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Ally asked me to come with her, Hero and Nick, up to Bishop for a weekend of fishing Nov. 3-5…and, “Oh yeah Dad, bring some soft hackles and Seal Buggers !”… ūüôā

Red Hill (cinder cone) at Little Lake, CA signaling the entry into the Owens Valley and Eastern Sierras on Hwy. 395…North

Mt. Whitney from the Eastern Sierra Visitor Center in Lone Pine, CA

The center offers campfire permits, maps, information and some very interesting reading material. I have been coming here since the early 80’s when the building was to the right of this location and a lot smaller…

…more

and more…

So, when we arrived in Bishop, Nick and Ally went to pick out a primitive campsite for their stay. I went to the Vagabond Inn because they have nice soft beds, heat, ¬†a shower and TV so I could watch the Miami / Va. Tech game on Saturday night…

After I checked in, we headed up to North Lake above Bishop to try out some soft hackles…it was cold and windy…Ally watches Nick fishing…

The leaves were almost gone from most of the trees in the area…

Nick caught a couple of small-ish Browns…

…on this soft hackle pattern which has been my top producer in the high elevation lakes in the Easter Sierras over the past three years…

With the wind starting to blow a lot harder, we decided to take a jaunt down the mountain and visit the Lower Owens River below 5 Bridges an area I haven’t been to in quite awhile because of the drought here in California…I knew the flows were too high for wading and fly fishing (541cfs. that day)…

This photo was taken in 2002…

This is the same spot in 2017…The spot was filled with brush and there had been a die-off of the trees on the opposite bank…

I used to drive my rig in here and park on the left next to the extended tree branch…There is now a deep gully between where I am standing, taking this photo and Ally and Hero near the bank of the Owens…

… in fact, just to the right of where Ally is standing , this large tree once stood. It is gone…

…Nick and I standing where brush did not exist¬†a few years ago…

I used to park just under the branch that extends off the right of this tree in the past…

 

This is looking upstream from that spot…The entire area on the near side of the bank is completely overgrown…

This is another location, just upstream of where I used to park my vehicle…looking towards the White Mountains…

…and back towards the Sierras at sunset…

I have taken a lot of nice Trout out of the bend section just upriver…

This run is very deep at this spot…and shallows out to riffle water just below the trees in the distance…

I took this Brown out of there ¬†when the flows were much lower awhile back…

I will return when the flows decrease…

Saturday morning, it was off to Schat’s Bakery before going up to Pleasant Valley Reservoir

Trudging along the Owens River where it runs just above PVR…it is a great place to fly fish when the flows are lower…

This is the spot we chose to toss our flies…

Ally, Hero and Beer-O…

Looking South…Some folks next to us took a few small Rainbows on PB,¬†Mice Tails and Inflatable Worms…for us – nada…

…so we trudged back to the vehicle…

…and decided to go back up the mountain and try Intake II on Bishop Creek

…a small Brownie on a PP&P…and I am wearing gloves because it is cold and very windy…

…a view of a portion of Intake II…

…another Brown…we¬†stayed for about two hours until our hands and fingers did not work anymore. Nick and Ally decided to also get a room at the Vagabond Inn because of the wind and cold…

Something unusual from the doorway of my motel room… at sunset…

This place had been closed for a number of years and had recently reopened…

…back in the day their food was probably among the best served in Bishop…they need to come up to that standard again…

Sunday morning at Jack’s Waffle Shop

Ally…

back at Intake II…

I found a sweet spot in the center of the pond ,over a weed bed and caught about 25 small Browns and one Rainbow in two hours…using the PP&P…

Finny Rainbow…

Hero keeps an eye out for Nick’s catches…

…of which there were quite a few…

Around mid-day we packed up and headed back to LA…stopping at a few sand traps around Lone Pine to toss some flies…Here at Georges Creek…

and Lone Pine Creek…

Reverse side of Red Hill and out of the Owens Valley…

 

NEXT: Back to the Firehole and Madison Rivers in Yellowstone National Park

 

 

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So Michael was here over the Holidays, bugging me for more flies to use this year on the rivers he fishes outside of N.Y.C. These will be some fly patterns that BOTH of us can use this coming Spring. Looks like there might be a bunch of water in the Eastern Sierras this year and I would like to try these on the East Walker River and the Owens River as well. There will be eighteen patterns in all, several will be tied in two different sizes, to¬†accommodate our needs…When Michael comes out in the next few weeks (April) he will be taking some of these to tryout on the rivers he fishes in NY, MA, and CT…

HOUSY BLACK STONE

Michael & friend…

MOO HOUSY

…on The¬† Housatonic River, yesterday (3.13.2016)…

EAST AND WEST BOX

EAST N’ WEST ATTRACTOR BOX…finished…

BROWN EWR

Brownie on the East Walker River…

BLUE R.A.M. CADDIS

BLUE RAM CADDIS – Ross A. Merigold/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 113 BLH, #10-#14

THRAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdomen

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer Silver Metallic Opalescent #8040

ABDOMEN: Super Floss, Blue, Larva Lace… ¬†(They have excellent stuff) – * Coat Abdomen with Hard As Hull

HACKLE: Hen Nec, White

HEAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Red – two coats of Hard As Hull

I started using a R.A.M. Caddis ¬†a very long time ago, in Olive and in Purple. It was designed by the same person who came up with the Serendipity pattern, on the Madison River – Ross A. Merigold. One of the largest Rainbow Trout I have ever caught in a river was on a #14 Purple RAM Caddis, on the East Walker River in 1980. I keep a bunch of them in one of my Caddis boxes…they are that good

Mat RAM CADDIS BLUE

Materials BLUE RAM CADDIS…

RAM CADDIS BLUE GRP

BLUE RAM CADDIS #12 & #14…

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MOO… in attractor mode, at sunset, on the East Walker River…

S CADDIS PUPA Brown

S CADDIS PUPA (Brown)…

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak) C300BL #10 Р#14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer, #6055, Cranberry

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Brown

WINGLETS: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive Brown

THORAX: Hare’s Ear Ice Dub, Brown

HACKLE: Hen Neck Furnace

BEAD: Tungsten, Copper, sized to hook

An attractor Caddis Pupa with a thinner body, in a large size, flash and movement built in…yep

Mat S CADDIS PUPA BROWN

Materials¬†S CADDIS PUPA (Brown)…

S CADDIS PUPA BRN GRP

S CADDIS PUPAe (Brown)…

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A place where BLUE works…The East Walker River…

BLUE HERESY JIG

BLUE HERESY JIG…

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak), C400BL, #12 Р#16

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Black Pheasant Tail

ABDOMEN: Sulky Holoshimmer Metallic Royal Blue #8052  Р* Coat with Hard As Hull

WINGCASE: 4-5 Strands Holographic Mylar Motion, 1/32″, Black

THORAX: Wapsi Rainbow Sow Scud Dubbing (the real deal)

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten, Silver, sized to hook

A¬†parallel universe Rainbow Warrior with the wing case on top of the hook…which is¬†heretical…

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Yeah…right…

Mat BLUE HERESY NYMPH

Materials¬†BLUE HERESY JIG…

BLUE HERESY NYMPHS

BLUE HERESY JIG(s)…

SPOOKY TOOTH

SPOOKY TOOTH …

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak) C550BL, #10 Р#14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

TAIL: Ancient Claret Hackle Fibers (like the name, from the 70’s)

RIB: UTC Wire Hot Yellow

ABDOMEN: Natural Pheasant Tail Fibers

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Dark Brown

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss Fl. Red

BEAD: Tungsten, Copper, sized to hook

Another simple PT attractor with a Hot Spot and tail color that no one but me uses…on a PT nymph…

Mat SPOOKY TOOTH NYMPH

Materials¬†SPOOKY TOOTH…

SPOOKY TOOTH NYMPHS GRP

SPOOKY TOOTH(s)…

LASER WINGED SHIMMER NYMPH

LASER WING SHIMMER NYMPH…

HOOK: TMC 113 BLH, #10 Р#14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

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

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer # 6045, Multi Dark

ABDOMEN: Sulky Holoshimmer #7043 (Rainbow Prism Purple)  Р*Coat with Hard As Hull

WING: Sanyo’s Laser Dub White – tie in fibers lengthwise and cut at an angle

THORAX: Hare’s Ice Dub, Black

BEAD: Tungsten, Black, sized to hook

This is the kind of pattern I like to toss into fast water that drops into deep holes along the edges of the East Walker River. It’s the one some of the big guys have never seen before and there are times that it is exactly what they want…

Mat LASER WINGED SHIMMER NYMPH

Materials¬†LASER WING SHIMMER NYMPH…

LASER WINGED SHIMMER NYMPHS GRP

LASER WING SHIMMER NYMPH(s)…

BAT WING NYMPH OLIVE FIRE FLY -1

BAT WING NYMPH- Peterson/Variant – Olive/ Fire Fly…

HOOK: TMC 100SPBL, #12 Р#16

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub. – 6-8 wraps at thorax, tied down with thread and Zap-A-Gaped

THREAD: Veevus 8/0, Olive

TAIL: Olive Ozark Turkey Quill Fibers

RIB: #1 – UTC Chartreuse Wire, sm / #2 Sulky Holoshimmer #145, Opal/Pearlescent

ABDOMEN: Olive Ozark Turkey Quill Fibers

WING: Fluffy base Grizzly Hen Neck, tied in convex side up and pulled over thorax

WINGCASE: Pearl Fire Fly, 6-8 strands…UV resin, be careful not to get it in the wing

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Olive

A generic Olive May Fly nymph meant to be bounded along the bottom. If I were going to tie it as an Emerger, I would use a Daiichi 1130 hook, Olive pheasant tail – tail, Olive Biot body and a Diamond bead in front of the Thorax. The wing case would be omitted…

Mat BAT WING NYMPH OLIVE FIRE FLY

Materials ¬†BAT WING NYMPH – Olive/ Fire Fly…

BAT WING NYMPH OLIVE FIRE FLY GRP

BAT WING NYMPH(s) – Olive/ Fire Fly…

RUSTY THE BUG

RUSTY THE BUG …

HOOK: Partridge Czech Nymph Fine Hook, #10 Р#14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #47, Rusty Brown

TAIL: Brown Partridge

RIBBING: #1 – Sulky Holoshimmer, #8014 Red Metallic / #2 Gutxrmann Red #247

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Ice Dubbing, Rusty Orange

WINGCASE: Razor Foam, Opaque Red, 1mm.

LEGS: Brown Partridge

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Rusty Brown

This is one of those patterns that my son Michael will look at and ask me, “What’s that?”…I will tell him to attach it to the end of his 4x tippet and he will proceed to catch the largest Trout of the day…always happens…

Mat THE RUSTY BUG

Materials RUSTY THE BUG…

RUSTY BUGS GRP

RUSTY THE BUG(s)…

UPPER OWENS ALLY

Upper Owens River…2.14.2016…

HOT CREEK CAMPSITE

A cold campsite tonight, on Hot Creek (2.13.16)…

HERO CULVER'S

HERO at Culver’s Sporting Goods, in Bishop, CA this AM ( 2.13.16 ) – picking up some Seaguar 5x and 6X tippet material & some Twist-ons…

ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGER 2

ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGER – Stephenson/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 113 BLH, #16 Р#18

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

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

RIB: Black Nylon or Ice Thread

ABDOMEN: 2 strands of Veevus Body Quill, Olive Р* Coat with Hard As Hull

WING: Ice Dub, UV Gray – tie in the fibers lengthwise and cut at an angle

BEAD: Tungsten, Copper, one size under

I tie many patterns like this with a white dubbing wing. Other materials I use are Zelon, CDC, Antron, Organza and Fluro Fiber all in the color white, which I believe, is a most excellent trigger on these kinds of flies…

Mat ICE WINGE OLIVE QUILL EMERGER

Materials¬†ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGER…

ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGERS GRP

ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGER(s)…

ATTRACTOR BOX IP

…a little over half-way there…

DNA BUBBLE SHEATH TAN PUPA 1

DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS PUPA (Tan) Hydropsyche…

HOOK:  TMC 226BL, #14 Р#16

WEIGHT: 6-8 wraps of .010 Lead at the Thorax. Secure with thread and Zap-A-Gap

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

SHEATH: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Tan

ABDOMEN #1: DNA Holofusion, White – 8strands fiber, 1 strand flash

ABDOMEN #2: Tan Micro Tubing

THORAX: UV2 Peacock Eye, Brown

WINGLETS: Hungarian Partridge, Brown, V-notched

A simple bubble sheath Caddis Pupa for the Hydropsyche hatch tied on the new TMC 226 BL Hook. I like the translucent effect of the micro tubing over the white DNA Holofusion…

MAT DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS TAN

Materials¬†DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS PUPA (Tan)…

DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS PUPA TAN GRP

DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS PUPAE (Tan)…

FARMINGTON RIVER

Hydropsyche water on the Farmington River…

UV2 BIOT BUFFALO JUMP

UV2 BIOT BUFFALO JUMP – PlanetTrout/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 113BLH, #8 Р#12

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck fibers

RIB: UTC Wire Copper Brown

ABDOMEN: UV2 Turkey Biot – * Coat thread with Zap-A-Gap before wrapping biot, for durability

THORAX: Orange Ice Dub 50%., Nat. Squirrel Belly 50%

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, Fl. Fire Orange

WING CASE: 6-8 strands Brown Krystal Flash, pulled over and divided

BEAD: Tungsten, Nickel, sized to hook

In have been using this pattern for about five years. It is particularly effective in the Eastern Sierras in the Spring. The original Buffalo Jump was ties on a TMC 100SPBL hook. This version uses a biot for the body and is tied on the new TMC 113 BLH Hook…

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They might work…Jason Bordash Watercolor…

Mat BIOT BUFFALO JUMP

Materials¬†UV2 BIOT BUFFALO JUMP…

BIOT BUFFALO JUMP GRP

UV2 BIOT BUFFALO JUMP(s)…

WINGED NYMPH Black -1 REVISION

WINGED NYMPH (Black) Vasies/Variant…

HOOK:  Umpqua (Hanak) C400BL, #10 Р#14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

TAIL: CDC #.35 Wood Duck, Nature’s Spirit

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Black

RIB: Gutxrmann W251, Copper

WING: Marc Petitjean CDC Cream – 2 tips, opposed

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel, Rusty Brown

BEAD: Faceted Slotted Tungsten Bead, Black, sized hook

Another Lucian Vasies inspired attractor jig. His site has a lot of interesting patterns, information and tying tips…

Mat WINGED NYMPH BLACK

Materials WINGED NYMPH (Black)…

WINGED NYMPH BLACK GRP

WINGED NYMPHs (Black)…

REUNION CADDIS

REUNION CADDIS PUPA (Attractor)…

HOOK:  Umpqua JB01, #10- #14

WEIGHT: >010 Lead or >015 Lead Sub.

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

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Silver

ABDOMEN: Dyed Pearl Purple Flashabou – * Coat with Dave’s Flexament

OVER ABDOMEN: Swiss Straw, Dun

RIB: Gutxrmann Metallic Effect Thread W331, Black* Coat with Dave’s Flexament for durability

REAR THORAX: Ice Dub UV Lavender

HACKE: Marc Petitjean CDC, White

COLLAR: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Gray

BEAD: Tungsten, Nickel, sized to hook

This attractor is tied on the ¬†Barr’s Pupa Emerger Hook from Umpqua. It is meant to be a heavy anchor fly in a two fly rig…

Mat REUNION CADDIS

Materials REUNION CADDIS PUPA…

REUNION CADDIS GRP

REUNION CADDIS PUPAE (Attractors)…

SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE

SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE – Wilcox/LGM Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 113 BLH #10 Р#14

WEIGHT: (Optional) .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

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

TAIL: Pheasant Tail, Olive

ABDOMEN: Veevus Body Quill, Olive

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer, Metallic Lime Green #6032 – * Coat with Hard As Hull

WINGCASE: Krystal Flash, Black, 8-12 strands – * Coat with UV Resin

WINGLETS/GILLS: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, White

THORAX: Ice Dub, Peacock

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Metallic Olive, 1 size under

A variation on Vince Wilcox’s LGM. I have been using a bunch of Vince’s LGM’s, in the Eastern Sierras, for the past ten years. It is just a fish catching machine and I tie them in a bunch of different sizes and colors. The original is HERE

Mat SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE

Materials SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE…

SPARKLE QUILL MACHINES GRP

SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE(s)….

Michael and I might be tossing some of the above in these two places…in the not too distant future…

riffle-ewr-sim-1

East Walker River…

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Willowemoc Creek…

ALLY MORT'S DELI

So Ally says, after I treated her at the Deli, ” We need to go to Jo-ann’s Dad!” …And so, we did…

SULKY METALLIC HOLOSHIMMER 1. 16

SULKY HOLOSHIMMER…

GUTERMANN THREADS

G√úTERMANN DEKOR THREAD…

DMC EM FLOSS PINK-ORANGE

DMC EMBROIDERY FLOSS…

Some materials that will be appearing in the patterns I am now working on…

ALLY'S PEARL YELLOW PERIL SH

ALLY’S PEARL YELLOW PERIL SH…

HOOK:  TMC 113BLH, #10 Р#12

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax Forward

TAIL: Woodchuck Fibers

ABDOMEN: Cascade Crest Micro Floss, Yellow

OVER ABDOMEN #1: Dyed Pearl Flashabou #6971, Yellow – * Coat with Dave’s Flexament

OVER ABDOMEN #2: Swiss Straw, Amber

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer Cranberry #6055 – * Coat with Dave’s Flexament a second time

REAR THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel, Rusty Brown or Dark Brown

HACKLE: Hen, Yellow

COLLAR: Ice Dub, Peacock

BEAD: Tungsten, Gold, sized to hook

Another attractor pattern that appears to be a long, involved process…see SWISS N’ FLASH JIG – below…

Mat ALLY'S PEARL YELLOW PERIL

Materials ALLY’S PEARL YELLOW PERIL SH…

ALLY%22S PEARL YELLOW PERIL GRP

ALLY’S PEARL YELLOW PERIL(s) Soft Hackles…

MOTHER'S DAY MUNCH

MOTHER’S DAY MUNCH (Caddis Pupa, Brachycentrus)…

HOOK:  TMC 226 BL, #14 Р#18

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

ABDOMEN: Datum Glo-Brite Floss Fl. Chartreuse

RIB: UTC Wire, Gunmetal Blue, x-sm

WING: Marc Petitjean CDC, #5 White – * Two tips tied in opposed

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Black

This is one of my favorite patterns for the Spring Mother’s Day hatch on the Lower Owens River. The hook is the new, heavier version of the TMC 206BL When using floss, I always tie a base of white three beneath the the material – an old tip from those guys who tie with a ton of it when I got started…

Mat MOTHER'S DAY MUNCH

Materials¬†MOTHER’S DAY MUNCH (Caddis Pupa, Brachycentrus)…

MOTHER'S DAY MUNCH GRP

MOTHER’S DAY MUNCHies…

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Where the Mother’s Day Caddis gets hot and heavy around mid-March, on the Lower Owens River…

SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPAE OLIVE

SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPA (Olive) …

HOOK: Umpqua JB01, #10 Р#14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Veevus 8/0, Chartreuse – Under Abdomen / Veevus 16/0, Brown – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Jay Fair Seal Dubbing, Medium Olive – * In a loop, brushed back wit a bore brush and cut with curved scissors

RIBBING:  Veevus Iridescent Thread РSilver  / Sulky Holoshimmer Opalescent 8040

WINGLETS: Sili LegsNymph, Fl. Chartreuse Barred

THORAX: Hare’s Ice Dubbing, Brown

HACKLE: Marc Petitjean CDC, #14 Dirty Yellow

BEAD: Tungsten, Nickel, sized to hook

A fuzzy, hot spotted Caddis Pupa Attractor. Jay Fair Seal Sub. has a lot of other uses than just for Bugger patterns…play with it

MAT SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPA

Materials SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPA…

SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPAE GRP

SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPAE…

SWISS N' FLASH JIG 2

SWISS N’ FLASH JIG, (Olive) …

HOOK: Hanak 403 BLJ, #10 Р#14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Danville 6/0 Brown

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck

ABDOMEN: 2 strands Olive Dyed Pearl Flashabou 6969 – * Coat with Dave’s Flexament

OVER ABDOMEN: Thin strip Olive Swiss Straw

RIBBING: 1 strand Sulky Holoshimmer, Black 8051 / UTC Wire Hot Orange, SM – * Coat Abdomen again with Dave’s Flexament

THORAX: Micro Polar Chenille, UV Olive Brown

BEAD: Faceted Slotted Tungsten Bead, sized to hook

Tying this pattern, using two coats of Dave’s Flexament, may seem like a laborious process. Trust me, it pays off when these are plunked in the water. The coatings secure the materials to the hook shank and provide a¬†subtle effect to the material beneath the Swiss Straw. The second coat may also use a thin coat of UV resin.

Mat SWISS N' FLASH JIG OLIVE

Materials SWISS N’ FLASH JIG (Olive)…

SWISS N' FLASH JIGS OLIVE GRP

SWISS N’ FLASH JIG(s) …

QUILLER NYMPH

QUILLER NYMPH – Stephenson/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 113 BLH, #12 Р#16

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

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

TAG: UTC Fl. Fire Orange, 70 Denier – * Coat with Hard As Hull

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Veevus Body Quill ( 2 strands) Lt. Olive * Coat with Hard As Hull for durability

REAR THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Hot Orange

FRONT THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Brown

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

This is a variation on a Hans Stephenson Jig pattern using the new TMC 113 BLH Hook. Slender and meant to drop like a rock. I prefer using white thread under the body quill to bring out the true color of the material. I will be using more of this product; coating, in some cases, with UV resin…

 

Mat QUILLER NYMPH

Materials QUILLER NYMPH…

QUILLER NUMPHS GRP

QUILLER NYMPHS, #12 & #16…

 

Next: Some Caddis patterns by Gary La Fontaine that are updated…a bit

 

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These will be the second batch of patterns for The Lower Owens River in the Eastern Sierras, from Fall through Winter and into early Spring.Most of these guys will work in other areas of the world…Never know where me n’ the tribe might wander. As usual, first the fly, then the recipes and additional information…

So…in the midst of tying these SCOTTY’s MIDGES, the tension screw on my older Renzetti Traveler vise went South. Well, after eleven years and thousands of flies, that happens …back to Renzetti for a new cam-lever set of jaws and an upgrade to the Renzetti 2000…a back-up now for me and something for Michael to get started tying on…Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the “Old Guy”…

YODA XMAS 15

“OLD GUY”…

 

MIDGES OWEN GOR 2

Finished GOURMET GAMBIT BOX II…

OLIVE CRYSTAL DIP BCS 20 - RAINBOW

OLIVE RAINBOW DIP (G-BCS-20)…

Hook: Daiichi 1130, #18 -#22

THREAD: Gudebrod 8/0, BCS 20 Light Olive Green – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

RIB: Lagartun Copper wire, X-Fine – * Coat Abdomen with Hard As Hull

WING: Six strands Midge Rainbow Flash (Pearl or Silver) or Hareline Midge Flash (Pearl or Silver)

Slowly using up the last of the great Gudebrod thread left in my stash. If one is interested it still may be obtained through Performance Flies. Below is what was available when a wonderful store put out the best Fly Fishing catalog ever..

GUDEBROD THREAD

On the subject of threads, check out this “floating thread” that my friend Jacob just got in at Competitive Angler

Mat OLIVE RAINBOW DIP

Materials OLIVE RAINBOW DIP…(there is the G-BCS-20)…

OLIVE RAINBOW DIP GRP

OLIVE RAINBOW DIP(s)…

UV2 GLO-BRITE MIDGE Purple

UV/2 GLO-BRITE MIDGE (Purple)…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C-12B, #18 Р#20

THREAD:  Tiemco 16/0, White РUnder abdomen (not pictured) / Tiemco 16/0, Black РThorax forward

SHUCK: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

RIB: Purple Ribbing Wire, .005 Dia.

ABDOMEN: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #14, Purple

THORAX: UV2 Peacock, Purple – Spirit River

BEAD: Black tungsten, sized to hook

Floss over white thread for translucency – always. Something in Purple, which will always work…

Mat UV2-GLO-BRITE MIDGE

Materials¬†UV/2 GLO-BRITE MIDGE (Purple)…

UV2 GLO-BRITE MIDGES GRP

UV/2 GLO-BRITE MIDGE(s)…

MOO LO SNOW

Big MOO on the Lower Owens River in late December…maybe again this year ?

SH PSEUDO PT JIG - 2

SOFT HACKLE PSEUDO PT JIG …

HOOK: Hanak 400BL, #16, Dohiku HDJ, #18

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Light Speckled

RIB: Lagartun Copper, X-Fine

ABDOMEN: Natural Pheasant Tail Fibers

THORAX: Pseudo Peacock Dubbing, Natural – Spirit River

BEAD: Slotted, Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

A simple, little, unobtrusive jig for those times the Trout are not wanting Bling…

 

Mat PSEUDO SH PT JIG

Materials¬†SOFT HACKLE PSEUDO PT JIG…

PSEUDO SH PT JIGS GRP

SOFT HACKLE PSEUDO PT JIG(s)…

DNA TAC VAC BLACK

DNA TAC-VAC (Black) – Nyman/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 Р#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: UTC Silver wire, x-sm

ABDOMEN: Non-flash strands DNA Holo Fusion, Black – * Coat with Hard As Hull

WING: Z-lon. Kinky White

THORAX: UV2 Peacock, Black

BEAD: Tungsten, Black, sized to hook

 

Simple little Black Midge Pupa based on Rowan Nyman’s “Shop-Vac”…which has caught a ton of fish for me and my guys…If on wishes to get technical, use melanistic pheasant tail fibers for the abdomen…

Mat TAC VAC BLACK

Materials¬†DNA TAC VAC (Black)…

TAC VAC BLACK GRP

DNA TAC VAC(s) …

X2 - UV2 BP SPARKLE GNAT

X2-UV2 (BLACK PEACOCK) SPARKLE GNAT – Griffith’s Gnat-George Griffith/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 101, # 18- #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Sparkle Yarn, Amber, cut short mixed with 3 strands of Midge Flash, Fl. Fire Orange, Pearl

ABDOMEN:UV2 Peacock, Black

HACKLE: Whiting, Grizzly

The Griffith’s Gnat imitates a cluster of Midges, this pattern (Sparkle Gnat), originated in the UK. I like using them on most High Sierra Lakes and in the swirling back eddys on the EWR and Owens River. Anywhere that midges collect in large numbers, on slow flat water etc…all of these are excellent locations for this pattern…

Mat X2 SPARKLE GNAT

Materials X2-UV2 (BLACK PEACOCK) SPARKLE GNAT…

X2 SPARKLE GNATS GRP

X2-UV2 SPARKLE GNAT(s)…

OWENS BOX HALF FINISHED

Half way there…

COMBO MID BEAD BAETIS 2

COMBO MID-BEAD BAETIS – Gunkel/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18 Р#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck

ABDOMEN: Combo Thread, Olive/Yellow Cascade Crest* Coat with Hard As Hull

LEGS: Fluoro Fibre, Brown, 10-12 Strands each side

WINGCASE: Holographic Mylar Motion, Black, 1/32′ – * Coat with UV Resin

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry, Callibaetis

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, Sized to hook

A variation on Shea Gunkel’s “Shotglass Baetis”. I used combo thread, for segmentation and a black, holographic wing case because the wing cases on BWO’s/Baetis darken to almost black when the nymphs are most active, just prior to emergence…The copper tungsten bead is for weight – use a glass bead to fish it as an emerged/dropper…

Mat COMBO MID-BEAD BAETIS

Materials COMBO MID-BEAD BAETIS…

COMBO MID-BEAD BAETIS GRP

COMBO MID-BEAD BAETIS…

THIN OLIVE JIG :VASIES-Variant

OLIVE THIN WINGED JIG – Vasies/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 4640 Jig Hook, #16, Dohiku HDJ Jig Hook, #18 Р#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck

ABDOMEN: UV2 Turkey Biot, fringed side up – * Coat thread with Hard As Hull before wrapping

WING: MP Select CDC, Blue Dun – two feather tips

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry, BWO

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten, Black or Copper, sized to hook

This is a unique Lucian Vasies pattern he designed as a “winged wet for dynamic nymphing”. Check out his other patterns and visit his Troutline store for some really interesting fly tying materials…This is just a quick and simple variant with generic BWO colors…These Daichi jig hooks have much longer shank than the European Jig Hooks. Rumor has it that Daichi will be offering the in smaller sizes, at some point…

 

Mat THIN WINGED OLIVE JIG

Materials OLIVE THIN WINGED JIG…

THIN WINGED OLIVE JIGS GRP

OLIVE THIN WINGED JIG(s)…

HOUSY MOO

Somebody was fishing the “Housy” a few days ago…

HOUSY MOO 2

…and caught this…

UV2 HOLO COPPER FIRE 2

UV2 HOLO COPPER FIRE JIG – Oishi/Variant …

HOOK: Hanak C400BL, #16, Dohiku HDJ Jig Hook, #18

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAG & HOT SPOT: Veevus 14/0, Fl. Orange, * Coat with Hard As Hull

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Sulky Holoshimmer, Copper – * Coat with Hard As Hull

THORAX: 70% Firestar Copper Fire / 30% UV2 Dubbing Enhancer, Dark

This is a scaled down variant of Canadian tier, Todd Oishi’s ” Prospector “. With various colors of Sulky Holoshimmer, let thy imagination run…I like using these little guys as anchor flies, trailing a simple Midge pattern, like a Cream Miracle Midge, off the back on places like the East Walker River…

Mat UV2 HOLO COPPER FIRE JIG

Materials¬†UV2 HOLO COPPER FIRE JIG…

UV2 HOLO COPPER FIRE JIGS GRP

UV2 HOLO COPPER FIRE JIG(s)…

GAMERA 2

GAMERA MIDGE, Brown …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 Р#22

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

ABDOMEN: 8-10 strands, non-flash DNA Holo Fusion, Brown

RIB: UTC wire, Red, x-sm

THORAX: UV2 Peacock, Brown – Spirit River

BEAD: Black tungsten, sized to hook

It’s Gamera…what else do I need to say…

gamera

GAMERA…

Mat GAMERA MIDGE ls Fl.FIRE O-P MF

Materials GAMERA MIDGE – (Fl. Fire Orange/Pearl Midge Flash shuck, not pictured)…

GAMERA MIDGES GRP

GAMERA MIDGES…

UV2 BLUE HOLO MIDGE

UV2 BLUE HOLO MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 Р# 22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under abdomen to and including thorax / Tiemco 16/0, Black, behind bead

SHUCK: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

ABDOMEN: Blue Holographic Tinsel (here, from Rainbow Holo Flashabou) or from Veevus

RIB: UTC Silver wire, x-sm – * Coat abdomen with Hard As Hull

THORAX: UV2 Peacock, Black – Spirit River

BEAD: Silver Nickel Tungsten, sized to hook

Yep, I like BLUE. There have been quite a few occasions that this color has worked very successfully for me and the tribe. I like to keep more than a few in my Midge boxes…just never know…

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Brown, taken by Michael on the East Walker River, on a BLUE Midge…

Mat BLUE HOLO UV2 MIDGE

Materials Uv2 HOLO MIDGE…

UV2 BLUE HOLO MIDGES – (one Black for contrast)

RENZETTI 2000

The new vise…

SCOTTY'S MIDGE REN 2000

SCOTTY’S MIDGE – Matthews / Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18 -#20

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

SHUCK: Coachman Red Zelon

RIB: Brown Micro Tubing

ABDOMEN: Coachman Red Zelon

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry, Black

WING: Coastal Deer Hair – Nature’s Spirit

This is a pattern that has been around for awhile and mentioned frequently in the BRF Newsletter. Try and find a recipe for it ! Maybe Craig Matthews will do a video on this bug¬†at some point in the future. And HERE it is (5.26 2016) In the meantime, I went with an approximation gathered from this location. Notice that the BRF version is tied on a TMC 2488 hook and the other on a TMC 206 BL hook…I like the former for this pattern…

Mat SCOTTY'S MIDGE

Materials SCOTTY’S MIDGE…

SCOTTY'S MIDGE GRP

SCOTTY’S MIDGE(s)…

MOTTLED MIDGE UV2

MOTTLED MIDGE UV2…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 Р#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Lady AmherstPheasant Tail, Red/Black fibers – Spirit River

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer, Black

THORAX: UV2 Peacock Herl, Natural

WINGS: 4-6 Strands, Nymph Shear, Pearlescent White – Cascade Crest

BEAD: Silver Nickel Tungsten, sized to hook

Just an offbeat Midge with some mottling and a flashy wing. I like these kinds of patterns that the Trout have not seen before…

 

Mat MOTTLED MIDGE UV2

Materials MOTTLED MIDGE UV2…

MOTTLED MIDGES UV2 GRP

MOTTLED MIDGE(s) UV2…

 

 

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So…Fall, my favorite time of year. What follows with be a smattering of patterns, small and large (in the following post), for use in the Eastern Sierras and primarily – the Lower Owens River. These guys would work almost anywhere in the West and maybe some other places as well… Life intruded a bit on my completing all of the recipes and additional information – it does that, sometimes…MIDGES - 2 BWO's FALL 2015

MIDGES & 2 BWO’s – Fall 2015…

PAL MIDGE 1

PAL (Midge) – Keeler/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

RIB: UTC wire, x-sm, Black

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Tan

BEAD: Hi-Lite Glass Bead, Blue Peacock, x-sm

This pattern is an Adrian Keller design. I featured, but did not tie it, about six years ago. Finally…done…

Mat PAL MIDGE

Materials PAL (MIDGE)…

PAL MIDGES GRP

PAL (MIDGEs)…

OWENS TRACK

Lower Owens River, Wild Trout section…Bishop, CA…with what is needed soon…

PARA MIDGE EMERGER CREAM

PARA-MIDGE EMERGER,Cream – Willmott-Sanchez/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1167, #20 (and smaller when they make them)

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

ABDOMEN: Emergence Dubbing, #.11 Cream – Nature’s Spirit

RIB: Krystal Flash, Medium Brown

WING: Hi-Vis, White

HACKLE: Whiting Grizzly Midge

The PME was developed by long time guides Gary Willmott and Scott Sanchez on the upper Snake River.. It was originally tied on a TMC 101 hook. The abdomen on this pattern is meant to hang below the surface film so use floatant only on the hackle and wing. I tied this is cream because this Midge color is predominant on the Lower Owens and East Walker Rivers…

Mat PAR MIDGE EM CREAM

Materials PARA-MIDGE EMERGER -Cream …

PARA MIDGE EMERGER MIDGES GRP

PARA-MIDGE EMERGER(s) – Cream…

RC UV2 MIDGE 2

UV2 RC MIDGE – Gold, Freeman/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 Р#20

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

OVER ABDOMEN: Micro Floss, Gold – Cascade Crest

RIB: Brown Micro Tubing

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Black

Another Paul Freeman variant of a pattern for the San Juan River ( link to Paul below). I always use white tread as a base under floss bodies. A little trick I learned a while back ¬†– it adds to the translucency of a floss abdomen which is particularly important for Midge Larva or Pupa…

Mat UV2 RC MIDGE

Materials UV2 RC MIDGE…

UV2 RC MIDGES GRP

UV2 RC MIDGE(s)…

MIDGE EMERGER UV2 IWAMASA BLK

UV2 MIDGE EMERGER, Black – Iwamasa/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 Р#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Natural Mallard feather section, curved side up – (I spread a little thinned Dave’s Flexament on it)

WING: White Poly Yarn

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, Black

HACKLE: Whiting Grizzly Midge – 1 1/2 turns

This is an interesting Ken Iwamasa pattern that he uses on the Frying Pan River in the video linked to under his name. I have caught one or two Trout in that section over the years. His take on the shuck imitation is, well… provocative…

Mat MIDGE EMERGER KI

Materials¬†UV2 MIDGE EMERGER, Black – Iwamasa/Variant…

MIDGE EMERGERS KI GRP

UV2 MIDGE EMERGER(s), Black…

BROWN MIRACLE MIDGE 2

MIRACLE MIDGE, Brown …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 Р#22

THREAD: Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, Brown / Head – Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: Lagartun x-fine, Copper wire Р* coat fly with Hard As Hull for durability

It does not get much simpler than this Midge Larva. I have taken some of my largest Trout on this type of pattern over the past several years and I keep a stock of them in different colors for me and my tribe to use…

MAT MIRACLE MIDGE BRN

Materials¬†MIRACLE MIDGE, Brown …

MIRACLE MIDGES BRN GRP

MIRACLE MIDGE(s), Brown…#18 & #20…

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CRUMPLED MIDGE time on the Lower Owens River, Bishop, CA…

CRUMPLED MIDGE CREAM

CRUMPLED MIDGE, Cream – Engle/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 Р#22

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

OVER ABDOMEN: Cream, Black, Olive, Brown, etc. Micro Tubing (it’s hollow, it floats)

WING: Medallion Sheeting, Dun

A variation on an older Ed Engle pattern that is meant for sippers in flat water on cold, overcast, snowy days. Here be a few of those on the Lower Owens River…checkout some of Ed’s other small patterns on the link above…

CRUMPLED MIDGE OLIVE

CRUMPLED MIDGE, Olive – Engle/Variant – Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22…

CRUMPLED MIDGE BLACK

CRUMPLED MIDGE, Black – Engle/Variant – Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22…

Mat CRUMPLED MIDGE

Materials CRUMPLED MIDGE…

CRUMPLED MIDGES GRP

A flock of CRUMPLED MIDGES…

michael-lower-owens_1_

A good time and place to use the pattern below…Michael says so…

COQ'd OPAL MIDGE

COQ’d OPAL MIDGE, Blue/Lavender…

HOOK: Umpqua JB01 Hook, #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

RIB: UTC Gunmetal Blue wire, x-sm

OVER ABDOMEN: (of working black thread) 1/100″ Opal Micro Flashabou

WING: Coq De Leon, Barred Speckled Aconchado

THORAX: Ice Dub UV Lavender

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #.15, Fl. Purple

BEAD: Black Tungsten, 2,4mm

Another attractor Midge type pattern in flashy colors. I like these on particularly cold days and fish them with the expectation that there will soon be a nice Trout attached to it…usually happens…

Mat COQ'd OPAL MIDGE

Materials COQ’d OPAL MIDGE…

UMPQUA JB01 HOOK

The HOOK…

COQ'd OPAL MIDGES GRP

COQ’d OPAL MIDGE(s)…

OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE

UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE – Matthews/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 Р#18

THREAD: Abdomen, Lagartun 74 Denier, Olive / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive Brown

ABDOMEN: Lagartun 74 Denier, Olive Thread

WING: EP – Trigger Point Int’l Fibers , BWO (Dun)

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Purple – Spirit River

HACKLE: Whiting Midge, Dun

A variation on THIS Craig Matthews pattern for the BWO/Baetis Fall hatch on the Lower Owens River…I like Enrico’s Trigger Point Int’l fibers of small patterns and it comes in an array of insect colors…

Mat UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE

Materials UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE…

UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE GRP

UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE(s)…#16 & #18…

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE PUPA …

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 Р#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under abdomen / Tiemco16/0, Black – Thorax forward

SHUCK: 1 strand Opal Midge Flash

OVER ABDOMEN: Purple Micro Tubing

WINGLETS: 1 strand Krystal Flash UV Purple, doubled back, for one each side

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Black – Spirit River

BEAD: X-sm Diamond Bead – Killer Caddis

A Midge Pupa in Purple for AM or PM low light and overcast conditions…

Mat UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE

Materials¬†UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE PUPA…

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE GRP

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE PUPAE…

COPPER HOLOSHIMMER MIDGE LARVAE

COPPER HOLOSHIMMER N’ ICE MIDGE LARVAE – Freeman/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 Р#24

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: Black Ice Thread

ABDOMEN:  Lt. Copper Holoshimmer РCoat completed fly with Hard As Hull for  durability

This is a simple Midge Larva pattern that is a variation on a Paul Freeman pattern. Notice on the link to Sulky Holoshimmer, the amount of different available colors. Do not be adverse to trying ALL of them out…it makes a great ribbing material too for smaller patterns !

Materials COPPER HS MIDGE

Materials COPPER HOLOSHIMMER N’ ICE MIDGE LARVAE…

COPPER HS MIDGES GRP

COPPER HOLOSHIMMER N’ ICE MIDGE LARVAE…

LOWER OWENS FALL

Fall… on the Lower Owens River…

BAETIS HS JIG GRAY-OLIVE

HS / UV2 BAETIS JIG – Gray/Olive…

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak) C400BL #16, Dohiku HDJ Jig Hook, #18 Р#20

THREAD:Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck fibers

ABDOMEN: Gray Micro Tubing over working thread

HACKLE: #3 Dun Hen neck feather

THORAX: 80% Micro Fine dub., BWO Gray Olive / 20% UV2 Dubbing Enhancer, Dark

HOT SPOT: Veevus 14/0, FL. Orange thread

BEAD: Copper Slotted Tungsten, size to hook

A bit of an attractor BWO nymph pattern that sinks like a rock. I fish these upstream then let them swing upwards through the drift…

Mat BAETIS HS IG G-O

Materials ¬†HS / UV2 BAETIS JIG – Gray/Olive…

BAETIS HS JIG G-O GRP

HS / UV2 BAETIS JIG(s) – Gray/Olive…

FLASH JUJU

FLASH JUJU – Charlie Craven…

HOOK:  TMC 2488, #18 Р#22

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

ABDOMEN: Two strands of Olive Superhair, 1 strand Black Superhair

THORAX: 1 strand 1/100″ Micro Opal Flashabou over Black thread

WING CASE/BUDS: Dun Fluoro Fiber

Charlie Craven new addition to the JuJu series. This one is not up on the Flybox site yet. Some of his other JuJu patterns may be found HERE. They have been very productive for me where large populations of Midges are found…Mat JUJU FLASH

Materials FLASH JUJU…

JUJU FLASH GRP

FLASH JUJU(s)…

NEXT: More patterns for the Lower Owens River through Winter

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I am tying up a few more Conehead Bugger patterns before I switch to some additional Eastern Fly patterns for Michael and I to use. hopefully, in October, in rivers around Roscoe, NY. These are similar to the original Owens “Offender” which worked so successfully for Michael and I on our trip up to Bridgeport, CA. I would most certainly consider these for use in the Owens River…come Fall…Ally and her friend Nick came by and swiped some of these patterns while they were “in progress” and gave them a workout in North Lake, above Bishop, CA over the August 22nd weekend…

michaelandally

MOO and ALLO…North Lake regulars…even in the snow…

CONE BOX SEPT 15

A Box of Cones…

ALLY COPPERTOP BP

Ally trying out the BBQ at The Copper Top, in Big Pine, CA…her report was that “it was some of the best”, she evah’ tasted…

NORTH LAKE SMOKE RD MTN

…getting there...

North Lake copy

North Lake, when fires are not burning in the Sierras… (Photo: Bishop Chamber of Commerce)

SUNSET NL SMOKE

Same lake, with smoke from the “Rough Fire” drifting over the Sierras…

BLACKSTONE CONE

BLACKSTONE CONE…

HOOK: TMC 300, #8 Р#10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Black Marabou

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands, each side, Holographic Mylar Motion, 1/64″, Red / 2 strands, each side, Black Krystal Flash

RIB: UTC Wire, Red, Medium

BODY: Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dubbing, #.33, Stonefly Black

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger Pak, Black

CONE: Wapsi, Black, SM

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, # 3 Red

Another conehead bugger in Black with some additional accents. This guy wasn’t finished for the trip up so, I’ll just have to give them a whirl in the Fall…somewhere…

ALLY HERO NORTH LAKE

Slakin’ Cone Head testers ( ALLO & HERO ) at North Lake, Bishop, CA …

Mat BLACKSTONE CONE

Materials BLACKSTONE CONE…

BUGGER STUFF

Some things I keep on hand for construction of all these cone head patterns…I cement my weight on with Zap-A-Gap after covering with thread, behind the cone. I pick out the dubbing with a dubbing needle and use the bore brushes and/or tooth type brushes to really¬†spead it out and back. The¬†dubbing always go into a waxed loop. For these types of buggers I prefer, in this order, these¬†dubbings:

  1. J, Fair Seal Sub Dubbing...soft, shiny and translucent when brushed and excellent to work with in a dubbing loop…this stuff is premo !
  2. Wapsi Angora Goat Seal Sub, Dubbing…fibers are a bit longer and a bit crinkly
  3. Seal X Dubbing...also rough and crinkly but it has been around and proven – forever

I am going to play around with this material for some other ( like the BLACKSTONE CONE) Bugger Patterns that I have in mind. It is 100% Trilobal and dubs extremely well in a loop and it also has mixed tones:

Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dubbing

BLACKSTONE CONE GRP

BLACKSTONE CONEs…

ALLY HERO TOYOTA

Sierra Ridge Runners…

5br-1

Fall on the Lower Owens River, Bishop, CA…

PLIERS Needle Nose

These are on my desk and in my kit for removing hook barbs – on and off the water…

OWENS %22OFFENDER%22 BLK - MED OLIVE

OWENS “OFFENDER” 1 …

HOOK: Black/Medium Olive, Daiichi 2220, #6 Р#10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black or Olive

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Black Marabou

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands , each side, Flashabou , Dyed Pearl, Orange 6967 / 2 strands, each side, Black Krystal Flash

RIB: UTC Copper Wire, Medium

HACKLE: Ewing Bugger Pack, Brown Grizzly

BODY: J. Fair Seal Sub. Dubbing, Medium Olive

CONE: Wapsi, Black, SM

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #3 Red … ¬†(or, Copper Cone and #5, FL.Orange Datum Glo-Brite Floss)

NORTH LKE RB NET

Along with the Brown/Black version, this worked the best at North Lake…

Mat OWENS %22OFFENDER%22 1

Materials OWENS “OFFENDER” 1…

OWENS %22OFFENDER%22 1 GRP

OWENS “OFFENDER” 1’s….

ALLO'S POLAR EXPRESS CH BUGGER

ALLO’S POLAR EXPRESS CH …

HOOK:  TMC 300, #6 Р#10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Black Marabou

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands, each side Flashabou Opal Mirage / 2 strands, each side, Black Krystal Flask

RIB: Micro UV Clear Polar Chenille

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger Pak, Grizzly

BODY: Wapsi Angora Goat, Seal Sub., Black

CONE: Wapsi, Black, SM

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #3 Red

I wanted Ally to have some cone buggers in black, in case she fished early in the AM or late in the PM and if the sky was cloudy or if it rained. My experience with the color black, in buggers, ¬†is that they are most effective during low light periods…well the guys mostly got up late and left early – for dinner. The sky was completely smoky while they were there…

DEER NL SMOKE copy

Deer… against a Sierra smoky sky…

Mat ALLO'S POLAR EXPRESS

Materials ALLO’S POLAR EXPRESS CH…

ALLO'S POLAR EXPRESS GRP

ALLO’S POLAR EXPRESS….

BIG REEDY HUCKLEBERRY

BIG REEDY HUCKLEBERRY CONE BUGGER…

HOOK: Mustad R76-79580, Daiichi 2220 Р#6 Р#10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Olive

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Brown Marabou

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands, each side РFlashabou Dyed Pearl,Olive, 6969  / 2 strands, each side, Black Krystal Flash

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger Pak, Black/Yellow Grizzly

BODY: J.Fair Seal Sub. Dubbing, Light Olive

CONE: Wapsi, Black, SM

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, #3 Red

NICK NORTH LAKE copy

Nick and something attracted to the HUCKLEBERRY…

Mat BIG REEDY HUCKLEBERRY

Materials¬†BIG REEDY HUCKLEBERRY CONE BUGGER…

BIG REEDY HUCKLEBERRY GRP

BIG REEDY HUCKLEBERRIES…

HERO NORTH LAKE

…”STOP! I see a chipmunk!”…

OWENS OFFENDER II BRN 2

OWENS “OFFENDER” II, Brown / Black …

HOOK: TMC 5263 #4- #6, Daiichi 2220 #6 Р#10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Brown or Olive

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Black Marabou

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands each side, Flashabou Dyed Pearl, orange, 6967 / 2 strands each side, Black Krystal Flash

RIB: UTC Copper Wire, Med

HACKLE: Ewing Bugger Hackle, Brown Grizzly

BODY: J. Fair Seal Sub Dubbing, Dark Brown

CONE: Wapsi, Copper, SM

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #5, Fl. Orange

Michael caught the two Trout, pictured below, on the original OWENS “OFFENDER”. Over the past two years, this pattern has produced a lot of Trout for me…

moos-big-rainbow-vlr

…yes..

moos-rainbow-vl-7-29-15-szd

…they work…

Mat OWENS OFFENDER II BRN-BLK

Materials OWENS “OFFENDER” II, Brown / Black…

NICK BROWN CB copy

Nick, using the Brown/Black version on North Lake…

OWENS OFFENDER II BRN-BLK

OWENS “OFFENDERs” II, Brown / Black…

NICK OWENS VALLEY

Nick, looking over a smoked out Owens Valley…

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I will be tying up a series of Jig Patterns and some other patterns on the hooks that were sent to me by my¬†fly tying friend, Jacob Adamerovich. They are available at his shop, the¬†Competitive Angler in Latrobe,PA. Some of these will be used in the Eastern Sierras and a few will travel back to NYC for Michael to use this Summer…

BUG LINE JA HOOKS

The Bug Line…done…

ROAR FORK 78

Some of the above would work well in here…now where would that be ?

BRUSHED LASER & D-RIB CADDIS BRUSHED LASER & D-RIB CADDIS …

HOOK: Hanak 390 BL, #12 ‚Äď #16

WEIGHT: .010 lead 0r .015 Lead Sub. – 4-6turns

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive

TAG: 2 strands flash, 8-10 strands fiber – DNA Holo Fusion, White – cut short

RIB: Chartreuse D-Rib, Small, 6-7 wraps

ABDOMEN: (In a dubbing Loop) Senyo’s Lase Dub, Light Olive – wrap between ribbing and brush rearward with velcro on a popsicle stick or a bore brush…trim excess with curved scissors

WINGLETS: Flex Floss, Brown

THORAX: 2 Iridescent Peacock Herl Fibers (Spirit River), twisted into a rope, then 3-4 turns

HACKLE: Partridge Feather, Olive

HOT SPOT: Veevus, 8/0, Fl. Orange Thread

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

This is just a simple soft hackle Caddis pattern with a subdued rib and shaggy appearance. The DNA tag adds a bit of flash and the hot spot provides a trigger. Fish this pattern directly above your position then let it swing in the current below. Michael nails a lot of nice Browns (below) using this technique…

MOO EWR PURP CAD Michael likes my Caddis patterns…

 

Materials¬†BRUSHED LASER & D-RIB CADDIS…

BRUSHED LASER & D-RIB CADDIS GRP

BRUSHED LASER & D-RIB CADDIS…

DUN MINK UV2 DUN MINK & UV2 – Williams/Variant …

HOOK: Hanak 450 BL, #12 Р#16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Gray/Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

RIB: Sulky Opalescent Thread

ABDOMEN: Dun Mink underfur, Nature’s Spirit, use a dubbing rake

THORAX: 70/30 Mix SLF Spikey Squirrel, Gray – UV2 Dark Enhancer

BEAD: Silver Tungsten slotted, sized to hook or oversize x1

This is a variation of Loren William’s LW’s Stud. I like tying with mink fur because this material has the unique ability to trap air bubbles. It comes in a wide range of dyed colors…I also use the longer fibers, cut off the skin, for tailing and hackle…

Materials DUN MINK & UV2

DUN MINK & UV2 JIGS…

Shades of MINK work well here…on the East Walker River…

SULPHUR EMERGER ‚Äď Grobert/Variant‚Ķ

HOOK: Hanak 390 BL Hook, #14 Р#16

THREAD: Abdomen РUTC 70 Denier, Yellow / Thorax forward, Veevus 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Brown Z-Lon fibers

ABDOMEN: Yellow tying thread

RIB: “Touch dubbed” to Danville 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown thread, #37, Seal Brown Hareline Fur Dubbin

WING: Snowshoe Hare, Tan

THORAX: Micro Fine Dry Fly Dub, Sulphur Yellow

Another pattern that will be going back East to Michael for his use. I used some other materials than the way Matt Robert ties it HERE….later…

Materials SULPHUR EMERGER… SULPHUR EMERGERS SULPHUR EMERGER(s)… RYCHO Z-WING RYCHO Z-WING (Olive) – Mercer/Variant …

HOOK: Hanak 390 BL Hook, #12 Р#16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive

ABDOMEN: 70/30 Mix, Antron Dubbing, Olive – UV2 Caddis Nymph, Olive

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer, Black

CARAPACE/BACK: Mottled Olive Thin Skin

WINGS: Ginger Z-Lon – split from 1 strand

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Black (Spirit River) – 2 fibers, twisted into a rope – 3-4 turns

A variation on Mike Mercer’s Z Wing Caddis¬†for the¬†Rhyacophila hatch that occurs in the Eastern Sierras March – August. It may also be tied in Tan.That would be the Emerging Pupal stage of this guy…

EWR FREE LIVING CADDIS

Free living Caddis…East Walker River, Bridgeport, CA…

Materials RYCHO Z-WING CADDIS… RYCHO ZELON CAD GRP RYCHO Z-WING CADDIS…

The Hooks and Beads…

D 1167 & H 390 BL

F.Y.I. – The Daiichi 1167, #14 & Hanak H 390 BL – side by side…Hans¬†explains the real KLINKHAMER…HERE…

B CADDIS B. CADDIS (JIG) – Bloom/Variant …

HOOK: Hanak 450 BL Hook, #10 Р#16

THREAD: Under Abdomen, Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Ultra Wire, Fl. Chartreuse, Brassie or Small Рdepending on hook size Р * Coat with UV Resin

HACKLE: MP Select CDC feather fibers in a dubbing loop

HOT SPOT: Veevus 8/0, Fl. Chartreuse

BEAD: Slotted Faceted Tungsten Bead, Black, sized to hook or over sized x1

A number of years ago, I walked into this fly shop at Four Corner’s, outside of Bozeman, MT and found this simple little Caddis attractor that used chartreuse wire, CDC and a tungsten bead. That shop is now history but it had more flies in any one place than I have ever seen – before or since. So… I picked up a couple of those little guys that were designed by Dave Bloom. One of the results may be seen below…they may also be tied with copper wire, tan CDC and a copper bead…

pop-3-00-rainbow

The original worked like a charm…in here…Madison River, MT…

Materials B. CADDIS… B.CADDIS GRP B. CADDIS(s)… HURRICANE BUG HURRICANE BUG (JIG…

HOOK: Hanak 450 BL Hook, #10 Р#16

THREAD: Lagartun 74 Denier, Rust – Abdomen / Tiemco 10/0, Dk. Brown, to secure thorax

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .)15 Lead Sub.

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Lagartun Thread

RIB: Sulky Opalescent Thread – * coat with UV Resin

THORAX: Micro UV Chenille, Hot Orange

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten Copper – sized to hook or oversized x1

A flashy, easy to tie attractor that drops like a rock. I’ll do an Olive version later…that guy below liked Flashy Orange…

ewr-sized-pop-brown-blog-27 One of my test subjects on the East Walker River…

Materials HURRICANE BUG… HURRICANE BUG(s)…

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These will be some patterns that I have had in mind for a while…Several are older, but not forgotten, NW fly patterns that have stood the test of time and have produced Trout both in lakes and moving water. A couple of the others will be variations on old themes that also are patterns I turn to in the Fall in the Eastern Sierras…Just below, are a couple of links on Streamer techniques and rigging…Some of this information has greatly enhanced my experiences with using patterns like the ones below…

RALPH CUTTER¬†Streamer Strategies…

HATCHES – 5 Tips for Better Streamer Fishing…

MIDCURRENT How to tie a non-slip loop knot..

RIFFLE HITCH-NetKnots.com…

STR BOX FALL 14

FALL 2014 STREAMER BOX… done…

ALLY'S PINATA STREAMER

ALLY’S¬†Pi√Īata STREAMER …

HOOK: TMC 5263, #4 – #6

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Marabou Blood Quill, Black

ABDOMEN: Wooly Bugger Chenille, Black, so

BODY HACKLE: Jay Fair Schlappen, Burnt Orange – * three turns at the front

RIB: UTC Wire, Hot Orange, sm

WING: UV2 Rabbit Strip – Jailbird – straight

HACKLE: Zonker Strip, Crawdad Orange Variant – Cross Cut

1. Make dubbing loop

2. Insert short strip of fur

3. Cut from skin

4. Twist

5. Stroke fur rearward while wrapping

A larger attractor pattern which imitates something LARGE…for use in dark, turbulent or off color water – like when the DWP is messing with the flows on the Lower Owens River…

ALLY'S PINATA STR

Materials ALLY’S¬†Pi√Īata STREAMER…

ALLY'S PINATA

ALLY’S¬†Pi√Īata STREAMER…ready for busting…

ALLY FALL

Ally…looking for her¬†Pi√Īata…

MOO OWENS STREAMER

STREAMER water…

HONEY BUN

HONEY BUN…

HOOK: Daiichi 2220, #2 – #6

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands each side, Medium Brown Krystal Flash – lay one batch of Marabou, then flash, then another batch of Marabou

ABDOMEN REAR: Petite Estaz, Pearl Olive

ABDOMEN/THORAX: Petite Estaz, Black

HACKLE: Zonker Strip – Olive Variant – Straight …yes straight works too done this way…

1. Make dubbing loop

2. Insert short strip of fur

3. Cut from skin

4. Twist

5. Stroke fur rearward while wrapping

Mat HONEY BUN STREAMER

Materials HONEY BUN…

HONEY BUNS ST

HONEY BUN STREAMERS…

YIP DOG 1

YIP DOG …

HOOK: Daiichi 2220, #6 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, White -Under abdomen – Danville 6/0 Red, thorax forward

TAG: Angel Hair, Shrimp Pink fibers

RIB: Veevus Holographic Tinsel, small, Brown

ABDOMEN: Uni Floss, Orange Рwhite thread should be used under ANY floss for translucence

UNDER WING: Four strands UV Pearl Krystal Flash

WING:  Coyote, Natural (hence the Yip Dog)

OVER WING: Two Strands of Peacock Herl

HACKLE: Zonker Strip, Gold Variant – Cross Cut

1. Make dubbing loop

2. Insert short strip of fur

3. Cut from skin

4. Twist

5. Stroke fur rearward while wrapping

This is totally an attractor, something to dabble with when I just don’t want to do anything except test an outrageous fly pattern…everyone should have a few on hand for those occasions … expect to be surprised!!!

Mat YIP DOG

Materials YIP DOG…

YIP DOGS

YIP DOG(s)…

MOO OWENS DAWN

Big MOO…pumping a Seal Bugger on the Lower Owens River at 6AM… PW PUNK PERCH 2

PW PUNK PERCH – Loe/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 5263, #6 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Red

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015. Lead Sub.

TAIL: Marabou, Dark Brown

ABDOMEN: 80% Ice Dub UV Lt. Olive / 10% Ice Dun UV Brown / 10% Hares Ice Dub, Olive Brown

RIB: UTC Wire, Hot Orange, sm

HACKLE: Silver Badger Saddle, tied dry style…PW stands for “pushing water”

*Tease out the dubbing after ribbing, wit a bore brush or Velcro strip so that the maters “pulsates” when stripped, twitched or pumped. This is a proven perch imitation from Guide Tom Loe¬†mainly for use in Crowley Lake. I have found Perch Fry in other locations, in the Eastern Sierras, thanks to the “bucket brigade”…and they work…try some

Mat PW PUNK PERCH

Materials PW PUNK PERCH – (*Red 6/0 Danville Thread not pictured) PW PUNK PER GRP

PW PUNK PERCH Bunch… PUMPKIN BUN 1

PUMPKIN BUNNY …

HOOK: TMC 5262 or 5263, #6 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAIL: Marabou Blood Quill, Black

RIB: UTC Wire, Silver, sm Р( * not pictured in materials photo)

ABDOMEN: Black Sparkle or Plain Chenille – (* not pictured in materials photo)

WING: Zonker Strip, Black, Straight

HACKLE: Zonker Strip, Fl. Orange, Cross Cut

1. Make dubbing loop

2. Insert short strip of fur

3. Cut from skin

4. Twist

5. Stroke fur rearward while wrapping

Just another Black Fly pattern with a giant hot spot…for exploring deeper, dark water at dawn and dusk…

Materials PUMP BUN less Chen

Materials PUMPKIN BUNNY Р( *abdomen not pictured Рmore later) PUMPKIN BUNNIES

PUMPKIN BUNNIES… MAINE 3

Michael and Aimee in Maine a couple of weekends ago…a good place to tow a streamer behind a kayak… OWENS DESERT DACE

DESERT DACE …

HOOK: TMC 300, #8 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Olive

TAG: Angel Hair fibers, Rusty

ABDOMEN: DNA Holo Fusion, Olive – *coat with Hard As Hull or SHAN

WINGS: Stacked 2 Peacock Hers over, Brown Marabou, Lt. Olive Marabou

UNDER ABDOMEN: White Marabou

GILLS: Danville 6/0 Red

Another old but favorite design…Marabou just comes alive in water and I tie a lot of streamer patterns that utilize this material…Oh yeah… and about some of the FINNY RESIDENTS¬†of the Owens Valley…

Mat DESERT DACE

Materials DESERT DACE… DESERT DACE GRP

DESERT DACE(s)… FALL OWENS PKG

DESERT DACE place…. MUTHA OF PEARL ST 2

MUTHA OF PEARL

HOOK: TMC 5263, #4 – #8

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Red (* not pictured with materials)

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

TAIL: Marabou Blood Quill, Black

ABDOMEN: Sparkle Braid, Pearl

WING: Black Barred Rabbit Strip, White – Straight

LATERAL LINE FLASH: One strand, Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/Red – on each side

HACKLE: Zonker Strip – Cross Cut – Black

1. Make dubbing loop

2.  Insert short strip of fur

3. Cut from skin

4. Twist

5. Stroke fur rearward while wrapping

I like these bunny strippers. One does not have to add a lot of weight to these patterns. Using a short leader with a sink tip or full sink line will generally get them into the zone and the action of the fur, when wet, is quite enticing… Variations of Black and White have always performed well for me on Easter Sierra waters…THIS is an old stand-by for me on the Lower”O” and East Walker River…

 Mat MUTAH OF PEARL ST

Materials MUTAH OF PEARL… MUTAH OF PEARLS GRP

MUTAH(s) OF PEARL… CAREY SPECIAL 2

CAREY SPECIAL – Col. Thomas Carey …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #6 – #12

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

TAIL: Ringneck Pheasant Rump fibers, Natural

ABDOMEN: 4-6 Peacock Herl Ffibers, natural

RIB: UTC Gold Wire, sm

WING: Ringneck Pheasant Rump, feather, Natural

A Northwest pattern that has been around since 1925 that is one any fly fisherman should have in the streamer box. Here is what my buddy, Dean Endress has to say about this pattern…

“I have used this pattern for 30 plus years, and it is still very effective on Trout, I often fish it in lakes , usually on a type 2 or 3 Uniform sink line. use a 4 ft. leader of 10 to 6lb. test . in rivers swim it deep like a nymph or swing it like a wetfly/streamer.. however you choose to fish it, always remember to animate the hackle fibers, they twitch and wiggle very well..

Thought not exactly tyed to imitate one food type, the Carey Special suggests : Dragonfly Nymphs, Chubs, Water beetles, leeches, Crayfish, maybe even baby trout – plenty of food items..

I have used the Carey Special in numerous Sierra Nevada lakes. effective indeed and a great change up from Midge indicator fishing.
It also works great for Smallmouth and Largemouth bass, plus Bluegill and other Sunfish species.. while i have not tried it yet, i am fairly certain it will work well for Carp.”

The pattern is also mentioned in HERE:

book-first-pattern-4

…amen…

Mat CAREY SPECIAL

Materials CAREY SPECIAL… CAREY SP GRP

CAREY SPECIAL(s)… MOO'S SIERRA STEER -2-

MOO’S SIERRA STEER (Unroyal) Olive/Chartreuse …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #6-#10, 5263, #6- #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

TAIL: Speckled Hen Saddle Fibers, Black

UNDER ABDOMEN: Medium Holographic Tinsel, Chartreuse – (* Not pictured with materials)

OVER ABDOMEN: Olive Micro Tubing

WING: UV2 Calftail, White

PEACOCK POINTS: Iridescent Peacock, Black – Spirit River

BEARD: Speckled Hen Saddle Fibers, Black

If this looks familiar, it is because it is similar to THIS… the wing may be clipped if desired. In it’s original form, Frank Arcularius used a clipped version on the Upper Owens River on the family ranch..it is mentioned in Ray Bergman’s “Trout” and is still a very effective streamer pattern when fished beneath overhanging banks and willow sweeps…this is an attractor, streamer pattern…

SIERRA STEERS REAL

…other SIERRA STEERS, near the Upper Owens River…

. Mat MOO'S SIERRA STEER

Materials MOO’S SIERRA STEER… MOO'S SIERRA STEERS GRP

MOO’S SIERRA STEER’s… FALL MONO CTY

Fall…around Bridgeport, CA… SIX PACK 1 ADD

SIX PACK – Haufner/Caryl (Brown Rump PT)…Rusty Brown/Variant

HOOK: TMC 5262, #6 Р#12

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

TAIL: Ringneck Pheasant Tail Rump Patch fibers, Brown

ABDOMEN: Ringneck Pheasant Tail Rump Patch fibers, Brown

HACKLE: Ringneck Pheasant Tail Rump Patch, feather

The SIX PACK was developed by Carl Haufner with help from angler Everett Carl. It is a Pacific Northwest pattern that was originally tied with yellow-dyed pheasant rump ( thanks Preston Singletary ). Along with the Carey Special, it is a tried and true fly that dates from 1963. It has caught a load of fish…

Mat SIX PACK

Materials SIX PACK… SIX PACKS GRP

SIX PACKS…

Older stuff…

STREAMERS I

STREAMERS II

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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  Р.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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That time of year again and I always tie up a bunch of these bugs for the Fall and Early Winter season. Most patterns are primarily in Brown, Tan, and Black – nymph, emerger, cripple and¬† a dun and spinner pattern, with a couple of traditional Olives tossed in. I tie more Baetis/BWO’s than any other May Fly patterns. In their book “Western Mayfly Hatches -From the Rockies to the Pacific”, Hafele and Hughes report that there are more than sixty (60) species of Baetidae occurring in the West…I have met a few…

FALL BAETIS 2013 FINAL -1-FALL BAETIS/BWO’s 2013…

Fun Baetis/BWO Facts:

From Rick Hafele

From Ralph Cutter

KEEL KRYSTAL EMERGER -3-KEEL KRYSTAL EMERGER BWO – Murphy/Variant …

HOOK:  Gamakatsu C13U, #18 Р#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Charcoal Gray

SHUCK: Z-Lon, Kinky, Olive – sparse

ABDOMEN: Premo Goose Biot BWO – may be tied fringed or flat – both work * coat thread base with Hard As Hull before wrapping

RIB: Optional – Lagartun x-fine Gold or Copper wire

THORAX: Natural Gray Ostrich Herl

WING CASE/LEGS: Six strands of Black Krystal Flash pulled over thorax, split and tied back as legs

This is a Rick Murphy pattern that I tie in many different colors for Baetis. I am testing it out on this very thin Keel Hook. It is one of the best patterns I have used on the Lower Owens River for Emerging Baetis/BWO’s…

OWENS ROAD -1-The Lower Owens River stretching back. in serpentine fashion, towards the White Mountains outside of Bishop, CA….

Mat KEEL KRYSTAL EMERGER -1-Materials KEEL KRYSTAL EMERGER BWO…

KEEL KRYSTAL EMERGERS -1-KEEL KRYSTAL EMERGERS BWO…

LO 5B ROAD -1-Where any of these BWO’s/BAETIS might be encountered – during any given year…

LIL OLIVE DNA FLEXI BAETIS -2-Lil’ LIGHT OLIVE DNA FLEXI BAETIS …

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #18 Р#20

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

TAIL: Premium Partridge Fibers – Nature’s Spirit #6., Brown Olive

ABDOMEN: A few strands of Non flash DNA Holo Fusion, Olive – wrapped over white thread

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Eye, Olive Dun – Spirit River

WING CASE: Flexi-Floss, Black

LEGS: V-notched Brown/Olive Partridge feather from center back of skin

A¬† small Olive with a not overly blinged black wing case…

Mat LIL OLICE BAETIS DNA-FLEX -1-Materials Lil’ LIGHT OLIVE DNA FLEXI BAETIS…

Lil OLIVE BAETIS NYMPH -1-LIGHT OLIVE DNA FLEXI BAETIS…

DROWN BAETIS SPINNER SV -2-DROWN BAETIS SPINNER – Rust – Schollmeyer/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 101. #18 Р#22

TAIL: Split Coq De Leon, Dun

THREAD: Lagartun 74 Denier, Rust – * Coat with Hard As Hull

WING9s): White Antron

OPTIONAL: Thorax – Rust Spinner dubbing #.10 – Nature’s Spirit – *treat with watershed to float in the surface film

A standard, drowned spinner pattern form Jim Schollmeyer…

DROWNED BAETIS SPINNER GRP -1-DROWN BAETIS SPINNER(s) – Rust

Mat DROWNED B S -1-Materials DROWN BAETIS SPINNER

FAST WATER EMERGER BWO -1-FAST WATER EMERGER –¬† BAETIS – Nemec/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 200R, #18 – #20…this is a #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Dun Z-Lon

RIB: Midge Flash, Light Blue Dun

ABDOMEN: 2 Plume feathers each – Olive and Shad Gray Marabou – twisted and wrapped forward…

POST: White, 1/16′ Foam cylinder

HACKLE: Whiting Saddle, Dun

The BWO version designed by Reno, NV fly tier Jan Nemec…they work… nicely !!!

Mat FAST WATER EMERGER BAETIS -1-Materials FAST WATER EMERGER BAETIS…

FAST WATER EMERGERS BAETIS GRP -1-FAST WATER EMERGERS – BAETIS…

POP OWENS BAETIS 13 -1-The “old guy” in the Fall on the Lower Owens River…

DARK DNA WONDER BAETIS -1-

DARK DNA WONDER BAETIS – Downey/Variant …

HOOK: -TMC 103BL, #19 – #21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dun

ABDOMEN: A few strands of Black DNA non-flash Holo Fusion

THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub

FLASH BACK: 1/64″ Strand of Holgraphic Mylar Motion, Black

WING: Dark Grizzyy Hen Neck – fluff from the base of the stem, tied in convex side up and pulled over thorax

A¬† Brad Downey pattern, similar to the Bat Wing Baetis without a bead…use as an emerger

Mat DARK WONDER BAETIS -1-Materials DARK DNA WONDER BAETIS…

DARK WONDER BAETIS -2-DARK DNA WONDER BAETIS Batch…

BAETIS FOAM EM BRN OL -2-BAETIS FOAM EMERGER (Brown/Olive) – Matthews/Variant …

HOOK:  TMC 100BL, #18 Р#22

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

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive Brown

THORAX: #8. Brown Olive Dubbing – Nature’s Spirit

EMERGING WING: Looped Razor Foam, .5mm , Gray

HACKLE: Whiting Saddle, Dun – trimmed at bottom so fly rides flush in the surface film…

This is one of Craig Matthew’s patterns from Blue Ribbon Flies. I carry many of his BAETIS/BWO fly patterns – ’cause they work ! The video for this pattern may be found HERE

BAETIS MOO HAND -2-Hand of Michael with a Brown-Olive Baetis on the East Walker River…

Mat BAETIS FOAM EM BRN -1-Materials BAETIS FOAM EMERGER (Brown/Olive) – Matthews/Variant…

BAETIS FOAM EM BRN -1- BAETIS FOAM EMERGER(s) – Brown/Olive…

SILVER BAK BRNBAETISSILVER BAK BROWN BAETIS …

HOOK:  TMC 100SP BL, #18 Р#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Dark Brown

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

RIB: Ultra Wire, Red, X-sm

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Brown

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Dark Brown

WING CASE: Strand of Silver Fire Fly over Mottled Brown Thin Skin * coat with UV resin of choice

From time to time, I will use small PT nymphs with a silver wing case. This one is coated with UV Knotsense. I carry them because on those occasions, when they are working, the results can be spectacular…

Mat SILVER BAC BRN BAETIS -1-Materials SILVER BAK BROWN BAETIS…

SILVER BAC BRN BAETIS's -1-SILVER BAK BROWN BAETIS… #20’s…

MOO OWENS WINTER -2-The “young guy”, Michael on the Lower Owens – in Winter…

SNOSHOE EM DUN -1-SNOW SHOE EMERGING DUN (Olive) – Shane Stalcup/ Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 101, #16 Р#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Gray

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Olive

RIB: Midge Flash, Pearl

THORAX: Salcup’s Micro Fine Dubbing, BWO, Gray/Olive

LEGS: Gray Z-Lon (* not pictured in materials)

WING: Snowshoe Hare, Dun

This pattern is based on Shane Stalcup’s CDC Emerging Dun. The late tier use Goose biots for the abdomen and tied this pattern in Gray, Tan and Olive. His patterns are always included in my boxes because they are among the best I use. If further information about his patterns is desired. I highly recommend THIS BOOK

Mat STALCUP'S EMER DUN -1-Materials SNOW SHOE EMERGING DUN (Olive)…

STALCUP'S EMER DUN -1-SNOW SHOE EMERGING DUNS (Olive)…

CRIPPLE THOR BWO Var -1-CRIPPLE THOR (BWO) – Hile/Variant…this is a #21…

HOOK:  TMC 103BL, #17 Р#21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive Thorax forward – Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun, Abdomen

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Light Speckled

RIB: Lagartun x-fine or fine Gold Wire

ABDOMEN: Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun tying thread

THORAX: Micro Fine BWO Dubbing

WING: Snowshoe Hare, Dark Dun – tied in, built up behind head, clipped and fanned to sides of hook

This pattern was featured in the Fall 2013 issue of Flyfishing & Tying Journal in an article by Jim Schollmeyer (ppgs.48-51)…it was originally tied using CDC for the wing and Woodduck barbs for the tail…I changed it because CDC is a bit fussy to use and time consuming to fish IMHO…

Mat CRIPPLE THOR BAETIS -1-Materials CRIPPLE THOR (BWO)…

CRIPPLE THOR BAETIS -1-CRIPPLE THOR (BWO’s)…

MOO EWR _10-BAETIS/BWO Boy on the East Walker River…

SAWYER PT LAW VAR -1-SAWYER PT – Lawton/Variant …

HOOK:  TMC 100SP BL, #16 Р#20

RIBBING: Copper or Copper Brown UTC wire, sm or x-sm Copper or Red –¬† using #22 -#24 hooks. lock to hook when starting with a drop of Super Glue

TAIL: Pheasant Tail with 3 strands of Midge Flash, Pearl – beneath

ABDOMEN/THORAX: Natural Pheasant Tail wrapped around ribbing wire – 3 layers at thorax and ends pulled over to make emerging wing…

This is Terry Lawton’s version of Frank Sawyer’s PT Nymph…the one that all other PT’s are based on…I like this !

Mat SAWYER PT VAR -1-Materials SAWYER PT – Lawton/Variant…your call on the wire, this is Copper Brown, SM…

SAWYER PT VAR's -1-SAWYER PT Variants…

TMB -1-TMB (Tan Marabou Baetis) …

HOOK:  Daiichi 1560, #18, TMC 100BL, #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Ginger Speckled

RIB: Lagartun x-fine Gold or Copper wire

ABDOMEN: 2 tan and 2 Golden Brown Marabou plume feathers, twisted and wrapped forward

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Dark Brown – picked out for legs

WING CASE: (*not pictured in materials) Rusty Brown Krystal Flash topped with a dollop of UV resin…yummy

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

Something in tan/brown to bounce along the bottom on a dead drift. I like using Rusty Brown Krystal Flash in a lot of nymph patterns…it just seems to be a good trigger for Trout and marabou is suggestive of gills and movement…

Mat TMB -1-Materials TMB (Tan Marabou Baetis)…

TMB's -1-TMB’s…

TUNG PPS BAETIS -2-TUNG PPS BAETIS SH (Purple Peacock & Starling)…

HOOK:¬† Daiichi 1560, #18 –¬† TMC 101, #20

THREAD : Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

ABDOMEN: 12/0 Nano Silk, Black

RIB: Three twisted strands of Chartreuse Fluoro Fibre – * Coat with Hard As Hull

THORAX: Iridescent Purple Peacock Eye – Spirit River

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

BEAD: Silver Tungsten – sized to hook

A little black Baetis soft hackle pattern using Coq De Leon for tailing. I have used a bunch of these in this series because I like the sparkle they provide as opposed to other types of feathers usually used for tailing…

Mat PP & STAR SH BAETIS -1-Materials TUNG PPS BAETIS SH (Purple Peacock & Starling)…

PP N' STARLING SH BAETIS -1-TUNG PPS BAETIS SH’s (Purple Peacock & Starling)…

KEEL BAETIS BRN -1-KEEL BAETIS EMERGER (Brown) …

HOOK:  Daiichi 1250, #18 РTMC 206BL, #18 Р#20 -Gamakatsu C13U, #18 Р#20

THREAD: Under Abdomen- Tiemco 16/0, White – Thorax Forward – Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

RIB: 3 strands of non-flash DNA Holo Fusion, twisted, White

OVER ABDOMEN: 12/0 Nano Silk, Brown – * Coat with Hard As Hull after ribbing

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry, Hexigenia

WING: (Material not pictured) Dark Dun CDC tips – Nature’s Spirit

An RS2 type emerging Brown Baetis tied on a keel style hook because I don’t see a lot of these being used and Bateis/Bwo’s are swimming May Flies as nymphs and emergers…

Mat KEEL BAETIS -1-Materials KEEL BAETIS EMERGER (Brown)…Dark Dun CDC- Nature’s Spirit– (not pictured)…

KEEL BAETIS s BRN GRP -1-KEEL BAETIS EMERGER (s) (Brown)…

GB BAETIS TAN -1-GOLD GLASS BEAD BAETIS EMERGER (Tan-ish) …

HOOK:  Daiichi 1550 or1560, #18 or Daiichi 1130, #18 Р#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Light Cahill

SHUCK: Golden Ginger Z-Lon

RIB: Lagartun x-fine Gold Wire

ABDOMEN: Goose Biot #.20 Callibaetis – Nature’s Spirit

WING CASE: six strands Midge Flash, Black

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry, Callibaetis

LEGS: Natural Hen Back fibers – V-notched

BEAD: Gold Glass, x-sm

A tan-ish Baetis nymph with a bit of sparkle. I use a lot of black for wing cases because May Fly nymph wing cases turn dark,¬† just before emergence and this is the period that they are most active and available to the trout…

Mat GGB BAETIS EM TAN -1-Materials GOLD GLASS BEAD BAETIS EMERGER (s)… (Tan-ish)…

WILD TROUT SEC LO -1-BAETIS/BWO kinda’ day…Wild Trout Section. Lower Owens River…

GOLD GB BAETIS EM TAN -1-GOLD GLASS BEAD BAETIS EMERGER (s)…

Baetis_tricaudatusI -1-Baetis tricaudatus …(from discoverlife.org)

WINTER BAETIS SH -1-WINTER BAETIS SH (Black)…

HOOK: TMC 102Y, #19 – TMC 900BL, #18- #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

RIB: 1 strand Chartreuse Midge Flash

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail – Black

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock Eye, Brown – Spirit River

HACKLE: Natural Starling

Another Black Baetis which may be swung or dead drifted. The iridescent peacock eyes have a number of different uses…

Mat WINTER BAETIS SH BLK -1-Materials WINTER BAETIS SH (Black)…

WINTER BAETIS SH's BLK -1-WINTER BAETIS SH’s (Black)…

CDL BLACK TUNG BW -1-CDL TUNG BAT WING BAETIS (Black) – Petersen/Variant-

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20 or TMC 2487, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Three strands of Black Krystal Flash – tied flat

WING: Fluffy base at the stem of a small Dun Hen Neck Feather – tied in, convex side up and pulled over thorax and bead

THORAX: AZ Synthetic dubbing, Chocolate

BEAD: Black Tungsten 5/64″ or 1/16″ …depending on hook size

I tie quite of the Bat Wing patterns to match various May Flies. Black is a good color to have handy for Baetis/Bwo’s. My tying bud, Dean Endress and I have encountered these black guys all up and down the course of the Lower Owens River…and they are probably found in most Western tail waters as these bugs start to emerge. This one, with a tungsten bead is meant to be fished deep. Substitute a brass black or copper bead to fish it higher in the water column – dead drift or swung,¬† in and below riffle water…

OWENS BAETIS DAY -1-…that might work in here…

Mat BAT WING TUNG BAETIS BLK -1-Materials CDL TUNG BAT WING BAETIS (Black)…

BAT WING TUNG BAETIS BLK -1- CDL TUNG BAT WING BAETIS Bunch…

OWENS EMERGER BRN -1-OWENS EMERGER (Brown) …

HOOK: TMC 2487 or Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Light Cahill – Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown, Thorax forward

SHUCK: Strands of SLF Prism, kept sparse

ABDOMEN: Small bunch of non-flash strands DNA Holo Fusion, Brown – over Light Cahill thread

WING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Gray – post base of material on the hook shank so it does not crumple and splay all over the place

THORAX: 50% Mink, Natural Brown – 50% Nature’s Spirit, #8. Brown Olive

This is a pattern that has worked well on the Lower Owens River (see link) through the years. I fish it as a trailer, just under or on the water’s surface. If there is a desire to fish this sub-surface, use dun CDC and tilt the wing to the rear as on an RS2. The mink in the thorax traps air bubbles so do no dub it on too tightly…

Mat OWENS EMERGER BRN -1-Materials OWENS EMERGER (Brown)…

OWENS EMERGERS BRN -1-OWENS EMERGER(s) – (Brown)…

CDL KF MED BRN B NYMPH -1-CDL KF NYMPH (Med. Brown Baetis) – Hughes/Variant –¬† – (this is a #20)…

HOOK: TMC 100SP-BL. #16-#20

THREAD:Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: 3-5 strands of Medium Brown Krystal Flash – tied flat

WING CASE: 6 strands of Black Krystal Flash

THORAX: 50% Buggy Nymph Dubbing – Lava Brown – 50% #8. Brown Olive, Nature’s Spirit dubbing

LEGS: Natural Speckled Hen

This is a simple Dave Hughes nymph pattern with the addition of legs, which are V-notched and tied in. This may also be tied in Black and Tan – two other colors that I frequently run into on Eastern Sierra waters…

Mat CDL BAETIS BRN NYMPH -1-Materials for CDL KF NYMPH (Med. Brown Baetis)…

CDL BAETIS BRN NYMPH -1-CDL KF NYMPH (s) (Med. Brown Baetis)…

One or two more HERE:

BAETIS/BWO’s # 1

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 2

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 3

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 4

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 5

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 6

BAETIS/BWO’s¬† #7

NEXT: A few scuds…

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Time to get to some patterns that have been on the back burner for awhile. A portion of these will go into a box for a person who is new to Fly Fishing. So, these are patterns that will put that person into fish, no matter where they might use them…

BUGS 4 OTHER -1-

In on a book and done…

ANG CIN CAD LARVA -1-ANGORA CINNAMON CADDIS LARVAE¬† – Culton/Variant …

MAT ANG CAD -1-Materials for ANGORA CINNAMON CADDIS…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1560, #14 Р#18

THREAD:  Ultra 70 denier, Burnt Orange РUnder Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Brown РThorax forward

WEIGHT: *NOTE…this pattern is underweighted (wire dia. smaller than shank dia.)¬† – 0.10 lead wire

ABDOMEN: 60% Ginger Angora Goat / 40% SLF Standard Cinnamon Dub

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Brown

BEAD: Copper Brass or Tungsten, sized to hook

This is a Steve Culton pattern that I first saw in the Summer 2012 Issue of Flyfishing & Tying Journal. He now has his own BLOG on WordPress and it is linked to under his name <-. I have used both Angora Goat and Seal-EX for bugger and streamer patterns. My take on this fly differs a bit from Steve’s. I like a buggier effect, using the “brushed method” ( that is why there is a bore brush and Velcro in the materials photo) so I use the material like I do with Mink, in tying the “Mink Thing”.That is just my preference, it may be tied as one chooses…in any case, it is a buggy, translucent pattern that will take Trout – anywhere there are Caddis…I will be tying more up in some other colors so that Michael can match this experience…

MOO EW JUMP RAIN -1-…on waters he will be Fly Fishing in the East. The Brown above… was caught on the East Walker River…

UV2 SW RS2 -1-UV2 SPARKLE WING RS2 – Craven/Variant…

MAT UV2 RS2 _1-Materials for UV2 SPARKLE WING RS2…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #16 – #24

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray – Head / Tiemco 16/0, White – under abdomen...* When using UV2 dubbing ALWAYS use a reflective base under it !

TAIL: White Fluoro Fibre – 2 short strands propped up by one THIN turn of dubbing under the tail(s)

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, Adams Grey

WING BUDS: 2 srort looped strands of DNA Holo Chromosome Flash, Pearl …or, what Charlie uses…

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry, Adams Grey

Ever since Rim Chung designed it, RS2’s take Trout…This is Charlie Craven’s version which may be found HERE.

I have taken good Trout in just about every location I have Fly Fished, using this pattern and a number of it’s variations. It may be tied to imitate just about ANY May Fly. They may be worked from the bottom of the water column to the top…I don’t leave home without them…

LO O 1 4.8.13 6The RS2 has taken a lot of nice fish for me and my crew here, in the Lower Owens River, in Spring and Fall. The above pattern, in Grey, is a good BWO/Baetis imitation for the Owens…

HB PSF -1-

HB PSF NYMPH …

MAT HB PSF NYMPH -1-Materials for HB PSF NYMPH…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1560, #14 Р#18

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Ultra 70 Denier, Brown / Thorax forward, Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

WEIGHT: 0.10 Lead… stuffed into bead

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Light Speckled

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Brown

RIB: Wapsi Wire, Copper, SM or X-sm

WING CASE/LEGS; Six strands Rusty Brown Krystal Flash, pulled over Thorax then separated

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel, Brown

BEAD: Orange Hot Bead, sized to hook

A pumped up Pheasant tail nymph that works well on the East Walker River and other locations, in the Spring when waters are off colored. I use a lot of Rusty Brown Krystal Flas for abdomens, wing cases and legs…in the rivers I fish. in the Sierras, it goes over well…

DNA DIP PINK -1-DNA DIP (PINK)…

MAT DNA DIP -1-Materials DNA DIP (PINK)…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #16 – #18

THREAD: Under Abdomen РTiemco 16/0, White /  Head РTiemco 16/0, Brown

RIB: Brown Ice Thread – coat body with SHAN for durability

WING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Clear White

A simple Caddis Serndipity pattern in PINK. For Hydropsyche or any other Caddis that appears TAN…Walter Wiese, of Park’s Fly Shop in Gardiner, MT has been playing around with a lot of patterns in Pink… because they work

STILLWATER 4.8.13 1…and they will slay in here, in the evening…on the Stillwater River, MT

YAMSI SPECIAL -1-YAMSI SPECIAL – Dave Hughes/Variant …

MAT YAMSI -1-Materials YAMSI SPECIAL…

HOOK:¬† TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, #16…

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: 0.10 Lead Stuffed into bead

ABDOMEN: Ultra Wire Copper, SM and Fl Chartreuse, SM…I coat with SHAN

THORAX: SLF Squirrel Spikey Dubbing Dave uses black Hare’s Ear

BEAD: Black Brass or Tungsten

Dave Hughes created this wire pattern for Brachycentrus (Grannom) hatches on the Yamsi Ranch in Oregon. He notes that it works well in many “other” places. I have used a number of wired abdomen patterns ( excluding the Copper John series) and they have produced for me. I like to coat the abdomens with Dave’s Flexament¬† or Aqua Tuff, which adds dimension to the fly…in this instance, I have used SHAN

MADISON 2 4.8.13 4Wired patterns have put me into some rather large Browns in this section of The Madison River, below Ennis, MT…

$#.00 Wired SEREN -1-

WIRED $3.00 DIP – Matthews/Variant…

MAT WIED DIP -1-Materials for WIRED $3.00 DIP…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, TMC 2487, #14 -#18

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #47, Tobacco Brown

RIB: Waspsi Wire, Hot Orange, SM and Copper Brown, SM

WING: Bleached Coastal Deer Hair – Nature’s Spirit

Another fish catching machine from Blue Ribbon Flies and Craig Matthews. The original $3.00 Dip works anywhere…so will this. I have tied it on a curved, scud hook rather than a straight hook as seen in BRF’s instructional video

$3.00 BRIDGE SUNSET -1-The location , from whence, the above pattern got it’s name…$3.00 Bridge on the Madison River, MT…and the BEST time to be there…

NEXT: Fill this up…

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