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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)…

ew-42-mike-bend

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…

riffle-ewr-sim-1

East Walker River…

moo-7-5-15-will-2

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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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…

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…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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Yup……these are some patterns I will be putting in the East Walker River box for May 2014…some things I have wanted to tie up for awhile. If one has never been to Bridgeport, CA, where the East Walker River is located, I would not plan on rushing up there this Spring/Summer/Fall, unless the intention is to fish the reservoir or higher elevation lakes. We are in the third year of a drought which has seen very little snowpack in the Sierras…Bridgeport Reservoir will not be anywhere near this full:

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The RES.  – Spring 2011…it was full – then…I will not fish the East Walker during the stated periods unless the flows are at least 100-125cfs.

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We love these guys too much…

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For flows on the East Walker River see HERE

 

BOX BLOG MAY 2014 -1-

A May 2014 Box of assorted fly patterns…

BROWN SUGAR -1-

BROWN UV2 SUGAR  NYMPH – Davies/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #12 – #18

THREAD:Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

WEIGHT: .015 or .010 Lead or Lead sub.

SHUCK: DNA Holo Fusion, Russet – 10-12 non-flash strands, 1 flash strand (for a #14 hook)

ABDOMEN: Flashabou Brown Holographic Tinsel – * coat  thread with Hard As Hull before wrapping tinsel

RIB: Ultra Wire Hot Orange, small or brassie

WINGLETS: Goose Biots, Red Quill

LEGS: 3 each side, tilted upwards, Rust or Red Pheasant Tail Fibers

THORAX: 50/50 mix UV2 Fine & Dry, Rust / UV Ice Dub, Brown

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

A take off on Canadian tier, Jeremy Davies’  “Spidey Nymph”. I tie a lot of his patterns – because they work…period

Mat BROWN UV2 SUGAR -1-

Materials BROWN UV2 SUGAR NYMPH…

BROWN UV2 SUGARs-1-

BROWN UV2 SUGAR NYMPHS…

UV2 PMD CRIPPLE -1-

UV2 PMD CRIPPLE/EMERGER …

HOOK:  Gamakatsu C16-B, #16 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Yellow

SHUCK: Antron, Copper Brown

ABDOMEN: Working thread

WING: Puglisi Trigger Point International Fibers, PMD

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Yellow

HACKLE: UV2 Ginger/Cream

Something in a PMD to hang in the surface film when these Western bugs are hatching…any where. If it is cold and raining, they will trickle off for most of an afternoon. The Trout know this…I like this hook form cripple/emerger patterns…

Mat CE PMD -1-

Materials UV2 CRIPPLE/EMERGER PMD…

CE PMD's -1-

UV2 CRIPPLE /EMERGER PMD(s)….

STILL SH -1-

STILLWATER SH…

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #16 – #18

THREAD: Persall’s Silk Thread, #.12 Cardinal

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck

RIB: Lagartun, Gold, x-fine

THORAX: Iridescent  Dyed Peacock , Olive Dun – Spirit River

HACKLE: Hungarian Partridge

A simple soft hackle using a different material for the thorax…and for some reaso, that olive dun color works in certain places, the Stillwater River in MT being one such place. In the materials photo, note the Matarelli Bobbin. It was designed to hold Persall’s Silk thread. Get one before they disappear… forever…

Mat STILL SH -1-

Materials STILLWATER SH…

STILL SH GRP -1-

STILLWATER SOFT HACKLES…

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My BOZOS, mulling it over… on the Stillwater River, MT…

BOX IN PROG MAY 14 - 1-

BOX in progress…This is my DeWitt working box…

BLACK N BLUE RBG -1-

BLACK N’ BLUE MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: UTC Gun Metal Blue

THORAX: Iridescent Dyed Peacock Herl – Spirit River

BEAD: Hi-Lite Glass, Blue Peacock, x-sm

Another attractor type Midge with some blue highlights…Blue has some spectacular days on the East Walker working on both Rainbows and Browns…

Mat BLACK N BLUE -1-

Materials BLACK N’ BLUE MIDGE…

BLACK N BLUES GRP -1-

BLACK N’ BLUE MIDGES…

POLAR FLOSS CAD LT -1-

POLAR FLOSS CADDIS LARVA (Brown/Olive) – Umpqua/Hanak C300BL, #10 – #14… Light B/G

POLAR FLOSS CAD DK -2-

POLAR FLOSS CADDIS LARVA (Brown/Olive) …

HOOK:  Umpqua/Hanak C300BL, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: ,015 – .010 Lead or Lead Sub.

THREAD: Abdomen- UTC 70 Denier Light Olive / Thorax forward – Veevus 16/0, Brown

RIB: Ice Thread, Brown

ABDOMEN: Flexi-Floss, Light Olive

FLASH BACK: Hedron Glow-In-The-Dark (Orange) Flashabou… One Strand

OVER ABDOMEN: Scud Back, 1/8″. Tan

THORAX: Micro Polar Chenille, Tan

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Always playing with stuff to imitate those free living Caddis Larvae on the East Walker River…

Mat POLAR FLOSS CAD -1-

Materials POLAR FLOSS CADDIS LARVA…

POLAR FLOSS CADS GRP -1-

POLAR FLOSS CADDIS …

HB FURNACE AND HERL -1-

HB FURNACE & HERL (Brown) …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Brown

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

RIB: UTC Wire, Copper Brown, SM

ABDOMEN: Iridescent Dyed Peacock, Brown – Spirit River

HACKLE: Hen Neck, Furnace

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, Sized to hook

This is just a generic peacock soft hackle with a hot butt and bead…for use in lakes, I would omit the bead. I have a lot of success with these types of soft hackle patterns and will eventually tie them in Purple, Black, Red, Orange, Blue and Dun…using different hen hackling, starling and partridge .Me thinks they would take a couple of Trout on this water…

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Little Virginia Lake, Bridgeport, CA…

Mat Furnace and Herl -1-

Materials HB FURNACE & HERL…

FURNACE AND HERL GRP -1-

HB FURNACE & HERL (s)…

TRAILING BUBBLE CADDIS -1-

TRAILING BUBBLE CADDIS – Ritt/Variant (Gray) …

HOOK:  Daiichi 1260, #14 – #16, Daiichi 1110, #14 – #18

THREAD: Abdomen – Veevus 16/0, Gray / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Charcoal Gray

SHUCK: Midge Mirage Opal

ABDOMEN: Veevus 16/0 Gray Thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Gray Micro Tubing

UNDER WING: Puglisi Trigger Point Internatioal Fibers, BWO – mixed with 3 strands of Midge Mirage Opal

OVER WING: Yearling Elk, Gray

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry Adams Gray

HACKLE: Medium Dun

This is an Al Ritt pattern that uses snowshoe hare for the over wing in the original pattern. This Gray Caddis would be for the east Walker River to be fished a long the edges, under the willows, below, in early June. I like to present these guys downstream… so Mr. Brown sees the fly first…

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Michael… working along the willows on the EWR…with a 10′, 5wt.

Mat TR BUB CAD -1-

Materials TRAILING BUBBLE CADDIS…

TRAIL BUB CADDIS GRP -1-

HAPPY TRAILS…

ALLYS RED VINE -1-

ALLY’S RED VINE MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1273, #18 – #20

THREAD: Gordon Griffith Sheer, 14/0, Red

SHUCK: Midge Mirage Opal

ABDOMEN: Clear Micro Tubing

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Copper Red – Spirit River

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

Keep the Micro Tubing tight while wrapping back to the bend, then forward. It will not slip. Translucence and segmentation, the identity of Midge sub-surface…

Mat RED VINE MIDGE -1-

Materials ALLY’S RED VINE MIDGE…

ALLY'S RED VINE MIDGES -1-

ALLY’S RED VINE MIDGES…

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RED VINE GIRL on the Stillwater River, MT…

 

STJs BAETIS -1-

STJ’s BAETIS – Olive/Black- Ramirez/Variant – TMC 2488, #16 – #18…

STJ LIGHT -1-

STJ’s BAETIS – Olive/Black- Ramirez/Variant  (light B/G)…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 – #18

THREAD: Abdomen – Lagartun 74 Denier, Olive / Thorax forward- Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL/CARPACE: Black Pheasant Tail Fibers – 3

RIB: Ice Thread, Black

THORAX: Hare’s Ice Dub, Olive Brown

WING CASE/LEGS: Fluoro Fiber, Black – 12 -16 strands, pulled over and split

OVER WING CASE: Holographic Mylar Motion, 1/32″, Black – *Coat with UV Resin

This Baetis/BWO pattern is SIMILAR TO JUAN’s… Juan would be Juan Ramirez aka: THE HOPPER JUAN…it is a combination of two different patterns I viewed there…

MAT STJ -1-

Materials STJ’s…

STJs GRP -1-

STJ’s…

 

MRB -1-

MRB – (Mink, Resin, Brassie) – Copper/Brown…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #16 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN:  Wapsi UTC wire, Copper Brown, SM – Coat wit UV Resin

THORAX: Mink body hair, Natural Brown

A simple Brassie pattern that may be tied on straight or curved hooks. I started coating the wire wraps with Dave’s Flexament, then UV Resin several years ago, up in Montana. This pattern really works well on reddish bottomed stream beds like the Stillwater in MT. I use it during the first PMD hatches that occur there just when the run off starts, in late June – early July and fish it along the edges and softer water. Use different colored wires for other bottom conditions but stick with mink for the thorax because of it’s ability to retain air bubbles…Mink is now available in a lot of dyed colors – use it !

Mat MRB -1-

Materials MRB…

MRBs -1-

MRB(s)…

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MRB –  a very effective pattern …in MT, on the Stillwater…

BLACK PEARL -1-

BLACK PEARL …

HOOK:  TMC 2499 SPBL, #16 – #18

THREAD: (Not Pictured) Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Pearl

ABDOMEN: 2 Strands Black / 1 Strand Pearl Glimmer Thread – Cascade Crest – * Coat with Hard as Hull or SHAN

WING: 1 Strand Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/Red

THORAX: Iridescent Dyed Peacock Herl, Copper Red – Spirit River

BEAD: Nickel Tungsten (Silver), sized to hook

A flashy Zebra type Midge pattern which is very effective on Eastern Sierra tail waters, like the East Walker River, or anywhere a Zebra Midge might be used…

Mat BLACK PEARL -1-

Materials for BLACK PEARL…

BLACK PEARL s -1-

BLACK PEARL (s)…

MGC BWO -1-

EWR CRIPPLE – Matthews/ MGC Variant …

HOOK:  TMC 2488, #16 – #18

THREAD: Abdomen- Uni 8/0, Olive Dun / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Zelon, Light Olive

ABDOMEN: Working thread, Olive Dun

THORAX: Iridescent Dyed Peacock, Purple – Spirit River

WING: Puglisi Trigger Point International Fibers, BWO

HACKLE: Medium Dun, V-Notched, at the bottom

This is a BWO version of Craig Matthew’s Madison Guide Cripple… Video HERE…Never enough Baetis/BWO patterns…

MAT EWR MGC BWO -1-

Materials EWR CRIPPLE…

EWR MGC BWOs -1-

EWR CRIPPLES…

EW MAY 2014 BLOG -4-

East Walker River Brown…

 

 

MR T -1-

MR. T CADDIS (UV2/TPI) – Matthews/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1100, #16 – #18

THREAD: Abdomen – Veevus 16/0, White / Thorax forward – Veevus 16/0, Brown

SHUCK: Amber Zelon

UNDER WING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Tan

WING: Puglisi Trigger Point International Fibers, Black

This is an older BRF/Craig Matthew’s pattern that was designed for that “greasy sunlight”, just at dusk, on the Madison River. The black wing helps the angler see the fly under those lighting conditions. The wing material is treated with WATERSHED. so it floats real nice…

 

Mat MR T -1-

Materials MR. T Caddis…

MR Ts -1-

MR. T(s)…

4.8.13 3Caddis time on the Madison River, MT…where the little guy below hatches during the dog days of Summer…

GLOS MAT -1-GLOSSOSOMA CADDIS LARVAE – Matthews/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #16

THREAD: Abdomen – UTC 70 Denier, Shell Pink / Thorax forward – Veevus 16/0, Brown

RIB: UTC wire, Amber, small

ABDOMEN: LaFontaine Touch Dubbing, Pink

THORAX: Senyo’s Laser Dubbing, Tan

HACKLE: Hungarian Partridge

This is THE MOST IMPORTANT Caddis in the Eastern Sierras, which is not the only place that it is found. Most Fly Fisherman, who travel to those waters, don’t even know about it. Like Ralph Cutter says in the article that I have linked to, “Learn how to use this pattern!”. Craig Matthews ties it HERE

 

Mat GLOS MATHEWS -1-

Materials GLOSSOSOMA CADDIS LARVAE…

GLOS MAT GRP -1-

GLOSSOSOMA CADDIS LARVAE…

KISS MIDGE LARVA -2-K.I.S.S. MIDGE LARVA – Chartreuse …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black – for the head only

ABDOMEN: Micro Tubing Chartreuse

Start the Micro Tubing at the head position, after tying it in, keep it under tension wrapping back into the bend then forward…one may add some Iridescent Peacock for a thorax- if desired. These are simple, translucent and portray hints of segmentation…fish this about 6″ off the bottom …

MAT KISS MIDGE -1-Materials K.I.S.S. MIDGE LARVA….

KISS MIDGES -1-

K.I.S.S. MIDGES….

COPPER LOTUS -1-COPPER LOTUS – Egan/Variant…

HOOK: – TMC 100 SPBL, #16 – #20

THREAD: Uni 8/0, Olive Dun

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dun

RIB: Uni 6/0, Black – twisted

WING CASE: Midge Diamond Braid, Black

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Olive

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

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

This is a variation on Lance Egan’s “IRON LOTUS”… tied on a straight shank hook with some different elements added A curved shank hook like the TMC 2487 or Daiichi 1130 works well too.I prefer keeping the abdomen thin on these patterns This pattern imitates a small May Fly in an attractor sort of way…A video for the original pattern may be viewed HERE

Mat COPPER LOTUS -1-

Materials COPPER LOTUS…

COPPER LOTUS s -2-COPPER LOTUS(s)….

I will be able to use some of them with this little lightweight set-up I have not put to work in a long time:

bamboo-stillBamboo,Abel, H&L Variant and ‘Bow…on the Stillwater River, MT...

 

NEXT: Some interesting hooks and beads from the TROUT LEGEND STORE …with bugs tied on them – of course…

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Not those sneaky little guys in black that appear out of nowhere…these are some flies that will take Trout all year, on the East Side – if presented properly.The ASSASSIN was developed by Eastern Sierra guide, Tom Loe. It is a variation of the late Cal Bird’s “BIRD’S NEST” pattern, originated in 1959 for the Truckee River…I have messed with this to include some other color variants that the Trout have not seen in places me and the kids visit…

A BUNNY is involved…

OLIVE TUNG ASSASSIN…Tom Loe/Variant ( of a Cal Bird variant) …

HOOK: TMC 2302 or Daiichi 1760, #14-#18…or, TMC 5262, #14-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra 70 Denier -Olive- to thorax, then Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL/SHUCK: Strung Marabou Blood Quills – Olive, overlaid with Coq De Leon, Black/Brown

RIB: Wapsi Ultra wire , Chartreuse, sized to hook

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Mask, Olive, #4 ( from the upper face, below the ears)

HACKLE: Mallard Flank Wood Duck Gold, V-notched and evenly distributed around the hook shank with fingernails

THORAX: Hare’s Mask #2 (between eyes)

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

As suggested in the above link to the Bird’s Nest, hit this guy with some dry shake or Frog’s Fanny when fishing the pattern….dead drift or swing…it’s a soft hackle –because Tom does not tie them in OLIVE…

A good place to work this pattern…Michael on the Lower “O”….


RED HEAD ASSASSIN… Tom Loe/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2302 or Daiichi 1760, #14-#18…or, TMC 5262, #14-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra 70 Denier, Black to thorax, the, Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL/SHUCK: Strung Marabou Blood Quills – Black – overlaid with Coq De Leon. Black/White

RIB: Wapsi Ultra Wire, Red, sized to hook

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Mask, Black, #4

HACKLE: Mallard Flank Wood Duck Gold

THORAX: Hare’s Mask, Black, #2

BEAD: Hareline Dazzle Bead,  Red, sized to hook – stuffed with wraps of non-lead sub.

TUNG DUN ASSASSIN… Tom Loe/Variant

HOOK: TMC 2302 or Daiichi 1760, #14-#18…or, TMC 5262, #14-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra 70 Denier, Gray to thorax then, Tiemco 16/0, Gray

TAIL/SHUCK: Ice Dub UV Dun overlaid with 3 small Ostrich Herl fibers…a Shane Stalcup suggestion…

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Mask – Dun – #4

RIB: Wapsi Ultra Wire – Gunmetal Blue – sized to hook

HACKLE: Mallard Flank – Natural

THORAX: Hare’s Mask – Dun, #2

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

NATURAL CB ASSASSIN…Tom Loe/ Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2302 or Daiichi 1760, #14-#18…or, TMC 5262, #14-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra 70 denier, Cream to thorax then, Tiemco 16/0, Brown

TAIL/SHUCK: Marabou Blood Quills, Ginger, overlaid with Lemon Wood Duck fibers

RIB: Copper or Amber Ultra wire, sized to hook

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Mask – Natural – #4

HACKLE: Mallard Flank Wood Duck Gold

BEAD: Copper Tungsten or copper stuffed withh non-lead sub., sized to hook

THORAX: Hare’s Mask – Natural – #2

These guys get INVOLVED too !!!….My testers, Michael and Ally on the Boulder River, MT – another place that these Assassins would work…

NEXT: A mixed bag of “FLASH-ies“…

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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…


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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.
Enrico Puglisi "Powerful Tippet" Material

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…

Susanb-1.jpg picture by gigi1900

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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