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These will be a few patterns that Michael has requested that I tie up for his use back East this coming Spring. I will also be testing them out on some Western waters as the weather warms and the flows (finally) subside…These are primarily attractor patterns meant to be fished sub-surface…the next SMATTERING will be surface and film patterns…

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SMATTERING FLY BOX .1

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THE PHANTOM , Vince Wilcox Variant…

HOOK: TMC C200BL, #10 – #14

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

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAIL: 3 Black Pheasant Tail Fibers

ABDOMEN: Black Veevus Body Quill over working thread

RIB: 1 strand DNA Chromosome – * Coat with UV Resin

WINGCASE: 1/32″ Holographic Mylar Motion, Black

GILLS: Fluoro Fibre, White

THORAX: Ice Dub, Purple

BEAD: Silver Tungsten – sized to hook –  *Coat Wingcase with UV Resin

The Phantom is a loose adaptation of Vince Wilcox’s “Little Green Machine” using different materials and having a thinner profile. Here is Vince tying the pattern…

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Moo in the water of the Trout that like the PURPLE…East Walker River

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Materials THE PHANTOM…

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THE PHANTOM(s)…#12’s…

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FLOSS DIVER 

HOOK: Umpqua C300BL, #10 – #14

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive – Abdomen / Veevus 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAG: Chartreuse Fluoro Fibre

OVERABDOMEN: (Over Olive thread) – Chartreuse Flashabou #6962

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer Metallic Thread, Black – #8051*Coat with UV Resin

WINGS: Flexi Floss, White

THORAX: Micro UV Polar Chenille, Black

BEAD: Black Tungsten – sized to hook

A Caddis attractor due for plunking here:

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East Walker River…some residents…

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Materials FLOSS DIVER…

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FLOSS DIVER(s)…#10’s…

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UV2 CCC (Claret/Copper/Coq) Jig…

HOOK: Umpqua 400BL, #10 – #14

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck

ABDOMEN: Claret Veevus Body Quill – over working thread

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer Metallic Lt. Copper #6011 – * Coat with UV Resin

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Herl, Brown – 3-4 fibers

HACKLE: Whiting Natural Coq  De Leon

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

BEAD: Slotted tungsten, Copper – sized to hook

An attractor jig pattern in a dark color with some perky, sparkly hackle…That Micheal will be trying out here:

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Upper Delaware River…

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Materials UV2 CCC (Claret/Copper/Coq) Jig…

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UV2 CCC (Claret/Copper/Coq) Jig(s)…#12’s…

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FLOSS N’ FLASH (BUG) COLLARED GREEN…

HOOK: Tiemco C200BL, #12 – #14

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAIL: Guinea Fowl feather fibers

FLASHBACK: Opal Tinsel, Med.

ABDOMEN:Spanflex, Olive – over working thread base

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, Red – SM. – * Coat with UV Resin

WING: White Fluoro Fibre

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing, Dark Brown

HOT SPOT: Bug Collar (Bozeman Fly Goods), Fl. Orange, – sized to hook

BEAD: Tungsten, Black  – Sized to hook

A pure attractor pattern for use here… in the late Spring…

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East Walker River…

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Materials FLOSS N’ FLASH (BUG) COLLARED GREEN…

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FLOSS N’ FLASH (BUG) COLLARED GREEN(s)…#14’s…

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UV PF TWO TONE STONE – Williams/Variant – Olive- Olive/Brown …

HOOK: Tiemco 403BLJ, #8 – #10

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

BODY: 1 strand each, tied in and brought to hook bend then back behind hook eye – 1 UV Olive / 1 UV Olive Brown

BEAD: Slotted faceted tungsten, Gold -sized to hook

This is the first of a series of variants on Loren William stonefly pattern. Michael has used two of these variants patterns I have tied for him and has done quite well with them. So well, he requested more. Try some…

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Materials UV PF TWO TONE STONE – Olive- Olive/Brown…

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UV PF TWO TONE STONE(s) – Olive- Olive/Brown…#8’s…

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Stone water, in the Canyon of the West Walker River…

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TWO-TONE PF STONE, Brown/Tan – Williams/Variant…

HOOK: Tiemco 403BLJ, #8 – #10

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

LEGS/ANTENNAE: Wapsi Sili Legs, Barred Brown

BODY: 1 strand each, tied in and brought to hook bend then back behind hook eye – Micro Polar Chenille – 1Brown, 1 Tan

BEAD: Slotted Black Tungsten – sized to hook

A second variation on Loren Williams pattern to imitate smaller Brown-ish stonefly nymphs. I would use these in larger CA freestone rivers on the Eastside like the West Walker River and the East Fork of the Carson River as well as some West Slope Sierra waters…see here for suggestions…they would work well on this water as well…

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SFK…Monache Meadows…

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Materials TWO-TONE PF STONE, Brown/Tan…

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TWO-TONE PF STONE, Brown/Tan, #10’s…

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UV DARK PF TWO-TONE STONE – Black/Purple – Williams/Variant …

HOOK: Umpqua U506 #2 – #4

THREAD: UTC 140 Denier, Black

WEIGHT:.025 Lead or Lead Sub.

LEGS/ANTENNAE: Cascade Crest Silicone, Orange/Black

BODY: 1 strand each,tied in and brought to hook bend then back behind hook eye – Micro Polar Chenille – 1 UV Black, 1 UV Purple

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten, Black – sized to hook

A further continuation on the Loren Williams pattern. I prefer stonefly patterns that are suggestive and that have a lot of movement built into their construction…I would fish this wherever these might be found and in the following manner …Below would be a good place to start the follow the migrating hatch upstream (just remember to stay well ahead of it)…

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Above Ennis Lake on the Madison River…

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Materials UV DARK PF TWO-TONE STONE – Black/Purple…

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UV DARK PF TWO-TONE STONE (s) – Black/Purple…#2 & #4…

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TWO TONE PF STONE – Williams/Variant – Olive Brown/Yellow…

HOOK: Umpqua s506, #4

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive

LEGS/ANTENNAE: Cascade Crest Silicone Legs, Olive/Black Flake

BODY: 1 strand each, tied in and brought to hook bend then back behind hook eye – Micro Polar Chenille Yellow/ UV Olive/Brown

BEAD: Slotted tungsten, Gold – sized to hook

Another variation on Loren Williams stonefly pattern which has demonstrated it’s effectiveness on this water for Michael…

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Willowemoc Creek, NY…

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Materials TWO TONE PF STONE…

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TWO TONE PF STONE(s) – #4’s…

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The hook and bead…

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GOLD DEVIL JIG – Steve Parrott/Variant …

HOOK: Umpqua 403 BLJ Hook, #12 – #16

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #61 – Lt. Olive

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck

RIB: UTC Tinsel (Gold side) x-sm –  * coat with UV Resin

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squireell dubbing, Golden Olive

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten, Gold – sized to hook

A Steve Parrott design. For instructions, see the link on the below Blue Devil Jig pattern. Here is another version which is where this guy will be going this Summer with me and Michael…

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Above $3.00 Bridge, on the Madison River, MT…

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Materials GOLD DEVIL JIG…

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GOLD DEVIL JIG(s) – #12’s…

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BLUE DEVIL JIG – Steve Parrott/Variant…

HOOK: Umpqua 400BL Hook, #14 – #16

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub. – *not pictured

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

TAIL: Guinea feather fibers

ABDOMEN: Working thread

RIB: Sulky Holoshimmer Metallic Thread #8052, Royal Blue* Coat with UV Resin

THORAX: Arizona Synthetic Peacock, Black

BEAD: Slotted Faceted Tungsten, Black – sized to hook

A Steve Parrott atractor pattern. The video maybe found HERE…I used Sulky instead of flashabou because it is more durable and a black, instead of Silver, bead to tone it down a bit…

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Materials BLUE DEVIL JIG…

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BLUE DEVIL JIG(s) – #14…

 

NEXT: SMATTERINGS II…What floats

 

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Many moons ago, I was fishing up in Bridgeport, CA when I met an older woman, at the Bridgeport Inn, from Reno, NV that owned property on a small creek that ran off the Eastern Side of the Sierras between Bridgeport and Walker, CA. She invited me to meet her at a locked U.S. Forrest Service gate to gain access to that location, the next morning. I spent the entire day up there and caught Brookies, Browns and Rainbows galore. I stomach sampled a couple of the fish I caught and Drunella flavilienea or Flav  nymphs were in that sampling. That was the first time I became aware of their presence in the Eastern Sierras other than in the Truckee River which runs East out of Lake Tahoe into Reno, NV and beyond. These guys had a distinct grey-ish cast to their otherwise olive color…I’ll get into that later..

Flavs or Lesser Green Drakes, are composed of two species, Drunella flavilinea and Drunella coloradensis. One needs a microscope and entomology degree to distinguish between the two. They are crawlers and they also are ( Hafele & Hughes) the third most important Mayfly hatch, behind the Baetis complex and PMD’s, on moving Western waters.They can be found almost anywhere in the mountainous West. In California, their distribution is widespread and they are probably present in a lot more locations than have been documented. In Montana, they have been found HERE. They may be found hatching from Mid-June through Mid-October from the Pacific to the Rocky Mountains. On most waters the Flav hatch begins when water temperatures creep up towards a steady 55°…I always carry one of these:

FISHPOND STREAM THERMOMETER

Stream Thermometer…

On Hafele & Hughes’ Hatch Importance Ranking Table,  Flavs are ranked in this order of avaiability:

1.Duns & Emergers

2. Nymphs

3. Spinners

I carry all of them…

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A FLAV BOX…288 flies…

SPOT N' SPARKLE SPINNER FLAV -1-

SPOT N’ SPARKLE SPINNER (Flav) …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #12 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Brown – Abdomen / Veevus 14/0, Rust – Thorax forward

TAIL: Coq De Leon fibers, Dun – Set with Zap-A-Gap

ABDOMEN: Rusty Quill Body – Set with Zap-A-Gap

THORAX: Micro Fine Dubbing, Rusty Spinner

SPOT: Razor Foam, Opaque Pink

WING: Polypro Yarn, White

OVER WING: Micro Flash, Light Blue Dun, Pearl – 6 strands

Something that these tired old eyes can see as darkness approaches in not so slick water…see spinner pattern below for additional comment…

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Materials SPOT N’ SPARKLE SPINNER – FLAV…

CDC RUSTY SPINNER CDC RUSTY SPINNER FLAV – René Harrop/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #12 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Brown – Abdomen / Veevus 16/0, Brown – Thorax forward

TAIL: Split fibbetts, Dun – set with Zap-A-Gap

ABDOMEN: Red Quill Goose Biot – set with Zap-A-Gap

THORAX: Micro Fine Dubbing, Rusty Spinner

SPENT WINGS: Posted, then split, CDC White (2 feathers) – topped with Z-Lon, Kinky Light Dun

Most Flav spinner falls will appear on smooth water…at twilight…take a flashlight (Surefire) with you to find the way back…

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Materials CDC RUSTY SPINNER – FLAV…* The thorax dubbing is Micro Fine Rusty Spinner (not pictured)…

FLAV SPINNERS

FLAV SPINNERs – CDC RUSTY, #12 & SPOT N’ SPARKLE , #14…

FLAV BURST WC C-E BURST WC CRIPPLE/EMERGER FLAV…

HOOK: TMC 102Y, #11 – #15

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier Yellow/Olive – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Olive – Thorax forward

SHUCK: Three Ostrich Hel ends, Olive

ABDOMEN: Chartreuse Micro Tubing

BURST WING: Z-Lon, Light Kinky Dun

THORAX: Senyo’s Laser Dub, Olive

WINGCASE: Medallion Sheeting, Brown – * Optional, coat with UV Resin

LEGS: Dyed Olive Partridge, V-notched

This is an experimental pattern that I will put in Michael’s hands, to try out on the Truckee River, when he is up there the first week in August…report to follow in this space…

Mat FLAV BURST WC C-E Materials BURST WC CRIPPLE/EMERGER FLAV… FLAV EMERGERS BURST WC C-E GRP BURST WC CRIPPLE/EMERGER FLAVs… WHITLOCK STRIKE IND -1- Something new, Telstrike indicators, to try out… FLAV UNUSUAL USUAL HC -1- UNUSUAL USUAL FLAV EMERGER – Howard Cole…

HOOK: Daiichi 1190, #12 – #16, TMC 100BL, #12 -#16

THREAD:Tiemco 16/0, Olive – Abdomen / Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun – Thorax forward

TAIL/SHUCK: Lemon Woodduck over Amber Z-Lon

ABDOMEN: Pale Olive Turkey Biot, fringed

THORAX: Fly-Rite Natural Dubbing, Olive

WING: Snowshoe Rabbit, Medium Dun

HACKLE: Grizzly Olive

A Howard Cole design that may be v-notched  or trimmed flat across the bottom, to ride lower in the surface film. I always have a set of scissors in my vest to do additional tinkering with patterns that I carry…

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Don’t leave home without them…

Mat UNUSUAL USUAL FLAV HC Materials UNUSUAL USUAL FLAV EMERGER… FLAVS UNUSUAL USUAL GRP UNUSUAL USUAL FLAV EMERGERs… POSTED SPENTWING FLAV EMERGER  -1 POSTED SPENTWING FLAV EMERGER (Snowshoe Hare’s Foot) -Schollmeyer/Variant

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #12 – #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun

SHUCK: Snowshoe Rabbit, Brown

RIB: 1-2 Strands Persall’s Marabou Silk Floss

BODY: Micro Fine Dub, BWO, Olive

WING: Snowshoe Hare, Light Dun – posted, then split and pulled down to create a fan wing

This is a simple Jim Schollmeyer dun pattern for Flavs. He uses a lot of Snowshoe Hare patterns that are fairly easy to tie and they work. The best Snowshoe Hare that I have found comes from the White Fox Fur & Feather Co. One may call them direct to get their excellent products. Schollmeyer cuts the fur off the foot, cleans it, then splits the bunch, takes the two portions and aligns them and rolls then between his fingers. The fur is then tied in, on a horizontal plane on top of the hook shank. Figure eight wrap, then pull the wing up and take wraps of thread around the base of the fur to post it. Trim the top to the approximate length of the hook shank and tug each portion downward to fan the wing. There is no bump of hair behind the wing to worry about…nice !

Mat POSTED SW FLAV Materials POSTED SPENTWING FLAV EMERGER (Snowshoe Hare’s Foot) … FLAV POSTED EMERGER Top view showing split, posting and fan of snowshoe hare wing… FLAVS POSTED SW SSH POSTED SPENTWING FLAV EMERGERs… ID SH FLAV ID SH FLAV …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560. #12 – #16 or, when they finally become generally available, TMC 113BLH, #12 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Yellow/Olive – Abdomen / Veevus 16/0, Olive – Thorax forward

TAIL: Natural Partridge fibers, Brown

RIB: UTC Flat Gold Tinsel, SM or UTC Hot Yellow Wire, #14- #16

ABDOMEN: Ice Dub, UV Light Olive

THORAX: Ice Dub, Olive

HACKLE: Partridge Natural, Brown feather

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Chartreuse, behind hackle

A generic Soft Hackle that may be fished dead drift or swung, with weight on the leader or on a greased line in the surface film. Try it as a dropper behind a larger Flav Dry pattern…

ID SH FLAV Materials ID SH FLAV… ID SH FLAVS GRP ID SH FLAVs… McGee Creek MCT Yep…there are Flavs, up this high, in the Eastern Sierras – PHOTO MONO COUNTY TOURISM… BOOTY'S FLAV EMERGER 2 BOOTY’S FLAV EMERGER – B. Allen/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110 #12 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Dyed Deer Hair, Olive –*optional, over Brown/Olive Sparkle Emerger Yarn

RIB: 1-2 Strands Persall’s Marabou Silk Floss

ABDOMEN: Nature’s Spirit .6 Pale Olive Dubbing

OVER THORAX: Razor Foam Translucent Olive

WING: Puglisi Trigger Point Int’l fibers, BWO

HACKLE: Dun Saddle

This is a Boots Allen pattern that floats like a cork with the inclusion of Razor Foam in the thorax section. He ties a number of May Fly patterns using this technique, but ya’ got to do some serious looking to find them…

Mat BOOTY'S FLAV EMERGER Materials BOOTY’S FLAV EMERGER… BOOTY'S FLAV EMERGERS GRP BOOTY’S FLAV EMERGERS… CAPTIVE DUN FLAV -2 CAPTIVE DUN Flav – Harrop/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 100BL, #12 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Yellow/Olive – Under abdomen / Veevus 16/0, Olive -Thorax forward

TAIL/SHUCK: Lemon Woodduck over Olive/Brown Sparkle Emerger Yarn

ABDOMEN: Turkey Biot, Caddis Green

THORAX: Micro Fine Dubbing, BWO, Olive

WING/LEGS: Looped Premium CDC, Medium Dun – excess pulled back, tied down then clipped for legs. Use plenty of CDC feathers (4-6)

A Rene’ Harrop pattern that was developed to match Flavs captive in the surface film. His CDC, from the TroutHunter Shop, is some of the best available here in the U.S. He uses a lot of CDC in his patterns. If one is having problems using CDC because of slime, try this trick...

Mat FLAV CAPTIVE DUN Materials CAPTIVE DUN Flav… CAPTIVE DUNs FLAV CAPTIVE DUNs Flav… FLAV CRIPPLE TP-UV2 FLAV CRIPPLE TP/UV2 -Matthews/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #12 – #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Z-Lon, kinky, Tan-ish/Brown

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, BWO

RIB: Cascade Crest Glimmer thread, Red

THORAX: Snowshoe Rabbit foot dubbing, 4. Olive – Nature’s Spirit

WING: Puglisi Trigger Point Int’l fibers, Black

HACHLE: Dun Saddle

This is a variation of a Craig Matthew’s pattern with a red rib and black wing. A black wing will stand out and be more visible in “greasy” sunlight or when there is cloud cover and rain. Emergers & Cripples are probably the two most effective patterns for fishing over a Flav hatch…

MAT TP-UV2 FLAV CRIPPLE Materials FLAV CRIPPLE TP/UV2… FLAV CRIPPLEs TP-UV2 GRP FLAV CRIPPLEs TP/UV2… FLAV GD JACKLIN-HAUGH COMPARADUN FLAV – Jacklin/Haugh Variant …

HOOK: TMC 100BL, TMC 900BL, Daiichi 1110 #12- #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Stiff Dun fibers

RIB: 1-2 strands of DMC Embroidery Floss, Yellow

ABDOMEN: Fly-Rie, #.3 Dark Olive

WING: Comparadun Deer

HACKLE: Dun Saddle – trim across bottom

This is a pattern designed and used by Yellowstone Fly Shop owner, Bob Jacklin by way of tier Byron Haugh. It is an excellent imitation of the Flavs that appear on waters in the YNP area. These May Flies hatch bright green and immediately, their bodies and wings start to darken, once exposed to air.

Mat COMPARADUN FLAV Materials COMPARA DUN FLAV… COMPARADUN FLAVS GRP COMPARA DUN FLAVs… BAT WING FLAV BAT WING FLAV -Petersen/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #12 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Natural Hen Neck Feather fibers

UNDER ABDOMEN: Cascade Crest Micro Floss, Olive

ABDOMEN: Nature’s Spirit Goose Biot, 6. Pale Olive

WING: Fluff at the base of a Dun Hen neck feather

THORAX: Nature’s Spirit Snowshoe Hare Dubbing, 4. Olive

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Lt. Olive, SM

Tracy Petersen’s Bat Wing is one of the best emerger patterns I have ever put in the water. I fish these from the bottom to the top of the water column, with weight or as a dropper. I believe that many  times, Trout take this pattern as an merger that has drowned. In any case, I don’t do a series of a particular may fly without including it…

Mat BAT WING FLAV Materials BAT WING FLAV… BAT WING FLAVS GRP BAT WING FLAVs… WING OF BAT FLAV WING of BAT WING… DK TNT GREEN DRAKE FLAV KORN’S TNT GREEN DRAKE NYMPH (Flav version) – Doug Korn/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #14

THREAD:Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Mottled Oak Turkey Quill fibers

RIB: UTC wire, Hot Yellow, SM

ABDOMEN: 50/50 Mix – DW’s SLF Dubbing, Scud Shrimp Olive / Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dubbing 4. Olive

HACKLE: Natural Pheasant Tail “Philo Feather”, from base of the clump

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Light Olive, SM

Doug Korn knows his Greed Drakes…this is a scaled down version of his Drunella grandis nymph (the big guy) to match the smaller Flav. I would toss this pattern into the drift and swing it into the shallows just about anywhere. That “Philo Fearther”(aftershaft feather) is one of the most underutilized feathers on a Pheasant…see Jack Gartside

Mat KORNS TNT NYMPH GD (FLAV) Materials KORN’S TNT GREEN DRAKE NYMPH (Flav version)… KORNS TNT NYMPH GD (FLAV) GRP KORN’S TNT GREEN DRAKE NYMPHs (Flav version)… ICE GRHE FLAV NYMPM ST HARE’S ICE NYMPH- (Flav) – Schollmeyer-Leeson/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0,Olive – Abdomen / Veevus 16/0, Brown – Thorax forward

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAIL: Fox Squirrel Tail

ABDOMEN: 75/15/10 Mix – Hare’s Ice Dub – 1. Peacock, 2. Olive Brown, 3. Hare’s Ear

RIB: UTC Flat God Tinsel or UTC Hot Yellow SM wire on #16

THORAX: Hare’s Ice Dub, Brown

LEGS: Natural Partridge – Brown

WINGCASE: McFlyLon, Black

This may be fished either deep or higher in the water column, just prior to emergence. Twist-ons for deep nymphing and grease the leader and dab some Frog’s Fanny on it, for just below the surface… or use it as a dropper off a larger Flav Dry pattern. Flavs move towards less boisterous water when hatching (and McFlyLon floats fairly well)… This is one of Schollmeyer and Leeson’s standard nymph pattern’s I added some zip to…

Mat ST HARE'S ICE NYMPH (FLAV) Materials ST HARE’S ICE NYMPH- (Flav)… ST HARE%22S ICE NYMPHs (FLAVs) ST HARE’S ICE NYMPHs- (Flavs)… mike-looking-boulder Michael looking around, on a high elevation river on the North side of YNP, for Df or it’s cousin Dc… CW's LGD EMERGER 2 CW’s FOAM GREEN DRAKE EMERGER (FLAV) – Williams/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #10 – #12…

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

SHUCK: Z-Lon, Olive Brown

ABDOMEN: Premo Goose Biot, BWO

RIB: Ice Thread, Yellow

THORAX: 50/50 Mix- Uv2 Fine & Dry, BWO / Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dubbing .3 BWO

WING: Marc Petitjean CDC, #.1 Blue Dun

HACKLE: Furnace

WINGCASE: Razor Foam, Translucent Black – tie in foam and split at rear with an X-acto knife, tie in wing, dub thorax, hackle over thorax, trim hackle at the top ,pull split foam over the thorax, catching CDC in between and tie down…

This is an interesting design from Chris Williams, who is a tier and Elementary School teacher from Boise, ID. He’s one of those guys that one has to look around for. His patterns have impressed a lot of folks in ID, WY and MT waters…do a search !

Mat CW's FOAM GD EMERGER Materials CW’s FOAM GREEN DRAKE EMERGER (FLAV)… CW's FOAM GD EMERGER GRP CW’s FOAM GREEN DRAKE EMERGERs (FLAVs)… UV2 TP HAIRWING DUN FLAV UV2 TRIGGER POINT HAIRWING DUN (Flav) – Harrop/Variant…

HOOK:TMC 103BL, #11- #15

THREAD:Veevus 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Dyed Grizzly Blue Dun fibers

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, BWO

UNDERWING: Puglisi Trigger Point Int’l. fibers, BWO

WING: Dun dyed Yearling Elk

HACKLE: Dyed Grizzly Blue Dun

This is Harrop’s classic pattern, which may be used as a template for any number of May Fly Emergers. Flavs,when emerging, will generally migrate to softer flows they are not great swimmers and will pulse up and down in the water column before popping just under the surface film or in it…

Mat HAIRWING DUN FLAV Materials UV2 TRIGGER POINT HAIRWING DUN (Flav)…  HAIRWING DUNS FLAV UV2 TRIGGER POINT HAIRWING DUNS (Flav)… SS EMERGER FLAV 1 SNOWSHOE EMERGER – FLAV – Schollmeyer & Leeson/Variant – TMC 206 BL, #12 – #14… Mat SS EMERGER FLAV Materials SNOWSHOE EMERGER – (Flav)… SS EMERGER FLAV GRP SNOWSHOE EMERGERS – (Flavs)…

HOOK: TMC 206BL, #12  #14

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun

SHUCK: Amber Z-Lon

RIB: Datum Glo-Brite #189, Fl.Hot Yellow

ABDOMEN: 75/25 Mix Fly-Rite #3 Dark Olive / Nature’s Spirit .3 BWO Emergence Dub

THORAX: Spirit River UV2 Natural Peacock Eye, (3-4), Twisted on thread

WING: Snowshoe Rabbit, Light Dun

Fish Flav Emergers the same as one would fish a PMD or BWO Emerger. Light tackle, 4x-6x tippet, reach cast and downstream wiggle. In typical freestone headwaters with benches, makes short casts, keep the line off the water and don’t let this fly drag. Hold the rod tip high, as in high stick nymphing…it’s fast and furious fishing…the water below is typical and fortunately there isn’t a lot over overhanging vegetation…when something large comes off the bottom and whacks this guy, it will be worth it…

WWR MONO TOURISM Yep…those guys are in here…PHOTO – Mono County Tourism SH CHUCKY FLAV CHUCKY SURFACE SH (Flav) …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #16

THREAD:Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun -Abdome / Tiemco 16/0, Olive – Thorax forward

TAIL: 4-8 Wood chuck fibers

RIB: Micro Tubing, Red

ABDOMEN: 75/25 Mix – Stalcup’s Micro Fine BWO, Gray/Olive / Ligas #48 E. Nymph

THORAX: Spirit River UV2 Peacock Eye, Brown

HACKLE: Partridge, Natural- Brown

Mat CHUCK SURFACE SH FLAV Materials CHUCKY SURFACE SH (Flav)… CHUCKY SURFACE SOFT HACKLES FLAV GRP CHUCKY SURFACE SOFT HACKLES (Flav)…

This soft hackle patter is meant to be fished just under the surface film, either dead drift or swung. Grease thy line so it hangs high in the water column or use it as a dropper behind a larger dry Flav. There are times when a red ribbed Flav pattern will out perform the more traditional yellow ribbed pattern…don’t ask me… why?

MOO AIMEE SF 4.30.15 SF Michael & Aimee at 32,000′ over Virginia Lakes in the Eastern Sierras, while on their way to San Francisco from N.Y.C. – yesterday, 4.30.2015. They waved at the Flavs for me… THUMPER FLAV NYMPH - 1 THUMPER NYMPH (Flav) …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Brown, Thorax forward

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

TAIL: Spikey fur fibers from a Natural Hare’s Mask – (The fur located between the eyes)

ABDOMEN/THORAX/COLLAR: 75/15/10 Mix – Buggy Nymph, Olive – Natural Dark Hare’s Ear #.2 – Buggy Nymph, Lava Brown

GILLS: Ostrich Herl, Natural Gray – one strand each side, pulled forward

RIB: Gudebrod 10/0 Clear Thread or 5x Mono

UNDER WINGCASE: Razor Foam, Translucent Dun

LEGS: Partridge, Natural Brown, V-Notched

BEAD: Plummeting Tungsten, Brown, sized to hook

THUMPER FLAV NYMPH - 2 TOP THUMPER NYMPH (Flav)…TOP… THUMPER FLAV NYMPH - 3 BOT THUMPER NYMPH (Flav)…BOTTOM… Mat THUMPER NYMPH FLAV Materials THUMPER NYMPH (Flav)… THUMPER NYMPHS FLAV THUMPER NYMPHS (Flavs)…

Keep in mind that Flavs are crawler nymphs. Their availability is moderate. Fish these guys most often on a dead drift, “in glides and slicks between the brief riffles and drops of high gradient streams” (Hafele & Hughes). Keep them inches off the bottom across the breadth of the water column…

MOO SUGAR The THUMPERS, getting their sugar fixes… MOLYBDENITE FLAV 1 MOLYBDENITE NYMPH (Flav)…

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12- #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

WEIGHT: .010 Lead

TAIL: Spikey fibers from a Natural Hare’s Mask – (The fur located between the eyes)

ABDOMEN: 4-6 Select Marabou fibers, twisted together – half each, Shad Gray and Light Olive

RIB: Micro tubing, Olive

THORAX: 75%/25% Mix – SLF Spikey Squirrel, Olive and Natural Muskrat

WINGCASE: Scud Back 1/8″, Black

LEGS: Partridge, Natural Brown

Mat MOLYBDENITE NYMPH FLAV Materials MOLYBDENITE NYMPH (Flav)… MOLYBDENITE NYMPS FLAV GRP MOLYBDENITE NYMPHS…

These are the Flavs I came across on Molybdenite Creek, in Mono County, many years ago. The gray-ish cast comes from the granite rock that characterizes the stream bottoms on the majority of freestones waters flowing off the Eastern Slope of the Sierras. I have also seen this with other members of the Drunella family and in particular, the  Green Drakes that hatch on the Frying Pan River in CO – they have a pink-ish cast. Shane Stalcup designed a specific pattern for this hatch…Try to be observant and match the color and size of the Flavs that might be present in a particular location. Collecting samples and photographing them, on the spot, will greatly enhance one’s knowledge and tying…

Next…a few Sierra, high elevation lake patterns, for MOO

PT/TB

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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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The Batwing Pattern was developed by Tracy Peterson. This is the PMD Emerger based on his design. I first saw this pattern in The Flyfishing & Tying Journal in Spring 2006. I tied up a bunch of the Batwing Baetis Emergers in #16-#20 and just whacked the Trout in here:

Owens River, below 5 Bridges…

This pattern can play a number of different roles – drowned natural, a cripple, a stillborn emerger and even a spinner. This fly may be fished from the bottom of the water column to just under the syrface film. It makes a great dropper…I keep about eighteen of sizes #16 -#20 in my arsenal at all times…Michael puts a lot of these little fellows in the the stream vegetation…

The materials needed for this tie…

Why it is called A Batwing…

Batwing PMD EMERGER…

Hook: Tmc 2487, Daiichi 1130, Mustad C49s – #16-#20

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Brown or Tan

BEAD: Yellow Glass, 2.3mm for #16, 2.0mm for #18 & #20

TAIL/SHUCK: Ginger Zelon or fibers from a Ginger Hen neck

ABDOMEN: Rusty Pheasant Tail fibers

THORAX: PMD Beaver Dubbing

RIB: Wapsi Copper/Brown or Copper sm. or extra sm.

WING: Fluffy butt from a dyed light dun hen hackle

TOP VIEW…

One may substitute a number of different materials to match almost any May Fly hatch…

Michael looks like he has lost one already…West Walker River, CA…

PT/TB

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Finally, I have them in my possession…the creative mind juices have been bubbling for a year…why, it’s even going to be more fun than this…

PT and Angelo…dog paddle session on the Owens River…

Gammakatsu C-16B, Crippled Emerger Hooks # 16-#18…What will the final result look like???

Hmmm, what would this…

combined with this make???…I’m in a “Pickle”…

And, what are these for??? I’d be “Gassed ” to know…

Michael, on the West Walker River says, ” Quit goofing off Dad, I want to get fishing!!!”…

PT/TB

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I have been Fly Fishing in the Bridgeport, CA area since late 1974. It has always been one of my favorite spots in the Eastern Sierras to visit

Back in the day, there were no shoulder to shoulder crowds – one could have the East Walker River to themselves… Then came “THE MOVIE”. There are still many places to find solitude if one is willing to walk…what follows are some photos, through the years, of me and the kids and some places we wet our lines…

Bridgeport, CA…a gem in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains…

Michael, working the willows with a RAM Caddis, along the bank of the East Walker River on a hot August day…many years ago…

The wee tyke Ally, hanging with the fellas on the East Walker River…just over her right shoulder is the little island that no longer exists in the meadow section…

Ally, getting mentally prepared for a day on Little Virginia Lake..fly and bubble or just a fly rod?…

Ally, looking down the mountain towards Bridgeport in the East at twilight in the Fall…

Bridgeport Res. in the background after a day on Trumbull Lake…

Looking West towards Nevada from a high vantage point off the road to Virginia Lakes…

Virginia Creek canyon in the Fall, lots of Brookies and Mule deer in here…

Seal Bugger and Bubble day on Little Virginia Lake,,,we were the ONLY people there that day…late Fall…

Michael, changing patterns on the East Walker River…

Michael, learning how to roll cast his nymph inches off the bank and under the overhanging willows…where the “BIG BOYS” lie…East Walker River…

Michael, up in the canyon on the West Walker River…Burke’s Aggravators # 10, punched ’em here…this day…

Hello Mr. Trout…

A Chart. Seal Bugger, Rainbow and PT

Michael re-rigs on the West Walker River…

That looks like some nice water!!!…

So…Michael prepares to drop his fly into it…

If one is fortunate enough to visit this area, I highly recommend contacting the fellows at Ken’s Sporting Goods in Bridgeport. Jim Reid, the owner and operator of that emporium, has been a good friend for a very long time. It is also possible to follow his FB Page for updates on conditions and good places to fish…the East Walker Forum is currently shut down…Also visit my good bud, Carolyn (a Fly Tier par excellence) at Virginia Lakes Resort, …

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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