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

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

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

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

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

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive

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

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

UNDER BACK: Lime (Chartreuse) Flashabou), Hedron

BACK: Stretch Flex, 1/8″, Olive

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

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

Materials LIME FLASH Olive/Gray SCUD…

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

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

HOOK: TMC 2499SP -BL, #12 – #18

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

WEIGHT: .015 – .010 lead or lead sub.

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

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

UNDER BACK: Medium Opal Tinsel

BACK: Stretch Flex, 1/8″, Pink

RIB: Ice Thread, Pink

Materials for PINKO, UV2 OB SCUD…

VV2 OB PINK SCUDS -1-PINKO (s)…

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

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

HOOK: TMC 2488H, #12 – #18

THREAD: Danville. 6/0, Purple

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

TAIL: AZ Simi Seal, Purple

ABDOMEN: AZ Simi Seal,  Purple

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

BACK: Stretch Flex, 1/8″, Clear

RIB: 5X or 6X tippet material

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

Materials PURPLE ONE (Scud)…

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

HOLO RAINBOW SCUD -1-HOLO RAINBOW SCUD …

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP-BL, #12 – #18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Sheer, Red

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

TAIL: Mallard Fibers, natural

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

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

BACK: Stretch Flex. 1/8″. Clear

RIB: Black Ice Thread

HEAD CEMENT: Hard AS HULL

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

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

These are the materials…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ready to bring the other materials forward…

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

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

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

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

HOLO RAINBOW SCUDS -2-HOLO RAINBOW SCUDS…

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

HOOK: Daiichi 1250, #14 -#18

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

WEIGHT: .010 lead, 8 – 10 wraps

TAIL: UV2 Strung Saddle Fibers, Fl. Orange

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

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

BACK: Stretch Flex, 1/8″, Clear

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

Materials UV2 DEAD ON SCUD…

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

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

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

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

HOOK: TMC 2488H #14 – #16

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

WEIGHT: .010 Lead, 8 – 10 wraps

TAIL: Mallard Flank Fibers, Natural

ABDOMEN: UV2 Scud Shrimp, Tan

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

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

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

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

SCUD OLIVE PREGGO -1-OLIVE PREGGO SCUD …

HOOK: TMC 2488H, #12- #16

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Sheer

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

TAIL: Mallard Flank Fibers, Olive

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

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

BACK: Stretch Flex, Clear

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

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

OLIVE PREGGO SCUDS -1-OLIVE PREGGO SCUDS…

 

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

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

HOOK: Daiichi 1760, #18

THREAD: Veevus 10/0 , Black

WEIGHT: .010 lead wire wraps – 8-10

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

UNDER BACK: Fire Fly, Silver

BACK: Stretch Flex, 1/8″, Clear

RIB: Seaguar Fluro, 6X

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

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

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

MOO’S DIAMOND DUN SCUDS…

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

HOOK: TMC 2488H, #12 -#16

THREAD: Benecchi 12/0 Tobacco

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

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

BACK: Stretch Flex, 1/8″, Clear

RIB: Pearl Krystal Flash

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

Materials KG’s SPRING CREEK SCUD – Variant…

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

KG’s SPRING CREEK SCUDS…

PEARLING SCUD OLIVE -1-PEARLING SCUD Olive…

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

THREAD: Uni 8/0, Olive Dun

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

TAIL: Mallard Flank Fibers, Olive

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

OVER BACK: Flashabou, Olive

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

RIB: 5X or 6X Mono or Fluro tippet

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

Materials PEARLING SCUD…

PEARLING SCUDS…#14’s…

NEXT: More Euro type attractors for Spring…

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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 – #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 – #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 – #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

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 – #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 – #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 – #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 – #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 – #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 – TMC 206BL, #18 – #20 -Gamakatsu C13U, #18 – #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 – #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 – #18

THREAD:  Ultra 70 denier, Burnt Orange – Under Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Brown – Thorax 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 – #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 – Tiemco 16/0, White /  Head – Tiemco 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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…and some other bugs to be added now. I’d like to say I know all about Black Flies, however, I don’t. I have been aware of their presence in spring creeks and tail waters that I frequent, but have never fished imitations which have been created for them. What follows are some patterns by some  tiers who are out there and have used them. Jeff Morgan is perhaps the most important Fly Fishing author on the subject and I will include some links to his work and some additional information on these interesting Diptera that make up a good percentage of Trout food…as usual, the materials for the ties will be photographed and included…These bugs are important to Trout !!!

SIMULIIDs -1-A batch of SIMULIID(s)…

BF LARVA WF -1-BLACK FLY LARVAE – (Image from Westfly)…

RIFFLE EWR SIM -1-Riffle water on the East Walker River – habitat for the Black Fly Larvae…

SIM OWENS -1-Here are some SIMULIID LARVAE in a photo taken of a stomach sample from a Trout, in the Lower Owens River, by Rob (clouserfreak) one of the members of The Kern River Forum

SJE BF -1- CDC SLEEPY JOHN ESTES – SIMULIID ADULT- Jeff Morgan…

MAT SJE -1-Materials for the CDC SLEEPY JOHN ESTES…

HOOK:  TMC 5212, #12 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

UNDER ABDOMEN: Black Razor Foam, .5mm

RIB: Silver Wire, SM

ABDOMEN: Micro Fine Dry Fly Dub, Black

WINGS: CDC Gray, Lt. Dun or Mallow

HACKLE: Black CDC

HEAD: Black Deer Hair, dubbed

Jeff Morgan’s slow water pattern that he also uses for fast water…and, it is at this point, if one wishes to know more about these insects and patterns to represent them, I suggest a visit HERE…and HERE

UV 2 RISING BF A -1-UV 2  RISING BLACK FLY ADULT – Morgan/Variant…

MAT RISING BF -1-Material for the UV2  RISING BLACK FLY ADULT…

HOOK:  TMC 101, #12 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: 7 turns of 0.10 Lead or Lead sub.

ABDOMEN:  UV2 Caddis Nymph, Black or Black Rabbit. mixed 60% – 40% with Peacock Ice Dub

WINGS: Opalescent Sheet or Pearlescent Sheet, which I used

HACKLE: Black CDC

This is the pattern that Jeff suggest for the stage of the bug that rockets to the surface, not as a Pupae, but as an Adult. He states that it makes a Caddis pupae rising look like an accountant meeting…

BH SIM LAR OL -2-

BH SIMULIID OLIVE/BROWN – Morgan/Variant…

MAT BH SIM OL -1-Materials BH SIMULIID LARVAE OLIVE/BROWN…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #12 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

RIB: Oval Silver Silk Core – Lagartun – X-Fine

ABDOMEN: Buggy Nymph Dub, Brownish/Olive

THORAX: Hare-Tron Dubbing, Dark Brown

GILLS: White CDC

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

The rear 1/3 portion of the Simuliid larvae can almost be twice the thickness of the head. Simulid color can range from smoky gray, dirty yellow, olive, olive/brown and creamish to black. The predominate colors I have seen, in the Sierras, are olive, olive/brown and black…

BRN OL BF LARVAE -1-BROWN/OLIVE BLACK FLY LARVAE ( Simulium vittatum ) – Parrott/Variant…

MAT OLIVE SIMULIID L -1-Materials BROWN/OLIVE BLACK FLY LARVAE ( Simulium vittatum )…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Olive 70 Denier Ultra – for Abdomen –  Olive Tiemco 16/0 – for Head area

RIB: Single strand of the fine Chartreuse DNA Holo Fusion

ABDOMEN/ BODY: 70 Denier Ultra

OVER ABDOMEN: Clear Micro Tubing

GILLS: White CDC

This is a curved version of the Steve Parrott design offered by UMPQUA Feather MerchantsSimulium vittatuis the dominant species in Inyo and Mono counties, CA…

MINI BF LARVA MORGAN -1-MINI SIMULIID LARVAE- Jeff Morgan…

MAT MINI BF LARVAE -1-Materials for MINI SIMULIID LARVAE…

HOOK: Dai Riki 135, TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, #12 -#20

RIB: Ultra Silver Wire, SM or x-sm

ABDOMEN: Black Sparkle Dubbing – I used Black Gnat Antron

GILLS: White CDC

This is a very simple tie that one could replicate in other colors and sizes…

CREAM BF LARVAE -2-

CREAM SIMULIID LARVAE – Parrott/Variant…

MAT CREAM BF LARVAE -1-Materials for CREAM SIMULIID LARVAE…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22

THREAD: Ultra 70 Denier Cream – for Abdomen, Tiemco 16/0, Brown  – for Head area

RIB: Fine strand of DNA Holo Fusion, Brown (DNA Holo Fusion comes with two different strand diameters)

ABDOMEN/BODY: Cream 70 Denier Ultra Thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Clear Micro Tubing

GILLS: White CDC

Most Fly Fisherman are unaware of the importance of this insect to Trout…As Jeff Morgan states; ” If no one else imitates them, the fish are more forgiving.”

NEXT: A mix of patterns and some for that newbie fly box at FFA

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On the Lower Owens River, I like to fish the small patterns upstream, then switch to a full-sink or sink-tip line and fish Buggers and Streamers down and across, as I work back towards the truck. On occasion, I will do just the opposite…it depends on the flows, weather and a desire to “try something different”…What follows are some new big guys that Ally and I will be tossing in a couple of weeks…that water holds some truly large fish that will come to larger flies using the “dip-and-strip”, bank walking or sometimes, that”down and across”…

Ready to be served…

“OLD SCHOOL” MARABOU STREAMER – White/Black…

HOOK: TMC 5263, #4 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black – for abdomen, then UTC Ultra 70 Denier for head (lays flatter and coat with Hard As Hull -twice)

TAG: Claret Hackle Fibers (may also be used for a throat)

ABDOMEN: Silver Tinsel (undercoat thread abdomen with Zap-A-Gap for durability)

BOTTOM WING: Select Marabou Plumes, Black

TOP WING: Select Marabou Plumes, White

OVER WINGS: Peacock Herl, 4-6 strands dependent on hook size

This is a pattern I have been using for over 30 years…because it works…

In the appropriate sizes, ALL of these patterns will take fish in the above  – East Walker River…

“OLD SCHOOL” MARABOU STREAMER -Yellow/Black…

HOOK: TMC 5263, #4 – #10

THREAD: Abdomen to head – Danville 6/0, White…then, UTC Ultra 70 Denier, Black for the head (2 coats of Hard As Hull)

TAG: Claret hackle fibers

ABDOMEN: White floss

RIB: Silver Tinsel, #12 or larger

BOTTOM WING: Select Marabou Plumes, Black

TOP WING: Select Marabou Plumes, Yellow

OVER WINGS: Peacock Herl, 4-6 strands dependent on hook size
A second version, of the first pattern, that has taken many Fall Browns for me on the Lower Owens River…

Some streamer “strippin’ water”, on the Lower Owens, at sunset…

“JAILBREAK” UV 2 BUNNY STRIPPER …

HOOK: Daiichi 2220, #6 – #10

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

WEIGHT: 0.015 or 0.020 Lead or Lead Sub. – coat with Zap-A-Gap… number of wraps are ‘yer call…

CONE: Wapsi 3/16″ (Small) Gold or Copper

TAIL: Select Marabou Plume. Golden Brown

ABDOMEN: Tinsel Chenille, Medium, Copper/Brown Pearl – Wapsi

LATERAL LINE: 1 strand each side, Crystal Mirror Flash – Cascade Crest Tools

GILLS: Arizona Simi-Seal, # .15, Red

WING: UV 2 Dos-Jail Rabbit Sculpin Strip – Spirit River

HACKLE: Speckled Hen Saddle feather, .23 Brown – Nature’s Spirit

I have taken some very large Browns Trout in Eastern Sierra rivers and lakes using this Brown color scheme…it works on rivers like the Madison in Montana as well…

FL. YELLOW CHARTREUSE UV Bunny Stripper…

HOOK: Mustad R75-79580, #4 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: 16 – 20 Wraps 0.020 Lead or Lead Sub. Wire – coat with Zap-A-Gap

TAIL: Select Marabou Plumes, Black

ABDOMEN: Petite Estaz, Black

LATERAL LINES: 1 strand each side, Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

WING: Rabbit Strip, Fl. Yellow/Chartreuse

GILLS: Arizona Simi-Seal, # .15, Red

HACKLE: UV 2 Grizzly Soft Hackle, Brown – Spirit River

CONE: Wapsi, Medium, Black – or sized to hook

Chartreuse, a color that has a distinct appeal to Brown Trout on the Owens River…and, a lot of other places too…

Michael “punches it” – over to the foam line…

OWENS “OFFENDER” HS CH…

HOOK: Daiichi 2220, #6 -#10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Olive

WEIGHT: 18 – 20 wraps 0.15 Lead or Lead Sub. – coat with Zap-A-Gap

TAIL: Black Select Marabou Fibers – 2 strands Mirage Flashabou, Opal/Copper, 1 strand Black Holographic Flashabou – each side of tail

RIB: Medium Copper Wire

ABDOMEN: J.Fair Medium Olive Seal Sub Dubbing ( picked out after completion of fly )

HACKLE: Ewing Hackle Bugger Pack, Black/Olive

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

CONE: Black Wapsi, sized to hook
I have been using this pattern, Olive with a Black tail and variations on this theme, on both the Owens River and East Walker River, for a very long time…They work well in the Fall and Spring…

A Brown on the Lower Owens that took a bugger…

Michael, stripping a streamer with a SCOTT “G”, 10′, 5wt. on the Wild Trout Section of the Lower Owens River….one of my all time favorite rods…

SOFTIE SEAL BUGGER (Purple/Burgundy)…Rickards/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 2220, #6 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: 16 -20 Wraps 0.20 Wire – Lead or Lead Sub. – Zap-A-Gap to hook after covering with thread

TAIL: Select Marabou Plume Fibers, Purple

FLASH: one strand each side, length of tail – Purple Haze Holographic Flash Fiber, Pearl Fire Fly

RIB: Medium Copper Wire

ABDOMEN: #.14 Purple Arizona Simi Seal – pick out with a dubbing needle after completing fly

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger Grizzly Dyed Burgundy – use the webby part of an additional feather, tied soft hackle style, behind the head

A variation of Denny Rickard’s Seal Bugger which I have used successfully, in a wide variety of colors, on just about every river and lake I have visited…these, for me, are a must have pattern in my boxes…

Let it not be said that I only tie small stuff...these are patterns that consistently produce Browns and Rainbows on the Lower Owens River…

Michael gettin’ ready to toss some streamers on a cold November morning on the Lower Owens River…

COLE BUGGER (BLACK)…Jeff Cole/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 5263, #6 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: 12 -16 Wraps of 0.20 or 0,15 Lead or Non-Toxic wire

TAIL: Shad Gray Marabou, Silver Badger Hackle, Grizzly Krystal Flash – Black/White

ABDOMEN: Dyed Iridescent Peacock Eye, Black – Spirit River – 5-6 Strands

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger Pack feather, Grizzly dyed Pale Yellow

Jeff Cole of San Diego designed this pattern for use on the Upper Owens River at the Alpers River Ranch, just above this place -> ( now like the Arcularius Ranch – long gone). Ray Bergman, in his book “Trout”, describes using a clipped Royal Coachman streamer,  dropped over the undercut bank, on a long fly rod, as a very successful method employed by Frank Arcularius on the family ranch. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Arcularius on the East Walker River, back in the early 80’s and fishing with him on the ranch after that meeting… Other variations of this pattern may be found HERE…  

HARE’S EAR – SEAL DUB AGGRAVATOR- Olive/Brown…Andy Burk/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 200R, #4 -#14

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Olive

TAIL: Marabou, Sculpin Olive

TAG: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl – 5-8 wraps around bend of hook, coated with Hard As Hull

ABDOMEN:  DarK Olive/ Brown Hare’s Ear – Hareline #39

RIB: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

LEGS: Mini Legs (Silicone), Barred Olive – Cascade Crest

THORAX: Medium Olive Seal Dubbing – Jay Fair

WING CASE: Mottled Oak, Thin Skin, Olive

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

I first started tying and using this pattern, by Andy Burk, back in 2003, on a trip with Michael to the West Walker River. I have  caught Trout on the Madison, Stillwater and Boulder Rivers with this fly. It has also produced on every tail water I fish in the Eastern Sierras. HERE are some variations – the peacock one is a must. Charlie Craven ties another version HERE

Michael ponders which Bugger to select on the Lower “O”…

SIERRA GHOST …

HOOK: TMC 5263, #6-#10

THREAD: Danville 6/o White to gills – then, Danville 6/0, Black

TAIL: Select Black Marabou

ABDOMEN: Petite Estaz Pearl – Spirit River

WING: Black Barred Rabbit Strip, White – Hareline

GILLS/THORAX: Arizona Simi Seal, #.15, Red

HACKLE: Soft Hackle Hen Saddle Patch Feather, Black – Wapsi

CONE: Small, Black – Wapsi

A take-off on a Black and White Marabou Streamer pattern that has been hammering East Side Trout since before I was born…

Michael does the “down and across”…just downstream of this location I had a really large Brown run me into my backing one beautiful Fall day…

OWENS UV 2 Bunny Stripper…

HOOK: Daiichi 2220, #8 – #10

THREAD: Danville  6/0, Black

CONE: Wapsi 3/16′, Small, Gold

ABDOMEN: Petite Estaz, Pearl Olive, Spirit River – coat abdomen with Super Glue or Zap-A- Gap before wrapping

WEIGHT: 5-6 Turns .020 Lead Wire or Lead Sub. – pushed into Cone

WING: UV 2 Rabbit Strip – Olive

GILLS-(THORAX): Arizona Simi Seal, #.15, Red

HACKLE: Schlappen Hackle, Burnt Orange, Jay Fair
Something in Bunny for the Owens River system…. in colors that always work…

 

NEXT: DIPTERA III

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FALL BAETIS / BWO’s…2012…(COMPLETED)

A whole mess of ’em coming up –  with an emphasis on Gray and Olive/Gray…and this time..I’ll put the recipes in as I finish each dozen…

What it says…

PHEASANT & FOLDED FOAM (Gray Baetis) EMERGER – Gantner/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 200R, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray

SHUCK: Zelon, Olive/Brown

RIB: Wapsi Ultra Wire, Silver, x-sm

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, #16. Muskrat Gray – Nature’s Spirit

HACKLE: Medium Dun Saddle

WING: Wapsi Razor Foam, .5MM, Translucent Dun – Folded over double…the hackle windings tip it forward
A John Gantner pattern I have put up before using different ingredients. It may be tied as an adult, emerger or cripple depending on the tailing material. It is a good one !!!

Michael working the water in the “Wild Trout Section” of the Lower Owens River…

2TONE FOAM SPLIT WING CRIPPLE – (Gray/Olive Baetis)…Howard Cole/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1100, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White…to front of thorax, then Tiemco 16/0, Gray

SHUCK:  Zelon – Olive/Brown

ABDOMEN: Gray Micro tubing

BACK: Over top of Abdomen, UV 2 Turkey Biot, BWO

RIB: Black Ice Thread

THORAX: UV 2 Fine & Dry Adams Grey

WING CASE: Wapsi Razor Foam, Translucent Dun, .5MM

WINGS: Hi-Vis #7, Black

Another interesting pattern from Howard Cole to use when the Trout are looking up top…the black wings are so I can see it on Gray, overcast days…that Turkey biot back is the other variation I was talking about to give the pattern differing tones…

SNOWSHOE MESS (Knock Down Dun) – Gray Baetis…Schollmeyer/Matthews-Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 -#22

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

TAIL: Dun Snowshoe Hare’s Foot

WINGS: Dun Snowshoe Hare’s foot

THORAX: on #16 – #18 – UV 2 Fine and Dry Adams Gray

It does not get any easier than this…Jim Schollmeyer calls it “The Snowshoe Mess”…the “Knock Down Dun”, using Zelon is tied HERE by Craig Matthews…it may also be ties using Hi-Vis, Sparkle Emerger Yarn or CDC…Snowshoe Hare floats the best and longer than any of the other materials…

Our favorite kind of day along the Lower Owens River…

IRON BRIDGE UV 2 BATTIS…(GRAY BAETIS) -Jurgens/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1480, #18 – #22 – I like this Limerick bend hook !

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray, Tiemco 16/0 , White – under abdomen

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

ABDOMEN: UV 2 Turkey Biot, Mallard Gray – fringed side up

WING: Hi-Vis, #16, Medium Grey

THORAX: Micro Fine Dry Fly Dub Baetis Gray – Hareline

HACKLE: Medium Dun

A Larry Jurgens – pattern adapted for fall…He has done a bunch of variations on the Iron Bridge, which may be found HERE:

JUJU (UV 2) RS-2 EMERGER (Baetis, Gray/Olive)…Chung/Craven-Variant…or as ALLY would say. “Der…”…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White- Abdomen and Thorax…Tiemco 16/0, Gray – Head

TAIL: Moose Body Hair. Black – Nature’s Spirit

ABDOMEN: 1 strand Olive Super Hair, 2 strands Gray Super Hair wrapped over abdomen

WING: CDC Puff, Medium Dun

THORAX: UV 2 Fine and Dry, Adams Grey – Spirit River
A combination of elements from two proven patterns – Rim Chung’s RS-2 and Charlie Craven’s Juju series…der…

GRAY HAZE CRIPPLE FALL/BAETIS…Wiese/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #20

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun

SHUCK/TAIL: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive/Brown

ABDOMEN: Super Floss, Gray – Larva Lace

WING: Para Post, Light Gray

HACKLE: Whiting Midge Saddle, Medium Dun

A Walter Wiese pattern similar to Rowan Nyman’s DOA Cripple…I used some different materials…The video for this pattern may be found HERE

UV 2 CDC/ CDL-50.5…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18 – #22

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive Brown – Abdomen…Tiemco 16/0, Gray – Thorax forward

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

WING STUB: UV 2 Select CDC, Medium Dun

WING CASE: Holographic Mylar Motion, 1/32″, Black – Spirit River…coat with UV Knotsense, Clear Goo or 5 Min. Epoxy

THORAX: UV 2 Caddis Nymph Hares Ear Dubbing – Spirit River

My variation pattern that has been around for a very long time, based on the WD 40. Other variants on this theme, which work well in the eastern Sierras and other places may be found HERE…I like CDC, for the wing stub, because it traps air bubbles. I tie a lot of RS 2’s using CDC too –  and fish both patterns from the bottom to the top of the water column…

Ally takes a Baetis break to engage in her favorite pastime…

CHIDING McGEE FLYMPH-Baetis Gray/Olive…

HOOK: TMC 101, #20 -#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray

SHUCK: Olive/Brown Zelon

ABDOMEN: Goose Biot, #7. Gray Olive – Nature’s Spirit

THORAX: Trouthunter (House of Harrop) fine natural dubbing – Gray Olive

BEAD: Wapsi, Killer Caddis Midge 15/0, Gun Metal

HACKLE: Hen Neck, Dun

When I put a photo up,of the half-full box, on my FB Page,  Allen McGee chided me for not having any FLYMPH patterns included. From Allen’s book : “Tying & Fishing Soft-Hackled Nymphs” pg. # 9. , “Pete Hidy coined the term ‘flymph’ to better describe the wingless wet fly as used to imitate emerging caddisfly pupae and mayfly nymphs.”… This is for Allen… they work real good fished as a dropper or alone, dead drifted, swung or using the Leisenring Lift or induced take method…

THE GIDGET – Mike Mercer/Variant (Gray)…

HOOK: Gamakatsu R10-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0. Gray

TAIL: Medium Dun Mallard Flank Fibers

FLASHBACK: Olive Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Micro Tubing, Gray

BURST WINGCASE: 3 looped strands Midge Flash, Lt. Blue Dun/Pearl

LEGS: Whole Speckled Hen Saddle Fibers, 48a. Natural Gray – Nature’s Spirit

THORAX: UV 2 Scud Shrimp Grey

BEAD: Silver Brass or Tungsten – 5/64″ #18, 1/16″ #20

More information on this great pattern at FLY FISHING TRADITIONS…and the “trigger” effect of the Midge Flash burst wingcase..

One of my many favorite sections to work, on the Lower Owens River…on a Gray Baetis kinda’ day…

A BOX…half  – FULL…

COURTESAN BWO (GRAY) – Charlie Craven/Variant (2BH)…

HOOK: TMC 103BL, #19

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray

TAIL: Whole Speckled hen Saddle Fibers, 48a. Natural Gray – Nature’s Spirit

ABDOMEN: Working thread

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, Black, x-sm

WING CASE: 5-6 strands, UV Pearl Krystal Flash – coat with Uv Knotsense, Clear Goo, or 5 Min. Epoxy

THORAX: UV 2 Fine and Dry, Adams Grey – followed by HI-LITE Gasss Bead, Blue Peacock, x-sm – followed by UV 2 dubbing, again

LEGS: Same as tail, V notched feather

BEAD: Black Tungsten or Brass, 1/16″

Not quite as heavy for Fall flows and based loosely on Charlie Craven’s “Two Bit Hooker”...the tying sequence for which…may be found HERE

My son Michael, on the Lower Owens River, Bishop, CA in late November…How does that kid get his hands to work ???…

MP GRAY/OLIVE BH BAETIS NYMPH

HOOK: TMC 101, #20 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray

TAIL: Bronze Mallard fibers

RIB: Wapsi, Black x-sm

ABDOMEN: 2 Light Olive, Select Marabou plume fibers – 3 Shad Gray Select Marabou plume fibers, twisted over thread into a rope

FLASHBACK: Pearl Micro Flashabou

WING CASE: Mottled Oak Turkey Quill fibers…coat with Knotsense, Clear Goo or 5 Min. Epoxy after adding thorax and legs…

THORAX: UV 2 Caddis Nymph dubbing, Adams Grey

LEGS: Partridge Fibers , v notched feather

BEAD: Black Tungsten or Brass, 1/16″

Something buggy and fuzzy for non-hatching Baetis/BWO’s in the drift…these guys will have darkened wing cases just prior to hatching…in that case use Black Krystal Flash, Black Holographic Mylar Motion 1/32″ or some other dark material that suits one’s fancy…

LIL’ OLIVE/GRAY BAETIS EMERGER …

HOOK: TMC 2488…#20 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray

SHUCK: Mixed – sparse – Light Olive Kinky Zelon, Dark Dun Kinky Zelon

ABDOMEN: Stripped Goose Biot, #7. Gray Olive – Nature’s Spirit

WING CASE: 1 strand Holographic Mylar Motion 1/32″, Black – Spirit River ...OVER – Clear Thin Skin…dab of UV Knotsense, Cler Goo or 5 Min. Epoxy

THORAX: Micro Fine, Dry Fly Dub, Baetis Gray – Hareline

LEGS: Whole Speckled Hen Saddle feather, V Notched, 48a, Natural Gray – Nature’s Spirit
Something small, which may be presented in the water column… from the bottom to the top…

SAPHIRE BAT WING EMERGER – BWO/GRAY…Tracy Petersen/Variant…

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

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray

TAIL: Mallard Flank Natural (darker fibers)

ABDOMEN: Working thread

RIB: Micro Flashabou, Pearl – coat abdomen with S.H.A.N or hard as Hull after ribbing

WING CASE: 6-8 strands of Royal Blue Krystal Flash – coat with UV Knotsense, Clear Goo or 5 min. Epoxy after pulling over wing

WING: Fluffy fibers at the base of a Dun Hen Neck feather – tied in convex side up

THORAX: Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dubbing, Trilobal Antron, # 16. Muskrat Gray

A continuation of the Tracy Petersen Bat Wing series with a bit of flash…
For here...on a nasty day…

Lower Owens River in late Fall…

Wing like BAT…

LIT UP BAETIS …

HOOK: TMC 3761, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Gray

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

ABDOMEN: 3 strands, UV Gray Krystal Flash – 1 strand, Olive Krystal..twisted together and wrapped over tying thread

WING CASE: 6-8 strands of Red Krystal Flash…pulled over after thorax and legs are added, coat with UV Knotsense, Clear Goo or 5 min. Epoxy

THORAX: UV 2 Scud Shrimp Grey – Spirit River – …yessss

LEGS: Ruffed Grouse fibers

This is more of an attractor/searching type  Baetis/BWO nymph in the tradition of weird stuff I tie that generally works real good in the Eastern Sierras. Why…??? Because the Trout have not seen it before and it incorporates some trigger elements that have worked for me in the past…like that Red KF Wing Case and fuzzy thorax…I don’t worry about my patterns ever winding up in a shadow box…they are meant to catch the Trouties…

TB FALL BAETIS (Olive/Gray)…

HOOK: TMC 101, #18 -#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Light Medium Speckled

RIB: Wapsi wire, Black, x-sm

BACK: Olive Micro tubing, pulled over abdomen, then ribbed

ABDOMEN: 2 Plumes, Select Marabou – Light Olive, 3 Plumes Select Marabou – Shad Gray…twisted around thread..then wrap as abdomen

WING CASE: 6-7 Strands, Pearl Firefly , coated with Loon UV Knotsense, Clear Goo or 5 min. Epoxy

THORAX: 50% Squirrel Blend – Natural Grey, 50% UV 2 Fine & Dry Adams Grey

HACKLE: Split by WINGASE – Starling

BEAD: Black Tungsten #18 – 5/64″ #20 – 1/16

Micro tubing has all kinds of uses…this is one for small, two toned patterns. I will be using something else – unconventional, on another Baetis/BWO nymph pattern…

UV 2 KRYSTAL FLASH EMERGER (Gray) – Rick Murphy/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110 or 1100, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White (for base under abdomen) – Tiemco 16/0, Gray (Thorax forward)

TAIL/SHUCK: Dun Zelon, sparse

OVER ABDOMEN: Uv 2 Turkey Biot, Mall. Gray – Spirit River

WING CASE/LEGS: Midge Flash, Black

THORAX: Ostrich Mini Plume feather, Natural Gray – Wapsi

I tie every color of Baetis/BWO’s on this Rick Murphy platform. It is an excellent pattern that one will not find in any Fly Shop…

The VIEW, along the Lower Owens River, Bishop, CA…late afternoon in the FALL…

UV 2 HALF BACK/FOAM BACK BWO (Gray) Glissmeyer/Variant…

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

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Grey Abdomen to Thorax then head – Tiemco 16/0, White, Thorax

TAIL/SHUCK: Ice Dub, UV Grey

RIB: Lagartun, fine Blue wire

WING CASE: Electronics packing foam

THORAX: UV 2 Fine & Dry Adams Grey over a base of White tying thread and Pearl Mylar Tinsel – SM

A variation of a Kelley G, Glissmeyer Spring Creek pattern meant to be fished as a trailer behind a parasol emerger pattern in “skinny” or weedy water…

CHINO-GIRL (Ally) says: “Let’s hit the water Dad !!!”…in Bridgeport, CA…in the FALL…

LIME FLASH TUNG BAETIS (Gray)…

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Gray

TAIL: Pheasant Tail Fibers,  #16. Muskrat Gray – Nature’s Spirit

RIB: Wapsi Ultra Wire, Metallic Olive, SM

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers – Muskrat Gray

FLASHBACK: 1 Strand Lime Green extra limp Flashabou

WINGCASE: 1 Strand Holographic Mylar Motion 1/32″ over Strip of Black Tin Skin (Coated with UV Knot Sense or Epoxy)

THORAX: UV 2 Peacock Eye ( Over Tiemco 16/0 Thread, White )

LEGS: India Hen Back – Natural ( feather V-notched )

BEAD: Black Tungsten – 1 size over sized
A little something for down deep when the Fall Baetis are about to “POP”…

Additional BAETIS/BWO patterns:

BAETIS/BWO’s # 1

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 2

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 3

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 4

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 5

BAETIS/ BWO’s # 6

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Some patterns small and big that I have had an interest in preparing for use this Spring – in the usual ( and some unusual ) locations we visit…Hot Creek, the East Walker River, McGee Creek, Rush Creek the West Walker River and the Upper and Lower Owens River are some places that come to mind…

THE “FLASHIES”…

MIDGE OF LIFE…Brown/Pink – Bloch/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown (abdomen), Black (head)

RIB: Wapsi Ultra Wire, Silver, X-sm

THORAX: Midge Diamond Braid, Hot Pink,  3 turns on #18, 2x on #20

WING: CDC, Tan

Midge Diamond Braid…from HARELINE and some really nifty, flashy material…

MIDGE OF LIFE…Cream – Bloch/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White (abdomen), Black (head)

RIB: Lagartun, Copper, Extra Fine

THORAX: Midge Diamond Braid, Black, (as above)

WING: CDC Lt. Dun

Both of the above patterns would work well as Midge Emergers along the edges, in the soft water, here on this river, early in the AM when many Midges are coming off…

The East Walker River, Bridgeport, CA…early in the AM…

GREEN/OLIVE/CHARTREUSE -BUFFALO JUMP…TMC 100SP BL or Daiichi 1560 – #12 – #18

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL, Daiichi 1560 – #12 -#18

THREAD: Wapsi, 70 Denier UTC, Olive

RIB: Small, Olive Metallic, Wapsi

ABDOMEN: Green Pheasant Tail fibers

THORAX: 50% UV Lt. Olive Ice Dub/ 50% Olive SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing

WING CASE/LEGS: Peacock Krystal Flash

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 12

BEAD: Silver Tungsten sized to hook

This is a variant on the original BUFFALO JUMP pattern that I came up with last year that absolutely killed for Michael and I on the East Walker River…as an aside,

every recipe that I put up is committed to this book before I post it…so, I can remember and for Michael, Ally and Miles to have a workbook to utilize…

THE PROCESS…and yes, there are a lot of recipes in that spiral notebook !!!

KR’s SPECIAL (Buffalo Jump/ Variant)…

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL or Daiichi 1560 – #12 – #18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Brown

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Black/White, Light

RIB: UTC, Wine, Small

ABDOMEN: Purple Pheasant Tail fibers

THORAX: 50% Purple Ice Dub/ 50% SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Gray Natural

WING CASE/LEGS: Blue Krystal Flash

HOT SPOT: UTC 70 denier, Purple

BEAD: Rainbow Dazzle Bead, Hareline, sized to hook and stuffed with lead sub.

This is a little something for my friend Keith Roberts who constantly badgers me about my use of the color purple which he admittedly uses… a lot…because it works…

The ORIGINAL BUFFALO JUMP…and yes I am tying more…

Because somebody burns through them with ALL the fish he catches…

RED/ ORANGE PT (BUFFALO JUMP)

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, TMC 3761 , TMC 100 SP BL,  #12-#18

THREAD: Uni 8/0 Brown, to secure tail, rib and abdomen

TAIL: Lemon Wooduck

RIB: Wapsi, Copper/Brown wire SM

ABDOMEN: Red Pheasant Tail fibers...then

THREAD: Wapsi 6/0 Fl. Orange

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

WING CASE/ LEGS: Rusty Brown Krystal Flash

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

I am particularly influenced by color of the water and stream bottom color when choosing an attractor pattern…given the name of this guy, one might suspect where it would be employed…

OLIVE TUNGSTEN SHEAR NYMPH…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive/Brown

TAIL: Coq DE LEON, Medium

ABDOMEN: Tying thread

RIB: UTC Wire, Metallic Olive, SM

WING CASE: 6 strands of Black Krystal Flash

THORAX: Ice Dub, Lt. UV Olive

HACKLING: Nymph Shear Fibers, Pale Olive – Cascade Crest Tools

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 12

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

Something breathing, sparkly and bright for those East Walker BROWNS

FRANK’S FLASHY…OLIVE/PEACOCK VARIANT – Frank Drummond…

HOOK: TMC 2457 or Daiici 1120, #12 – #18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive

TAIL: Green Pheasant Tail Fibers, 8-4, dependent on hook size

OVER ABDOMEN (BACK): Green Pheasant Tail Fibers

ABDOMEN: Peacock Krystal Flash

RIB: Wapsi wire, Olive Metallic, SM

THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub

HACKLING: 8-4 Strands Peacock KF, 4-4 Green PT Fibers – dependent on hook size

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 12

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

I’ve been wanting to tie some of these bugs up for a while, since first seeing this pattern…I will also be using some other PT colors and Krystal Flash for these fellows…like Brown, Black, Natural, Yellow Purple, Blue and Red. This is a great “FLASHY” pattern !!! Please go HERE (FRANK’S FLASHY) for additional details…


LIL’ B/O FLASHER…

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

ABDOMEN: Brown Pheasant Tail Fibers

UNDER RIB: Rusty Brown Krystal Flash

RIB: Wapsi wire, Copper, x-sm

THORAX: SLF Prism, Peacock

HACKLE: Light Brown CDC

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 8

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, 5/64

I like to use CDC for hackling on sub-surface patterns for it’s ability to trap air bubbles. I am NOT a big fan of using it for emergers or dries  (I dislike having to change patterns after they have been “SLIMED”)…I prefer using Snowshoe hare for those patterns, but will use CDC on those occasions that find me working a particularly selective Trout…

TRIPLE H PUPA ( Hot, Holo and Hydropsyche )…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: UTC 70 denier, Brown or Tiemco 16/0, Brown – dependent on hook size

ABDOMEN: Brown Holographic Tinsel

RIB:  Wapsi wire, Copper, SM or x-sm – coat with SHAN or Hard as Hull for durability

THORAX: Ice Dub UV Brown

WINGS: Brown CDC, tied on either side, pulled upwards,  held vertical to hook shank and clipped

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 5

BEAD: Hareline Dazzle Bead, Metallic PT Brown, stuffed with lead sub., sized to hook

A bright, attractor Caddis Pupa for the Eastern Sierras…

THE PALINISTA MIDGE…last Spring, on the East Walker River, this pattern caught more large Browns and Rainbows than any other patterns in my boxes…that’s why I am tying more in #18 – #20, Daiichi 1130 hook…

PALINISTA – (apologies to EVA)

HOOK: Mustad C49S, Daiichi 1130, TMC 2487 – #18 -#20

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Red, White

TAIL: 1 Strand Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN:White Thread

OVERABDOMEN: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Blue

RIB: Wapsi Silver Wire, X-SM

WING: Grizzly Krystal Flash Back and White

THORAX: Arizona Diamond Hair Pearl Green or Blue

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite # 3

BEAD: Silver, 5/64 or 1/16

ALLY’S MIDGE…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White

TAIL: One Strand Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Red Micro Tubing

RIB: Wapsi Ultra Wire, Silver,  X-sm

WING: Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/White

THORAX: Arizona Diamond Hair Pearl Green or Blue

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 3

BEAD: Black Tungsten 5/64 or 1/16

The RED version of the Palinisista…named after my daughter Ally, with the red hair…

MADISON MIDGE GIRL – ALLY…

THE BUG FROM EC…TMC 100 SP BL, #14 – #20…( “Follow the yellow brick road…” )…

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL, #14 – #20

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

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark, Brown/Black

UNDER ABDOMEN: Tying thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Brown Micro Tubing

RIB: Wapsi wire, Amber, SM

WING CASE:  Hedron Pearl Fire Fly (may be coated with Epoxy or UV Knot Sense)

THORAX: Emerald Green Arizona Diamond Hair

LEGS: Brown Partridge (lower back, on the skin)

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 8

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

I love this stuff !!!

EMERALD CITY…from MCALL.COM…home of said BUG…


COPPER LONG WING DIP…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: Wapsi, Ultra 70 Denier, Black or Brown

ABDOMEN: Copper Krystal Flash

RIB: Wapsi wire, Copper/Brown, SM – coat with SHAN or Hard as Hull for durability

WING: Bleached Coastal Deer Hair, Nature’s Spirit – held vertical to hook shank and clipped – long-ish

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 5

BEAD: Gold or Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

Copper is a slayer on the East Walker River…I used to tie these on TMC 2487 hooks… till some of the larger locals bent them completely out of shape….

HAPPINESS…is just around the bend…habitat of some really large locals…

WHITE BEAD BROWN KF PT…

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL, #14 – #20

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Brown or Black – to thorax

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck Fibers

ABDOMEN: Brown Pheasant Tail Fibers

RIB: Wapsi wire, Fl. Yellow, SM or Chartreuse x-sm for # 18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

WING CASE/LEGS: Black Krystal Flash or Black Midge Flash for # 18 – #20

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Black

BEAD: White Dazzle Bead (Hareline) stuffed with lead sub., sized to hook

As with ALL the above patterns…a comprehensive report of their success will be posted in about five weeks…as I have stated previously, I don’t tie anything that will not take TROUT somewhere or sometime…

Like this…

Reason for my tardiness in posting the recipes YESTERDAY…Hangin’ with my girls…

Ally…

…Nadia and Mr. SAND DAB…at Paradise Cove


NEXT: REFIT, REFILL, REFURBISH and REPAIR…

PT/TB 

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