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So Michael was here over the Holidays, bugging me for more flies to use this year on the rivers he fishes outside of N.Y.C. These will be some fly patterns that BOTH of us can use this coming Spring. Looks like there might be a bunch of water in the Eastern Sierras this year and I would like to try these on the East Walker River and the Owens River as well. There will be eighteen patterns in all, several will be tied in two different sizes, to accommodate our needs…When Michael comes out in the next few weeks (April) he will be taking some of these to tryout on the rivers he fishes in NY, MA, and CT…

HOUSY BLACK STONE

Michael & friend…

MOO HOUSY

…on The  Housatonic River, yesterday (3.13.2016)…

EAST AND WEST BOX

EAST N’ WEST ATTRACTOR BOX…finished…

BROWN EWR

Brownie on the East Walker River…

BLUE R.A.M. CADDIS

BLUE RAM CADDIS – Ross A. Merigold/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 113 BLH, #10-#14

THRAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under Abdomen

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer Silver Metallic Opalescent #8040

ABDOMEN: Super Floss, Blue, Larva Lace…  (They have excellent stuff) – * Coat Abdomen with Hard As Hull

HACKLE: Hen Nec, White

HEAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Red – two coats of Hard As Hull

I started using a R.A.M. Caddis  a very long time ago, in Olive and in Purple. It was designed by the same person who came up with the Serendipity pattern, on the Madison River – Ross A. Merigold. One of the largest Rainbow Trout I have ever caught in a river was on a #14 Purple RAM Caddis, on the East Walker River in 1980. I keep a bunch of them in one of my Caddis boxes…they are that good

Mat RAM CADDIS BLUE

Materials BLUE RAM CADDIS…

RAM CADDIS BLUE GRP

BLUE RAM CADDIS #12 & #14…

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MOO… in attractor mode, at sunset, on the East Walker River…

S CADDIS PUPA Brown

S CADDIS PUPA (Brown)…

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak) C300BL #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer, #6055, Cranberry

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Brown

WINGLETS: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive Brown

THORAX: Hare’s Ear Ice Dub, Brown

HACKLE: Hen Neck Furnace

BEAD: Tungsten, Copper, sized to hook

An attractor Caddis Pupa with a thinner body, in a large size, flash and movement built in…yep

Mat S CADDIS PUPA BROWN

Materials S CADDIS PUPA (Brown)…

S CADDIS PUPA BRN GRP

S CADDIS PUPAe (Brown)…

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A place where BLUE works…The East Walker River…

BLUE HERESY JIG

BLUE HERESY JIG…

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak), C400BL, #12 – #16

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Black Pheasant Tail

ABDOMEN: Sulky Holoshimmer Metallic Royal Blue #8052  – * Coat with Hard As Hull

WINGCASE: 4-5 Strands Holographic Mylar Motion, 1/32″, Black

THORAX: Wapsi Rainbow Sow Scud Dubbing (the real deal)

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten, Silver, sized to hook

A parallel universe Rainbow Warrior with the wing case on top of the hook…which is heretical…

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Yeah…right…

Mat BLUE HERESY NYMPH

Materials BLUE HERESY JIG…

BLUE HERESY NYMPHS

BLUE HERESY JIG(s)…

SPOOKY TOOTH

SPOOKY TOOTH …

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak) C550BL, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

TAIL: Ancient Claret Hackle Fibers (like the name, from the 70’s)

RIB: UTC Wire Hot Yellow

ABDOMEN: Natural Pheasant Tail Fibers

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Dark Brown

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss Fl. Red

BEAD: Tungsten, Copper, sized to hook

Another simple PT attractor with a Hot Spot and tail color that no one but me uses…on a PT nymph…

Mat SPOOKY TOOTH NYMPH

Materials SPOOKY TOOTH…

SPOOKY TOOTH NYMPHS GRP

SPOOKY TOOTH(s)…

LASER WINGED SHIMMER NYMPH

LASER WING SHIMMER NYMPH…

HOOK: TMC 113 BLH, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

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

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer # 6045, Multi Dark

ABDOMEN: Sulky Holoshimmer #7043 (Rainbow Prism Purple)  – *Coat with Hard As Hull

WING: Sanyo’s Laser Dub White – tie in fibers lengthwise and cut at an angle

THORAX: Hare’s Ice Dub, Black

BEAD: Tungsten, Black, sized to hook

This is the kind of pattern I like to toss into fast water that drops into deep holes along the edges of the East Walker River. It’s the one some of the big guys have never seen before and there are times that it is exactly what they want…

Mat LASER WINGED SHIMMER NYMPH

Materials LASER WING SHIMMER NYMPH…

LASER WINGED SHIMMER NYMPHS GRP

LASER WING SHIMMER NYMPH(s)…

BAT WING NYMPH OLIVE FIRE FLY -1

BAT WING NYMPH- Peterson/Variant – Olive/ Fire Fly…

HOOK: TMC 100SPBL, #12 – #16

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub. – 6-8 wraps at thorax, tied down with thread and Zap-A-Gaped

THREAD: Veevus 8/0, Olive

TAIL: Olive Ozark Turkey Quill Fibers

RIB: #1 – UTC Chartreuse Wire, sm / #2 Sulky Holoshimmer #145, Opal/Pearlescent

ABDOMEN: Olive Ozark Turkey Quill Fibers

WING: Fluffy base Grizzly Hen Neck, tied in convex side up and pulled over thorax

WINGCASE: Pearl Fire Fly, 6-8 strands…UV resin, be careful not to get it in the wing

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Olive

A generic Olive May Fly nymph meant to be bounded along the bottom. If I were going to tie it as an Emerger, I would use a Daiichi 1130 hook, Olive pheasant tail – tail, Olive Biot body and a Diamond bead in front of the Thorax. The wing case would be omitted…

Mat BAT WING NYMPH OLIVE FIRE FLY

Materials  BAT WING NYMPH – Olive/ Fire Fly…

BAT WING NYMPH OLIVE FIRE FLY GRP

BAT WING NYMPH(s) – Olive/ Fire Fly…

RUSTY THE BUG

RUSTY THE BUG …

HOOK: Partridge Czech Nymph Fine Hook, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

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

TAIL: Brown Partridge

RIBBING: #1 – Sulky Holoshimmer, #8014 Red Metallic / #2 Gutxrmann Red #247

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Ice Dubbing, Rusty Orange

WINGCASE: Razor Foam, Opaque Red, 1mm.

LEGS: Brown Partridge

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Rusty Brown

This is one of those patterns that my son Michael will look at and ask me, “What’s that?”…I will tell him to attach it to the end of his 4x tippet and he will proceed to catch the largest Trout of the day…always happens…

Mat THE RUSTY BUG

Materials RUSTY THE BUG…

RUSTY BUGS GRP

RUSTY THE BUG(s)…

UPPER OWENS ALLY

Upper Owens River…2.14.2016…

HOT CREEK CAMPSITE

A cold campsite tonight, on Hot Creek (2.13.16)…

HERO CULVER'S

HERO at Culver’s Sporting Goods, in Bishop, CA this AM ( 2.13.16 ) – picking up some Seaguar 5x and 6X tippet material & some Twist-ons…

ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGER 2

ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGER – Stephenson/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 113 BLH, #16 – #18

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

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

RIB: Black Nylon or Ice Thread

ABDOMEN: 2 strands of Veevus Body Quill, Olive – * Coat with Hard As Hull

WING: Ice Dub, UV Gray – tie in the fibers lengthwise and cut at an angle

BEAD: Tungsten, Copper, one size under

I tie many patterns like this with a white dubbing wing. Other materials I use are Zelon, CDC, Antron, Organza and Fluro Fiber all in the color white, which I believe, is a most excellent trigger on these kinds of flies…

Mat ICE WINGE OLIVE QUILL EMERGER

Materials ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGER…

ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGERS GRP

ICE WINGED OLIVE QUILL EMERGER(s)…

ATTRACTOR BOX IP

…a little over half-way there…

DNA BUBBLE SHEATH TAN PUPA 1

DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS PUPA (Tan) Hydropsyche…

HOOK:  TMC 226BL, #14 – #16

WEIGHT: 6-8 wraps of .010 Lead at the Thorax. Secure with thread and Zap-A-Gap

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

SHEATH: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Tan

ABDOMEN #1: DNA Holofusion, White – 8strands fiber, 1 strand flash

ABDOMEN #2: Tan Micro Tubing

THORAX: UV2 Peacock Eye, Brown

WINGLETS: Hungarian Partridge, Brown, V-notched

A simple bubble sheath Caddis Pupa for the Hydropsyche hatch tied on the new TMC 226 BL Hook. I like the translucent effect of the micro tubing over the white DNA Holofusion…

MAT DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS TAN

Materials DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS PUPA (Tan)…

DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS PUPA TAN GRP

DNA BUBBLE SHEATH CADDIS PUPAE (Tan)…

FARMINGTON RIVER

Hydropsyche water on the Farmington River…

UV2 BIOT BUFFALO JUMP

UV2 BIOT BUFFALO JUMP – PlanetTrout/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 113BLH, #8 – #12

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck fibers

RIB: UTC Wire Copper Brown

ABDOMEN: UV2 Turkey Biot – * Coat thread with Zap-A-Gap before wrapping biot, for durability

THORAX: Orange Ice Dub 50%., Nat. Squirrel Belly 50%

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

BEAD: Tungsten, Nickel, sized to hook

In have been using this pattern for about five years. It is particularly effective in the Eastern Sierras in the Spring. The original Buffalo Jump was ties on a TMC 100SPBL hook. This version uses a biot for the body and is tied on the new TMC 113 BLH Hook…

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They might work…Jason Bordash Watercolor…

Mat BIOT BUFFALO JUMP

Materials UV2 BIOT BUFFALO JUMP…

BIOT BUFFALO JUMP GRP

UV2 BIOT BUFFALO JUMP(s)…

WINGED NYMPH Black -1 REVISION

WINGED NYMPH (Black) Vasies/Variant…

HOOK:  Umpqua (Hanak) C400BL, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

TAIL: CDC #.35 Wood Duck, Nature’s Spirit

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Black

RIB: Gutxrmann W251, Copper

WING: Marc Petitjean CDC Cream – 2 tips, opposed

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel, Rusty Brown

BEAD: Faceted Slotted Tungsten Bead, Black, sized hook

Another Lucian Vasies inspired attractor jig. His site has a lot of interesting patterns, information and tying tips…

Mat WINGED NYMPH BLACK

Materials WINGED NYMPH (Black)…

WINGED NYMPH BLACK GRP

WINGED NYMPHs (Black)…

REUNION CADDIS

REUNION CADDIS PUPA (Attractor)…

HOOK:  Umpqua JB01, #10- #14

WEIGHT: >010 Lead or >015 Lead Sub.

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

SHUCK: Midge Flash, Silver

ABDOMEN: Dyed Pearl Purple Flashabou – * Coat with Dave’s Flexament

OVER ABDOMEN: Swiss Straw, Dun

RIB: Gutxrmann Metallic Effect Thread W331, Black* Coat with Dave’s Flexament for durability

REAR THORAX: Ice Dub UV Lavender

HACKE: Marc Petitjean CDC, White

COLLAR: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Gray

BEAD: Tungsten, Nickel, sized to hook

This attractor is tied on the  Barr’s Pupa Emerger Hook from Umpqua. It is meant to be a heavy anchor fly in a two fly rig…

Mat REUNION CADDIS

Materials REUNION CADDIS PUPA…

REUNION CADDIS GRP

REUNION CADDIS PUPAE (Attractors)…

SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE

SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE – Wilcox/LGM Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 113 BLH #10 – #14

WEIGHT: (Optional) .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

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

TAIL: Pheasant Tail, Olive

ABDOMEN: Veevus Body Quill, Olive

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer, Metallic Lime Green #6032 – * Coat with Hard As Hull

WINGCASE: Krystal Flash, Black, 8-12 strands – * Coat with UV Resin

WINGLETS/GILLS: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, White

THORAX: Ice Dub, Peacock

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten Bead, Metallic Olive, 1 size under

A variation on Vince Wilcox’s LGM. I have been using a bunch of Vince’s LGM’s, in the Eastern Sierras, for the past ten years. It is just a fish catching machine and I tie them in a bunch of different sizes and colors. The original is HERE

Mat SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE

Materials SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE…

SPARKLE QUILL MACHINES GRP

SPARKLE QUILL MACHINE(s)….

Michael and I might be tossing some of the above in these two places…in the not too distant future…

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East Walker River…

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Willowemoc Creek…

ALLY MORT'S DELI

So Ally says, after I treated her at the Deli, ” We need to go to Jo-ann’s Dad!” …And so, we did…

SULKY METALLIC HOLOSHIMMER 1. 16

SULKY HOLOSHIMMER…

GUTERMANN THREADS

GÜTERMANN DEKOR THREAD…

DMC EM FLOSS PINK-ORANGE

DMC EMBROIDERY FLOSS…

Some materials that will be appearing in the patterns I am now working on…

ALLY'S PEARL YELLOW PERIL SH

ALLY’S PEARL YELLOW PERIL SH…

HOOK:  TMC 113BLH, #10 – #12

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax Forward

TAIL: Woodchuck Fibers

ABDOMEN: Cascade Crest Micro Floss, Yellow

OVER ABDOMEN #1: Dyed Pearl Flashabou #6971, Yellow – * Coat with Dave’s Flexament

OVER ABDOMEN #2: Swiss Straw, Amber

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer Cranberry #6055 – * Coat with Dave’s Flexament a second time

REAR THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel, Rusty Brown or Dark Brown

HACKLE: Hen, Yellow

COLLAR: Ice Dub, Peacock

BEAD: Tungsten, Gold, sized to hook

Another attractor pattern that appears to be a long, involved process…see SWISS N’ FLASH JIG – below…

Mat ALLY'S PEARL YELLOW PERIL

Materials ALLY’S PEARL YELLOW PERIL SH…

ALLY%22S PEARL YELLOW PERIL GRP

ALLY’S PEARL YELLOW PERIL(s) Soft Hackles…

MOTHER'S DAY MUNCH

MOTHER’S DAY MUNCH (Caddis Pupa, Brachycentrus)…

HOOK:  TMC 226 BL, #14 – #18

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

ABDOMEN: Datum Glo-Brite Floss Fl. Chartreuse

RIB: UTC Wire, Gunmetal Blue, x-sm

WING: Marc Petitjean CDC, #5 White – * Two tips tied in opposed

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Black

This is one of my favorite patterns for the Spring Mother’s Day hatch on the Lower Owens River. The hook is the new, heavier version of the TMC 206BL When using floss, I always tie a base of white three beneath the the material – an old tip from those guys who tie with a ton of it when I got started…

Mat MOTHER'S DAY MUNCH

Materials MOTHER’S DAY MUNCH (Caddis Pupa, Brachycentrus)…

MOTHER'S DAY MUNCH GRP

MOTHER’S DAY MUNCHies…

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Where the Mother’s Day Caddis gets hot and heavy around mid-March, on the Lower Owens River…

SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPAE OLIVE

SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPA (Olive) …

HOOK: Umpqua JB01, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Veevus 8/0, Chartreuse – Under Abdomen / Veevus 16/0, Brown – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Jay Fair Seal Dubbing, Medium Olive – * In a loop, brushed back wit a bore brush and cut with curved scissors

RIBBING:  Veevus Iridescent Thread – Silver  / Sulky Holoshimmer Opalescent 8040

WINGLETS: Sili LegsNymph, Fl. Chartreuse Barred

THORAX: Hare’s Ice Dubbing, Brown

HACKLE: Marc Petitjean CDC, #14 Dirty Yellow

BEAD: Tungsten, Nickel, sized to hook

A fuzzy, hot spotted Caddis Pupa Attractor. Jay Fair Seal Sub. has a lot of other uses than just for Bugger patterns…play with it

MAT SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPA

Materials SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPA…

SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPAE GRP

SEALED DEAL CADDIS PUPAE…

SWISS N' FLASH JIG 2

SWISS N’ FLASH JIG, (Olive) …

HOOK: Hanak 403 BLJ, #10 – #14

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

THREAD: Danville 6/0 Brown

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck

ABDOMEN: 2 strands Olive Dyed Pearl Flashabou 6969 – * Coat with Dave’s Flexament

OVER ABDOMEN: Thin strip Olive Swiss Straw

RIBBING: 1 strand Sulky Holoshimmer, Black 8051 / UTC Wire Hot Orange, SM – * Coat Abdomen again with Dave’s Flexament

THORAX: Micro Polar Chenille, UV Olive Brown

BEAD: Faceted Slotted Tungsten Bead, sized to hook

Tying this pattern, using two coats of Dave’s Flexament, may seem like a laborious process. Trust me, it pays off when these are plunked in the water. The coatings secure the materials to the hook shank and provide a subtle effect to the material beneath the Swiss Straw. The second coat may also use a thin coat of UV resin.

Mat SWISS N' FLASH JIG OLIVE

Materials SWISS N’ FLASH JIG (Olive)…

SWISS N' FLASH JIGS OLIVE GRP

SWISS N’ FLASH JIG(s) …

QUILLER NYMPH

QUILLER NYMPH – Stephenson/Variant…

HOOK:  TMC 113 BLH, #12 – #16

WEIGHT: .010 Lead or .015 Lead Sub.

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

TAG: UTC Fl. Fire Orange, 70 Denier – * Coat with Hard As Hull

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Veevus Body Quill ( 2 strands) Lt. Olive * Coat with Hard As Hull for durability

REAR THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Hot Orange

FRONT THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Brown

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

This is a variation on a Hans Stephenson Jig pattern using the new TMC 113 BLH Hook. Slender and meant to drop like a rock. I prefer using white thread under the body quill to bring out the true color of the material. I will be using more of this product; coating, in some cases, with UV resin…

 

Mat QUILLER NYMPH

Materials QUILLER NYMPH…

QUILLER NUMPHS GRP

QUILLER NYMPHS, #12 & #16…

 

Next: Some Caddis patterns by Gary La Fontaine that are updated…a bit

 

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Some patterns small and big that I have had an interest in preparing for use this Spring – in the usual ( and some unusual ) locations we visit…Hot Creek, the East Walker River, McGee Creek, Rush Creek the West Walker River and the Upper and Lower Owens River are some places that come to mind…

THE “FLASHIES”…

MIDGE OF LIFE…Brown/Pink – Bloch/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown (abdomen), Black (head)

RIB: Wapsi Ultra Wire, Silver, X-sm

THORAX: Midge Diamond Braid, Hot Pink,  3 turns on #18, 2x on #20

WING: CDC, Tan

Midge Diamond Braid…from HARELINE and some really nifty, flashy material…

MIDGE OF LIFE…Cream – Bloch/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White (abdomen), Black (head)

RIB: Lagartun, Copper, Extra Fine

THORAX: Midge Diamond Braid, Black, (as above)

WING: CDC Lt. Dun

Both of the above patterns would work well as Midge Emergers along the edges, in the soft water, here on this river, early in the AM when many Midges are coming off…

The East Walker River, Bridgeport, CA…early in the AM…

GREEN/OLIVE/CHARTREUSE -BUFFALO JUMP…TMC 100SP BL or Daiichi 1560 – #12 – #18

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL, Daiichi 1560 – #12 -#18

THREAD: Wapsi, 70 Denier UTC, Olive

RIB: Small, Olive Metallic, Wapsi

ABDOMEN: Green Pheasant Tail fibers

THORAX: 50% UV Lt. Olive Ice Dub/ 50% Olive SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing

WING CASE/LEGS: Peacock Krystal Flash

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 12

BEAD: Silver Tungsten sized to hook

This is a variant on the original BUFFALO JUMP pattern that I came up with last year that absolutely killed for Michael and I on the East Walker River…as an aside,

every recipe that I put up is committed to this book before I post it…so, I can remember and for Michael, Ally and Miles to have a workbook to utilize…

THE PROCESS…and yes, there are a lot of recipes in that spiral notebook !!!

KR’s SPECIAL (Buffalo Jump/ Variant)…

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL or Daiichi 1560 – #12 – #18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Brown

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Black/White, Light

RIB: UTC, Wine, Small

ABDOMEN: Purple Pheasant Tail fibers

THORAX: 50% Purple Ice Dub/ 50% SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Gray Natural

WING CASE/LEGS: Blue Krystal Flash

HOT SPOT: UTC 70 denier, Purple

BEAD: Rainbow Dazzle Bead, Hareline, sized to hook and stuffed with lead sub.

This is a little something for my friend Keith Roberts who constantly badgers me about my use of the color purple which he admittedly uses… a lot…because it works…

The ORIGINAL BUFFALO JUMP…and yes I am tying more…

Because somebody burns through them with ALL the fish he catches…

RED/ ORANGE PT (BUFFALO JUMP)

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, TMC 3761 , TMC 100 SP BL,  #12-#18

THREAD: Uni 8/0 Brown, to secure tail, rib and abdomen

TAIL: Lemon Wooduck

RIB: Wapsi, Copper/Brown wire SM

ABDOMEN: Red Pheasant Tail fibers...then

THREAD: Wapsi 6/0 Fl. Orange

THORAX: Orange Ice Dub 50%., Nat. Squirrel Belly 50%

WING CASE/ LEGS: Rusty Brown Krystal Flash

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

I am particularly influenced by color of the water and stream bottom color when choosing an attractor pattern…given the name of this guy, one might suspect where it would be employed…

OLIVE TUNGSTEN SHEAR NYMPH…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive/Brown

TAIL: Coq DE LEON, Medium

ABDOMEN: Tying thread

RIB: UTC Wire, Metallic Olive, SM

WING CASE: 6 strands of Black Krystal Flash

THORAX: Ice Dub, Lt. UV Olive

HACKLING: Nymph Shear Fibers, Pale Olive – Cascade Crest Tools

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 12

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

Something breathing, sparkly and bright for those East Walker BROWNS

FRANK’S FLASHY…OLIVE/PEACOCK VARIANT – Frank Drummond…

HOOK: TMC 2457 or Daiici 1120, #12 – #18

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive

TAIL: Green Pheasant Tail Fibers, 8-4, dependent on hook size

OVER ABDOMEN (BACK): Green Pheasant Tail Fibers

ABDOMEN: Peacock Krystal Flash

RIB: Wapsi wire, Olive Metallic, SM

THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub

HACKLING: 8-4 Strands Peacock KF, 4-4 Green PT Fibers – dependent on hook size

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 12

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

I’ve been wanting to tie some of these bugs up for a while, since first seeing this pattern…I will also be using some other PT colors and Krystal Flash for these fellows…like Brown, Black, Natural, Yellow Purple, Blue and Red. This is a great “FLASHY” pattern !!! Please go HERE (FRANK’S FLASHY) for additional details…


LIL’ B/O FLASHER…

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

ABDOMEN: Brown Pheasant Tail Fibers

UNDER RIB: Rusty Brown Krystal Flash

RIB: Wapsi wire, Copper, x-sm

THORAX: SLF Prism, Peacock

HACKLE: Light Brown CDC

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 8

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, 5/64

I like to use CDC for hackling on sub-surface patterns for it’s ability to trap air bubbles. I am NOT a big fan of using it for emergers or dries  (I dislike having to change patterns after they have been “SLIMED”)…I prefer using Snowshoe hare for those patterns, but will use CDC on those occasions that find me working a particularly selective Trout…

TRIPLE H PUPA ( Hot, Holo and Hydropsyche )…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: UTC 70 denier, Brown or Tiemco 16/0, Brown – dependent on hook size

ABDOMEN: Brown Holographic Tinsel

RIB:  Wapsi wire, Copper, SM or x-sm – coat with SHAN or Hard as Hull for durability

THORAX: Ice Dub UV Brown

WINGS: Brown CDC, tied on either side, pulled upwards,  held vertical to hook shank and clipped

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 5

BEAD: Hareline Dazzle Bead, Metallic PT Brown, stuffed with lead sub., sized to hook

A bright, attractor Caddis Pupa for the Eastern Sierras…

THE PALINISTA MIDGE…last Spring, on the East Walker River, this pattern caught more large Browns and Rainbows than any other patterns in my boxes…that’s why I am tying more in #18 – #20, Daiichi 1130 hook…

PALINISTA – (apologies to EVA)

HOOK: Mustad C49S, Daiichi 1130, TMC 2487 – #18 -#20

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Red, White

TAIL: 1 Strand Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN:White Thread

OVERABDOMEN: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Blue

RIB: Wapsi Silver Wire, X-SM

WING: Grizzly Krystal Flash Back and White

THORAX: Arizona Diamond Hair Pearl Green or Blue

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite # 3

BEAD: Silver, 5/64 or 1/16

ALLY’S MIDGE…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White

TAIL: One Strand Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Red Micro Tubing

RIB: Wapsi Ultra Wire, Silver,  X-sm

WING: Grizzly Krystal Flash, Black/White

THORAX: Arizona Diamond Hair Pearl Green or Blue

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 3

BEAD: Black Tungsten 5/64 or 1/16

The RED version of the Palinisista…named after my daughter Ally, with the red hair…

MADISON MIDGE GIRL – ALLY…

THE BUG FROM EC…TMC 100 SP BL, #14 – #20…( “Follow the yellow brick road…” )…

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL, #14 – #20

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Brown or Tiemco 16/0, Brown – dependent on hook size

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark, Brown/Black

UNDER ABDOMEN: Tying thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Brown Micro Tubing

RIB: Wapsi wire, Amber, SM

WING CASE:  Hedron Pearl Fire Fly (may be coated with Epoxy or UV Knot Sense)

THORAX: Emerald Green Arizona Diamond Hair

LEGS: Brown Partridge (lower back, on the skin)

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 8

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

I love this stuff !!!

EMERALD CITY…from MCALL.COM…home of said BUG…


COPPER LONG WING DIP…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SP BL, #14 – #18

THREAD: Wapsi, Ultra 70 Denier, Black or Brown

ABDOMEN: Copper Krystal Flash

RIB: Wapsi wire, Copper/Brown, SM – coat with SHAN or Hard as Hull for durability

WING: Bleached Coastal Deer Hair, Nature’s Spirit – held vertical to hook shank and clipped – long-ish

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite, # 5

BEAD: Gold or Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

Copper is a slayer on the East Walker River…I used to tie these on TMC 2487 hooks… till some of the larger locals bent them completely out of shape….

HAPPINESS…is just around the bend…habitat of some really large locals…

WHITE BEAD BROWN KF PT…

HOOK: TMC 100 SP BL, #14 – #20

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Brown or Black – to thorax

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck Fibers

ABDOMEN: Brown Pheasant Tail Fibers

RIB: Wapsi wire, Fl. Yellow, SM or Chartreuse x-sm for # 18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

WING CASE/LEGS: Black Krystal Flash or Black Midge Flash for # 18 – #20

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Black

BEAD: White Dazzle Bead (Hareline) stuffed with lead sub., sized to hook

As with ALL the above patterns…a comprehensive report of their success will be posted in about five weeks…as I have stated previously, I don’t tie anything that will not take TROUT somewhere or sometime…

Like this…

Reason for my tardiness in posting the recipes YESTERDAY…Hangin’ with my girls…

Ally…

…Nadia and Mr. SAND DAB…at Paradise Cove


NEXT: REFIT, REFILL, REFURBISH and REPAIR…

PT/TB 

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This is a compilation of different photos of the the Eastern Sierra areas we visited on our trip to Bridgeport this May..in no particular order, a little bit of everything…

Hot Creek, before it flows into the Upper Owens River...

Michael with another nice Brown from the East Walker River…

Bridgeport at dusk…

Michael…the Brown Boy…

He catches them in the snow too…

The East Walker, on a nice day, in the section above the meadow…

Another Brown from the bend…

That kid just won’t stop

Michael…looking for MORE…

He’s killin’ me…

Release !!!…

Gary Cooper goes Fly Fishing…with Beef Jerky…

The “OLD GUY” gets one…

He’s got that MORE on again…

Driving down to Hot Creek…Mono Lake in the foreground…and “Grey Guy” has his Simms waders on…

Michael walking and working Hot Creek…

A nice Rainbow from Hot Creek for Michael…too windy…

Michael preps a Brown for Aimee’s Bronica…

Another Brown at the bend for MOO…

STOP..I am dead already…  

The West Walker up in the meadow…

Aimee with her camera up in the canyon of the West Walker River…

Up in the canyon…

Robinson Creek at Doc and Al’s…

Lower Hot Creek…

Mono Lake…

Main StreeT, Bridgeport, CA…gettin’ ready for dinner…

The SPORTSMENS maybe ???…

NAW…Virginia Creek Settlement for dinner…

Brown to net…

Brown in hand…

SMILE…that one came from the white water above…

MOO, workin’ the meadow section when the flow was at 400 + cfs. …

PT gets one more…

Wading the “SUCKER TRENCH”…did take a nice ‘Bow and Brown in here…

Keep ’em coming…

Michael chases something big around the bend into heavy water…

Michael working the far bank as shadows start to fall…

Aimee, camera at the ready on the West Walker River…

Robinson Creek, before the meadow…

COWS, for ALLY, along the Upper Owens River…

GREY GUY wadered up and ready to go Fly Fishing…

A cold morning looking North at the Sierras in Bridgeport, CA…

Past Bridgeport Res. and on to the East Walker…

Michael selects a fly pattern (one of Aimee’s photos that will appear elsewhere – I will link )…

OLD, “Hippie Dude”…fly fishing the East Walker…

Michael at the bewitcin’ hour on the East Walker…using a Simply Red…again…

The Bar at the Bridgeport Inn where some BOZO “threw away” his first sobriety in 1987…only  spicy,”Virgin Marys ” for the past 17 years…

The camera that took most of the photos…

ALLY’s ” ‘TUDE “… on PT & Son’s GREAT Adventure…”Take me shooting again !!!…”

Next: UNFINISHED CADDIS

PT/TB  

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Translucence is the affect demonstrated by  Midge Pupa. I am someone who loves to play around with different materials and substances and then, incorporate them into the patterns I tie…on what follows, I wanted to keep the bodies thin and the fly reflective. These guys are NOT original…I happened upon some great ties by Stefan Florea, who lives in New Zeland ( he is listed in “tiers I like” in the right hand column of this BLOG) before “THE BOOK” came out…Midges are present all year round and play a big part in my Winter fly fishing…heck, they play a big part in my Troutly pursuits through all seasons…on moving and stillwaters…

Usual suspect…

Other usual suspect on Midgey water – Upper Owens River, near Mammoth, CA…above Benton Crossing…

OLIVE SHAN MIDGE PUPA

HOOK: Mustad c49s, #18-#22, TMC 2487, #18-#22, Daiichi 1130, #18-#22

THREAD: Body,Benecchi 12/0, Olive

RIB: Red/Black/Red – Superhair or, twisted Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer Red/Black/Red

THORAX: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Red

WINGBUDS: Premo Goose Biots, Red Quill

BREATHERS: White Antron floss

* Place a needle in the hook eye and 2 coats of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails

BLACK SHAN MIDGE

HOOK: Mustad c49s, #18-#22, TMC 2487, #18-#22, Daiichi 1130, #18-#22

THREAD: Body, UTC  70 Denier, Black

RIB: Red/Yellow/Red Superhair or Twisted Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Red/Yellow/Red

THORAX: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Black

WINGBUDS: Premo Goose Biots, Sulphur

BREATHERS: White Antron floss

* Place a needle in the hook eye and 2 coats of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails

This theme may be carried on to cover the predominate Midge colors: Black, Red, Blue, White, Tan/Cream and Olive

A team of Black Midges…notice the tie with the Gordon Griffith rib
Yeah…THAT ONE…Ally….

NEXT: Why…more Midges…AND – A FLY TYING BOX

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…

SPORTSMAN'S LODGE copy

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…

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H & L Variant ( River Stone Gallery)…

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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Here they are…DOGS COUNT TOO!!!

Michael and Ally at the TOP of the WORLD…Saline Valley…

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Children of dune…Saline Valley…

Michael and a person with their tongue sticking out…at Trumbull Lake, Bridgeport, CA…

Ally gives shooting instructions to my mentor, Sal A. (guess she wants to do some writing…like I have to do)

Ally at the campsite with Angelo, Hogback Creek, 2002 Winter

This was a GREAT steakhouse that burned to the ground in 1993 on Hwy. 178 between Ridgecrest and Kernville. I tipped more than enough here before…Sal got a hold of me…

PT and Allo on the Madison, 2001, photo by Michael

Ally getting whacked by hailstones on the East Walker, August 2000

Michael and Ally DEEP in the VALLEY of the ” Aliens “…April 2001

Angelo,bookin’ it after a strange encounter…2002, January

Down the Wabbit HOLE….

Angelo, playin’ with pinecone, White Mtns., Jan. 2002

Big Pine Creek, Fall, 1999

Pond…off Big Pine Creek

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Michael, Jack Flat, North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Tule River…1987

He ate a BWO…Spring 2007

…and he ate a Bat Wing Baetis, Lower “O”, spring 2007…

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Ally in Bouquet Canyon…

This place has a spiritual nature… Winter, 2003

…maybe the people who left this grinding stone could explain…

Another time, another place…

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Michael, Charlie’s Butte, spring 1986

Michael, East Walker River, July, 2003

Michael, below the dam, East Walker River, August, 2003

Michael, North Fork of Middle Fork of Tule River, June 2002

Mr. Newt…NF Tule, 2002

Nice waterfall & pool on the Tule, June 2002

Wild Trout section, Owens River, December 2002

…and below 5 Bridges….

Upper Owens River, May, 2003

Nad & Pop, Hot Creek, 1976

Tule River, may 2004

Owens River, Fall 2001

Snow in the Owens Valley, 2003

Road to the highest weather station in the U.S., White Mtns., 2002

Ally, at her favorite eatery in the VALLEY – Lala, 2009…

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