Posts Tagged ‘Walter Wiese’

As I said in a previous post, I have a couple of open spots in my Fall Caddis box for a pattern that appears on certain Eastern Sierra waters in late September through October. This Caddis is one of the least researched in the world. It was first noted, in this area of California, in 1977 – near here:

The version that appears on the Firehole and Madison rivers during Spring and Fall, was first misidentified by Craig Matthews as being an Oecetis…that has since been corrected…I had originally intended to put up two patterns…as usual, I have gotten carried away and will post more than that…here are three so far…more will follow with links, recipes and additional information…Walter Wiese and Craig Matthews have provided the most in-depth research into this Caddis species and representations thereof…

BUG # 1.


HOOK: Alec Jackson, North Country, #15-#17

THREAD: Gordon Griffith, 14/0, Olive

ABDOMEN: Arizona Diamond Hair, Pearl Green

THORAX: Arizona Peacock, Light Peacock

HACKLE: Light Gray Partridge

This is a soft hackle pattern that was developed by Craig Matthew’s at Blue Ribbon Flies and also tied by Walter Wiese from Park’s Fly Shop in Gardiner, MT…It is for the hatches of this bug on the Firehole and other rivers around Yellowstone National Park…HERE is Walter’s video version…I like the Alec Jacson North Country Hooks for this pattern and adapt the materials to what works for me…

BUG # 2.


HOOK: TMC 900BL, #16-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith, 14/0, Olive

ABDOMEN: Creamy Golden Olive Dubbing Mix…(My Own)

WING: White Zelon

HACKLE: Dun, Cream or White _ I like Grizzly Dun – ties 1x-2x, OVERSIZE

WAKING POST: Two strands of White Zelon (from wings), clipped long-ish


This pattern, again, developed by Matthews, imitates the adult. The waking post adds to the fly’s effectiveness when swung, and skittered. The BRF Video may be found HERE…

BUG # 3.



HOOK: TMC 900BL, #16-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith, 14/0, Olive

SHUCK: Amber Zelon

ABDOMEN: 50% Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dub, Cream, #11 /  50% White Antron

WING: Looped strand of White Zelon

HEAD: Natures Spirit Tan Emergence Dub, #42

Another Craig Matthews pattern with the waking post…The video is HERE…Walter Wiese ties this pattern Clacka Style

BUG # 4.


HOOK: TMC 900 BL, #16-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith, 14/0, Olive

EGG SAC: Green Zelon, clipped short

ABDOMEN: 50% Arizona Diamond Hair, pearl Green / 25% White Antron / 25% SLF Prish, Pearl

WING: White Snowshoe Hair, Split

HEAD: Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dub, Tan, #42

Very simple and based on A Jim Schollmeyer design…this fly may be treated with WATERSHED, if desired…fish dead drift or swung and pulled under, at the end of the drift…

BUG # 5.

WHITE MILLER SUPER PUPAE – Wiese…( Tied Ed Story / Crackleback Style)

HOOK: Daiichi 1560 or TMC 3761, #16-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith, 14/0, Olive

ABDOMEN: 50% Nature’s Spirit Emerger Dub, Cream, # 11 / 50% SLF Prism Pearl

HACKLE: Ginger Rooster, 1X oversize, Tied Crackleback Style, may be clipped stream side – if desired

THORAX: 50% Arizona Peacock, Light Peacock / 50% Light Golden Antron

This is a Walter Wiese pattern that is pictured HERE…I took artistic license. Walter notes, in one of this videos, that the Golden Olive coloration of this insect has to be customized with dubbing mixtures…

If one desires to learn more about this Caddis, start HERE and HERE

The TROUT in this place already have done their HOMEWORK…

NEXT: Finishing that OC and on to BAETIS


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These are three great Caddis patterns…So, next in and out my vise will be a combination of all three with a twist...LITERALLY

Dennis Potter’s Opal X Caddis…

Walter Wiese’s Olive Clacka Caddis…(link updated 1/16/11)

Craig Matthew’s Amber Iris Caddis…


HOOK: TMC 102Y, # 13 – # 19

THREAD: Gordon Griffith, 14/0 Sheer, Black, Tan or Olive

TAIL/SHUCK: Clear Antron yarn, twisted

ABDOMEN: UTC Opal Tinsel ( wrapped over thread) or thread body, tan or olive with a strip of Opal tinsel over the body)

RIB: Fine Lagartun wire -silver or gold

UNDERWING: 3 strands. pearl or olive pearl Midge flash

OVERWING: Loop of straight Zelon, white, tan or light olive

THORAX: FLY-RITE ,extra fine poly dubbing, brown or olive, dubbed thin

HACKLE: Olive, Brown or Dun Grizzly – clipped on bottom


I think I will drop it in here:

If Michael would just get out of the way…


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Walter just ties great patterns!!! Here are some Caddis from the Clacka Family that he put up on the Fly Fisherman Forum. It reminds me of Craig Matthews’ IRIS CADDIS with the addition of hackle: I know a stretch of the Stillwater River, MT that this pattern would certainly come in real handy at about 7PM in August…

Just up along the right hand bank…

The full CLACKA CADDIS FAMILY selection may be found HERE


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If one has followed this BLOG, one is well aware of my affinity for Fly Shops around the Yellowstone area. Park’s Fly Shop has a very useful,- and growing – list of Tying Videos for patterns which work in lot of other places besides Yellowstone National Park. Their latest is the R.A.M Caddis, one of my favorite wet patterns…


Here is the video for this pattern: R.A.M. Caddis

And the link to other great fly pattern videos…

Time to get tying, the “MOTHER’S DAY” will soon be upon us…


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These are some attractor patterns that I use. When no Trout are rising, when the water is off-color, when it (or I ) is/am very cold, I pull these guys out of my boxes and affix them to my tippet…


HOOK: TMC 5262, # 10- # 18, (or similar hook)

WEIGHT: Non toxic lead substitute

BEAD: Gold , Copper or Black Tungsten

THREAD: UNI 8/0 or Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Black

TAIL: Pheasant Tail Fibers, quantity dependent on hook size

RIB: Gold or Silver Tinsel

ABDOMEN: Peacock Herl

WINGCASE: Razor Foam 2mm., Red, Orange, Green, Yellow, Pink or Black

THORAX: Olive/Brown Ice Dub ( Pink Ice Dub…yessss)

LEGS: Optional, rubber, variegated

A pattern developed by Guy Jeans for the Kern River in the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains. It imitates Stone flies and some May fly species that inhabit that sometimes brawling freestone fishery. I have found this pattern to be effective throughout the Western US. I have caught many nice Trout on the East Walker River fishing this fly with a pink wing case in May…This is a good one for swift pools, behind and alongside boulders and through tail outs – fished deep

Guy Jean’s famous Kern Emerger pattern

Hook: TMC 5262 # 10 -18

Thread: Uni 6/0 or 8/0

Tail: Black Hen feathers

Rib: Gold tinsel, ( I use XSM gold wire for # 18 )

Abdomen: Peacock herl

Wingcase: Razor foam, pick yer’ color!

Legs: Here ,black Raineys rubber,but one could experiment!

Thorax: Peacock Ice Dub,Peacock Herl, SLF Prism Peacock or Arizona Peacock dubbing

Bead: Tung with lots of lead or non toxic sub. on thorax

Check out the Kern River Forum. Those guys up there use this fly throughout the year with great success. Guy Jean opened up his shop in Kernville several years ago and is a champ when it comes to doing good things for the Kern River and other local waters. Drop in and see him!

Here is another version that is beadless:




HOOK: Mustad CO68, TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120, # 12- #18

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths, 14/0, Black, Brown or Olive

BEAD: Gold, Copper or Black

WIRE: Chart. for Olive, Red for Tan/Brown

ABDOMEN: Olive Mottled Turkey Tan/ Brown Mottled Turkey

WING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, White/Clear or White Zelon

THORAX: Peacock Herl or Peacock Ice Dub

A Walter Wiese pattern out of Park’s Fly Shop in Gardiner, MT where Walter guides. This pattern was developed as an improved Shop Vac to imitate emerging Caddis Pupa.The original Shop Vac came out of BRF in West Yellowstone, MT. These flies will take Trout when offered at the proper time to imitate both Hydropsyche and BraychycetrusI have found these patterns to be very effective and employ them everywhere…


Hook: TMC 2457,2487 or Diiachi 1120, 1130 # 16-20

Thread: Danville # 47, 6/0

Wire: Gold, xsm

Wing: Strand of White Zelon, clipped

Thread at head: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Black

Bead: Tung or Metal, Gold

The original- fish vaccum via BRF, Craig Matthews and designer Rowan Nymen. I also tweak this simple pattern with 3 strands of midge pearl flash under the wing and I tie it using UTC 70 Olive for the body. Faux Shop Vac here.


HOOK: TMC 2457, Mustad CO68 or other Scud hook, # 12 – # 18

THREAD: UNI 6/0, 8/0, or Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Dark Brown

ABDOMEN: Peacock Herl

RIB: Fine Gold or Copper wire

WING: White Zelon

THORAX: Brown Ostrich Herl

BEAD: Gold or Copper

Another Wiese fly pattern. Peacock Herl is one most effective material to incorporate into a searching fly. Weight may be added via a tungsten bead or non toxic wire wraps under the thorax. I have found that fish will take this guy fished dead drift or swung…the Zelon wing acts as a trigger…


Left over Klink

Hook: Partridge 15BN, #16-20

Thread: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, or Benechi 12/0 brown, olive or black

Tail: brown, olive or black hen neck

Abdomen: Wapsi UTC 70, brown, olive-brown, rusty- brown, olive or black / covered with clear micro tubing or color desired.

Rib: Wapsi x-sm gold, copper or silver

Thorax: (Behind a copper, gold or silver bead) olive brown, UV black or peacock Ice Dub

Wing/legs: brown, olive or black hen neck

So I have these remaining Klinkhammer hooks and what to do? I like it better in the available small sizes than the TMC 200R – superior gape. The fish seem to like it ( think Flav, Mahogany etc…) Rust bites back on the Stillwater!

And, here are two more in different color combinations…this pattern is one of my favorites..,




HOOK: TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120, Mustad CO68, # 10 -# 18

THREAD: Uni. Olive, 8/0 or Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Olive

BEAD: Copper, Gold or Black

TAILS: Brown Goose Biots

RIB: Gold or Copper wire

BODY: Light Arizona Peacock Dubbing

THORAX: Natural Peacock Arizona Dubbing

WINGS: White Goose Biots

A Jeremy Davies designed fly. ANYTHING that he designs catches Trout. This is his simpler version of the Prince Nymph tied on a curved hook. Many years ago, Jeremy had a link to a plethora of flies that he put together for the Bow River. That link no longer exists…however, I wrote all the recipes down…I now know why I did that…


HOOK: TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120, Mustad CO68 or other scud hook, # 12 – # 18

THREAD: UNI 8/0 Olive or Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Olive

TAIL: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Olive

RIB: Chart. or Metallic Green Wapsi wire

ABDOMEN: Caddis Green Ice Dub

THORAX: Olive/Brown SLF Prism

OVER ABDOMEN 1.: Optional, Pearl mylar or Black Krystal Flash

OVER ABDOMEN/WING CASE 2.: Olive Thin Skin or Scud Back

WINGS: Brown Goose Biots

BEAD: Copper or Gold

Some minor tweaking on Jeremy Davies’ venerable “EVIL WEEVIL” series.This is a flashy tie for early Spring and high, cloudy water…



HOOK: TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120, Mustad CO68, # 12 – # 18

THREAD: UNI 8/0 Black or Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Black

TAIL: Black Rabbit, long hairs cut from mask, underfur combed out

RIB: Silver wire or Silver Mylar tinsel

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Mask ,#4

OVER ABDOMEN 1.: Pearl Mylar

OVER ABDOMEN 2.: Clear Scud Back

THORAX: Black Ice Dub

WINGCASE: Clear Scud Back

WINGS: White Goose Biots

BEAD: Black Tungsten or Black with non toxic lead wraps

Another tweak on the “EVIL WEEVIL”, fished deep, in the Spring, where and when Stone Flies are present and moving towards shore…


HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – # 18

THREAD: Uni 8/0 Black or Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Black

TAIL: Ginger Furnace Hen Hackles

RIB: Metallic Red Wapsi wire


WING: White Zelon

HACKLE: Ginger Furnace Hen

BEAD: Spirit River, Hot Orange

A combo soft hackle, combo meaning that designs from Rick Takahashi and “Pop” from “Let it Fly “in Pagosa Springs, CO influenced the final tie…This one will get a work out on the East Walker and Lower Owens..Michael gets to try it first ( then just let me try to pry the box out of his vest – good luck)…


HOOK: TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120, Mustad CO68,or other scud hook, # 12 – # 18

THREAD: Uni 8/0 Black or Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black

TAIL: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Natural

OVER ABDOMEN/ OVER THORAX: Olive Scud Back or Thin Skin

RIB: Gold or Copper wire

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Mask, Olive # 3


WINGS: Rusty Brown Goose Biots

BEAD: Gold or Copper, Tungsten or Brass

Another “Evil Weevil”…as one can see, numerous variations and possibilities…this is a good early Spring pattern…


HOOK: Alec Jackson, North Country, # 13 & # 15

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Brown

ABDOMEN/THORAX: Amber Hareline Krystal Dubbing

WING: Amber Zelon

HACKLE: Natural Partridge

BEAD: Glass Bead, Metallic


HOOK: Alec Jackson, North Country, # 13 & # 15

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths, 14/0, Olive

ABDOMEN/THORAX: Olive Krystal Dubbing

WING: Grey Sparkle Emerger Yarn

HACKLE: Hen neck, brown

BEAD: Glass Bead, Metallic

Both the above flies are Wiese soft hackle Caddis imitations meant to be swung in the current with a lift and drop at the terminus of the swing. I particularly like to use this method on the Stillwater and Madison Rivers in Montana in the evening during hatches of the respective species these colors imitate…

I would be remiss if I did not put up this pattern. It was the first nymph that I tied out on the water, on the Madison River at Valley Gardens in August 1975, not the best time to be FF down in the channels section above Ennis Lake. This fly appeared in Fly Fishing Magazine in early 1975. It is called the “Mink Thing”…I have tied it on a wide variety of hooks with beads and without – with hackle and without. I have mixed sable into the blend. I still use this pattern in shades ranging from light tan to dark brown. The mink ( and sable) retain air bubbles which adds to the effectiveness of the fly…no Frogs Fanny needed!!! I weight the body of the fly heavily…it is one of the BEST early Spring, cold water imitations I have ever used…

“Mink Thing” at Valley Gardens on the Madison River 1975…

It is right here, in this Nymph box, that I still use…


I have a few more that I am working on that will be posted soon…


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