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Some smaller patterns for use up in the Eastern Sierras in May when I can get Ally, Hero and Nick rolling towards Bridgeport, CA and the flows increase in the East Walker River. Hopefully, we will experience some snow in the mountains before then. Right now it isn’t looking real good… ( 3.3.2018…it’s coming down BIG TIME in the Eastern Sierra :thmbup:  and looking like the will be more… 3.14.2018

Completed BOX OF SMALL…

UV2 BLACK & BLUE MIDGE …

HOOK: Hanak H130BL, #18 – #20

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier, Black thread

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, Gunmetal Blue, x-sm

THORAX: UV2 Kingfisher Blue Dyed Peacock

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Metallic Blue, sized to hook

Before I went up to the High Sierra with my entire family, in August of this past year, I tied up a bunch of soft hackle flies using this UV2 Kingfisher Blue Dyed Peacock. It was a fish catching machine in the high elevation lakes then and again above Bishop in early November. This is a little attractor pattern for moving water using the Peacock Herl in the thorax. Try it with a black or Nickel Bead too !!!

Materials UV2 BLACK & BLUE MIDGE…

UV2 BLACK & BLUE MIDGE(s)…# 18’s…

JOLLY KONE in Bridgeport, CA…

Bridgeport, CA in the early Spring…

YELLOWCAKE MIDGE …

HOOK: Firehole Stick 316, #18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Brown – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Dk. Brown – Thorax forward

SHUCK: 3 short strands, Fire Orange, Pearl Midge Flash

ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier thread, Brown

RIB: UTC Wire, Hot Yellow, SM

WINGS: 2 strands Krystal Flash, Hot Yellow

THORAX: Larva Lace Salmo Supreme – Rainbow

GLASS BEAD: Hi Lite Glass, Quicksilver, x-sm

One of the first glass bead Midges I have tied in quite awhile. This one is a flashy little critter for attraction and water that is tinted. I have a bunch of Larva Lace dubbing that needs to be used…

 

Materials YELLOWCAKE MIDGE

YELLOWCAKE MIDGE(s)…#18’s…

Midge water on the East Walker River…

CREAM MERCURY MIDGE – Dorsey Variant…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

TREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Cream

RIB: UTC  Wire, Copper, x-sm

GLASS BEAD: Killer Caddis, Diamond Bead, Midge

It’s been awhile since I have tied any glass bead midges. Pat Dorsey’s Mercury Midge is an excellent pattern for the East Walker River, in the Spring…Right in here:

Michael with yet another Brown caught on a Midge on the EWR…

Materials CREAM MERCURY MIDGE…

CREAM MERCURY MIDGE(s)…#18’s…

O-B SIMPLY GREEN NYMPH …

HOOK: Firehole Stick 419, #18 – #20

THREAD: Nano Silk 12/0, Olive – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Nano Silk 12/0, Olive

RIB: UTC Wire, Hot Yellow, SM

WING: Oral-B Dental Floss – teased out

THORAX: Zelon Dubbing from BRF, Brachycentrus Olive

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Jet Black, sized to hook

Just another simple little Olive Nymph on a wide gape hook. Rumor has it that Oral-B Dental Floss moves exceptionally well underwater… 🙂

Materials O-B SIMPLY GREEN NYMPH…

O-B SIMPLY GREEN NYMPH(s)…#18’s…

HALF PINT MIDGE – Blue Ribbon Flies / Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Black

SHUCK: 6 strands Pearl Midge Flash, cut short

ABDOMEN: Working thread

RIB: UTC Wire, Gold, x-sm

THORAX: BRF Zelon Dubbing, Midge Black

WING(S): 3 strands each side, Pearl Midge Flash

BEAD: Tungsten, Gold, 5/64″

A Blue Ribbon Flies pattern tied here by Alan Freed. I use a lot of BRF patterns because they are simple and work REALLY well. I did this one with a gold bead and gold wire…Copper would also work as an alternative…

Materials HALF PINT MIDGE…

HALF PINT MIDGE(s)…#18’s…

PINKLY – UV2 & BOU MIDGE …

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Underabdomen / Tiemco Charcoal Gray – Thorax forward

OVERABDOMEN: Flashabou Dyed Pearl Pink #6965, 2 strands

RIB: UTC Wire, Red, x-sm – * coat with Hard As Hull

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Hot Pink

BEAD: Tungsten Nickel, sized to hook

I have found that Pink can be a very useful color to use in the Spring up on the East Walker River. This is toned down a bit from another Pink pattern I use up there and a some what midge-like instead of mayfly-like – “PINKY” – I also choose NOT to slather a lot of my small midge patterns with UV Resin which, I believe, is detrimental to the segmentation effect of wire ribbing on fly patterns and extensively overused…

Materials PINKLY – UV2 & BOU MIDGE…

PINKLY – UV2 & BOU MIDGE(s)…#18’s…

TAN VBQ MIDGE LARVA – Frechette/ Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22

THREAD: Veevus 12/0, Tan

RIB: Veevus Body Quill, Black, lightly twisted – * coat with Hard As Hull for durability

This is a Norm Frechette Midge pattern one may visit his vast collection of tie on his Blog, Flytying: New & Old. I like using Midge patterns with dramatic , accentuated ribbing.- particularly when the water is off-color in the Spring…

Materials TAN VBQ MIDGE LARVA…

TAN VBQ MIDGE LARVA…#18’s…

RAMBO NYMPH – Fulling Mill / Variant …

HOOK:  TMC 113BLH #16- #20

THREAD: UTC Light Olive – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Olive – Thorax forward

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Light Speckled

RIB: UTC Wire, Amber, SM

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Olive

BEAD: Plmmeting Tungsten, Metallic Olive, sized to hook

This in a generic, all-purpose Nymph based on a Nymph pattern developed by Fulling Mill in the U.K. Their version listed on their own hook in a size #14…

Materials RAMBO NYMPH…

RAMBO NYMPH(s)…#16’s…

BIG GULP Z-KRYSTAL SERENDIPITY (Brown/Black)… 

HOOK: Firehole Stick 637, #18

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Dk. Brown – Thorax forward… * neither are pictured

RIB: Micro Tubing, Black

WING: Krystal Flash, Medium Brown, 2-3 strands

THORAX: BRF Zelon dubbing, Midge Black

A simple threadbare Midge pattern on a wide gape hook. These kinds of Midge patterns work well on the East Walker River,near Bridgeport, CA…

East Walker River in the Spring…

Materials BIG GULP Z-KRYSTAL SERENDIPITY (Brown/Black)…

BIG GULP Z-KRYSTAL SERENDIPITY(s)… #18’s…

SALSA VERDE MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #4 Pale Yellow – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

RIB: Micro Tubing, Pheasant Tail

WING: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl, 3 strands

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock, Brown

I have become enamored with using micro tubing as a rib material over the past year. Both Michael and I had a lot of success up on the Madison this past Fall using a couple of simple midge patterns that incorporated it. It also worked well for me when I fished the East Walker River in September and I have a feeling that it will work in the next few weeks down below 5 Bridge on the Lower Owens River where it did not burn…

Lower Owens River below 5 Bridges…

Materials SALSA VERDE MIDGE

SALSA VERDE MIDGE(s)…#18’s…

GREEN MACHINE MIDGE – Keefover / Variant…

HOOK:  Firehole Stick 633, #18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Chartreuse – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Olive – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier Chartreuse Thread

RIB: UTC Ultra wire, Black, x-sm

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Lt. Olive

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, 5/64″, Metallic Green

Another pattern from “Colorado Guide Flies”, not to be confused with Vince Wilcox’s “Little Green Machine”. This pattern was designed by John Keefover who guides for Blue Quill Angler in CO. He ties it on a TMC 101 Hook…

Materials GREEN MACHINE MIDGE…

GREEN MACHINE MIDGE(s)…#18’s…

UV2 PURPLE BOU BUG – Parrott / Variant …

HOOK:  TMC 2499SPB-BL, # 18 – or TMC 2488, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Charcoal Grey

ABDOMEN: Flashabou, Purple, 2 strands – Deep Pearl Purple #6966

RIB: Lagartun, Silver, x-fine * coat with Hard As Hull

WING BUD: Razor Foam, Opaque White, 1.0mm

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry, Adams Grey

A variation on a Steve Parrott Midge pattern which can be found  in this book. I use a similar pattern with a yellow foam wing on the East Walker River, in Olive, in the Spring. The foam tied above the thorax area causes the fly to bob and weave in the water column – subsurface…

Materials UV2 PURPLE BOU BUG…

UV2 PURPLE BOU BUG(s)…#18’s…

 

 

PT/TB

 

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Through the years, I and the fly people in my family have used various patches to hold and dry fly patterns that have been used or placed in a handy location for immediate access. Whether one uses a vest, chest pack or sundry other devices to hold equipment for fly fishing, fly patches have been a fly fishing mainstay for a long time…here’s our evolution with some other alternatives tossed in…

DAD FRYING PAN VEST -1-Some younger guy, on the Frying Pan River in CO with no fly patch around 1978…

JMH RF ROAD -1-Jean Marie, above the Roaring Fork River, Aspen, CO – with a vest and (count ’em) two fly patches made from sheep skin – one of the worst patches ever made when attempting to extract an un-de-barbed hook…leave one’s flies in there and watch them rust…

ally-madison_1_-2Ally, on the Madison River, MT with my TEENY VEST ( which I got for tubing) and a sheep skin fly patch..I recall her saying, “I’ll be takin’ that vest !”…

POP OWENS FLY PATCH -1-Me n’ Angelo on the Lower Owens River with one of the first foam patches Simms made for their vests…they didn’t hold up too well and I kept asking the guys at Bob Marriott’s Fly Fishing store to see if they could get a replacement from the company…

POP NF TULE FLY PATCH -1-On the North Fork of the Tule River with an almost destroyed Simms foam patch…

SIMMS FLY PATCHES -1-Simms foam fly patches…OK (above) – Mo’ Betta’ (below)…

MOO FLY PATCH EWR -1-Michael with the current Simms patch on the East Walker River…

FLYTRAPs -1-Waterworks Fly Traps…a little Velcro and it goes here…

DAD MAD FLYTRAP -1-Upper left vest pocket flap on the older Simms Guide model – on the Madison River, MT…

patch_zoomSimms patch box…closed…

simms-patch-fly-box-04Simms patch box…open…

FINSPORT FLY PATCH -1-FINSPORT BUG CAGE…closed…

FINSPORT FLY PATCH OPEN -1-FINSPORT BUG CAGE…open…

DAD TULE FINSPORT -1-FINSPORT BUG CAGE in use…on the North Fork of the Tule River…

IMGP08622__74715.1277351919.1280.1280Hardy Leather Fly Patch…I really like many of the Hardy leather products …unfortunately, this patch has sheep skin inside…

streamworks_chest_fly_holderThese are from STREAMWORKS …plastic with foam or magnetic insert…

11a0291.1_2_3This is the Wychwood Vuefinder Fly Patch…reviewed by Andy Buckley…

t349_ca071ead27fd224e1512d347e9e781cbFrom C&F DESIGNS… magnetic and something to pin on your hat or vest…

s7_320099_999_01A magnetic fly patch from Cabela’s…

I am personally keen on the Finsport Patch…It is enclosed and I don’t find myself losing flies when navigating “wait a minute ” bushes… Michael likes the Simms foam patch and is always asking me to replace fies…

EW MYSTIC -1-Stuff that will grab yer’ flies on the East Walker River…

This is the new Tacky Tube which folds together and is held by magnets so bushes don’t snatch yer’ flies – (July 2015)…

TACKY TUBE

NEXT: That Annelid

PT/TB

Wychwood Vuefinder Fly Patch
Wychwood Vuefinder Fly Patch

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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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PT/TB

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