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So this year, with the CA drought being what it is, I get to try some new patterns out with Michael and Ally( yay !!! First time together again in four years) up on some still waters in the Bridgeport area. These will be a few soft hackles and a smattering of other stuff I’ve wanted to tie up for a while. Some of the soft hackles will be larger than usual for an experiment on Twin Lakes …Here are a few of last year’s  Lake Soft Hackles that worked just fine…I will be adding some Trout photos to this post and the recipes will be completed after returning from a trip up the road with these guys…I’m back !!!

MOO'S BIG RAINBOW VLR

A little something Michael caught today (7.31.15)…9 lbs./4ozs…. and, before anyone goes nuts about keeping Trout, this is a Triploid Trout that is genetically altered and will not reproduce. They come from Desert Springs Trout Farm in Summer Lake, OR…

MOO'S RAINBOW VL 7.29.15 SZD A little something from Little Virginia Lake…7.29.15…CALLIBAETIS TRUMBULL LAKE CALLIBAETIS Spinner…today (7.28.15) at Trumbull Lake, CA… MOO ALLY TRUMBULL LAKE Michael & Ally, a while ago at one of the spots the flies below will be used… HEAVY D - RUST HEAVY D SH – Rust/Purple …

HOOK: Partridge Patriot Czech Nymph Fine, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Brown

UNDER ABDOMEN: Working thread

ABDOMEN: D-Rib, small, Rust

THORAX: Micro UV Polar Chenille, UV Purple

HACKLE; Natural Partridge, white/grey feather

I really like these hooks for soft hackles. I used a similar hook for my “Left Over Klinks” last year, while fishing on the high elevation lakes in the Eastern Sierras. They performed exceedingly well. This is a translucent, attractor pattern…

HEAVY D - OLIVE HEAVY D SH – Olive/Black …

HOOK: Partridge Patriot Czech Nymph Fine, #18

THREAD: Timeco 16/0, White- UnderAbdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Brown, Thorax forward

UNDER ABDOMEN: Working Thread, White

ABDOMEN: D-Rib, small, Light Olive

THORAX: Micro UV Polar Chenille, UV Black

HACKLE: Natural Partridge, Brown-ish feather

A small, translucent Caddis type soft hackle…this has applications for moving water too !

HEAVY D - YELLOW HEAVY D SH – Yellow/Tan …

HOOK: Partridge Patriot Czech Nymph Fine, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Light Cahill

UNDER ABDOMEN: Working thread

ABDOMEN: D-Rib, small, Yellow

HACKLE: Partridge, Natural, Brown-ish feather

Another simple translucent soft hackle…

Mat HEAVY D SH Materials HEAVY D SHs… HEAVY D SH GRP HEAVY D SOFT HACKLES… DISTRESSED DAMSEL 1 DISTRESSED DAMSEL NYMPH …

HOOK: TMC 2312, #10 – #14

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 or Veevus 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Marabou, Olive

ABDOMEN: Ostrich Herl, Olive

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer, Pearlescent

THORAX: Senyo’s Laser Dub, Olive

EYES: Spirit River Barbell Mono Eyes, Olive, x-sm

HEAD/WING: Translucent Razor Foam, Olive, 1mm

Michael wanted a dry patten Damsel to toss at the Trout around weed beds…so this was it…

Mat DISTRESSED DAMSEL Materials DISTRESSED DAMSEL NYMPH… DISTRESSED DAMSEL GRP DISTRESSED DAMSEL NYMPHs… TWIN LAKES EM BUG 2 TWIN LAKES EMERGING BUGGER, Olive – Rickards/Randol Variant…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #8 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Orange (503)

WEIGHT: .020 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Strung Marabou, Olive – topped wit two strands Holographic Mylar Motion, 1/64″, Silver

ABDOMEN: 1/3 of each, mixed: Senyo’s Laser Dub, Olive / AZ Simi Seal, Olive / Ice Dub, Olive – brush out

RIB: Copper Wire, Brassie

THORAX: Micro UV Polar Chenille, UV Hot Orange

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger Pack Feather, Orange/Black

Taking a bit from Denny Rickards and mixing it with Doc Randol’s Twin Lakes Special. Twin Lakes ( Upper & Lower) are in the Bridgeport area…and hold some of the largest Trout taken in California…

Mat TWIN LAKES EMG BUG Materials TWIN LAKES EMERGING BUGGER … TWIN LAKES EMG BUG GRP TWIN LAKES EMERGING BUGGERs… DENNY'S EMERGING BUGGER 1 DENNY’S EMERGING BUGGER, Black – D. Rickards …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #8-#10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .020 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Black Marabou topped with strands of Silver Holo Flash

RIB: Copper Wire, Brassie

ABDOMEN: 50/50 Mix Peacock Ice Dub/ AZ Simi Seal, Black/Red – Brush out

HACKLE: Speckled Hen Saddle, Black

This is a Denny Rickard’s lake  pattern, for which, an SBS may be found HERE:

Mat DENNY'S EM BUG BLK Materials DENNY’S EMERGING BUGGER, Black… MOO ALLY TWIN LAKES Two trouble makers at Twin Lakes… DENNY'S EM BUG BLK GRP DENNY’S EMERGING BUGGERs, Black… MOO LIITTLE VL Michael on a favorite lake, near Bridgeport, when he was little -er… ALLY'S T CRUNCHA' ALLY’S T CRUNCHA’ …

HOOK:  Daiichi 1560, #12 – TMC 5262, #10 – #14

THREAD: 70 Denier, Black – Abdomen / Veevus 16/0 Fl. Chartreuse, thorax forward

TAIL: Olive Pheasant Tail

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Olive

RIB: UTC Chartreuse wire, sm

THORAX: Micro UV Polar Chenille, Chartreuse

HACKLE: Partridge, Dyed Olive – Wapsi

This is an attractor soft hackle pattern for use at Trumbull lake, in the mornings, when olive and chartreuse are particularly effective…

Mat ALLY'S T CRUNCHA' Materials ALLY’S T CRUNCHA’… TRUMBULL LAKE The T Spot… ALLY'S T CRUNCHA%22s ALLY’S T CRUNCHA’s… MOO'S CRUNCHA' BRN 2 MOO’S VL CRUNCHA’, Brown …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #10 – #14

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Brown – Abdomen / Veevus 14/0, Hot Orange – Thorax forward

TAIL: Pheasant Tail, Brown

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Brown

RIB: UTC Wire, sm, Hot Orange

THORAX: UV Polarar Chenille, UV Olive Brown

HACKLE: Hungarian Partridge, Dyed Brown

A simple soft hackle with some sparkle that imitates something alive in this size…soft hackles are great for lakes as well as moving water…

Mat MOO%22S VL CRUNCHA' Materials MOO’S VL CRUNCHA’ – Brown… moo-yaghting-1 A larger Michael on Little Virginia Lake… MOO'S VL CRUNCHA' - BRN MOO’S VL CRUNCHAS’ – Brown …

Next: PT, Michael, Ally and Hero take an elevated trip…

PT/TB

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I am going to do a series of patterns on TroutLegend Hooks. I have about half a dozen each so that it will be possible to do as many flies for a grouping and still have enough for me to use after my kids lose the others. There are now fifteen patterns in the batch and that does it for now…All of the patterns using lead, have had super glue swept over the covering thread wraps… so that the flies last longer than me…

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Completed box of patterns tied on TroutLegend hooks…

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R.A.M.  PURPLE  JIG – Ross Merigold/Variant …

HOOK: TroutLegend J Hook, #8, #10, #12

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Purple

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

RIB: Ultra Wire, Red, Brassie or sm

ABDOMEN: Flexi Floss, Purple

HACKLE: Whiting Hen, White

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Herl, Spirit River, Black

BEAD: Black Tungsten Slotted, sized to hook

They work and who else has a plaque on the Madison River

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Materials R.A.M. PURPLE JIG…

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R.A.M. PURPLE JIG(s)…

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A Purple R.A.M. Caddis took one of the largest Rainbow Trout I have ever caught, on the East Walker, right where I be…

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UV2 MALLARD N’ BLUE –  L. Williams/Variant 

HOOK: TroutLegend C Hook, #8, #12, #16

THREAD: Abdomen – Danville 6/0, Gray / Thorax Fwd. – Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAIL: Mallard Fibers

UNDER ABDOMEN: (over Gray thread) Flat Pearl Mylar Tinsel, Medium – * Coat with Super Glue, then wrap…

ABDOMEN: UV2 Turkey Biot, Mallard Gray

THORAX: Davy Wotton SLF Standard Dubbing, Kingfisher Blue

BEAD: Tungsten, sized to hook, Black or Silver

An attractor pattern based on this Loren Williams design...I see more of these, in varying sizes and colors, with additional UV2 Turkey Biots…in my future…and pearl mylar tinsel – because

Mat MAL N BLU -1-

Materials UV2 MALLARD N’ BLUE…

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MALLARD N’ BLUE(s)….

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VEEVUS DIP …

HOOK:  TroutLegend N/D Hook, #14 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: Ultra Wire, Fl. Yellow, SM

ABDOMEN: Veevus IRIS Thread, Olive * Coat with Hard As Hull

WING: White Z-Lon

These types of Serendipities are just plain deadly. I would wager that over the course of a years fishing, this simple little pattern will take more Trout than any other Caddis type attractor in sizes #14 -#18…that is why my and Michael’s boxes are full of them… beaded, unbeaded, on curved and straight hooks…

Mat VEEVUS DIP -1-

Materials VEEVUS DIP…

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VEEVUS SERENDIPITIES…

BSHEEP CRK SPL -1-

BLACK SHEEP CREEK SPECIAL – George Biggs/Variant …Yup a Western thing

HOOK: TroutLegend “S”, #6 – #12

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 lead

TAG: Datum Glo-Brite, Fl. Chartreuse, #.12 – * Coat with Hard As Hull

HACKLE: Hen Neck, Furnace

RIB: Chartreuse Rayon Floss – (for smaller sizes, split the floss)

ABDOMEN: Iridescent Peacock – Spirit River – Black

WING: Two overlapping sections of Natural Mallard Flank

HEAD: Datum Glo-Brite – FL. Chartreuse, #.12 – * Coat with Hard As Hull

This is a stillwater pattern developed by George Biggs of Jerome, ID. It has proven itself through the years and has been around before I ever cast my first fly…there are a number of variations on this pattern and the dyed iridescent peacock herl from Spirit River makes even more possible…I love the stuff

Mat B SHEEP CREEK S -1-

Materials BLACK SHEEP CREEK SPECIAL…

B SHEEP SPECIALS -1-

BLACK SHEEP CREEK SPECIAL(s)…

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The judge of my fly patterns…

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BAETIS JIG…

HOOK:  Dohiku J (from TroutLegend), #18

THREAD: Abdomen – Uni 8/0, Olive Dun / Thorax Fwd. – Tiemco 16/0, Olive

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck

RIB: Lagartun x-fine, Silver Wire

ABDOMEN: Uni 8/0, Olive Dun * Coat with Hard As Hull

THORAX: Ostrich Herl, Natural Gray

BEAD: TroutLegend TS 2.5mm, Silver, slotted

I REALLY like these hooks and will be ordering a bunch moe from Dejon/TroutLegend for some other Baetis and PMD patterns that I have in mind…stay tuned

Mat BAETIS JIG -1-

Materials BAETIS JIG…

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BAETIS JIG(s)…

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JULIUS NYMPH …

HOOK: -TroutLegend N/A Hook, #14 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

RIB: Glimmer Thread, Root Beer, Cascade Crest Tool Co.

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Ear Ice Dub, Tan

WING CASE: Razor Foam, Opaque Orange, .5mm

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dub., Brown – picked out

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

A general purpose attractor for Michael to use on some of the waters he visits (like below). I am a believer in using foam in wing cases alone or covered with an additional material…see Kern River Emerger

 

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…close to home…

Mat JULIUS NYMPHS -1-

Materials JULIUS NYMPH…

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JULIUS NYMPH(s)…

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A little Brown that Michael hooked up with yesterday, Saturday, June 14, 2014…

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GAS CADDIS – Vinci/Variant …

HOOK: TroutLegend “C” Competition Hook, #8 and #12

THREAD: Abdomen – Danville 6/0, Chartreuse / Thorax Fwd. – Danville 6/0, Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

CARAPACE/BACK: Select Marabou Plumes, Fl. Chartreuse

ABDOMEN: Hump-Bak Glass Beads, Spirit River, Clear Rainbow – ( 3 for #8 – 2 for #12)

BETWEEN BEADS: A dab of Chartreuse Ice Dub on Danville 6/0, Chartreuse Thread

WINGS: Hungarian Partridge

THORAX: Ostrich Plume, Brown…one may also mix in some Brown UV Ice Dub

BEAD: Tungsten, 5/32′, Black

This is a Greg Vinci pattern that I have wanted to tie for some time.He developed this pattern for use on rivers that flow off the central Wester Sierra slope. I believe that it will take Trout just about anywhere…

Mat GAS CADDIS -1-

Materials GAS CADDIS…

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A few GAS CADDIS…

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HARE’S ICE ANCHOR BUG …

HOOK:  TroutLegend “J” Competition Hook – #8

THREAD: Abdomen – Danville 6/0, Olive / Thorax Fwd. – Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAG: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Pale Yellow

RIB: Glitter D Rib, Chartreuse, Medium

ABDOMEN: Ice Dub Hare’s Ear

THORAX: Senyo’s Laser Dub, Black

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten, 5/32″, Black

This would be a Caddis pattern…after completing the whip finish, I take a toothbrush, velcro and bore brush to brush and tease all the fibers back and then do a final shaping with Anvil curved scissors…one heavy, translucent little fellow…

Mat CAD ANCHOR BUG -1-

Materials HARE’S ICE ANCHOR BUG….

CAD ANCHOR BUG -1-

HARE’S ICE ANCHOR BUG(s)…

CRIPPLE TRUDE -1-

COACHMAN TRUDE CRIPPLE – Wiese/Variant …

HOOK:  TroutLegend N/D Competition Hook, #14 – #16

THREAD: Abdomen UTC 70 Denier, Brown / Thorax Fwd. – Veevus 16/0, Brown

SHUCK: Short, Amber Z-Lon

ABDOMEN: AZ Synthetic Peacock, Natural

WINGS/WAKING POST: Polypro Yarn, White

HACKLE: Whiting Saddle, Dark Barred Ginger

The TL N/D hooks are meant for nymphs and dries so this is a Walter Wiese Brachycentrus pattern that will also be tied up on a size #18 hook for use in the Fall. Walter ties it HERE:

Mat RC TRUDE -1-

Materials COACHMAN TRUDE CRIPPLE…

RC TRUDES -1-

COACHMAN TRUDE CRIPPLE (s)….

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CALIFORNIA EMERGING BUGGER (Leech) –  Shiess/Rickards Variant …

HOOK:  TroutLegend “S” Competition hook, #6

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

WEIGHT: .020 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Select Marabou, Rusty Brown

TAIL FLASH: 3 strands each side, Copper Krystal Flash

RIB: Ultra Wire Brassie

ABDOMEN: AZ Simi Seal, #,19, Canadian Brown

WING: 3 strands Krystal Flash, Rusty Brown

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger, Grizzly Burnt Orange

This is a Western lake leech pattern developed by Bill Shiess ( Pdf.). It is a good one. I add a hackle of Grizzy Burnt Orange because it’s a Denny Rickards thing, pushing a little water and adding movement to the fly…Michael and I have taken some very large Trout on the lake below, in the evening, using Denny’s Olive Seal Buggers…I’m just going to tell ya’ exactly where…

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TRUMBULL LAKE, CA…where these leeches will be going… first…

EMER CAL LEECH -1-

Materials CALIFORNIA EMERGING BUGGER (Leech)…

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CA EMERGING BUGGER (s)…

HAZED HOLO SH EMERGER -1-

HOLO HAZE SH – Craven/Variant…

HOOK: TroutLegend N/D Hook, #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Fluoro Fiber, White

RIB: Lagartun, Violet, Fine

ABDOMEN: 1 strand Purple Haze Holographic Flash Fiber – * coat with Hard As Hull

WING: Fluoro Fiber, White

HACKLE: Purple Starling – White Fox Fur and Feather Co.

THORAX: Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dubbing, #.73, Purple

A general purpose soft hackle Mayfly emerger that would be used in still and moving water. Charlie Craven ties it HERE

Mat PUR SH HAZE -1-

Materials HOLO HAZE SH…

SH PUR HAZE GRP -1-

HOLO HAZE SH(s)…

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RIVER KEEPER  BLUE…

HOOK:  TroutLegend (Dohiku) “J” Hook, #18

THREAD:  Tiemco 16/0, Charcoal Gray

WEIGHT:  .010 Lead

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

RIB: Lagartun, Silver wire, X-Fine

ABDOMEN: 1 strand of blue holographic tinsel from THIS…(*not pictured in materials) – *coat with Hard As Hull

HACKLE: Starling, Natural

THORAX: AZ Diamond Hair, #.23, Rainbow

COLLAR/HOT SPOT: Veevus 16/0, Red

BEAD: TS 2.5 mm, slotted tungsten bead, Silver

Blue has been a very successful color for me and my guys up in the Eastern Sierras working on both Rainbows and Browns…try some…

Mat RIVERKEEPER -1-

Materials RIVER KEEPER – * Blue Holographic Tinsel not pictured…

RIVERKEEPERS -1-

RIVER KEEPER (s)…

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THE WEIGHT …

HOOK: TroutLegend Competition “J” Hook, #8

THREAD: UTC 8/0, Brown

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck fibers

UNDER ABDOMEN: Veevus Holographic Brown Tinsel, Medium

OVER ABDOMEN: Spirit River Halo Wire

HACKLE: Ginger Furnace

THORAX: 20% UV2 Dubbing Enhancer, Dark – 40% each – SLF Prism, Hare’s Ear / Squirrel Blend, Orange

COLLAR/ HOT SPOT: Veevus Fl. Orange Thread, 12/0

BEAD: Tungsten slotted, Gold, 4.3 mm

Something that will drop like a rock, pique some interest and occasionally take something… quite large. Halo wire is some nifty stuff, taking on the hue of the material beneath it

Mat THE WEIGHT -1-

Materials THE WEIGHT…

THE WEIGHT GRP-1-

Some WEIGHT(s) for your leader…

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HOMELESS OC DRIFTER (Larva) …

HOOK: TroutLegend Competition “J” Hook, #8, #10, #12

THREAD:  Abdomen- UTC FL. White – Thorax Fwd. – Danville, 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

RIB: Ultra Wire, Copper Brown, SM

ABDOMEN: 30% Senyo’s Laser Dubbing, White – 70% Ligas Dubbing, #.14, Lt. Beige

LEGS: Hen Hackle fibers, Black

THORAX: Ostrich Plume, Brown

COLLAR: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Brown (* not pictured in materials below)

BEAD: Black Slotted Tungsten, sized to hook

I always carry several versions of the larva of the October Caddis in my boxes. One just never knows when ya’ might run into these guys drifting in waters where they are found…this is a good pupa pattern to use in the Fall…

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The Hook…

Mat OC CAD -1-

Materials for HOMELESS OC DRIFTER (Larva)… (* not pictured SLF SPIKEY DUB – Brown)

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The Bug…(PHOTO from WEST FLY)…

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HOMELESS OC DRIFTER(s)…

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Where I have found these guys,in the drift, looking to build new homes…in July, on the East Fork of the Carson River down in the canyon, East of Markleville, CA…The Cuttys were on ’em…

Gotta’ start someplace, so why not with a very large free living Caddis Larva pattern, that is heavily weighted, from HVK and currently featured in the Summer 2014 Issue of Fly Tyer Magazine (although it’s been on the intertube for some time)…

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KLINK’s CASELESS CADDIS LARVA – Hans Van Klinken/Variant

HOOK: Czech TroutLegend Competition Hook “C”, #8 – #16

THREAD: Veevus16/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .o15 Lead or Lead Sub.

RIB: 2x Mono Tippet  for #8, ( or down to 5x for #16)

CARAPACE (BACK): Scud Back, 1/8″, Gray

ABDOMEN: Adhesive Furry Foam Fl. Chartreuse, or Lt. Olive, Dk. Olive and Tan

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Black

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

The quest for the perfect caseless Caddis larva is really never over…here is how it is tied…and heavily weighted

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The Hook…

Mat KLINKS CAD -1-

Materials for KLINK’S CASELESS CADDIS…

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A few KLINK’S…

NEXT: Some patterns for use in some high elevation lakes with Ally and Hero…up here:

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…real soon…

 

PT/TB 

 

 

PT/TB

 

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On the Lower Owens River, I like to fish the small patterns upstream, then switch to a full-sink or sink-tip line and fish Buggers and Streamers down and across, as I work back towards the truck. On occasion, I will do just the opposite…it depends on the flows, weather and a desire to “try something different”…What follows are some new big guys that Ally and I will be tossing in a couple of weeks…that water holds some truly large fish that will come to larger flies using the “dip-and-strip”, bank walking or sometimes, that”down and across”…

Ready to be served…

“OLD SCHOOL” MARABOU STREAMER – White/Black…

HOOK: TMC 5263, #4 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black – for abdomen, then UTC Ultra 70 Denier for head (lays flatter and coat with Hard As Hull -twice)

TAG: Claret Hackle Fibers (may also be used for a throat)

ABDOMEN: Silver Tinsel (undercoat thread abdomen with Zap-A-Gap for durability)

BOTTOM WING: Select Marabou Plumes, Black

TOP WING: Select Marabou Plumes, White

OVER WINGS: Peacock Herl, 4-6 strands dependent on hook size

This is a pattern I have been using for over 30 years…because it works…

In the appropriate sizes, ALL of these patterns will take fish in the above  – East Walker River…

“OLD SCHOOL” MARABOU STREAMER -Yellow/Black…

HOOK: TMC 5263, #4 – #10

THREAD: Abdomen to head – Danville 6/0, White…then, UTC Ultra 70 Denier, Black for the head (2 coats of Hard As Hull)

TAG: Claret hackle fibers

ABDOMEN: White floss

RIB: Silver Tinsel, #12 or larger

BOTTOM WING: Select Marabou Plumes, Black

TOP WING: Select Marabou Plumes, Yellow

OVER WINGS: Peacock Herl, 4-6 strands dependent on hook size
A second version, of the first pattern, that has taken many Fall Browns for me on the Lower Owens River…

Some streamer “strippin’ water”, on the Lower Owens, at sunset…

“JAILBREAK” UV 2 BUNNY STRIPPER …

HOOK: Daiichi 2220, #6 – #10

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

WEIGHT: 0.015 or 0.020 Lead or Lead Sub. – coat with Zap-A-Gap… number of wraps are ‘yer call…

CONE: Wapsi 3/16″ (Small) Gold or Copper

TAIL: Select Marabou Plume. Golden Brown

ABDOMEN: Tinsel Chenille, Medium, Copper/Brown Pearl – Wapsi

LATERAL LINE: 1 strand each side, Crystal Mirror Flash – Cascade Crest Tools

GILLS: Arizona Simi-Seal, # .15, Red

WING: UV 2 Dos-Jail Rabbit Sculpin Strip – Spirit River

HACKLE: Speckled Hen Saddle feather, .23 Brown – Nature’s Spirit

I have taken some very large Browns Trout in Eastern Sierra rivers and lakes using this Brown color scheme…it works on rivers like the Madison in Montana as well…

FL. YELLOW CHARTREUSE UV Bunny Stripper…

HOOK: Mustad R75-79580, #4 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: 16 – 20 Wraps 0.020 Lead or Lead Sub. Wire – coat with Zap-A-Gap

TAIL: Select Marabou Plumes, Black

ABDOMEN: Petite Estaz, Black

LATERAL LINES: 1 strand each side, Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

WING: Rabbit Strip, Fl. Yellow/Chartreuse

GILLS: Arizona Simi-Seal, # .15, Red

HACKLE: UV 2 Grizzly Soft Hackle, Brown – Spirit River

CONE: Wapsi, Medium, Black – or sized to hook

Chartreuse, a color that has a distinct appeal to Brown Trout on the Owens River…and, a lot of other places too…

Michael “punches it” – over to the foam line…

OWENS “OFFENDER” HS CH…

HOOK: Daiichi 2220, #6 -#10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Olive

WEIGHT: 18 – 20 wraps 0.15 Lead or Lead Sub. – coat with Zap-A-Gap

TAIL: Black Select Marabou Fibers – 2 strands Mirage Flashabou, Opal/Copper, 1 strand Black Holographic Flashabou – each side of tail

RIB: Medium Copper Wire

ABDOMEN: J.Fair Medium Olive Seal Sub Dubbing ( picked out after completion of fly )

HACKLE: Ewing Hackle Bugger Pack, Black/Olive

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

CONE: Black Wapsi, sized to hook
I have been using this pattern, Olive with a Black tail and variations on this theme, on both the Owens River and East Walker River, for a very long time…They work well in the Fall and Spring…

A Brown on the Lower Owens that took a bugger…

Michael, stripping a streamer with a SCOTT “G”, 10′, 5wt. on the Wild Trout Section of the Lower Owens River….one of my all time favorite rods…

SOFTIE SEAL BUGGER (Purple/Burgundy)…Rickards/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 2220, #6 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: 16 -20 Wraps 0.20 Wire – Lead or Lead Sub. – Zap-A-Gap to hook after covering with thread

TAIL: Select Marabou Plume Fibers, Purple

FLASH: one strand each side, length of tail – Purple Haze Holographic Flash Fiber, Pearl Fire Fly

RIB: Medium Copper Wire

ABDOMEN: #.14 Purple Arizona Simi Seal – pick out with a dubbing needle after completing fly

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger Grizzly Dyed Burgundy – use the webby part of an additional feather, tied soft hackle style, behind the head

A variation of Denny Rickard’s Seal Bugger which I have used successfully, in a wide variety of colors, on just about every river and lake I have visited…these, for me, are a must have pattern in my boxes…

Let it not be said that I only tie small stuff...these are patterns that consistently produce Browns and Rainbows on the Lower Owens River…

Michael gettin’ ready to toss some streamers on a cold November morning on the Lower Owens River…

COLE BUGGER (BLACK)…Jeff Cole/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 5263, #6 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: 12 -16 Wraps of 0.20 or 0,15 Lead or Non-Toxic wire

TAIL: Shad Gray Marabou, Silver Badger Hackle, Grizzly Krystal Flash – Black/White

ABDOMEN: Dyed Iridescent Peacock Eye, Black – Spirit River – 5-6 Strands

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger Pack feather, Grizzly dyed Pale Yellow

Jeff Cole of San Diego designed this pattern for use on the Upper Owens River at the Alpers River Ranch, just above this place -> ( now like the Arcularius Ranch – long gone). Ray Bergman, in his book “Trout”, describes using a clipped Royal Coachman streamer,  dropped over the undercut bank, on a long fly rod, as a very successful method employed by Frank Arcularius on the family ranch. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Arcularius on the East Walker River, back in the early 80’s and fishing with him on the ranch after that meeting… Other variations of this pattern may be found HERE…  

HARE’S EAR – SEAL DUB AGGRAVATOR- Olive/Brown…Andy Burk/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 200R, #4 -#14

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Olive

TAIL: Marabou, Sculpin Olive

TAG: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl – 5-8 wraps around bend of hook, coated with Hard As Hull

ABDOMEN:  DarK Olive/ Brown Hare’s Ear – Hareline #39

RIB: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

LEGS: Mini Legs (Silicone), Barred Olive – Cascade Crest

THORAX: Medium Olive Seal Dubbing – Jay Fair

WING CASE: Mottled Oak, Thin Skin, Olive

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

I first started tying and using this pattern, by Andy Burk, back in 2003, on a trip with Michael to the West Walker River. I have  caught Trout on the Madison, Stillwater and Boulder Rivers with this fly. It has also produced on every tail water I fish in the Eastern Sierras. HERE are some variations – the peacock one is a must. Charlie Craven ties another version HERE

Michael ponders which Bugger to select on the Lower “O”…

SIERRA GHOST …

HOOK: TMC 5263, #6-#10

THREAD: Danville 6/o White to gills – then, Danville 6/0, Black

TAIL: Select Black Marabou

ABDOMEN: Petite Estaz Pearl – Spirit River

WING: Black Barred Rabbit Strip, White – Hareline

GILLS/THORAX: Arizona Simi Seal, #.15, Red

HACKLE: Soft Hackle Hen Saddle Patch Feather, Black – Wapsi

CONE: Small, Black – Wapsi

A take-off on a Black and White Marabou Streamer pattern that has been hammering East Side Trout since before I was born…

Michael does the “down and across”…just downstream of this location I had a really large Brown run me into my backing one beautiful Fall day…

OWENS UV 2 Bunny Stripper…

HOOK: Daiichi 2220, #8 – #10

THREAD: Danville  6/0, Black

CONE: Wapsi 3/16′, Small, Gold

ABDOMEN: Petite Estaz, Pearl Olive, Spirit River – coat abdomen with Super Glue or Zap-A- Gap before wrapping

WEIGHT: 5-6 Turns .020 Lead Wire or Lead Sub. – pushed into Cone

WING: UV 2 Rabbit Strip – Olive

GILLS-(THORAX): Arizona Simi Seal, #.15, Red

HACKLE: Schlappen Hackle, Burnt Orange, Jay Fair
Something in Bunny for the Owens River system…. in colors that always work…

 

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