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This post  includes additional Caddis Cripples, Emergers and Adults to fill up the slots in this Wheatley Fly Box. There are a good number of these patterns done in Gray because it is a color that works well in the Eastern Sierras and in other locations as well…like here, where Michael is fishing on the Stillwater River in Montana…

MOO STILLWATER

Michael on the Stillwater just below Cliff Swallow…

CADDIS BOX (WHEATLEY) INT

Caddis Box Completed…

CADDIS BOX (EXTERIOR) WHEATLEY

EXTERIOR…

WINSTON WT ('5wt. Box Elder

A small gift to myself for tossing these patterns…Winston 9′, 5wt. WT Fly Rod…

GLOSSOSOMA DIVING CADDIS FINAL

GLOSSOSOMA DIVING CADDIS – Matthews/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2487, #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Black – Under abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN:  6″ strands UTS x-sm, Black & Red Wire – twisted 75 times

BUBBLE: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Clear White – * tie in yarn before wire

WINGS: Flexi-floss, Black – tie in as one piece, sweep back and tie down, hold upright and cut at an angle

THORAX: UV2 Black Peacock Eye – 2 fibers, twisted

This is an older Craig Matthew’s pattern I started using in 2005. I have made some changes to it. Read HERE (scroll down to TBT) for more information…it’s a killer

GLOSSOSOMA TERRITORY

GLOSSOSOMA TERRITORY…

Mat GLOSSOSOMA DIVING CADDIS

Materials GLOSSOSOMA DIVING CADDIS…

GLOSSOSOMA DIVING CADDIS GRP

GLOSSOSOMA DIVING CADDIS PUPAE…

SNOW & ICE WING X CADDIS GRAY

UV2 SNOW & ICE WING X CADDIS, Gray – Matthews/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 900BL, #16 – #20

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

SHUCK: Kinky Zelon – Dark Dun

ABDOMEN: Uv2 Fine & Dry – Adams Gray

UNDER WING: Ice Wing Fiber – UV & Pearl Minnow Mix

WING: Snowshoe Hare – Medium Dun

A variation of Craig Matthew’s classic X Caddis using snowshoe hare with a bit of sparkle under the wing …for right here on the East Walker River where Michael is standing…

MOO CADDIS CONTINUATION

…as the current sweeps by those dead willow branches at sunset…

SNOW & ICE WING X CADDIS

Materials UV2 SNOW & ICE WING X CADDIS, Gray…

SNOW & ICE WING X CADDIS GRP

UV2 SNOW & ICE WING X CADDIS, Gray…

PRISM PUPA TAN-ISH

PRISM PUPA – Tan-ish – Nemec/Variant …

HOOK:  TMC 2499 SPBL, #14- #18

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

ABDOMEN: SLF Prism – Sand

BUBBLE: Sparkle Emerger Yarn – Tan

WINGS/LEGS: V-Notched Partridge Feather – Brown

THORAX: 2 UV2 Peacock Fiber – Brown – twisted and wrapped

BEAD: Gold Tungsten, sized to hook

A variant on a Jan Nemec pattern. He fishes and guides in the Eastern Sierras. Check his other patterns HERE

Mat PRISM PUPA TAN-ISH

Materials PRISM PUPA…

PRISM PUPA TAN-ISH GRP

PRISM PUPAE…

GRAPHIC CADDIS DK GRAY

GRAPHIC CADDIS – Dk. Gray, John Barr/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 2499 BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Gray – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

TAG: Silver Holographic Tinsel

OVER ABDOMEN: Gray Micro Tubing

LEGS: V-Notched Gray Partridge Feather

THORAX: Ostrich Herl – Natural Gray

ANTENNAE: (Optional) Mallard Flank Fibers – 2

GRAPHIC CADDIS GRAY

GRAPHIC CADDIS – Lt. Gray, John Barr/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 2499 BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Fl. White Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

TAG: Silver Holographic Tinsel

OVER ABDOMEN: Gray Micro Tubing

LEGS: V-Notched Gray Partridge Feather

THORAX: Ostrich Herl – Natural Gray

ANTENNAE: (Optional) Mallard Flank Fibers – 2

John Barr’s Graphic Caddis has been a very successful pattern for me ever since I started tying them a number of years ago. This version is in two shades of Gray…

Mat GRAY GRAPHIC CADDIS

Materials GRAY GRAPHIC CADDIS Lt. & Dk. …

GRAY GRAPHIC CADDIS LT & DK GRP

GRAY GRAPHIC CADDIS Lt. & Dk. – #16’s…

POP CADDIS GRAY 2

POP CADDIS (Pearl, Opal, Poopah) Gray – Fox/Davies Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2302, #14 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Charcoal Gray

ABDOMEN: Micro Opal Flashabou, 1/100″, over working thread – *Zap-A- Gap for durability

BODY: Midge Pearl Core Braid – Gray Ghost – * Zap-A- Gap to top of the covered hook shank

LEGS: Grizzly Marabou – Natural

ANTENNAE: UV2 Mallard Flank Fibers – 2

THORAX: Ostrich Herl – Natural Gray

BEAD: Silver or Black Tungsten, sized to hook

A variation on Tim Fox’s Poopah Fly Pattern with the use of Pearl Core Braid without a wire rib (Jeremy Davies). I tied a bunch of patterns in Gray for this post because an inventory of my boxes revealed a lack of them. There are just some places a Gray Caddis will be the ticket…

Mat POP CADDIS GRAY

Materials POP CADDIS (Pearl, Opal, Poopah) Gray…

POP CADDIS GRAY GRP

POP CADDIS…

AMBER WRAP CADDIS PUPA

AMBER WRAP CADDIS PUPA …

HOOK: TMC 226BL, #14 – #18

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

ABDOMEN: Larva Lace Super Floss – Amber

RIB: Veevus Body Quill – Brown, 1 stand, doubled, twisted and wrapped

HACKLE: Hen Neck – Furnace

HEAD: Uv2 Peacock Eye, Brown

I am always tying variations on small Amber caddis because they have been particularly successful for me on the East Walker River. This is a soft hackle version for use on that water…I suspect there are some other locations where it might be effective…

Mat AMBER WRAP CADDIS

Materials AMBER WRAP CADDIS PUPA…

AMBER WRAP CADDIS PUPAE

AMBER WRAP CADDIS PUPAE – #16’s…

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Might be a Caddis fly or two in here…(along with a bunch of Stones)…

SUBTLE RIB RAM CADDIS

SUBTLE RIB R.A.M. CADDIS, Brown – Merigold/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 3761, #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Flexi-Floss – Brown

RIB: Veevus Body Quill, Tan – Double strand, twisted and wrapped

HACKLE: Hen Neck – White

This is an older pattern developed by Ross A. Merigold, who guided on the Madison River in Montana. I have been using them in a myriad of colors since the late 70’s – because they just plain work. This is a bronze plaque that was placed on the Madison River above Raynold’s Pass Bridge in his honor:

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Mat SUBTLE RIB RAM CADDIS

Materials SUBTLE RIB R.A.M. CADDIS, Brown…

SUBTLE RIB RAM CADDIS GRP

SUBTLE RIB R.A.M. CADDIS, Brown…# 14’s…

BRUSHED ANTRON SPARKLE WING CADDIS EMERGER

BRUSHED ANTRON SPARKLE WING CADDIS EMERGER (Gray) …

HOOK: TMC 206 BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Gray – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Gray Antron Sparkle Dub – in a loop, brushed back with Velcro or a bore brush and cut

ANTENNAE: Mallard Flank – Natural

WINGLETS: Sparkle Emerger Yarn -Gray, tie in as one piece, tie down so that yarn extends on both sides, lift and cut at an angle

HEAD: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Black

This is a very simple pattern which may be quickly tied to imitate any number of different Caddis species, as emergers, Just alter the size and color…

 

Mat BRUSHED ANTRON SPKL WING CADDIS EM

Materials BRUSHED ANTRON SPARKLE WING CADDIS EMERGER (Gray)…

BRUSHED ANTRON SPKL WING CAD EM GRP

BRUSHED ANTRON SPARKLE WING CADDIS EMERGERs (Gray)…

X3 CADDIS PUPA TAN - 1

X3 CADDIS PUPA (Tan)…

HOOK: Daiichi 1120, TMC 2457 – #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

ABDOMEN: Midge Pearl Core Braid – Tan

WING: CDC #.35 Wood Duck – Nature’s Spirit

WINGLETS: Stripped Goose Biots, one each side, cut at an angle, #,27 Hendrickson – Nature’s Spirit

ANTENNAE: Wood Duck Mallard Flank Feathers, 3 each side

THORAX: Wapsi (not Hareline) Rainbow Sow Scud Dubbing – trust me there is a difference

BEAD: Tungsten, Black 2.4 mm or 3/32″

X3 because I have only seen three tiers who have used Micro Pearl Core Braid for Caddis patterns. In order, they would be Jeremy Davies who is the first that I have seen using it. Brian Silvey who uses it for this pattern and this guy, scroll down…

 

Mat X3 CADDIS PUPA TAN

Materials X3 CADDIS PUPA (Tan)…

X3 CADDIS PUPA TAN GRP

X3 CADDIS PUPAE (Tan)…

SILVEY'S PRIMETIME CADDIS TAN

SILVEY’S PRIMETIME EMERGER , Tan – Brian Silvey/ Variant …

HOOK:  TMC 226BL, #14 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Lt. Cahill

ABDOMEN: Opal Micro Flashabou, 1/100″. over working thread,* Zap-A-Gap for durability

TEARDROP: Tan Antron, *tied, melted and glued

LEGS/THORAX: Grizzly Marabou – Tan

WINGLETS: Flexi-Floss – Brown

ANTENNAE: Mallard Flank, 2 fibers

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

A Brian Silvey pattern. This style, however, was developed by Bob Braendle. This is the Cinnamon  Teardrop Caddis that he put together many years ago, I suggest following his steps for a durable teardrop. Here is a video on tying the PRIMETIME CADDIS…I like both the TMC 226BL and TMC 102Y Hooks for these types of patterns…

Mat SILVEY'S PT CAD TAN

Materials SILVEY’S PRIMETIME EMERGER , Tan…

SILVEY'S PT CAD TAN GRP

SILVEY’S PRIMETIME EMERGER(s), Tan…

SILVEY'S PRIMETIME CADDIS OLVIE W WING PADS

SILVEY’S PRIMETIME EMERGER, Olive – Brian Silvey/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 226BL, #14 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

ABDOMEN: Pearl Micro Flashabou, 1/100″ – over working thread –*Coat with Zap-A-Gap for durability

TEARDROP: Medium Olive Antron Yarn – tied, melted then glued with Super Glue or Zap-A-Gap

LEGS/THORAX: Grizzly Marabou – Brown

WINGLETS: 1 Starling Feather, Natural, tied on each side

ANTENNAE: Mallard Flank, 2 fibers

HEAD: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Dark Brown

Another Brian Silvey pattern that has been around for awhile. The above Olive version, took this Rainbow…

POP MAD SILVEY CADDIS

…on the Madison River, above $3.00 Bridge, at sunset. The fish took fly, on the swing, as it was rising through the water column…

Mat SILVEY%22S PT CADDIS OLIVE

Materials SILVEY’S PRIMETIME EMERGER, Olive…

SILVEY'S PT CADDIS OLIVE GRP

SILVEY’S PRIMETIME EMERGER(s), Olive – #16’s…

CADDIS BOX 2

Windows filled – 4.19.2016…on to filling the slots…

WHEATLEY BOX FLIP-SLOT

They will be patterns for The East Walker River, The Upper Owens River and Hot Creek that I have wanted to collect into one location…All are applicable to other locations in the West.

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Like here…Madison River, MT – above $3.00 Bridge…

MOO HOUSY 4

…and some will work here, on the  Housatonic River, where Michael fished today (4. 17.2016)…

UV2 CDC BLACK CADDIS

UV2 & CDC BLACK CADDIS …

HOOK: TMC 102Y, #19

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, Black

WING: Trouthunter CDC, Black

Another adult Glossosoma imitation. Most of these little guys that I see in the Eastern Sierras ,or on the Madison River, in Montana, are BLACK. One may also use Black Snowshoe Hare for the pattern. Use a tiny ball of this, about six inches above the fly, on the tippet, to detect it’s location on the water…

Mat UV2 & CDC BLACK CADDIS

Materials UV2 & CDC BLACK CADDIS…

UV2 & CDC BLACK CADDIS GRP

UV2 & CDC BLACK CADDIS #19’s…

DARK E-C CADDIS

OLIVE/BROWN E/C CADDIS – Cutter/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 102Y, #15 – #19

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

SHUCK: Crinkled Zelon, Olive Brown

ABDOMEN: Brown/Olive Natural Dubbing #.49 – Nature’s Spirit

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

WING: Bleached Coastal Deer Hair

Hackle: Badger Variant

The standard Ralph Cutter E/C Caddis pattern done in a Brown Olive color. Ralph believes a two tone color Caddis out performs  a Caddis tied with a single abdomen/thorax color…developed a long time ago, it remains one of the most effective Caddis Emergers…

Mat OLIVE-BROWN EC CADDIS

Materials OLIVE/BROWN E/C CADDIS…

OLIVE-BROWN EC CADDIS GRP

OLIVE/BROWN E/C CADDIS…#17…

UP-WINGED CINNAMON CADDIS EMERGER

UP-WINGED CADDIS EMERGER (Cinnamon) – Ames Jr./Variant …

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #14- #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Lt. Cahill

ABDOMEN: Micro Fine Dubbin Cinnamon

THORAX: X-Fine Natural Dubbing, #.35 Cinnamon Caddis – Nature’s Spirit 

WING: Bleached Coastal Deer Hair

Hackle: Yellow Grizzly, oversized, one size

A variation on a Thomas Ames Jr. Caddis pattern. For a crippled version, add a bit of Amber antron, Sparkle Emerger Yarn or Zelon for a shuck. The abdomen, unlike the E/C Caddis, hangs beneath the surface film…

Mat UP-WING CINNAMON CADDIS

Materials UP-WINGED CADDIS EMERGER (Cinnamon)…

UP-WING CINNAMON CADDIS GRP

UP-WINGED CADDIS EMERGERs (Cinnamon)…

BLACK X CADDIS GLOSSOSOMA

BLACK X CADDIS – (Glossosoma) – Matthews/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 101, TMC 900BL, #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Amber

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Ear Ice Dub, Harder’s Bloody Black

WING: Premium Yearling Elk #.49, Bleached – Nature’s Spirit

This is a Craig Matthews pattern designed to imitate the Little Black Glossosoma adult that hatches on the Madison River in June, July and again in September. Ralph Cutter delves in to this bug’s importance in the Eastern Sierras HERE

Mat BLACK X CADDIS

Materials BLACK X CADDIS…

BLACK X CADDIS GRP

BLACK X CADDIS – #20’s…

TB HC CADDIS 2

TRAILING BUBBLE HOT CREEK CADDIS – (Gray) – Otzinger/Variant… 

HOOK: TMC 900BL, TMC 100BL – #16 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Gray

TRAILING BUBBLE: Mirage Accent Opal, 2 strands

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, Adams Grey

WING: Coastal Deer Hair

HACKLE: Grizzly

Eric Otzinger worked out of Bob Marriot’s Fly Shop, back in the day. This is a pattern he designed for Hot Creek in the Eastern Sierras. The original tie on the pattern may be found HERE  (PDF. scroll down). It may be adapted for other Caddis species by changing sizes and colors

Mat TRAILING BUBBLE HC CADDIS

Materials TRAILING BUBBLE HOT CREEK CADDIS – (Gray)… 

TRAILING BUBBLE HC CADDIS GRP

TRAILING BUBBLE HOT CREEK CADDIS – (Gray) – #16 & #18…

POP N' NAD

PT and Nadia at Hot Creek Ranch…back in the day…

EWR CADDIS CENTRAL

CADDIS CENTRAL – The East Walker River…

THE PUPIL Hydropsyche

THE PUPIL  – Hydropsyche – Frank F. Johnson/Variant… 

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #16…

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Amber

ABDOMEN: Fine & Dry Dubbing, Tan

WING: Mottled CDC #.45, Caddis Tan – Nature’s Spirit

This is a Tan version of Frank F. Johnson’s below pattern. I would also suggest carrying these in Cinnamon, Gray, Brown and White/ Nectopsyche for fishing Eastern Sierra Hatches. Note that the abdomen ends over the hook point, a departure from standard Caddis Dry patterns…

Mat THE PUPIL HYDROPSYCHE

Materials THE PUPIL _ Hydropsyche…

THE PUPIL HYDROPSYCHE GRP

THE PUPIL(s) – Hydropsyche…

THE PUPIL - BLACK CADDIS

THE PUPIL – (Black Caddis) – F. Johnson/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 100BL, Daiichi 1110, #16 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Golden Yellow Antron

ABDOMEN: Micro Fine Dry Fly Dubbing, BWO Olive

WING: Trouthunter CDC, Dark Dun

This pattern was designed by Montana Guide Frank F. Johnson. Easy and simple to tie, it may be adapted to nearly all Caddis Hatches. Here are three tips/ materials I use to keep dry CDC patterns floating high, after being slimed by Trout:

One 

Two

Three

Do not be intimidated to not use these excellent feathers…

Mat THE PUPIL Black Caddis

Materials THE PUPIL – (Black Caddis)…

THE PUPIL Black Caddis

THE PUPIL – Black Caddis – #16 – #18…

 

NEXT: Some PMD’s...

 

 

PT/TB

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OK, I’m going to give this a shot. I have not done this before, but…if it works, maybe SOME MORE...???

SLOPE CADDIS tying tutorial…

Basic info:

HOOK: Gamakatsu C-16B. #16-#18

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THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Sheer Tan and White

ABDOMEN: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Sheer White, ( built with a pronounced “hump” at the bend)

TAG: Holo Tinsel, Gold

OVER ABDOMEN: Stalcup’s Micro Midge Tubing, Tan, Grey, Olive Chart. or Brown

THORAX: SLF Prism, Tan, Lt. Grey, Brown/Olive, Olive, Peacock or Chocolate Brown

OUTRIGGERS: Thin strands of Snowshoe Rabbit’s Foot, Light Dun, Medium Dun or Dark Dun

UNDER WING: Three strands of Krystal Flash, Root beer, UV Tan, Olive, Rust, Pearl or UV Gray

WING: Coastal Deer Hair, Tan, Natural or Darker Mottled Shades, tied “bullet “style

MATERIALS:

Place hook in vise. Tie in with Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Sheer, white:

Tie in gold Holo tinsel (Flashabou) then tie in Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, tan. Advance thread to just over 1/2 down hook bend. Cut off excess tinsel and tubing…

Create pronounced hump at bend of hook and half hitch thread at 1/3 length of hook…

Wrap gold Holo tinsel counter clockwise and tie off at 1/3rd. point. Cut off excess tinsel.Advance thread tapering abdomen, half hitch at first bend…

Wrap Micro Tubing forward (clockwise,away from tier) to abdomen, Start with tubing stretched tight and reduce tension while moving towards thorax.Tie off micro tubing and cut excess…

Wet thread with moist fingertips, add a small amount of SLF Prism, tan to form compact dubbing ball at rear of thorax. Cover last two wraps of Micro Tubing and into first bend of hook. Half hitch…

Completed dubbing ball. (BELOW)…

Cut a small section of light dun Snowshoe rabbit’s fur from the heel section, comb out the underfur and carefully split the section into two equal parts with a dubbing needle…

Attach 1st. section to near side of hook, tight against the front of the dubbing ball, with 4 turns of thread( two soft, and two additional tight wraps). Pull directly upwards to tighten the thread.Repeat for the far side of the hook. It should look like this from above…

Cut a small section of Coastal Deer hair, comb out the underfur and stack. Extend over the front of the hook eye 2X the shank length. Bind and clip excess…

Add 3 strands of Root beer Krystal Flash and bind down.Half hitch 14/0 white thread and tie in 14/0 tan thread.Half hitch. I add a drop of head cement here.

Dub a thick thorax with SLF Prism,tan from the abdomen to the hook eye, then back…

Draw the Krystal Flash and deer hair directly backward and secure with several wraps (not too tight or the hair will be cut) and whip finish. I use a small drop of head cement on the thread, on top…

The finished FLY…

This, is what the Trout sees…

In places like this:

Lower Owens River…up along that far bank…

Anywhere in here about 7;30PM till after dark…

Michael’s already got one in there!!!

And I got one in here…East Walker River…

Hot Creek, on the RANCH…long before I knew I’d be doing this….

PT/TB

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Here they are…DOGS COUNT TOO!!!

Michael and Ally at the TOP of the WORLD…Saline Valley…

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Children of dune…Saline Valley…

Michael and a person with their tongue sticking out…at Trumbull Lake, Bridgeport, CA…

Ally gives shooting instructions to my mentor, Sal A. (guess she wants to do some writing…like I have to do)

Ally at the campsite with Angelo, Hogback Creek, 2002 Winter

This was a GREAT steakhouse that burned to the ground in 1993 on Hwy. 178 between Ridgecrest and Kernville. I tipped more than enough here before…Sal got a hold of me…

PT and Allo on the Madison, 2001, photo by Michael

Ally getting whacked by hailstones on the East Walker, August 2000

Michael and Ally DEEP in the VALLEY of the ” Aliens “…April 2001

Angelo,bookin’ it after a strange encounter…2002, January

Down the Wabbit HOLE….

Angelo, playin’ with pinecone, White Mtns., Jan. 2002

Big Pine Creek, Fall, 1999

Pond…off Big Pine Creek

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Michael, Jack Flat, North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Tule River…1987

He ate a BWO…Spring 2007

…and he ate a Bat Wing Baetis, Lower “O”, spring 2007…

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Ally in Bouquet Canyon…

This place has a spiritual nature… Winter, 2003

…maybe the people who left this grinding stone could explain…

Another time, another place…

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Michael, Charlie’s Butte, spring 1986

Michael, East Walker River, July, 2003

Michael, below the dam, East Walker River, August, 2003

Michael, North Fork of Middle Fork of Tule River, June 2002

Mr. Newt…NF Tule, 2002

Nice waterfall & pool on the Tule, June 2002

Wild Trout section, Owens River, December 2002

…and below 5 Bridges….

Upper Owens River, May, 2003

Nad & Pop, Hot Creek, 1976

Tule River, may 2004

Owens River, Fall 2001

Snow in the Owens Valley, 2003

Road to the highest weather station in the U.S., White Mtns., 2002

Ally, at her favorite eatery in the VALLEY – Lala, 2009…

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* THERE ARE MANY MORE PHOTOS ON MY FRONT PAGE, CLICK ON RECENT POSTS IN THE RIGHT HAND COLUMN OR PLANETTROUT ABOVE MY HEADER *

Nadia at Hot Creek Ranch – 1976

Michael and Ally’s Mom, Frying Pan River, Basalt, CO, 1980

Jean Marie Hon

Jean Marie Hon


Mike and Ally, Mt. Whitney fish hatchery, 1995

Planettrout, Frying Pan, 1978-Press POWELL, 8 1/2ft., 5WT, SA (Hardy made reel)

Ally, Sandtrap, Symmes Creek, 1997

Ally, Dad’s fish, Virginia Lakes, 1999

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Nadia and Ally, 1995…

Ally, Madison River, $3.00 Bridge sunset, 2001

Ally & Michael, Madison River 2004

Ally & Michael , Madison Valley Turnout 2004

Ally in Fishtail, Stillwater River, 1998

Ally, doing her thing (Browning HP) ,Hogback Creek, 1996

Ally, Virginia Lakes, 1999

More of Ally’s favorite pastime..somewhere , out there… M1A1,( IMI Nimrod Scope )

Ally, Chimney Peak, 1995

Ally, Stillwater River, 1998

Michael, Virginia Lake (Little), 2002

Michael, Owens River, 2007

Ally, Roscoe, MT 1998

Michael at the sandtrap, Lone Pine,1986

Michael, Deep Springs Valley, 2002

Michael, checking Allo’s shot placement, 2001

Road to “Alien” (GREY’S) habitat….2000

“The Greys”….heh,heh…

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Hot Creek Ranch is situated off Hwy. 395 – East of the Mammoth Lakes Airport. My first visit to the ranch was in Mid September 1976. After returning from my extended trip to Aspen, I had resumed my career in the entertainment industry, joining with two twin brothers to start a new public relations firm on Sunset Blvd. I needed a fly fishing fix.

Hot Creek at sunset…

We arrived on early a Thursday morning. Fall was in the air and a fresh frost covered the ground in front of our cabin. Ilse and Nadia came for leisure and horseback riding. I came for the fish.

Dry fly fishing with single barbless hooks is the code on this property. To insure adherence to this rule, a crusty old codger rode a beat up motorcycle with spongy suspension on twice-daily rounds along the trail next to the creek, monitoring every fisherman.

A small store at the ranch sold limited angling supplies and flies that were created for this water. I purchased several small dry fly patterns in sizes 18 & 20. None of my choices were particularly effective. I had tied some skating spider patterns consisting of a tail and two oversized hackles attached to a short shank dry fly hook with the convex sides of the hackles facing each other at mid hook. After giving up on the flies I had bought and increasingly frustrated by the blustery afternoon wind, I tied one of my creations (thanks Ed Hewitt) to the end of a 12 ft. knotless, 5x leader and to that attached a tippet of 18 inches ( grease this puppy!) and one of the flies in a ginger color. I began casting down stream and downwind with my Leonard.

Some Dry Flies I have collected and tied through the years for Hot Creek…

As the leader and fly bounced up and down over the surface of the stream, I positioned myself so that the line, leader and fly lifted and dropped inches from the opposite bank. Within moments, a rocket smashed through the surface film and engulfed the offering. I watched as a hefty Brown raced downstream and cart wheeled in the air. On the strike, the fish had solidly hooked itself. I palmed the reel quickly as my line played out only then realizing that I had set my drag far too lightly. The tippet held and within a minute I brought the struggling eighteen incher to hand on the near bank. I immediately released the fish and prepared myself for what I believed was going to be an epic afternoon.

I would like to report that I caught numerous Trout of gargantuan proportions that day. However, as it played out, I raised an infinitely larger number of fish than I was able to hook. In any case, it was one of the most memorable days of my early fly-fishing experiences.

Another view of the Ranch at Hot Creek…

When the wind is blowing on moving water anywhere, I generally spend some quality time with the spider. …(or Hewitt’s Neversink Skater)

Nadia and Ilse at Hot Creek…

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Nadia with Pop’s Winston Fiberglass, 7’6′, 4WT Rod, Hot Creek Ranch…

Looking down the Creek towards the canyon where the public water is located…

PT/TB

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