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

BUG LINE JA HOOKS

The Bug Line…done…

ROAR FORK 78

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

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

HOOK: Hanak 390 BL, #12 – #16

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

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive

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

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

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

WINGLETS: Flex Floss, Brown

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

HACKLE: Partridge Feather, Olive

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

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

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

MOO EWR PURP CAD Michael likes my Caddis patterns…

 

Materials BRUSHED LASER & D-RIB CADDIS…

BRUSHED LASER & D-RIB CADDIS GRP

BRUSHED LASER & D-RIB CADDIS…

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

HOOK: Hanak 450 BL, #12 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Gray/Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

RIB: Sulky Opalescent Thread

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

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

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

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

Materials DUN MINK & UV2

DUN MINK & UV2 JIGS…

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

SULPHUR EMERGER – Grobert/Variant…

HOOK: Hanak 390 BL Hook, #14 – #16

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

SHUCK: Brown Z-Lon fibers

ABDOMEN: Yellow tying thread

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

WING: Snowshoe Hare, Tan

THORAX: Micro Fine Dry Fly Dub, Sulphur Yellow

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

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

HOOK: Hanak 390 BL Hook, #12 – #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive

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

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer, Black

CARAPACE/BACK: Mottled Olive Thin Skin

WINGS: Ginger Z-Lon – split from 1 strand

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

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

EWR FREE LIVING CADDIS

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

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

The Hooks and Beads…

D 1167 & H 390 BL

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

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

HOOK: Hanak 450 BL Hook, #10 – #16

THREAD: Under Abdomen, Tiemco 16/0, Black

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

HACKLE: MP Select CDC feather fibers in a dubbing loop

HOT SPOT: Veevus 8/0, Fl. Chartreuse

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

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

pop-3-00-rainbow

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

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

HOOK: Hanak 450 BL Hook, #10 – #16

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

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

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Lagartun Thread

RIB: Sulky Opalescent Thread – * coat with UV Resin

THORAX: Micro UV Chenille, Hot Orange

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

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

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

Materials HURRICANE BUG… HURRICANE BUG(s)…

Next: Wobble Bugs

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Finally, next to the last day of the year. This group includes Larvae, Pupa, Emergers and Adults. Several are being tied for Michael to toss in some water back East. He’s  gone on a dry fly bender, so a couple of these will meet his needs for catching some sippers and slurpers while his fingers freeze…I had an inquiry from a reader beyond the U.S. about where to find a substitute for the Iridescent Peacock colors from Spirit River in Europe. There ain’t none. I am not aware of anything (including the “other colored peacock” from a U.S. source) that even comes close to the quality of the SR material I use in many of my fly patterns…If ya’ want the real deal, SPIRIT RIVER  will ship it to ya’ !… a tying friend of mine received it in Serbia…

SMALL FACES MIDGES

Completed MIDGE BOX….

XMAS 14 MOO FACE -4

Miles says,  “That’s Just The Way It Is !”

TUNG YQM MIDGE 3

TUNG. YQM MIDGE…

HOOK: Daiichi 1250, #18 – Gamakatsu 13U, #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: UV Gray Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Synthetic Quill Body Wrap, Adams Gray – Hareline  – * Coat with Hard As Hull for durability before and after wrapping

WING: CDC Puffs, White…more than one maybe needed

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Black – Spirit River

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

YQM stands for…Yer’ Quillin’ ME…

Mat YQM MIDGE

Materials TUNG. YQM MIDGE…

TUNG YQM MIDGES

TUNG. YQM MIDGES…

QUILL MIDGE OL 1

OLIVE QUILL MIDGE – Ritt/Variant ..

HOOK: TMC 103BL, #19 – #21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

ABDOMEN: Baetis Olive, D’s Flyes, Quill – (* Soak in H2O, wrap, then coat wit Hard As Hull) or use McLean’s Quill Bodies

WING: Sparkle Organza, White

WING CASE/ FORWARD POST: Hi-Vis, Yellow

HACKLE: Olive Grizzly, v-notched

This is an Al Ritt pattern with which, I used a different quill and indicator yarn for the wing case and post (I generally see yellow better). It is an easy tie and may be done in a range of colors for dry fly fanatics like my son…(sigh…)

Mat OLIVE QUILL MIDGES

Materials OLIVE QUILL MIDGE…

OL QUILL MIDGES

OLIVE QUILL MIDGES…

MOO WINTER DAY LO -1-

Good place for Midges and Midge clusters……in the back eddy on the left…Lower Owens River…

UV CHOC MIDGLING

UV CHOCOLATE MIDGLING – Mercer/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

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

SHUCK: AZ Diamond Hair, #.7, Lt. Purple

OVER ABDOMEN:  Pearl Krystal Flash then Micro Tubing, Brown

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Silver Wire

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Black – Spirit River

WING(s): Looped UV Pearl Krystal Flash

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

Mike Mercer came up with this California variant on the Zebra Midge and his pattern works very well here and in most other places too. The original may be viewed on Steve Schalla’s Site (scroll down). I wanted some in Chocolate for the Lower Owens River…

Mat UV MIDGLING BRN

Materials UV CHOCOLATE MIDGLING…

UV MIDGLINGS BRN

UV CHOCOLATE MIDGLINGS…

OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGE 2

OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGE EMERGER – Cannon/Matthews Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1167, #20 or TMC 2488, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: AZ Simi Seal, #.34, Crayfish Orange

ABDOMEN; Micro Opal Flashabou, 1/100″ – * Coat thread with HAH or SHAN, ten wrap Opal Flashabou

RIB: Black,x-sm UTC Wire – * Coat again with HAH orSHAN for durability

UPRIGHT WING: Snowshoe Hare White and Black mixed

THORAX: Stalcup’s Micro Fine Dub., Black

A Jim Cannon pattern with a hint of Craig Matthews (with the Opal Abdomen)…the original is HERE … another basic Midge Emerger that may be tied in a number of colors with a wing that will keep the pattern in the meniscus… like a cork

OPAL SUSPENDER RBG 1

Same pattern…Wing Schollmeyer style…

Mat OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGE

Materials OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGE EMERGER…

OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGES

OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGE EMERGERS…

DIRTY SPIDER MIDGE OL VAR

(DIRTY) SPIDER MIDGE (Olive) – Matthews/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1250, #18, TMC 206BL, #20, Gamakatsu 13U, #20

THREAD: Abdomen – Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Olive / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Olive

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Copper Wire – * Coat with HAH or SHAN for durability

THORAX: Fly-Rite, x-fine Poly, #.10, Brown/Olive

WING CASE/ WING: MP Select CDC, Dirty Yellow

HACKLE: Olive Grizzly

Delicious !!!…another winner from Craig Matthews … a good flat water pattern for below…not the choppy stuff in the center …when Michael wants to work the surface…and maybe the “old guy” when hen sees Michael nailing ’em…

EWR MIDGES F-W 14

There might be some Olive Midges in this water…maybe…

Mat DIRTY SPIDER MIDGE (OL)

Materials (DIRTY) SPIDER MIDGE (Olive)…

DIRTY SPIDER MIDGES

(DIRTY) SPIDER MIDGES (Olive)…

RED MORSEL MIDGE

RED MORSEL MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1153, #18, Gamakatsu C-12B, #18 – #20

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

ABDOMEN: DNA Holo Fusion – 8 strands Red / 1 Strand Flash – * Coat with HAH or SHAN

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Purple – Spirit River

Red is a Midge color that has worked for me at various times on the East Walker and other places when oxygen levels are fairly low, in the water. These two articles HERE and HERE explain why certain Midges are Red and when they should be considered for use…

Mat RED MORSEL MIDGE

Materials RED MORSEL MIDGE…

RED MORSEL MIDGES

RED MORSEL MIDGES…

UV BLUE WISP MIDGE 2

UV BLUE WISP SH MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110 – #18 – #22

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

ABDOMEN: Krystal Flash UV Blue

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Silver Wire – * Coat with HAH or SHAN

THORAX: Hare’s Ear Ice Dub, Harder’s Bloody Black

HACKLE: Starling feather, Blue (dyed) – White Fox Fur & Feather Co. or HERE

Another small Midge pattern in Blue. Use any number of UV Krystal Flash colors over White thread to make these little guys with a dark-ish Thorax. Starling is a particularly good feather for soft hackling these small Midges and if ya’ have to ask “Why over white thread ?”…ya’ ain’t been reading the BLOG…

Mat BLUE WISP MIDGE

Materials UV BLUE WISP SH MIDGE…

BLUE WISP MIDGES

UV BLUE WISP SH MIDGES…

MIDGES FALL 14 IP

MIDGES….coming along…slowly…

BP BRN ML 1

BP MIDGE LARVA (Brown)…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

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

ABDOMEN: Working thread, Olive

RIB: Ice Thread, Yellow – * Coat with SHAN or HAH for durability

A very simple Midge pattern with a high contrast ribbing that hardly anyone uses…something different for the Lower Owens River where Brown Midges are prevalent throughout the year…

Mat BP MIDGE LARVA Brown

Materials BP MIDGE LARVA (Brown)…

BP MIDGES LAR BRN

BP MIDGES – Brown Larva…

STUCK SHUCK MIDGE 1

STUCK SHUCK MIDGE – Luallen/Variant (Cream) …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #24

THREAD: Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

SHUCK: Darlon, Amber

ABDOMEN: Working Tiemco 16/0, White Thread

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Copper Wire – * Coat with SHAN or HAH for durability

WING: MP Select CDC, Lt. Mallow

ABDOMEN: Beaver dubbing, Dark Tan

HACKLE: Ginger Grizzly, V-notched

This is a Wayne Luallen pattern I specifically tied for those occasions that Cream Adult Midges are in and on the surface of the East Walker River. There are major hatches of these Midges (in Cream) in late May and at other times during the year on this water. Most anglers that visit the EWR are not even aware of their importance much less have a single pattern in their boxes that imitates them…that’s OK with me…

MOO EWR MIDING

There are prolific hatches of Cream Midges on the East Walker River…the adults are most readily seen at dawn and sunset…The MOO knows about them…

Mat STUCK SHUCK MIDGE CRM

Materials STUCK SHUCK MIDGE…

STUCK SHUCK MIDGES CRM

STUCK SHUCK MIDGES…

GRAY XMAS MIDGE 2

GRAY XMAS MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

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

SHUCK: UV Pearl Krystal Flash

OVER ABDOMEN: DNA Holo Fusion, Gray – 8 strands Gray / 1 strand Flash

RIB: Red Ice Thread – * Coat with HAH or SHAN for durability

WING: Sparkle Organza, Dun

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Red – Spirit River

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

Gray is a color that is often overlooked when it comes to  color for Midge patterns.The Trout don’t overlook them – when they are present…have some in yer’ box…

Mat GRAY XMAS MIDGE

Materials GRAY XMAS MIDGE…

GRAY XMAS MIDGES

GRAY XMAS MIDGES…

Tying BM's 14 -2

Tying at Bob Marriott’s Fly Fishing Fair, November 22-23, 2014…

LX7 K-SS PT RED 1

K-SS PT MIDGE EMERGER- (RED)…

HOOK: Daiichi 1167, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Red Pheasant Tail Fibers

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Silver Wire

WING CASE/WING: Snowshoe Rabbit, White or Cream

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Black – Spirit River

This is a suspender Midge pattern using the Daiichi “Klinkhammer Hook” that comes in black nickel or bronze. Do not be opposed to using Pheasant Tail fibers for patterns with abdomens that hang below the surface film. Once well soaked, they are very effective. I usually will cut Snow Shoe hair wings with scissors (like Jim Schollmeyer does) rather than lining up the tips…the Trout don’t care and it’s faster. One may substitute Poly Yarn,Puglisi Trigger Point Int’l Fibers, CDC , Foam or Electronic packaging for the Wing Case and Wing..all float better than deer hair…If desired, put a shuck on it…

Mat K-SS PT MIDGE

Materials K-SS PT MIDGE EMERGER- (RED)…

K-SS PT MIDGE EMERGERS

K-SS PT MIDGES…

NANO DNA BLUE 1

NANO DNA CB MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1250, #18 – Gamakatsu 13U, #20

THREAD: Nano Silk, White, 18/0

SHUCK: Crystal Mirror Flash, Pearl – Cascade Crest

ABDOMEN: DNA Holo Fusion, Blue – 8 strands Blue / 1 strand Flash

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Copper Wire – *Coat with HAH or SHAN for durability

WING(s): Grizzly Krystal Flash – Copper/Blue

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Dun

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

I am using the White, Semperfli, Nano Silk in 18/0 as the base for this pattern. It is slippery as all get out so I use two half hitches to secure it to the hook when first wrapping it on the shank. For this pattern, it adds to the translucence of the abdomen and as a refltor for the UV Ice Dub in the Thorax. Blue is a color, in Midges and other patterns, that have taken good fish for me and the crew throughout the year, for Rainbows and Browns – not just in the Winter. Michael got the Brown below on a “Moo’s Blue Midge” on the East Walker River in September…

mikes-bday-brn-ewr-21

Michael’s Birthday Brown…East Walker River…as my friend, Jim Reid, who owns Ken’s Sporting Goods, in Bridgeport, CA, once said – “There are times when Browns ‘turn on’ to the color Blue.” Best to have some when THAT happens…

Mat DNA CB BLUE MIDGE

Materials NANO DNA CB MIDGE…

DNA CB BLUE MIDGES

NANO DNA CB MIDGES…

MATT'S MIDGE PW

MATT’S MIDGE PW – Matt Miles/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #24

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Working thread

WING: Pearlescent White Nymph Shear – Cascade Crest

WING CASE/ FORWARD INDICATOR: Poly Yarn, Orange

HACKLE: Grizzly, V-notched a bottom for a lower profile, if desired

A Matt Miles pattern…he worked for Pat Dorsey in CO and may have fished a Midge or two while there. It is an excellent flat water pattern. There are many stretches of such water on both the Lower Owens and East Walker Rivers, where this pattern will take fish that are picking off adults, drifting in the current…

Mat MATT's MIDGE PW

Materials MATT’S MIDGE PW...

MATT's MIDGES PW GRP

A gathering of MATT’S MIDGES…

TAN DNA ICE LARVA MIDGE

TAN DNA/ICE LARVA MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Abdomen- Tiemco 16/0, White / Head-Tiempo 16/0, Black

OVER ABDOMEN: Tan DNA Holo Fusion – 8-10 strands solid color / 1 strand flash

RIB: Rusty Brown Ice Thread – * Coat with HAH or SHAN for durability

Just a simple little Tan Midge Larva that has flash , translucence and segmentation – that is fairly “tooth proof” when coated…I do these in a bunch of colors using DNA Holo Fusion. It is good stuff !

Mat TAN DNA ICE LARVAE MIDGE

Materials TAN DNA/ICE LARVA MIDGE…

TAN DNA ICE LARVAE MID GRP

TAN DNA/ICE LARVA MIDGES…

AM OWENS RIVER

The Lower Owens River at dawn…in the late Fall…

KIMBALL'S MIDGE EMR TP 1

KIMBALL’S EMERGER TP MIDGE – Mike Kimball/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #20 – #28

THREAD:Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Natural Teal Flank (Midges do not have tails!)

ABDOMEN: Working thread

THORAX: Stalcup’s Micro Fine Dub, Black or omit on smaller sizes

WING CASE: Puglisi Trigger Point Int’l fibers, Dun (use a dubbing needle to “hump” it and it will trap air beneath and it will           float mo’ better’)

HACKLE: Grizzly – notched at bottom

This along with Matt’s Midge (above),  “V-Midge”  are three excellent dry patterns to use when the tiny guys are drying their wings before becoming airborne and yes, I will use them from time to time…Michael, now an expatriate to the East, uses dry patterns of all types more frequently than I do…

Mat KIMBALL'S EMERGER MIDGE

Materials KIMBALL’S EMERGER TP MIDGE…

KIMBALL'S EMERGER MIDGES

KIMBALL’S EMERGER TP MIDGES…

UV PURPLE CHASER 3

UV PURPLE CHASER MIDGE…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1250, #18, Gamakatsu 13U, #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

UNDER ABDOMEN: Krystal Flash UV Purple

SHUCK: Tag end of the above UV Purple Krystal Flash

OVER ABDOMEN: Micro Tubing Purple

THORAX: Hare’s Ear Ice Dub, Harder’s Bloody Black

BEAD: Killer Caddis Diamond Bead, x-sm

*NOTE: On this pattern, tie the UV Purple KF and Micro Tubing on behind the bead, wrap the KF around the hook to the bend first, hold it in the material clip on the vise and then wrap the Micro Tubing back to the bend, then forward, decreasing the tension as ya’ wrap forward…tie off at the thorax…

One may also use a TMC 200r or Daiichi 1270 for this guy but I prefer the hook gape and shape on the Keel  hooks listed with the pattern. Any combo of KF and Micro Tubing may be conjured up for this fly…go for it !

Mat UV PURPLE CHASER MIDGE

Materials UV PURPLE CHASER MIDGE…

UV PURPLE CHASER MIDGES

UV PURPLE CHASER MIDGES…

OWENS VALLEY WINTER MIDGES

OWENS VALLEY in Winter….

DIS'-GO UV MIDGE GRY 1

DIS’-GO UV MIDGE (Gray) …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

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

RIB: UTC Wire, Gun Metal Blue, x-sm

OVER ABDOMEN: UV Gray Krystal Flash – * Coat with HAH or SHAN for durability

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Kingfisher Blue – Spirit River

These may be tied using any of the UV colored Krystal Flash products. Use WHITE THREAD beneath the flash…hit it with yer’ UV Torch after completion and watch it light up…reflectivity is the purpose for using that combination and for me, it works…

Mat DIS' GO UV MIDGE

Materials DIS’-GO UV MIDGE (Gray)…

DIS%22 GO UV MIDGES

DIS’-GO UV MIDGES…

OP TUNG FB BLK B -2-

TUNGSTEN OPAL FLASHBACK BLACK BEAUTY – Dorsey/Variant…

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

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: Lagartun, X-fine, Copper Wire

FLASHBACK: Flasabou, Opal, 1/100″ – *Coat with Hard As Hull or SHAN for durability

THORAX: Iridescent Black Peacock – Spirit River

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

A variation on Pat Dorsey’s pattern which may be tied in a number of colors. This uses Opal instead of Pearl for the Flashback…It is a good deep water pattern…One may also use Ostrich Herl for the thorax but I am a big fan of the Iridescent Peacock colors from Spirit River

Mat OP T BB 1

Materials TUNGSTEN OPAL FLASHBACK BLACK BEAUTY...

OPAL TUNG BB GRP 1

TUNGSTEN OPAL FLASHBACK BLACK BEAUTIES…

 

MORE MIDGE PATTERNS – scroll down

 

Next: Some patterns for Michael…

 

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Attractor patterns are just about my favorite flies to tie – and use…Many times we have been standing on an Eastern Sierra tail water and Michael will ask me, “Which fly should I use Dad ?” So, I peruse the boxes and after a few years of practical application and experience, I will choose a pattern and say, “Try this one” – with my fingers crossed behind my back…

Here are some guys that I and Ally will be using this Spring ( I’ll be giving them to her now since Michael and Aimee have moved to NYC).

AIMEE SS $3.00 -1-Aimee at sunset, at $3.00 Bridge this past July…

ATTRACTORS SPRING 2013 -1-SPRING 2013 ATTRACTOR BOX…

DLS BLACK RB LAV -1-Delektable Lil’ Spanker… BLACK, Rainbow-Lavender…Dan Delekta/Variant…

LIL DELEK MATERIALS -1-Materials for Delektable Lil’ Spanker…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – #18

THREAD: ABDOMEN -UTC, 70 denier, Black…Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

Tail: Medium Dun Mallard Flank Fibers

RIB: Lagartun Silver Wire – sized to hook

THORAX REAR: Rainbow Sow Scud Dubbing

WING CASE: DNA Holo Chromosome, 6 strands, pulled over and divided to make 3 legs on each side – longish

HACKLE: Light Dun CDC – premium select – Trout Hunter

THORAX FRONT: Ice Dub UV Lavender

BEAD: Silver Tungsten , sized to hook

These are killer on the Madison River and I suspect elsewhere as well…

BEARTOOTH FF CAM MT -1- Beartooth Fly Fishing…home of the Delektable Lil’ Spanker…where Dan Delekta ties these critters and his wife thought I was a guide when I dropped in with my crew…Above the Madison River South of Cameron, MT…HERE is a video on how to tie ‘em…

LGM VAR DNA -1-LGM (Little Green Machine) DNA – Wilox/Variant …

LGM MATERIALS -1-LITTLE GREEN MACHINE Materials…the original by Vince WilcoxHERE

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #14 – #20

THREAD: Uni. 8/0 Gray – for underabdomen…Tiemco, 16/0 Gray – Thorax forward

TAIL: Three Brown Pheasant Tail Fibers

RIB: Fl. Chartreuse Ultra Wire – SM

OVER ABDOMEN: Micro Tubing, Chartreuse

WING CASE: DNA Holo Chromosome Flash, coat with UV Knotsense, Clear Cure Goo or 5 Min. Epoxy

GILLS: White Antron

THORAX: Ice Dub Olive/Brown or Peacock

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, one size under ( ie. 5/64″ for #16)

I tie these in a number of colors and they ALL work…especially the Green version…I am doing a series of these now in different sizes on curved LIGHT hooks…try some this Spring !!!

MADISON RIVER TWILIGHT 2012 -1-MACHINE water, at twilight…on the Madison River, MT…

UV 2 BH RENEGADE -1-UV 2 BH RENEGADE WET…

MAT UV 2 BH REN WET -1-Materials for UV 2 BH RENEGADE WET…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #6 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 denire, White – Under abdomen…Tiemco 16/0, White, rest of pattern (Remember !!! USE WHITE THREAD,  SILVER TINSEL or PEARL TINSEL UNDER UV 2)

TAG: Datum Glo-Brite Floss #5, Fl. Green…coat with Aquaflex or hard As Hull

BACK HACKLE: Brown or Furnace Hackle, dull side back, Wet style

ABDOMEN: UV 2 Peacock Herl, from Eye, I use 2 strands and reinforce with Tiemco tying thread

RIB: Tiemco 16/0 Thread, White

FRONT HACKLE: White or Silver Badger…dull side back – Wet style

BEAD: Gold Tungsten, sized to hook

I have been using variations on the WET RENEGADE since 1975 when Georges Odier turned me on to them on the Roaring Fork River in CO. This one is from Al and Gretchen Beatty and believe me, IT IS a good one…So good, that I talked about it HERE…but let me show you a photo of what it did on the Madison River…

DAD MAD BROWN BH RENEGADE -1-A Brown to a BH Wet Renegade…Madison River, above $3.00 Bridge…

BH RENEGADE IN BOX -1-I carry a whole bunch of these in different sizes (lower right hand corner)…BECAUSE they WORK…

MADISON CHANNELS M n' A -1-Like right in here in the channels section of the Madison where Michael and Ally are standing…I took a series of some of the largest Browns I have ever caught…Boom, Boom, Boom right through this area in June 2004…It also slays on the Lower Owens River in size #16 – #18, in late March and early April…

GINGER MINKER -1-FULL GINGER MINKER SH…

MAT F GINGER MINKER -1-Materials for FULL  GINGER MINKER SH….

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL, #16 – #20

THREAD: Combo 6/0 Thread Tan/Orange – Cascade Crest – For Abdomen…Tiemco 16/0, Brown – Thorax forward

THORAX: Dubbed Mink Fur, Natural Brown

HACKLE: Starling, Bleached Ginger

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Brown, sized to hook

Another little soft hackle to throw at the Browns on the East Walker River (and some other locations) when the little Amber Caddis are about…

RUSTY DNA BBE -1-

RUSTY DNA BUBBLEBACK EMERGER- Trina/Variant…

MAT RUSTY DNA BB E -1-Materials for RUSTY DNA BUBBLEBACK EMERGER…

HOOK: TMC 100SP BL, #14 – #20

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

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Rusty Brown Goose Biot, Fringed or plain – YOUR call

RIB: UTC Copper Wire, Sm or X-sm, dependent on hook size

WING CASE: DNA Holo Chromosome Flash – tied with a prominent hump

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Brown

LEGS: Natural Partridge, Brown, V-Notched

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

This is a pattern designed by Adaam Trina who started Montana Fly Co. It has been around for a number of years. I first used it on the Madison River in 2004. HERE are a number of variants on Steve Schalla’s site. Note that all are tied on curved, scud type hooksthis one isn’t…

GLINT NYMPH VAR -1-

GLINT NYMPH – Mercer/Variant (Olive)…

MAT GLINT NYMPH -1-

Materials for GLINT NYMPH VARIANT…

HOOK: TMC 100SP BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: UTC Ultra, oOlive, 70 Denier – Under abdomen, Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

TAILS: 3 Ringneck Pheasant tail fibers, natural

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, metallic Olive, BR or SM, dependent on hook size

FLASHBACK: Spirit River Holo Mylar Motion, Black 1/32″ or 1/64″, dependent on hook size

ABDOMEN: Olive thread covered with wraps of DNA Holo Fusion, 3-5 Large. Strands and 3-6 Small Strands

WING CASE: 1/8″ Black, Scud Back

THORAX: UV 2 Caddis Nymph, Olive

LEGS: Natural Partridge, V-Notched

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

A Mike Mercer pattern, new from Umpqua, that I have taken liberty with. Notice the color variations the pattern is listed in…then notice the  above color variations of DNA HOLO FUSION…I REALLY like this synthetic material for all its’ possibilities…

MADISON RIVER MOO 2012 -1-

Something for the “fifty mile riffle”…

HTS OLIVE -1-

HOT TUNG SQUIRREL, Olive – Bethke/Variant…

MAT HOT TUNG SQUIRELL-2-Materials for HOT TUNG SQUIRREL VARIANT…

HOOK: Daiichi 1120, #12 – #18

THREAD: UTC Ultra 70 denier, Black for #12 – #14 – Tiemco 16/0, Black, #16 – #18

SHUCK/TAIL: DNA  Holo Chromosome Flash – Pearl – Mixture of large and small fiber strands, sized to hook

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, Hot Orange, BR – SM. sized to hook

ABDOMEN: Squirrel Blend, dark Olive, brushed back with a velcro strip or bore brush after being ribbed

THORAX REAR: Micro Polar Chenille, Black

THORAX FRONT: Ice Dub UV Hot Orange

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

An Olive/Orange variation of John Bethke’s “Pink Squirrel” using some different materials in it’s construction…the original is a good’un…

SILVERBAK TUNG RED -1-

SILVERBAK TUNG REDVersion # 1.

SILVERBAK RED TUNG -2-

SILVERBAK RED TUNG – Version #2.

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Black (for #18) – Ultra 70 Denier, Black (for #14 – #16)

TAIL: Coq De Leon Light, Speckled

ABDOMEN: Red Pheasant Tail Fibers

RIB: Ultra Wire, Black – X-sm or SM

WING CASE: Version #1. – Silver Holographic Tinsel, Med or SM…Version #2. – Silver Fire Fly 1-2 strands – * coat with UV Knotsense, Clear-Goo or 5 Min. Epoxy

LEGS: Midge Flash, 3 strands each side

THORAX: Strung Peacock Herl, dyed red

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, sized to hook

Real Flashy and toned down version of a Red attractor that these guys might just like…

MOO MAD FISH  2 HAND -1-

A Rainbow to Michael’s hand on the Madison River…

SILVERBAK RT MAT -1-

Materials for SILVERBAK RED TUNG…

BLUE DIAMOND SH -1-

BLUE DIAMOND SH –

MAT BLUE DIA SH -1-

Materials for the BLUE DIAMOND SH…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon fibers, Medium speckled

ABDOMEN: UTC Thread, Dark Gray

RIB: UTC  Wire,  Gray, SM

THORAX: Arizona Diamond hair, #.11, Silver/Blue

GLASS BEAD: In front of thorax, Killer Caddis Diamond Bed, sized to hook

HACKLE: Speckled Hen Saddle, Black #.33 – Nature’s Spirit

BEAD: Tungsten Plummeting Bead, Blue, sized to hook

Just another soft hackle, in neutrals and blue – ’cause Michael likes ‘em and they catch fish…

CASPER CADDIS LARVA -1-

CASPER CADDIS LARVA –

HOOK: Daiichi 1120 or TMC 2457 – #16 -#20

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

ABDOMEN: AZ Diamond hair, #1., Pearl Green

RIB: Copper Ultra Wire, x-sm

THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub

BEAD: Black Tungsten , sized to hook

MAT CASPER CAD LV -1-

Materials for the CASPER CADDIS LARVA…

MOO CASPER CAD LAR -2-

CASPER CADDIS water.. before the leaves burst out…

GR GUIDE DIP -1-

GR GUIDE DIP – Matthews/Variant…

MOO SS $3.00 BRIDGE -1-

Where this GUIDE DIP originated…

MAT GR GUIDE DIP -1-

MATERIALS for The GR GUIDE DIP…

HOOK: TMC 100SP BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0. Black – for Under abdomen and head

ABDOMEN: Glimmer Thread, Olive – Cascade Crest

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, Red, x-sm

WING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Clear/White

I tie a lot of variations on this pattern, the original came out of Craig Matthew’s Blue Ribbon Flies…some other ones I use with further information, may be found HERE and HERE…these have taken many good Trout for us…

ewr-mike-brown-grn-18Like this Brown on The East Walker River…

PECCARY No. 47 -1-

PECCARY #47 HS…

MAT PECCARY No. 47 -1-

MATERIALS for The PECCARY #47 HS…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: 3 of ‘em…Danville #47, 6/0, Tobacco Brown – Tiemco 16/0, Brown, Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #5, Hot Orange

TAIL: Two Peccary fibers

RIB: UTC Amber Wire, SM

ABDOMEN: Danville, #47, 6/0, Tobacco Brown – to thorax

THORAX: 70% Squirrel Blend, Rust – Spirit River/ 30% SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Brown/Olive – Wapsi

WINGLETS: Grizzly Krystal Flash, Copper/Blue

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, #5, Hot Orange

This is a pattern I will use on the East Walker River as a lead fly with a Midge larva or pupa off the bend when working swift water…just never know what will jump on it…

NEXT: More thoughts on some CADDIS for Spring 2013…

PT/TB   

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