Gray Olive – Nature’s Spirit

THORAX: Trouthunter (House of Harrop) fine natural dubbing – Gray Olive

BEAD: Wapsi, Killer Caddis Midge 15/0, Gun Metal

HACKLE: Hen Neck, Dun

When I put a photo up,of the half-full box, on my FB Page,  Allen McGee chided me for not having any FLYMPH patterns included. From Allen’s book : “Tying & Fishing Soft-Hackled Nymphs” pg. # 9. , “Pete Hidy coined the term ‘flymph’ to better describe the wingless wet fly as used to imitate emerging caddisfly pupae and mayfly nymphs.”… This is for Allen… they work real good fished as a dropper or alone, dead drifted, swung or using the Leisenring Lift or induced take method…

THE GIDGET – Mike Mercer/Variant (Gray)…

HOOK: Gamakatsu R10-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0. Gray

TAIL: Medium Dun Mallard Flank Fibers

FLASHBACK: Olive Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Micro Tubing, Gray

BURST WINGCASE: 3 looped strands Midge Flash, Lt. Blue Dun/Pearl

LEGS: Whole Speckled Hen Saddle Fibers, 48a. Natural Gray – Nature’s Spirit

THORAX: UV 2 Scud Shrimp Grey

BEAD: Silver Brass or Tungsten – 5/64″ #18, 1/16″ #20

More information on this great pattern at FLY FISHING TRADITIONS…and the “trigger” effect of the Midge Flash burst wingcase..

One of my many favorite sections to work, on the Lower Owens River…on a Gray Baetis kinda’ day…

A BOX…half  – FULL…

COURTESAN BWO (GRAY) – Charlie Craven/Variant (2BH)…

HOOK: TMC 103BL, #19

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray

TAIL: Whole Speckled hen Saddle Fibers, 48a. Natural Gray – Nature’s Spirit

ABDOMEN: Working thread

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, Black, x-sm

WING CASE: 5-6 strands, UV Pearl Krystal Flash – coat with Uv Knotsense, Clear Goo, or 5 Min. Epoxy

THORAX: UV 2 Fine and Dry, Adams Grey – followed by HI-LITE Gasss Bead, Blue Peacock, x-sm – followed by UV 2 dubbing, again

LEGS: Same as tail, V notched feather

BEAD: Black Tungsten or Brass, 1/16″

Not quite as heavy for Fall flows and based loosely on Charlie Craven’s “Two Bit Hooker”...the tying sequence for which…may be found HERE

My son Michael, on the Lower Owens River, Bishop, CA in late November…How does that kid get his hands to work ???…

MP GRAY/OLIVE BH BAETIS NYMPH

HOOK: TMC 101, #20 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray

TAIL: Bronze Mallard fibers

RIB: Wapsi, Black x-sm

ABDOMEN: 2 Light Olive, Select Marabou plume fibers – 3 Shad Gray Select Marabou plume fibers, twisted over thread into a rope

FLASHBACK: Pearl Micro Flashabou

WING CASE: Mottled Oak Turkey Quill fibers…coat with Knotsense, Clear Goo or 5 Min. Epoxy after adding thorax and legs…

THORAX: UV 2 Caddis Nymph dubbing, Adams Grey

LEGS: Partridge Fibers , v notched feather

BEAD: Black Tungsten or Brass, 1/16″

Something buggy and fuzzy for non-hatching Baetis/BWO’s in the drift…these guys will have darkened wing cases just prior to hatching…in that case use Black Krystal Flash, Black Holographic Mylar Motion 1/32″ or some other dark material that suits one’s fancy…

LIL’ OLIVE/GRAY BAETIS EMERGER …

HOOK: TMC 2488…#20 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray

SHUCK: Mixed – sparse – Light Olive Kinky Zelon, Dark Dun Kinky Zelon

ABDOMEN: Stripped Goose Biot, #7. Gray Olive – Nature’s Spirit

WING CASE: 1 strand Holographic Mylar Motion 1/32″, Black – Spirit River ...OVER – Clear Thin Skin…dab of UV Knotsense, Cler Goo or 5 Min. Epoxy

THORAX: Micro Fine, Dry Fly Dub, Baetis Gray – Hareline

LEGS: Whole Speckled Hen Saddle feather, V Notched, 48a, Natural Gray – Nature’s Spirit
Something small, which may be presented in the water column… from the bottom to the top…

SAPHIRE BAT WING EMERGER – BWO/GRAY…Tracy Petersen/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, TMC 2487, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray

TAIL: Mallard Flank Natural (darker fibers)

ABDOMEN: Working thread

RIB: Micro Flashabou, Pearl – coat abdomen with S.H.A.N or hard as Hull after ribbing

WING CASE: 6-8 strands of Royal Blue Krystal Flash – coat with UV Knotsense, Clear Goo or 5 min. Epoxy after pulling over wing

WING: Fluffy fibers at the base of a Dun Hen Neck feather – tied in convex side up

THORAX: Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dubbing, Trilobal Antron, # 16. Muskrat Gray

A continuation of the Tracy Petersen Bat Wing series with a bit of flash…
For here...on a nasty day…

Lower Owens River in late Fall…

Wing like BAT…

LIT UP BAETIS …

HOOK: TMC 3761, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Gray

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

ABDOMEN: 3 strands, UV Gray Krystal Flash – 1 strand, Olive Krystal..twisted together and wrapped over tying thread

WING CASE: 6-8 strands of Red Krystal Flash…pulled over after thorax and legs are added, coat with UV Knotsense, Clear Goo or 5 min. Epoxy

THORAX: UV 2 Scud Shrimp Grey – Spirit River – …yessss

LEGS: Ruffed Grouse fibers

This is more of an attractor/searching type  Baetis/BWO nymph in the tradition of weird stuff I tie that generally works real good in the Eastern Sierras. Why…??? Because the Trout have not seen it before and it incorporates some trigger elements that have worked for me in the past…like that Red KF Wing Case and fuzzy thorax…I don’t worry about my patterns ever winding up in a shadow box…they are meant to catch the Trouties…

TB FALL BAETIS (Olive/Gray)…

HOOK: TMC 101, #18 -#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Light Medium Speckled

RIB: Wapsi wire, Black, x-sm

BACK: Olive Micro tubing, pulled over abdomen, then ribbed

ABDOMEN: 2 Plumes, Select Marabou – Light Olive, 3 Plumes Select Marabou – Shad Gray…twisted around thread..then wrap as abdomen

WING CASE: 6-7 Strands, Pearl Firefly , coated with Loon UV Knotsense, Clear Goo or 5 min. Epoxy

THORAX: 50% Squirrel Blend – Natural Grey, 50% UV 2 Fine & Dry Adams Grey

HACKLE: Split by WINGASE – Starling

BEAD: Black Tungsten #18 – 5/64″ #20 – 1/16

Micro tubing has all kinds of uses…this is one for small, two toned patterns. I will be using something else – unconventional, on another Baetis/BWO nymph pattern…

UV 2 KRYSTAL FLASH EMERGER (Gray) – Rick Murphy/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110 or 1100, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White (for base under abdomen) – Tiemco 16/0, Gray (Thorax forward)

TAIL/SHUCK: Dun Zelon, sparse

OVER ABDOMEN: Uv 2 Turkey Biot, Mall. Gray – Spirit River

WING CASE/LEGS: Midge Flash, Black

THORAX: Ostrich Mini Plume feather, Natural Gray – Wapsi

I tie every color of Baetis/BWO’s on this Rick Murphy platform. It is an excellent pattern that one will not find in any Fly Shop…

The VIEW, along the Lower Owens River, Bishop, CA…late afternoon in the FALL…

UV 2 HALF BACK/FOAM BACK BWO (Gray) Glissmeyer/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, TMC 2487, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Grey Abdomen to Thorax then head – Tiemco 16/0, White, Thorax

TAIL/SHUCK: Ice Dub, UV Grey

RIB: Lagartun, fine Blue wire

WING CASE: Electronics packing foam

THORAX: UV 2 Fine & Dry Adams Grey over a base of White tying thread and Pearl Mylar Tinsel – SM

A variation of a Kelley G, Glissmeyer Spring Creek pattern meant to be fished as a trailer behind a parasol emerger pattern in “skinny” or weedy water…

CHINO-GIRL (Ally) says: “Let’s hit the water Dad !!!”…in Bridgeport, CA…in the FALL…

LIME FLASH TUNG BAETIS (Gray)…

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray

TAIL: Pheasant Tail Fibers,  #16. Muskrat Gray – Nature’s Spirit

RIB: Wapsi Ultra Wire, Metallic Olive, SM

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers – Muskrat Gray

FLASHBACK: 1 Strand Lime Green extra limp Flashabou

WINGCASE: 1 Strand Holographic Mylar Motion 1/32″ over Strip of Black Tin Skin (Coated with UV Knot Sense or Epoxy)

THORAX: UV 2 Peacock Eye ( Over Tiemco 16/0 Thread, White )

LEGS: India Hen Back – Natural ( feather V-notched )

BEAD: Black Tungsten – 1 size over sized
A little something for down deep when the Fall Baetis are about to “POP”…

Additional BAETIS/BWO patterns:

BAETIS/BWO’s # 1

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 2

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 3

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 4

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 5

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 6

PT/TB

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