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As I mentioned in my last post, I am doing some ties for Casting For Recovery and a drawing box over at Fly Fishing Addicts…here are some things I have completed for deployment in the coming months by myself and a few other fly fisher persons…I have the utmost confidence that these will put the users into good Trout…I just don’t tie for any other reason – it’s a utilitarian point of view…


HOOK: TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120, Daiichi 1130, TMC 2487 #12-#16, TMC 2499 SPBL #12-#16

THREAD: Abdomen, Fl. Chartreuse Ultra 70 denier – to” hot spot “, then Tiemco 16/0, Brown

OVER ABDOMEN: Halo Wire, Spirit River

HOT SPOT: Fl. Red Ultra 140 Denier – or Datum Glo Brite floss, FL. Red

THORAX: 50-50 Mix, Peacock Ice Dub/Olive Squirrel Blend (Spirit River)

This pattern appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of Flyfishing and Tying Journal tied on the new Umpqua competition hook. I would imagine it would be successful on any number of different hooks…so my crew and a few other will be giving them a go…


HOOK: Daiichi 1760 #18 or Daiichi 1120/1130 #16

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Ultra 70 Denier, Burnt Orange to thorax – the, Tiemco 15/0, Brown


UNDER WING: Puglisi Short Fiber Streamer Brush – Clear…short sections cut from wire

WINGS: V-Notched Brown Partridge

THORAX: SLF Squirrel Dubbing, Rusty Brown

REFRACTORY<believing that rules are only for other people, he’s been refractory virtually his entire life>…so, I have been playing with some off- the- wall materials to add some sparkle and bubble illusion to Caddis Pupa…this is one such effort…I’ll let Michael put this puppy to work…he’s good at that…

The above pattern is for HERE:

This little Amber Caddis comes off the water, in the Spring and Summer, on the East Walker River. I think it will keep Michael BUSY…that one has a “PINKY” in his mouth…Oooooppppssss, wrong “PINKIE” – try this ONE

GUIDE SERENDIPITY…Matthew’s/Variant…for the “Mother’s Day” Hatch and Brachycentrus “echo” hatch in the Fall…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, TMC 2487, Daiichi 1560, TMC 3761 – #14-#18

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

ABDOMEN: Chartreuse Zelon or Antron strands, split and twisted

FLASH: Twisted with Zelon or Antron – 1 strand Black KF, 1 strand Pearl KF

WING: White Zelon

This pattern is based on Craig Matthew’s Guide Serendipity…it is a very simple tie and has accounted for ridiculous numbers of good fish for me and my guys…more about these HERE and HERE

ALLY with her friend Liz in San Francisco…sends regards…Nice TAT LIZ !!!…

BH AMBER SERENDIPITY… (for Helicopsyche borealis)…

HOOK: TMC 3761, #20, Daiichi 1560, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown or Gordon Griffith 14/0. Brown

ABDOMEN: Amber Zelon – split strand, twisted

FLASH: 1 strand Rusty Brown KF, 1 strand Pearl KF…twisted with Zelon

WING: White Zelon

BEAD: Copper Tung. or Brass with lead sub. wraps pushed inside – sized to hook

See above HERE and HERE links…for variations, these catch fish !!!


HOOK: Daiichi 1120/1130, #16-#18, TMC 2457/2487, #16-#18

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

ABDOMEN: Amber Zelon, split strand – twisted

FLASH: 1 strand Rusty Brown KF, 1 strand Mirage Accent Opal

WING: White Sparkle Emerger Yarn

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Brown

BEAD: Copper Tung. or Brass with lead sub. wraps

Another variation on the theme…a bit flashier for some biggies that lurk bank side in…

…the East Walker River in late Spring and early Summer…


HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #18, TMC 3761, #18-#20, TMC 100BL, #22

THREAD: (Abdomen) – Wapsi 70 denier, Black then, Tiemco 16/0 Black thorax forward

TAILS: 3 Melanistic Pheasant Tail fibers, (Black),,,Scott uses Black micro fibbets

FLASH BACK: Micro Flashabou, Pearl

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, Black, x-sm

THORAX: 1-2 strands Peacock Herl

HACKLE: 1 – 1 1/2 turns, Starling

BEAD: Black Tung. or brass with stuffed lead sub. – 1 size OVERSIZED – (ie.  3/32 for #18)

This is a Scott E. Smith pattern. He is also a designer for Solitude Fly CO… and trust me, this is ONE GOOD Baetis fly pattern. I foisted this recipe on a close friend (See Keith’s PURPLE DISBELIEF) , to use this past fall on the East Walker River…I do that to him…it represents that darkened Baetis just before it “POPS”…Keith caught, maybe, one or two Trout on this fly…

P&PT TWIST NYMPH…La Fontaine/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #16-#18, TMC 3761 #16-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

TAIL: 3 Natural Pheasnt Tail fibers

ABDOMEN: Natural Pheasant Tail in a dubbing loop with Rusty Brown Antron “touch dubbed” to one waxed side of thread

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine Copper wire

THORAX: 1-2 Strands, Peacock Herl

WINGCASE: SM Silver Tinsel

LEGS: Brown Partridge – lower back of skin

It is a basic design by Gary LaFontaine using “touch dubbing”…need I say more ???

Where the above pattern proved… SPECTACULAR

BAT WING BAETIS EMERGER…Tracy Petersen…#16-#20…this is a #20

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

HOOK: TMC 2487 or Daiichi 1130, #16-#20

TAIL: Dun Hen Hackle Barbs

ABDOMEN:BWO or Olive Goose Biot ( I use Stalcup’s)…it may be tied fringed or flat

WING: Fluffy, butt end of a Dun Hen feather, mounted convex side up and pulled over Abdomen and Bead

THORAX: Brown or Dk. Tan Beaver

BEAD: Gun Metal Glass or Black Metal sized to hook

I put this pattern up earlier. This is a better photo and the top view may assist in understanding how it is tied. This fly has accounted for more Trout than any other except for the KF Emerger, which is one of the first patterns I put up. I fish this fly from the bottom to the top of the water column…it bangs ‘em all the way…I included this pattern, in this batch of flies for others, because it is a MACHINE…PERIOD


HOOK: TMC 3761, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

SHUCK: Hi-Vis, #16, Medium Gray

ABDOMEN: Olive Pheasant Tail

RIB: Lagartun, x-Fine, Gold

WING CASE/WING: Trouthunter, Medium Gray CDC

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Brown

BEAD: Gunmetal glass, sized to hook

A Baetis to use as a dropper…I am inclined to fish this from the bottom of the water column to just under the surface…the same way I fish the Bat Wing Baetis…


HOOK:Gamakatsu R10-B #16-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray

SHUCK: Hi-Vis, #16, Medium Gray

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, x-sm, Silver

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Muskrat Gray, Nature’s Spirit

THORAX: Ostrich Herl, Natural Gray

WING CASE/LEGS: 6 strands, Midge Flash, Black – pulled over and separated

This is a variation on Rick Murphy’s excellent Krystal Emerger which appears on pg. 99 of this book:

It is, hands down, the BEST emerger patter I have ever used on the “BIG REEDY”…

TAK’S PB BAETIS NYMPH…Takahashi/Variant…W/O the paintbrush fibers…

HOOK: TMC 100SPBL, #18-#20, TMC 100BL, #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Hi-Vis, #27, Dark Brown

ABDOMEN: Micro Tubing, Black

WING CASE: Mirage Accent Opal over Black, .5MM, Razor foam (Wapsi)

LEGS: Brown Partridge or Brown India Hen Neck

This is a variation on Rick Takahashi’s “Paintbrush Baetis Nymph”…using different materials. Though probably best known for his recent book, “Modern Midges”, Rick also ties some other interesting patterns…I wanted a couple of other Baetis patterns in BLACK to be included in this batch of flies…


(L-R) Front: PT, Auntie Ally, MOM – Nadia, Great Grandama Hong

(L-R) Rear: Great Grampa Hong, Grandma Jean Marie, MILES, Dad – Greg, Grandma Maratea

MIKE’S HAZED BAETIS EMERGER…TMC 2488, #18-#20…side view


HOOK: TMC 2488, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Hi-Vis, #27, dark Brown

THORAX: Ice Dub Olive/Brown

WING CASE: 1 strand Purple Haze Holographic Flash Fiber (Hareline) over .5MM, Razor Foam, Black

A Baetis in a smaller size  which incorporates a number of elements from the above patterns, specifically for the body of water that runs along side where Michael is leaving his footprints in the grass below…those big guys in there go for flash and tiny…

Michael, in the meadow, on the “Miracle Mile” section of the East Walker River, Bridgeport, CA…

NEXT: My take on some EURO patterns followed by some NINJA FLIES for the EW and Owens Rivers…


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The BWO’s/Baetis instructions are finished. They may be found below (on the following page)…Good tying!!!


Hot Spot Midge:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s , Black 14/0

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

Abdomen: Wapsi Ultra 70, Black

Rib: X-Fine Largutan wire, Gold or Copper

Shuck: Pearl Krystal Flash

Thorax: Danville 6/0 Fl. Orange Thread – (coat with Aquaflex)

Bead: Copper or Gold

I tied these up to create a ” pop” rather than using the standard Tiger or Zebra Midge for the Owens and East Walker Rivers…Nice!!!


Holo Stone Golden:

Hook: Daiichi 1270 or TMC 200R , #12-16

Thread: Black or Yellow 8/0

Bead: Black or Gold

Tail: Black or Tan mini Tarantu-Leggs

Abdomen: Black or Gold small Wapsi Holo-Tinsel

RIB: Gold or Copper/Brown wire, sized to hook

Thorax: Black or Gold Ice Dub

Wingcase: Black or Gold small Wapsi Holo-Tinsel

Hackle: Speckled Brown Hen


Holo Stone Black:

Southwest Fly Fishing Cover

A Joe Egry patten that appeared in Southwest Fly Fishing. A good fly for edges on The East Fork of the Carson, West Walker River ( canyon section) and the Mighty Kern, It may be fished under a stimulator as a dropper.


Amber IRIS Caddis:

Hook: TMC 100 or any other equivalent dry fly hook # 14-#16

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Tan or Brown

Shuck: Gold Zelon, ( in this case, I used crinkly Dun Zelon)

Body: Combo Natures Spirit Tan and Rusty Brown Emergence Dub

Wing: Gray Antron yarn, semi circle extending to hook bend

Head: Natures Spirit Dk. Brown Hare’s Ear Emerger Dub

The classic Craig MatthewsJohn Juracek, Caddis pattern. I have used this fly successfully, in other color variations , almost everywhere. I especially like it in the evening on the Madison River…

Craig Matthews ties the Amber Iris Caddis VIDEO… 6.18.10


Amber Z Underwing Caddis:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Brown

Hook: TMC 900BL, #14-#18

Shuck: Amber Zelon, twisted

Body: Davy Wotton SLF, Amber

Underwing: Crinkly Zelon, Brown

Overwing: Coastal Deer Hair

A take off on a Wayne Luallen pattern using deer hair instead of CDC (which sometimes drives me crazy on the water). I like fishing this pattern through slower water along stream banks. I tie it in a number of color variations and really like the SLF dubbing Davy Wotton created… I use a dab of Hydrophobe -( available from Blue Ribbon Flies) under the two wings…



Antron Caddis Pupa:

Hook: TMC 206 BL or other fine wire scud hook #10-#18

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Brown

Bubble Sheath: Tan or Cream Antron Dubbing

Abdomen: Green Jelly Rope or Larva Lace

Legs: Natural CDC Fibers

Wing: Brown Antron Yarn

Head: Dk. Brown Dubbing

A Jim Schollmeyer pattern. I use this on the East Walker and Owens Rivers as an alternative to the La Fontaine Sparkle pupa. It works great on a Liesenring Lift!


Bubble Bak Caddis:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Black

Bead: Gold

Underbody: Caddis Green Ice Dub

Rib: X-SM Chart wire

Bubble Sheath: Olive Zelon

Wing: Brown Antron

Thorax: Black Ostrich Herl

I tie this fly in tan and amber using the appropriate colors. I fish it deep with weight and pick up many hits as it swings in the current downstream…


CDC Black Caddis:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Black

Hook: TMC 100 or Daiichi 1100, # 18-#20

Shuck: Dun Zelon, twisted

Body: Black Fine and Dry

Wing: Black CDC, clipped

Thorax: Black Ice Dub

A good Glossosoma imitation I use when the shadows hit the water on the East Walker and a great pattern for the small Black Caddis on the Madison…


Glass House Caddis:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Olive

Hook: TMC 5262, # 14-#18

Beads: One Black Metal followed by Olive Glass Bead

Rib: Largutan extra fine copper

Body/Case: Scintilla # 46, Peacockle

Hackle: Brown or Furnace Hen

Scott Sanchez’s fine imitation of the Brachycentrus Caddis Pupa that one finds in abundance on the Owens. These are the ” stick” Caddis one finds throughout that tailwater. This pattern is a Trout magnet…


Olive IRIS Caddis:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Olive

Hook: TMC 100 or Daiichi 1100, #14-#18

Shuck: Dun Zelon, crinkly

Body: Natures Spirit Caddis Green Emerger Dub

Wing: Olive Antron Yarn, semi-circle to bend

Head: Buggy Nymph, Dk. Hare’s Ear Dub

Craig Matthew’s Caddis pattern. I carry it in each hook size after learning about it’s fish catching prowess on the Madison and Stillwater Rivers. This fly accounted for some wonderful late evening action at Cliff Swallows on the Stillwater – I caught the largest Brown I have taken on that River with this fly at that spot…


LF Sparkle Emerger Pupa:

I am going to devote an entire story to the proper preparation of materials required to tie this fly and enhance it’s effectiveness… the store bought creations of this pattern don’t come close to the original intent of it’s creator – Gary LaFontaine. This fly as a emerger, and in the deep sparkle version, should be included in any fly fisherman’s arsenal. For me, it is one of the best Caddis patterns I have ever used…


Matthew’s X-Caddis Olive:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Olive

Hook: TMC 102Y, #13-#19

Shuck: Dun or Amber Zelon-(may be twisted)

Body: Stalcup’s BWO Micro Dub, Olive

Wing: Coastal Deer Hair

Another “go-to” pattern developed by Craig Matthews. I would venture to the water witout it. I tie most of them now with a twisted Zelon shuck…


Olive CDC Caddis:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Olive

Hook: TMC 100 or Daiichi 1100, #14-#18

Shuck: Olive Zelon, twisted

Body: Mix, Olive Antron and Olive Buggy Nymph, chopped

Wing: Natural CDC, clipped

Head: Arizona Dub, Hare’s Ear

A good slow water pattern I employ along banks on the Owens, East Walker and Madison Rivers. Tied in Brown, size #18, it slams ’em on Hot Creek…


SnoShu Black Caddis:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Black

Hook: TMC 900BL, #18-#20

Body: Stalcup’s Micro Dub, Black

Wing: Black Snow Shoe Hair, clipped at an angle

Another Glossosoma imitation that floats like a cork and brings ’em up when little black Caddis are emerging…


Sparkle Caddis Olive:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Black

Hook: TMC 206 BL, #14-#18

Body: Natures Spirit Caddis Green Emerger Dub

Wings: Dun Zelon

Head: Arizona Dk. Hare’s Ear Dub

Legs: Brown Partridge

Antennae: Olive Mallard Flank

A great sub -surface Caddis emerger I tie in various colors. I sometime trail this behind a Goddard or Elk Hair Caddis. I usually get the take on this fly…


U-Con 2 Caddis Emerger:

Hook: TMC 900BL, #14-#20

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Gray

Taik/ Shuck: Amber or Dun Zelon

Body: Dark Olive Dubbing

Overbody: Dark Olive Zelon

Thorax: Silver Glass Bead

Wing: Coastal Deer Hair

A Howard Cole design. A good surface film fly for slow water that has the added attraction of the glass bead. I have caught some nice Browns on this fly on the East Walker in the wanning light…


Z – Wing Caddis Amber:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Tan

Hook: TMC 2457 or Daiichi 1120, #12-#18

Body: Tan Buggy Nymph mixed with Davy Wotan Amber SLF Dub

Overbody: Two strips of dark mottled turkey tail

Rib: Copper/ Brown wire

Wing: Ginger Zelon

Head: Davy Woton Amber SLF

A Mike Mercer pattern I started using on the Stillwater River, in tan, several years ago. After I tied some up, the Amber version proved to be much more productive. I keep my boxes supplied with these in Olive, Dark Brown, Amber and Tan in all sizes. Fished from the bottom of the water column to subsurface they have picked of a “fair” amount of Trout and yeah…Whitefish…


Z – Wing Caddis Amber – top view:


Sparkle Caddis, Tan:

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

Hook; TMC 206BL, #14-#18

Body: Natures Spirit Tan Emerger Dub

Wings: Dun or Brown Zelon

Head: Natures Spirit Brown Emerger Dub

Kegs: Optional – Brown Partridge

Antennae: Dyed Wooduck Mallard Flank

The Tan version of the above Olive. I also tie this in Amber, Gray and Brown. I usually use it as a trailer…


Owens Emerger Caddis Pupa, Olive:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Olive or Brown

Hook: TMC 206BL, #14-#18

Overbody/Shuck: Olive Zelon, clipped short

Rib: Chart Wire

Legs: Brown Partridge

Head: Arizona Peacock Dub

I use this pattern rolled on the bottom to sub surface. It incoporates some of the aspects of the Z-Wing . I like to use this fly as a dropper, off the IRIS Caddis, in smaller sizes, in slow moving water…

More to come, March Browns, Grey Drakes, Green Drakes…


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