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Often overlooked, this tail water, spring creek and alpine lake staple has, through the years, provided me with some of the largest Trout I have ever brought to hand…For years, I have used a simple Al Troth pattern, tied on Mustad 3096B hooks, as my go-to Scud. Scuds should be tied on straight – ish hooks. When they are in motion,  living scuds present a straight profile and swim in short 6″-12″ bursts. Drifting scuds assume a semi-curled position, resting scuds (in the weed beds), a curled position… See HERE and HERE…use thy rod tip and line accordingly. For an overview of these protein packed critters, please visit WESTFLY and PHILLIP ROWLEY…please note, I have made an accomodation  to the manufacture’s of curved Scud Hooks…

SCUDS SO BOX -1-SCUDS, SOWBUGS, a PACIFIC KING and a TUNGSTEN G-STRING WORM…ready for H2O…

SCUDS EWR -1-Another place for SCUD imitations…”Miracle Mile” section of the East Walker River…

LIME FLASH O-G SCUD -1-LIME FLASH OLIVE/GRAY SCUD …

HOOK: TMC 2457 or Daiichi 1120 or a straight-ish hook like a TMC 2488H, Daiichi 1250, Daiichi 1760, Daiichi 1560 – #12 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive

WEIGHT: 8-10 wraps, .010 -.015 Lead or lead sub.

REAR JUMPING LEGS OR TAIL: AZ Simi Seal, .11, Gray/Olive

UNDER BACK: Lime (Chartreuse) Flashabou), Hedron

BACK: Stretch Flex, 1/8″, Olive

RIB: 5X or 6X Fluro or Mono tippet material

This pattern would imitate a resting scud, in the weed beds, just waiting for a Trout to root it out…

Materials LIME FLASH Olive/Gray SCUD…

LIME FLASH OG SCUDS -1-LIME FLASH Olive/Gray SCUDS…

PINKO UV2 OB SCUD -1-PINKO, UV2 OB SCUD …

HOOK: TMC 2499SP -BL, #12 – #18

THREAD: Under Abdomen- Veevus 16/0, White – Head. Ultra 70 Denier, FL. Pink

WEIGHT: .015 – .010 lead or lead sub.

REAR JUMPING LEGS or TAIL: 6-8 Strands Midge Flash, Pink Pearl

ABDOMEN: 30/40/30 Mix Ice Dub UV, Pink – Sow Scud Dub, Fl. Pink – UV2 Pink Scud Shrimp Dub.

UNDER BACK: Medium Opal Tinsel

BACK: Stretch Flex, 1/8″, Pink

RIB: Ice Thread, Pink

Materials for PINKO, UV2 OB SCUD…

VV2 OB PINK SCUDS -1-PINKO (s)…

Pink is another good color to include in one’s fly box. This pattern is a killer on the Big Horn River in Montana…and elsewhere…

THE PURPLE ONE SCUD -1-THE PURPLE ONE (SCUD) …

HOOK: TMC 2488H, #12 – #18

THREAD: Danville. 6/0, Purple

WEIGHT: .010  – .015 lead or lead sub.

TAIL: AZ Simi Seal, Purple

ABDOMEN: AZ Simi Seal,  Purple

UNDER BACK: 6-8 Strands, Krystal Flash UV Pearl

BACK: Stretch Flex, 1/8″, Clear

RIB: 5X or 6X tippet material

Purple…because it is another color that works and because nobody else has ever tied one exactly this way…(to my knowledge)…

Materials PURPLE ONE (Scud)…

PURPLE ONES SCUDS -2-PURPLE ONE (Scuds)…

HOLO RAINBOW SCUD -1-HOLO RAINBOW SCUD …

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP-BL, #12 – #18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Sheer, Red

WEIGHT: .015 or .010 lead or lead sub. (Lead sub. does not come in a .010 diameter)

TAIL: Mallard Fibers, natural

ABDOMEN: Rainbow Sow Scud Dubbing – Wapsi..(NOT the dubbing from Hareline and trust me, there is a difference)

UNDER BACK: Holographic Mylar Motion, 1/32′, Black – Spirit River

BACK: Stretch Flex. 1/8″. Clear

RIB: Black Ice Thread

HEAD CEMENT: Hard AS HULL

This is primarily an attractor pattern. Rainbow Sow Scud Dubbing is one of my favorite attractor dubbings, The tan and this version find their way into a lot of attractor patterns that I tie…

One of the fellows at a Forum I visit asked me how I tie the Holo Rainbow Scud…so here  it is:

These are the materials…

…and these are some tools I use to “fuzz” out the legs…

1. Put 10 wraps of .010 lead on the hook shank, a little bit forward of the middle…

2. Bind down the wraps with tying thread (Veevus 16/0 Red )…

3. Pull off the stem, about 12 -14 Bronze Mallard shoulder fibers and secure to the hook at the bend then wrap thread deep into the bend. Advance thread forward to front of lead wraps and secure with a half hitch…

4. Tie in a strand of Black Ice Thread…half hitch

5. Tie in a length of Clear 1/8′ Stretch Flex (or your shell material, like a strip of freezer baggie)…a few wraps then…half hitch…

6. Tie in a strand of Spirit River Holographic Mylar Motion, 1/32′, Black…a few wraps then half hitch…bring all of the materials down, into the bend with thread wraps and…half hitch…

7. Like this…now the thread is ready to be dubbed…

8. Moisten the tread with water ( I use spit), then pull off small sections of Rainbow Sow Scud  Dubbing and twist it on the thread…do small sections when wrapping forward…the finished dubbed body should look like a football…then –  half hitch

Ready to bring the other materials forward…

9. Bring the Holo Mylar Motion forward, add a few wraps and…half hitch…

10. Bring the Stretch Flex forward, take two wraps over the material, one in front of the material, then one over the material again…now, pull the stretch flex towards the bend and secure with two more TIGHT wraps…half hitch (this is where a half hitch tool pays off rather than using fingers)…now, bring the Black Ice thread forward with 7-8 wraps ( as ribbing ) and wrap thread twice and then – half hitch… then whip finish …and add a dollop of “Hard As Hull” to the head…

11. Stick a needle into the eye of the hook to clear any head cement (so ya’ don’t start swearing on the water)…and now those “Fuzzing” tools are applied to the fly. I like a needle first then either a bore brush or Velcro…CLIP the legs even with or just below the hook point…some tiers like to cut the legs at an angle…I don’t think the Trout give a rat’s behind about that…

Toss that puppy in the H2O…it is now bomb proofed…

HOLO RAINBOW SCUDS -2-HOLO RAINBOW SCUDS…

UV2 DEAD ON SCUD -1-UV2 DEAD ON SCUD (Orange)…

HOOK: Daiichi 1250, #14 -#18

THREAD: Under Abdomen, Veevus 16/0, White – Head Lagartun 74 Denier, Amber

WEIGHT: .010 lead, 8 – 10 wraps

TAIL: UV2 Strung Saddle Fibers, Fl. Orange

ABDOMEN: 50/50 Mix Ice Dub UV Hot Orange – UV2 Scud Shrimp Fl. Orange

UNDER BACK: Orange Flashabou, Hedron (see last pattern in series for link)

BACK: Stretch Flex, 1/8″, Clear

A so-called dead scud pattern. The orange tint may be caused by a parasite infection (see Westfly LINK)…In any case, they work…

Materials UV2 DEAD ON SCUD…

UV2 DEAD ON SCUDS -1-UV2 DEAD ON (Orange) SCUDS…

This, with a Scud attached to the terminal end…makes a pleasant sound…with a Trout on…

ew-47-mike-hc-2MOO down in SCUDVILLE…Hot Creek, CA…

UV2 TAN MOLTING SCUD -1-UV2 TAN (molting) SCUD – Hyalella

HOOK: TMC 2488H #14 – #16

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

WEIGHT: .010 Lead, 8 – 10 wraps

TAIL: Mallard Flank Fibers, Natural

ABDOMEN: UV2 Scud Shrimp, Tan

BACK: Swiss Straw, Clear, 1/8″ strip cut lengthwise

A molting version of the smaller Scud (genera Hyalella) found in the Eastern Sierras.

Materials UV2 TAN SCUDS -1-Materials UV2 TAN (Molting) SCUD…

UV2 TAN SCUDS -1-UV2 TAN (MOLTING) SCUDS…

SCUD OLIVE PREGGO -1-OLIVE PREGGO SCUD …

HOOK: TMC 2488H, #12- #16

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Sheer

WEIGHT: .015 or .010 lead or lead sub.

TAIL: Mallard Flank Fibers, Olive

BEAD: Spirit River, Hot Orange sized one size under hook size

ABDOMEN: 50/50 Mix, Whitlock  SLF Scud dub/Sow Scud Light Olive

BACK: Stretch Flex, Clear

A pregnant scud imitation – the orange bead representing the brood pouch or Marsupium. I use lead stuffed into the bead and a few wraps in front to lock it in place…

Materials OLIVE PREGGO SCUD -1-Materials OLIVE PREGGO SCUD…

OLIVE PREGGO SCUDS -1-OLIVE PREGGO SCUDS…

 

Weird colors?…it’s what I do… the Trout in the Lower Owens River will vouch for me…

MOO's DIAMOND DUN SCUD -1-MOO’s DIAMOND DUN SCUD (Blue)…

HOOK: Daiichi 1760, #18

THREAD: Veevus 10/0 , Black

WEIGHT: .010 lead wire wraps – 8-10

TAIL: 50/50 mix Ice Dub UV Dun/AZ Diamond Hair .11, Silver Blue

UNDER BACK: Fire Fly, Silver

BACK: Stretch Flex, 1/8″, Clear

RIB: Seaguar Fluro, 6X

“BLUE?”, you ask…because this guy ALWAYS catches large Trout on BLUE patterns…

It’s the “Let Mikey do it !”…principle…

Materials MOO'S DIAMOND DUN SCUD -1-Materials for MOO’S DIAMOND DUN SCUD…

MOO’S DIAMOND DUN SCUDS…

KG's SPRING CK SC VAR -1-KG’s SPRING CREEK SCUD – Kelly Glissmeyer/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2488H, #12 -#16

THREAD: Benecchi 12/0 Tobacco

TAIL: AZ Simi Seal, #.10, Golden Olive

ABDOMEN: AZ Simi Seal. #.10, Golden Olive

BACK: Stretch Flex, 1/8″, Clear

RIB: Pearl Krystal Flash

Kelly Glissmeyer ties a lot of interesting patterns. This is his Spring Creek Scud that has popped one or two very large Trout on an unnamed water he frequents…

Materials KG’s SPRING CREEK SCUD – Variant…

MOO COLD DAY LO -1-Scud time on the Lower Owens Ricer…

KG’s SPRING CREEK SCUDS…

PEARLING SCUD OLIVE -1-PEARLING SCUD Olive…

HOOK: TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120, #12 – #18

THREAD: Uni 8/0, Olive Dun

WEIGHT: 10 -12 wraps .010 or .015 lead or lead sub.

TAIL: Mallard Flank Fibers, Olive

ABDOMEN: 50/50 Mix AZ Diamond Hair, Olive – Sow Scud , Olive

OVER BACK: Flashabou, Olive

BACK: Swiss Straw, Olive – 1/8″ strip, cut lengthwise

RIB: 5X or 6X Mono or Fluro tippet

This is a generic, olive pattern that incorporates a bit of flash on the back. This particular color is what I most encounter on still and moving waters I fish, here in the West…Swiss Straw gives a “wet” look to any shrimp pattern – it is cheap and easy to use…

Materials PEARLING SCUD…

PEARLING SCUDS…#14’s…

NEXT: More Euro type attractors for Spring…

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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

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A dozen it is…darker colors and some attractor styles  for some places that me n’ the tribe visit when the leaves change color and there is an Autumnal chill in the air…I look forward to and cherish fly fishing at this time of year… …notice the Gamakatsu R10-B Hook..I like these…

A pond on the way to the glacier above Big Pine, CA…along Big Pine Creek in the Fall…

The completed box…just another, to go in….Michael’s vest…

RS-2 TUBE BROWN BAETIS, #20-#22…Rim Chung/Shane Stalcup/ PT…side view…

RS-2 TUBE BROWN BAETIS, #20-#22…Rim Chung/Shane Stalcup/ PT…tilted view

HOOK: TMC 200R, #20-#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Two Moose Body fibers (or black barbetts)

ABDOMEN: Micro Tubing, Brown

WING: Premium CDC, Medium Dun, (TroutHunter)

THORAX: Hare-Tron Dubbin, Dark Brown

GLASS BEAD: Diamond, Killer Caddis, 15/0, Midge

The RS-2, developed and designed by Rim Chung, is one of those must patterns for any fly box. It is like a Pheasant Tail or WD-40 when one needs useful Baetis/BWO patterns for Spring, Fall or anytime – anywhere…it JUST WORKS. This is a bit of a take off, with a micro tube abdomen and Glass Bead. The late Shane Stalcup has this pattern in his book, “Mayflies – Top to Bottom”. He uses partridge for legs…I started using this pattern long ago and used them exclusively (with glass beads),for two weeks, on the Madison River, at $3.00 Bridge – to test their effectiveness. They are machines…this variation may be tied in many colors using various shades of micro tubing, differing thread colors beneath the abdomen and fine dubbings…

PIB BAETIS…(“Paint It Black” – Baetis). #18…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Speckled Black

RIB: Lagartun Fine Wire, Violet

FLASH BACK: Mirage Opal Tinsel, SM

ABDOMEN: Micro Tubing, Black

WING CASE: Stalcup’s Flash Back, Black

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Black

WING STUBS: Marc Petitjean Select CDC Feather Fibers, Lt. Mallow

BEAD: Black Tungsten

Late Fall and Winter Baetis/BWO’s come in darker shades, especially when they are about to “POP”…I have tied several variations on this theme for use in these conditions…don’t believe me…??? SEE HERE:

This particular tie was named after my Grandson’s Dad made an exclamation, at an event we all attended, this past Saturday…How appropriate…Something about the “Stones….”

IRON LOTUS BWO/BAETIS…Egan…(Variant)…#16-#20…Side view

IRON LOTUS BWO/BAETIS…Egan…(Variant)…tilted view

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16-#20 or TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130

THREAD: Wapsi 70 Denier, Brown/Olive for abdomen

RIB: White, Uni, 6/0, twisted…cover abdomen with a coat of SHAN or Loon UV Knot Sense

WING CASE: Scud Back 1/8″ or strip of Black Thin Skin

HOT SPOT: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Red thread (Datum Glo-Brite works too!!!)

BEAD: Gold Tungsten, sized to hook

What else needs to be said…It is a Lance Egan pattern…HARELINE offers “Glo-Brite” here in the US...Glo- Brite

B’s “BLACK MAMBA” Winter BAETIS…#20…

HOOK: TMC 100SPBL, #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Soft Hen Hackle Saddle, Black

ABDOMEN: Tying thread (16/0, Tiemco, Black

RIB: Midge Rainbow Flash (Cascade Crest)…coat abdomen with SHAN

THORAX: Purple UV Ice Dub

LEGS: Midge Flash, Black

BEAD: Silver Brass or Tungsten, 5/64″

The anti-“Silver Streak” and because, down deep, on the East Walker River this pattern will slay ’em…“B” would be me…

6X EMERGER (Baetis) – Variant…Clayton Molinero…

HOOK: TMC 3761, #18 or TMC 2487, Daiichii 1130, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Black or Brown

RIB: X-SM gold or copper wire

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers

WING: White Zelon

THORAX: Peacock Herl..or, in this instance –  Dyed Purple, Iridescent Peacock Herl… (Hence variant)

An older pattern that has caught more that its’ fair share of Trout in the Yellowstone area…revived by Craig Matthews and BRF

KG’s Halfback/Foamback BAETIS – (Variant)…#18-#22…Side view…

KG’s Halfback/Foamback BAETIS – (Variant)…Tilted view…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18-#22

THREAD: Body – Wapsi Ultra 70 Denier, Brown

THREAD: Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0 Brown

TAIL / SHUCK: Amber Sparkle Emerger Yarn

RIB: Wapsi wire, x-SM, Chartreuse

ABDOMEN: Tying thread

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Brown

WING CASE: Electronics packing foam

LEGS: Midge Flash, Black

KG would be Kelly Glissmeyer, whose patterns can regularly be seen over on FAOL. This is a good one that I have, as usual, tweaked a bit…the addition of the MF legs and sparkle emerger yarn shuck…(Kelly uses Zelon). A little dumpster diving will provide a wealth of that electronics packing foam, which has numerous applications…This fly works most excellent as a trailer, just below the surface film…

TOO BLUE BAETIS EMERGER…#18-#22…side view…

TOO BLUE BAETIS EMERGER…Tilted View…

HOOK: TMC 101, #18-#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray

TAIL / SHUCK: Blue Zelon

ABDOMEN: Royal Blue Krystal Flash

RIB: X-SM Wapsi wire, Silver

WING CASE: Larva Lace, Floss, Blue

THORAX: UV Ice DUB, Dun

LEGS: Fluoro Fiber, Black

Since my experience with the “Palinista” Midge on the East Walker River, I decided to come up with a ridiculously Blue Baetis nymph for my son Michael…I can’t wait to see what inhales this

BROWN MONO BAETIS (Variant) – OLSON…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #16-#20

THREAD: Abdomen – Waspsi Ultra 70 denier, Tan

THREAD: Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Brown

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck Fibers

OVER ABDOMEN: 5x Mono

WING CASE: Purple Flexi Floss

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

LEGS: Lemon Wood Duck Fibers

Another interesting pattern out of the BIG R Fly Shop in Great Falls, MT…I tweaketh…video HERE:

BROWN BAETIS DRY EMERGER…Schmidt / Variant…side view…

BROWN BAETIS DRY EMERGER…Schmidt / Variant…tilted view…

HOOK: Daiichi 1100, #20-#22
THREAD: Tiemco, 16/0, Olive
TAIL: Partridge Fibers
ABDOMEN: Nature’s Spirit, Brown/Olive # 8. – Dubbing…I used a dubbing loop for segmentation
THORAX: Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dub., Rusty Olive # 82.
UNDER WING: Mottled CDC, Med. Dun
OVER WING: Partridge

This is a Pat Dorsey find from Blue Quill Angler…Tweaked it a bit for the Eastern Sierras…the original pattern may be viewed HERE:…a little something to float in the surface film on nasty days, on the Lower Owens River…

FLUORO KF BAETIS NYMPH…side view…Schollmeyer

FLUORO KF BAETIS NYMPH…tilted view…Schollmeyer

HOOK: Gamakatsu R10-B (Retainer Bend, Barbless), #16-#18
THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black
TAIL: Hen Saddle Patch Fibers, Black
ABDOMEN: 2-4 Strands, Black Krystal Flash
THORAX: Nature’s Spirit Fine natural Dubbing, # 8. – Brown Olive
WING CASE: 6-8 Strands, Black Krystal Flash
LEGS: Fluoro Fibre ( Slinky- Gliss’n Glow)

A simple tie on some hooks I have been wanting to try out. Jim Schollmeyer developed this pattern. I have changed the hook and added Fluoro Fiber legs. A nice, slender little Baetis nymph…

BROWN BAETIS EMERGER …WIKE / Variant…side view…

BROWN BAETIS EMERGER …WIKE / Variant…tilted view

HOOK: TMC 100 SPBL #18-#20
THREAD: Abdomen, Wapsi 70 denier, Brown
THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black
TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium, Speckled
FLASHBACK: Holographic Mylar Motion 1/64″. Black, (Spirit River)
RIB: Wapsi Ultra Wire, x-sm, Black
THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Brown
BUDDING WINGS: Mottled CDC, Medium Dun, (Nature’s Spirit)
WINGCASE: Scud Back, 1/8″, Black
BEAD: Tung., Black, sized to hook

I have been wanting to tie this pattern up for a year…a good Montana Baetis pattern from those guys at the Big R Fly Shop – again…of course, I NEVER leave well enough alone…the video for this pattern may be found HERE:

HIGA’S SOS BAETIS – Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, TMC 2487, Mustad C49s, #16-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Soft hen hackle fibers, Black

RIB: Wapsi wire, X-SM

FLASH BACK: Holographic Mylar Motion, Red, 1/64″

ABDOMEN: Black Pheasant Tail Fibers

WING CASE: Red Super Floss, Larva Lace

THORAX: Arizona Simi Seal, Black / Blue #21

LEGS: Red Krystal Flash

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

I first saw this pattern over on Gary Muncy’s BLOG (SwittersB) about a year ago and wanted to tie some up…the pattern was originated by Spencer Higa and may be found HERE: I think Michael will be workin’ this one real deep, up in this water…

But it will be a lot colder then and time for the warm clothing…

Michael and PT on the bank of the East Walker River…

MORE BUGS:

BAETIS/BWO’s # 1

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 2

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 3

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 4

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 5

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 6

NEXT: Some large…er  stuff then MIDGES

PT/TB 

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