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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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The first of September marks Michael’s Birthday celebration each year…Ally and I had planned on visiting him and Aimee up in the Bay area for the Holiday weekend…HOWEVER, Aimee came up with this idea of meeting up in Bridgeport because Michael wanted to go FLY FISHING for his birthday present…So, me and the Ally escaped LA at 6:00 AM and headed up the Eastside…

My driver, Ally somewhere North of Mojave…

After the perfunctory stop at Mahogany Smoked Meats in Bishop, CA and two pounds of Jerky…up the grade towards Bridgeport and the old guy behind the wheel…We met Aimee and Michael at the Virginia Creek Settlement and tossed our gear and sleeping bags into a tent cabin while Michael set up his tent in the campground…then (finally) it was time (2PM) to hit this place…

East Walker River in the “Miracle Mile” section…

Michael rigs his rod while sampling the JERKY we got for him…

Old guy lands a dinky Brown on this:

SIMPLY RED # 18…on the right…

This guy has seen a hook before…

Michael works the water with an attractor lead and Midge dropper…the water was warm, with a lot of moss, that made deep nymphing  difficult. It required checking both flies for accumulated crud before each cast…

The Scott A2, 10′, 6wt. with a Tibor Freestone reel…I use this when the flows are high on the East Walker…they were running about 348cfs. on Thursday evening and the fishing was tough..but there’s always COKE !!!

Michael does his thing out in the heavy water as the sun sets on the East Walker…We were quite fortunate that there were very few people on this stretch of the river this particular evening…we had it to ourselves…

“MOO’s BLUE MIDGE” # 18…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12B Scud Hook, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Blue Krystal Flash

TAIL: Pearl Midge Flash

RIB: Wapsi wire, x-sm, silver

THORAX: Purple Iridescent Peacock Herl (Spirit River)

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

I tied a bunch of these up for Michael for his birthday and this trip, in #18-#20..I wonder if they work ???

So…I am standing with Ally at the gauge, having given Michael my rod with the above fly attached as a dropper…we hear this yelling above us and I see Michael being dragged down river from above us…he’s stumbling and banging into the bushes while he tries to maintain his balance…”DAD, he yells, GET your net out!!!”…So I do and LOOK what jumped into it…

Hmmmm…

DOUBLE Hmmmm…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!

Time to return to Brown town…

Time for us to come back tomorrow morning…MOONRISE on the East Walker River…

Michael and PT plan the morning strategy…

The next (bright) morning on the East Walker River…

DAD’s turn to get into a fish…on 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

For some reason, the Browns on the East Walker just love this fly…

Michael works back up through the section he fished the night before…

…and plops his offerings back into the SAME slot…

NO takers…time for the traditional BARKER lunch…

Salami, Swiss Cheese, Coleman’s Mustard and Chileno Peppers…

THE BOMB…

NEXT: Part II…AIMEE and ALLY in BODIE, CA…

PT/TB 

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I came across this pattern a number of years ago, up in Montana, at Tim Tollett’s Frontier Anglers in Dillon…Since then, I have seen it’s appearance on a number of other knowledgeable sites – shops, guides and a few tiers. Here are two versions that I employ for the East Walker River around this time of year. The original pattern is tied with a tungsten bead. I use both tungsten and brass for my ties – it all depends on the depth I wish to fish the fly. The general colors are: black, red, rust, olive and golden. I also tie them in yellow and gray…

OLIVE TAILWATER TINY…

HOOK: TMC 2488, TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, Mustad c49s, #18-#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive or Gordon Griffith 14/0, Olive

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck Fibers

RIB: Wapsi wire, Chartreuse, x-sm

WING LOOP: Olive Krystal Flash…(the original pattern uses just one strand of KF on each side of the thorax) I like the loop

THORAX: Olive/Brown Ice Dub

WING CASE: Scud Back, 1/8″, Black

BEAD: Copper…or your call. 1/16 brass or tungsten

Michael when he was…er, “SMALLER”, Fly Fishing through a section of the East Walker River that hold small May flies aplenty…which is what the Tailwater Tiny imitates…

RUST TAILWATER TINY…

HOOK: TMC 2488, TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, Mustad c49s, #18-#22

THREAD: Lagartun, 74 Denier, Rusty Brown…for Abdomen

THREAD: Tiemco, 16/0 Brown…Thorax forward

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck fibers

RIB: Wapsi wire, Copper, x-sm

WING LOOP: Rusty Brown Krystal Flash

WING CASE: Scud Back, 1/8″, Black

THORAX: Ice DUB, UV Rust

BEAD: Copper, 1/16…Brass or Tungsten

This is a “Killer Pattern” on this tailwater…the yellow one works real fine about 60 miles South of the East Walker, on another Eastern Sierra fishery…

BACK TO CADDIS…


PT/TB

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