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This post  includes additional Caddis Cripples, Emergers and Adults to fill up the slots in this Wheatley Fly Box. There are a good number of these patterns done in Gray because it is a color that works well in the Eastern Sierras and in other locations as well…like here, where Michael is fishing on the Stillwater River in Montana…

MOO STILLWATER

Michael on the Stillwater just below Cliff Swallow…

CADDIS BOX (WHEATLEY) INT

Caddis Box Completed…

CADDIS BOX (EXTERIOR) WHEATLEY

EXTERIOR…

WINSTON WT ('5wt. Box Elder

A small gift to myself for tossing these patterns…Winston 9′, 5wt. WT Fly Rod…

GLOSSOSOMA DIVING CADDIS FINAL

GLOSSOSOMA DIVING CADDIS – Matthews/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2487, #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Black – Under abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN:  6″ strands UTS x-sm, Black & Red Wire – twisted 75 times

BUBBLE: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Clear White – * tie in yarn before wire

WINGS: Flexi-floss, Black – tie in as one piece, sweep back and tie down, hold upright and cut at an angle

THORAX: UV2 Black Peacock Eye – 2 fibers, twisted

This is an older Craig Matthew’s pattern I started using in 2005. I have made some changes to it. Read HERE (scroll down to TBT) for more information…it’s a killer

GLOSSOSOMA TERRITORY

GLOSSOSOMA TERRITORY…

Mat GLOSSOSOMA DIVING CADDIS

Materials GLOSSOSOMA DIVING CADDIS…

GLOSSOSOMA DIVING CADDIS GRP

GLOSSOSOMA DIVING CADDIS PUPAE…

SNOW & ICE WING X CADDIS GRAY

UV2 SNOW & ICE WING X CADDIS, Gray – Matthews/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 900BL, #16 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax Forward

SHUCK: Kinky Zelon – Dark Dun

ABDOMEN: Uv2 Fine & Dry – Adams Gray

UNDER WING: Ice Wing Fiber – UV & Pearl Minnow Mix

WING: Snowshoe Hare – Medium Dun

A variation of Craig Matthew’s classic X Caddis using snowshoe hare with a bit of sparkle under the wing …for right here on the East Walker River where Michael is standing…

MOO CADDIS CONTINUATION

…as the current sweeps by those dead willow branches at sunset…

SNOW & ICE WING X CADDIS

Materials UV2 SNOW & ICE WING X CADDIS, Gray…

SNOW & ICE WING X CADDIS GRP

UV2 SNOW & ICE WING X CADDIS, Gray…

PRISM PUPA TAN-ISH

PRISM PUPA – Tan-ish – Nemec/Variant …

HOOK:  TMC 2499 SPBL, #14- #18

THREAD: tierce 16/0, White – Under Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Brown – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: SLF Prism – Sand

BUBBLE: Sparkle Emerger Yarn – Tan

WINGS/LEGS: V-Notched Partridge Feather – Brown

THORAX: 2 UV2 Peacock Fiber – Brown – twisted and wrapped

BEAD: Gold Tungsten, sized to hook

A variant on a Jan Nemec pattern. He fishes and guides in the Eastern Sierras. Check his other patterns HERE

Mat PRISM PUPA TAN-ISH

Materials PRISM PUPA…

PRISM PUPA TAN-ISH GRP

PRISM PUPAE…

GRAPHIC CADDIS DK GRAY

GRAPHIC CADDIS – Dk. Gray, John Barr/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 2499 BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Gray – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

TAG: Silver Holographic Tinsel

OVER ABDOMEN: Gray Micro Tubing

LEGS: V-Notched Gray Partridge Feather

THORAX: Ostrich Herl – Natural Gray

ANTENNAE: (Optional) Mallard Flank Fibers – 2

GRAPHIC CADDIS GRAY

GRAPHIC CADDIS – Lt. Gray, John Barr/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 2499 BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Fl. White Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

TAG: Silver Holographic Tinsel

OVER ABDOMEN: Gray Micro Tubing

LEGS: V-Notched Gray Partridge Feather

THORAX: Ostrich Herl – Natural Gray

ANTENNAE: (Optional) Mallard Flank Fibers – 2

John Barr’s Graphic Caddis has been a very successful pattern for me ever since I started tying them a number of years ago. This version is in two shades of Gray…

Mat GRAY GRAPHIC CADDIS

Materials GRAY GRAPHIC CADDIS Lt. & Dk. …

GRAY GRAPHIC CADDIS LT & DK GRP

GRAY GRAPHIC CADDIS Lt. & Dk. – #16’s…

POP CADDIS GRAY 2

POP CADDIS (Pearl, Opal, Poopah) Gray – Fox/Davies Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2302, #14 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Charcoal Gray

ABDOMEN: Micro Opal Flashabou, 1/100″, over working thread – *Zap-A- Gap for durability

BODY: Midge Pearl Core Braid – Gray Ghost – * Zap-A- Gap to top of the covered hook shank

LEGS: Grizzly Marabou – Natural

ANTENNAE: UV2 Mallard Flank Fibers – 2

THORAX: Ostrich Herl – Natural Gray

BEAD: Silver or Black Tungsten, sized to hook

A variation on Tim Fox’s Poopah Fly Pattern with the use of Pearl Core Braid without a wire rib (Jeremy Davies). I tied a bunch of patterns in Gray for this post because an inventory of my boxes revealed a lack of them. There are just some places a Gray Caddis will be the ticket…

Mat POP CADDIS GRAY

Materials POP CADDIS (Pearl, Opal, Poopah) Gray…

POP CADDIS GRAY GRP

POP CADDIS…

AMBER WRAP CADDIS PUPA

AMBER WRAP CADDIS PUPA …

HOOK: TMC 226BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Brown – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Larva Lace Super Floss – Amber

RIB: Veevus Body Quill – Brown, 1 stand, doubled, twisted and wrapped

HACKLE: Hen Neck – Furnace

HEAD: Uv2 Peacock Eye, Brown

I am always tying variations on small Amber caddis because they have been particularly successful for me on the East Walker River. This is a soft hackle version for use on that water…I suspect there are some other locations where it might be effective…

Mat AMBER WRAP CADDIS

Materials AMBER WRAP CADDIS PUPA…

AMBER WRAP CADDIS PUPAE

AMBER WRAP CADDIS PUPAE – #16’s…

below-buffalo-jump_2

Might be a Caddis fly or two in here…(along with a bunch of Stones)…

SUBTLE RIB RAM CADDIS

SUBTLE RIB R.A.M. CADDIS, Brown – Merigold/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 3761, #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Flexi-Floss – Brown

RIB: Veevus Body Quill, Tan – Double strand, twisted and wrapped

HACKLE: Hen Neck – White

This is an older pattern developed by Ross A. Merigold, who guided on the Madison River in Montana. I have been using them in a myriad of colors since the late 70’s – because they just plain work. This is a bronze plaque that was placed on the Madison River above Raynold’s Pass Bridge in his honor:

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Mat SUBTLE RIB RAM CADDIS

Materials SUBTLE RIB R.A.M. CADDIS, Brown…

SUBTLE RIB RAM CADDIS GRP

SUBTLE RIB R.A.M. CADDIS, Brown…# 14’s…

BRUSHED ANTRON SPARKLE WING CADDIS EMERGER

BRUSHED ANTRON SPARKLE WING CADDIS EMERGER (Gray) …

HOOK: TMC 206 BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Gray – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Gray Antron Sparkle Dub – in a loop, brushed back with Velcro or a bore brush and cut

ANTENNAE: Mallard Flank – Natural

WINGLETS: Sparkle Emerger Yarn -Gray, tie in as one piece, tie down so that yarn extends on both sides, lift and cut at an angle

HEAD: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Black

This is a very simple pattern which may be quickly tied to imitate any number of different Caddis species, as emergers, Just alter the size and color…

 

Mat BRUSHED ANTRON SPKL WING CADDIS EM

Materials BRUSHED ANTRON SPARKLE WING CADDIS EMERGER (Gray)…

BRUSHED ANTRON SPKL WING CAD EM GRP

BRUSHED ANTRON SPARKLE WING CADDIS EMERGERs (Gray)…

X3 CADDIS PUPA TAN - 1

X3 CADDIS PUPA (Tan)…

HOOK: Daiichi 1120, TMC 2457 – #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

ABDOMEN: Midge Pearl Core Braid – Tan

WING: CDC #.35 Wood Duck – Nature’s Spirit

WINGLETS: Stripped Goose Biots, one each side, cut at an angle, #,27 Hendrickson – Nature’s Spirit

ANTENNAE: Wood Duck Mallard Flank Feathers, 3 each side

THORAX: Wapsi (not Hareline) Rainbow Sow Scud Dubbing – trust me there is a difference

BEAD: Tungsten, Black 2.4 mm or 3/32″

X3 because I have only seen three tiers who have used Micro Pearl Core Braid for Caddis patterns. In order, they would be Jeremy Davies who is the first that I have seen using it. Brian Silvey who uses it for this pattern and this guy, scroll down…

 

Mat X3 CADDIS PUPA TAN

Materials X3 CADDIS PUPA (Tan)…

X3 CADDIS PUPA TAN GRP

X3 CADDIS PUPAE (Tan)…

SILVEY'S PRIMETIME CADDIS TAN

SILVEY’S PRIMETIME EMERGER , Tan – Brian Silvey/ Variant …

HOOK:  TMC 226BL, #14 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Lt. Cahill

ABDOMEN: Opal Micro Flashabou, 1/100″. over working thread,* Zap-A-Gap for durability

TEARDROP: Tan Antron, *tied, melted and glued

LEGS/THORAX: Grizzly Marabou – Tan

WINGLETS: Flexi-Floss – Brown

ANTENNAE: Mallard Flank, 2 fibers

HEAD: Emergence Dubbing #.83, Pheasant Tail – Nature’s Spirit

A Brian Silvey pattern. This style, however, was developed by Bob Braendle. This is the Cinnamon  Teardrop Caddis that he put together many years ago, I suggest following his steps for a durable teardrop. Here is a video on tying the PRIMETIME CADDIS…I like both the TMC 226BL and TMC 102Y Hooks for these types of patterns…

Mat SILVEY'S PT CAD TAN

Materials SILVEY’S PRIMETIME EMERGER , Tan…

SILVEY'S PT CAD TAN GRP

SILVEY’S PRIMETIME EMERGER(s), Tan…

SILVEY'S PRIMETIME CADDIS OLVIE W WING PADS

SILVEY’S PRIMETIME EMERGER, Olive – Brian Silvey/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 226BL, #14 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

ABDOMEN: Pearl Micro Flashabou, 1/100″ – over working thread –*Coat with Zap-A-Gap for durability

TEARDROP: Medium Olive Antron Yarn – tied, melted then glued with Super Glue or Zap-A-Gap

LEGS/THORAX: Grizzly Marabou – Brown

WINGLETS: 1 Starling Feather, Natural, tied on each side

ANTENNAE: Mallard Flank, 2 fibers

HEAD: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Dark Brown

Another Brian Silvey pattern that has been around for awhile. The above Olive version, took this Rainbow…

POP MAD SILVEY CADDIS

…on the Madison River, above $3.00 Bridge, at sunset. The fish took fly, on the swing, as it was rising through the water column…

Mat SILVEY%22S PT CADDIS OLIVE

Materials SILVEY’S PRIMETIME EMERGER, Olive…

SILVEY'S PT CADDIS OLIVE GRP

SILVEY’S PRIMETIME EMERGER(s), Olive – #16’s…

CADDIS BOX 2

Windows filled – 4.19.2016…on to filling the slots…

WHEATLEY BOX FLIP-SLOT

They will be patterns for The East Walker River, The Upper Owens River and Hot Creek that I have wanted to collect into one location…All are applicable to other locations in the West.

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Like here…Madison River, MT – above $3.00 Bridge…

MOO HOUSY 4

…and some will work here, on the  Housatonic River, where Michael fished today (4. 17.2016)…

UV2 CDC BLACK CADDIS

UV2 & CDC BLACK CADDIS …

HOOK: TMC 102Y, #19

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, Black

WING: Trouthunter CDC, Black

Another adult Glossosoma imitation. Most of these little guys that I see in the Eastern Sierras ,or on the Madison River, in Montana, are BLACK. One may also use Black Snowshoe Hare for the pattern. Use a tiny ball of this, about six inches above the fly, on the tippet, to detect it’s location on the water…

Mat UV2 & CDC BLACK CADDIS

Materials UV2 & CDC BLACK CADDIS…

UV2 & CDC BLACK CADDIS GRP

UV2 & CDC BLACK CADDIS #19’s…

DARK E-C CADDIS

OLIVE/BROWN E/C CADDIS – Cutter/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 102Y, #15 – #19

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

SHUCK: Crinkled Zelon, Olive Brown

ABDOMEN: Brown/Olive Natural Dubbing #.49 – Nature’s Spirit

THORAX: Emergence Dubbing #.83 Pheasant Tail – Nature’s Spirit

WING: Bleached Coastal Deer Hair

Hackle: Badger Variant

The standard Ralph Cutter E/C Caddis pattern done in a Brown Olive color. Ralph believes a two tone color Caddis out performs  a Caddis tied with a single abdomen/thorax color…developed a long time ago, it remains one of the most effective Caddis Emergers…

Mat OLIVE-BROWN EC CADDIS

Materials OLIVE/BROWN E/C CADDIS…

OLIVE-BROWN EC CADDIS GRP

OLIVE/BROWN E/C CADDIS…#17…

UP-WINGED CINNAMON CADDIS EMERGER

UP-WINGED CADDIS EMERGER (Cinnamon) – Ames Jr./Variant …

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #14- #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Lt. Cahill

ABDOMEN: Micro Fine Dubbin Cinnamon

THORAX: X-Fine Natural Dubbing, #.35 Cinnamon Caddis – Nature’s Spirit 

WING: Bleached Coastal Deer Hair

Hackle: Yellow Grizzly, oversized, one size

A variation on a Thomas Ames Jr. Caddis pattern. For a crippled version, add a bit of Amber antron, Sparkle Emerger Yarn or Zelon for a shuck. The abdomen, unlike the E/C Caddis, hangs beneath the surface film…

Mat UP-WING CINNAMON CADDIS

Materials UP-WINGED CADDIS EMERGER (Cinnamon)…

UP-WING CINNAMON CADDIS GRP

UP-WINGED CADDIS EMERGERs (Cinnamon)…

BLACK X CADDIS GLOSSOSOMA

BLACK X CADDIS – (Glossosoma) – Matthews/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 101, TMC 900BL, #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Amber

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Ear Ice Dub, Harder’s Bloody Black

WING: Premium Yearling Elk #.49, Bleached – Nature’s Spirit

This is a Craig Matthews pattern designed to imitate the Little Black Glossosoma adult that hatches on the Madison River in June, July and again in September. Ralph Cutter delves in to this bug’s importance in the Eastern Sierras HERE

Mat BLACK X CADDIS

Materials BLACK X CADDIS…

BLACK X CADDIS GRP

BLACK X CADDIS – #20’s…

TB HC CADDIS 2

TRAILING BUBBLE HOT CREEK CADDIS – (Gray) – Otzinger/Variant… 

HOOK: TMC 900BL, TMC 100BL – #16 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Gray

TRAILING BUBBLE: Mirage Accent Opal, 2 strands

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, Adams Grey

WING: Coastal Deer Hair

HACKLE: Grizzly

Eric Otzinger worked out of Bob Marriot’s Fly Shop, back in the day. This is a pattern he designed for Hot Creek in the Eastern Sierras. The original tie on the pattern may be found HERE  (PDF. scroll down). It may be adapted for other Caddis species by changing sizes and colors

Mat TRAILING BUBBLE HC CADDIS

Materials TRAILING BUBBLE HOT CREEK CADDIS – (Gray)… 

TRAILING BUBBLE HC CADDIS GRP

TRAILING BUBBLE HOT CREEK CADDIS – (Gray) – #16 & #18…

POP N' NAD

PT and Nadia at Hot Creek Ranch…back in the day…

EWR CADDIS CENTRAL

CADDIS CENTRAL – The East Walker River…

THE PUPIL Hydropsyche

THE PUPIL  – Hydropsyche – Frank F. Johnson/Variant… 

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #16…

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Amber

ABDOMEN: Fine & Dry Dubbing, Tan

WING: Mottled CDC #.45, Caddis Tan – Nature’s Spirit

This is a Tan version of Frank F. Johnson’s below pattern. I would also suggest carrying these in Cinnamon, Gray, Brown and White/ Nectopsyche for fishing Eastern Sierra Hatches. Note that the abdomen ends over the hook point, a departure from standard Caddis Dry patterns…

Mat THE PUPIL HYDROPSYCHE

Materials THE PUPIL _ Hydropsyche…

THE PUPIL HYDROPSYCHE GRP

THE PUPIL(s) – Hydropsyche…

THE PUPIL - BLACK CADDIS

THE PUPIL – (Black Caddis) – F. Johnson/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 100BL, Daiichi 1110, #16 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Golden Yellow Antron

ABDOMEN: Micro Fine Dry Fly Dubbing, BWO Olive

WING: Trouthunter CDC, Dark Dun

This pattern was designed by Montana Guide Frank F. Johnson. Easy and simple to tie, it may be adapted to nearly all Caddis Hatches. Here are three tips/ materials I use to keep dry CDC patterns floating high, after being slimed by Trout:

One 

Two

Three

Do not be intimidated to not use these excellent feathers…

Mat THE PUPIL Black Caddis

Materials THE PUPIL – (Black Caddis)…

THE PUPIL Black Caddis

THE PUPIL – Black Caddis – #16 – #18…

 

NEXT: Some PMD’s...

 

 

PT/TB

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That time of year to hit the higher elevation (Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains) and try out some of the patterns I have been working on this past year. We did not experience an exactly “stellar” Winter here in CA, so the snow pack and subsequent stream and river flows are down. This time last year, the East Walker River was running at about 400cfs. This year it has been fluctuating between the high 80’s cfs. and up to 137cfs. and the useful patterns and lies of the Trout reflected the existing conditions and water temperatures…here is the trip:

Where we were…

Coming over Conway Summit, this is the view one sees on the left, coming down into the Alpine valley where the town of Bridgeport, Ca is located…

Bridgeport. CA at dusk…after a great meat loaf dinner at the Bridgeport Inn…

My favorite looking chop in the EWR…thar’ be TROUT in that swirling stuff…

One of the guys who jumped into my net the first afternoon of FF…

The above Trout’s brother…

His cousin…

Michael’s favorite bend in the “MIRACLE MILE” section where I C&R’d those fish and five others in about 45 minutes of FF, that afternoon…ON THESE:

CREAM MIRACLE MIDGES … #18 – #20

Early AM at the parking facility on the EWR…my starter on my heap (which I replaced before this trip) went SOUTH just as I arrived in Bridgeport…so I was the crazy guy who had to park on the hill to “pop the clutch” every evening when I left…to start it on a flat surface, I resorted to the “beat the starter” with a long torque wrench and hammer – method…

Early AM (about 7AM)…on the East Walker River…

Mr. Brown Trout to hand…

Repeat…

Where MOO – Michael got his “biggie’ back in September 2011…and I smacked a few with THIS:

BLACK HALO HOTTIE…recipe in post to follow…

Looking up towards the dam on the EWR…where the below pattern took a couple of nice Rainbows…

COPPER LONG WING TUNG DIP…I began using this pattern consistently as my lead fly behind about 18″ of just under 1/2 a twist-on. I kept my leader as long as my rod and used the smallest white Thing-a-mabobber made…about 12″ of tippet off the bend of this fellow to my dropper…it works !!…*NOTE…I had to clean moss off my flies after every other cast…the water temps. were 58 degrees – 60 degrees. With the lows flows and rising daytime temps., expect moss to become a significant problem – while nymphing…

Brodin, Thomas & Thomas Paradigm 9′, 5wt., Tibor Light, #20 Cream Miracle Midge = BT on the East Walker River…”I love it when a plan comes together” – Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith (George Peppard)…

Where a lot of Trout were hanging out…in the chop/white water…I found that putting one’s flies into this- from a directly downstream position, reaped nice rewards…most people would fish this from the side. With the lower flows, it was quite possible to stand in the current below such spots…just wade slowly and use caution…Remember to work the water in front FIRST…the largest Trout might be one foot off the bank !!!

Out in the current…behind and below the TARGET

…and now a little story…On Tuesday afternoon, May 22 at about 3PM, I was FF in this section using the above described nymphing technique (which my mentor Georges Odier taught me), working around some in stream boulders. I had just placed my flies to the left of the largest of the rocks when i noticed a flash as the pair dropped into the hold behind the boulder. I set the hook. For the next 15-20 minutes, I was engaged with the largest Brown I have encountered and caught, on this river, since about 1980. I thought that I would lose this guy more than once on the #18 Cream Miracle Midge and 5x tippet..twice he got below me and into the next run. My gear held. I finally netted this fish, head first into Michael’s Brodin Cutthroat. The tail stuck out about 6″-8″ above the rim of the net. As I was making my way to the bank to unhook and photograph this fish, I noticed a guy coming up the bank to my left. When I reached the bank and knelt over to hold the Trout, this guy, from behind me says: “YOU’RE GOING TO KILL THAT FISH !!!…I replied: “No I am not…and would you mind taking a picture?”. I unhooked my Pentax and handed it to the fellow. He steps around in front of me and the Brown in the net. The Trout immediately shot out into the current as this guy’s shadow fell on him…”Well, there he goes”, I stated…The guy handed me back my camera and I never saw him again…I guesstimated that Brown to be 26″-28″ and 6 1/2lbs. – 7lbs.

Unknowingly, he can be thankful I have almost 18 years in AA and 17 in Al Anon… Knowingly, I am…

There were some of these around too…BAETIS SPINNER…

The next few days were more of the same, a lot of Trout and waiting for Michael and Aimee to come over from San Francisco…

Standard EWR BROWN…

A nice deep pool where some of the residents liked THIS deep with three twist-ons…

BROWN/OLIVE OWENS SERENDIPITY#16

Like this one…

…and this Rainbow…

Then, on Friday morning, May 26, this happened…

SNOW on SAGE…

More white stuff…

Time for hot coffee…

Over night fall…

YAY!!!…Aimee…

AIMEE…

…and MICHAEL

…are HERE !!!

Hmmm…”Which pattern do I use Dad?”…

“Try a BROWN GRAPHIC CADDIS“…

Tan, Olive and Brown...ALL WORKED…in #16-#18…

“SEE”…the famous Trout Wave

“OK, I’ll try it Dad !!!”…

“It works”…unh – DER

Like on this one…

Working in concert…

…for this guy…

A VISIT TO A SPECIAL PLACE:

I have been coming to this little creek since 1977. I watched Jean Marie carry Nadia, on her back, up and down this stream so Nadia’s feet would not get wet -go figure. Ally and Michael have both taken fish with me in here…a lot of memories

PT and MOO

The meadow…back towards Bridgeport, CA…

In the pines…

A nice little pool going over a waterfall…

A side channel, gliding through the pines…

This is the head of a pool in which I hooked a five lb. Trout on a dry…back in the day…

More “fishy’ water…there a Browns, Rainbows and a few Brookies in here…

Another shallow glide…

Opening up towards the meadow…

Heading into the meadow where there are ponds with small snails in them…and the Browns get BIGGER (and crunchier off them)…

Wonder what’s under those overhanging willows ???…

The residents are very wary starting here…

Old cottonwood in the meadow…because I LOVE old cottonwoods…

Meadow flowers…

CONEHEADS“…Michael and Aimee…

Up the MOUNTAIN:

…to Virginia Lakes where Aimee wanted a photo of her and Michael (for a wedding invite – maybe?)…both have visted Carolyn and John’s resort since they were WEE TYKES

…and I got to visit one of my “leetle frens” that over run the place…

THEN…

…on to Virginia Creek Settlement for PIZZA and SUPERSIZED Salad…yummmmms…

Aimee checks the wine list…a thing of the past for me…

Michael tests the hookability of an OLIVE SPARKLE PUPAE…they also worked !…

Yes INDEED

The MOO works a run…

…and picks up a ‘Bow that has been damaged in the past…

PT plays with a Brown for a minute…

Afternoon delight…

Michael’s favorite section on the East Walker…

…and he scores again…

Michael’s last morning on the river – a Rainbow…

another one at the base of the bend…

A last Brown before leaving…

Nice one too !!!

What we do…”C ‘Ya next time !”…

ALL things have a place…

PT contemplates…

…with good reason…

The “OLD DUDE”…lost in space…

CREAM MIRACLE MIDGE…the hands down winner this trip… the next time the East Walker is visited and one sees ALL those other Fly Fisherman above, in the river, guess who is putting the midge larva in the drift…thanks guys !!!

…and great to have met some followers of this BLOG on the RIVER…that would be YOU…Dave & Dave…Al & Al !!!

NEXT:

1. The recipes for those flies I tied last time…

2. Some ties for two in the family –  who are headed for $3.00 BRIDGE

PT/TB 


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