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Attractor patterns are just about my favorite flies to tie – and use…Many times we have been standing on an Eastern Sierra tail water and Michael will ask me, “Which fly should I use Dad ?” So, I peruse the boxes and after a few years of practical application and experience, I will choose a pattern and say, “Try this one” – with my fingers crossed behind my back…

Here are some guys that I and Ally will be using this Spring ( I’ll be giving them to her now since Michael and Aimee have moved to NYC).

AIMEE SS $3.00 -1-Aimee at sunset, at $3.00 Bridge this past July…

ATTRACTORS SPRING 2013 -1-SPRING 2013 ATTRACTOR BOX…

DLS BLACK RB LAV -1-Delektable Lil’ Spanker… BLACK, Rainbow-Lavender…Dan Delekta/Variant…

LIL DELEK MATERIALS -1-Materials for Delektable Lil’ Spanker…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – #18

THREAD: ABDOMEN -UTC, 70 denier, Black…Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

Tail: Medium Dun Mallard Flank Fibers

RIB: Lagartun Silver Wire – sized to hook

THORAX REAR: Rainbow Sow Scud Dubbing

WING CASE: DNA Holo Chromosome, 6 strands, pulled over and divided to make 3 legs on each side – longish

HACKLE: Light Dun CDC – premium select – Trout Hunter

THORAX FRONT: Ice Dub UV Lavender

BEAD: Silver Tungsten , sized to hook

These are killer on the Madison River and I suspect elsewhere as well…

BEARTOOTH FF CAM MT -1- Beartooth Fly Fishing…home of the Delektable Lil’ Spanker…where Dan Delekta ties these critters and his wife thought I was a guide when I dropped in with my crew…Above the Madison River South of Cameron, MT…HERE is a video on how to tie ‘em…

LGM VAR DNA -1-LGM (Little Green Machine) DNA – Wilox/Variant …

LGM MATERIALS -1-LITTLE GREEN MACHINE Materials…the original by Vince WilcoxHERE

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #14 – #20

THREAD: Uni. 8/0 Gray – for underabdomen…Tiemco, 16/0 Gray – Thorax forward

TAIL: Three Brown Pheasant Tail Fibers

RIB: Fl. Chartreuse Ultra Wire – SM

OVER ABDOMEN: Micro Tubing, Chartreuse

WING CASE: DNA Holo Chromosome Flash, coat with UV Knotsense, Clear Cure Goo or 5 Min. Epoxy

GILLS: White Antron

THORAX: Ice Dub Olive/Brown or Peacock

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, one size under ( ie. 5/64″ for #16)

I tie these in a number of colors and they ALL work…especially the Green version…I am doing a series of these now in different sizes on curved LIGHT hooks…try some this Spring !!!

MADISON RIVER TWILIGHT 2012 -1-MACHINE water, at twilight…on the Madison River, MT…

UV 2 BH RENEGADE -1-UV 2 BH RENEGADE WET…

MAT UV 2 BH REN WET -1-Materials for UV 2 BH RENEGADE WET…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #6 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 denire, White – Under abdomen…Tiemco 16/0, White, rest of pattern (Remember !!! USE WHITE THREAD,  SILVER TINSEL or PEARL TINSEL UNDER UV 2)

TAG: Datum Glo-Brite Floss #5, Fl. Green…coat with Aquaflex or hard As Hull

BACK HACKLE: Brown or Furnace Hackle, dull side back, Wet style

ABDOMEN: UV 2 Peacock Herl, from Eye, I use 2 strands and reinforce with Tiemco tying thread

RIB: Tiemco 16/0 Thread, White

FRONT HACKLE: White or Silver Badger…dull side back – Wet style

BEAD: Gold Tungsten, sized to hook

I have been using variations on the WET RENEGADE since 1975 when Georges Odier turned me on to them on the Roaring Fork River in CO. This one is from Al and Gretchen Beatty and believe me, IT IS a good one…So good, that I talked about it HERE…but let me show you a photo of what it did on the Madison River…

DAD MAD BROWN BH RENEGADE -1-A Brown to a BH Wet Renegade…Madison River, above $3.00 Bridge…

BH RENEGADE IN BOX -1-I carry a whole bunch of these in different sizes (lower right hand corner)…BECAUSE they WORK…

MADISON CHANNELS M n' A -1-Like right in here in the channels section of the Madison where Michael and Ally are standing…I took a series of some of the largest Browns I have ever caught…Boom, Boom, Boom right through this area in June 2004…It also slays on the Lower Owens River in size #16 – #18, in late March and early April…

GINGER MINKER -1-FULL GINGER MINKER SH…

MAT F GINGER MINKER -1-Materials for FULL  GINGER MINKER SH….

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL, #16 – #20

THREAD: Combo 6/0 Thread Tan/Orange – Cascade Crest – For Abdomen…Tiemco 16/0, Brown – Thorax forward

THORAX: Dubbed Mink Fur, Natural Brown

HACKLE: Starling, Bleached Ginger

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Brown, sized to hook

Another little soft hackle to throw at the Browns on the East Walker River (and some other locations) when the little Amber Caddis are about…

RUSTY DNA BBE -1-

RUSTY DNA BUBBLEBACK EMERGER- Trina/Variant…

MAT RUSTY DNA BB E -1-Materials for RUSTY DNA BUBBLEBACK EMERGER…

HOOK: TMC 100SP BL, #14 – #20

THREAD: Ultra 70 Denier, Brown or Tiemco 16/0, Brown dependent on hook size

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Rusty Brown Goose Biot, Fringed or plain – YOUR call

RIB: UTC Copper Wire, Sm or X-sm, dependent on hook size

WING CASE: DNA Holo Chromosome Flash – tied with a prominent hump

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Brown

LEGS: Natural Partridge, Brown, V-Notched

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

This is a pattern designed by Adaam Trina who started Montana Fly Co. It has been around for a number of years. I first used it on the Madison River in 2004. HERE are a number of variants on Steve Schalla’s site. Note that all are tied on curved, scud type hooksthis one isn’t…

GLINT NYMPH VAR -1-

GLINT NYMPH – Mercer/Variant (Olive)…

MAT GLINT NYMPH -1-

Materials for GLINT NYMPH VARIANT…

HOOK: TMC 100SP BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: UTC Ultra, oOlive, 70 Denier – Under abdomen, Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

TAILS: 3 Ringneck Pheasant tail fibers, natural

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, metallic Olive, BR or SM, dependent on hook size

FLASHBACK: Spirit River Holo Mylar Motion, Black 1/32″ or 1/64″, dependent on hook size

ABDOMEN: Olive thread covered with wraps of DNA Holo Fusion, 3-5 Large. Strands and 3-6 Small Strands

WING CASE: 1/8″ Black, Scud Back

THORAX: UV 2 Caddis Nymph, Olive

LEGS: Natural Partridge, V-Notched

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

A Mike Mercer pattern, new from Umpqua, that I have taken liberty with. Notice the color variations the pattern is listed in…then notice the  above color variations of DNA HOLO FUSION…I REALLY like this synthetic material for all its’ possibilities…

MADISON RIVER MOO 2012 -1-

Something for the “fifty mile riffle”…

HTS OLIVE -1-

HOT TUNG SQUIRREL, Olive – Bethke/Variant…

MAT HOT TUNG SQUIRELL-2-Materials for HOT TUNG SQUIRREL VARIANT…

HOOK: Daiichi 1120, #12 – #18

THREAD: UTC Ultra 70 denier, Black for #12 – #14 – Tiemco 16/0, Black, #16 – #18

SHUCK/TAIL: DNA  Holo Chromosome Flash – Pearl – Mixture of large and small fiber strands, sized to hook

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, Hot Orange, BR – SM. sized to hook

ABDOMEN: Squirrel Blend, dark Olive, brushed back with a velcro strip or bore brush after being ribbed

THORAX REAR: Micro Polar Chenille, Black

THORAX FRONT: Ice Dub UV Hot Orange

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

An Olive/Orange variation of John Bethke’s “Pink Squirrel” using some different materials in it’s construction…the original is a good’un…

SILVERBAK TUNG RED -1-

SILVERBAK TUNG REDVersion # 1.

SILVERBAK RED TUNG -2-

SILVERBAK RED TUNG – Version #2.

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Black (for #18) – Ultra 70 Denier, Black (for #14 – #16)

TAIL: Coq De Leon Light, Speckled

ABDOMEN: Red Pheasant Tail Fibers

RIB: Ultra Wire, Black – X-sm or SM

WING CASE: Version #1. – Silver Holographic Tinsel, Med or SM…Version #2. – Silver Fire Fly 1-2 strands – * coat with UV Knotsense, Clear-Goo or 5 Min. Epoxy

LEGS: Midge Flash, 3 strands each side

THORAX: Strung Peacock Herl, dyed red

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, sized to hook

Real Flashy and toned down version of a Red attractor that these guys might just like…

MOO MAD FISH  2 HAND -1-

A Rainbow to Michael’s hand on the Madison River…

SILVERBAK RT MAT -1-

Materials for SILVERBAK RED TUNG…

BLUE DIAMOND SH -1-

BLUE DIAMOND SH –

MAT BLUE DIA SH -1-

Materials for the BLUE DIAMOND SH…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon fibers, Medium speckled

ABDOMEN: UTC Thread, Dark Gray

RIB: UTC  Wire,  Gray, SM

THORAX: Arizona Diamond hair, #.11, Silver/Blue

GLASS BEAD: In front of thorax, Killer Caddis Diamond Bed, sized to hook

HACKLE: Speckled Hen Saddle, Black #.33 – Nature’s Spirit

BEAD: Tungsten Plummeting Bead, Blue, sized to hook

Just another soft hackle, in neutrals and blue – ’cause Michael likes ‘em and they catch fish…

CASPER CADDIS LARVA -1-

CASPER CADDIS LARVA –

HOOK: Daiichi 1120 or TMC 2457 – #16 -#20

THREAD: Underabdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White…Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: AZ Diamond hair, #1., Pearl Green

RIB: Copper Ultra Wire, x-sm

THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub

BEAD: Black Tungsten , sized to hook

MAT CASPER CAD LV -1-

Materials for the CASPER CADDIS LARVA…

MOO CASPER CAD LAR -2-

CASPER CADDIS water.. before the leaves burst out…

GR GUIDE DIP -1-

GR GUIDE DIP – Matthews/Variant…

MOO SS $3.00 BRIDGE -1-

Where this GUIDE DIP originated…

MAT GR GUIDE DIP -1-

MATERIALS for The GR GUIDE DIP…

HOOK: TMC 100SP BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0. Black – for Under abdomen and head

ABDOMEN: Glimmer Thread, Olive – Cascade Crest

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, Red, x-sm

WING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Clear/White

I tie a lot of variations on this pattern, the original came out of Craig Matthew’s Blue Ribbon Flies…some other ones I use with further information, may be found HERE and HERE…these have taken many good Trout for us…

ewr-mike-brown-grn-18Like this Brown on The East Walker River…

PECCARY No. 47 -1-

PECCARY #47 HS…

MAT PECCARY No. 47 -1-

MATERIALS for The PECCARY #47 HS…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: 3 of ‘em…Danville #47, 6/0, Tobacco Brown – Tiemco 16/0, Brown, Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #5, Hot Orange

TAIL: Two Peccary fibers

RIB: UTC Amber Wire, SM

ABDOMEN: Danville, #47, 6/0, Tobacco Brown – to thorax

THORAX: 70% Squirrel Blend, Rust – Spirit River/ 30% SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Brown/Olive – Wapsi

WINGLETS: Grizzly Krystal Flash, Copper/Blue

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

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

This is a pattern I will use on the East Walker River as a lead fly with a Midge larva or pupa off the bend when working swift water…just never know what will jump on it…

NEXT: More thoughts on some CADDIS for Spring 2013…

PT/TB   

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That time of year to hit the higher elevation (Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains) and try out some of the patterns I have been working on this past year. We did not experience an exactly “stellar” Winter here in CA, so the snow pack and subsequent stream and river flows are down. This time last year, the East Walker River was running at about 400cfs. This year it has been fluctuating between the high 80’s cfs. and up to 137cfs. and the useful patterns and lies of the Trout reflected the existing conditions and water temperatures…here is the trip:

Where we were…

Coming over Conway Summit, this is the view one sees on the left, coming down into the Alpine valley where the town of Bridgeport, Ca is located…

Bridgeport. CA at dusk…after a great meat loaf dinner at the Bridgeport Inn…

My favorite looking chop in the EWR…thar’ be TROUT in that swirling stuff…

One of the guys who jumped into my net the first afternoon of FF…

The above Trout’s brother…

His cousin…

Michael’s favorite bend in the “MIRACLE MILE” section where I C&R’d those fish and five others in about 45 minutes of FF, that afternoon…ON THESE:

CREAM MIRACLE MIDGES … #18 – #20

Early AM at the parking facility on the EWR…my starter on my heap (which I replaced before this trip) went SOUTH just as I arrived in Bridgeport…so I was the crazy guy who had to park on the hill to “pop the clutch” every evening when I left…to start it on a flat surface, I resorted to the “beat the starter” with a long torque wrench and hammer – method…

Early AM (about 7AM)…on the East Walker River…

Mr. Brown Trout to hand…

Repeat…

Where MOO – Michael got his “biggie’ back in September 2011…and I smacked a few with THIS:

BLACK HALO HOTTIE…recipe in post to follow…

Looking up towards the dam on the EWR…where the below pattern took a couple of nice Rainbows…

COPPER LONG WING TUNG DIP…I began using this pattern consistently as my lead fly behind about 18″ of just under 1/2 a twist-on. I kept my leader as long as my rod and used the smallest white Thing-a-mabobber made…about 12″ of tippet off the bend of this fellow to my dropper…it works !!…*NOTE…I had to clean moss off my flies after every other cast…the water temps. were 58 degrees – 60 degrees. With the lows flows and rising daytime temps., expect moss to become a significant problem – while nymphing…

Brodin, Thomas & Thomas Paradigm 9′, 5wt., Tibor Light, #20 Cream Miracle Midge = BT on the East Walker River…”I love it when a plan comes together” – Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith (George Peppard)…

Where a lot of Trout were hanging out…in the chop/white water…I found that putting one’s flies into this- from a directly downstream position, reaped nice rewards…most people would fish this from the side. With the lower flows, it was quite possible to stand in the current below such spots…just wade slowly and use caution…Remember to work the water in front FIRST…the largest Trout might be one foot off the bank !!!

Out in the current…behind and below the TARGET

…and now a little story…On Tuesday afternoon, May 22 at about 3PM, I was FF in this section using the above described nymphing technique (which my mentor Georges Odier taught me), working around some in stream boulders. I had just placed my flies to the left of the largest of the rocks when i noticed a flash as the pair dropped into the hold behind the boulder. I set the hook. For the next 15-20 minutes, I was engaged with the largest Brown I have encountered and caught, on this river, since about 1980. I thought that I would lose this guy more than once on the #18 Cream Miracle Midge and 5x tippet..twice he got below me and into the next run. My gear held. I finally netted this fish, head first into Michael’s Brodin Cutthroat. The tail stuck out about 6″-8″ above the rim of the net. As I was making my way to the bank to unhook and photograph this fish, I noticed a guy coming up the bank to my left. When I reached the bank and knelt over to hold the Trout, this guy, from behind me says: “YOU’RE GOING TO KILL THAT FISH !!!…I replied: “No I am not…and would you mind taking a picture?”. I unhooked my Pentax and handed it to the fellow. He steps around in front of me and the Brown in the net. The Trout immediately shot out into the current as this guy’s shadow fell on him…”Well, there he goes”, I stated…The guy handed me back my camera and I never saw him again…I guesstimated that Brown to be 26″-28″ and 6 1/2lbs. – 7lbs.

Unknowingly, he can be thankful I have almost 18 years in AA and 17 in Al Anon… Knowingly, I am…

There were some of these around too…BAETIS SPINNER…

The next few days were more of the same, a lot of Trout and waiting for Michael and Aimee to come over from San Francisco…

Standard EWR BROWN…

A nice deep pool where some of the residents liked THIS deep with three twist-ons…

BROWN/OLIVE OWENS SERENDIPITY#16

Like this one…

…and this Rainbow…

Then, on Friday morning, May 26, this happened…

SNOW on SAGE…

More white stuff…

Time for hot coffee…

Over night fall…

YAY!!!…Aimee…

AIMEE…

…and MICHAEL

…are HERE !!!

Hmmm…”Which pattern do I use Dad?”…

“Try a BROWN GRAPHIC CADDIS“…

Tan, Olive and Brown...ALL WORKED…in #16-#18…

“SEE”…the famous Trout Wave

“OK, I’ll try it Dad !!!”…

“It works”…unh – DER

Like on this one…

Working in concert…

…for this guy…

A VISIT TO A SPECIAL PLACE:

I have been coming to this little creek since 1977. I watched Jean Marie carry Nadia, on her back, up and down this stream so Nadia’s feet would not get wet -go figure. Ally and Michael have both taken fish with me in here…a lot of memories

PT and MOO

The meadow…back towards Bridgeport, CA…

In the pines…

A nice little pool going over a waterfall…

A side channel, gliding through the pines…

This is the head of a pool in which I hooked a five lb. Trout on a dry…back in the day…

More “fishy’ water…there a Browns, Rainbows and a few Brookies in here…

Another shallow glide…

Opening up towards the meadow…

Heading into the meadow where there are ponds with small snails in them…and the Browns get BIGGER (and crunchier off them)…

Wonder what’s under those overhanging willows ???…

The residents are very wary starting here…

Old cottonwood in the meadow…because I LOVE old cottonwoods…

Meadow flowers…

CONEHEADS“…Michael and Aimee…

Up the MOUNTAIN:

…to Virginia Lakes where Aimee wanted a photo of her and Michael (for a wedding invite – maybe?)…both have visted Carolyn and John’s resort since they were WEE TYKES

…and I got to visit one of my “leetle frens” that over run the place…

THEN…

…on to Virginia Creek Settlement for PIZZA and SUPERSIZED Salad…yummmmms…

Aimee checks the wine list…a thing of the past for me…

Michael tests the hookability of an OLIVE SPARKLE PUPAE…they also worked !…

Yes INDEED

The MOO works a run…

…and picks up a ‘Bow that has been damaged in the past…

PT plays with a Brown for a minute…

Afternoon delight…

Michael’s favorite section on the East Walker…

…and he scores again…

Michael’s last morning on the river – a Rainbow…

another one at the base of the bend…

A last Brown before leaving…

Nice one too !!!

What we do…”C ‘Ya next time !”…

ALL things have a place…

PT contemplates…

…with good reason…

The “OLD DUDE”…lost in space…

CREAM MIRACLE MIDGE…the hands down winner this trip… the next time the East Walker is visited and one sees ALL those other Fly Fisherman above, in the river, guess who is putting the midge larva in the drift…thanks guys !!!

…and great to have met some followers of this BLOG on the RIVER…that would be YOU…Dave & Dave…Al & Al !!!

NEXT:

1. The recipes for those flies I tied last time…

2. Some ties for two in the family –  who are headed for $3.00 BRIDGE

PT/TB 


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Here they is:

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PHOTO: “BAETIS” – John Jurasek, Blue Ribbon Flies Newsletter

The prolific little bugs that love to hatch on overcast, blustery, rainy, snowy, miserable and memorable days on waters everywhere. I LOVE these guys…

P1010364

OLIVE/BROWN Baetis…

Hook: TMC 2487, Diiachi 1130, #16-24 (Fall SMALL)

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths, 14/0, olive or gray

TAIL: Three olive or brown Pheasant tail fibers

Rib: Gold Largutan extra fine wire

ABDOMEN: Wapsi thread, Olive Brown

THORAX: SLF Prism ,Olive Brown, picked out

WINGCASE: Black Krystal Flash or Firefly

BEAD: Gold

I have used this fly on the Owens, Hot Creek and The East Walker River in the Fall with success by fishing it deep prior to a hatch, The black KF version works best trailed off an emerger – about 12′ of tippet material off the bend…

P1010365

John Barr’s BWO Emerger…

HOOK: TMC 101, # 16 – # 24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths, 14/0, Gray

TAIL:Dun Hen Hackle fibers, clipped

ABDOMEN: Stalcups BWO Dubbing

THORAX: Adams Gray Superfine or Muskrat Gray

WINGCASE/ LEGS: Bunch of Dun Hen Hackle tied over, evenly separated and tied back

John Barr developed this pattern a long time ago – it still works. Fish it deep or through the water column. I sometimes pull Black KF over the top above the hen hackle to give the fly a sight hump. The hen hackle fibers are retained for legs…


P1010366

Foam Baetis Emerger…

HOOK: TMC 100, #18-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Olive or Gray

TAIL/SHUCK: Olive or Olive Brown Zelon

RIB: Largutan, Gold, extra fine wire

ABDOMEN: Olive or Natural Pheasant Tail

THORAX: Dk. Olive ,Stalcup’s Baetis dubbing, picked out

WINGCASE/TAG: Razor Foam, Gray

This is a good flat water, stuck emerger. I use it along edges on the Owens and on waters where the Trout are in the tipped back sipping mode – picking off easy prey. I find this on really cold days when it takes a little longer for the bugs to get off the surface film…

P1010368

Pheasant Tail…

HOOK: TMC 3761, #16-#20

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Brown

TAIL: Natural Pheasant Tail Fiber or Olive

RIB: Largutan, Gold, Extra Fine or XSM Wapsi Wire, copper

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, natural or Olive

THORAX: Peacock Herl, SLF Prism ,Olive Brown,Arizona Peacock (natural), Ice Dub, Olive Brown,Ostrich Herl- Olive, Brown and Dark Gray

BEAD: Gold or Copper

WINGCASE/ LEGS: Pheasant Tail Fibers, pulled over and separated, Natural or Olive

This is the American standard. Through the years, I have tied it using different kinds of materials for the thorax. With the arrival of Dyed Pheasant Tail, I have tied it in Black, Red, Yellow and Green…get the picture? IT SLAYS…

P1010369

EthaDun BWO Parachute…

HOOK: TMC 100, #16-#24, TMC 102Y, # 17- #21

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Olive, Brown, Gray

TAIL: Microfibetts, color to match thread

ABDOMEN: Turkey or Goose Biot, fringed- tan, olive, gray

THORAX: Flyrite, Super Fine or Stalcups – Lt. Olive, Dk. Olive, Olive/ Brown, Brown/Olive

HACKLE: Premium Dun

WING: Ethafoam or Evazote – Gray or colored Gray

One of my favorite dry patterns. I don’t use dries a lot. I learned early on from Georges Odier that 90% of the time, Trout feed below the surface. However, there is just something irresistible about dry fly fishing and this pattern floats well and produces…

P1010370

GRHare’s Ear…

HOOK: TMC 3769 #16-#20, Diiachi 1560, #16-#18, TMC 100, #16-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Gray, Olive, Brown

TAIL: Stiff Hare’s Ear – from Mask

RIB: Gold Mylar Tinsel, SM

ABDOMEN: Fur from a hares mask # 3

THORAX: Spiky, darker Hare’s Mask Fur # 4

WINGCASE: Mottled Turkey Tail Fiber Section

This is another Standard pattern. I tie this pattern in Natural, Olive, Dun and Black. The first there colors work well for Baetis / BWO’s. They are all in their appropriate slots in my Nymph Boxes. Here is a good tutorial from Hipwader on this essential fly… I do not use weight for smaller patterns…

Hipwader Tutorial GRHE


P1010371

Quasimodo Pheasant Tail…

HOOK: TMC 2487, #16-#24, Diiachi 1130, # 16-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Brown

TAIL: Pheasant Tail Fibers- Natural,Olive,

RIB: Gold Largutan, extra fine wire or Wapsi xsm Copper wire

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Natural or Olive

THORAX: Peacock Herl, Peacock SLF Prism, Arizona Peacock, Ice Dub Olive/Brown

WINGCASE/ LEGS: Pheasant Tail Fibers, pulled over, separated and tied back. Black, Pearl or Peacock KF works too!!!

BEAD: Gold or Copper

Kinda’ looks like Charles Lawton…This is an alternative to the classic PT. Hunched and curved it gives the impression of SQUIRMY in the water column. Jeremy Davies swears by this hook and it’s heavier versions for the holding capability …Works for me…

P1010374

BWO Emerging Dun…

HOOK: TMC 2487,#16-#24, Diiachi 1130 #16- #24, Mustad C49S ,#16-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Olive, Brown, Gray

TAIL: Zelon, Olive/Brown, Olive or Brown

RIB: Optional, Largutan extra fine, Gold

ABDOMEN: Goose or Turkey Biot, Fringed, BWO, Olive, Tan,Gray

WING: Reversed Half Hackle Wing, Premium Dun or Lt. Olive

HACKLE: Premium Dun or Grizzly Dun, clipped at bottom

This FLY catches fish. It has a great profile, hangs like an emerger should and floats in every condition except the roughest water. I came across this pattern years ago and finally worked up the gumption to deal with the wings. After a number of tries, it became easy..try some, the fish like it…

P1010375BWO/ BAETIS ZELON EMERGING DUN…

HOOK: TMC 1oo. #18-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Olive or Gray

TAIL/ SHUCK: Amber or Gold Zelon

ABDOMEN: Sm. amount of Gray Superfine or Stalcup’s BWO Dub for #18-#20, Thread for smaller ties

THORAX: Small amount of Gray Superfine or Stalcup’s Baetis or BWO Dubbing

WING: Med. Dun Hi-Vis, Upright, spread with fingernail, clipped in back

HACKLE: Premium Dun

Notice the 7X Mono in the eye…this fly produced for me on a wet, windy, cold day on the Wild Trout section of the Owens River. No one else was there but me and the Trout…

owens-rain-dad

Freezing rain on the Owens, GOOD Baetis/BWO conditions…

P1010376

Glass Bead Emerger…

HOOK: TMC 200R, # 16-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Olive Brown or Gray

BEAD: Glass Metallic or Pearl

TAIL: Pheasant Tail fibers

ABDOMEN: Goose or Turkey Biot, fringed, Tan, BWO, Olive or Gray

THORAX: Fly-Rite mixed with Hare’s Ear or Muskrat, picked out

WING: Mallard Flank, Gray or Lemon Wood Duck, posted and covered by dubbing

This is a very good soft water fly pattern. I use HYROPHOBE on the thorax section of the fly ONLY. If it tilts over, no matter, the fish rise to it anyway. Lots of fun with this on The East Walker River…


P1010378

Starling BWO…

HOOK: Alec Jackson, North Country, # 17-#19, TMC 3761 #18-#20, TMC 2488, #18-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/o, Gray, Olive or Benecchi, 12/0 ,Tan

RIB: Largutan extra fine wire, Gold

ABDOMEN: Tying Thread

THORAX: Muskrat dubbing

HACKLE: Starling

I enjoy swinging soft Hackles. This is an easy tie and the fishees seem to like it anywhere it drops in…

P1010379

Silver Wing Case PT…

I include this fly, which has a silver Mylar wing case, because one day – on The Madison River, above $3.00 Bridge, at about 6AM in Mid-September, I hooked six of the largest Browns and Rainbows that I have ever brought to a net …on this fly in size # 20…

set-3-honey-04 In THIS SPOT – On the Madison River

I don’t remember when or why I was inspired to tie this particular fellow. This is the same fly…hook not bent…go figure…

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Tan Biot KF Emerger…

HOOK: Diiachi 1560, #16-#18, TMC 3761, # 16-#20, TMC 2488, #16-#24

Thread: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Tan

Tail: Olive or Amber Zelon

RIB: Optional. Largutan, extra fine Gold Wire

THORAX: Olive Ostrich Herl

WINCASE/ LEGS: Peacock, Pearl or Black Krystal Flash

This is my favorite Fall BWO/ Baetis Emerger. I fish it deep with twist-ons…It has worked like a charm here:

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The Owens River, below Five Bridges…

MORE:

BAETIS/BWO’s # 1

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 2

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 3

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 4

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 5

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 6

PT/TB :faint:




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When I reflect upon the joys that Fly Fishing has brought me and my time spent with my children on the water, my thoughts go back to this wonderful man. George was the first Fly Fisherman who taught me the intricate aspects of nymphing on the Roaring Fork River in Colorado in 1975. Quietly, he demonstrated the technique of “high stick” nymphing that most of us are well acquainted with today. I have sadly learned that he is now approaching the end of this life and is on life support in a hospital in Salt Lake City. In my mind he is a legend…

 

GEORGES ODIER

(Georges Odier focuses its research on the Jurassic period of several years in the desert of Moab, and he just made a fascinating discovery: mammals have been at this period of prehistory and more diverse than the dinosaurs themselves. Their burrows and their bones are found clear evidence of their presence. He offers his book entitled “The Mammal Explosion” in preview before the Embassy of France.)

About the Book

A new beginning for the Jurassic? Perhaps not in the then entire Pangea Continent but certainly in the region that is now the Western United States. That’s what discoveries of new fossil footprints are either implying or confirming. While the uncovering of Sauropod or Ornithischian tracks in the very early and upper Middle Jurassic simply confirms their pre-supposed presence during that era, and while diminutive tritactyl tracks from the onset of the Jurassic onward only support the birds’ dinosaurian origin, the presence of multitudes of primitive but true mammal species as early as the Triassic-Jurassic as dreary and inhospitable deserts. Contrary to earlier theories based on a death of fossils and tracks that era was most likely if not in fact dominated by a vast variety of early mammals suggesting that the true mammal lineage had already coalesced as far down as the Middle Triassic.


About the Author

The author began his involvement in fossil footprints studies as a part-time ‘tracker’ in 1991 in-around the Canyonlands of southeastern Utah, then moved to Moab, Utah, in 1999 as a full-time field researcher. Among other scientists his studies were inspired by Prof. Martin Lockley, an ichnologist, (U. of Colorado) and Prof. Frank de Courten, a paleontologist (Sierra College, CA) both of them well-known for their work in this part of the US. He wrote a Field Guide for amateur ‘trackers’ in 2000, and continues to write Field Reports for the scientific community, mainly preliminary documentation of new track sites. His methodical field research has helped him uncover many fossil footprints of scientific importance in-around the Moab area of the Canyonlands, particularly diminutive mammal tracks and trackways hiterhto unknown in the track recorded.

 

Ah yes, George with his pipe!!!

 

PUB: 1984

 

I met George at Chuck Fothergill’s Fly Shop in Aspen, CO. More about that experience here:

Georges Odier, Aspen, CO

This was Georges’ favorite fly pattern and one that produced endless hours of enjoyment for me on many streams and rivers over the last 34 years…

 

WET RENEGADE:

This pattern has produced more solid fish for me through the years than any other nymph …George introduced me to it one morning on the Roaring Fork on a stretch of private property he had access to – several miles downstream from Woody Creek Bridge…

Presentation Tips: Georges Odier popularized this fly as a NYMPH in his landmark book “Swimming Flies” published in 1984. This is the real beginning of the high-stick nymphing technique and is worth the read. (HATCHES)

More information on Georges may be found here:

FLY FISH OHIO

 

THE ROARING FORK, below Aspen, CO…

From The MOAB TIMES INDEPENDENT

Georges Pierre Odier, 1931 ~ 2009

died 2009-08-31

Georges Pierre Odier, age 77 years, passed away early on August 31, 2009 at University Hospital in Salt Lake City. Georges is survived by his sister, Michele Odier and brother, Jean Pierre Odier. He is preceded in death by his sister, Anne Marie. He leaves nieces and nephews Emmanuelle, Laurent, Nicolas, Jimmy, Alexandre, Stephan, and Walter. Georges made many friends in his travels through life. He will be sadly missed.

Born Oct. 18, 1931, Georges spent his childhood and youth in Marseille, France. He emigrated from France in 1951 with his longtime friend Jean Jacques André. Landing in New York they passed through the U.S. to settle in Canada, where they worked on farms in Saskatchewan for a year. The following year they moved on to British Columbia and worked in the lumber mill at Penny, B.C. while learning the English language better. Georges moved to Victoria B.C. and worked in the Water Rights Branch of the Provincial Government of B.C.

Georges was always an active outdoorsman. He learned to ski with style at the old ski cabin on Mt. Brenton on Vancouver Island. He was very musical and could play the piano and mouth organ by ear, never having had a lesson. He was in Montreal for a short time, and then went to Bloomfield Hills, Mich. to teach skiing for the Stein Erickson ski school, subsequently teaching in Aspen, Colo., where he taught many famous names including some of the Kennedy family. While in Aspen. Georges served a term as head of the Chamber of Commerce, and was always involved with the community. His years in Aspen were some of the happiest and most fruitful of his life.

As the younger generation took to the ski slopes Georges renewed his passion for fly-fishing. He worked at Chuck Fothergill’s Outdoor Sportsman and Guiding, and was active in organizations such as Trouts Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited. Georges had taken up fly-fishing with great enthusiasm and, as with all the activities he did, became a true expert. He practiced the catch-and-release advocated by his mentor, Chuck Fothergill. Georges served as guide to many including former-President Jimmy Carter, who sent to him, with the seal of the White House on it, a letter of thanks and appreciation for the time they spent together.

After Chuck Fothergill retired and the shop was sold, the following year, Georges’ brother signed the lease for the new store under the name Odier Ltd. Georges and his associate Jeannie Donofrio designed the new shop and put their hearts into that store. It was an elegant fly-fishing and gentlemen’s store, with a French flair, with clothing, etched stemware, wood carvings, and luggage all imported from France; they were very proud of it. The store was successful partly because Georges was so well known in the community. Some of their clients were Hollywood celebrities such as Robert Wagner, Jill St. John, George Hamilton, and Vanna White, who became regular customers and were good friends. Georges and Jeannie enjoyed the store for several years until Georges’ life changed. He moved on, and did guiding in Alaska, traveled through much of the North American wilderness, and enjoyed many fishing trips with friends. He returned to Aspen to work for the Aspen Historical Society. In his free time he took great pleasure in making trips to explore the Canyonlands of Utah.

Georges was a prolific writer. He wrote for his own and his friends’ amusement, funny stories of history and wars. He sometimes had a sharp critical voice in expressing his views on a wide variety of subjects. He was also a researcher and knowledgeable particularly in French history. During his years in Aspen Georges wrote “Swimming Flies, A Revolutionary Approach to Fly fishing” published in 1984. In 1998 and 1999 he also wrote outdoor articles for the Glenwood Post newspaper.

Georges took some time out to travel and visit his family in France before returning to the US to settle in his beloved Canyonlands. He has lived in Moab, Utah for the last ten years. Here he pursued one of his major interests – ichnology (studies based on the discovery and analysis of burrows, trackways, trails etc. of early mammals), and made his hobby of exploring the Canyonlands into a full-time and passionate occupation. He worked with Fran Barnes and was determined that there should be recognition from the scientific community for the importance of tracks in the Jurassic Period. After Fran passed away, Georges continued his own research. He wrote and published: “The Jurassic, A New Beginning,” August 2003, “The Jurassic, The Rise of the Mammals,” March 2004, “The Jurassic, The Mammal Explosion,” August 2006. These books documented Georges’ findings in and around Moab. Recently he collaborated with Steve Hasiotis of the University of Kansas, and led studies in the field around Moab. As a field researcher, Georges’ goal was to have recognition for his theory that small mammals were prolific in the Jurassic period.

At the onset of his illness he had just met with a freelance reporter from Grand Junction who was to write an article on the subject of Georges’ discoveries. An article Georges had been waiting five years to be written and published.

Until we wet our lines together, again…I am grateful to have known you…

PT/TB

 

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