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

MIDGES & 2 BWO’s – Fall 2015…

PAL MIDGE 1

PAL (Midge) – Keeler/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

RIB: UTC wire, x-sm, Black

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Tan

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

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

Mat PAL MIDGE

Materials PAL (MIDGE)…

PAL MIDGES GRP

PAL (MIDGEs)…

OWENS TRACK

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

PARA MIDGE EMERGER CREAM

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

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

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

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

RIB: Krystal Flash, Medium Brown

WING: Hi-Vis, White

HACKLE: Whiting Grizzly Midge

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

Mat PAR MIDGE EM CREAM

Materials PARA-MIDGE EMERGER -Cream …

PARA MIDGE EMERGER MIDGES GRP

PARA-MIDGE EMERGER(s) – Cream…

RC UV2 MIDGE 2

UV2 RC MIDGE – Gold, Freeman/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

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

OVER ABDOMEN: Micro Floss, Gold – Cascade Crest

RIB: Brown Micro Tubing

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Black

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

Mat UV2 RC MIDGE

Materials UV2 RC MIDGE…

UV2 RC MIDGES GRP

UV2 RC MIDGE(s)…

MIDGE EMERGER UV2 IWAMASA BLK

UV2 MIDGE EMERGER, Black – Iwamasa/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

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

WING: White Poly Yarn

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, Black

HACKLE: Whiting Grizzly Midge – 1 1/2 turns

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

Mat MIDGE EMERGER KI

Materials UV2 MIDGE EMERGER, Black – Iwamasa/Variant…

MIDGE EMERGERS KI GRP

UV2 MIDGE EMERGER(s), Black…

BROWN MIRACLE MIDGE 2

MIRACLE MIDGE, Brown …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

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

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

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

MAT MIRACLE MIDGE BRN

Materials MIRACLE MIDGE, Brown …

MIRACLE MIDGES BRN GRP

MIRACLE MIDGE(s), Brown…#18 & #20…

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

CRUMPLED MIDGE CREAM

CRUMPLED MIDGE, Cream – Engle/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22

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

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

WING: Medallion Sheeting, Dun

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

CRUMPLED MIDGE OLIVE

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

CRUMPLED MIDGE BLACK

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

Mat CRUMPLED MIDGE

Materials CRUMPLED MIDGE…

CRUMPLED MIDGES GRP

A flock of CRUMPLED MIDGES…

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

COQ'd OPAL MIDGE

COQ’d OPAL MIDGE, Blue/Lavender…

HOOK: Umpqua JB01 Hook, #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

RIB: UTC Gunmetal Blue wire, x-sm

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

WING: Coq De Leon, Barred Speckled Aconchado

THORAX: Ice Dub UV Lavender

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

BEAD: Black Tungsten, 2,4mm

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

Mat COQ'd OPAL MIDGE

Materials COQ’d OPAL MIDGE…

UMPQUA JB01 HOOK

The HOOK…

COQ'd OPAL MIDGES GRP

COQ’d OPAL MIDGE(s)…

OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE

UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE – Matthews/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 – #18

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

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive Brown

ABDOMEN: Lagartun 74 Denier, Olive Thread

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

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Purple – Spirit River

HACKLE: Whiting Midge, Dun

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

Mat UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE

Materials UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE…

UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE GRP

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

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE PUPA …

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

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

SHUCK: 1 strand Opal Midge Flash

OVER ABDOMEN: Purple Micro Tubing

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

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Black – Spirit River

BEAD: X-sm Diamond Bead – Killer Caddis

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

Mat UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE

Materials UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE PUPA…

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE GRP

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE PUPAE…

COPPER HOLOSHIMMER MIDGE LARVAE

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

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #24

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: Black Ice Thread

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

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

Materials COPPER HS MIDGE

Materials COPPER HOLOSHIMMER N’ ICE MIDGE LARVAE…

COPPER HS MIDGES GRP

COPPER HOLOSHIMMER N’ ICE MIDGE LARVAE…

LOWER OWENS FALL

Fall… on the Lower Owens River…

BAETIS HS JIG GRAY-OLIVE

HS / UV2 BAETIS JIG – Gray/Olive…

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

THREAD:Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck fibers

ABDOMEN: Gray Micro Tubing over working thread

HACKLE: #3 Dun Hen neck feather

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

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

BEAD: Copper Slotted Tungsten, size to hook

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

Mat BAETIS HS IG G-O

Materials  HS / UV2 BAETIS JIG – Gray/Olive…

BAETIS HS JIG G-O GRP

HS / UV2 BAETIS JIG(s) – Gray/Olive…

FLASH JUJU

FLASH JUJU – Charlie Craven…

HOOK:  TMC 2488, #18 – #22

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

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

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

WING CASE/BUDS: Dun Fluoro Fiber

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

Materials FLASH JUJU…

JUJU FLASH GRP

FLASH JUJU(s)…

NEXT: More patterns for the Lower Owens River through Winter

PT/TB

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A little trip out to Bob Marriott’s Fly Fishing Store to pick up some hooks and tying materials…so it won’t look like this before I put up the rest of the Baetis/Bwo , Midges, some Streamers and Stones for perusal…

Owens Valley track…in the snow…dead of winter… (this trip, up the mountain, was a lot quicker than that drive out to and from Orange County)…

Some of the stuff that will go into a bunch of new patterns…Hmmmm…lotta’ purple there…

Better get crackin’, this guy is ALWAYS impatient to Fly Fish…

Michael on a cold day on the Lower Owens River…

The place to be on a brisk Fall day in the Owens Valley…

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I recently received the annual catalog (2010 Edition one of the BEST around) from The Fly Shop in Redding, CA.It featured this useful tidbit on it’s fly patterns pages. One may now click on any fly in their on-line store and, along with an additional prompt to ” add to the shopping cart”, find the recipe for any and every fly in their catalog and some that are not.

*NOTE: I was informed that all of the recipes are not up as of this writing. The Fly Shop will be adding recipes on a regular basis until they are all up*

I found that I had to reload before this feature worked for me as I transitioned from pattern to pattern. I really enjoy visiting this store when I travel North, up the I-5 to Oregon. They have a great staff, excellent guides and a comprehensive selection of everything Fly Fishing.There are also some of the best rivers in the state to Fly Fish in the immediate area…

Their fly selection is overwhelming and this new feature is a wonderful plus for those who tie and are interested in fly ingredients…

Here is a direct link to TFS Flies…

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These are some patterns that I use for the colder months:

BLUE ICE MIDGE:

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, # 18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
UNDERBODY/ABDOMEN: Blue Krystal Flash
OVERBODY: Micro tubing, clear
THORAX: Black UV Ice Dub

A Colorado pattern developed for the North Platte River. I switch to patterns that incorporate blue in the late Fall and Winter when the water temps go below 45 degrees…

POISON TUNG:

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, # 18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Gray
RIB: Largutan Blue or Wapsi XSM, Blue wire
THORAX: Gray UV Ice Dub
BEAD: Silver Tung

A Charlie Craven pattern that Rainbows “bonk” on the Lower “O” in Dec.-Feb….

COPPER STARLING MIDGE (SH):

HOOK: Alec Jackson, North Country, # 17, 2x short
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
ABDOMEN: Largutan or Wapsi XSM, Copper Wire
THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub or SLF Prism, peacock ( I like this stuff!!!)
HACKLE: Starling underwing feather

As with the flies directly below, just sub wire color. I some times coat the wire with Aquaflex or Dave’s Flexament before tying the thorax. Alec Jackson hooks RULE…

RED STARLING MIDGE (SH):

CHART STARLING MIDGE (SH):

CHART WRAPOVER CADDIS:

HOOK: TMC 206, # 14-18
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black or Brown
ABDOMEN: Holo Chartreuse Ice Dub
OVERBODY: Stalcup’s Glitter Rib, Clear or Chart
THORAX: Black UV Ice DUb
HACKLE: Dyed Olive Partridge

A flashy, streamlined when wet, Caddis Pupae. Use in the Spring in highor off – colored water.
I like this for the Lower Owens…

BROWN WRAPOVER CADDIS:

I use holo brown Ice Dub for the underbody on this one and Amber Glitter Rib for the overbody.The thorax is olive brown Ice Dub or SLF Prism. The Hackle is Natural Partridge.


GREEN WRAPOVER CADDIS:

HOOK: Alec Jackson, North Country, # 13-17
THREAD: Gordon Griffth 14/0 Brown
ABDOMEN: Olive Brown Ice Dub or Olive Brown SLF Prism
OVERBODY: Lt. Olive Micro tubing
THORAX: Peacock SLF Prism or Peacock Ice Dub
HACKLE: Olive Dyed Partridge

Another in a series of these that I tie this time using a different hook and overwrap…

BIOT BACK MAY:

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, # 16-18 or TMC 3761 #16-20
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Olive
TAIL: Olive Pheasant Tail Fibers
ABDOMEN: Wapsi UTC 70 DK. Olive
RIB: Chart. Wapsi wire XSM
WINGPAD: Dk. Brown or Black Goose Biot
THORAX: Olive Brown Ice Dub or SLF Prism, Olive Brown

LEGS: Pearl Krystal Flash, 3 strands, each side
BEAD: Copper Metal or Tung

I developed this fly for the East Walker River as an alternative to the “Tailwater Tiny”.I also tie this in brown too. It works REAL good…

BH WRAPOVER TAN CADDIS:

HOOK: TMC 206 BL, # 14-18
UNDERBODY: Tan UV Ice DUB
OVERBODY: Tan micro tubing
THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub or Peacock SLF Prism
HACKLE: Natural Partridge
GLASS BEAD: Rootbeer SM

Another variation on the theme when tan Caddis are present..

AMBER WRAPOVER CADDIS:

DIVING TAN CADDIS (SH):

HOOK: Alec Jackson, North Country, # 13-15
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Brown or Tan
EGG SAC: Caddis Green or Insect Green Dub
ABDOMEN: Hare’s Ear # 4 or 5
HACKLE: Bobwhite Quail Belly feather

Another Allen McGee soft hackle pattern which works much better that most of the commercial tie diving Caddis (Egg Laying) flies I have tried. It has caught more than one fish this past Spring on the Lower “O” below 5 Bridges…

SPARKLE CADDIS PUPAE, NON- LF:

HOOK: TMC 206 BL, # 14-18
THREAD: Gordon Griffth 14/0, Olive
VEIL (bubble): Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive
ABDOMEN: Insect Green Dub
WINGS: Brown Antron Yarn, pulled up and clipped
THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub

Non La Fontaine, who probably knew more about Caddis and how to imitate and catch fish with them than anyone on the planet. Just a touch of flash and air bubble retainer…

VW TNT CADDIS:

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiici 1130, # 14-18
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
BEAD: Gunmetal or Peacock, glass
VEIL: 1 ply, Green, or Tan Antron (Zelon) over back
ABDOMEN: Ice Dub or SLF Prism, olive Brn., Caddis Grn., Tan, Orange
WING BUDS: Brown Antron
THORAX: Peacock or Black UV Ice Dub
ANTENNAE: Micro Centipede Rubber Legs (Tan, Brown or Green)

Another great pattern from Vince Wicox. Color depends on species present and size usually diminishes a the year prgresses. I use this fly on the Owens tailed behind a Spotlight or Elk Hair Caddis Dry two sizes larger…

SKINNY NELSON:

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, TMC 3761, # 16-20
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
BEAD: (optional) Black Tung
ABDOMEN: Wapsi Ultra, 70 Denier, Black
TAIL: Ringneck Pheasant Tail Fibers
RIB: XSM Gold or Silver Wire
WINGCASE: Pearl Flashabou or Black KF
THORAX: Peacock Herl

A Tracy Peterson pattern, abdomen tied thin. Useful for Baetis and Midge hatches!!!

KRYSTAL FLASH RUSTY MAY:

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, TMC 3761, # 16-20
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Brown
TAIL: Pheasant Tail Fibers
ABDOMEN: 2 strands Rust KF, 1 strand Olive KF, flat or twisted
THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub or SLF Prism
WINGCASE: Black Holo Flash

A good attractor pattern. KF colors may be varied to matck Mayfly color. I LIKE this guy!!!


VIRUS MIDGE: (GREEN,BLACK and RED)

HOOK: TMC 200R, Daiichi 1270 #18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Black, Olive or Red
ABDOMEN: Thread – Wapsi Ultra, 70 Denier, Red, Black, Olive , Tan, Gray
OVERABDOMEN: Clear micro tubing
RIB: Wapsi xsm, Silver, Chart, Blue, Black, Gold or Red
BEADS: Red, Black, Emerald, Aztec Gold, Clear – 2X- or mixed
THORAX: Peacock Herl
GILLS: White or Clear antron

Hard to find pattern. Rainy’s catalogue has it listed, Feathercraft used to, at one time. Some fellow across the pond has it listed in orange… I use it on the East Walker below the dam to the bridge in late Winter…

BH BAETIS:

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
TAIL: Pheasant Tail Fibers
UNDERABDOMEN: White uni 8/0
ABDOMEN: Superhair, 1 Clear, 1 Black
WING: Clipped Partridge, Natural
BEAD: Glass Gunmetal

Variation on Charlie Craven’s pattern. I use this as a trailer behind a Snowshoe Baetis in the Spring, Both flies take fish…

JU JU BAETIS:

HOOK: TMC 2488, # 18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
UNDERABDOMEN: Uni 8/0, White
ABDOMEN: Superhair, 1 Clear, 1 Black
WINGCASE/GILLS: White Flurofiber, Antron, Zelon (small amount)

Charlie Craven’s KILLER Baetis and Midge pattern. I works almost everywhere I have used it. My Midge and Baetis boxes are filled with these in all sorts of color combinations…

RED JU JU BEE MIDGE:

One strand of Red and two strands of Clear Superhair…

GREEN RED WIRE MIDGE

HOOK: Daiichi 1140, #18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Olive, Black, Tan, Gray
RIB: XSM Wapsi or Largutan, Red, Silver, Gold, BlueWine, or Violet
THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub or SLF Prism
BEAD: Mercury, glass

A small midge pattern that finds a lot of space in my Midge boxes…

JD’S PURPLE THREAD MIDGE

HOOK: TMC 200R, Daiichi 1270, # 18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
ABDOMEN: Gudebrod Rod Wrapping thread, (appropriate color)
FLASH: Pearl Crystal Flash over built up GG thread

An excellent Jude Duran fly. In this case, I have substituted purple floss wrapped over with clear mico tubing. The Gudebrod standard patterns are below…


RED WIRE GB MIDGE: ( OLIVE)

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, # 18-22
RIB: XSM Wapsi, Red, Silver, Blue
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Olive, Black, Tan, Gray
WING: White Zelon
BEAD: Red Metal, 1/16″

Another Midge I use. Colors may be varied to match conditions…An easy tie!!!

RED FLASH MIDGE:

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiici 1130 # 18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
ABDOMEN: Red KF
OVERABDOMEN: clear micro tubing
THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub or SLF Prism
BEAD: glass, Mercury, XSM

Easy tie fly…Colors may be varied. The micro tubing assists in making the abdomen traslucent…love this stuff.

BLUE FLASH MIDGE:

HOOK: Daiichi 1140, #18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
ABDOMEN: Blue KF
OVERABDOMEN: Clear Micro Tubing
THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub or SLF Prism
WING: 3 strands Pearl KF
BEAD: glass Mercury or Gunmetal (shown) XSM

I like this pattern for Winter fishing on the OWENS. I have picked up some nice “BOWS” in the WT section on this fly…


CC’S JU JU BEE BH MIDGE:

CC’S JU JU BAETIS:  ( 2 VIEWS )

HOOK: TMC 2488, # 18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
TAIL: Pheasant tail Fibers
UNDERABDOMEN: Uni 8/0 white thread
ABDOMEN: Superhair, 1 Black, 2 Clear Strands
WINGCASE: Pearl Flasabou ( or, Black KF)
GILLS: White Flurofiber, Antron, Zelon ( small amount)

Charlie Craven’s updated version…a winner!!!

JD’S TAN THREAD FLASH MIDGE:

JD”S BROWN FLASH MIDGE:

Both of the above Jude Duran patterns are tied with Gudebrod Rod Wrapping thread…

PT/TB

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