Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘UV BLUE WISP SH MIDGE’

After a surprising dump of snow in the Yellowstone area, beginning on Friday, September 15, Michael and I awoke to a bit of sunshine on Sunday, September, 17.

The parking lot at $3.00 Bridge, some snow showers in the background…

I think Michael is chanting in anticipation of a large Trout…

It is noticeably warmer (in the low 40’s) and most of the snow on the ground has melted…the water temps were in the low 50’s…

The white tube on the left was put the by Blue Ribbon Flies for waste leader and tippet materials…general information is on the large board…

This is where one picks up an envelope…

…to deposit in this lockbox each time $3.00 Bridge is visited…I generally leave more than $3.00 because of all the great experiences this area has given me through the years…

Michael positions himself above my favorite rock…

…while I futz around tying on the following fly pattern…

…Paul Freeman’s SHUKA KAHN MIDGE Variant, #20…it worked nicely…SCROLL DOWN

Michael has something in his net…

…a healthy Rainbow, also taken on a Midge…

This one…

Back to the vehicle for some snacks…

It has warmed up quite a bit…now, ¬†off on a long walk North of $3.00 Bridge…

…but first, Michael HAD to photograph this Woolly Bear Caterpillar…More HERE

…just a little further…

Here ya’ go…and why they call Montana “BIG SKY” country…In 2004, I hooked a 5lb. Brown just above those two side-by-side rocks. When I tightened the line, it flew over my head and behind me… ūüôā

Michael works behind a rock in the expanse of the Madison River…

For me, this is one of the most beautiful parts of the Madison River…

Lots of water to work & nooks and crannies to explore…

The “old guy” checks to see what kind of bugs are moving around stream side…

…while Michael works some additional rocks and boulders…

An excellent hiding place for a large Trout, a deadfall in the middle of the Madison…

Playing with the camera #1.

Playing with the camera #2.

So I am sitting on the bank watching Michael cast…

…and this very skittish, strange dog, which appears to be a Greyhound rescue, comes up to me then Michael…

Finally figured out that he belonged to one of these two guys who were dry fly fishing this side channel…

My Winston Boron IIIX Super 10, 5wt. with a Hatch Fanatic 4…really like this rod for nymphing…

We decide to head back to the cabin a little early so that Michael could BBQ before dark…

Do you really need half a bottle of lighter fluid ?

Salad fixins…

Before dark eh ???

Well…it was worth it … ūüôā

 

NEXT: A visit to Kelly’s joint & Between the lakes…

 

 

PT/TB

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

Finally, next to the last day of the year. This group includes Larvae, Pupa, Emergers and Adults. Several are being tied for Michael to toss in some water back East. He’s ¬†gone on a dry fly bender, so a couple of these will meet his needs for catching some sippers and slurpers while his fingers freeze…I had an¬†inquiry from a reader beyond the U.S. about where to find a substitute for the Iridescent Peacock colors from Spirit River in Europe. There ain’t none. I am not aware of anything (including the “other colored peacock” from a U.S. source) that even comes close to the quality of the SR material I use in many of my fly patterns…If ya’ want the real deal, SPIRIT RIVER ¬†will ship it to ya’ !… a tying friend of mine received it in Serbia…

SMALL FACES MIDGES

Completed MIDGE BOX….

XMAS 14 MOO FACE -4

Miles says, ¬†“That’s Just The Way It Is !”

TUNG YQM MIDGE 3

TUNG. YQM MIDGE…

HOOK: Daiichi 1250, #18 РGamakatsu 13U, #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: UV Gray Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Synthetic Quill Body Wrap, Adams Gray – Hareline¬† –¬†* Coat with Hard As Hull for durability before and after wrapping

WING: CDC Puffs, White…more than one maybe needed

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Black – Spirit River

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

YQM stands for…Yer’ Quillin’ ME…

Mat YQM MIDGE

Materials TUNG. YQM MIDGE…

TUNG YQM MIDGES

TUNG. YQM MIDGES…

QUILL MIDGE OL 1

OLIVE QUILL MIDGE – Ritt/Variant ..

HOOK: TMC 103BL, #19 Р#21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

ABDOMEN: Baetis Olive, D’s Flyes, Quill – (* Soak in H2O, wrap, then coat wit Hard As Hull) or use¬†McLean’s Quill Bodies

WING: Sparkle Organza, White

WING CASE/ FORWARD POST: Hi-Vis, Yellow

HACKLE: Olive Grizzly, v-notched

This is an Al Ritt pattern¬†with which, I used a different quill and indicator yarn for the wing case and post (I generally see yellow better). It is an easy tie and may be done in a range of colors for dry fly fanatics like my son…(sigh…)

Mat OLIVE QUILL MIDGES

Materials OLIVE QUILL MIDGE…

OL QUILL MIDGES

OLIVE QUILL MIDGES…

MOO WINTER DAY LO -1-

Good place for Midges and Midge clusters……in the back eddy on the left…Lower Owens River…

UV CHOC MIDGLING

UV CHOCOLATE MIDGLING – Mercer/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 Р#22

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

SHUCK: AZ Diamond Hair, #.7, Lt. Purple

OVER ABDOMEN:  Pearl Krystal Flash then Micro Tubing, Brown

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Silver Wire

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Black – Spirit River

WING(s): Looped UV Pearl Krystal Flash

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

Mike Mercer came up with this California variant on the Zebra Midge and his pattern works very well here and in most other places too. The original may be viewed on Steve Schalla’s Site (scroll down). I wanted some in Chocolate for the Lower Owens River…

Mat UV MIDGLING BRN

Materials UV CHOCOLATE MIDGLING…

UV MIDGLINGS BRN

UV CHOCOLATE MIDGLINGS…

OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGE 2

OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGE EMERGER – Cannon/Matthews Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1167, #20 or TMC 2488, #18 Р#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: AZ Simi Seal, #.34, Crayfish Orange

ABDOMEN; Micro Opal Flashabou, 1/100″ – * Coat thread with HAH or SHAN, ten wrap Opal Flashabou

RIB: Black,x-sm UTC Wire – * Coat again with HAH orSHAN for durability

UPRIGHT WING: Snowshoe Hare White and Black mixed

THORAX: Stalcup’s Micro Fine Dub., Black

A Jim Cannon pattern with a hint of Craig Matthews¬†(with the Opal Abdomen)…the original is HERE¬†… another basic Midge Emerger that may be tied in a number of colors with a wing that will keep the pattern in the meniscus… like a cork

OPAL SUSPENDER RBG 1

Same pattern…Wing Schollmeyer style…

Mat OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGE

Materials¬†OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGE EMERGER…

OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGES

OPAL SUSPENDER MIDGE EMERGERS…

DIRTY SPIDER MIDGE OL VAR

(DIRTY) SPIDER MIDGE (Olive) – Matthews/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1250, #18, TMC 206BL, #20, Gamakatsu 13U, #20

THREAD: Abdomen – Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Olive / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Olive

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Copper Wire – * Coat with HAH or SHAN for durability

THORAX: Fly-Rite, x-fine Poly, #.10, Brown/Olive

WING CASE/ WING: MP Select CDC, Dirty Yellow

HACKLE: Olive Grizzly

Delicious !!!…another winner from Craig Matthews¬†… a good flat water pattern for below…not the choppy stuff in the center …when Michael wants to work the surface…and maybe the “old guy” when hen sees Michael nailing ’em…

EWR MIDGES F-W 14

There might be some Olive Midges in this water…maybe…

Mat DIRTY SPIDER MIDGE (OL)

Materials¬†(DIRTY) SPIDER MIDGE (Olive)…

DIRTY SPIDER MIDGES

(DIRTY) SPIDER MIDGES (Olive)…

RED MORSEL MIDGE

RED MORSEL MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1153, #18, Gamakatsu C-12B, #18 Р#20

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

ABDOMEN: DNA Holo Fusion – 8 strands Red / 1 Strand Flash – * Coat with HAH or SHAN

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Purple – Spirit River

Red is a Midge color that has worked for me at various times on the East Walker and other places when oxygen levels are fairly low, in the water. These two articles HERE and HERE explain why certain Midges are Red and when they should be considered for use…

Mat RED MORSEL MIDGE

Materials RED MORSEL MIDGE…

RED MORSEL MIDGES

RED MORSEL MIDGES…

UV BLUE WISP MIDGE 2

UV BLUE WISP SH MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110 Р#18 Р#22

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

ABDOMEN: Krystal Flash UV Blue

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Silver Wire – * Coat with HAH or SHAN

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

HACKLE: Starling feather, Blue (dyed) РWhite Fox Fur & Feather Co. or HERE

Another small Midge pattern in Blue. Use any number of UV Krystal Flash colors over White thread to make these little guys with a dark-ish Thorax. Starling is a particularly good feather for soft hackling these small Midges and if ya’ have to ask “Why over white thread ?”…ya’ ain’t been reading the BLOG…

Mat BLUE WISP MIDGE

Materials UV BLUE WISP SH MIDGE…

BLUE WISP MIDGES

UV BLUE WISP SH MIDGES…

MIDGES FALL 14 IP

MIDGES….coming along…slowly…

BP BRN ML 1

BP MIDGE LARVA (Brown)…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 Р#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Head

ABDOMEN: Working thread, Olive

RIB: Ice Thread, Yellow – * Coat with SHAN or HAH for durability

A very simple Midge pattern with a high contrast ribbing that hardly anyone uses…something different for the Lower Owens River where Brown Midges are prevalent throughout the year…

Mat BP MIDGE LARVA Brown

Materials BP MIDGE LARVA (Brown)…

BP MIDGES LAR BRN

BP MIDGES – Brown Larva…

STUCK SHUCK MIDGE 1

STUCK SHUCK MIDGE – Luallen/Variant (Cream) …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 Р#24

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

SHUCK: Darlon, Amber

ABDOMEN: Working Tiemco 16/0, White Thread

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Copper Wire – * Coat with SHAN or HAH for durability

WING: MP Select CDC, Lt. Mallow

ABDOMEN: Beaver dubbing, Dark Tan

HACKLE: Ginger Grizzly, V-notched

This is a Wayne Luallen pattern I specifically tied for those occasions that Cream Adult Midges are in and on the surface of the East Walker River. There are major hatches of these Midges (in Cream) in late May and at other times during the year on this water. Most anglers that visit the EWR are not even aware of their importance much less have a single pattern in their boxes that imitates them…that’s OK with me…

MOO EWR MIDING

There are prolific hatches of Cream Midges on the East Walker River…the adults are most readily seen at dawn and sunset…The MOO knows about them…

Mat STUCK SHUCK MIDGE CRM

Materials STUCK SHUCK MIDGE…

STUCK SHUCK MIDGES CRM

STUCK SHUCK MIDGES…

GRAY XMAS MIDGE 2

GRAY XMAS MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 Р#22

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

SHUCK: UV Pearl Krystal Flash

OVER ABDOMEN: DNA Holo Fusion, Gray – 8 strands Gray / 1 strand Flash

RIB: Red Ice Thread – * Coat with HAH or SHAN for durability

WING: Sparkle Organza, Dun

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Red – Spirit River

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

Gray is a color that is often overlooked when it comes to ¬†color for Midge patterns.The Trout don’t overlook them – when they are present…have some in yer’ box…

Mat GRAY XMAS MIDGE

Materials GRAY XMAS MIDGE…

GRAY XMAS MIDGES

GRAY XMAS MIDGES…

Tying BM's 14 -2

Tying at Bob Marriott’s Fly Fishing Fair, November 22-23, 2014…

LX7 K-SS PT RED 1

K-SS PT MIDGE EMERGER- (RED)…

HOOK: Daiichi 1167, #18 Р#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Red Pheasant Tail Fibers

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Silver Wire

WING CASE/WING: Snowshoe Rabbit, White or Cream

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Black – Spirit River

This is a suspender Midge pattern using the Daiichi “Klinkhammer Hook” that comes in black nickel or bronze. Do not be opposed to using Pheasant Tail fibers for patterns with abdomens that hang below the surface film. Once well soaked, they are very effective. I usually will cut Snow Shoe hair wings with¬†scissors (like Jim Schollmeyer does) rather than lining up the tips…the Trout don’t care and it’s faster. One may substitute Poly Yarn,Puglisi Trigger Point Int’l Fibers, CDC , Foam or Electronic packaging for the Wing Case and Wing..all float better than deer hair…If desired, put a shuck on it…

Mat K-SS PT MIDGE

Materials¬†K-SS PT MIDGE EMERGER- (RED)…

K-SS PT MIDGE EMERGERS

K-SS PT MIDGES…

NANO DNA BLUE 1

NANO DNA CB MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1250, #18 РGamakatsu 13U, #20

THREAD: Nano Silk, White, 18/0

SHUCK: Crystal Mirror Flash, Pearl – Cascade Crest

ABDOMEN: DNA Holo Fusion, Blue – 8 strands Blue / 1 strand Flash

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine, Copper Wire – *Coat with HAH or SHAN for durability

WING(s): Grizzly Krystal Flash – Copper/Blue

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Dun

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

I am using the White, Semperfli, Nano Silk in 18/0 as the base for this pattern. It is slippery as all get out so I use two half hitches to secure it to the hook when first wrapping it on the shank. For this pattern, it adds to the translucence of the abdomen and as a refltor for the UV Ice Dub in the Thorax. Blue is a color, in Midges and other patterns, that have taken good fish for me and the crew throughout the year, for Rainbows and Browns – not just in the Winter. Michael got the Brown below on a “Moo’s Blue Midge” on the East Walker River in September…

mikes-bday-brn-ewr-21

Michael’s Birthday Brown…East Walker River…as my friend, Jim Reid, who owns Ken’s Sporting Goods, in Bridgeport, CA, once said – “There are times when Browns ‘turn on’ to the color Blue.” Best to have some when THAT happens…

Mat DNA CB BLUE MIDGE

Materials¬†NANO DNA CB MIDGE…

DNA CB BLUE MIDGES

NANO DNA CB MIDGES…

MATT'S MIDGE PW

MATT’S MIDGE PW – Matt Miles/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 Р#24

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Working thread

WING: Pearlescent White Nymph Shear – Cascade Crest

WING CASE/ FORWARD INDICATOR: Poly Yarn, Orange

HACKLE: Grizzly, V-notched a bottom for a lower profile, if desired

A Matt Miles pattern…he worked for Pat Dorsey in CO and may have fished a Midge or two while there. It is an excellent flat water pattern. There are many stretches of such water on both the Lower Owens and East Walker Rivers, where this pattern will take fish that are picking off adults, drifting in the current…

Mat MATT's MIDGE PW

Materials MATT’S MIDGE PW...

MATT's MIDGES PW GRP

A gathering of MATT’S MIDGES…

TAN DNA ICE LARVA MIDGE

TAN DNA/ICE LARVA MIDGE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 Р#22

THREAD: Abdomen- Tiemco 16/0, White / Head-Tiempo 16/0, Black

OVER ABDOMEN: Tan DNA Holo Fusion – 8-10 strands solid color / 1 strand flash

RIB: Rusty Brown Ice Thread – * Coat with HAH or SHAN for durability

Just a simple little Tan Midge Larva that has flash , translucence and segmentation – that is fairly “tooth proof” when coated…I do these in a bunch of colors using DNA Holo Fusion. It is good stuff !

Mat TAN DNA ICE LARVAE MIDGE

Materials TAN DNA/ICE LARVA MIDGE…

TAN DNA ICE LARVAE MID GRP

TAN DNA/ICE LARVA MIDGES…

AM OWENS RIVER

The Lower Owens River at dawn…in the late Fall…

KIMBALL'S MIDGE EMR TP 1

KIMBALL’S EMERGER TP MIDGE – Mike Kimball/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #20 Р#28

THREAD:Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Natural Teal Flank (Midges do not have tails!)

ABDOMEN: Working thread

THORAX: Stalcup’s Micro Fine Dub, Black or omit on smaller sizes

WING CASE: Puglisi Trigger Point Int’l fibers, Dun (use a dubbing needle to “hump” it and it will trap air beneath and it will ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† float mo’ better’)

HACKLE: Grizzly – notched at bottom

This along with Matt’s Midge (above), ¬†“V-Midge”¬† are three excellent dry patterns to use when the tiny guys are drying their wings before becoming airborne and yes, I will use them from time to time…Michael, now an expatriate to the East, uses dry patterns of all types more frequently than I do…

Mat KIMBALL'S EMERGER MIDGE

Materials KIMBALL’S EMERGER TP MIDGE…

KIMBALL'S EMERGER MIDGES

KIMBALL’S EMERGER TP MIDGES…

UV PURPLE CHASER 3

UV PURPLE CHASER¬†MIDGE…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1250, #18, Gamakatsu 13U, #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

UNDER ABDOMEN: Krystal Flash UV Purple

SHUCK: Tag end of the above UV Purple Krystal Flash

OVER ABDOMEN: Micro Tubing Purple

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

BEAD: Killer Caddis Diamond Bead, x-sm

*NOTE: On this pattern, tie the UV Purple KF and Micro Tubing on behind the bead, wrap the KF around the hook to the bend first, hold it in the material clip on the vise and then wrap the Micro Tubing back to the bend, then forward, decreasing the tension as ya’ wrap forward…tie off at the thorax…

One may also use a TMC 200r or Daiichi 1270 for this guy but I prefer the hook gape and shape on the Keel ¬†hooks listed with the pattern. Any combo of KF and Micro Tubing may be conjured up for this fly…go for it !

Mat UV PURPLE CHASER MIDGE

Materials UV PURPLE CHASER MIDGE…

UV PURPLE CHASER MIDGES

UV PURPLE CHASER MIDGES…

OWENS VALLEY WINTER MIDGES

OWENS VALLEY in Winter….

DIS'-GO UV MIDGE GRY 1

DIS’-GO UV MIDGE (Gray) …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 Р#22

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

RIB: UTC Wire, Gun Metal Blue, x-sm

OVER ABDOMEN: UV Gray Krystal Flash – * Coat with HAH or SHAN for durability

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Kingfisher Blue – Spirit River

These may be tied using any of the UV colored Krystal Flash products. Use WHITE THREAD beneath the flash…hit it with yer’ UV Torch after completion and watch it light up…reflectivity is the purpose for using that combination and for me, it works…

Mat DIS' GO UV MIDGE

Materials¬†DIS’-GO UV MIDGE (Gray)…

DIS%22 GO UV MIDGES

DIS’-GO UV MIDGES…

OP TUNG FB BLK B -2-

TUNGSTEN OPAL FLASHBACK BLACK BEAUTY – Dorsey/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130 -TMC 2487, #18 Р#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: Lagartun, X-fine, Copper Wire

FLASHBACK: Flasabou, Opal, 1/100″ – *Coat with Hard As Hull or SHAN for durability

THORAX: Iridescent Black Peacock – Spirit River

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

A variation on Pat Dorsey’s pattern which may be tied in a number of colors. This uses Opal instead of Pearl for the Flashback…It is a good deep water pattern…One may also use Ostrich Herl for the thorax but I am a big fan of the Iridescent Peacock colors from Spirit River

Mat OP T BB 1

Materials TUNGSTEN OPAL FLASHBACK BLACK BEAUTY...

OPAL TUNG BB GRP 1

TUNGSTEN OPAL FLASHBACK BLACK BEAUTIES…

 

MORE MIDGE PATTERNS – scroll down

 

Next: Some patterns for Michael…

 

PT/TB

Read Full Post »