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These are some patterns that I put together for my recent trip to the EASTSIDE of the Sierras, in Bridgeport, CA, May 20th. through May 29th., 2012 go there <- (LINK) to see what worked…

A close friend Michael and I visited with on this trip…

I came across this site, somewhat belatedly, the other day. It is probably the current “HOLY GRAIL” on DUBBING…this is a Bookmark must:

Dubbing Techniques UKFly Dressing-scotfly

THE BOX:

A report on how they fished, may be found by clicking on the word EASTSIDE, above…these patterns went in HERE – East Walker River, Bridgeport, CA…

.and…I have put in an add on or two……while I wait for the Aqua Seal, Goop and Zap-A-Gap to set…

RAO MIDGE (Rusty/Amber/Organza)…

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

HOOK: Daiichi 1120, TMC 2457, # 18-#20

ABDOMEN: Rusty Brown Krystal Flash

RIB: Amber Wapsi wire, SM

WING: Sparkle Organza, White

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

I also tie a version of this pattern with a light coastal deer hair wing and copper wire rib. It is taken as a small Caddis that inhabits the East Walker River.

METRO MIDGE…

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18-#20

SHUCK/TAIL: Pink Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Pink Holographic Flashabou

RIB: Wapsi wire, Black, x-sm

THORAX: Spirit River Purple Iridescent Peacock Herl

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead (HARELINE), Purple, sized to hook

HOLO HOTTIE (Black/Orange)…

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18-#20

SHUCK/TAIL: Two short strands, Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Holographic Tinsel, SM, Black

RIB: Fl. Orange Wapsi wire, SM

THORAX: Spirit River Iridescent Peacock Herl, Black

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

This pattern took some nice fish, early in the AM, on the East Walker…

CREAM MIRACLE MIDGE…

THREAD: For ABDOMEN, Tiemco 16/0, White…For HEAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

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

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Copper

* Coat with SHAN or Loon UV Knotsense for durability…

This simple pattern accounted for a whole lot of fish on that trip and netted myself and Michael Browns like this:

East Walker River Brown Trout…

COPPERGANZA MIDGE…

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

HOOK: TMC 2499 SPBL, #18

ABDOMEN: Copper Krystal Flash

RIB: Wapsi wire, x-sm, Copper

WING: White Sparkle Organza

BEAD: Copper Tungsten…5/64″ or 2mm.

CRYSTAL DIP, GREY…(Variant/Tom Loe)…

THREAD: For the ABDOMEN– Tiemco 16/0, Grey…For the HEAD – Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: Lagartu Copper wire, x-fine

WING: 3 short strands, Pearl Midge Flash

This pattern is a variant on a Tom Loe, Sierra Standard…Tom is a guide in the Eastern Sierras…

OLIVE/COPPER CRYSTAL TIGER…(Variant/Tom Loe)…

THREAD: For the ABDOMEN – LT. Olive Uni-Thread, 8/0, For the THORAX/HEAD – Tiemco 16/0, Olive

HOOK: Daiichi 1120, TMC 2457, #14 -#22

RIB: Wapsi wire, Copper, x-sm

SHUCK/TAIL: 2 strands, Olive Krystal Flash

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

* I coat with SHAN or Loon UV Knotsense for durability

Another Tom Loe , Sierra Standard…

The above led to this:

MOO ( Michael) on the East Walker River…8 AM…

BLUE TUNG /  UV GRAY TIGER…MIDGE EMERGER…

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray

HOOK: TMC 2499 SPBL, #16- #18

SHUCK/TAIL: UV Gray Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Tying thread

RIB: Lagartun Copper wire, x-fine

WING: Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/Silver – 3 short strands…

THORAX: Spirit River Iridescent Peacock Herl, Black…* Twist around thread for durability and stroke to the rear while wrapping…

BEAD: (HARELINE) Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Blue, sized to hook

Gray, on this trip, was not a Midge color that was effective on this trip…it WILL BE on some other occasion…

A REFILL…6 Boxes into 1…

SIDE # 1  …BAETIS/BWO’s – Nymphs and Emergers…

SIDE # 2  …BAETIS/BWO’s – Nymphs and Emergers…

ICE-T MIDGE EMERGER (Light Olive)…

THREAD: For the ABDOMEN – Lt. Olive, Uni-Thread, 8/0, For the THORAX/HEAD – Tiemco 16/0, Black

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18- #24

RIB: Ice Thread, Black * NOW, coat abdomen with SHAN or UV Knotsense..

WINGCASE/LEGS: Six strands Black Fluro Fiber, split and pull back 3 strands in each side, while making the HEAD…

ICE THREAD (Mono)…

“BROWNIE” (PINKIE’S Cousin)…

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, TMC 2487 _ #16 – #18

TAIL: Six strands, Brown Fluro Fiber

ABDOMEN: Brown Holographic Flashabou

RIB: Wapsi wire, Copper, x-sm…* NOW coat with SHAN or UV KNOTSENSE

WINGCASE/LEGS: 6 steands of Rusty Krystal Flash, pulled over BEAD and 3 strands on each side, tied back as legs…

BEAD: Copper, Brass or Tungsten…depending on where one wants this pattern in the water column…

Methinks “BROWNIE” will get a work out the first week in August…(see rock in river photo – below)…

FLURO FIBER MIDGE (Olive Dun)..Zimmerman/Variant…

THREAD: For the ABDOMEN -Uni-thread, Olive Dun, 8/0, For the THORAX/HEAD – Tiemco 16/0, Brown

RIB: Wapsi wire, Chartreuse, x-sm…* NOW coat with SHAN or Loon UV KNOTSENSE…

WINGCASE/LEGS: Brown Fluro Fiber, pulled over, split and tied back…

Another pattern that will be employed further NORTH come August…

Déjà vu…soon…

Déjà vu…done…

SHUCKA KAHN… Emerging Midge,CREAM-ISH/TAN…Variant/Paul Freeman…

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra 70 denier, Cream – (Paul uses Gudebrod size A rod wrapping thread) – Good luck with that at the moment…

HOOK:Daiichi 1110, #18 -#24 – (Paul uses Daiichi 1100)

SHUCK: Amber Sparkle Emerger Yarn  – (Paul uses copper brown Antron)

ABDOMEN: Tying thread

LOOPED WING: White Sparkle Organza

RIB: Wapsi wire, Copper, x-sm – (Paul uses twisted white thread)…* NOW coat with SHAN or Loon UV Knotsense _ (Paul does not coat)

HEAD: Tiemco 16/0, Lt. Cahill…pull wing over and tie off at head when the coating dries…

I really wanted to use this pattern along the edges on the EWR on this trip…the lower flows made this a difficult proposition…so, I did not…maybe next time …. ???

NOTE*

I used the above Paul Freeman pattern on the Madison River above $3.00 Bridge on Saturday  September 15, 2017. Right here:

…and caught two Browns each over 20″…

PURUV’s and SIMPLY RED (and PURPLE’s)

SIMPLY RED…(And, PURPLE)…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18
THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black
BEAD: 5/64 Black Nickel, (4 wraps 0.10 lead)…or Tung
ABDOMEN: Red Krystal Flash
RIB: Wapsi, Silver, xsm
THORAX: Spirit River Iridescent dyed peacock eye, Purple

This was a KILLER pattern in May and September of 2011 on the EWR…this year…not so much…again, I attribute this to the higher temperatures and lower flows on the river..

PURUV…

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

HOOK: TMC 2499 SPBL, #16 – #18

TAIL: Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: UV Purple Krystal Flash (over black tying thread)

RIB: Lagartun Silver wire, x-fine

THORAX: Spirit River Iridescent Peacock Herl, Black…twisted around thread and stroked to the rear…

BEAD: (HARELINE) Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Purple, sized to hook

MOO’S (TRUE) BLUE MIDGE…

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

SHUCK: Blue Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Blue Holographic Flashabou

RIB: Lagartun Silver wire, x-fine…*NOW coat with SHAN or Loon UV Knotsense…

THORAX: Spirit River Iridescent Peacock Herl, Purple…twist around thread and stroke to the rear…

BEAD: (HARELINE) Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Blue, sized to hook..

MOO is Michael…and it works…REAL GOOD !

DEEP PURPLE PERIL…Variant/Kelly G. Glissmeyer…

THREAD: Ultra, 70 Denier, Black…for ABDOMEN then, Tiemco 16/0 Black from THORAX forward…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 -#18

TAIL: Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Tying thread

RIB: Purple Holographic Tinsel, SM –  I used purple haze holographic 1/64″…*NOW, coat with SHAN or Loon UV Knotsense…

WING: Three short strands of Grizzly Krystal Flash – Black/Silver

THORAX: Spirit River Iridescent Peacock Herl, Purple…twist around thread and stroke to the rear

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook…

Lots more to come…fixin’ up Michael’s Waders and so on…

The PROBLEM…why Michael’s rear keeps getting wet…a little sprayed rubbing alcohol reveals the source…AQUASEAL solved the problem…

NEXT :

Some PMD, Epeorus Albertae and Caddis patterns for two of the brood who will be standing right about HERE..

…come the first week in August…

Git ‘r done…

PT/TB  Fish

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That time of year to hit the higher elevation (Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains) and try out some of the patterns I have been working on this past year. We did not experience an exactly “stellar” Winter here in CA, so the snow pack and subsequent stream and river flows are down. This time last year, the East Walker River was running at about 400cfs. This year it has been fluctuating between the high 80’s cfs. and up to 137cfs. and the useful patterns and lies of the Trout reflected the existing conditions and water temperatures…here is the trip:

Where we were…

Coming over Conway Summit, this is the view one sees on the left, coming down into the Alpine valley where the town of Bridgeport, Ca is located…

Bridgeport. CA at dusk…after a great meat loaf dinner at the Bridgeport Inn…

My favorite looking chop in the EWR…thar’ be TROUT in that swirling stuff…

One of the guys who jumped into my net the first afternoon of FF…

The above Trout’s brother…

His cousin…

Michael’s favorite bend in the “MIRACLE MILE” section where I C&R’d those fish and five others in about 45 minutes of FF, that afternoon…ON THESE:

CREAM MIRACLE MIDGES … #18 – #20

Early AM at the parking facility on the EWR…my starter on my heap (which I replaced before this trip) went SOUTH just as I arrived in Bridgeport…so I was the crazy guy who had to park on the hill to “pop the clutch” every evening when I left…to start it on a flat surface, I resorted to the “beat the starter” with a long torque wrench and hammer – method…

Early AM (about 7AM)…on the East Walker River…

Mr. Brown Trout to hand…

Repeat…

Where MOO – Michael got his “biggie’ back in September 2011…and I smacked a few with THIS:

BLACK HALO HOTTIE…recipe in post to follow…

Looking up towards the dam on the EWR…where the below pattern took a couple of nice Rainbows…

COPPER LONG WING TUNG DIP…I began using this pattern consistently as my lead fly behind about 18″ of just under 1/2 a twist-on. I kept my leader as long as my rod and used the smallest white Thing-a-mabobber made…about 12″ of tippet off the bend of this fellow to my dropper…it works !!…*NOTE…I had to clean moss off my flies after every other cast…the water temps. were 58 degrees – 60 degrees. With the lows flows and rising daytime temps., expect moss to become a significant problem – while nymphing…

Brodin, Thomas & Thomas Paradigm 9′, 5wt., Tibor Light, #20 Cream Miracle Midge = BT on the East Walker River…”I love it when a plan comes together” – Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith (George Peppard)…

Where a lot of Trout were hanging out…in the chop/white water…I found that putting one’s flies into this- from a directly downstream position, reaped nice rewards…most people would fish this from the side. With the lower flows, it was quite possible to stand in the current below such spots…just wade slowly and use caution…Remember to work the water in front FIRST…the largest Trout might be one foot off the bank !!!

Out in the current…behind and below the TARGET

…and now a little story…On Tuesday afternoon, May 22 at about 3PM, I was FF in this section using the above described nymphing technique (which my mentor Georges Odier taught me), working around some in stream boulders. I had just placed my flies to the left of the largest of the rocks when i noticed a flash as the pair dropped into the hold behind the boulder. I set the hook. For the next 15-20 minutes, I was engaged with the largest Brown I have encountered and caught, on this river, since about 1980. I thought that I would lose this guy more than once on the #18 Cream Miracle Midge and 5x tippet..twice he got below me and into the next run. My gear held. I finally netted this fish, head first into Michael’s Brodin Cutthroat. The tail stuck out about 6″-8″ above the rim of the net. As I was making my way to the bank to unhook and photograph this fish, I noticed a guy coming up the bank to my left. When I reached the bank and knelt over to hold the Trout, this guy, from behind me says: “YOU’RE GOING TO KILL THAT FISH !!!…I replied: “No I am not…and would you mind taking a picture?”. I unhooked my Pentax and handed it to the fellow. He steps around in front of me and the Brown in the net. The Trout immediately shot out into the current as this guy’s shadow fell on him…”Well, there he goes”, I stated…The guy handed me back my camera and I never saw him again…I guesstimated that Brown to be 26″-28″ and 6 1/2lbs. – 7lbs.

Unknowingly, he can be thankful I have almost 18 years in AA and 17 in Al Anon… Knowingly, I am…

There were some of these around too…BAETIS SPINNER…

The next few days were more of the same, a lot of Trout and waiting for Michael and Aimee to come over from San Francisco…

Standard EWR BROWN…

A nice deep pool where some of the residents liked THIS deep with three twist-ons…

BROWN/OLIVE OWENS SERENDIPITY#16

Like this one…

…and this Rainbow…

Then, on Friday morning, May 26, this happened…

SNOW on SAGE…

More white stuff…

Time for hot coffee…

Over night fall…

YAY!!!…Aimee…

AIMEE…

…and MICHAEL

…are HERE !!!

Hmmm…”Which pattern do I use Dad?”…

“Try a BROWN GRAPHIC CADDIS“…

Tan, Olive and Brown...ALL WORKED…in #16-#18…

“SEE”…the famous Trout Wave

“OK, I’ll try it Dad !!!”…

“It works”…unh – DER

Like on this one…

Working in concert…

…for this guy…

A VISIT TO A SPECIAL PLACE:

I have been coming to this little creek since 1977. I watched Jean Marie carry Nadia, on her back, up and down this stream so Nadia’s feet would not get wet -go figure. Ally and Michael have both taken fish with me in here…a lot of memories

PT and MOO

The meadow…back towards Bridgeport, CA…

In the pines…

A nice little pool going over a waterfall…

A side channel, gliding through the pines…

This is the head of a pool in which I hooked a five lb. Trout on a dry…back in the day…

More “fishy’ water…there a Browns, Rainbows and a few Brookies in here…

Another shallow glide…

Opening up towards the meadow…

Heading into the meadow where there are ponds with small snails in them…and the Browns get BIGGER (and crunchier off them)…

Wonder what’s under those overhanging willows ???…

The residents are very wary starting here…

Old cottonwood in the meadow…because I LOVE old cottonwoods…

Meadow flowers…

CONEHEADS“…Michael and Aimee…

Up the MOUNTAIN:

…to Virginia Lakes where Aimee wanted a photo of her and Michael (for a wedding invite – maybe?)…both have visted Carolyn and John’s resort since they were WEE TYKES

…and I got to visit one of my “leetle frens” that over run the place…

THEN…

…on to Virginia Creek Settlement for PIZZA and SUPERSIZED Salad…yummmmms…

Aimee checks the wine list…a thing of the past for me…

Michael tests the hookability of an OLIVE SPARKLE PUPAE…they also worked !…

Yes INDEED

The MOO works a run…

…and picks up a ‘Bow that has been damaged in the past…

PT plays with a Brown for a minute…

Afternoon delight…

Michael’s favorite section on the East Walker…

…and he scores again…

Michael’s last morning on the river – a Rainbow…

another one at the base of the bend…

A last Brown before leaving…

Nice one too !!!

What we do…”C ‘Ya next time !”…

ALL things have a place…

PT contemplates…

…with good reason…

The “OLD DUDE”…lost in space…

CREAM MIRACLE MIDGE…the hands down winner this trip… the next time the East Walker is visited and one sees ALL those other Fly Fisherman above, in the river, guess who is putting the midge larva in the drift…thanks guys !!!

…and great to have met some followers of this BLOG on the RIVER…that would be YOU…Dave & Dave…Al & Al !!!

NEXT:

1. The recipes for those flies I tied last time…

2. Some ties for two in the family –  who are headed for $3.00 BRIDGE

PT/TB 


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So my son Michael calls me and informs me that he will be spending some time back East, around three weeks from now ( YIKES… MONDAY )…and, could I come up with some suggestions for Fly Fishing in the MA/CT area and OH YEAH…what patterns  should he take with him ??? I posted  a request for information over on the TROUT PREDATOR  SITE because Aaron Jasper and the fellows over there know a lot more about New England and the surrounding states than I do…I think the last time I fished in the Northeast was  in the streams above North Conway, NH in 1969…

My Caddis Emergers are going to go on hold while I tie up some bugs for Michael to try out in the Farmington River and specifically the challenging “Y”- pool on the Swift River…I don’t get a break from the kid (LOL)…so what follows ( as they are tied) are the flies that are flying East and a full report on Michael’s efforts , documented digitally by Aimee, will follow…

A few of the hooks that materials will be attached to…

SIMPLY RED(s)…# 20…(7.01.2011)...’CAUSE…

SIMPLY RED…(And, PURPLE)…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18…# 20
THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black
BEAD: 5/64 Black Nickel, (4 wraps 0.10 lead)…or Tung
ABDOMEN: Red Krystal Flash
RIB: Wapsi, Silver, xsm
THORAX: Spirit River Iridsescent dyed peacock eye, Purple

CREAM MIRACLE MIDGES…

Aaron suggested these, with 7x tippet, for the gin clear Y-Pool the recipe is here:

CREAM MM

PEACOCK BLUE MIRACLE MIDGE…

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, Mustad c49s, #18-24

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Wapsi Ultra thread, 70 Denier, Peacock Blue

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, copper

Something a little extra I am putting in the box for Michael…we both know how BLUE works…

MICHAEL FLY…DAD TIE…(on Dad’s Day)…

A bunch more to follow…like this:

PALINISTA – (apologies to EVA PERON)

HOOK: Mustad C49S, #18 -#20, Daiichii 1130, #18-#20…used above

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Red, White

TAIL: 1 Strand Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN:White Thread

OVERABDOMEN: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Blue

RIB: Wapsi Silver Wire, X-SM

WING: Grizzly Krystal Flash Black and White, 3strands, cut short

THORAX: Arizona Diamond Hair Pearl Green or Blue

BEAD: Silver, 5/64 or 1/16

Rainbows and Browns like this FLY…(6.27.2011)

YELLER’ FELLA’ NYMPH…

HOOK: TMC 100 SPBL, #14-#16, Daiichi 1560, #14-#16

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra 70 Denier, Dark Brown, Yellow

TAIL: Bronze Mallard Fibers

ABDOMEN: Natural Pheasant Tail

RIB: Wapsi, Fl. Orange, SM

THORAX: 1/3 Rusty Squirrel, 1/3 SLF STD. Cinnamon, 1/3 Fire Star, Lemon Yellow

WINGCASE/LEGS: 6 Strands Black Krystal Flash

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

(6.29.2011)

A lead fly pattern, representing the nymphal stage of a bug that is present in the Swift River at this time of year…a little “FLASHY”…’cause me and Michael like ’em that way…

S. WHIPLASH…

HOOK: TMC 100SPBL, #14-#16, Daiichi 1560, #14-#16

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra, 70 Denier Black / Ultra, 70 Denier Fl. Fire Orange

TAIL: Coq De Leon Fibers, Medium Speckled

RIB: Wapsi, Ultra Wire, Hot Orange, SM

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Black

THORAX: Spirit River Squirrel Blend, Natural Grey (35%), Arizona Diamond Hair, Rainbow (35%), Ice Dub, UV Purple (30%)

WING CASE/LEGS: Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/White

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

(6.30.2011) Something I have had in mind for awhile…an attractor pattern that Michael will put to the TEST

HARVESTER MIDGE, Olive…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SPBL, #16-#18 or…TMC 2488 #16-#22…or…TMC 2488H # 16-#20 (The pattern, as offered by Umpqua, is tied on the first hook)

THREAD: Uni, 8/0, Lt. Olive, laid flat ( twist bobbin counter-clock wise )

RIB: Wapsi wire, Black, X-sm

BEAD: Tungsten, Black, sized to hook

HARVESTER MIDGE, Rusty Brown…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SPBL, #16-#18 or…TMC 2488 #16-#22…or…TMC 2488H # 16-#20 (The pattern, as offered by Umpqua, is tied on the first hook)

THREAD: Lagartun, 74 Denier, Rusty Brown

RIB: Wapsi wire, Black, X-sm

BEAD: Tungsten, Black, sized to hook

 

A big thanks to Martin for making me aware of this Midge…I will be playin’ with variations on this theme…

LAGARTUN, 74 Denier thread…available through HARELINE…good stuff !!!

 

 

PT/TB 

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Every morning, rising at about 5:15 AM, I would stir the critters (Aimee and Michael), have a cup or two of  “jet fuel” Java, put on the warm underclothing, waders, lace up the wading boots, heat up the rig and head out to the River…

Sometimes, it took a while to heat up the rig…

Looking North on Hwy. # 395 at about 6:30 AM…In Bridgeport, CA…

Where one turns left to head down to the East Walker River…that is the East Walker in the foreground, before it flows into the reservoir…

This is the dam on the East Walker…

This section, at the dam, is known as the “Glory Hole”. It holds some of the largest Trout in the river and is frequented by hardware slingers, bait dunkers – who sneak in at night- and those who want to test their angling skills and post photos to leader boards. The hostility level there is commensurate with increased testosterone levels – alcohol is sometimes known to be involved…

Some of the smaller locals found in the East Walker at this time of year…

A resident Brown poses…

PT nymphs in front of, to the sides of and behind a large rock in the meadow section early in the AM…

Here are three more patterns that provided Michael and I with continuous action:

TAN GRAPHIC CADDIS…

Hook: TMC 2457, Diiachi 1120, TMC 2488, 2488H 0r 2499SP-BL # 14-#18

Thread: White Uni 8/0 for body or Uni 8/0 tan, olive or grey.

Tag: Gold holo tinsel

Overbody: Micro tubing clear, tan, olive or gray

Thorax: Gray , Black or Tan Ostrich Herl

Wing: Mottled Partridge Natural, dyed brown or olive

John Barr and his buddy Charlie Craven tie this fly on TMC 2499 hooks. Whichever hook is chosen, it is important to build a pronounced hump at the hook bend before wrapping the gold holo tinsel tag. Charlies’ Flybox has a great tutorial on this guy. I have noticed that most commercial ties do not use the appropriate thread or micro tubing colors to match Sierra Caddis hatches. Solution, tie ‘yer own. Fish dead drift with weight and let the fly swing in the current. Anticipate a hit and be prepared to use a “slip strike”….

Michael asked me early one morning what he should use… knowing that Caddis of hatch before Baetis and other small Mayflies on this water, I suggested this pattern:

Michael with a nice Brown that took a Tan Graphic Caddis…

CREAM MIRACLE MIDGE…

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

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 White/14/0 Black for head

ABDOMEN: White floss or 70 Denier Ultra white thread ,thin, 1 wrap back and forward…

RIB: Wapsi x-sm wire

* I give the head two coats of Hard as Hull

“What’s in the net son ???”….

“Why, it’s a MIRACLE (Midge)….”

COPPER KF BH SERENDIPITY…

HOOK: TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120, Mustad CO68 #18-#20

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Brown

ABDOMEN: Copper Krystal Flash

RIB: Wapsi, x-sm, copper

WING: Light Coastal Deer Hair

BEAD: Copper or Copper Tung, sized to hook

Yup, it’s bent and dinged at the point. The last guy that was on this hook did that…I didn’t land him…

“Hey Dad, I got another one !!!”…

SOMEBODY’S TUNG BEAD ROCK WORM #10…

What’s wrong with this picture. I found this beast in some foliage on the far side of the river…Michael found one bush that was decorated like a Christmas Tree with flies. In this case, some dolt did not remove the barb from the hook before casting it…this is barbless flies ONLY water…

Michael releases another nice Trout…

Michael thinks it is funny that PT caught a sucker…

“That’s better Dad…”

“Mo’ Betta’ Dad…on a Buffalo Jump Attractor…”

Dad helps Michael out…

Aimee shoots a Trout…far cry from models in NYC…

Michael, at the gauge, at 7:00Pm, it’s SNOWING…I’M freezing..”Just one MORE cast Dad !!!”…Yeah…Right…

Damn…he did it again !!!…

The EMPTY parking lot at dusk...ALWAYS the LAST to leave the River….

Yummmmm….

THE BRIDGEPORT INN FOR DINNER…

 

 

Next: 8 Days on the EASTSIDE (SIERRAS) PT and SON…PART III

 

PT/TB  

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