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Michael and Aimee came in from NYC for XMAS so we decided to take a trek up to the Owens Valley to do what we do. This year, Michael, Ally, Ally’s friend, Liz and Hero participated…

Ridgecrest, CA at 5:30 AM on Hwy. 14…

PT, Ally and Hero…at sunrise in the Alabama Hills below Mt. Whitney…

Liz soaking up some sunlight…

The Alabama Hills with Mt. Whitney in the background…

Ally and Hero ready for a hike…

Ally, Liz and Hero in panorama…

Looking South along the crest of the Sierras…

Doughnut Rock…

Looking East toward the White Mountains…

An expanded view of the Alabama Hill and the Sierra Nevada Mountains…

Hero, Michael and Ally…let’s go guys !!!

Destination ,,,Goose Lake…

Looks familiar…

Ally, PT & Hero…

Middle of nowhere…looking Southeast…

Looking Southwest…

Across Goose Lake towards the Sierras…

Northeast, towards the White Mountains…

On towards Tinemaha Reservoir…when wet, that alkali dust will sink a vehicle over the wheels…

What’s this ???

This guy ain’t sayin’…

A view of the White Mountains across the Owens River…

I used to see these two guys hanging around here in the mid – 90’s…

A lot more water in the Owens River this year…

But a lot of dry and dead vegetation along the banks…

Heading back South, Michael and Liz wanted to check out the CO-OP in Independence, CA

Cool wall art and good coffee…

Some book shopping at the EASTERN SIERRA INTERPRETIVE ASSOCIATION…Visitor’s Center in Lone Pine, CA…

 A further selection…

I bought this book at the smaller center( now abandoned next door), back in the 90’s, when Michael and Ally were little. Michael is now reading it…

Back out to trudging the sand and dry lake beds…Ally & Hero…

A view towards the Southern end of the White Mountains…

I have been walking around out here since 1950…

Back up to the Sierras…

Looking East and down toward the Mt. Whitney Portal Road…

The Ice Fall at the Portal…this is the first year in a number of years that the road has been open this late in the season…

The Portal Pond that is stocked with Rainbows…one year, there were a number of them frozen solid in here…

The guys posing..Michael, Liz Ally and Hero…

Heading back down the Portal Road to Lone Pine, CA…

Liz… almost hanging off a cliff…

Owens Lake at sunset…

Michael, Ally & Liz…

One last sunset shot…

Ally, Michael & PT…

Dinner at Seasons in Lone Pine…

 

NEXT: Last Day in Montana…

 

 

PT/TB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So Michael and Aimee flew into San Francisco from NYC and spent five days in the Virginia Lakes Basin before the rest of the family came up from Los Angeles…

Bridgeport, CA …a bit overcast and stormy up in the Sierras…

This dormant cinder cone, near Little Lake, CA, let’s one know that they are truly out of smog city…

The usual stop at Mahogany Smoked Meats in Bishop, CA to stock up on all things jerky…

Heading up the road (395) to Mammoth Lakes, CA…

Past Lake Crowley home of the very large Cutthroat Tout that make their way up into the Upper Owens River in Winter…

The TroutFitter in Mammoth Lakes, CA to pickup few items for Lil’ Moo’s first Trout experience…

Crusin’ by Mono Lake

Lil’ Moo explores the East Walker River behind The Walker River Lodge at 6AM…

BIG MOO has his cup of coffee with Lil’ Moo…

The East Walker River…

High mountain trail near Virginia Lakes…

Heading up there, out of Bridgeport with the gang in tow…

Dunderberg Peak on the right…

This guy’s first attempt at Trout fishing…with a fly and bubble

SCORE!!!

Boarders want Lil’ Moo… Aimee’s Dad, Michael & Aimee…

Little Virginia Lake in the setting sun…

A “SECRET” Bugger pattern that scored for BIG MOO…

The fly of the trip…Kingfisher Blue Peacock & Partridge…This, in #13 tied on an Alec Jackson covert nymph hook rocked the Rainbows…

High country mushroom…kinda’  Psychedelic…

The HIKERS…Hero, Michael, Ally Lalo, Greg, Aimee & Nadia…

Captain Moo & Crew…

The Old Guy with Mini Moo & Nick…Lalo observes…

Coming down from Virginia Lakes to 395…

395 to Bridgeport, CA…

The mob at the Bridgeport Inn under terrible lighting…but good eats…

Snowline hikers…Nadia, Greg & Ally…

Ally & Hero getting ready for the salami, cheese and Chileno Pepper tailgatefest…

East shore of Little Virginia Lake in the late afternoon…

West shore of Little Virginia Lake at sunset…

Oh…did Lil’ Moo mention ha caught some Trout ?… 🙂

Those guys just can’t stop hiking…

Last shot of Little Virginia in the late afternoon…

The family, on the steps at Virginia Lakes Resort…all of us have been coming up here since the kids were tiny…

Ally & Hero check out Jolly Cone T-shirts…

Ally makes a call from a Bridgeport “antique”…

These are some places Ally, Nick and I stopped by on our way back to Los Angeles:

Up to Lake Sabrina above Bishop, CA…

Lake Sabrina…Full for the first year in a very long time…

The Aspen Groves above North Lake…

North Lake where Nick tossed my Blue Peacock Soft Hackle and caught his limit in 15 minutes…

HERO makes friends with released Rainbow…

George’s Creek Sandtrap near Lone Pine where Michael and Ally learned how to catch Trout…

…another view of the sand trap looking East towards the spillway…

…and no trip to the Sierras is complete without a serious walk around this place…been doing it since I was seven…

 

NEXT: Completing the Soft Hackle Box with more photos, links, recipes and information…

 

 

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Can’t do this anywhere around NYC…

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Sierra Sunrise…

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Smalltown U.S.A – at dawn…

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Owens Valley sunrise…

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Storm front comin’ in…

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Something Black and Shiny…

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Charlie’s Butte…

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More to the point…

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Lower, lower “O”…

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Windy and cold…

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Desert gourmet lunch…

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The quest for the “perfect” cocktail onion continues…

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THIS ain’t it…

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Some “Old Guy” wandering around in the desert, with a stick, doing something…

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The return, at sunset…

 

Next: Moar Bugs…

 

 

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I have been waiting for this guy to show up for the past three months so we could travel North to wet our lines in some Eastern Sierra water…

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Michael…”Let’s go Dad !!!”…

BRIDGEPORT SIGN

From here to there…

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Red Rock Canyon...

VOLCANO AT LITTLE LAKE

The cinder dome at Little Lake…

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The Dino Hut…Olancha, CA…

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Eastside Sports, Bishop, CA…

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Mahogany Smoked Meats, Bishop, CA…

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PT, takin’ a break in Lee Vining, CA…

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Mono Lake…

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The Mono Inn

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The East Walker River…Fly Fishing here for the first time in four years…

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Four years of drought have done the following…Silted the bottom in the “Miracle Mile” section and most of the river down to the pond, allowed the growth of weeds the likes of which I have never seen in the river since I started coming here, on a regular basis, in 1974 and turned the water to a dingy, chocolate color…

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PT workin’ the milk shake…The water temp., at 4PM, was 62 degrees, I was picking up weeds on every cast using a #18 Frenchie jig…

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Michael… experiencing the weeds…

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Dam !!!…

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Downriver MOO…

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In the soup…

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Where I once have taken some very large Brown Trout…

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“Are we having fun, yet ???”…

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More frustration…

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In 3 1/2 hours, I took one 7″ Rainbow…Moo…ZIP…On the upside, because this river has not been receiving the usual foot traffic, the stream side vegetation has come back with a vengeance…that is a good thing !

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The Dinner was excellent at The Bridgeport Inn

 

DAY2……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Up to Lower Virginia Lake …

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7:30 AM…

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“Row me Dude !!!”…

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“Yep, right about here”…

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Moo’s first Rainbow on a #16 Peacock and Partridge Soft Hackle…

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The fly on the right…

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Looking good…

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I tied on one of these…in #12…

PURPLE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SH …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #18

THREAD: Ultra 70 Denier, Purple

RIB: Lagartun Silver wire, Fine or X-Fine

ABDOMEN: Purple Iridescent Peacock Herl – Spirit River

HACKLE: Partridge

…and the hits by football sized ‘Bows, just kept on coming…

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#1…

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#2…

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#3…

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#4…

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#5…

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#6…

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#7…

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#8…

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#9…

Michael switched over to one of these…

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OWENS “OFFENDER” II, Brown / Black …

HOOK: TMC 5263 #4- #6, Daiichi 2220 #6 – #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

…and took several more Rainbows…

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All in all, it was a great day! We brought an uncountable number of Rainbows to hand using both patterns…

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Sunset…

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Down the mountain for dinner…

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…at the usual location…

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Virginia Creek Settlement…

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Tired MOO…

 

DAY # 3…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

Back to Little Virginia Lake and up there…

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A brief pause for cell service…

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I’ll just look around…

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…towards Nevada…

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Moo’s first Rainbow…

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Not bad…

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We will be back for you !!!

Michael hits the trail while I play with different fly patterns…

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Trail info…

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More trail info…

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Trail to the summit…

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A lake along the way…

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Looking back, down at Big Virginia Lake…

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…another view…

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Another lake on the way up…

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Almost there…

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At the top…

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Meanwhile… a lot more Trout for Dad, including this Brookie…

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Tired PT…

DAY #4 Rosaschi Ranch, Nevada………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

It’s here:

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View from a bridge…

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Michael takes a look…

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Downriver…

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Upriver…

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We started here, about 1/4 mile down stream…through the “wait- a- minute” bush…

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Michael ties up with a hopper and midge dropper…

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The water temp. was 57 degrees, a lot less weeds and much clearer than on the CA side. There was evidence of flooding from rainfall and it was hot and humid…

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Did I mention HOT & HUMID ???

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Arctic Creel with Coke,Squirt and water…

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Typical riffle water…

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What Michael was using… Winston WT, 9′, 5wt. with a Tibor Tailwater…I uses a Winston Nexus 9′, 5wt. with a Hardy Lightweight…

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This looked interesting…I said “looked”…

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Michael hooked a 5″ Brown here…

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Almost back to the bridge…

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Let’s see…this old dude vaulted one 3″ Rainbow 15′ upstream…catch of the morning…

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Upstream after lunch…

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Michael switched to using the Nexus…

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Working a long run…

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Score…

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A smallish Brown…

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Nope… nothing for PT here…

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But Michael gets another small Brown…Must be the rod !

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Michael… working beneath the willows…

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It certainly looks “fishy” in there…

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PT TRUDGE…

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This is a very pretty river…

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Another likely spot that did not produce…

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Old dude in the sage…by the river…

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Back to the vehicle…

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Late afternoon, looking downstream…

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But WAIT !… Michael wants to give this spot, next to the bridge another try…because there has to be something big, behind the rock…

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” Just ONE more cast, Dad!!!”…

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Right here…

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Michael’s GREAT CATCH – a Tui Chub

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There was more activity in the hornet’s nest on the side of the bridge…

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Notice…

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Back to Bridgeport and dinner at the Bridgeport Inn…

DAY 5, slowly back to L.A. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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A quick trip up to Trumbull Lake…

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Something from The Trout Fly in Mammoth Lakes…

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Mmmm…Schat’s Bakery in Bishop, for lunch…

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Up to North Lake for one last fly fling…

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Aspens above the lake…

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“Cast over there MOO !!”

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Limit in a hour…all released…

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Recon at The Homestead near Ridgecrest. It would appear that there is construction activity going on here. This was a favorite dining spot focus for many years …hope springs eternal !!!

 

NEXT:

  1. Complete the PMD’s
  2. Complete Waiting for the son
  3. Tie Baetis/BWO’s for me n’ Ally to use on the Lower Owens in October

 

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So Michael is supposed to be traveling out here to CA for time on some Eastern Sierra waters…here are a few things I am whipping up before he gets here. Our trip to the Eastern Sierras is HERE. Due to water conditions, our best fishing came on the high elevation lakes…a lot of these patterns will see use, in October when Ally and I got up up Bishop to fish some lakes and the Lower Owens river from there…

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A taste of some Trout we caught yesterday…(8.25.2016)…

SEAL BUGGER BOX 2016

SEAL BOX completed…

TERR BOX 2016

BOX 1/2 FULL…of stuff for Michael (& me) to play with…

OLIVE - BROWN HS CH SEAL BUGGER

OLIVE / BROWN HS CH SEAL BUGGER …

HOOK: Daiichi 2220, #8 – #10

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

WEIGHT: .015 or .020 Lead

TAIL: Marabou, Brown

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands Rusty Brown Krystal Flash / 2 strands Orange Flashabou

RIB: UTC Wire, Fl Orange, Medium

ABDOMEN: Seal Sub. Dub., Olive Brown – Jay Fair

HACKLE: Lt. Olive Grizzly – Ewing

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

CONE: Brass, Copper, x-sm

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It Woiks…

Mat OLIVE BROWN HS CH SEAL BUGGER

Materials OLIVE / BROWN HS CH SEAL BUGGER…

OLIVE BROWN HS CH SEAL BUGGERS GRP

OLIVE / BROWN HS CH SEAL BUGGERs…#10’s…

DOUBLE SEAL IN PINK 2

DOUBLE SEAL IN PINK …

HOOK: TMC 300, #8 – #12

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .015 or .020 Lead

TAIL: Marabou, Black

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands Krystal Flash, Fl. Cerise / 2 strands Micro Pearl Flashabou

RIB: UTC Wire, Pink, Medium

ABDOMEN: 3/4 Gray Seal Dub. Sub. – Jay Fair / 1/4 #13 Black Peacock Mega Simi Seal – chopped

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger, Pink Grizzly

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

CONE: Black Nickel, SM or x-sm

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Materials DOUBLE SEAL IN PINK…

DOUBLE SEAL IN PINK GRP

DOUBLE SEAL BUGGERs IN PINK…#12’s…

HATCH 4 +

Something for Big MOO to play around with…

STROFT GTM

Stocked up…Thanks Nadia & Lil’ Moo and Angelcenter Karlsruhe !!! Why Stroft ???…READ

SUNSET SEAL - PURPLE OLIVE

SUNSET SEAL HS CH (Purple/Olive) …

HOOK: TMC 300, #12

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .015 Lead

TAIL: Marabou, Purple

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands UV Purple Krystal Flash / 2 strands Opal Mirage Flashabou

RIB: UTC Wire, Red, Medium

ABDOMEN: Dark Olive Seal Sub. Dub. – Jay Fair

HACKLE: Olive Grizzly – Ewing Hackle

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

CONE: Black Nickel, x-sm

For here:

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…this Fall…

Mat SUNSET SEAL

Materials SUNSET SEAL BUGGER…

SUNSET SEAL BUGGERS GRP

SUNSET SEAL BUGGERs … #12’s…

PINK CINNAMON SEAL BUGGER

PINK / CINNAMON HS/CH SEAL BUGGER …

HOOK: TMC 300, #8 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Brown

WEIGHT: (not pictured) >015 Lead

TAIL: Pink Marabou

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands Holographic Pink Flashabou / 2strands UV Pear Krystal Flash

RIB: UTC Wire, Silver, Medium

ABDOMEN: Seal Dub. Sub.,Medium Cinnamon – Jay Fair

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger, Orange Grizzly

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

CONE: Silver, x-sm

More color than does not fit the norm, to turn a Trout’s head…

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Materials PINK CINNAMON SEAL BUGGERS…

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PINK CINNAMON SEAL BUGGERs …#10’s…

SIMMS G3 BOOTS

A pair for me, a pair for Big MOO…

SCORCH CH SEAL BUGGER - PURPLE

SCORCH HS/CH SEAL BUGGER – Purple …

HOOK: Daiichi 2220, #6-#10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: (not pictured) .015 – .020 Lead

TAIL: Marabou, Burnt Orange

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands Orange Flashabou / 2 strands Purple Flashabou

RIB: UTC Wire, Hot Orange, Medium

ABDOMEN: Purple Seal Dub. Sub. – Jay Fair

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger, Purple Grizzly

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

CONE: Brass Roe Red, 4.6MM

Keeping with the theme of otherwise outrageous Seal Bugger colors, something in PURPLE for the lakes and some moving water I know…

Mat SCORCH CH SEAL BUGGER PURPLE

Materials SCORCH HS/CH SEAL BUGGER – Purple…

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SCORCH HS/CH SEAL BUGGERs – Purple…#10’s…

ALLY'S CH POWER BAIT SEAL BUGGER - F2

ALLY’S POWERBAIT HS CH SEAL BUGGER …

HOOK: Daiichi 1750, #8 – #12

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

WEIGHT: (not pictured) .015 Lead

TAIL: Yellow Marabou

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands Yellow Flashabou / 2 strands Brown Holographic Flashabou

ABDOMEN: Tan Seal Dub. Sub. – Jay Fair

RIB: UTC Wire, Copper Brown, Medium

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger, Yellow Grizzly

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, #1, Yellow/Chartreuse

CONE: (Not pictured) Hardline Pink Brass, SM – X-sm

Mat ALLY%22S POWERBAIT CH SEAL BUGGER

Materials ALLY’S POWERBAIT HS CH SEAL BUGGER…

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The Fall Powerboat Princess…Allo

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ALLY’S POWERBAIT HS CH SEAL BUGGERs…#12’s…

UV2 GULP BEETLE -2

UV2 GULP BEETLE (Purple) – Shutz/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 101, #18, TMC 100BL #12-#16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

ABDOMEN: UV2 dyed Purple Peacock, 3 – 6 fibers

OVER ABDOMEN: Razor Foam, Black – .5MM – 1MM

SIGHTER FOAM: Razor Foam – .5MM or 1MM, Yellow or a color that is easier for you to see…

LEGS: Flexi-Floss, Black

This is a Jake Shutz pattern. He designs for Montana Fly Co. Note the other crazy colored abdomens for this pattern HERE …

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Top View UV2 GULP BEETLE (Purple)…

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Materials UV2 GULP BEETLE (Purple)…

UV2 GULP BEETLE PURPLE GRP

UV2 GULP BEETLEs (Purple)…#18’s…

UV2 FLYING CARPENTER ANT

UV2 FLYING CARPENTER ANT -Lawson/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1190, #10 – #14

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

WING: Puglisi Trigger Point Intl. Fibers – Lemon Gray

LEGS: Krystal Flash, Grizzly – Black/White

This is a variant on Mike Lawson’s HONEY ANT PATTERN

Mat UV2 FLYING CARPENTER ANT

Materials UV2 FLYING CARPENTER ANT…

UV2 FLYING CARPENTER ANTS GRP

UV2 FLYING CARPENTER ANTs …#14’s…

SEAL DUB CINNAMON ANT

SEAL DUB CINNAMON PARA-ANT…

HOOK: Daiichi 1190, #16 – #18

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

ABDOMEN /HEAD: Chopped Medium Cinnamon Seal Dub. Sub. – Jay Fair

POST: McFlyon, Gold

HACKLE: Whiting 100, Orange/Grizzly

A generic ant pattern in Cinnamon…twitch this guy gently…they work better that way…

Mat SEAL SUB CINNAMON ANT

Materials SEAL DUB CINNAMON PARA-ANT…

SEAL DUB CINNAMON ANT GRP

SEAL DUB CINNAMON PARA-ANTs…#16’s…

EXTRA TERRESTRIAL ORANGE

 UV2 EXTRA TERRESTRIAL – Griffiths/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 100 BL, #16 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: UV2 Peacock, natural 3-4 fibers

OVER ABDOMEN: Black Razor Foam, 1MM

POST: Poly Yarn, Orange

HACKLE: Whiting 100, Grizzly/Orange

LEGS: Tarantu-Legs, Orange/Black, Mini

Marc Griffith, a South African tier, designed this pattern in larger sizes (#10-#12) with a standard Grizzly hackle and a bit more peacock and 2MM black foam. I downsized it and made it a bit more otherworldly for Western waters…

Mat EXTRA TERRESTRIAL

Materials UV2 EXTRA TERRESTRIAL…

EXTRA TERRESTRIALs GRP

UV2 EXTRA TERRESTRIALs…#18’s…

MOO CROTON 2 - 7.24

Hmmmm…somebody was on the East Branch of the Croton River, tossing bugs, this AM…(7.24.16)

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…and got one or two…

ANT ACID

UV2 ANT ACID – Galloup/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 102Y, #11 – #17

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Brown

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry Tan – Abdomen and Head / Awesome Possum, Brown, chopped – Mid Section

UNDER WING: 8-10 strands Flashabou, 6992, Gold Holographic

WING: Coastal Deer Hair

LEGS: Centipede Legs, Speckled, Mini-Brown – Montana Fly Co.

One of Kelly Galloup’s favorite ant patterns…that he ties in THIS VIDEO …I prefer this hook and twitch this guy from time to time…

Mat ANT ACID

Materials UV2 ANT ACID…

ANT ACID Grp

UV2 ANT ACIDs…#17’s…

#47 UV2 BP SHOP VAC

#47, UV2 BP SHOP VAC – Nyman/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Abdomen -Danville 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: UTC, Gold, x-sm

WING: Zelon, White

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock, Black – Spirit River

BEAD: Brite Brass, sized to hook – as and alternative, stuff with .010 lead or use a Tungsten bead

When I first came across the “Shop Vac”, at Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, it was tied with this thread abdomen and did not have a peacock thorax. They caught plenty of Trout on the Madison and on the East Walker and Lower Owens rivers. I always carry some of these and the variants in my nymph boxes because they work…

Mat #47 UV2 BP SHOP VAC

Materials #47, UV2 BP SHOP VAC…

#47 UV2 BP SHOP VACs GRP

#47, UV2 BP SHOP VACs…#18’s…

 

 

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So Michael did a turnaround , going up to Hancock, NY to work the Upper Delaware River…

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER ROSCOE HANCOCK

A quick stop at Deete Trout Flies, in Roscoe for some information…

DETTE SHOP

Then up to Hancock and down to the River…

ADIML MOO UDEL

MOO put in just about here…

ADIML MOO UDEL TROUT 3

A nice Rainbow…

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER 10.24.15 MOO

More flat water to work…

CHANNEL DEL RIVER MOO

Working the bank in a channel… with an Orange Beadhead Seal Bugger…

MOO ORANGE BUGGER

…and, a nice Brown to hand…

ADIML MOO UDEL 2nd TROUT 4

….I tie ’em with Yellow Marabou tails…as well…

BROWN ORANGE SEAL BUGGER

Michael’s “end of the day” look…

ADIML MOO UDEL 2

Meanwhile, Ally is visiting her friend Liz in San Francisco…

ADIML ALLY LIZ SF

…and the “Old Guy” is hanging out here…

ADIML 2 OINKSTER

…at The Oinkster, in South Pasadena,CA…

ADIML 1 MOO MARISA

…with Lil’ Moo and his BFF, Marisa…

NEXT: Those “more flies” for the Lower Owens River…

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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…

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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 – #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 – #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 – #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 – #6 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Olive

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Brown Marabou

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands, each side – Flashabou 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 – #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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