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Time to put some materials on all these TMC Competition Jig Hooks I have accumulated in the past several months…I will also be using TMC 100SPBL, TMC 2499 SP BLB and some TMC 103BL hooks for the majority of the ties. Some of these will be sent to Michael for a trip he is planning with Aimee up to Roscoe, NY and the waters in that area…as usual, I will put the patterns up, shoot the materials then include the recipes and whatever else slips into my mind…

EURO NYMPHS 2013 -1-COMPLETED EURO NYMPH BOX…

RAINBOW 3.8 -1-What I get to see… while tying flies…

PURPLE PEARL PT -1-PURPLE PEARL PT  NYMPH …

MAT PURPLE PEARL PT -1-Materials for PURPLE PEARL PT  NYMPH…

HOOK: TMC 100SP BL, #12 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium, Speckled

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Purple

RIB: Lagartun Silver Wire, SM or Fine

THORAX: Arizona Simi Seal,  #.14, Purple

PEARL HOT SPOT: Pearl Glimmer Thread

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, sized to hook

It’s Spring, it’s the East Walker River..What?…I wasn’t going to do something in PURPLE ?

EWR MOO 12 -2-Michael, playing out a drift on the East Walker River…

ELECTRIC BROWN-OLIVE -1-ELECTRIC BROWN/OLIVE  NYMPH …

MAT BROWN - OLIVE  E NYMPH -1-Materials for ELECTRIC BROWN/OLIVE  NYMPH …

HOOK:  TMC 103SP BL, #17 – #21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium, Speckled

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Olive

RIB: Ultra Wire, Metallic Green

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Brown

BEAD: Black Tungsten, Sized to hook

Just a little olive nymph for Olives and Baetis…

PINK TAG UV 2 PEA JIG -3-

PINK TAG UV 2 PALMERED PEACOCK JIG NYMPH …

MAT UV2 PEA JIG -1-Materials for PINK TAG UV 2 PALMERED PEACOCK JIG NYMPH …

HOOK:  TMC C400BL, #14 – #16

WEIGHT: 0.10 Lead or Lead Sub.

THREAD: Danville 6/0, White

TAG: Electric Shrimp Angel Hair

ABDOMEN: UV 2 Peacock Eye, Natural

RIB: Ultra Wire, Fl. Chartreuse, SM

HACKLE: Palmered – #.2, Hen Neck, Dun

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

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, Sized to hook

A general Caddis Attractor which may be fished dead drift or swung in the current (like up against the bank, down there)…

EWR ROCK IN AFTERNOON -1-Good bank water to drop that Caddis imitation (above) and let it swing in the current below…the East Walker River…

EWR MOO SEPT -1-The kind of water we like for heavy, tungsten bead and wire wrap nymphs…the East Walker River…

BANK EWR  HIDEOUT -1-…and pay close attention to the edges. I saw three, over 20″ Browns, laying under this grass carpet in the East Walker, while Michael was casting in the above photo…

RED AND BROWN TRIG NYMPH -1-RED QUILL TRIGGER NYMPH …

MAT RED QUILL TRIG NYMPH -1-Materials RED QUILL TRIGGER NYMPH…

HOOK:  TMC 103 BL, #13 – #15

WEIGHT: 0.10 Lead or Lead Sub. wire

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark, Speckled

ABDOMEN: Premo Goose Biots, Red Quill – this was a Shane Stalcup product, distributed by Hareline – just find the longest biots possible – tie in notch down

TRIGGER SPOT: Orange Flashabou, Marabou Motion

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Brown/Olive

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten, Metallic Brown – undersized to hook

* Coat with UV resin of choice prior to wrapping thorax

Yes, there are RED QUILL May Flies in the Sierras…this is for that bug –  (Timpanoga hecuba hecuba -East Slope…hecuba pacifica – West Slope)

PINK SPOT NYMPH -1-PINK SPOT NYMPH …

MAT PINK NYMPH -2-

Materials for the PINK SPOT NYMPH…(missing) Pink Holographic Flashabou…I will fix that… …FIXED !!!

DRYING UV KNOT S -1-Any ties that I do using UV Knot Sense, Clear Goo or ANY other UV resin, after a torch on the vise…gets it’s time on the block, in the SUN…

HOOK:  TMC 103 BL, #17 – #21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

TAIL: Coq De Leon:, Medium, Speckled

ABDOMEN: Stripped Peacock Eye, Natural – Spirit River –  *they no longer offer this product, so it’s make your own…or order from (my friend Marc Fauvet loves these) HERE –

PINK SPOT: Pink Holographic Flashabou

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, undersized to hook

* Coat with UV resin – your call

A style of nymph that has become popular in France, Spain and Germany in the last several years. I wanted to try some out on Eastern Sierra Trout to check out their interest…

MON NYMPH -1-MON NYMPH …

MAT MON NYMPHMaterials for the MON NYMPH…

HOOK:  TMC 2499 SP-BLB, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium, Speckled

ABDOMEN: Mottled Olive Nymph Rib – from Tiewell –  *coat with SHAN, for durability

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Black

BEAD: Black Tungsten

Something small with a hint of flash for dark days on the east Walker River…Tiewell has some other interesting color combinations for small patterns…check the link above…

UV 2 HW FRENCHIE -1-UV 2 HW FRENCHIE – Egan/Variant…TMC 100SP BL, #14 – #20…or TMC 403 BLJ  #12 – #16…

MAT FRENCHIE VAR UV2 -1-Materials for UV 2 HW FRENCHIE…

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL, #14 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Brown or Ultra 70 Denier, Brown on larger size hooks

WEIGHT: 0.10 or 0.15 Lead or Lead Sub. wire

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Light, Speckled

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Natural – or your call

RIB: Ultra Wire, Hot Orange, SM

THORAX: UV 2 Scud Shrimp Pink Dubbing

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

A Lance Egan pattern the has been around for awile, jazzed up with some hot wire and UV 2 dubbing…try these on Daiichi 1120 or TMC 2457 hooks too. I see that ORVIS finally got the word on this pattern …last month

GGC PAR -2-EURO JIG NYMPH (GGC) Parrott/Variant …

MAT CCG NYMPH -1-jpgMaterials for EURO JIG NYMPH (GGC)…

HOOK:  TMC 403 BLJ, #12 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Black

WEIGHT: 0.10 Lead or Lead Sub’ wire

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark, Speckled

ABDOMEN: Black Glitter Thread – Cascade Crest

TRIGGER SPOT: DNA Holo Chromosome – Short strand – * Coat with SHAN for durability

THORAX: Arizona Synthetic Peacock, Dark Hares Ear

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

A take-off of a Steve Parrott design, from Blue Quill Angler. He is among the first I have seen to use a “trigger spot” – first on Midges and now on nymphs...  from experience, the trigger spot works…

RED RAINBOW PT -2-RED RAINBOW PT …

MAT RED RAINBOW -1-Materials RED RAINBOW PT…

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Red

RIB: Ultra Wire, X-sm, Gunmetal Blue

THORAX: Arizona Diamond hair, #.23, Rainbow

HOT SPOT: Ultra 70 Denier, Fl. Pink

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Red, sized to hook

A small, searching pattern, when ‘Bows or browns are keying on RED...

 

SPECKLED CANARY -1-SPECKLED CANARY NYMPH …

STILLWATER YELLOW HUMP -1-That little yellow guy works here, in August, when I have come across a blizzard hatch of Sulpher-like Mayflies which I actually think is this –Drunella spinifera – at 6AM…The Stillwater River, MT…there are some other places, in the Sierras, where this pattern would be effective…

MAT SPECKLED CANARY -1-Materials for SPECKLED CANARY NYMPH…

HOOK: TMC 103 BL, #17 – #21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/o, Cahill

Tail: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

ABDOMEN: Lady Amherst Tail Fibers, Yellow/Black

RIB: Lagartun Copper Wire, Fine or X-Fine

THORAX: Arizona Synthetic Dubbing, Burnt Orange

BEAD: Plummeting Tungstn Bead, Metallic Brown, sized to hook

A little yellow nymph for a May Fly I see from time to time…

CBC PT JIG -1-CBC PT JIG NYMPH …

MAT CBC JIG -1-Materials CBC PT JIG NYMPH…

HOOK:  TMC C400 BL, #12 – #16

THREAD: Ultra 78 denier, Black – Under Abdomen,,, Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

WEIGHT: 0.10 Lead or Lead Sub. Wire

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

OVER ABDOMEN: Pheasant tail Fibers, Brown

RIB: Ultra Wire, Copper/Brown, SM or BR

THORAX: Arizona Simi=Seal,  # .18, Canadian Brown

BEAD: Copper Tungsten Sized to Hook

Yhis is a generic Brown May Fly imitation to mimic many of the bugs present in the biomass of East Slope of the Sierra waters…meant to be fished deep with just a hint of flash in the thorax. Simi-Seal comes in a wide range of colors and I use a lot of it on my May Fly patterns…

E. delantala -1-E. delantala ( Attenela delantala )…MONO BUG …

CA MAYFLIES -1-Yeah easy

monobasicMono County, California…

MONO COUNTY MF -1-…other MONO BUGS of interest…

MIKE HOT CREEK-1-MOO…tossing BUGS in Mono County…

MAT MONO BUG -1-Materials for the MONO BUG…

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL, #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Light Cahill – Thorax forward

TAIL: Bronze Mallard Fibers

ABDOMEN: 70 Denier Ultra, Yellow

RIB: Flashabou, Holographic Brown

OVER RIB: Lagartun Wire, Fine, Gold – * Coat abdomen with SHAN

WING CASE: Strands of DNA Holo Fusion, Black

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Yellow

BEAD: Gold Tungsten, 3/32″

A pattern for a May Fly only seen in some areas of the Western US…Mono County and certain of it’s waters – has them and this is the nymph…

OLIVE FLAS EURO JIG Var -1-OLIVE FLASH EURO JIG NYMPH – Parrott/Variant …

MAT OLIVE FLASH JIG SP -1-Materials for the OLIVE FLASH EURO JIG NYMPH…

HOOK: TMC C400BL, #12 -#16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium, Speckled

ABDOMEN: 70 denier, Ultra, Olive Green

RIB: Ultra wire, Black, x-sm

BETWEEN RIB: 1 Strand, Dark Olive DNA Holo Fusion – * Coat with SHAN

THORAX: Arizona Synthetic Peacock, Light

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

A Steve Parrott design from Umpqua and Blue Quill Angler’s in Colorado…his stuff works !

MOO EURO EWR -1-MOO with a Brown that took one of Pop’s Flashy Nymphs, on the East Walker River…

HOT CHOC RUST -1-HOT CHOCOLATE RUST…

MAT RUSTY CHOC -1-Materials for HOT CHOCOLATE RUST…

HOOK: TMC C400 BL, #14 -#16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

TAG: 1 Strand, DNA Holo Fusion, Brown

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck Fibers

ABDOMEN: Lagartun, 74 Denier Thread, Rusty Brown

RIB: Ultra Wire, SM, Hot Orange – *Coat with SHAN

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Brown

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

Anywhere the bottom of the stream bed is a rusty brown color, I toss rusty brown nymphs – it seems to work out well…

STILLWATER UP BUFFALO JUMP -1-One of the places I would use that HOT CHOCOLATE RUST…Above Buffalo Jump on the Stillwater River, MT…

LOB EURO -1-LOB … (Little Olive BUG) Nymph …

MAT LOB NYMPH -1- 

Materials for LOB … (Little Olive BUG) Nymph…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BLB, #16 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco16/0, Black

WEIGHT: 0.10 Lead or Lead Sub. wire – keep it in the thorax area

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark, Speckled

ABDOMEN: Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun Thread

RIB: Ultra Wire, x-sm, Black – * Coat with SHAN

THORAX: Arizona Pheasant Tail Dubbing

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

Just a generic little Olive Nymph, with lots of weight, to bounce on the bottom with a Cream or Olive Miracle Midge to be used as a trailer, that will slide in the water column, a bit higher…

G VIOLET DUSKER -1-G. VIOLET DUSKER NYMPH – TMC 103BL, #15 – #19…

MAT G VIOLET D -1-Materials for G. VIOLET DUSKER NYMPH…

HOOK: TMC 103 BL. #15 – #17

WEIGHT: 0.10 Lead or Lead SUB. – keep in the thorax area

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark, Speckled

ABDOMEN: Purple Glitter Thread – Cascade Crest

WING CASE: DNA Holographic Chromosome Flash

THORAX: Wapsi Rainbow Sow Scud Dubbing – the Gray, not the Tan

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Purple, sized to hook

Purple is the color in the spectrum that is the last to disappear in deep water. I tie them, as nymphs for use in high, low light and off-color water conditions…Michael just slams the residents on the East Walker River with patterns I tie in this color when the flows are in the 350cfs. – 450cfs, range…he will get out in the current and wade in places that I might have gone into – years ago...

DUSKER MOO EWR -2-MOO go “BOOM”, with violet (purple), at dusk, on the East Walker River…

SLIMBOU OLIVE -1-SLIMBOU OLIVE TUNG NYMPH …

I have been asked a couple of times how the Marabou is used for an abdomen…so here goes…

TWISTING MARABOU -1-For the hook being used, clip the proper ( your call) number of fibers, at the base , off a Marabou stem. I use select Marabou from Wapsi…here, I am using 4 fibers

TWISTING MARABOU -2-Tie in the fibers at the rear of the shank by the TIPS, wrap the thread (Tiemco 16/0, Olive) forward, locking in the tips then back to the tie in point…

TWISTING MARABOU -3-Twist the marabou fibers clock-wise around the thread THEN, advance the rope forward to the thorax area…

TWISTING MARABOU -4-Tie off the Marabou rope and clip the excess… I add a half hitch here…

TWISTING MARABOU -5-Rib the Marabou abdomen – because it is fragile, with material(s) of choice… I am using x-sm Copper wire with 1 strand of Rusty Brown Krystal Flash wrapped – clock wise around the wire for this pattern…and NO, the tail won’t look like that when I am finished…

MAT for SLIMBOU -1-

Materials for SLIMBOU OLIVE TUNG NYMPH…

HOOK: TMC 103BL, #17 – #21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck Fibers

WEIGHT: 0.10 Lead or Lead Sub. wire

ABDOMEN: Select Marabou Plume Fibers, Light olive – Wapsi

RIB: X-sm Copper wire wrapped with Rusty Brown Krystal Flash

WING CASE: DNA Holo Fusion Fibers, Black

THORAX: SLF Squirrel Spikey Dubbing,Brown/Olive

BEAD: Copper Tungsten sized to hook

A Baetis-y nymph with a darkened wing case getting ready to migrate to the surface and hatch…one could add a strip of black Thin Skin , Scud Back or Black Krystal Flash along the top of the abdomen but, in keeping with the intent of Euro Style patterns, it is kept simpler…This will be plunked in the Lower Owens River around the last week in March…

GT DNA JIG -1-GREEN TAG DNA JIG …

MAT DNA JIG -1-Materials for GREEN TAG DNA JIG …

HOOK: TMC 403BLJ, #14 – #16

WEIGHT: 0.10 Lead or Lead Sub. wire

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAG: 1/2 Strand Green Zelon

ABDOMEN: Strands of DNA Holo Fusion, Black

RIB: Chartreuse Ulra Wire, sm (#14) or x-sm (#16)

THORAX: UV 2 Scud Dubbing, Fl. Orange

HACKLE: CDC , Brown #.23 –  Nature’s Spirit

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

Something Caddis-y for the Lower Owens River and later, the East Walker River…meant to be fished deep in the water column then swung like a rising Caddis Pupa…the Green tag imitates the egg sac on a diving Brachycentrus Caddis….the front colors of Orange and Brown have risen some very large Trout for me on the Lower Owens using an Black wired abdomen…

NEXT: A mix of patterns and some flies for a newbie on FFA

 

PT/TB

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I first saw this pattern a number of years ago in Southwest Fly Fishing Magazine. It is by Colorado tier Eric Pettine and the fly reminded me of some off-the-wall soft hackle that I had tied up for the water pictured below, quite some time ago…that one, employed partridge for the hackle, a copper bead behind it, light olive thorax, rusty brown abdomen with a copper brown, wire rib. It was the only pattern that consistently took fish when the water in here was raging, from bank to bank. There was no “getting out” in those flows; I was restricted to working the bank on the side of the river I had parked on. That above fly accounted for a lot of Rainbows and one Brown that LDR’d me…it may have been over six lbs.

The Stillwater River, MT. in early July with high run off, making crossing impossible…

THE COW DUNG VARIANT:

HOOK: THC 2488, #12-#16

THREAD: Abdomen, Wapsi Ultra, Olive 70 Denier / In front of bead, Tiemco 16/0, Olive

RIB: Small or X-SM Wapsi wire, Red with pearl midge flash wrapped around wire 14-18 times (my variation)…*coat with SHAN, Flexament or Aquaflex

THORAX: Peacock SLF Prism

BEAD: Black Tung. or Brass, sized to hook, with lead or lead sub. wraps

HACKLE: India Hen Back, Brown or Black

The variations on this simple pattern are limitless…abdomen, wire, KF or Midge Flash, thorax and hackle…pick “what floats thy boat…”

1. Place bead on hook, small opening forward…

2. 4 turns of lead or lead sub. and break off ends or use nail clippers…

3. Attach Ultra thread, wrap and snare wire end (behind bead), wrap towards bend a couple of turns and half hitch…

4. Tie in wire first, then midge flash, wrap back to deep in the bend of the hook…

5. Flatten the Olive Ultra thread by twisting it counter clockwise and bring it forward behind the bead – half hitch. Then, twist the midge flash over the wire clock wise 14-18 times and grasp in rubber tipped hackle pliers. Wrap wire and midge flash over the abdomen counter clock wise (towards tier) 5-6 turns…tie off at thorax point, clip wire and midge flash with nail clippers…

6. Better photo of wire and midge flash prior to wrapping…

7. Coat abdomen with “Hard as Nails”, Flexament or Aquaflex…This is for durability from Trout teeth and a dash of translucence…

8. Let the coating product FULLY DRY…

9. Wet the thread with saliva (yummy) and add a THIN portion of Peacock SLF Prism…half hitch thread and add whip finish, 3-4 turns…push bead against dubbing…

10. Tie in Tiemco 16/0, Olive thread in front of bead then  tie in India Hen Neck feather…I use the whole feather, I do not strip it on one side and I tie it in by the butt where the barbules give better action…make 1 1/2 -2 wraps…


11. Stroke the feathers back after adding a half hitch…wet fingers if it helps – then whip finish holding the feathers to the rear with the left hand (if right handed)…

12. Coat the head with head cement…I like this stuff and push a needle through the eye of the hook while it dries…

COW DUNG VARIANT…tilted view…

COW DUNG VARIANT…side view…

The original Cow Dung was a wet fly pattern developed by Alfred Ronald. It has been around for a VERY long time…longer than “Dino DAD”

DINO DAD on the Stillwater River, Montana…

NEXT: A MIDGE then… Soft Hackle Stones

PT/TB

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Most of the little fellas that are in these two Wheatly swing leaf Fly boxes were designed / filled to be used in these waters…

The flies in these six inch boxes represent most of the hatching May Fly nymphs, some Caddis Pupa and Midges I encounter…

I find Duns in here, molting after a hatch…

The Madison River, MT just above $3.00 Bridge, at sunrise, on a soon to be warm July day…Many fisherman who come here never get to see this…they are sleeping in…

Many of them are quite small…I like using Midges until the water warms uu…

A stretch of the Stillwater River, MT, late in the afternoon when a Caddis Pupa would do nicely…

Ally has already taken some Rainbows on dries on this river…

I see some work needs to be done in here..one too many dunkings and not letting the flies and box dry out throughly…

Michael rigs up on the Boulder River, MT to try his hand…

At working a dry/dropper in here…The Boulder River, MT…

Ally scrutinizes Michael’s technique in the channels section of the Madison River, MT…

YIKES!!!…I really must learn how to keep my chest above water…

Ally contemplates the scenery on the Madison River, MT above Ennis Lake…

A Rainbow that took the dropper on the Stillwater River, MT…

Getting to be sunset on the Madison River, MT…SUPER HOLE by that mid-current rock…

PT/TB

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