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I have been waiting for this guy to show up for the past three months so we could travel North to wet our lines in some Eastern Sierra water…

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Michael…”Let’s go Dad !!!”…

BRIDGEPORT SIGN

From here to there…

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Red Rock Canyon...

VOLCANO AT LITTLE LAKE

The cinder dome at Little Lake…

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The Dino Hut…Olancha, CA…

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Eastside Sports, Bishop, CA…

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Mahogany Smoked Meats, Bishop, CA…

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PT, takin’ a break in Lee Vining, CA…

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Mono Lake…

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The Mono Inn

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The East Walker River…Fly Fishing here for the first time in four years…

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Four years of drought have done the following…Silted the bottom in the “Miracle Mile” section and most of the river down to the pond, allowed the growth of weeds the likes of which I have never seen in the river since I started coming here, on a regular basis, in 1974 and turned the water to a dingy, chocolate color…

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PT workin’ the milk shake…The water temp., at 4PM, was 62 degrees, I was picking up weeds on every cast using a #18 Frenchie jig…

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Michael… experiencing the weeds…

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Dam !!!…

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Downriver MOO…

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In the soup…

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Where I once have taken some very large Brown Trout…

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“Are we having fun, yet ???”…

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More frustration…

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In 3 1/2 hours, I took one 7″ Rainbow…Moo…ZIP…On the upside, because this river has not been receiving the usual foot traffic, the stream side vegetation has come back with a vengeance…that is a good thing !

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The Dinner was excellent at The Bridgeport Inn

 

DAY2……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Up to Lower Virginia Lake …

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7:30 AM…

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“Row me Dude !!!”…

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“Yep, right about here”…

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Moo’s first Rainbow on a #16 Peacock and Partridge Soft Hackle…

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The fly on the right…

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Looking good…

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I tied on one of these…in #12…

PURPLE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SH …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #18

THREAD: Ultra 70 Denier, Purple

RIB: Lagartun Silver wire, Fine or X-Fine

ABDOMEN: Purple Iridescent Peacock Herl – Spirit River

HACKLE: Partridge

…and the hits by football sized ‘Bows, just kept on coming…

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#1…

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#2…

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#3…

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#4…

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#5…

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#6…

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#7…

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#8…

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#9…

Michael switched over to one of these…

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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

…and took several more Rainbows…

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All in all, it was a great day! We brought an uncountable number of Rainbows to hand using both patterns…

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Sunset…

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Down the mountain for dinner…

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…at the usual location…

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Virginia Creek Settlement…

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Tired MOO…

 

DAY # 3…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

Back to Little Virginia Lake and up there…

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A brief pause for cell service…

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I’ll just look around…

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…towards Nevada…

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Moo’s first Rainbow…

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Not bad…

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We will be back for you !!!

Michael hits the trail while I play with different fly patterns…

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Trail info…

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More trail info…

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Trail to the summit…

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A lake along the way…

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Looking back, down at Big Virginia Lake…

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…another view…

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Another lake on the way up…

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Almost there…

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At the top…

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Meanwhile… a lot more Trout for Dad, including this Brookie…

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Tired PT…

DAY #4 Rosaschi Ranch, Nevada………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

It’s here:

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View from a bridge…

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Michael takes a look…

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Downriver…

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Upriver…

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We started here, about 1/4 mile down stream…through the “wait- a- minute” bush…

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Michael ties up with a hopper and midge dropper…

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The water temp. was 57 degrees, a lot less weeds and much clearer than on the CA side. There was evidence of flooding from rainfall and it was hot and humid…

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Did I mention HOT & HUMID ???

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Arctic Creel with Coke,Squirt and water…

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Typical riffle water…

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What Michael was using… Winston WT, 9′, 5wt. with a Tibor Tailwater…I uses a Winston Nexus 9′, 5wt. with a Hardy Lightweight…

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This looked interesting…I said “looked”…

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Michael hooked a 5″ Brown here…

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Almost back to the bridge…

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Let’s see…this old dude vaulted one 3″ Rainbow 15′ upstream…catch of the morning…

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Upstream after lunch…

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Michael switched to using the Nexus…

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Working a long run…

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Score…

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A smallish Brown…

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Nope… nothing for PT here…

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But Michael gets another small Brown…Must be the rod !

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Michael… working beneath the willows…

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It certainly looks “fishy” in there…

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PT TRUDGE…

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This is a very pretty river…

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Another likely spot that did not produce…

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Old dude in the sage…by the river…

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Back to the vehicle…

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Late afternoon, looking downstream…

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But WAIT !… Michael wants to give this spot, next to the bridge another try…because there has to be something big, behind the rock…

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” Just ONE more cast, Dad!!!”…

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Right here…

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Michael’s GREAT CATCH – a Tui Chub

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There was more activity in the hornet’s nest on the side of the bridge…

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Notice…

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Back to Bridgeport and dinner at the Bridgeport Inn…

DAY 5, slowly back to L.A. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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A quick trip up to Trumbull Lake…

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Something from The Trout Fly in Mammoth Lakes…

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Mmmm…Schat’s Bakery in Bishop, for lunch…

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Up to North Lake for one last fly fling…

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Aspens above the lake…

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“Cast over there MOO !!”

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Limit in a hour…all released…

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Recon at The Homestead near Ridgecrest. It would appear that there is construction activity going on here. This was a favorite dining spot focus for many years …hope springs eternal !!!

 

NEXT:

  1. Complete the PMD’s
  2. Complete Waiting for the son
  3. Tie Baetis/BWO’s for me n’ Ally to use on the Lower Owens in October

 

PT/TB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So Michael is supposed to be traveling out here to CA for time on some Eastern Sierra waters…here are a few things I am whipping up before he gets here. Our trip to the Eastern Sierras is HERE. Due to water conditions, our best fishing came on the high elevation lakes…a lot of these patterns will see use, in October when Ally and I got up up Bishop to fish some lakes and the Lower Owens river from there…

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A taste of some Trout we caught yesterday…(8.25.2016)…

SEAL BUGGER BOX 2016

SEAL BOX completed…

TERR BOX 2016

BOX 1/2 FULL…of stuff for Michael (& me) to play with…

OLIVE - BROWN HS CH SEAL BUGGER

OLIVE / BROWN HS CH SEAL BUGGER …

HOOK: Daiichi 2220, #8 – #10

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

WEIGHT: .015 or .020 Lead

TAIL: Marabou, Brown

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands Rusty Brown Krystal Flash / 2 strands Orange Flashabou

RIB: UTC Wire, Fl Orange, Medium

ABDOMEN: Seal Sub. Dub., Olive Brown – Jay Fair

HACKLE: Lt. Olive Grizzly – Ewing

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite #5, Fl. Fire Orange

CONE: Brass, Copper, x-sm

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It Woiks…

Mat OLIVE BROWN HS CH SEAL BUGGER

Materials OLIVE / BROWN HS CH SEAL BUGGER…

OLIVE BROWN HS CH SEAL BUGGERS GRP

OLIVE / BROWN HS CH SEAL BUGGERs…#10’s…

DOUBLE SEAL IN PINK 2

DOUBLE SEAL IN PINK …

HOOK: TMC 300, #8 – #12

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .015 or .020 Lead

TAIL: Marabou, Black

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands Krystal Flash, Fl. Cerise / 2 strands Micro Pearl Flashabou

RIB: UTC Wire, Pink, Medium

ABDOMEN: 3/4 Gray Seal Dub. Sub. – Jay Fair / 1/4 #13 Black Peacock Mega Simi Seal – chopped

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger, Pink Grizzly

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

CONE: Black Nickel, SM or x-sm

Yes PINK

Mat DOUBLE SEAL IN PINK

Materials DOUBLE SEAL IN PINK…

DOUBLE SEAL IN PINK GRP

DOUBLE SEAL BUGGERs IN PINK…#12’s…

HATCH 4 +

Something for Big MOO to play around with…

STROFT GTM

Stocked up…Thanks Nadia & Lil’ Moo and Angelcenter Karlsruhe !!! Why Stroft ???…READ

SUNSET SEAL - PURPLE OLIVE

SUNSET SEAL HS CH (Purple/Olive) …

HOOK: TMC 300, #12

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: .015 Lead

TAIL: Marabou, Purple

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands UV Purple Krystal Flash / 2 strands Opal Mirage Flashabou

RIB: UTC Wire, Red, Medium

ABDOMEN: Dark Olive Seal Sub. Dub. – Jay Fair

HACKLE: Olive Grizzly – Ewing Hackle

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

CONE: Black Nickel, x-sm

For here:

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…this Fall…

Mat SUNSET SEAL

Materials SUNSET SEAL BUGGER…

SUNSET SEAL BUGGERS GRP

SUNSET SEAL BUGGERs … #12’s…

PINK CINNAMON SEAL BUGGER

PINK / CINNAMON HS/CH SEAL BUGGER …

HOOK: TMC 300, #8 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Brown

WEIGHT: (not pictured) >015 Lead

TAIL: Pink Marabou

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands Holographic Pink Flashabou / 2strands UV Pear Krystal Flash

RIB: UTC Wire, Silver, Medium

ABDOMEN: Seal Dub. Sub.,Medium Cinnamon – Jay Fair

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger, Orange Grizzly

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

CONE: Silver, x-sm

More color than does not fit the norm, to turn a Trout’s head…

Mat PINK CINNAMON SEAL BUGGER

Materials PINK CINNAMON SEAL BUGGERS…

PINK CINNAMON SEAL BUGGERs GRP

PINK CINNAMON SEAL BUGGERs …#10’s…

SIMMS G3 BOOTS

A pair for me, a pair for Big MOO…

SCORCH CH SEAL BUGGER - PURPLE

SCORCH HS/CH SEAL BUGGER – Purple …

HOOK: Daiichi 2220, #6-#10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Black

WEIGHT: (not pictured) .015 – .020 Lead

TAIL: Marabou, Burnt Orange

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands Orange Flashabou / 2 strands Purple Flashabou

RIB: UTC Wire, Hot Orange, Medium

ABDOMEN: Purple Seal Dub. Sub. – Jay Fair

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger, Purple Grizzly

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite #5, Fl. Fire Orange

CONE: Brass Roe Red, 4.6MM

Keeping with the theme of otherwise outrageous Seal Bugger colors, something in PURPLE for the lakes and some moving water I know…

Mat SCORCH CH SEAL BUGGER PURPLE

Materials SCORCH HS/CH SEAL BUGGER – Purple…

SCORCH CH SEAL BUGGERS PURPLR GRP

SCORCH HS/CH SEAL BUGGERs – Purple…#10’s…

ALLY'S CH POWER BAIT SEAL BUGGER - F2

ALLY’S POWERBAIT HS CH SEAL BUGGER …

HOOK: Daiichi 1750, #8 – #12

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

WEIGHT: (not pictured) .015 Lead

TAIL: Yellow Marabou

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands Yellow Flashabou / 2 strands Brown Holographic Flashabou

ABDOMEN: Tan Seal Dub. Sub. – Jay Fair

RIB: UTC Wire, Copper Brown, Medium

HACKLE: Whiting Bugger, Yellow Grizzly

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, #1, Yellow/Chartreuse

CONE: (Not pictured) Hardline Pink Brass, SM – X-sm

Mat ALLY%22S POWERBAIT CH SEAL BUGGER

Materials ALLY’S POWERBAIT HS CH SEAL BUGGER…

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The Fall Powerboat Princess…Allo

ALLY%22S POWERBAIT CH SEAL BUGGERS GRP

ALLY’S POWERBAIT HS CH SEAL BUGGERs…#12’s…

UV2 GULP BEETLE -2

UV2 GULP BEETLE (Purple) – Shutz/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 101, #18, TMC 100BL #12-#16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

ABDOMEN: UV2 dyed Purple Peacock, 3 – 6 fibers

OVER ABDOMEN: Razor Foam, Black – .5MM – 1MM

SIGHTER FOAM: Razor Foam – .5MM or 1MM, Yellow or a color that is easier for you to see…

LEGS: Flexi-Floss, Black

This is a Jake Shutz pattern. He designs for Montana Fly Co. Note the other crazy colored abdomens for this pattern HERE …

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Top View UV2 GULP BEETLE (Purple)…

Mat UV2 GULP BEETLE

Materials UV2 GULP BEETLE (Purple)…

UV2 GULP BEETLE PURPLE GRP

UV2 GULP BEETLEs (Purple)…#18’s…

UV2 FLYING CARPENTER ANT

UV2 FLYING CARPENTER ANT -Lawson/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1190, #10 – #14

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

WING: Puglisi Trigger Point Intl. Fibers – Lemon Gray

LEGS: Krystal Flash, Grizzly – Black/White

This is a variant on Mike Lawson’s HONEY ANT PATTERN

Mat UV2 FLYING CARPENTER ANT

Materials UV2 FLYING CARPENTER ANT…

UV2 FLYING CARPENTER ANTS GRP

UV2 FLYING CARPENTER ANTs …#14’s…

SEAL DUB CINNAMON ANT

SEAL DUB CINNAMON PARA-ANT…

HOOK: Daiichi 1190, #16 – #18

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

ABDOMEN /HEAD: Chopped Medium Cinnamon Seal Dub. Sub. – Jay Fair

POST: McFlyon, Gold

HACKLE: Whiting 100, Orange/Grizzly

A generic ant pattern in Cinnamon…twitch this guy gently…they work better that way…

Mat SEAL SUB CINNAMON ANT

Materials SEAL DUB CINNAMON PARA-ANT…

SEAL DUB CINNAMON ANT GRP

SEAL DUB CINNAMON PARA-ANTs…#16’s…

EXTRA TERRESTRIAL ORANGE

 UV2 EXTRA TERRESTRIAL – Griffiths/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 100 BL, #16 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: UV2 Peacock, natural 3-4 fibers

OVER ABDOMEN: Black Razor Foam, 1MM

POST: Poly Yarn, Orange

HACKLE: Whiting 100, Grizzly/Orange

LEGS: Tarantu-Legs, Orange/Black, Mini

Marc Griffith, a South African tier, designed this pattern in larger sizes (#10-#12) with a standard Grizzly hackle and a bit more peacock and 2MM black foam. I downsized it and made it a bit more otherworldly for Western waters…

Mat EXTRA TERRESTRIAL

Materials UV2 EXTRA TERRESTRIAL…

EXTRA TERRESTRIALs GRP

UV2 EXTRA TERRESTRIALs…#18’s…

MOO CROTON 2 - 7.24

Hmmmm…somebody was on the East Branch of the Croton River, tossing bugs, this AM…(7.24.16)

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…and got one or two…

ANT ACID

UV2 ANT ACID – Galloup/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 102Y, #11 – #17

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Brown

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry Tan – Abdomen and Head / Awesome Possum, Brown, chopped – Mid Section

UNDER WING: 8-10 strands Flashabou, 6992, Gold Holographic

WING: Coastal Deer Hair

LEGS: Centipede Legs, Speckled, Mini-Brown – Montana Fly Co.

One of Kelly Galloup’s favorite ant patterns…that he ties in THIS VIDEO …I prefer this hook and twitch this guy from time to time…

Mat ANT ACID

Materials UV2 ANT ACID…

ANT ACID Grp

UV2 ANT ACIDs…#17’s…

#47 UV2 BP SHOP VAC

#47, UV2 BP SHOP VAC – Nyman/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Abdomen -Danville 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: UTC, Gold, x-sm

WING: Zelon, White

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock, Black – Spirit River

BEAD: Brite Brass, sized to hook – as and alternative, stuff with .010 lead or use a Tungsten bead

When I first came across the “Shop Vac”, at Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, it was tied with this thread abdomen and did not have a peacock thorax. They caught plenty of Trout on the Madison and on the East Walker and Lower Owens rivers. I always carry some of these and the variants in my nymph boxes because they work…

Mat #47 UV2 BP SHOP VAC

Materials #47, UV2 BP SHOP VAC…

#47 UV2 BP SHOP VACs GRP

#47, UV2 BP SHOP VACs…#18’s…

 

 

PT/TB

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