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So Michael was here over the Holidays, bugging me for more flies to use this year on the rivers he fishes outside of N.Y.C. These will be some fly patterns that BOTH of us can use this coming Spring. Looks like there might be a bunch of water in the Eastern Sierras this year and I would like to try these on the East Walker River and the Owens River as well. There will be eighteen patterns in all, several will be tied in two different sizes, to accommodate our needs…When Michael comes out in the next few weeks (April) he will be taking some of these to tryout on the rivers he fishes in NY, MA, and CT…

HOUSY BLACK STONE

Michael & friend…

MOO HOUSY

…on The  Housatonic River, yesterday (3.13.2016)…

EAST AND WEST BOX

EAST N’ WEST ATTRACTOR BOX…finished…

BROWN EWR

Brownie on the East Walker River…

BLUE R.A.M. CADDIS

BLUE RAM CADDIS – Ross A. Merigold/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 113 BLH, #10-#14

THRAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdomen

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer Silver Metallic Opalescent #8040

ABDOMEN: Super Floss, Blue, Larva Lace…  (They have excellent stuff) – * Coat Abdomen with Hard As Hull

HACKLE: Hen Nec, White

HEAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Red – two coats of Hard As Hull

I started using a R.A.M. Caddis  a very long time ago, in Olive and in Purple. It was designed by the same person who came up with the Serendipity pattern, on the Madison River – Ross A. Merigold. One of the largest Rainbow Trout I have ever caught in a river was on a #14 Purple RAM Caddis, on the East Walker River in 1980. I keep a bunch of them in one of my Caddis boxes…they are that good

Mat RAM CADDIS BLUE

Materials BLUE RAM CADDIS…

RAM CADDIS BLUE GRP

BLUE RAM CADDIS #12 & #14…

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MOO… in attractor mode, at sunset, on the East Walker River…

S CADDIS PUPA Brown

S CADDIS PUPA (Brown)…

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak) C300BL #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer, #6055, Cranberry

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Brown

WINGLETS: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive Brown

THORAX: Hare’s Ear Ice Dub, Brown

HACKLE: Hen Neck Furnace

BEAD: Tungsten, Copper, sized to hook

An attractor Caddis Pupa with a thinner body, in a large size, flash and movement built in…yep

Mat S CADDIS PUPA BROWN

Materials S CADDIS PUPA (Brown)…

S CADDIS PUPA BRN GRP

S CADDIS PUPAe (Brown)…

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A place where BLUE works…The East Walker River…

BLUE HERESY JIG

BLUE HERESY JIG…

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak), C400BL, #12 – #16

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Black Pheasant Tail

ABDOMEN: Sulky Holoshimmer Metallic Royal Blue #8052  – * Coat with Hard As Hull

WINGCASE: 4-5 Strands Holographic Mylar Motion, 1/32″, Black

THORAX: Wapsi Rainbow Sow Scud Dubbing (the real deal)

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten, Silver, sized to hook

A parallel universe Rainbow Warrior with the wing case on top of the hook…which is heretical…

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Yeah…right…

Mat BLUE HERESY NYMPH

Materials BLUE HERESY JIG…

BLUE HERESY NYMPHS

BLUE HERESY JIG(s)…

SPOOKY TOOTH

SPOOKY TOOTH …

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak) C550BL, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

TAIL: Ancient Claret Hackle Fibers (like the name, from the 70’s)

RIB: UTC Wire Hot Yellow

ABDOMEN: Natural Pheasant Tail Fibers

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Dark Brown

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss Fl. Red

BEAD: Tungsten, Copper, sized to hook

Another simple PT attractor with a Hot Spot and tail color that no one but me uses…on a PT nymph…

Mat SPOOKY TOOTH NYMPH

Materials SPOOKY TOOTH…

SPOOKY TOOTH NYMPHS GRP

SPOOKY TOOTH(s)…

LASER WINGED SHIMMER NYMPH

LASER WING SHIMMER NYMPH…

HOOK: TMC 113 BLH, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: UTC Fl. White – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer # 6045, Multi Dark

ABDOMEN: Sulky Holoshimmer #7043 (Rainbow Prism Purple)  – *Coat with Hard As Hull

WING: Sanyo’s Laser Dub White – tie in fibers lengthwise and cut at an angle

THORAX: Hare’s Ice Dub, Black

BEAD: Tungsten, Black, sized to hook

This is the kind of pattern I like to toss into fast water that drops into deep holes along the edges of the East Walker River. It’s the one some of the big guys have never seen before and there are times that it is exactly what they want…

Mat LASER WINGED SHIMMER NYMPH

Materials LASER WING SHIMMER NYMPH…

LASER WINGED SHIMMER NYMPHS GRP

LASER WING SHIMMER NYMPH(s)…

BAT WING NYMPH OLIVE FIRE FLY -1

BAT WING NYMPH- Peterson/Variant – Olive/ Fire Fly…

HOOK: TMC 100SPBL, #12 – #16

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub. – 6-8 wraps at thorax, tied down with thread and Zap-A-Gaped

THREAD: Veevus 8/0, Olive

TAIL: Olive Ozark Turkey Quill Fibers

RIB: #1 – UTC Chartreuse Wire, sm / #2 Sulky Holoshimmer #145, Opal/Pearlescent

ABDOMEN: Olive Ozark Turkey Quill Fibers

WING: Fluffy base Grizzly Hen Neck, tied in convex side up and pulled over thorax

WINGCASE: Pearl Fire Fly, 6-8 strands…UV resin, be careful not to get it in the wing

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Olive

A generic Olive May Fly nymph meant to be bounded along the bottom. If I were going to tie it as an Emerger, I would use a Daiichi 1130 hook, Olive pheasant tail – tail, Olive Biot body and a Diamond bead in front of the Thorax. The wing case would be omitted…

Mat BAT WING NYMPH OLIVE FIRE FLY

Materials  BAT WING NYMPH – Olive/ Fire Fly…

BAT WING NYMPH OLIVE FIRE FLY GRP

BAT WING NYMPH(s) – Olive/ Fire Fly…

RUSTY THE BUG

RUSTY THE BUG …

HOOK: Partridge Czech Nymph Fine Hook, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

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

TAIL: Brown Partridge

RIBBING: #1 – Sulky Holoshimmer, #8014 Red Metallic / #2 Gutxrmann Red #247

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Ice Dubbing, Rusty Orange

WINGCASE: Razor Foam, Opaque Red, 1mm.

LEGS: Brown Partridge

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Rusty Brown

This is one of those patterns that my son Michael will look at and ask me, “What’s that?”…I will tell him to attach it to the end of his 4x tippet and he will proceed to catch the largest Trout of the day…always happens…

Mat THE RUSTY BUG

Materials RUSTY THE BUG…

RUSTY BUGS GRP

RUSTY THE BUG(s)…

UPPER OWENS ALLY

Upper Owens River…2.14.2016…

HOT CREEK CAMPSITE

A cold campsite tonight, on Hot Creek (2.13.16)…

HERO CULVER'S

HERO at Culver’s Sporting Goods, in Bishop, CA this AM ( 2.13.16 ) – picking up some Seaguar 5x and 6X tippet material & some Twist-ons…

ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGER 2

ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGER – Stephenson/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 113 BLH, #16 – #18

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

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

RIB: Black Nylon or Ice Thread

ABDOMEN: 2 strands of Veevus Body Quill, Olive – * Coat with Hard As Hull

WING: Ice Dub, UV Gray – tie in the fibers lengthwise and cut at an angle

BEAD: Tungsten, Copper, one size under

I tie many patterns like this with a white dubbing wing. Other materials I use are Zelon, CDC, Antron, Organza and Fluro Fiber all in the color white, which I believe, is a most excellent trigger on these kinds of flies…

Mat ICE WINGE OLIVE QUILL EMERGER

Materials ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGER…

ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGERS GRP

ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGER(s)…

ATTRACTOR BOX IP

…a little over half-way there…

DNA BUBBLE SHEATH TAN PUPA 1

DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS PUPA (Tan) Hydropsyche…

HOOK:  TMC 226BL, #14 – #16

WEIGHT: 6-8 wraps of .010 Lead at the Thorax. Secure with thread and Zap-A-Gap

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

SHEATH: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Tan

ABDOMEN #1: DNA Holofusion, White – 8strands fiber, 1 strand flash

ABDOMEN #2: Tan Micro Tubing

THORAX: UV2 Peacock Eye, Brown

WINGLETS: Hungarian Partridge, Brown, V-notched

A simple bubble sheath Caddis Pupa for the Hydropsyche hatch tied on the new TMC 226 BL Hook. I like the translucent effect of the micro tubing over the white DNA Holofusion…

MAT DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS TAN

Materials DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS PUPA (Tan)…

DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS PUPA TAN GRP

DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS PUPAE (Tan)…

FARMINGTON RIVER

Hydropsyche water on the Farmington River…

UV2 BIOT BUFFALO JUMP

UV2 BIOT BUFFALO JUMP – PlanetTrout/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 113BLH, #8 – #12

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck fibers

RIB: UTC Wire Copper Brown

ABDOMEN: UV2 Turkey Biot – * Coat thread with Zap-A-Gap before wrapping biot, for durability

THORAX: Orange Ice Dub 50%., Nat. Squirrel Belly 50%

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, Fl. Fire Orange

BEAD: Tungsten, Nickel, sized to hook

In have been using this pattern for about five years. It is particularly effective in the Eastern Sierras in the Spring. The original Buffalo Jump was ties on a TMC 100SPBL hook. This version uses a biot for the body and is tied on the new TMC 113 BLH Hook…

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They might work…Jason Bordash Watercolor…

Mat BIOT BUFFALO JUMP

Materials UV2 BIOT BUFFALO JUMP…

BIOT BUFFALO JUMP GRP

UV2 BIOT BUFFALO JUMP(s)…

WINGED NYMPH Black -1 REVISION

WINGED NYMPH (Black) Vasies/Variant…

HOOK:  Umpqua (Hanak) C400BL, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

TAIL: CDC #.35 Wood Duck, Nature’s Spirit

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Black

RIB: Gutxrmann W251, Copper

WING: Marc Petitjean CDC Cream – 2 tips, opposed

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel, Rusty Brown

BEAD: Faceted Slotted Tungsten Bead, Black, sized hook

Another Lucian Vasies inspired attractor jig. His site has a lot of interesting patterns, information and tying tips…

Mat WINGED NYMPH BLACK

Materials WINGED NYMPH (Black)…

WINGED NYMPH BLACK GRP

WINGED NYMPHs (Black)…

REUNION CADDIS

REUNION CADDIS PUPA (Attractor)…

HOOK:  Umpqua JB01, #10- #14

WEIGHT: >010 Lead or >015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Fl. White – Under Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0 CH Gray, – Thorax forward

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Silver

ABDOMEN: Dyed Pearl Purple Flashabou – * Coat with Dave’s Flexament

OVER ABDOMEN: Swiss Straw, Dun

RIB: Gutxrmann Metallic Effect Thread W331, Black* Coat with Dave’s Flexament for durability

REAR THORAX: Ice Dub UV Lavender

HACKE: Marc Petitjean CDC, White

COLLAR: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Gray

BEAD: Tungsten, Nickel, sized to hook

This attractor is tied on the  Barr’s Pupa Emerger Hook from Umpqua. It is meant to be a heavy anchor fly in a two fly rig…

Mat REUNION CADDIS

Materials REUNION CADDIS PUPA…

REUNION CADDIS GRP

REUNION CADDIS PUPAE (Attractors)…

SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE

SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE – Wilcox/LGM Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 113 BLH #10 – #14

WEIGHT: (Optional) .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

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

TAIL: Pheasant Tail, Olive

ABDOMEN: Veevus Body Quill, Olive

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer, Metallic Lime Green #6032 – * Coat with Hard As Hull

WINGCASE: Krystal Flash, Black, 8-12 strands – * Coat with UV Resin

WINGLETS/GILLS: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, White

THORAX: Ice Dub, Peacock

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Metallic Olive, 1 size under

A variation on Vince Wilcox’s LGM. I have been using a bunch of Vince’s LGM’s, in the Eastern Sierras, for the past ten years. It is just a fish catching machine and I tie them in a bunch of different sizes and colors. The original is HERE

Mat SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE

Materials SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE…

SPARKLE QUILL MACHINES GRP

SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE(s)….

Michael and I might be tossing some of the above in these two places…in the not too distant future…

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East Walker River…

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Willowemoc Creek…

ALLY MORT'S DELI

So Ally says, after I treated her at the Deli, ” We need to go to Jo-ann’s Dad!” …And so, we did…

SULKY METALLIC HOLOSHIMMER 1. 16

SULKY HOLOSHIMMER…

GUTERMANN THREADS

GÜTERMANN DEKOR THREAD…

DMC EM FLOSS PINK-ORANGE

DMC EMBROIDERY FLOSS…

Some materials that will be appearing in the patterns I am now working on…

ALLY'S PEARL YELLOW PERIL SH

ALLY’S PEARL YELLOW PERIL SH…

HOOK:  TMC 113BLH, #10 – #12

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax Forward

TAIL: Woodchuck Fibers

ABDOMEN: Cascade Crest Micro Floss, Yellow

OVER ABDOMEN #1: Dyed Pearl Flashabou #6971, Yellow – * Coat with Dave’s Flexament

OVER ABDOMEN #2: Swiss Straw, Amber

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer Cranberry #6055 – * Coat with Dave’s Flexament a second time

REAR THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel, Rusty Brown or Dark Brown

HACKLE: Hen, Yellow

COLLAR: Ice Dub, Peacock

BEAD: Tungsten, Gold, sized to hook

Another attractor pattern that appears to be a long, involved process…see SWISS N’ FLASH JIG – below…

Mat ALLY'S PEARL YELLOW PERIL

Materials ALLY’S PEARL YELLOW PERIL SH…

ALLY%22S PEARL YELLOW PERIL GRP

ALLY’S PEARL YELLOW PERIL(s) Soft Hackles…

MOTHER'S DAY MUNCH

MOTHER’S DAY MUNCH (Caddis Pupa, Brachycentrus)…

HOOK:  TMC 226 BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Fl. White – Under Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Datum Glo-Brite Floss Fl. Chartreuse

RIB: UTC Wire, Gunmetal Blue, x-sm

WING: Marc Petitjean CDC, #5 White – * Two tips tied in opposed

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Black

This is one of my favorite patterns for the Spring Mother’s Day hatch on the Lower Owens River. The hook is the new, heavier version of the TMC 206BL When using floss, I always tie a base of white three beneath the the material – an old tip from those guys who tie with a ton of it when I got started…

Mat MOTHER'S DAY MUNCH

Materials MOTHER’S DAY MUNCH (Caddis Pupa, Brachycentrus)…

MOTHER'S DAY MUNCH GRP

MOTHER’S DAY MUNCHies…

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Where the Mother’s Day Caddis gets hot and heavy around mid-March, on the Lower Owens River…

SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPAE OLIVE

SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPA (Olive) …

HOOK: Umpqua JB01, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Veevus 8/0, Chartreuse – Under Abdomen / Veevus 16/0, Brown – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Jay Fair Seal Dubbing, Medium Olive – * In a loop, brushed back wit a bore brush and cut with curved scissors

RIBBING:  Veevus Iridescent Thread – Silver  / Sulky Holoshimmer Opalescent 8040

WINGLETS: Sili LegsNymph, Fl. Chartreuse Barred

THORAX: Hare’s Ice Dubbing, Brown

HACKLE: Marc Petitjean CDC, #14 Dirty Yellow

BEAD: Tungsten, Nickel, sized to hook

A fuzzy, hot spotted Caddis Pupa Attractor. Jay Fair Seal Sub. has a lot of other uses than just for Bugger patterns…play with it

MAT SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPA

Materials SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPA…

SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPAE GRP

SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPAE…

SWISS N' FLASH JIG 2

SWISS N’ FLASH JIG, (Olive) …

HOOK: Hanak 403 BLJ, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Danville 6/0 Brown

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck

ABDOMEN: 2 strands Olive Dyed Pearl Flashabou 6969 – * Coat with Dave’s Flexament

OVER ABDOMEN: Thin strip Olive Swiss Straw

RIBBING: 1 strand Sulky Holoshimmer, Black 8051 / UTC Wire Hot Orange, SM – * Coat Abdomen again with Dave’s Flexament

THORAX: Micro Polar Chenille, UV Olive Brown

BEAD: Faceted Slotted Tungsten Bead, sized to hook

Tying this pattern, using two coats of Dave’s Flexament, may seem like a laborious process. Trust me, it pays off when these are plunked in the water. The coatings secure the materials to the hook shank and provide a subtle effect to the material beneath the Swiss Straw. The second coat may also use a thin coat of UV resin.

Mat SWISS N' FLASH JIG OLIVE

Materials SWISS N’ FLASH JIG (Olive)…

SWISS N' FLASH JIGS OLIVE GRP

SWISS N’ FLASH JIG(s) …

QUILLER NYMPH

QUILLER NYMPH – Stephenson/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 113 BLH, #12 – #16

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

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

TAG: UTC Fl. Fire Orange, 70 Denier – * Coat with Hard As Hull

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Veevus Body Quill ( 2 strands) Lt. Olive * Coat with Hard As Hull for durability

REAR THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Hot Orange

FRONT THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Brown

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

This is a variation on a Hans Stephenson Jig pattern using the new TMC 113 BLH Hook. Slender and meant to drop like a rock. I prefer using white thread under the body quill to bring out the true color of the material. I will be using more of this product; coating, in some cases, with UV resin…

 

Mat QUILLER NYMPH

Materials QUILLER NYMPH…

QUILLER NUMPHS GRP

QUILLER NYMPHS, #12 & #16…

 

Next: Some Caddis patterns by Gary La Fontaine that are updated…a bit

 

PT/TB

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Well, it is getting to be about that time…for the annual trek up to the East Side for a week or more with Michael. Michael, however, now makes his home with Aimee on the East Coast…so this year, it’s me and ALLY and HERO who will be traveling up Hwy. 395 ,to work the waters of the East Walker River and some other places that are Ally’s favorites. As usual, I will put up a photo of the pattern, add a photo of the materials used, then… describe the make-up of the pattern along with some relevant information…there are 18 patterns in this post…

Midge patterns are effective ALL year round…

MIDGES MAY 2013 -1-Finished Midge Box – May 2013…

F.Y.I – and WHY there are so many Nymph, Emerger and Cripple patterns found herein –

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.

MADISON 2nd. Vest -2-PT and Ally on the Madison River, MT…one of my favorite photos of Ally taken by Michael…

ANGLER IMAGE BOX -1- The magnetized Fly Box from Angler’s Image…without the completed Midge patterns…good for all kinds of small patterns !!!

owens-a-h-lpc-11Ally and Hero, above Lone Pine Creek, on our arrowhead finding – target shooting – photo taking trek in March of this year…

POP EWR MIDGE _2-PT workin’ the small stuff on the East Walker River…

STUBLE MIDGE TAN -1-SUBTLE MIDGE (Tan)…

RAINBOWEWR511-3-Michael, with one of the East Walker “minnows” that hopped on a Midge pattern….

MAT SUBTLE MIDGE -1-Materials for the SUBTLE MIDGE…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White – Head – Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

RIB: Ice Thread, Brown

ABDOMEN: 5-6 strands of Nymph Shear, Amber

A simple, quick tie for that Cream-ish Tan Midge Larva on the East Walker River… Also, tie this one in Gray with a Black Ice Thread rib and a short Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/White wing for that same water…

QUICKSILVER MIDGE -1-QUICKSILVER MIDGE (Olive) – Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL/SHUCK: Krystal Flash, Olive

RIB: Ultra Wire, Red, X-sm

UNDER ABDOMEN: Working Thread

ABDOMEN: 6 strands, Pale Olive Nymph Shear – Cascade Crest Tools

WING: Single Strand Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/Red – pulled back and slightly upwards from the sides…

THORAX: Dyed Red Peacock Herl – Wapsi * (not pictured)

BEAD: Hi-Lite Glass Bead, Quicksilver – Spirit River or Diamond Bead – Killer Caddis or Silver Tungsten Bead

When using Nymph Shear, the color of the thread beneath the material can influence the final color of the abdomen…play around with various colors of Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Veevus 16/0, Lagartun 74 denier or Tiemco 16/0 to get the color desired, to match the Midges on the water one will be working – and a lot of good practice in the process…


MAT QUICK S MIDGE -1-Materials for QUICKSILVER MIDGE…

SHEAR MIDGE BRN -1-SHEAR MIDGE (Brown) …

MAT SHEAR MIDGE -1-Materials for the SHEAR MIDGE (Brown)…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown – Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

TAIL/SHUCK: Midge Flash, Pearl

RIB: Lagartun x-Fine Wire, Gold

ABDOMEN: 5-6 strands Nymph Shear, Brown – Cascade Crest Tools

WING: White Zelon

THORAX: Iridescent Black Peacock Herl – Spirit River

BEAD: Gold Tungsten or Brass, stuffed with wrapped .010 Lead

SILVER TUNG DEVIL -1-SILVER TUNG DEVIL MIDGE …

MAT SILVER TUNG DEVIL M -1-Materials SILVER TUNG DEVIL MIDGE…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdomen – Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Brown – untwisted – Thorax Forward

TAIL/SHUCK: 6-8 short strands, Amber Darlon

ABDOMEN: 2 strands Gray Ice Thread, 1 strand Black Ice Thread

WING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Gray

THORAX: Nature’s Spirit Fine Natural Dubbing, #.8, Brown/Olive

BEAD: Tungsten Nickel (Silver), sized to hook

Something toned down in Earth accent colors for those times that the Trout are not into a real flashy, Midhe Pupa pattern…

CHOC F F MIDGE -1-CHOCOLATE FLASH FOAM EMERGER MIDGE – Barela/Variant…

MAT CHOC FFE MIDGE -1-Materials CHOCOLATE FLASH FOAM EMERGER MIDGE …

HOOK: TMC 206BL, #18 – #20 or Daiichi 1140, #18 -#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

TAIL/SHUCK: DNA Holo Fusion, Brown – Short Flashy strand (Not pictured)…the stand separates, *that is normal for this material

RIB: Lagartun x-fine Copper Wire – * coat with hard As Hull for durability

WING: 1mm closed cell foam – White

THORAX: Arizona Synthetic Dubbing – Chocolate

This is a variation on Jeremy Barela’s Chocolate Foam Emerger…a standard on the San Juan River…he has some other interesting Midge patterns HERE

MOCHA MIDGE -2-

MOCHA MIDGE…

IMGP0148Michael works a Cream Midge on the East Walker River…

MAT MOCHA MIDGE -1-Materials for MOCHA MIDGE…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

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

TAIL/SHUCK: Krystal Flash, Root Beer, short strand

ABDOMEN: 2 strands White Super Hair, 1 strand Dark Brown Super Hair

WING: 6-8 Strands , White Fluoro Fiber

THORAX: (Over White thread) – UV 2 Fine & Dry, Rust

BEAD: Tungsten Nickel, sized to hook

Another Cream-ish Midge Pupa pattern that emphasizes translucence and segmentation, two important factors ( I believe ) for consistent “finny” attraction to Midge patterns…that’s why I play with materials like Super Hair, Nymph Shear and Ice Thread…

JUJU FLASH MIDGE -1-JUJU FLASH MIDGE – Craven/Variant …

MAT JUJU FLASH MID -1-Materials JUJU FLASH MIDGE…

HOOK:  Gamakatsu C 12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under abdomen -Tiemco16/0, Black – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Two strands Red Super Hair – 1 Strand White Super Hair

WINGS: Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/Red…1 strand tied in at sides and pulled up slightly

THORAX: Black Iridescent Peacock Herl – Spirit River

BEAD: Black Tungsten or Brass stuffed with wraps of .010 lead, sized to hook

Just a variant on Charlie Craven’s great JuJu series tied on a red hook with emphasis on the color red …This color work well on occasion on Eastern Sierra tail waters and there are always some in my box(s)…

WITCH DR MIDGE -1-WITCH DOCTOR MIDGE (Cream) …

* My Panasonic Lumix with the Leica lense went to purple LCD Screen this AM which probably means that the CCD Chip went South…so, the photos are being taken with another camera until the Lumix is repaired or I move to something else in the Panasonic line with a comparable lense…please bear with me…

MAT WITCH DR MIDGE -1-Materials for WITCH DOCTOR MIDGE (Cream)…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BL. #18 or TMC 2488, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Abdomen – Tiemco16/0, Brown – Thorax and Head

RIB: Lagartun x-fine Copper Wire

ABDOMEN: White Tiemco 16/0 tying thread – * Coast with SHAN

WINGS: 3 strands Krystal Flash, UV Gray

THORAX: Fluff from the base of a Grizzly Hen Neck Feather, dub on thread with saliva – NO WAX !!!

A Midge Pupa pattern for the ubiquitous Cream Midge found on the East Walker River and many other moving waters as well…hang this one off a lead dry at least two sizes larger…a Mike Mercer “Missing Link” Caddis would be a good one for that river…

HALF MIDGE BOX -1-Gettin’ there…and always one guy out of place…recipes on these starting 4.27…DONE !!!

NOTE MIDGE -1-N.O.T.E.  MIDGE…

MAT NOTE MIDGE -1-Materials N.O.T.E. MIDGE…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD:  Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL/SHUCK: Short strand, Mirage Accent Opal

RIB: 1 strand Midge Rainbow Flash – Cascade Crest or Midge Flash, Pearl

OVER ABDOMEN: 1/8″ Clear Stretch Flex – tip cut to a point before tying in

WING: CDC White

THORAX: Midge Ice Braid, purple  – #18, 3 turns or wraps – #20, two turns or wraps

Something else in Black that could also be done with Cream, Gray, Tan, Blue, Olive , Red or Purple thread…one may take their pick from Veevus, Tiemco, Lagartun 74 Denier or Gordon Griffith Sheer 14/0. Those are some of the colors and thread I use for Midges… and there are a lot of different bead colors to choose from…

MIDGES POP EW -1-The “old guy” has something on…on the East Walker River…

VOODO MIDGE OLIVE V -1-VOODOO MIDGE (Olive) – Smethurst/Variant …

MAT VOODOO QUILL MIDGE -1-Materials VOODOO MIDGE (Olive) – Smethurst/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1150, #18 or Daiichi 1140, #18-#22

THREAD: Gordon Griffith Sheer 14/0, Red

ABDOMEN: Stripped Peacock Quill dyed Olive..soak in water before use …allow portions of the thread beneath to be visible – * coat with Hard As Hull for durability

WINGS: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

THORAX: Fluff from the base of a Brahma Soft Hackle Feather, Mottled Gray – Whiting

A bit more like the original Smethurst pattern…HERE are some oth Peacock Quills from Poland, that might strike one’s fancy for use in this pattern, since Spirit River no longer offers the dyed versions…

DB ZEEB SH -1-DIAMOND BEAD “ZEEB” SH MIDGE – (PT & GROUSE)…

MAT DB ZEEB -1-Materials for DIAMOND BEAD “ZEEB” SH MIDGE – (PT & GROUSE)…

HOOK:  TMC 101, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL/SHUCK: Krystal Flash, Hot Orange

ABDOMEN: Ringneck Pheasant Tail, Black

RIB: Ultra Wire, Silver, x-sm

THORAX: Killer Caddis Diamond Bead, sized to hook

HACKLE: English Grouse – I V notch the feather, two soft loops of thread and spin it around the hook shank – use finger nails to spread evenly

Yes, a soft hackle Zeb(ra) Midge pattern that imitates an emerging adult and probably some other smallish creatures that inhabit a Western river biomass…

9-ewr-sized-bt-blog-7The “OLD GUY’s” favorite Midging set up – for rivers, when the flows ain’t blowin’..T & T Pardigm, 9′, 5wt., Tibor Spring Creek CL…

SB MIDGE -1-SAGEBRUSH MIDGE …

ew-30-mike-brown-2-Michael, with a typical Brown from the East Walker River, that was feeding on Midge larva and pupa…

MAT SAGE B MIDGE -1-Materials for SAGEBRUSH MIDGE…

HOOK: Alec Jackson Chironomid Hook – #17

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White – Tiemco 16/0, Black , thorax forward

TAIL/SHUCK: Krystal Flash, Hot Orange

ABDOMEN: Micro Olive Floss – Cascade Crest

RIB: Lagartun X-fine copper wire

WINGS: DNA Holo Fusion, Sage – use one strand, loop , tie  on sides and angle upwards…use a flashy strand

THORAX: Ice Dub UV Light Olive

Always use white thread under floss. It adds to the translucency of the floss and make a pattern using this material more effective. Micro Floss comes in a variety of colors

P GF MIDGE -1-P GF MIDGE – Duran/Variant …

MAT P GF MIDGE -1-Materials for P GF MIDGE…

HOOK: TMC 101. #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Purple Glimmer Thread – Cascade Crest

TRIGGER SPOT: 1 Short strand Micro Pearl Flashabou (over Black Thread)…coat with SHAN for durability

Jude Duran’s Midge patterns are mostly very simple ties that put emphasis on segmentation. He was among the first to add flash for trigger spots. I use a lot of them… and purple is a color that works when other folks haven’t arrived (they are still sleeping) or are just planning to depart (they are hungry for dinner) – in places like this:

MOO SS $3.00 BRIDGE -1-Above THAT Bridge on a river in Montana…

JD THREAD MIDGES -1-Some other Jude Duran Flash Thread Midges tied in different colors using Gudebrod rod wrapping thread…and they really work !

CCD MIDGE -1-CCD MIDGE …

MAT CCD MIDGE -1-Materials for CCD MIDGE…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BL, #16 – #18

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

RIB: Lagartun x-fine copper wire

ABDOMEN: A few strands of DNA Holo Fusion, Chartreuse – coat the finished abdomen with SHAN for durability

WING: CDC White

THORAX: STS Trilobal Dubbing, Black = clipped short

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

These little Midge Pupa emerger types work wonders on the East Walker River. I tie a lot of them using Krystal Flash Abdomens…I thought I might give some DNA products a workout…

PnP MIDGE -1-P ‘n P MIDGE …

MAT P n P MIdge -1-Materials for P ‘n P Midge…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #16 – #20

THREAD: Under Abdomen _ Ultra 70 denier, Fl. Shell Pink – Tiemco 16/0, DK. Brown Thorax forward

TAIL/SHUCK: Midge Raibow Flash – Cascade Crest – or Midge Flash, Pearl

OVER ABDOMEN: 1/8″ Clear, Stretch Flex – cut to a point to tie in to reduce bulk…this product does not degrade as quickly as Scud Back

RIB: Ultra Wire, Red, x-sm

THORAX: Ice Dub Peacock

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

…and yes, I have found pink to be an excellent color for Midges, small may Fly patterns, dries, Scuds etc…just remember, when using a latex type body covering, the material will start aging with exposure to sunlight. Don’t expect these kind of patterns to be in good shape, after a couple of seasons of languishing in ‘yer fly box…

ICE MIDGE VAR -1-ICE VOODOO MIDGE – Smethurst/Variant …

Mat ICE VD MIDGE -1-

Materials for ICE VOODOO MIDGE…

HOOK: Daiichi 1140, #18 -#22, Daiichi 1250, #18

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

ABDOMEN: 1 strand Black Ice Thread, 2 strands Rusty Brown Ice Thread..no Ice Thread ? – Use Super Hair

THORAX: Fluff from the base of a furnace hen neck feather – use saliva to dub on thread – NO WAX !!!

WINGS: 2 short lengths of Medium Brown Krystal Flash (1 strand looped at sides and pulled slightly upward)

This is a variation on Frank Smethurst’s pattern. I have also seen this pattern tied on small, down eye, straight hooks. Smethurst and Tracy Petersen are two of the few tiers who I have come across that have found an excellent use for that fluffy stuff at the base of a hen neck feather, which usually gets tossed out with the trash …video HERE.

ewr-sized-bt-moo-blog-51Another EWR Brown that Michael took on a Midge pattern…

SHADOWS GRIZ MIDGE -1-SHADOWS GRIZ MIDGE …

MAT SHAD GRIZ -1-Materials SHADOW GRIZ MIDGE…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20,,,TMC 2488, #16 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White

TAIL/SHUCK: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

ABDOMEN: A sparse group of strands, DNA Holo Fusion, Purple

RIB: Ultra Wire, Silver, x-small

THORAX: AZ Diamond Hair, Rainbow, #.22

WING: 2 Short Strands, Grizzly Flash, Black/White

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

BEAD: Silver Brass stuffed with .010 lead or Silver tungsten, sized to hook

Michael and I have had a lot of success with these oddball types of Midge patterns…this is something in purple, to use when shadows are on the water in the early AM or late PM…it just kinda’ migrated out of my thinking after tremendous success with this pattern

mike-ewr-3Approaching SHADOW time on the East Walker River….

UV2 BIOT MIDGE RH -1UV2 BIOT RH MIDGE …

MAT UV2 BIOT RH MID -1-Materials UV2 BIOT RH MIDGE…

HOOK: Gamakatsu  C12-B, #18 -#20

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

WEIGHT: .010 lead wraps, jammed into bead

ABDOMEN: UV 2 Turkey Biot, White

RIB: Holographic Mylar Motion, Red, 1/64″

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Eye, Black

BEAD: Black brass or tungsten, sized to hook

Segmentation, segmentation and segmentation…properties that have work well on Midge imitations…turkey biots come in a wide range of colors for small imitations...I will repeat this: Use white thread or pearl or silver mylar under UV 2 products to bring out the best in their reflective qualities…

390744_596181663734776_541273952_nMy Grandson Miles, preparing to do some pattern research…

NEXT: Me and Ally (and HERO) to San Francisco to watch Michael get his diploma…and then, for FRANKENFLY, an SBS on the most successful crippled Caddis pattern I have ever used…

OPOP N' HERO -1-The adventure never ends…

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Time to put some materials on all these TMC Competition Jig Hooks I have accumulated in the past several months…I will also be using TMC 100SPBL, TMC 2499 SP BLB and some TMC 103BL hooks for the majority of the ties. Some of these will be sent to Michael for a trip he is planning with Aimee up to Roscoe, NY and the waters in that area…as usual, I will put the patterns up, shoot the materials then include the recipes and whatever else slips into my mind…

EURO NYMPHS 2013 -1-COMPLETED EURO NYMPH BOX…

RAINBOW 3.8 -1-What I get to see… while tying flies…

PURPLE PEARL PT -1-PURPLE PEARL PT  NYMPH …

MAT PURPLE PEARL PT -1-Materials for PURPLE PEARL PT  NYMPH…

HOOK: TMC 100SP BL, #12 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium, Speckled

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Purple

RIB: Lagartun Silver Wire, SM or Fine

THORAX: Arizona Simi Seal,  #.14, Purple

PEARL HOT SPOT: Pearl Glimmer Thread

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, sized to hook

It’s Spring, it’s the East Walker River..What?…I wasn’t going to do something in PURPLE ?

EWR MOO 12 -2-Michael, playing out a drift on the East Walker River…

ELECTRIC BROWN-OLIVE -1-ELECTRIC BROWN/OLIVE  NYMPH …

MAT BROWN - OLIVE  E NYMPH -1-Materials for ELECTRIC BROWN/OLIVE  NYMPH …

HOOK:  TMC 103SP BL, #17 – #21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium, Speckled

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Olive

RIB: Ultra Wire, Metallic Green

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Brown

BEAD: Black Tungsten, Sized to hook

Just a little olive nymph for Olives and Baetis…

PINK TAG UV 2 PEA JIG -3-

PINK TAG UV 2 PALMERED PEACOCK JIG NYMPH …

MAT UV2 PEA JIG -1-Materials for PINK TAG UV 2 PALMERED PEACOCK JIG NYMPH …

HOOK:  TMC C400BL, #14 – #16

WEIGHT: 0.10 Lead or Lead Sub.

THREAD: Danville 6/0, White

TAG: Electric Shrimp Angel Hair

ABDOMEN: UV 2 Peacock Eye, Natural

RIB: Ultra Wire, Fl. Chartreuse, SM

HACKLE: Palmered – #.2, Hen Neck, Dun

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

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, Sized to hook

A general Caddis Attractor which may be fished dead drift or swung in the current (like up against the bank, down there)…

EWR ROCK IN AFTERNOON -1-Good bank water to drop that Caddis imitation (above) and let it swing in the current below…the East Walker River…

EWR MOO SEPT -1-The kind of water we like for heavy, tungsten bead and wire wrap nymphs…the East Walker River…

BANK EWR  HIDEOUT -1-…and pay close attention to the edges. I saw three, over 20″ Browns, laying under this grass carpet in the East Walker, while Michael was casting in the above photo…

RED AND BROWN TRIG NYMPH -1-RED QUILL TRIGGER NYMPH …

MAT RED QUILL TRIG NYMPH -1-Materials RED QUILL TRIGGER NYMPH…

HOOK:  TMC 103 BL, #13 – #15

WEIGHT: 0.10 Lead or Lead Sub. wire

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark, Speckled

ABDOMEN: Premo Goose Biots, Red Quill – this was a Shane Stalcup product, distributed by Hareline – just find the longest biots possible – tie in notch down

TRIGGER SPOT: Orange Flashabou, Marabou Motion

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Brown/Olive

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten, Metallic Brown – undersized to hook

* Coat with UV resin of choice prior to wrapping thorax

Yes, there are RED QUILL May Flies in the Sierras…this is for that bug –  (Timpanoga hecuba hecuba -East Slope…hecuba pacifica – West Slope)

PINK SPOT NYMPH -1-PINK SPOT NYMPH …

MAT PINK NYMPH -2-

Materials for the PINK SPOT NYMPH…(missing) Pink Holographic Flashabou…I will fix that… …FIXED !!!

DRYING UV KNOT S -1-Any ties that I do using UV Knot Sense, Clear Goo or ANY other UV resin, after a torch on the vise…gets it’s time on the block, in the SUN…

HOOK:  TMC 103 BL, #17 – #21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

TAIL: Coq De Leon:, Medium, Speckled

ABDOMEN: Stripped Peacock Eye, Natural – Spirit River –  *they no longer offer this product, so it’s make your own…or order from (my friend Marc Fauvet loves these) HERE –

PINK SPOT: Pink Holographic Flashabou

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, undersized to hook

* Coat with UV resin – your call

A style of nymph that has become popular in France, Spain and Germany in the last several years. I wanted to try some out on Eastern Sierra Trout to check out their interest…

MON NYMPH -1-MON NYMPH …

MAT MON NYMPHMaterials for the MON NYMPH…

HOOK:  TMC 2499 SP-BLB, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium, Speckled

ABDOMEN: Mottled Olive Nymph Rib – from Tiewell –  *coat with SHAN, for durability

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Black

BEAD: Black Tungsten

Something small with a hint of flash for dark days on the east Walker River…Tiewell has some other interesting color combinations for small patterns…check the link above…

UV 2 HW FRENCHIE -1-UV 2 HW FRENCHIE – Egan/Variant…TMC 100SP BL, #14 – #20…or TMC 403 BLJ  #12 – #16…

MAT FRENCHIE VAR UV2 -1-Materials for UV 2 HW FRENCHIE…

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL, #14 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Brown or Ultra 70 Denier, Brown on larger size hooks

WEIGHT: 0.10 or 0.15 Lead or Lead Sub. wire

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Light, Speckled

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Natural – or your call

RIB: Ultra Wire, Hot Orange, SM

THORAX: UV 2 Scud Shrimp Pink Dubbing

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # .5 , Fl. Orange

A Lance Egan pattern the has been around for awile, jazzed up with some hot wire and UV 2 dubbing…try these on Daiichi 1120 or TMC 2457 hooks too. I see that ORVIS finally got the word on this pattern …last month

GGC PAR -2-EURO JIG NYMPH (GGC) Parrott/Variant …

MAT CCG NYMPH -1-jpgMaterials for EURO JIG NYMPH (GGC)…

HOOK:  TMC 403 BLJ, #12 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Black

WEIGHT: 0.10 Lead or Lead Sub’ wire

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark, Speckled

ABDOMEN: Black Glitter Thread – Cascade Crest

TRIGGER SPOT: DNA Holo Chromosome – Short strand – * Coat with SHAN for durability

THORAX: Arizona Synthetic Peacock, Dark Hares Ear

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Metallic Green, Sized to hook

A take-off of a Steve Parrott design, from Blue Quill Angler. He is among the first I have seen to use a “trigger spot” – first on Midges and now on nymphs...  from experience, the trigger spot works…

RED RAINBOW PT -2-RED RAINBOW PT …

MAT RED RAINBOW -1-Materials RED RAINBOW PT…

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Red

RIB: Ultra Wire, X-sm, Gunmetal Blue

THORAX: Arizona Diamond hair, #.23, Rainbow

HOT SPOT: Ultra 70 Denier, Fl. Pink

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Red, sized to hook

A small, searching pattern, when ‘Bows or browns are keying on RED...

 

SPECKLED CANARY -1-SPECKLED CANARY NYMPH …

STILLWATER YELLOW HUMP -1-That little yellow guy works here, in August, when I have come across a blizzard hatch of Sulpher-like Mayflies which I actually think is this –Drunella spinifera – at 6AM…The Stillwater River, MT…there are some other places, in the Sierras, where this pattern would be effective…

MAT SPECKLED CANARY -1-Materials for SPECKLED CANARY NYMPH…

HOOK: TMC 103 BL, #17 – #21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/o, Cahill

Tail: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

ABDOMEN: Lady Amherst Tail Fibers, Yellow/Black

RIB: Lagartun Copper Wire, Fine or X-Fine

THORAX: Arizona Synthetic Dubbing, Burnt Orange

BEAD: Plummeting Tungstn Bead, Metallic Brown, sized to hook

A little yellow nymph for a May Fly I see from time to time…

CBC PT JIG -1-CBC PT JIG NYMPH …

MAT CBC JIG -1-Materials CBC PT JIG NYMPH…

HOOK:  TMC C400 BL, #12 – #16

THREAD: Ultra 78 denier, Black – Under Abdomen,,, Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

WEIGHT: 0.10 Lead or Lead Sub. Wire

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

OVER ABDOMEN: Pheasant tail Fibers, Brown

RIB: Ultra Wire, Copper/Brown, SM or BR

THORAX: Arizona Simi=Seal,  # .18, Canadian Brown

BEAD: Copper Tungsten Sized to Hook

Yhis is a generic Brown May Fly imitation to mimic many of the bugs present in the biomass of East Slope of the Sierra waters…meant to be fished deep with just a hint of flash in the thorax. Simi-Seal comes in a wide range of colors and I use a lot of it on my May Fly patterns…

E. delantala -1-E. delantala ( Attenela delantala )…MONO BUG …

CA MAYFLIES -1-Yeah easy

monobasicMono County, California…

MONO COUNTY MF -1-…other MONO BUGS of interest…

MIKE HOT CREEK-1-MOO…tossing BUGS in Mono County…

MAT MONO BUG -1-Materials for the MONO BUG…

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL, #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Light Cahill – Thorax forward

TAIL: Bronze Mallard Fibers

ABDOMEN: 70 Denier Ultra, Yellow

RIB: Flashabou, Holographic Brown

OVER RIB: Lagartun Wire, Fine, Gold – * Coat abdomen with SHAN

WING CASE: Strands of DNA Holo Fusion, Black

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Yellow

BEAD: Gold Tungsten, 3/32″

A pattern for a May Fly only seen in some areas of the Western US…Mono County and certain of it’s waters – has them and this is the nymph…

OLIVE FLAS EURO JIG Var -1-OLIVE FLASH EURO JIG NYMPH – Parrott/Variant …

MAT OLIVE FLASH JIG SP -1-Materials for the OLIVE FLASH EURO JIG NYMPH…

HOOK: TMC C400BL, #12 -#16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium, Speckled

ABDOMEN: 70 denier, Ultra, Olive Green

RIB: Ultra wire, Black, x-sm

BETWEEN RIB: 1 Strand, Dark Olive DNA Holo Fusion – * Coat with SHAN

THORAX: Arizona Synthetic Peacock, Light

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

A Steve Parrott design from Umpqua and Blue Quill Angler’s in Colorado…his stuff works !

MOO EURO EWR -1-MOO with a Brown that took one of Pop’s Flashy Nymphs, on the East Walker River…

HOT CHOC RUST -1-HOT CHOCOLATE RUST…

MAT RUSTY CHOC -1-Materials for HOT CHOCOLATE RUST…

HOOK: TMC C400 BL, #14 -#16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

TAG: 1 Strand, DNA Holo Fusion, Brown

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck Fibers

ABDOMEN: Lagartun, 74 Denier Thread, Rusty Brown

RIB: Ultra Wire, SM, Hot Orange – *Coat with SHAN

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Brown

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

Anywhere the bottom of the stream bed is a rusty brown color, I toss rusty brown nymphs – it seems to work out well…

STILLWATER UP BUFFALO JUMP -1-One of the places I would use that HOT CHOCOLATE RUST…Above Buffalo Jump on the Stillwater River, MT…

LOB EURO -1-LOB … (Little Olive BUG) Nymph …

MAT LOB NYMPH -1- 

Materials for LOB … (Little Olive BUG) Nymph…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BLB, #16 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco16/0, Black

WEIGHT: 0.10 Lead or Lead Sub. wire – keep it in the thorax area

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark, Speckled

ABDOMEN: Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun Thread

RIB: Ultra Wire, x-sm, Black – * Coat with SHAN

THORAX: Arizona Pheasant Tail Dubbing

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

Just a generic little Olive Nymph, with lots of weight, to bounce on the bottom with a Cream or Olive Miracle Midge to be used as a trailer, that will slide in the water column, a bit higher…

G VIOLET DUSKER -1-G. VIOLET DUSKER NYMPH – TMC 103BL, #15 – #19…

MAT G VIOLET D -1-Materials for G. VIOLET DUSKER NYMPH…

HOOK: TMC 103 BL. #15 – #17

WEIGHT: 0.10 Lead or Lead SUB. – keep in the thorax area

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark, Speckled

ABDOMEN: Purple Glitter Thread – Cascade Crest

WING CASE: DNA Holographic Chromosome Flash

THORAX: Wapsi Rainbow Sow Scud Dubbing – the Gray, not the Tan

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Purple, sized to hook

Purple is the color in the spectrum that is the last to disappear in deep water. I tie them, as nymphs for use in high, low light and off-color water conditions…Michael just slams the residents on the East Walker River with patterns I tie in this color when the flows are in the 350cfs. – 450cfs, range…he will get out in the current and wade in places that I might have gone into – years ago...

DUSKER MOO EWR -2-MOO go “BOOM”, with violet (purple), at dusk, on the East Walker River…

SLIMBOU OLIVE -1-SLIMBOU OLIVE TUNG NYMPH …

I have been asked a couple of times how the Marabou is used for an abdomen…so here goes…

TWISTING MARABOU -1-For the hook being used, clip the proper ( your call) number of fibers, at the base , off a Marabou stem. I use select Marabou from Wapsi…here, I am using 4 fibers

TWISTING MARABOU -2-Tie in the fibers at the rear of the shank by the TIPS, wrap the thread (Tiemco 16/0, Olive) forward, locking in the tips then back to the tie in point…

TWISTING MARABOU -3-Twist the marabou fibers clock-wise around the thread THEN, advance the rope forward to the thorax area…

TWISTING MARABOU -4-Tie off the Marabou rope and clip the excess… I add a half hitch here…

TWISTING MARABOU -5-Rib the Marabou abdomen – because it is fragile, with material(s) of choice… I am using x-sm Copper wire with 1 strand of Rusty Brown Krystal Flash wrapped – clock wise around the wire for this pattern…and NO, the tail won’t look like that when I am finished…

MAT for SLIMBOU -1-

Materials for SLIMBOU OLIVE TUNG NYMPH…

HOOK: TMC 103BL, #17 – #21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck Fibers

WEIGHT: 0.10 Lead or Lead Sub. wire

ABDOMEN: Select Marabou Plume Fibers, Light olive – Wapsi

RIB: X-sm Copper wire wrapped with Rusty Brown Krystal Flash

WING CASE: DNA Holo Fusion Fibers, Black

THORAX: SLF Squirrel Spikey Dubbing,Brown/Olive

BEAD: Copper Tungsten sized to hook

A Baetis-y nymph with a darkened wing case getting ready to migrate to the surface and hatch…one could add a strip of black Thin Skin , Scud Back or Black Krystal Flash along the top of the abdomen but, in keeping with the intent of Euro Style patterns, it is kept simpler…This will be plunked in the Lower Owens River around the last week in March…

GT DNA JIG -1-GREEN TAG DNA JIG …

MAT DNA JIG -1-Materials for GREEN TAG DNA JIG …

HOOK: TMC 403BLJ, #14 – #16

WEIGHT: 0.10 Lead or Lead Sub. wire

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAG: 1/2 Strand Green Zelon

ABDOMEN: Strands of DNA Holo Fusion, Black

RIB: Chartreuse Ulra Wire, sm (#14) or x-sm (#16)

THORAX: UV 2 Scud Dubbing, Fl. Orange

HACKLE: CDC , Brown #.23 –  Nature’s Spirit

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

Something Caddis-y for the Lower Owens River and later, the East Walker River…meant to be fished deep in the water column then swung like a rising Caddis Pupa…the Green tag imitates the egg sac on a diving Brachycentrus Caddis….the front colors of Orange and Brown have risen some very large Trout for me on the Lower Owens using an Black wired abdomen…

NEXT: A mix of patterns and some flies for a newbie on FFA

 

PT/TB

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Another little tidbit I use on the East Walker River around this time of year. The pattern was designed by Larry Kingrey, who guides out of Royal Gorge Anglers in Canon City, CO. I was first given this pattern by my friend, Jim Reid, who owns Ken’s Sporting Goods in Bridgeport, CA. I started using this little guy back in ’06…I caught some very nice Rainbows on this fly…I have taken the liberty  of adding my favorite black wing case and legs for emerging BWO/Baetis…I have built this fly this way because many of the “big guys” on the EW have been looking at the standard version for quite awhile…

SILVER STREAK VARIANT…

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiiachi 1130, Mustad c49S, TMC 2488, #16-#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray

TAIL: Dun Hen Neck Fibers

RIB: Lagartun Blue Wire, Fine

ABDOMEN: Silver Holographic Tinsel, 2 strands

THORAX: Ice Dub, Silver Holographic

WING CASE/LEGS: Midge Flash, Black ( the standard pattern uses the abdomen material for the wing case and notched, dun hen neck for legs)

This – and the next pattern I will put up are killers on the East Walker…

PT/TB 

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Along with October Caddis, it is approaching that time of year when Baetis/BWO’s become the dominant (Mayfly) species that begin to hatch in early Fall. They decline in activity as temperatures fall dramatically and then, magically reappear on warmer, overcast days during the Winter. Spring brings them back in force… On the Owens River, I have walked a mile or two (upstream and down) and found Baetis/BWO’s which are a different size and color coming off the water. I carry MANY variations. I have posted a number of these patterns including these, which are some of my favorite Baetis patterns:

mike-owens-fallMichael, working up a run, Owens River, Fall…осень

OWENS EMERGER

The Owens Emerger is a good surface film pattern used as a trailer or with a small BB size tuft of yarn 6 inches above the fly. I use Enrico Puglisi “ Powerfull” tippet material for fishing dries and film emergers.

I have recently been using Stroft GTM which my son Michael brought home from a trip to Paris, with excellent results. For fishing deep, my flurocarbon is always Seaguar.

Hook: Diiachi 1130, TMC 2487, # 16-#18 (20-24 in Fall)

Thread: Gordon Griffiths grey or olive
Tail/shuck: olive brown ice dub
Abdomen: Stalcup’s BWO goose biot/(Tan and light Gray in Fall)
Rib: Largutan fine gold wire
Thorax: Arizona Peacock hares ear
Wing: White sparkle emerger yarn

I also find this pattern , fished deep and all the way through the water column to the surface film – to be very usefull:

KRYSTAL EMERGER / BWO

 

This fly is a killer pattern in sizes # 18 & # 20 on the Wild Trout section of the Owens River near Bishop, CA – especially in the early spring.

Thread: Gordon Griffiths brown or olive
Hook: Diiachi 1560 or TMC 3761 # 16-20 (22-24 in Fall)
Tail: Olive Zelon straight or kinky
Abdomen: Stalcup’s BWO goose biot (Tan and light Gray in Fall)
Rib: Largutan fine gold wire
Thorax: Olive ostrich herl
Wingcase/legs: Black crystal flash

I fish this pattern deep with twist–ons or higher in the water column with appropriate weight. It may also be fished just under the surface film as a trailer/dropper.

FALL BAETIS


THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Brown, Black or Tan

HOOK: TMC 2488H or 2488 #16-24

SHUCK: Brown Mayfly Zelon

RIB: Wapsi XSM gold wire

ABDOMEN: Stalcup’s PREMO goose biot, tan (not fringed!)

WINGPAD: 6 strands, pearl FIREFLY

THORAX: Arizona Peacock, Pheasant Tail

I got this idea from Craig Matthew’s Micro Madison Baetis. Again, a little tweak of the pattern for Fall Baetis hatches on Eastern Sierra waters. This one has generated some nice fish for Michael and myself in late October, when the frost stays a little longer on the ground here:
The Owens River in Fall…

CC’S JU JU BAETIS: ( 2 VIEWS )

HOOK: TMC 2488, # 18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
TAIL: Pheasant tail Fibers
UNDERABDOMEN: Uni 8/0 white thread
ABDOMEN: Superhair, 1 Black, 2 Clear Strands
WINGCASE: Pearl Flasabou ( or, Black KF)
GILLS: White Flurofiber, Antron, Zelon ( small amount)

SWISS STRAW BAETIS / BWO

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, olive

HOOK: TMC 2488, # 18-24

SHUCK: Light olive Zelon

ABDOMEN: Stalcup’s goose biot, BWO (fringed or not)

WINGCASE: Olive Raffia (swiss straw)

THORAX: Stalcup’s BWO dubbing

UNDER WINGCASE: Green Krystal Flash

LEGS: Olive Zelon, crinkled, half strand

This pattern was designed by a young student at Montana State University in Bozeman. It appeared in one of the premier FF Mags. in 2004. IT KILLS!!! He is going to be an accomplished pattern designer…

BIOT BACK MAY:

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, # 16-18 or TMC 3761 #16-20
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Olive
TAIL: Olive Pheasant Tail Fibers
ABDOMEN: Wapsi UTC 70 DK. Olive/ Tan for Fall
RIB: Chart. Wapsi wire XSM/ Copper Brown for Fall- SM
WINGPAD: Dk. Brown or Black Goose Biot
THORAX: Olive Brown Ice Dub or SLF Prism, Olive Brown
BEAD: Copper Metal or Tung

I developed this fly for the East Walker River as an alternative to the “Tailwater Tiny”.I also tie this in brown too. It works REAL good…

BATWING BAETIS

Batwing Baetis

Hook: TMC 2487, Diiachi 1130 ,16-20

Thread: Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Brown

Tail: Dun hen neck 4-6 fibers

Abdomen: BWO Goose Biot, Tan works well too.

Thorax: Medium Brown Beaver Dub

Bead: x-sm glass, gun metal for 18 & 20

Wing: Fluffy, soft barbs at the base of Dun Hen Neck feather ( tied over thorax & bead convex side up -then tied down behind the eye of the hook).

This pattern appeared in Flyfishing and Flytying Journal about three years ago. It reminds me of the “Wonder Baetis” developed on the Bighorn. I have used this pattern in # 18 & 20 on the lower Owens in the spring. It is a fish catching machine below Five Bridges. This pattern may be modified to match many Mayfly hatches and it is huge success in Ozark tailwaters.

BH BAETIS:

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
TAIL: Pheasant Tail Fibers
UNDERABDOMEN: White uni 8/0
ABDOMEN: Superhair, 1 Clear, 1 Black
WING: Clipped Partridge, Natural
BEAD: Glass Gunmetal

Variation on Charlie Craven’s pattern. I use this as a trailer behind a Snowshoe Baetis in the Spring and Fall, Both flies take fish…

 

More Baetis patterns may be found here:


BAETIS


I will be adding additional BWO/ Batetis patterns in a week or so, thanks Ally

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Where Ally gets her “good Looks”… it is in the DNA…

 

GRANDMA

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Maybe her MOTHER too….

…and remember what Gary LaFontaine asked in his new book ” La Fontaine’s Legacy – Pg. 18: “Did you ever see a BWO spinner fall?” And, the answer is? …RIGHT HERE: WESTFLY


PT/TB :rain:

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