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So I got this BOX… and decided to fill it with soft hackle fly patterns for our trip to Montana ( me & Michael).None of these patterns were tied with lead so that they would be legal to use on Yellowstone National Park waters. I finished the box just before going up to the Sierras with my family and with the express purpose of getting my Grandson Miles into his first Trout. He was enamored with this fly box and got me to let him use a couple of flies herein. Good move on his part, one of the below fly patterns just wiped ’em out… 🙂

Sierra Brookie…(8,23.2017)

Hoover Wilderness….

Michael says bring MORE soft hackles… :)…8.23.2017

COMPLETED FALL SOFT HACKLE BOX…

RICHARD WHEATLEY 6″ BLACK BOX…

Somebody was on Willowemoc Creek on July 29 – 30… 🙂

Something to get flies down quick that is not lead (suggested for 4x leaders and larger)…Lead is a big No-No in YNP, in flies or on leaders and tippets…

This batch is just about ready to go into the box…

INTERIOR…

Many of the patterns going inside will be hackled with THIS:

…and THIS, because Fall is a great time to swing soft hackle fly patterns in the waters in and around Yellowstone National ParkEverything in this box will be soft hackle patterns…Starting with this:

MICRO FLOSS IN LIGHT OLIVE SH…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

ABDOMEN: Micro Floss, Light Olive – Cascade Crest

RIB: Ultra Wire, Olive, x-sm

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Light Olive

HACKLE: Grizzly Hen Neck, Olive – Wapsi

Just a tiny Olive soft hackle to match tiny Olive bugs in the drift…

Materials MICRO FLOSS IN LIGHT OLIVE SH…

MICRO FLOSS IN LIGHT OLIVE SHs…#16’s…

YELLOW SOFTIE..

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 -#14

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Ice Dub, Fl. Yellow

RIB: Ultra Wire, Brown, SM

THORAX: Hare’s Ear Plus, #2. Dark Hare’s Ear

HACKE: Brown-ish Partridge

I purloined this pattern from Fly Fishing In Yellowstone National Park. It is reported that it works well on the Firehole. I’ll try it next time I go when the wind isn’t blowing sideways and it isn’t snowing…

Materials YELLOW SOFTIE…

YELLOW SOFTIEs…#14’s…

BARKER’S BAETIS – McGee

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dark Speckled

ABDOMEN: Black thread

RIB: Fl. Chartreuse Veevus Body Quill over Ultra Wire Chartreuse, x-sm

HACKLE: Purple Starling

BEAD: Tungsten Nickel, sized to hook or oversized to drop faster

Allen McGee and I are the only people I have seen tie with the Dyed Purple Starling from White Fox Fur & Feather Co. This is his creation and I doubt it has anything to do with the Barker’s found on these posts….

Materials BARKER’S BAETIS…

BARKER’S BAETIS…#18’s…

BWO UV2 TRANSITION FLYMPH – McGee/Variant …

HOOK: Fulling Mill 35050, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Zelon, Olive Brown

ABDOMEN: Polish Quill, Olive – * Coat with UV Resin

THORAX: UV2 BWO Dubbing

HACKLE: Dun Hen Neck – Metz #2

Small, generic Olive Mayfly imitation good in this size and smaller for Baetis/ BWO hatches

Materials BWO UV2 TRANSITION FLYMPH…

BWO UV2 TRANSITION FLYMPH…#18’s…

GOLD PROSPECTOR-McGee/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 3761, #12 – #16

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Gold – Underabdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Olive – Thorax forward

TAIL: Grizzly Marabou, Tan

ABDOMEN: UTC Wire , Hot Yellow SM or Brassie

THORAX: Mink, Natural Tan 42. –Wapsi, combed off hide and chopped

HACKLE #1: Grizzly Marabou Tan, 1 turn

HACKLE #2: Grizzly Hen Neck, Brown – Wapsi

BEAD: Gold Tungsten, sized to hook – * I placed a tiny dubbed wrap of Mink behind the bead

I am on the Firehole River, it is snowing, I am freezing, I tie on one of these and cast it to the far bank quartering downstream. As the fly begins to rise, on it’s swing downstream – BAM!!!…and so it was…

On the Firehole…swinging soft hackles…

Materials GOLD PROSPECTOR…

GOLD PROSPECTORs…#12’s…

SHUCK EMERGER (Nectopsyche albida) McGee/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 102Y, #15

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Straight White Zelon

ABDOMEN: Fine  & Dry Dubbing, Creamy White

UNDERWING: Mallard Flank, Natural

OVERWING: Marc Petitjean Select CDC, White

HACKLE: Grizzly Hen Neck – Wapsi

Tis is an merger imitation of the famous “White Miller Caddis” that one sees in the late Spring and Fall on the Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park. We didn’t see many of these fellows skittering around over the surface of the water while we were there – it was snowing…

Materials SHUCK EMERGER (Nectopsyche albida)…

SHUCK EMERGERs (Nectopsyche albida)…#15’s…

MADISON DRIFTER…

HOOK:  McGee/Variant – TMC 5262, #12 – #16

THREAD:Danville 6/0, #47 Tobacco Brown

TAIL: Strung Marabou23. Brown – Nature’s Spirit

ABDOMEN: Haretron Dubbing, Dark Brown

RIB: Holoshimmer, #6055, Cranberry

THORAX: Ice Dub, Chocolate Brown

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

HACKLE: Hungarian Partridge, dyed Brown

A mid-bead, generic soft hackle. Michael used this as a dropper on a two fly rig while fishing the Madison in YNP, in the snow….

Materials MADISON DRIFTER…

MADISON DRIFTERs…#14’s…

KINGFISHER PEACOCK SH…

HOOK: Alec Jackson Covert Nymph Hook, #11 – #15

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

ABDOMEN: Dyed Peacock, Kingfisher Blue – Spirit River (now Hareline)

RIB: Ultra Wire, Gold, SM or Brassie

HACKLE: Partridge

Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner. My Grandson Miles made me pull one of these out of the soft hackle box on our family trip up to the Eastern Sierras. I can’t even tell ya’ how many Trout we caught on this fly…it was  unbelievable…

Materials KINGFISHER PEACOCK SH…

KINGFISHER PEACOCK SHs…#13’s…

STRUNG RED & PINK SH…

HOOK: TMC 113 BLH, #12 – #14

THREAD: UTC 70 denier, Black

TAG: Datum Glo-Brite #3. Red

ABDOMEN: Peacock Herl, strung Red – Wapsi

RIB: Ultra Wire, Fl. Pink, SM

HACKLE: Partridge

Another in the progression of Peacock and Partridge. I particularly like thee TMC 113 BLH hooks. The heavier version of the TMC 103 BL Hook

Materials STRUNG RED & PINK SH…

STRUNG RED & PINK SHs…#12’s…

UV2 3P’s SH (Purple) …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #14 – #18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Wine

ABDOMEN: Ringneck Pheasant, Dyed Purple

RIB: Holoshimmer Opalescent Metallic Thread

THORAX: UV2 Peacock, Purple – Spirit River (now Hareline)

HACKLE: Partridge

Something thin and in purple pheasant tail. Another good attractor for lakes and mining water…3 P’s being Pheasant, Peacock & Partridge

Materials UV2 3P’s SH (Purple)…

UV2 3P’s SHs (Purple)…#14’s…

CHARTREUSE TAG P & P SH …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 denier, Black

TAG: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #11

ABDOMEN: Strung Peacock Herl

RIB: Ultra Wire, Chartreuse, SM

HACKLE: Partridge

Another variation on the Peacock and Partridge theme using chartreuse floss for a tag. These kinds of soft hackles work very well on Montana Rivers. On some occasions, Tout will key in on the tag color so I tie a lot of them using silver, gold, red, chartreuse, blue, pink and copper wire as well as different colors of floss…just experiment…

Materials CHARTREUSE TAG P & P SH…

CHARTREUSE TAG P & P SHs – fourth aisle from the left – # 14’s…

DMC EMERGING BWO SH…

HOOK: TMC 100 SPBL, #18 – #20

THREAD: Benecchi 12/0, Olive

SHUCK: Gray spooled Antron

ABDOMEN: DMC Embroidery Floss # 640

THORAX: Hareline dubbing, Olive Brown #30.

HACKLE: Metz #3 Hen Neck, Dun

A small, emerging, BWO soft hackle to swing. Grey-is colors are predominate in some areas of the West so it it wise to have some of these in this color when one encounters them…


Materials DMC EMERGING BWO SH…

DMC 640 Floss…

DMC EMERGING BWO SHs…#18’s…

BLEACHED FALL FURNACE SH…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – #16

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Yellow

TAIL: Hungarian Partridge, Brown

ABDOMEN: Bleached PT Fibers – Nature’s Spirit

RIB: UTC Wire, SM, Rust

THORAX: UV2 Natural Peacock

HACKLE: Hen Neck, Furnace – Wapsi

A Pheasant Tail attractor, soft hackle. Like to use these in both moving and stillwater…

Materials BLEACHED FALL FURNACE SH…

BLEACHED FALL FURNACE SHs…#14’s…

AMBER TRILOBAL SH …

HOOK: Alec Jackson Covert Nymph Hook, #13 – #15

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Hot Orange

TAG: Working thread

ABDOMEN: Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dubbing, 70. Amber – use a sparse dubbing loop, brush out and trim

HACKLE: Hen Neck, Ginger – Wapsi

An attractor style caddis-y soft hackle which, when done sparsely, allows the tying thread to stand out under the dubbed abdomen…I like this for Fall and Spring Trout fishing…

Materials AMBER TRILOBAL SH…

AMBER TRILOBAL SHs…#13’s…

UV2 DATUM #3 COACHMAN SH …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – #16

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Black

TAILS: Stripped Goose Biots, Brown

ABDOMEN: 2 separate wrapping of peacock herl

MID-SECTION: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #3 Red

HACKLE: Grizzly Hen Neck, Brown – Wapsi

A simple Coachman type attractor, soft hackle. A time tested format that works just about anywhere Trout dwell…

Materials UV2 DATUM #3 COACHMAN SH…

UV2 DATUM #3 COACHMAN SHs…#12 & #14…

SMOLT N’ STEEL SH …

HOOK: TMC 113 BLH, #12 – #14

THREAD: Abdomen – Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Sheer, Black / Head – Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Sheer, Red

ABDOMEN: Veevus Iridescent Thread,  Smolt Blue

RIB: Ultra Wire, Blue, SM

THORAX: Ice Dub Blue Steelie

HACKLE: Natural Grizzly Hen Neck – Wapsi

Another “off-the-wall” blue attractor, soft hackle fly pattern. I like to employ these guys where I am quite confident that the fish have never seen anything  quite like them before…the results are usually very positive…

 

Materials SMOLT N’ STEEL SH…

SMOLT N’ STEEL SHs…#12’s…

DIVER SH  (B. americanus) …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #16 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

EGG SAC: Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dubbing, 20. Caddis Green

ABDOMEN: Buggy Nymph Dubbing, Brownish/Olive – Metz

WING: Hi-Vis Antron, White

HACKLE: brownish Partridge

This pattern is to match the Fall Grannom which appears her in the West. Major hatches occur in September and October in the Eastern Sierras and in Montana as well. This is the female diving version which may be fished deep and swung…

Materials DIVER SH  (B. americanus)…

DIVER SHs  (B. americanus)…#16’s…

GOLD TAG P & P SOFT HACKLE …

HOOK: TMC 5262, # 12 – #18

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Sheer, Red

TAG: UTC Gold Wire, Sm or x-sm

ABDOMEN: UV2 Peacock, Natural

RIB: UTC Gold Wire, SM or x-sm

HACKLE: Partridge

A simple Peacock and Partridge Soft Hackle with a gold tag. I have used these around Varney Bridge on the Madison River in September and they have been very effective…


Materials GOLD TAG P & P SOFT HACKLE

GOLD TAG P & P SOFT HACKLEs…#16’s…

PURPLE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SH …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #18, TMC 5262, #12 – #18

THREAD: Ultra 70 Denier, Purple

RIB: Lagartun Silver wire, Fine or X-Fine

ABDOMEN: Purple Iridescent Peacock Herl – Spirit River

HACKLE: Partridge

This is one of the most useful fly patterns I have used for high elevation, stillwater Trout over the last five years. I wanted to have an ample supply for my grandson Miles and Michael to use up in the Sierras…

PURPLE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SOFT HACKLES – TMC 5262, # 16’s…

Materials PURPLE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SOFT HACKLES

 

NEXT:  MONTANA/BRIDGEPORT Trip

 

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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…

floss-n-flash-bug-collared-green-grp

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

 

PT/TB

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