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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...

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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…

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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…

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…yes..

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…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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On the Lower Owens River, I like to fish the small patterns upstream, then switch to a full-sink or sink-tip line and fish Buggers and Streamers down and across, as I work back towards the truck. On occasion, I will do just the opposite…it depends on the flows, weather and a desire to “try something different”…What follows are some new big guys that Ally and I will be tossing in a couple of weeks…that water holds some truly large fish that will come to larger flies using the “dip-and-strip”, bank walking or sometimes, that”down and across”…

Ready to be served…

“OLD SCHOOL” MARABOU STREAMER – White/Black…

HOOK: TMC 5263, #4 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black – for abdomen, then UTC Ultra 70 Denier for head (lays flatter and coat with Hard As Hull -twice)

TAG: Claret Hackle Fibers (may also be used for a throat)

ABDOMEN: Silver Tinsel (undercoat thread abdomen with Zap-A-Gap for durability)

BOTTOM WING: Select Marabou Plumes, Black

TOP WING: Select Marabou Plumes, White

OVER WINGS: Peacock Herl, 4-6 strands dependent on hook size

This is a pattern I have been using for over 30 years…because it works…

In the appropriate sizes, ALL of these patterns will take fish in the above  – East Walker River…

“OLD SCHOOL” MARABOU STREAMER -Yellow/Black…

HOOK: TMC 5263, #4 – #10

THREAD: Abdomen to head – Danville 6/0, White…then, UTC Ultra 70 Denier, Black for the head (2 coats of Hard As Hull)

TAG: Claret hackle fibers

ABDOMEN: White floss

RIB: Silver Tinsel, #12 or larger

BOTTOM WING: Select Marabou Plumes, Black

TOP WING: Select Marabou Plumes, Yellow

OVER WINGS: Peacock Herl, 4-6 strands dependent on hook size
A second version, of the first pattern, that has taken many Fall Browns for me on the Lower Owens River…

Some streamer “strippin’ water”, on the Lower Owens, at sunset…

“JAILBREAK” UV 2 BUNNY STRIPPER …

HOOK: Daiichi 2220, #6 – #10

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

WEIGHT: 0.015 or 0.020 Lead or Lead Sub. – coat with Zap-A-Gap… number of wraps are ‘yer call…

CONE: Wapsi 3/16″ (Small) Gold or Copper

TAIL: Select Marabou Plume. Golden Brown

ABDOMEN: Tinsel Chenille, Medium, Copper/Brown Pearl – Wapsi

LATERAL LINE: 1 strand each side, Crystal Mirror Flash – Cascade Crest Tools

GILLS: Arizona Simi-Seal, # .15, Red

WING: UV 2 Dos-Jail Rabbit Sculpin Strip – Spirit River

HACKLE: Speckled Hen Saddle feather, .23 Brown – Nature’s Spirit

I have taken some very large Browns Trout in Eastern Sierra rivers and lakes using this Brown color scheme…it works on rivers like the Madison in Montana as well…

FL. YELLOW CHARTREUSE UV Bunny Stripper…

HOOK: Mustad R75-79580, #4 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: 16 – 20 Wraps 0.020 Lead or Lead Sub. Wire – coat with Zap-A-Gap

TAIL: Select Marabou Plumes, Black

ABDOMEN: Petite Estaz, Black

LATERAL LINES: 1 strand each side, Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

WING: Rabbit Strip, Fl. Yellow/Chartreuse

GILLS: Arizona Simi-Seal, # .15, Red

HACKLE: UV 2 Grizzly Soft Hackle, Brown – Spirit River

CONE: Wapsi, Medium, Black – or sized to hook

Chartreuse, a color that has a distinct appeal to Brown Trout on the Owens River…and, a lot of other places too…

Michael “punches it” – over to the foam line…

OWENS “OFFENDER” HS CH…

HOOK: Daiichi 2220, #6 -#10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Olive

WEIGHT: 18 – 20 wraps 0.15 Lead or Lead Sub. – coat with Zap-A-Gap

TAIL: Black Select Marabou Fibers – 2 strands Mirage Flashabou, Opal/Copper, 1 strand Black Holographic Flashabou – each side of tail

RIB: Medium Copper Wire

ABDOMEN: J.Fair Medium Olive Seal Sub Dubbing ( picked out after completion of fly )

HACKLE: Ewing Hackle Bugger Pack, Black/Olive

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

CONE: Black Wapsi, sized to hook
I have been using this pattern, Olive with a Black tail and variations on this theme, on both the Owens River and East Walker River, for a very long time…They work well in the Fall and Spring…

A Brown on the Lower Owens that took a bugger…

Michael, stripping a streamer with a SCOTT “G”, 10′, 5wt. on the Wild Trout Section of the Lower Owens River….one of my all time favorite rods…

SOFTIE SEAL BUGGER (Purple/Burgundy)…Rickards/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 2220, #6 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: 16 -20 Wraps 0.20 Wire – Lead or Lead Sub. – Zap-A-Gap to hook after covering with thread

TAIL: Select Marabou Plume Fibers, Purple

FLASH: one strand each side, length of tail – Purple Haze Holographic Flash Fiber, Pearl Fire Fly

RIB: Medium Copper Wire

ABDOMEN: #.14 Purple Arizona Simi Seal – pick out with a dubbing needle after completing fly

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger Grizzly Dyed Burgundy – use the webby part of an additional feather, tied soft hackle style, behind the head

A variation of Denny Rickard’s Seal Bugger which I have used successfully, in a wide variety of colors, on just about every river and lake I have visited…these, for me, are a must have pattern in my boxes…

Let it not be said that I only tie small stuff...these are patterns that consistently produce Browns and Rainbows on the Lower Owens River…

Michael gettin’ ready to toss some streamers on a cold November morning on the Lower Owens River…

COLE BUGGER (BLACK)…Jeff Cole/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 5263, #6 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: 12 -16 Wraps of 0.20 or 0,15 Lead or Non-Toxic wire

TAIL: Shad Gray Marabou, Silver Badger Hackle, Grizzly Krystal Flash – Black/White

ABDOMEN: Dyed Iridescent Peacock Eye, Black – Spirit River – 5-6 Strands

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger Pack feather, Grizzly dyed Pale Yellow

Jeff Cole of San Diego designed this pattern for use on the Upper Owens River at the Alpers River Ranch, just above this place -> ( now like the Arcularius Ranch – long gone). Ray Bergman, in his book “Trout”, describes using a clipped Royal Coachman streamer,  dropped over the undercut bank, on a long fly rod, as a very successful method employed by Frank Arcularius on the family ranch. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Arcularius on the East Walker River, back in the early 80’s and fishing with him on the ranch after that meeting… Other variations of this pattern may be found HERE…  

HARE’S EAR – SEAL DUB AGGRAVATOR- Olive/Brown…Andy Burk/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 200R, #4 -#14

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Olive

TAIL: Marabou, Sculpin Olive

TAG: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl – 5-8 wraps around bend of hook, coated with Hard As Hull

ABDOMEN:  DarK Olive/ Brown Hare’s Ear – Hareline #39

RIB: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl

LEGS: Mini Legs (Silicone), Barred Olive – Cascade Crest

THORAX: Medium Olive Seal Dubbing – Jay Fair

WING CASE: Mottled Oak, Thin Skin, Olive

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

I first started tying and using this pattern, by Andy Burk, back in 2003, on a trip with Michael to the West Walker River. I have  caught Trout on the Madison, Stillwater and Boulder Rivers with this fly. It has also produced on every tail water I fish in the Eastern Sierras. HERE are some variations – the peacock one is a must. Charlie Craven ties another version HERE

Michael ponders which Bugger to select on the Lower “O”…

SIERRA GHOST …

HOOK: TMC 5263, #6-#10

THREAD: Danville 6/o White to gills – then, Danville 6/0, Black

TAIL: Select Black Marabou

ABDOMEN: Petite Estaz Pearl – Spirit River

WING: Black Barred Rabbit Strip, White – Hareline

GILLS/THORAX: Arizona Simi Seal, #.15, Red

HACKLE: Soft Hackle Hen Saddle Patch Feather, Black – Wapsi

CONE: Small, Black – Wapsi

A take-off on a Black and White Marabou Streamer pattern that has been hammering East Side Trout since before I was born…

Michael does the “down and across”…just downstream of this location I had a really large Brown run me into my backing one beautiful Fall day…

OWENS UV 2 Bunny Stripper…

HOOK: Daiichi 2220, #8 – #10

THREAD: Danville  6/0, Black

CONE: Wapsi 3/16′, Small, Gold

ABDOMEN: Petite Estaz, Pearl Olive, Spirit River – coat abdomen with Super Glue or Zap-A- Gap before wrapping

WEIGHT: 5-6 Turns .020 Lead Wire or Lead Sub. – pushed into Cone

WING: UV 2 Rabbit Strip – Olive

GILLS-(THORAX): Arizona Simi Seal, #.15, Red

HACKLE: Schlappen Hackle, Burnt Orange, Jay Fair
Something in Bunny for the Owens River system…. in colors that always work…

 

NEXT: DIPTERA III

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