Posts Tagged ‘Michael Barker Fly Fishing’

I have just returned from a nine day trip to the Eastside and am still unpacking and cleaning gear…a taste

One of mine…

One of Michael’s…

Meanwhile, my grandson MILES, checks out some locations for Fly Fishing…outside Munich, Germany…

Michael…just DOES NOT enjoy Fly Fishing….


My Grandson MILES today (5.30.2012) with my friend, German Actor FRITZ WEPPER at Lake Tagensee, outside of Munich…Fritz was with me on my first extended Fly Fishing trip to Vancouver Island, BC in 1975…

A full report and finishing the recipes for the patterns below…will follow…


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What follows are some photos that my son, Michael and Aimee took around the Farmington River this past Tuesday (7.20.2011)…Michael shared these with me along with some others that don’t involve fly fishing …but do involve animals and food ( think CLAMS and LOBSTER )…

Goats are to the right…

Mist on the Farmington River…

More mist…what a beautiful place !!!

Michael…with a BENDO in the Winston…

A nice Rainbow that Michael caught on THIS:

BUFFALO JUMP (Attractor) – # 14…

Aimee’s RIVER Photo…and, I don’t know where this is…

Looks GOOD to me…

Follow the leader…

* Next – More Caddis…


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So Michael calls me last night and tells me he caught some nice Trout on the Swift River in MA…I am waiting for the photos * (SEE BELOW)…It seems they liked some of the Midge patterns I put in his box…s. While he is away, I am focusing on some Caddis patterns that work well in high water conditions (’cause that is ALL there is in the West). Here is one…

OLIVE BUTCH CADDIS (Kelly Galloup) -top view

Side view…

From a Trout’s perspective…

HOOK: TMC 900 BL, #14-#18, TMC 101 #16-#18, TMC 100 SPBL. #14-#18

THREAD: Uni., 8/0, 6/0 or GSP 100 or 200, Olive

EGG SAC: Zelon, Green

BODY: Stalcups Micro Fine Dry Fly Dub. BWO Olive

UNDER WING: Zelon, Kinky Light Dun

WING: White Tail Deer Hair

LEGS: Speckled Centipede Legs, Mini-Olive, Montana Fly CO


I will be tying more up in Tan, Amber, Grey and Brown. The Weekly Fly has an excellent tutorial for this pattern HERE. I will also be adding some Caddis patterns that incorporate Snow Shoe Hare that are excellent floaters too…may need them all the way through August…

Just arrived:

“Hey dad, here’s the photos from today…only a few. More next time. I fished the swift river in the catch and release portion from the y-pool down towards the bridge (about half a mile or so). I was only out there for about two hours. Caught this one, about 15 inches, and lost a couple, but it was a pretty busy day, but I only saw two people pull in any fish. I saw a little surface action as I was leaving, but some storms were moving in so I wanted to get back home. The y-pool itself was too crowded, so I ventured downstream. “swift” is definitely a misnomer. It’s the slowest, clearest water I’ve fished, much different than anything I’ve really nymphed. I THINK it was the Yeller Feller that this one took. I think I had another strike on this one, and one on a cream midge. More to come in a few days…I want to fish the Swift again earlier in the day, and maybe try the deerfield. Maybe try the farmington this weekend…”

I understand what “GIN CLEAR” means…

I put his Fly Boxes and “minimalist gear” in one of these… I got for him, just before he boarded his flight back East…


Now I want one !!!

* Michael reported to me this AM (7.12.2011), that he caught a “20 Rainbow, on a “Humpy”, on the Swift yesterday evening…



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I came across this pattern a number of years ago, up in Montana, at Tim Tollett’s Frontier Anglers in Dillon…Since then, I have seen it’s appearance on a number of other knowledgeable sites – shops, guides and a few tiers. Here are two versions that I employ for the East Walker River around this time of year. The original pattern is tied with a tungsten bead. I use both tungsten and brass for my ties – it all depends on the depth I wish to fish the fly. The general colors are: black, red, rust, olive and golden. I also tie them in yellow and gray…


HOOK: TMC 2488, TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, Mustad c49s, #18-#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive or Gordon Griffith 14/0, Olive

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck Fibers

RIB: Wapsi wire, Chartreuse, x-sm

WING LOOP: Olive Krystal Flash…(the original pattern uses just one strand of KF on each side of the thorax) I like the loop

THORAX: Olive/Brown Ice Dub

WING CASE: Scud Back, 1/8″, Black

BEAD: Copper…or your call. 1/16 brass or tungsten

Michael when he was…er, “SMALLER”, Fly Fishing through a section of the East Walker River that hold small May flies aplenty…which is what the Tailwater Tiny imitates…


HOOK: TMC 2488, TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, Mustad c49s, #18-#22

THREAD: Lagartun, 74 Denier, Rusty Brown…for Abdomen

THREAD: Tiemco, 16/0 Brown…Thorax forward

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck fibers

RIB: Wapsi wire, Copper, x-sm

WING LOOP: Rusty Brown Krystal Flash

WING CASE: Scud Back, 1/8″, Black


BEAD: Copper, 1/16…Brass or Tungsten

This is a “Killer Pattern” on this tailwater…the yellow one works real fine about 60 miles South of the East Walker, on another Eastern Sierra fishery…



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These are three flies that I have been using consistently over the past 5 years or so… that have produced for me on rivers from California to Montana. All are simple ties…As standard, I will put up the photos and add in the details later…I may re-shoot these ( pattern ) photos in available light. I’m not thrilled with the results I have been getting with interior lighting…Ahhhh…that’s better…

Maybe it will SNOW again, good Baetis weather…


HOOK: Daiichi 1560 #16- #18, TMC 3761 # 16 – #20

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Sheer, Brown

RIB: Fine Lagartun Gold

TAIL: Mottled Turkey Fibers – ( I prefer mottled Partridge, from the tail feather)

ABDOMEN: Mottled Turkey fibers

FLASHBACK: A single strand of black Holographic flashabou or Holo Mylar Motion

THORAX: Dark Tan Beaver dubbing

WING CASE: Fluffy butt end of a natural Black hen neck hackle – ( I prefer Dark Dun Hen Neck)

Another Tracy Peterson patternwhich may be fished with weight on the hook or not,- dead drift, shallow or deep, alone or as a dropper. Make the dropper tippet 16″- 24″…this fly has accounted for a lot of hook ups for me on the East Walker and Lower Owens RiverI became aware of this pattern, along with the BatWing Baetis ( tied on a curved hook) in 2006I have a lot of both patterns, in many sizes, in my fly boxes…they WORK!!!


Another BAT WING BAETIS NYMPH…in good old California sunshine….

Mr. BROWN gettin’ ready to book it after hopping on a Bat Wing nymph…


HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #16-#18, TMC 3761 #16-#20

THREAD: Abdomen, Danville 6/0 Tan, From thorax to behind bead, Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Ginger

TAIL: Hungarian Partridge

RIB: Small Copper/ Brown wire

ABDOMEN: Danville 6/0 Tan

WING CASE: Strip of Mylar Sheeting or a few strands of Pearl Flashabou or Krystal Flash ( I use Pearl Firefly on back and over wing case ) Thanks Vince Wilcox!!!

THORAX: Olive Antron dubbing or other shiny synthetic dubbing – ( I prefer Arizona Simi Seal in Grey/Olive)

BEAD: Copper (1/16 for # 18 & # 20)


A Craig Matthews pattern I got hooked on after visiting Craig Matthews Shop – Blue Ribbon Flies – back in 2004I have found that this fly will work just about anywhere, and especially in the Fall when these guys appear all over the place below 5 Bridges, on the Lower Owens Riverweight may be added behind the bead…I’s don’t go out not carrying a bunch of these

Somebody is very cold here…Lower Owens River. after Thanksgiving…Brrrr…BAETIS weather…


HOOK: TMC 2487 #16- #22, Daiichi 1130 #16-#22, Mustad c49s # 16-#22.

THREAD: Abdomen, Wapsi 70 Denier Olive. Thorax to behind bead, Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Olive

TAIL: Three Natural Pheasant tail fibers

RIB: Wapsi, xsm Gold wire

THORAX: Peacock Herl

WING CASE/ LEGS: 8-6 strands of Black Krystal Flash

BEAD:Black nickel- sized for hook

I carry these in all sizes …there are occasions when I run into different colored Baetis nymphs from one section of the water to another…these guys, carried in the aforementioned sizes, will generally do the trick, when that happens…


Here are two GREAT sources for more info on BAETIS/BWO’s



” Michael…put Angelo down and let’s get to it!!!”….


LINKS (AT BOTTOM OF POST) to ALL my Baetis/ BWO Patterns:  HERE <- 



NEXT…a Jeremy Davies colorful STONE


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