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These will be the second batch of patterns for The Lower Owens River in the Eastern Sierras, from Fall through Winter and into early Spring.Most of these guys will work in other areas of the world…Never know where me n’ the tribe might wander. As usual, first the fly, then the recipes and additional information…

So…in the midst of tying these SCOTTY’s MIDGES, the tension screw on my older Renzetti Traveler vise went South. Well, after eleven years and thousands of flies, that happens …back to Renzetti for a new cam-lever set of jaws and an upgrade to the Renzetti 2000…a back-up now for me and something for Michael to get started tying on…Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the “Old Guy”…

YODA XMAS 15

“OLD GUY”…

 

MIDGES OWEN GOR 2

Finished GOURMET GAMBIT BOX II…

OLIVE CRYSTAL DIP BCS 20 - RAINBOW

OLIVE RAINBOW DIP (G-BCS-20)…

Hook: Daiichi 1130, #18 -#22

THREAD: Gudebrod 8/0, BCS 20 Light Olive Green – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

RIB: Lagartun Copper wire, X-Fine – * Coat Abdomen with Hard As Hull

WING: Six strands Midge Rainbow Flash (Pearl or Silver) or Hareline Midge Flash (Pearl or Silver)

Slowly using up the last of the great Gudebrod thread left in my stash. If one is interested it still may be obtained through Performance Flies. Below is what was available when a wonderful store put out the best Fly Fishing catalog ever..

GUDEBROD THREAD

On the subject of threads, check out this “floating thread” that my friend Jacob just got in at Competitive Angler

Mat OLIVE RAINBOW DIP

Materials OLIVE RAINBOW DIP…(there is the G-BCS-20)…

OLIVE RAINBOW DIP GRP

OLIVE RAINBOW DIP(s)…

UV2 GLO-BRITE MIDGE Purple

UV/2 GLO-BRITE MIDGE (Purple)…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C-12B, #18 – #20

THREAD:  Tiemco 16/0, White – Under abdomen (not pictured) / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

SHUCK: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

RIB: Purple Ribbing Wire, .005 Dia.

ABDOMEN: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #14, Purple

THORAX: UV2 Peacock, Purple – Spirit River

BEAD: Black tungsten, sized to hook

Floss over white thread for translucency – always. Something in Purple, which will always work…

Mat UV2-GLO-BRITE MIDGE

Materials UV/2 GLO-BRITE MIDGE (Purple)…

UV2 GLO-BRITE MIDGES GRP

UV/2 GLO-BRITE MIDGE(s)…

MOO LO SNOW

Big MOO on the Lower Owens River in late December…maybe again this year ?

SH PSEUDO PT JIG - 2

SOFT HACKLE PSEUDO PT JIG …

HOOK: Hanak 400BL, #16, Dohiku HDJ, #18

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Light Speckled

RIB: Lagartun Copper, X-Fine

ABDOMEN: Natural Pheasant Tail Fibers

THORAX: Pseudo Peacock Dubbing, Natural – Spirit River

BEAD: Slotted, Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

A simple, little, unobtrusive jig for those times the Trout are not wanting Bling…

 

Mat PSEUDO SH PT JIG

Materials SOFT HACKLE PSEUDO PT JIG…

PSEUDO SH PT JIGS GRP

SOFT HACKLE PSEUDO PT JIG(s)…

DNA TAC VAC BLACK

DNA TAC-VAC (Black) – Nyman/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: UTC Silver wire, x-sm

ABDOMEN: Non-flash strands DNA Holo Fusion, Black – * Coat with Hard As Hull

WING: Z-lon. Kinky White

THORAX: UV2 Peacock, Black

BEAD: Tungsten, Black, sized to hook

 

Simple little Black Midge Pupa based on Rowan Nyman’s “Shop-Vac”…which has caught a ton of fish for me and my guys…If on wishes to get technical, use melanistic pheasant tail fibers for the abdomen…

Mat TAC VAC BLACK

Materials DNA TAC VAC (Black)…

TAC VAC BLACK GRP

DNA TAC VAC(s) …

X2 - UV2 BP SPARKLE GNAT

X2-UV2 (BLACK PEACOCK) SPARKLE GNAT – Griffith’s Gnat-George Griffith/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 101, # 18- #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Sparkle Yarn, Amber, cut short mixed with 3 strands of Midge Flash, Fl. Fire Orange, Pearl

ABDOMEN:UV2 Peacock, Black

HACKLE: Whiting, Grizzly

The Griffith’s Gnat imitates a cluster of Midges, this pattern (Sparkle Gnat), originated in the UK. I like using them on most High Sierra Lakes and in the swirling back eddys on the EWR and Owens River. Anywhere that midges collect in large numbers, on slow flat water etc…all of these are excellent locations for this pattern…

Mat X2 SPARKLE GNAT

Materials X2-UV2 (BLACK PEACOCK) SPARKLE GNAT…

X2 SPARKLE GNATS GRP

X2-UV2 SPARKLE GNAT(s)…

OWENS BOX HALF FINISHED

Half way there…

COMBO MID BEAD BAETIS 2

COMBO MID-BEAD BAETIS – Gunkel/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck

ABDOMEN: Combo Thread, Olive/Yellow Cascade Crest* Coat with Hard As Hull

LEGS: Fluoro Fibre, Brown, 10-12 Strands each side

WINGCASE: Holographic Mylar Motion, Black, 1/32′ – * Coat with UV Resin

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry, Callibaetis

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, Sized to hook

A variation on Shea Gunkel’s “Shotglass Baetis”. I used combo thread, for segmentation and a black, holographic wing case because the wing cases on BWO’s/Baetis darken to almost black when the nymphs are most active, just prior to emergence…The copper tungsten bead is for weight – use a glass bead to fish it as an emerged/dropper…

Mat COMBO MID-BEAD BAETIS

Materials COMBO MID-BEAD BAETIS…

COMBO MID-BEAD BAETIS GRP

COMBO MID-BEAD BAETIS…

THIN OLIVE JIG :VASIES-Variant

OLIVE THIN WINGED JIG – Vasies/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 4640 Jig Hook, #16, Dohiku HDJ Jig Hook, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck

ABDOMEN: UV2 Turkey Biot, fringed side up – * Coat thread with Hard As Hull before wrapping

WING: MP Select CDC, Blue Dun – two feather tips

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry, BWO

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten, Black or Copper, sized to hook

This is a unique Lucian Vasies pattern he designed as a “winged wet for dynamic nymphing”. Check out his other patterns and visit his Troutline store for some really interesting fly tying materials…This is just a quick and simple variant with generic BWO colors…These Daichi jig hooks have much longer shank than the European Jig Hooks. Rumor has it that Daichi will be offering the in smaller sizes, at some point…

 

Mat THIN WINGED OLIVE JIG

Materials OLIVE THIN WINGED JIG…

THIN WINGED OLIVE JIGS GRP

OLIVE THIN WINGED JIG(s)…

HOUSY MOO

Somebody was fishing the “Housy” a few days ago…

HOUSY MOO 2

…and caught this…

UV2 HOLO COPPER FIRE 2

UV2 HOLO COPPER FIRE JIG – Oishi/Variant …

HOOK: Hanak C400BL, #16, Dohiku HDJ Jig Hook, #18

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAG & HOT SPOT: Veevus 14/0, Fl. Orange, * Coat with Hard As Hull

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Sulky Holoshimmer, Copper – * Coat with Hard As Hull

THORAX: 70% Firestar Copper Fire / 30% UV2 Dubbing Enhancer, Dark

This is a scaled down variant of Canadian tier, Todd Oishi’s ” Prospector “. With various colors of Sulky Holoshimmer, let thy imagination run…I like using these little guys as anchor flies, trailing a simple Midge pattern, like a Cream Miracle Midge, off the back on places like the East Walker River…

Mat UV2 HOLO COPPER FIRE JIG

Materials UV2 HOLO COPPER FIRE JIG…

UV2 HOLO COPPER FIRE JIGS GRP

UV2 HOLO COPPER FIRE JIG(s)…

GAMERA 2

GAMERA MIDGE, Brown …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

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

ABDOMEN: 8-10 strands, non-flash DNA Holo Fusion, Brown

RIB: UTC wire, Red, x-sm

THORAX: UV2 Peacock, Brown – Spirit River

BEAD: Black tungsten, sized to hook

It’s Gamera…what else do I need to say…

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GAMERA…

Mat GAMERA MIDGE ls Fl.FIRE O-P MF

Materials GAMERA MIDGE – (Fl. Fire Orange/Pearl Midge Flash shuck, not pictured)…

GAMERA MIDGES GRP

GAMERA MIDGES…

UV2 BLUE HOLO MIDGE

UV2 BLUE HOLO MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – # 22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under abdomen to and including thorax / Tiemco 16/0, Black, behind bead

SHUCK: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

ABDOMEN: Blue Holographic Tinsel (here, from Rainbow Holo Flashabou) or from Veevus

RIB: UTC Silver wire, x-sm – * Coat abdomen with Hard As Hull

THORAX: UV2 Peacock, Black – Spirit River

BEAD: Silver Nickel Tungsten, sized to hook

Yep, I like BLUE. There have been quite a few occasions that this color has worked very successfully for me and the tribe. I like to keep more than a few in my Midge boxes…just never know…

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Brown, taken by Michael on the East Walker River, on a BLUE Midge…

Mat BLUE HOLO UV2 MIDGE

Materials Uv2 HOLO MIDGE…

UV2 BLUE HOLO MIDGES – (one Black for contrast)

RENZETTI 2000

The new vise…

SCOTTY'S MIDGE REN 2000

SCOTTY’S MIDGE – Matthews / Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18 -#20

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

SHUCK: Coachman Red Zelon

RIB: Brown Micro Tubing

ABDOMEN: Coachman Red Zelon

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry, Black

WING: Coastal Deer Hair – Nature’s Spirit

This is a pattern that has been around for awhile and mentioned frequently in the BRF Newsletter. Try and find a recipe for it ! Maybe Craig Matthews will do a video on this bug at some point in the future. And HERE it is (5.26 2016) In the meantime, I went with an approximation gathered from this location. Notice that the BRF version is tied on a TMC 2488 hook and the other on a TMC 206 BL hook…I like the former for this pattern…

Mat SCOTTY'S MIDGE

Materials SCOTTY’S MIDGE…

SCOTTY'S MIDGE GRP

SCOTTY’S MIDGE(s)…

MOTTLED MIDGE UV2

MOTTLED MIDGE UV2…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Lady AmherstPheasant Tail, Red/Black fibers – Spirit River

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer, Black

THORAX: UV2 Peacock Herl, Natural

WINGS: 4-6 Strands, Nymph Shear, Pearlescent White – Cascade Crest

BEAD: Silver Nickel Tungsten, sized to hook

Just an offbeat Midge with some mottling and a flashy wing. I like these kinds of patterns that the Trout have not seen before…

 

Mat MOTTLED MIDGE UV2

Materials MOTTLED MIDGE UV2…

MOTTLED MIDGES UV2 GRP

MOTTLED MIDGE(s) UV2…

 

 

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Well, that time again…So here are some small creations for the Eastern Sierra tailwaters we fish…here is the completed box which I now like to use for all my Midge patterns…

MIDGES F-W 2012 -1-

The Fly Box came from Bob Marriott’s and is distributed by Anglers Image

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GRAVITY…

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BROKEN BACK CREAM TIGER MIDGE – Basso/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BL, #18 – (body)/Daiichi 1130, #20- (trailer)

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White for both abdomens – Tiemco 16/0 Black for head on trailer and behind body bead

SHUCK: Trailer – Rusty Brown Krystal Flash – 1 short strand

RIB: Rusty Brown Krystal Flash for trailer, Rusty Brown Krystal Flash for body…over layed with Lagartun x-fine Copper wire

CONNECTION: 6x Fluorocarbon (Seaguar) cut a 10″ -12″ section off the spool, run through trailer eye, over hand knot tie in to body and gently snug up to bend

*COAT: Both trailer and body with Hard As Hull or S.H.A.N. – for durability and to keep algae off

BEAD: Black brass 1/16″

This is an Eastern Sierra design by guide Chris Basso out of Tom Loe’s Sierra Drifters. It has been around for a number of years and is quite successful on lakes and rivers in the Owens Valley, further North on the Upper Owens River and on the East Walker River in Bridgeport, CA. If there are any questions on how to tie this pattern, leave me a comment and I will help ‘ya out…It is a good one !!!

CB ORANGE -2-

COPPER/BROWN TUNG ORANGE MIDGE …

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP-BLB, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Krystal Flash, Hot Orange, 1 short strand

ABDOMEN: Mottled Nymph Rib, Copper – Cascade Crest

THORAX: Peacock Herl, Strung Red – Wapsi

CHEEKS: Flexi-Floss, Orange

BEAD: Black Tungsten, 5/64″

A deep explorer, attractor type Midge pattern…

TWILIGHT TWINKLER -1-

TWILIGHT TWINKLER SH MIDGE…

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL – #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 White – Under Abdomen and Thorax…then, Tiemco 16/0, Black – Head

SHUCK/TAIL: Three short strands, Midge Flash, Pearl

RIB: UTC Wire, Red, x-sm

ABDOMEN: Micro Floss, Purple – Cascade Crest

THORAX: Ice Dub UV Lavender

BEAD: Behind hackle, Hi-Lite Glass Bead, Quick Silver, x-sm – Spirit River

HACKLE: Starling Dyed Purple – White Fox Fur and Feather CO

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THE MOO…my son Michael…pumping PURPLE on the East Walker River at twilight…

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.

…der

TDT (tons de terre) MIDGE…

HOOK: TMC 2499SP BL – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun – for Abdomen – then, Tiemco 16/0, Black – thorax forward

SHUCK: 1 strand Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

ABDOMEN: Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun tying thread

RIB: Wapsi wire, Metallic Olive, SM

WING: Looped Dun Sparkle Organza – a little mussy…it’s meant to be that way – Hareline

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Brown

BEAD: Black, 5/64″, Tungsten

Earth Tones…like this:

My two EARTHY GUYS…Ally and Hero…by the San Francisco Bay…

PEARL/TAN CHIRONO MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

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

SHUCK: 1 strand, Krystal Flash, Hot Orange

OVER ABDOMEN: Chironomid Braid Pearl/Tan – cut 3″-4″ section separate out 1 strand…I also use this material for ribbing

RIB: Lagartun x-Fine Copper Wire

THORAX: Dyed Peacock Eye, Brown – Spirit River

BEAD: Tungsten Copper, sized to hook

Hareline Chironomid Braid…I love this stuff

RUBY CHIRONO MIDGE…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Chironomid Braid, Pearl/Black – Hareline

RIB: Wapsi wire, Small, Red

WINGS: 3 short strands, Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/Red

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Herl, Black – Spirit River

BEAD: Ruby Glass Bead, xsm – Spirit River

I love this hook, I like the Chironomid Braid and the wing material has worked some miracles on East Slope Tail waters…plus, if it doesn’t work, I may use it as a Christmas ornament… Christmas Smilies - ELF

MIDGE boxes I now use…from Wapsi with magnetized bottoms…get ‘em HERE

YELLOW/BROWN SOFT HACKLE MIDGE…

HOOK: Alec Jackson Soft Hackle Trout Fly Hook – #17

THREAD – UNDER ABDOMEN: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

ABDOMEN: Combo Thread, Yellow/Brown – Cascade Crest

SHUCK: Three short strands Midge rainbow Flash – Cascade Crest

THORAX: #.83 Pheasant Tail Emergence Dubbing – Nature’s Spirit

HACKLE: AAA Starling, Dyed Olive  –White Fox Fur and Feather… available HERE

There are only two people I know who are using this thread for Midges…one is Craig Matthews and the other is D. Korn…I wonder why???  …  Christmas Smilies - Xmas Present Unwrap

It comes in a wide range of colors…this is Olive…

Ally getting HERO ready for some “water” activities…

GLIMMER MIDGE – Root Beer –

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown – under abdomen, then – Tienco 16/0, Black for thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Glimmer Thread, Root Beer, Cascade Crest

CHEEKS: 1 strand each side, Micro Flashabou, Pearl – coat with Hard As Hull or Loon UV Knotsense

Glimmer Thread comes in a number of different colors and lends its’ self to the “segmentation effect”…this material makes for some nice Serendipities as well…

Cascade Crest Glimmer Thread…

ICU MIDGE TUNGSTEN (Blue) – Maktima/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SPBL, #16 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Short strand of UV Pearl, Krystal Flash

RIB: Blue Wapsi Wire, x-sm

ABDOMEN: Black Glimmer Thread – Cascade Crest

THORAX: UV Black Ice Dubbing

CHEEKS: 1 strand each side, Micro Flashabou, Pearl

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Blue, sized to hook

A pattern based on Norm Maktima’s ICU series, from Umpqua, which is new for this year (2013)…I will be doing some other variants for Spring…

GOO FEE’S TUNG MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130 ,  #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Pearl Midge Flash

ABDOMEN: Cascade Crest, Combo Thread . Black/White (over base of Black thread)

THORAX: Iridescent Dyed Peacock Eye, Purple – Spirit River

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Red – Hareline – sized to hook

For some reason, flies that I tie, that are named after Michael and Ally, seem to catch a lot of fish (big ones too) see here

GOO FEE (Ally) on the Madison River, MT… above $3.00 Bridge…

FLASHBANG MIDGE – Variant/Red…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 – #20

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Red – under abdomen, then Tiemco 16/0, Black abdomen forward

OVER ABDOMEN: Chironomid Braid, Pearl Red – Hareline – 1 strand

RIB: Black Ice Thread

WINGCASE: Medium Opal Tinsel

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Eye, Dyed Black – Spirit River

LEGS: Gliss ‘N Glow, Fluoro Fibre, White

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Midge 15/0, Diamond

Solitude Fly CO offers the original of this pattern in Cream, Black and Red HERE. For me, having used the Cream version on the East Walker River, at the urging of my friend Jim Reed at Ken’s Sporting Goods in Bridgeport…the experience was BLAH…this version will get a workout on the Lower Owens River…report to follow…

C-THREAD MIDGE –  Red/Black …

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black – under Abdomen

SHUCK: 1 strand UV Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Combo Thread, Red/Black 6/0, Cascade Crest

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Herl, Black, Spirit River

BEAD: Tungsten, Black – Sized to hook

A pattern I have had in the back of my mind since I first saw this combo thread on Craig Matthew’s site…I like the segmentation, which I believe, is a very important factor in Midge Larva and Pupa…The Olive/Yellow thread variation might make an interesting Baetis/BWO abdomen for Spring…

MORE MIDGES:

BEING DIPTERA:

FLIES FOR FALL AND WINTER:

DIPTERA II:

NEXT: A visit to a legendary Hollywood eatery… then, more  ATTRACTORS

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