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I was checking through my fly boxes and discovered a few patterns that are in very short supply…these were guys that have worked for me in late May and early June up in the central pat of the High Sierras, on the Eastern Slope. Rumor has it that my son may be coming down from San Francisco with Aimee and that all of us, including Ally will be HQing it somewhere near Bridgeport, CA around that time…

Here are a few things that will be absolutely necessary for this excursion ( I will drop in MORE, as they are completed)…


Michael, on the West Walker River…


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 Iridsescent dyed peacock eye, Purple

This is a variation of Craig Matthew’s ” Bloody Midge”, out of his BRF Shop, using a new product for the thorax from Spirit River…

The “GIANT” town of Bridgeport…the red building is Ken’s Sporting Goods which is Fly Fishing oriented and owned by my friend, Jim Reid…


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

BEAD: Silver or Copper, sized to hook, Brass with 4 turns of .010 lead or sub. or Tung

ABDOMEN: Wapsi 70 Denier, Black or Tiemco 16/0 Black ( I love this thread!!!)

RIB: Wapsi, Silver or Copper, xsm

SHUCK: Pearl Midge Flash or, in this case, Cascade Crest, Midge Rainbow Flash

HOT SPOT: Wapsi Ultra Thread 70 Denier, Fl. Red or FL. Orange…coated with Hard as Hull

A variation on the standard Zebra Midge used with great effectiveness on the East Walker River for a very long time…some regulars there refer to the standard pattern as “Little Blackie”…it has taken many good sized Browns and Rainbow in this river…


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

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Black or Brown

ABDOMEN: Wapsi Ultra, 70 Denier, Cream

RIB: Wapsi, Silver, xsm

WING: Hareline Sparkle Organza, Brilliant White

THORAX: Spirit River Iridsescent dyed peacock eye, Brown

BEAD: Wapsi, Killer Caddis, Diamond, 15/0

I updated what was left in one of my Midge boxes with this cream version using Organza for the wing instead of Zelon, the new Spirit River Peacock instead of Tan Ice Dub and a Diamond bead rather than a Glass Mercury bead. The bio-mass of the East Walker includes a huge selection of Midges in various colors…for me, Black, Cream , Red, Olive, Pearl, White and Blue have been most effectiveon occasion, a Midge will be the only pattern the “Big Boys” want…and that, can be a REAL challenge…


HOOK: TMC 2302, 5262, Daiichi 1760, #12-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra, 70 Denier, Black or Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer for smaller sized hooks

ABDOMEN: Light Olive Zelon, 1 strand of Olive Krystal Flash, 1 strand Rusty Brown Krystal Flash – TWISTED – with rubber grip Hackle pliers

WING: White Zelon

I started playing around with this variation of Craig Matthew’s Guide Serendipity a number of years ago using old Mustad 9272 hooks I had laying around from the 70’s…a lot of them snapped in my vice and broke while fishing…when these puppies started nailing Trout for me in most of the Eastern Sierra waters I fish, I switched over to the TMC and Daiichi hooks. I am working on a new variation, in size #16, which will employ Amber Zelon, Pearl and Rusty Brown KF and maybe some double beads on the TMC 2302 hook…I’ll let ‘ya know how it works..( I believe that this pattern is being taken as a Caddis by the Trouties)…


HOOK: TMC 2302, 5262, Daiichi 1760, #12-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra, 70 Denier, Black or Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer for smaller sized hooks

ABDOMEN: Equal strands of Olive and Rusty Brown Zelon, 1 Strand Olive Krystal Flash, 1 strand Rusty Brown or Black Krystal Flash…again TWISTED

WING: White Zelon
Play around with color variations for what might work in different locations. These are easy to tie and they do not disappoint…


HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

BEAD: Green Cyclops or Lucent, 5/64

ABDOMEN: Peacock Micro Tubing over working thread

BACKFLASH: Mirage Opal Tinsel

TAIL: Natural Pheasant Tail Fibers

RIB: Wapsi, Olive, xsm

THORAX: SLF Prism, Brown/Olive

WING CASE/LEGS: 6 strands Black Krystal Flash

Little Brown and Olive Mayflies are prevalent on the East Walker at this time of year. Tailwater Tinys, Dec Hogan’s Military Mayfly and other patterns using the olive/brown theme – ROCK !!!


HOOK: TMC 5262, #14-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Brown

ABDOMEN: Portion of a stand of Amber Zelon (to hook size), 1stand Pearl KF, 1 strand Rusty Brown KF – twisted

WING: White Zelon

Specifically for a small Amber Caddis that appears on the East Walker in late May and early June…This color works on some other rivers I and my guys fish in Montana…

Michael on the East Walker River…I think there might be a bunch of new photos…


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