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If one has followed this BLOG, one is well aware of my affinity for Fly Shops around the Yellowstone area. Park’s Fly Shop has a very useful,- and growing – list of Tying Videos for patterns which work in lot of other places besides Yellowstone National Park. Their latest is the R.A.M Caddis, one of my favorite wet patterns…

R.A.M CADDIS

Here is the video for this pattern: R.A.M. Caddis

And the link to other great fly pattern videos…

Time to get tying, the “MOTHER’S DAY” will soon be upon us…

PT/TB


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While I am working on putting together a series of attractor patterns, I thought I would share some flies that fall into the attractor category which I have come across in my aquatic travels/ adventures. Four of these I use to imitate Caddis and the fifth is a  May Fly tie that has certainly provided some exciting top water acrobatics and runs by the Trout that pounced on it…And YES, I sometimes like to fish with a Dry Fly…

RAM CADDIS (Yellow)

RAM CADDIS(Olive)

This is a Madison River pattern developed by the late Montana guide, Ross A. Merigold. I have used it in Olive, Yellow, Purple and Flo. Orange. It was originally used in the “Slide” area of the Madison River where the river narrows and the water blasts through… It is not an area for wading. The fly is fished directly upstream on a tight line. It is an excellent pocket water Caddis pupa attractor and may also be swung through riffles, just below the surface during the evening hatch. I first became acquainted with this fly many years ago on the East Walker River where a purple RAM Caddis produced one of the largest Rainbows I have ever netted there…It is tied on #8 – #14, TMC 3769, TMC 9300 or similar hook using floss, gold wire rib and white hen neck with a purple or dark red head, A Peacock herl head makes an interesting variation…

PEACOCK CADDIS

This dry pattern is basically an extension of the original Al Troth Elk Hair Caddis. It is used to imitate small Black Caddis like American Grannom.I have used this guy with great success on the Owens and East Walker Rivers in #14- #20…in the Spring and in smaller sizes, in the Fall…

CRIPPLED CADDIS EMERGER

A Mike Lawson pattern. One of two very enticing Caddis cripple flies that I use. This one is in Tan, utilizing an Antron ( or crinkled Zelon) shuck, Partridge wing, and Peacock Herl head. Appropriate colors work well for bright Green (Chart.) or Olive abdomens with a wire rib (try  twisted Krystal Flash… heh, heh) – tied on TMC 100 hooks #14 – # 18. Michael, Ally and I have enjoyed some rather stupendous results using this imitation on a high elevation lake around sunset…It works in soft and flat running water as well…Caddis get stuck in the shuck too…

ROYAL WULFF CRIPPLE
I first saw this pattern in the bins at BRF in West Yellowstone. I purchased a few in #14 -# 16 – then took it apart. When I went back to the shop,a week later, the bins were empty. It was designed by Rowan Nyman who worked for Craig Matthews and now has his own guiding gig and ties for the Montana Fly CO.* (see link). …This fly KICKS BUTT…Everywhere…

RECIPE: (From FLYFISHING & TYING JOURNAL, Fall 2011)

HOOK: Standard Dry #10-#18

THREAD: 6/0-8/0, Black

TAIL: Brown Zelon

BODY: Peacock Herl and FL. red Antron yarn or floss

WING: White poly yarn

HACKLE: Coachman Brown, trimmed underneath

 

Now, back to tying…

PT/TB

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The first time I introduced my son to Fly Fishing was on Father’s Day weekend in June, 1987. Jean and I went to Bridgeport, CA to try our luck at Virginia Lakes, the East Walker River and Green Creek. Michael was four at the time and was required to put on an overly large orange life jacket to go out in a boat on the waters of Little Virginia Lake. He looked like the “stay puffed” marshmallow man… Michael has a video of this excursion, that Jean put together, which I will post herein when he brings it to me and shows his computer illiterate Father how to do it…There is a portion of the clip in which I bring a dry, # 18, beetle caught Trout to the boat, lift it up and swing it back – boinking the tot directly in the kisser..what an intro to FF!!!

This is PT, Michael and “PINKY” at the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, near Independence, CA on Oak Creek, in 1985. I weaned the “Moo” on trips to this location so he could see the life cycle of hatchery raised Trout. He always got a nickel to buy the little brown pellets to feed to the brood stock in the pond behind us. That is where Michael saw his first “rising” big fish…

Michael -AKA: “MOO”, scoping out the Brook Trout in a holding pen…

I believe that to get kids interested in Fly Fishing, they must first have the experience of feeling the tug of a Trout on the end of their line. This is Michael on a trip to lone Pine, CA with PT and my Father at the Symms Creek Sandtrap. This a great location to introfish with kids – swivel, bubble, 5x tippet , #20 treble hook and POWERBAIT… the fish are stockers…My Dad would chide Michael by saying, “You puttin’ bubble gum on that hook again?“…

An “older”Michael works a Seal Bugger with a “bubble” set-up at the Lone Pine Creek sand trap…

My first Tout was caught on a Bamboo pole with an Eagle Claw hook in a pond at the Sportsman’s Lodge on Ventura Blvd. in Studio City, CA using bread dough…

It did not look like this back in the early 1950’s…but it was really close – I could ride my bike down the hill to get there…

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Later, in June 1987, Jean, Michael and I spent a long camping weekend up at Monache Meadows, on the South Fork of the Kern River. Michael went out with me and learned how to drift a cripple Caddis behind boulders to entice the Golden/Rainbow hybrids up and out of their lairs…

Michael, crashed out after a nice long hike up along the South Fork of the Kern River..

Within a year, Michael had learned how to tie a Uni Knot and set up his rig for Fly Fishing. His next trip up to Monache resulted in his first Golden – unassisted…

“MOO” with his first Golden Trout…

Working the water on the South Fork of the Kern…with a Winston 7 1/2′ Fiberglass Rod and Hardy Reel..

Michael learned how to “read” water by walking directly down the middle of Lone Pine Creek, below Mt. Whitney with a fly rod, six inches of 5x tippet, #20 treble hook and, salmon eggs or red worms. Here he is instructing his sister Ally on the method…

When we were not fishing, we pursued another favorite pastime – looking for arrowheads in the blistering heat of the Qwens Valley…

Michael sucking on a Villa Rica, GA product standing at “Charlie’s Butte” in the Owens Valley…

Michael soon learned the fine art of nymphing, swinging wet flies, dry fly tactics and bugger and streamer draggin’. Here, he works a wet along the bank of the East Walker River in Bridgeport, CA using a 10′, 5wt, Scott “G” Series and a RAM Caddis…

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Ally, of course, was not to be left out. While Michael fished with a fly and bubble on Trumbull Lake, Ally went to the bubble and POWERBAIT technique which netted her this nice Rainbow stocker which she allowed her brother to hold…

Through the years, Michael has become quite accomplished at FF…here is a series of his experiences on some wonderful rivers, creeks and lakes throughout the West…

Michael at Hot Creek,CA…

Michael with his “Alpers” Trout at Little Virginia Lake, Bridgeport, CA…

Michael and Ally overlooking the Madison River Valley after a “FINE” meal at the Continental Divide in Ennis, MT…

Michael and Ally getting ready to wet a line at North Lake, Bishop, CA in the snow…

Cookie munchers at the Palisades, along the Madison River on a very cold and windy day…

Michael and Ally after a day of FF on the Boulder River, MT….

Michael on the Boulder River, MT…

Michael, freaking Ally out with a gift on the Stillwater River, MT…

Rigging a Wooly Bugger, Owens River, below Five Bridges…

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Michael, working an # 18 H & L Variant on the Stillwater River, MT during a PMD hatch…

 

H & L Variant ( Hammer Creek Fly Fishing )

In the Madison River, below Varney Bridge, Cameron, MT…

With a nice Brown, imitating Brad Pitt, above $3.00 Bridge, Madison River, MT…

Mike big Fish

A feisty Brown on The Madison…

“Which Fly should I use, Dad”,,,Wild Trout Section, Owens River…

Stillwater River, MT…a fish to hand…

“One last cast, Dad?”…Zipping a Seal Bugger with a Fly and Bubble, Lone Pine Creek Sand Trap…

DR’S SEAL BUGGER:

Creme Brule at the Continental Divide in Ennis, MT…

Michael’s “other” favorite pastime, Absarokee, MT…

In the “Honey Hole”, Madison River, MT…

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Fishing up through a run on the Lower Owens River, Bishop, CA…

Michael on the West Walker River, above Bridgeport, CA…

PT makes a pit stop on the Owens River, below Five Bridges…

Angelo and Michael on the Lower Owens River…

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That Place…

Hot Creek, as an adult…

A freezing day on the Upper Owens River…

On the East Walker River…shmutz on the Fly…

Michael and Ally on the Madison River…

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Goose Lake, looking for the Obsidian thingees that are pointy…

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Chest high in the Wild Trout Section, Owens River…

The GIFT I got….

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“Children may fail to listen to what you say, they will NEVER fail to watch what you do “…

PT/TB


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