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These will be various imitations that will be tried out by Michael and I in the Fall. Now I know exactly what they will be…I let inspiration and intuition deal with it…I learned that somewhere

MIDGES FALL 2013 -1-THIS…is Midges for Fall 2013…

Lil Moo Lake GER -1-Lil’ MOO… does recon in Germany…

EWR MOO FLY SEL -1-Decisions, decisions…Michael (Big MOO) on the East Walker River…

GRAY MATTER MIDGE -1-GRAY MATTER MIDGE …

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Gray – Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, Black, thorax forward

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Lt, Blue Dun/Pearl

ABDOMEN: Gray working thread, * Coat with Hard as Hull and then wrap…

RIB # 1: Midge Mirage Opal

RIB # 2: Ultra Wire, Gun Metal Blue, x-sm

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Eye, Purple

BEAD: Nickel Tungsten, sized to hook

Love these hooks which are available online from the Gamakatsu store for U.S. customers. This is an attractor Midge idea in Gray, with a flashy abdomen, double rib wrapped…Gray is an under used color for Eastern Sierra Midges and they (Gray Midges) are very present in the East Walker River…

Mat Gray Mat MIDGE -1-Materials for GRAY MATTER MIDGE…

GRAY MATTER MIDGES -1-GRAY MATTER MIDGE (s)…

LIMEY LARVAE -1-LIMEY THE (Midge) LARVAE …

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black – Head

ABDOMEN: Nano Silk 12/0 (or smaller), Olive -* Coat with Hard As Hull, then wrap

OVER ABDOMEN: Lime, Glow in the Dark, Flasabou…over the wet Nano Silk

RIB: Black Ice Thread

This and the following pattern, incorpoate Glow in the Dark Flashabou for over abdomens…this material has, in my mind some useful applications for Caddis Larvae and I will be doing one, in size #18 with a Black Tungsten, which will be sent back East for some testing by that guy from Trout Predator and Michael. As a Midge…I see it clobbering on the Lower Owens and East Walker Rivers…

Mat LIMEY MIDGE -1-Materials for LIMEY (Midge) LARVAE…

LIMEYS MIDGE -1-LIMEY MIDGES (Larvae)…

EW AFTERNOON BROWN -1-These guys like MIDGES…

ANACONDA MIDGE CP LARVAE -1-ANACONDA MIDGE LARVAE (Copper)…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: (Not pictured) Tiemco 16/0, Black – Head

ABDOMEN: Nano Silk 12/0 (or smaller), Copper * Coat with Hard As Hull before wrapping…

OVER ABDOMEN: Flashabou Glow in the Dark, Orange – wrap over wet head cement

RIB: Rusty Brown Ice Thread

One note on tying with Nano Silk…this stuff is REAL slippery. I like to hold the tag end with rubber tipped hackle pliers and give two half hitches over my initial few wraps on the hook shank…otherwise it will spin off the hook…I hate when that happens…

Mat ANA COP MIDGE -1-Materials for ANACONDA MIDGE LARVAE (Copper)…

COP ANA MIDGE LARVAE -1-ANACONDA MIDGE LARVAE (Copper)…

RED ZONE BM -2-RED ZONE BM MIDGE EMERGER (Olive) – Freeman/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 200R, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive – Abdomen – Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Red – Thorax forward

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Fl. Fire Orange/Pearl

ABDOMEN: Tying Thread

RIB: Micro Tubing, Red

WING: Sheet foam, .5mm, White

THORAX: Midge Ice Braid, Red – * Coat with UV resin

This is a variation on a Paul Freeman pattern used on the San Juan River. White foam winds add some interesting movement to patterns under the water’s surface and I fish these patterns from the bottom to the top of the column…check out Paul’s site for some other proven Midge patterns…

Mat RED ZONE MIDGE -1-Materials for RED ZONE BM MIDGE EMERGER (Olive)…

RED ZONE MIDGES -1-RED ZONE BM MIDGE EMERGER (s) (Olive)…

ALLY FISHTAIL MT -2-Red headed daughter…in the ZONE…

QS PURPLE SAGE MID -1-QUICKSILVER PURPLE SAGE MIDGE …

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

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

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Pearl

ABDOMEN: A few strands of non-flash DNA Ho;o Fusion. Sage

RIB: Ultra Wire, Black, x-sm

WING(s): Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

THORAX: Midge Ice Braid, Purple – * Coat with UV Resin

BEAD: HI-LITE, Quicksilver, X-sm

A Midge pupa pattern, again going with a gray-ish theme. I fish ’em from the bottom to the surface but it may also be used as a dropper off a larger dry pattern…

Mat PUR SAGE MIDGE EMGR -1-Materials QUICKSILVER PURPLE SAGE MIDGE…

PURPLE SAGE MIDGE EMGRs -1-QUICKSILVER PURPLE SAGE MIDGE (s)…

GLL MIDGE -4-GREEN LANTERN LARVAE (Midge)…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

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

ABDOMEN: A few strands of non-flash DNA Ho;o Fusion – Dark Olive

RIB: Ultra Wire, Black, X-sm

THORAX: Midge Diamond Braid, Fl. Chartreuse – * Coat with UV Resin

This larva’s thorax lights up under a UV torch…I believe it will light up a few Browns, in the Eastern Sierras, as well…

Mat GRN LANTERN MIDGE -1-Materials GREEN LANTERN MIDGE…

GRN LANTERN MIDGES -1-GREEN LANTERN MIDGES…

ALLY MT RANCH -1-Ally, pre-fly rod fishing… on a Montana lake with her fly and bubble…less than enthused…Island Lake, MT…

Fish smileys

RC PEN TST -1-

RC (Midge) LARVAE – Freeman/Variant…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #18 – #24

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

ABDOMEN: Gold Micro Floss, Cascade Crest

THORAX: Iridescent Peacok Eyes, Black

I like this floss ! When used over white thread, it gives the abdomen a translucent effect…that is why tiers have been using it for as long as it has been around…just remember to use white thread, laid FLAT, beneath the floss…

Mat RC MIDGE -1-Materials for RC (Midge) LARVAE…

RC (s) MIDGES -1-A 12 Pack of RC’s…

RC MID PAN -1-Different camera, different view…

PINKLY TM -1-PINKLY  The Midge…

HOOK:  Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdomen – Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Red – Thorax forward

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Pink Pearl

ABDOMEN: 2 strands Pink Ice Thread, 1 strand Red Ice Thread

WING(s): 1 strand Grizzly Flash – Black/Red

THORAX: Rainbow Sow Scud dubbing –  Wapsi

BEAD: Brite Bead, Silver, sized to hook or Nickel Tungsten bead

WEIGHT: Optiona –  .010 lead wire, 2-3 wraps, pushed into bead

Pink – another under used color that I have had great success with. Ice Thread over thread adds to the segmentation effect and the real  Rainbow Sow Scud dubbing is one of my favorites…

Mat PINKLY MIDGE -1-Materials for PINKLY MIDGE…

PINKLY (s) -1-PINKLY (s)…

MOO HOT CREEK -2-There be Midges in thar’….

RPM -2-ROYAL PEACOCK MIDGE …(R & B’n my youth)

HOOK:  TMC 200R – #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: Lagartun Silver Wire, x-fine

ABDOMEN: Non-flash strands of DNA Holo Fusion, Purple – * Coat with UV Resin

THORAX: Peacock Herl, Red

GILLS: White Antron Floss

BEAD: HI-Lite, Blue Peacock, x-sm

Purple…last color to be seen at depth, cloudy or murky water or at sunrise or dusk…they just plain work…

Mat RPM -1-Materials for ROYAL PEACOCK MIDGE…

RPMidges -1-RPM’s…

TRIBE C. MIDGE -3-TRIBE C. MIDGE PUPA (Yellow/Amber) …

HOOK:  Daiichi 1150, #18, Daiichi 1140,  #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Underabdomen – Tiemco 16/0, Lt. Cahill, thorax forward

SHUCK: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

ABDOMEN: 2 strands Yellow Ice Thread – 1 strand Amber/Dk. Tan Ice Thread

WING(s): DNA Holo Fusion, Tan

THORAX: Trouthunter Amber dubbing

Yeah, they’re around and I have seen them in alpine lake and backwaters on certain rivers I fish…carry a few…

Mat TRIBE C> -1-Materials TRIBE C. MIDGE…

BUN TRIBE C> -1-The TRIBE…

ally-mad REDO-1Ally…workin’ the water where some of the TRIBE might be found…in the Fall…

FL OR UV2 MIDGE =1=FLOSS & UV2 Fl. ORANGE MIDGE …

Hook:  Gamakatsu C13U – #18 – #20

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

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Fl. Fire, Orange/Pearl

ABDOMEN: Nano Silk 12/0, Brown – over white thread

RIB: Ice Thread, Red

WING(s): DNA Holo Fusion, Flashy Strand, Brown…*note: the strand will split into smaller sections

A Brown Midge Pupa for the Lower Owens River where they abound…fish it from the bottom to the top, dead drift or swung…

BRN FLOSS UV2 MIDGE -1-Materials for FLOSS & UV2 Fl. ORANGE MIDGE…

BUN UV2 FLOS  BRN MID -1-Ready for H2O….

CPA COP NAN AZURE MIDGE -1-CPA (Copper Nano Azure) MIDGE…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #16 – #20

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

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Pearl

ABDOMEN: Nano Silk 12/0, Copper – over white thread

RIB: Ultra Wire, Gun Metal Blue, x-sm

WING(s): Grizzly Krystal Flash, Copper/Blue

THORAX: Airizona Diamond Hair, #4. Lt. Blue

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

This is just an attractor Midge…the kind that puts me into good Trout… just about anywhere – any of the Grizzly Krystal Flash wings make great triggers -as a few who follow this BLOG have discovered (…and ‘ya know who you are)

CPA MIDGE BUNCH -1-A few CPA MIDGES in #16 & #18…

Mat CPA MIDGE -1-Materials for CPA MIDGE…

FLYIN TRT EW -1-Brown Trout, flippin’ out, on the East Walker River…must have chomped one of my psychedelic patterns… 

NEXT – THAT…would include, in separate posts – some of these:

EW BAETIS -1-Baetis/ BWO’s, Sow Bugs, Scuds, an Annelid, another RETRO pattern and some additional Euro patterns…in no particular order

PT/TB

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Well, that time again…So here are some small creations for the Eastern Sierra tailwaters we fish…here is the completed box which I now like to use for all my Midge patterns…

MIDGES F-W 2012 -1-

The Fly Box came from Bob Marriott’s and is distributed by Anglers Image

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GRAVITY…

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BROKEN BACK CREAM TIGER MIDGE – Basso/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BL, #18 – (body)/Daiichi 1130, #20- (trailer)

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White for both abdomens – Tiemco 16/0 Black for head on trailer and behind body bead

SHUCK: Trailer – Rusty Brown Krystal Flash – 1 short strand

RIB: Rusty Brown Krystal Flash for trailer, Rusty Brown Krystal Flash for body…over layed with Lagartun x-fine Copper wire

CONNECTION: 6x Fluorocarbon (Seaguar) cut a 10″ -12″ section off the spool, run through trailer eye, over hand knot tie in to body and gently snug up to bend

*COAT: Both trailer and body with Hard As Hull or S.H.A.N. – for durability and to keep algae off

BEAD: Black brass 1/16″

This is an Eastern Sierra design by guide Chris Basso out of Tom Loe’s Sierra Drifters. It has been around for a number of years and is quite successful on lakes and rivers in the Owens Valley, further North on the Upper Owens River and on the East Walker River in Bridgeport, CA. If there are any questions on how to tie this pattern, leave me a comment and I will help ‘ya out…It is a good one !!!

CB ORANGE -2-

COPPER/BROWN TUNG ORANGE MIDGE …

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP-BLB, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Krystal Flash, Hot Orange, 1 short strand

ABDOMEN: Mottled Nymph Rib, Copper – Cascade Crest

THORAX: Peacock Herl, Strung Red – Wapsi

CHEEKS: Flexi-Floss, Orange

BEAD: Black Tungsten, 5/64″

A deep explorer, attractor type Midge pattern…

TWILIGHT TWINKLER -1-

TWILIGHT TWINKLER SH MIDGE…

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL – #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 White – Under Abdomen and Thorax…then, Tiemco 16/0, Black – Head

SHUCK/TAIL: Three short strands, Midge Flash, Pearl

RIB: UTC Wire, Red, x-sm

ABDOMEN: Micro Floss, Purple – Cascade Crest

THORAX: Ice Dub UV Lavender

BEAD: Behind hackle, Hi-Lite Glass Bead, Quick Silver, x-sm – Spirit River

HACKLE: Starling Dyed Purple – White Fox Fur and Feather CO

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THE MOO…my son Michael…pumping PURPLE on the East Walker River at twilight…

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.

…der

TDT (tons de terre) MIDGE…

HOOK: TMC 2499SP BL – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun – for Abdomen – then, Tiemco 16/0, Black – thorax forward

SHUCK: 1 strand Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

ABDOMEN: Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun tying thread

RIB: Wapsi wire, Metallic Olive, SM

WING: Looped Dun Sparkle Organza – a little mussy…it’s meant to be that way – Hareline

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Brown

BEAD: Black, 5/64″, Tungsten

Earth Tones…like this:

My two EARTHY GUYS…Ally and Hero…by the San Francisco Bay…

PEARL/TAN CHIRONO MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

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

SHUCK: 1 strand, Krystal Flash, Hot Orange

OVER ABDOMEN: Chironomid Braid Pearl/Tan – cut 3″-4″ section separate out 1 strand…I also use this material for ribbing

RIB: Lagartun x-Fine Copper Wire

THORAX: Dyed Peacock Eye, Brown – Spirit River

BEAD: Tungsten Copper, sized to hook

Hareline Chironomid Braid…I love this stuff

RUBY CHIRONO MIDGE…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Chironomid Braid, Pearl/Black – Hareline

RIB: Wapsi wire, Small, Red

WINGS: 3 short strands, Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/Red

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Herl, Black – Spirit River

BEAD: Ruby Glass Bead, xsm – Spirit River

I love this hook, I like the Chironomid Braid and the wing material has worked some miracles on East Slope Tail waters…plus, if it doesn’t work, I may use it as a Christmas ornament… Christmas Smilies - ELF

MIDGE boxes I now use…from Wapsi with magnetized bottoms…get ‘em HERE

YELLOW/BROWN SOFT HACKLE MIDGE…

HOOK: Alec Jackson Soft Hackle Trout Fly Hook – #17

THREAD – UNDER ABDOMEN: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

ABDOMEN: Combo Thread, Yellow/Brown – Cascade Crest

SHUCK: Three short strands Midge rainbow Flash – Cascade Crest

THORAX: #.83 Pheasant Tail Emergence Dubbing – Nature’s Spirit

HACKLE: AAA Starling, Dyed Olive  –White Fox Fur and Feather… available HERE

There are only two people I know who are using this thread for Midges…one is Craig Matthews and the other is D. Korn…I wonder why???  …  Christmas Smilies - Xmas Present Unwrap

It comes in a wide range of colors…this is Olive…

Ally getting HERO ready for some “water” activities…

GLIMMER MIDGE – Root Beer –

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown – under abdomen, then – Tienco 16/0, Black for thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Glimmer Thread, Root Beer, Cascade Crest

CHEEKS: 1 strand each side, Micro Flashabou, Pearl – coat with Hard As Hull or Loon UV Knotsense

Glimmer Thread comes in a number of different colors and lends its’ self to the “segmentation effect”…this material makes for some nice Serendipities as well…

Cascade Crest Glimmer Thread…

ICU MIDGE TUNGSTEN (Blue) – Maktima/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SPBL, #16 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Short strand of UV Pearl, Krystal Flash

RIB: Blue Wapsi Wire, x-sm

ABDOMEN: Black Glimmer Thread – Cascade Crest

THORAX: UV Black Ice Dubbing

CHEEKS: 1 strand each side, Micro Flashabou, Pearl

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Blue, sized to hook

A pattern based on Norm Maktima’s ICU series, from Umpqua, which is new for this year (2013)…I will be doing some other variants for Spring…

GOO FEE’S TUNG MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130 ,  #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Pearl Midge Flash

ABDOMEN: Cascade Crest, Combo Thread . Black/White (over base of Black thread)

THORAX: Iridescent Dyed Peacock Eye, Purple – Spirit River

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Red – Hareline – sized to hook

For some reason, flies that I tie, that are named after Michael and Ally, seem to catch a lot of fish (big ones too) see here

GOO FEE (Ally) on the Madison River, MT… above $3.00 Bridge…

FLASHBANG MIDGE – Variant/Red…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 – #20

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Red – under abdomen, then Tiemco 16/0, Black abdomen forward

OVER ABDOMEN: Chironomid Braid, Pearl Red – Hareline – 1 strand

RIB: Black Ice Thread

WINGCASE: Medium Opal Tinsel

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Eye, Dyed Black – Spirit River

LEGS: Gliss ‘N Glow, Fluoro Fibre, White

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Midge 15/0, Diamond

Solitude Fly CO offers the original of this pattern in Cream, Black and Red HERE. For me, having used the Cream version on the East Walker River, at the urging of my friend Jim Reed at Ken’s Sporting Goods in Bridgeport…the experience was BLAH…this version will get a workout on the Lower Owens River…report to follow…

C-THREAD MIDGE –  Red/Black …

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black – under Abdomen

SHUCK: 1 strand UV Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Combo Thread, Red/Black 6/0, Cascade Crest

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Herl, Black, Spirit River

BEAD: Tungsten, Black – Sized to hook

A pattern I have had in the back of my mind since I first saw this combo thread on Craig Matthew’s site…I like the segmentation, which I believe, is a very important factor in Midge Larva and Pupa…The Olive/Yellow thread variation might make an interesting Baetis/BWO abdomen for Spring…

MORE MIDGES:

BEING DIPTERA:

FLIES FOR FALL AND WINTER:

DIPTERA II:

NEXT: A visit to a legendary Hollywood eatery… then, more  ATTRACTORS

PT/TB Christmas Smilies - Snowman

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Winter…cold, snow, sleet, ice in the guides, lethargic Trout, hands that don’t work , many trips to the truck to warm up …and. these little guys. Fortunately, most of the Midges I tie… will work year round in the tail water fisheries we visit in the Eastern Sierras…These particular ties will be used this Spring on the Lower Owens River near Bishop, CA and the East Walker River in Bridgeport, CA. In this series, I have included some variants of patterns that were created by Pat Dorsey and Steve Parrott, the guys who are BLUE QUILL ANGLERS, in Evergreen, CO…their patterns WORK

Just like the ARMY, one guy is out of step…

Those red hooks are these and I get them HERE

Here are the patterns:

Steve’s Midge (Medallion Midge)/ Variant…

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

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White or Lt. Cahill

ABDOMEN: Tying thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Clear or Tan Micro Tubing

THORAX: Black or Dark Brown Superfine Dubbing

TRIGGER SPOT: Micro Flasahbou – Pearl….for this tie, I used SM. Opal Tinsel

SHELLBACK/ WING PADS: Medallion Sheeting, Dark Dun – Hareline

This is a Steve Parrott design, the original recipe may be found HERE. I have chosen to use a different hook and tied it in color(s) that match the small cream midges found in the Lower “O” and East Walker. For those waters, I generally go deep with my Midge patterns, in those locations, because that is where the Trout prefer to take up feeding stations…

BROWN HOLOGRAPHIC MIDGE (side view)…

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

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

ABDOMEN: Brown Holographic Flashabou

RIB: Lagartun, x-Fine Copper wire

WINGLETS: Flashabou, Tinsel Flash, Marabou Action, Pearl Orange – charge with sunlight, it “GLOWS”…

THORAX: Iridescent Peacok, Brown, Spirit River

BEAD: Copper Tung. or Brass – Lead or Lead Sub. – Optional

BROWN HOLOGRAPHIC MIDGE (Tilted View) …

There is a little Brown Midge that makes it’s appearance on the Lower Owens River, in the Spring. This fellow was designed to mimic that critter. Standard chocolate wd-40’s and 50’s work well during this emergence…I offer something a bit …well...DIFFERENT. It will probably have some applications on the East Walker…the character below will, report on that…

Michael likes Midges and the East Walker River is loaded with them…

MISTLETOE MIDGE #18-#20, side view…

MISTLETOE MIDGE …tilted view…

HOOK: Daiichi 1153, #18 or Gamakatsu C12-B, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Chartreuse Midge Flash

ABDOMEN: Chartreuse Holographic Tinse, Wapsi, SM

WINGLETS: Flashabou, Tinsel Flash, Marabou Action, Pearl Chartreuse…as above

BEAD: Silver Tung., sized to hook

I have been using pearl or other colored midge flash shucks on many of my Midge patterns for some time. I believe they are very effective and now, I have started playing around with materials which act as “triggers” in these, and other patterns I tie…try some…

PRE-XMAS POWER DINNER WITH Michael…to kick my FLU to the curb !!!

EVERGREEN KOREAN BBQ

Michael, in from San Francisco and the sides…

Kimchi Spicy Pork Belly Soup, BBQ Sliced Beef and Purple Rice…YUMMMmmmmmm…

BIOT BLUE KF TUNG MIDGE…side view…

HOOK: TMC 2488 #18-#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Natural Goose Biot

RIB: Blue Krystal Flash or Blue Holographic Tinsel for extra “BLING”…

THORAX: Arizona Diamond Hair, Pearl Blue

WINGCASE: Medallion Sheeting, Dark Dun

BEAD: Black Tung., sized to hook

Tilted view…

This is more of a Midge/Mayfly hybrid than a straight Midge pupa. I have had some interesting experiences with the Browns, in the East Walker River, all year round, with blue incorporated into the fly pattern design. This is another offering for Spring, that was influenced and inspired by a pattern I saw HERE. I see some other variations, tied with Turkey and Goose Biots, using other flash materials for the ribbing, in my future…

PEPT-HO MEDALLION MIDGE…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Midge Rainbow Flash, Cascade Crest

ABDOMEN: Pink Holographic Flashabou, 2 strands

RIB: Ultra wire, Red, x-sm

ABDOMEN: Ice Dub, UV Dun

WINGCASE/WING BUDS: Medallion Sheeting, Dark Dun

A little play on Steve Parrott’s Medallion Midge using the red Gamakatsu hook I am really becoming enamored with…the “Pinky” clobbered some nice Browns and Rainbows for us on the East Walker this past Spring…I believe this variant will see some exciting “hook-ups”…

Tilted view…

The TRADITIONAL day after Christmas Chinese Dinner with FAMILY…this year at a new place : MISSION 261 “.GUNG HAY FAT CHOY” from PT and Family !!!

$3.00 BRIDGE DIP. HOLO/RED…#16-#18…side view…

Tilted view…BECAUSE, Craig is out of the # 18′s

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, #16-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Red

ABDOMEN: Red Holographic Mylar Motion – Spirit River

RIB: Lagartun, Silver, x-fine

WING: Coastal Deer Hair, Bleached

BEAD: Silver Tung. or Brass, sized to hook

The “classic” BRF, Craig Matthew’s pattern with a new paint job…this pattern and a whole lot of variations on this theme, consistently take nice Trout…I would not be without them…

TUNG FLASHBACK BLACK BEAUTY…Dorsey/Variant…(the winglets are a secret trigger on the EAST WALKER RIVER)

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18-#24

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Tying thread

RIB: Lagartun, Copper, x-fine or Silver, x-fine

FLASHBACK:  UTC SM Pearl Tinsel or UTC SM OPal Tinsel

WINGLETS: 2 strands of Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/White

BEAD: Tun. or Brass with Lead or Lead Sub., Black or Silver

Another Pat Dorsey original that I have taken the liberty of “tweaking”. The winglets, in this coloration combo, have acted as a trigger on this pattern with which, Michael totally outscored his Pop one afternoon and evening on the East Walker…We are talkin’ about some Browns of major proportions !!! I plan on getting EVEN

CHIRONOFLASH MIDGE PUPA…Parrott/Variant…Side view…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18-#24

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

ABDOMEN: Tying thread

OVERABDOMEN: Tan Micro Tubing

TRIGGER/HOT SPOT: Micro Pearl Flashabou

WINGCASE: Medallion Sheeting, Mottled Brown

Tilted view…

This is another Steve Parrott design…simple with a “hot spot”…my variation, is once again for those chocolate/brown Midges that are seen on the Lower Owens River in the Spring…

DISSONANCE MIDGE…Side view…

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Grey

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Lt. Blue Dun

ABDOMEN: Danville Silver Tinsel, 16/18

RIB: Lagartun, Blue wire, Fine

WINGLETS: 2 strands of Grizzly Krystal Flash, Red/Black

THORAX: Arizona Diamond Hair, Lt. Blue

BEAD: Silver Tung., sized to hook

Tilted view…

My experience, with stuff I tie like this…is reflected BELOW

“HEY DAD, Gimme’ another one of those…!!!”…

KG’s FULLBACK/FOAMBACK MIDGE… Glissmeyer/Variant – Chocolate…“NOW PLAYING IN EUROPE”

HOOK: Mustad c49s, Dai Riki 125, #18-#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

SHUCK: Strands of SLF PRISM, Amber

ABDOMEN: Uni-Stretch 1x, Brown, twisted

RIB: Lagartun, Copper, x-fine

THORAX: Hare-Tron Dubbing, Dark Brown

WINGCASE: Electronics packing foam

KG would be Kelly G. Glissmeyer who ties some nifty patterns. This little guy is intended for spring creeks and appeared in the WINTER 2011 Issue of Flyfishing & Tying Journal pg. 29. Kelly tied this pattern in black using flat tying thread for the abdomen and black dubbing for the thorax. My variant is keyed for those Chocolate/Brown Lower “O” midges that will, hopefully, be lookin’ up – this Spring…I like this UNI -Stretch for the segmentation it provides…tied in other colors, it would cover a wide range of Midge hatches…

“THE BURPLE”…a Midgey-Nymphy Thingee…Gamakatsu, C12-B, #20…side view…

For this place, just about this TIME of day…

Tilted view…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C16-B, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco16/0 Black

UNDER ABDOMEN: Purple Haze Holographic Flash Fibers – Hareline

OVER ABDOMEN: Blue Micro Tubing

THORAX: Arizona Simi-Seal, Purple

LEGS: Fluro Fiber, Grey

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Glass, Blueberry, SM

So the sun is starting to hang low, in the late afternoon, while we are on the East Walker River and Michael turns to me and asks, “What should I put on, Dad?” I reached into my box and handed him THIS (“Deep Purple”) “Try this as your lead” , I said. He wasn’t disappointed…this pattern may be tied with or without legs…it is meant to be used as a surface trailer or fished in the depths, as a trailer, when the sunlight is off the water’s surface…you won’t be disappointed – either

To those who are new to this tying thing…make it FUN…retain a sense of wonderment and expectation that anything produced will catch a fish…glue this look on ‘yer face – as the experiments begin at the vise:

My Grandson Miles, attempting to levitate his first milk shake at Bob’s Big Boy

NEXT: Some ties for CFR and a participation/fly box drawing at FFA

PT/TB 

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

My driver, Ally somewhere North of Mojave…

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

East Walker River in the “Miracle Mile” section…

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

Old guy lands a dinky Brown on this:

SIMPLY RED # 18…on the right…

This guy has seen a hook before…

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

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

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

“MOO’s BLUE MIDGE” # 18…

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

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Blue Krystal Flash

TAIL: Pearl Midge Flash

RIB: Wapsi wire, x-sm, silver

THORAX: Purple Iridescent Peacock Herl (Spirit River)

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

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

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

Hmmmm…

DOUBLE Hmmmm…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!

Time to return to Brown town…

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

Michael and PT plan the morning strategy…

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

DAD’s turn to get into a fish…on this:


PALINISTA – (apologies to EVA PERON)

HOOK: Mustad C49S, #18 -#20, Daiichii 1130, #18-#20…used above

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Red, White

TAIL: 1 Strand Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN:White Thread

OVERABDOMEN: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Blue

RIB: Wapsi Silver Wire, X-SM

WING: Grizzly Krystal Flash Black and White, 3strands, cut short

THORAX: Arizona Diamond Hair Pearl Green or Blue

BEAD: Silver, 5/64 or 1/16

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

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

…and plops his offerings back into the SAME slot…

NO takers…time for the traditional BARKER lunch…

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

THE BOMB…

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

PT/TB 

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A little trip out beyond the “ORANGE CURTAIN” to pick up some materials to complete the Caddis series I am currently working on… and, I came across some interesting hooks that will be showing up here soon…

Intended for Midges…however, I see other applications…

I like this “slow curve” hook style for Caddis larvae and pupae (especially for double beading)…The TMC 2302 is only sized to # 16…

This hook design intrigues me…let’s see how it holds Mr. TROUT…Gamakatsu makes some of the sharpest hooks that have ever punctured my fingers…
On to completing the Caddis….
PT/TB

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