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Not those sneaky little guys in black that appear out of nowhere…these are some flies that will take Trout all year, on the East Side – if presented properly.The ASSASSIN was developed by Eastern Sierra guide, Tom Loe. It is a variation of the late Cal Bird’s “BIRD’S NEST” pattern, originated in 1959 for the Truckee River…I have messed with this to include some other color variants that the Trout have not seen in places me and the kids visit…

A BUNNY is involved…

OLIVE TUNG ASSASSIN…Tom Loe/Variant ( of a Cal Bird variant) …

HOOK: TMC 2302 or Daiichi 1760, #14-#18…or, TMC 5262, #14-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra 70 Denier -Olive- to thorax, then Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL/SHUCK: Strung Marabou Blood Quills – Olive, overlaid with Coq De Leon, Black/Brown

RIB: Wapsi Ultra wire , Chartreuse, sized to hook

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Mask, Olive, #4 ( from the upper face, below the ears)

HACKLE: Mallard Flank Wood Duck Gold, V-notched and evenly distributed around the hook shank with fingernails

THORAX: Hare’s Mask #2 (between eyes)

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

As suggested in the above link to the Bird’s Nest, hit this guy with some dry shake or Frog’s Fanny when fishing the pattern….dead drift or swing…it’s a soft hackle –because Tom does not tie them in OLIVE…

A good place to work this pattern…Michael on the Lower “O”….


RED HEAD ASSASSIN… Tom Loe/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2302 or Daiichi 1760, #14-#18…or, TMC 5262, #14-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra 70 Denier, Black to thorax, the, Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL/SHUCK: Strung Marabou Blood Quills – Black – overlaid with Coq De Leon. Black/White

RIB: Wapsi Ultra Wire, Red, sized to hook

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Mask, Black, #4

HACKLE: Mallard Flank Wood Duck Gold

THORAX: Hare’s Mask, Black, #2

BEAD: Hareline Dazzle Bead,  Red, sized to hook – stuffed with wraps of non-lead sub.

TUNG DUN ASSASSIN… Tom Loe/Variant

HOOK: TMC 2302 or Daiichi 1760, #14-#18…or, TMC 5262, #14-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra 70 Denier, Gray to thorax then, Tiemco 16/0, Gray

TAIL/SHUCK: Ice Dub UV Dun overlaid with 3 small Ostrich Herl fibers…a Shane Stalcup suggestion…

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Mask – Dun – #4

RIB: Wapsi Ultra Wire – Gunmetal Blue – sized to hook

HACKLE: Mallard Flank – Natural

THORAX: Hare’s Mask – Dun, #2

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

NATURAL CB ASSASSIN…Tom Loe/ Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2302 or Daiichi 1760, #14-#18…or, TMC 5262, #14-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra 70 denier, Cream to thorax then, Tiemco 16/0, Brown

TAIL/SHUCK: Marabou Blood Quills, Ginger, overlaid with Lemon Wood Duck fibers

RIB: Copper or Amber Ultra wire, sized to hook

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Mask – Natural – #4

HACKLE: Mallard Flank Wood Duck Gold

BEAD: Copper Tungsten or copper stuffed withh non-lead sub., sized to hook

THORAX: Hare’s Mask – Natural – #2

These guys get INVOLVED too !!!….My testers, Michael and Ally on the Boulder River, MT – another place that these Assassins would work…

NEXT: A mixed bag of “FLASH-ies“…

PT/TB 

More to follow…

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This is one of the first flies that I tied stream side, back in 1975, at Valley Gardens, in the channels section of the Madison River, Montana.

Me and my “crew” (Michael and Ally) at Valley Gardens, MT…30 yrs. later…

I had seen it in Fly Fisherman Magazine and it was suggested that this pattern worked best in early Spring when rivers were “running high and cold”. I tied it in August…it worked real good. Today I have a much better idea of why this simple pattern is so effective. I attribute that to a much improved understanding of entomology, experience, the “halo effect” and air bubble retention of the Mink and Sable dubbing in the fly. Since those early experiments, I have taken just about every species of fish that swims in Western inland waters with this fly – Trout, Whitefish, Carp, Suckers, Pan Fish and Bass. I would offer this pattern, for tying, to any youngster or adult who wants to pursue the art of the vise…It is EASY and WILL put one into fish – immediately…

The “MINK THING” in an old Thompson vise attached to a campfire grate…1975, MT…

Ancient dubbing blender…add 75% Mink and 25% Sable…tap a couple of times…MINK come in a variety of colors. I have been collecting various shades of Mink and Sable for a very long time…it is the first thing I look for when I visit the fur section of any new Fly Shop. I tie this pattern in Tan, Brown, Rust, Grey (Dun), Olive and Black…Sable is a bit harder to find…the long spiky fibers in Sable fur add to the attraction of this pattern – to fish…

HOOK: TMC 3761 #12-#18, Daiichi 1560 # 12-#18

THREAD: Uni 6/0, 8/0, Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer Black…dependent on hook size

WEIGHT: Lead or Lead substitute ..010, .015, .020…dependent on hook size 8-10 wraps at thorax

Make dubbing loop at bend of hook, over barb…

Load dubbing into loop a, small section at a time ( I use saliva to wet the thread…mmmm -tasty) and twist…

Use a dubbing twister to lock the fibers to the thread…I run my thumb and forefinger up and down the loop to remove excess…grasp with hackle pliers and wrap over hook (away from tier)…place the wraps tightly together and over wrap if there is a gap

Add two half hitches, whip finish…use a stiff tooth brush, .22 cal rifle bore brush, or this little gadget (dubbing teaser) made from a popsicle stick and the hook section of VELCRO (hook and loop)…rotate the fly and brush back towards the bend around the entire fly…

Add head cement and put a needle in the hook eye until it dries…

DONE…now go catch some fishy things !!!…

Some “Mink Thing” water on the Madison, below Varney Bridge…

NEXT: More attractors, Spring Baetis/BWO’s and March Browns…

PT/TB

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Ally made her first trip to Montana in August, 1998. Her Brother Michael was supposed to go as well, however unforeseen CIRCUMSTANCES prevented that from happening…A friend of mine, whose Father was a retired Superior Court Judge in Billings, MT offered us an opportunity to visit his Ranch. It had been a premier “DUDE” Ranch back in the 30’s and 40’s…I had never been in this part of Montana…

Ally stands at the entrance to Island Lake Ranch…yes, this Ranch had a lake with an island in the middle of it, as well as, 5 ponds filled with TROUT and a pristine stream running through the property…

Coming down the road to the Main Lodge which was used as the living facility for the owner and our dining facility on a daily basis…

This is the LODGE. In front of it is a TROUT pond that was stocked on a regular schedule for the grandkids…worms, crickets and small spinners were on the Menu…

This is “THE BUNKHOUSE” that Ally and I stayed in for 3 1/2 weeks…hated it…

This is the view that Ally and I had…EVERY MORNING…when we woke up from the back porch…

This is what greeted us from the front porch…those are the stables for the horses down below…

The interior of the main LODGE with steps leading up to the dining area…

These two boys, with Ally, are the son’s of my friend Diane whose Dad owned this joint…each of them tried to outdo the other for Ally’s attention…it had already started…

My friend Diane’s cabin clear on the other side of the ranch…long walk for those boys…heh,heh…

Ally and her suitors hanging out in the game section of the LODGE…

A view looking East towards Nye, MT and the Stillwater River…

Another cabin on the ranch…

One more of the small cabins with a pond in front of it where I took some nice Trout on midges…

Ally, at nine, geared up and ready to Fly Fish at MORAINE on the STILLWATER…Hmmmm, where have I seen that VEST before…?

Access sites on the Stillwater River, MT…

Ally’s first Trout on the Stillwater…she ate it…

“Hey Dad, I think you need to use a #20, Yellow Humpy in here on 6x tippet…”

” I ‘ll just wait while you rig up…”

Ally at Buffalo Jump on the Stillwater, note the “My Fish is BIGGER than DAD’s Fish T Shirt…

Ally’s reaction after a 12″ Brookie jumped on a wooly bugger hanging off a bubble and fly combo… dead in the water…

Ally with the “ATTACK BROOKIE” at the Lake with the Island…she ate this one too…

Looking downstream on the Stillwater towards the Bridge at Buffalo Jump…

Ally and PT in the backyard at Montana Hanna’s…gettin’ ready for some PRIMO STEAK….

Ally, swingin’ at sunset…Montana Hanna’s…

Ally, on the side of the road to Red Lodge, MT we had just had a great lunch at The Grizzly Bar and Grill which is down below in Roscoe, MT and were on our way to this place:

The MONTANA CANDY EMPORIUM in Red Lodge ,MT…We make pilgrimages (many) every time we visit Montana…yum, yum….

GRIZZLY BAR and RES ROSCOE MT -1-Grizzly Bar and Grill. Roscoe, MT…MMMmmmm…good eats !!!

Where the hay for the horses comes from…

On our way out, heading to Missoula…We’ll be back …(And, we were)…

PT/TB

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Putting this Caddis pattern together today…some additional tweaking and it will be done…

New Gamakatsu hooks, Tan SLF Prism, Light Dun Snow Shoe rabbit’s foot, root beer krystal flash.gold holo tinsel,tan micro tubing, Coastal deer hair, Gordon Griffiths 14/0 sheer, white and tan…

SLOPE CADDIS

Lemme’ see here…hmmmm…I went with scraggly

HOOK: Gamakatsu C-16B. #16-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Sheer Tan and White

ABDOMEN: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Sheer White, ( built with a pronounced “hump” at the bend)

TAG: Holo Tinsel, Gold

OVER ABDOMEN: Stalcup’s Micro Midge Tubing, Tan, Grey, Olive Chart. or Brown

THORAX: SLF Prism, Tan, Lt. Grey, Brown/Olive, Olive, Peacock or Chocolate Brown

OUTRIGGERS: Thin strands of Snowshoe Rabbit’s Foot, Light Dun, Medium Dun or Dark Dun

UNDER WING: Three strands of Krystal Flash, Root beer, UV Tan, Olive, Rust, Pearl or UV Gray

WING: Coastal Deer Hair, Tan, Natural or Darker Mottled Shades, tied “bullet “style

This Caddis Cripple/Emerger was meant to be messy. I wanted the abdomen to hang lower in the water. The abdomen is a proven design off John Barr’s Graphic Caddis. The Snowshoe Rabbit outriggers are for additional support and motion. I went with the full length of the fibers rather than clipping them. The KF under wing is for sparkle I really like SLF Prism for it’s translucent quality and sparkle…

*SLOPE CADDIS TUTORIAL* 7.8.2010

Here are some places I would employ this pattern:

Right along the far bank about 6 inches out from those two big boulders on the Stillwater River, MT. That second boulder has a deep depression running parallel to it…big fish in there…

ANYWHERE…North or South of here, starting about 7:30 PM…

Again, uptight along the bank on the East Walker River, CA (especially under overhanging willows) when the sun has disappeared behind the hill… till dark. VERY BIG BROWNS move into this water from deeper and faster currents where they have been lurking most of the day…This is true of most waters that get pounded…Michael is kicking one in the tail right now…

Along the banks and over slots…it is surprising how many big Trout hold in very shallow water that is either stepped in or overlooked…

I subscribe to the DEAN ENDRESS philosophy of Fly Tying…”Make the SUCKA’ look alive and struggling”…. and when examining a capture for sizing, turn the bug over and go by the size of the abdomen. If, ‘ya go by the wings, a fly one size larger than the natural will end up on the tippet…

Ally testing the consistency and durability of a new dubbing material on the 4th. of July…2010

CASTERS FLY SHOP…added, 14 July, 2011…DESIGNED and tied by Luke Fastabend…Hmmmmm

PT/TB

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I came across this article on the Fiberglass Flyrodders Forum. It is written by Tom Morgan,who, at one time, was the owner of the Winston Rod Co.. In this article, Tom describes the history of Fiberglass rods while the company was under his ownership and some further background information on himself – that I was never aware of. My Winston fiberglass has been one of my favorite rods since purchasing it in 1975…

Winston ” Stalker “, 71/2′,4wt., Frying Pan River, CO – 1975

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Ally, fishing the Winston, Madison River, MT, 2001…

Sage is for Turkey,

Winston is for Fish!

TOM MORGAN Article

PT/TB :thumbsupu

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Well, I was there for 3 1/2 months…

Madison Rainbow – in and out of the H2O for less than ten seconds… Scott G, 10ft. 5WT

10 days of drifting…

with this guy and,

this guy, Craig (in the boat) and THE WHITEFISH KING…

There were LOTS of these, Madison River… T&T Paradigm, 9ft., 5WT

Madison River Brown, Channels section…. Loomis Streamdance, 10ft. , 5WT

That fish came out of the undercut bank here…

and this one came out of the honey hole above $3.00 Bridge… Orvis, Battenkill, 81/2ft., 6WT

Ally approves…

set-3-honey-04

The Spot…. ( 310 fish in 10 days )

Just upstream and to the right of the spot…

Between the lakes… Madison River

The Madison Valley from Craig’s cabin…

Twin Bridges Fly Shop

The road to Ennis, MT from Bozeman…

Quake Lake, 6:00AM, on the way to Blue Ribbon Flies…

Me ‘n Ally on the Boulder River, again…

Michael on the Madison, $3.00 Bridge…

Rules on the Stillwater…

Ally,after eating at Montana Hannas…

Ally, on the rocks, Stillwater River…

Having second thoughts about crossing here…Stillwater River, late June 2004

Lower water, Stillwater River, August, 2004

Rain on the Stillwater, July, 2004

Michael with a Stillwater Rainbow

The ROAD KILL cafe, on the Boulder…

The Madison below Varney Bridge…

Michael on the Boulder… WINSTON WT, 9ft. 6WT…

Michael with another fish on the Madison at $3.00 bridge…

Michael, just below the “honey hole”, Madison River…

$3.00 Bridge…

Ally, preparing to move up river on the Madison… Scott A2, 10ft., 6WT

Madison, just before sunset…


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Stillwater River above Swallows

Ally down in Beartrap Canyon, Madison River

Ally below Varney Bridge on the Madison with MY fiberglass Winston…oooopppss, Sage SP….

Ally, outside Ennis, hoping to net something… WINSTON 1975 “STALKER”, 7 1/2ft. 4 WT (SF Manu.)

Road from NYE, MT to the Stillwater…

Ally catching a Rainbow below the handicapped access – Stillwater River, that’s the WINSTON!

Ally helps Michael below Varney Bridge

What keeps Ally on the Stillwater…gaming!

Fish on the Stillwater…

Ally, trudging the road of happy …boulders, on the Stillwater

Go there and DIE, Dad!

Speeding to the Boulder River

Nice Stillwater Rainbow

..and another

No comment…

Sprinkler attack dog, Montana Hannas…

Lenas’ Cabins, Absarokee, MT nice place for the Stillwater, Rosebud Creek…

Mike and Ally, days end, Boulder River

Approaching Dean, MT…way to the Stillwater

Sunset, Valley Gardens, Madison River…

Rainbow, from this section…

Michael and Ally in the Channels section of the Madison, Valley Gardens

Michael. below Varney Bridge

Ally, the Madison flows into Ennis Lake below here…

Freezing at the Palisades, Madison River…

Eating before fishing, Palisades…

Michael gets ready to lay one out on the Stillwater

Horses on the road to Red Lodge, MT…

Pollard Hotel, Red Lodge, MT…

Mid- River Pow Wow, Stillwater…

Heading out, Valley Gardens, Madison River…

Below Varney Bridge…

Leaving the Sportsmans for…

Breakfast at Ennis Pharmacy…

Mike on the Boulder River, MT

What was that? Boulder River

Michael coming up through a large pool on the Boulder…

Michael giving Ally a gift on the Stillwater…

Eh, which fly do I use? Stillwater River

An H & L Variant, of course! Stillwater River – attached to 7.5ft. ,custom bamboo 4wt.

Road along the Stillwater…

There’s that H & L Variant!

A few small fies….

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