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•September 4, 2010 • Leave a Comment

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Been busy…

•November 30, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Things have been pretty busy so the posts have slowed down a bit.  I’ve been doing a bit of tying lately but have not taken pictures.  Most of the work has been filling up the Czech nymph box so I’ll put up some patterns and photos in a few days.

Caddis Larva

•November 23, 2009 • 1 Comment

I picked up this recipe for a caddis larva pattern from Johan Klingberg.  Johan is a fly tier from Sweden who was one of the featured tiers at the Fly Tying Symposium over the weekend.  This a great looking pattern that will sink like a rock.  It will be an excellent pattern to fish with the Polish\Czech nymphing method.  What made this pattern unique was the method in which the dubbing was applied to the hook shank to give that deep segmentation.

Hook:  Partridge CZ hook
Weight: Fine sqaure lead wire wrapped in two layers over bottom third of hook (this is what gives the fly the pronounced lower body)
Rib:  Olive tying thread
Dubbing:  Blue wing olive FlyRite dubbing.  FlyRite is a long fibered synthetic dubbing.  Long fiberes are seperated from the bunch, then overlapped and tied in by the tips.  Twist the fibers into a rope and wrap on hook.  Wraps should not be touching, leave a little gap and fill in with thread ribbing after tying off dubbing.
Legs:  Hen feather

I dug out some FlyRite dubbing and started playing around with it.  I am going to crank out a couple dozen in different sizes/colors.  This should be a good pattern.

A Weekend of Fly Tying

•November 22, 2009 • Leave a Comment

It was a busy weekend indeed!  I spent a full two days at the Inernational Fly Tying Symposium!  Checked out some great speakers, enrolled in a Czech Nymph fly tying class and picked up a bunch of materials I have been looking for.  Here are a few pictures.  I’ll get more up later in the week.

•November 20, 2009 • Leave a Comment

The show starts tommorrow, I’m looking forward to it.  Hope to have
pictures to put up over the weekend.

Great weather…great fishing

•November 19, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Shirt sleeves in November it doesn’t get much better than that.  Not to mention that the streams are full of big beautiful browns.  Its a shame it can’t last forever…

Hare’s Ear Caddis Emerger

•November 19, 2009 • 2 Comments

Fish this fly any time caddis are on the water. This fly is a great imitation of a caddis pupae.

I typically tie the fly un-weighted and tie it on my leader with a loop knot to give the fly plenty of action.  Some times I fish it in the film by itself or behind a dry fly.  But more often I fish it as my top fly in a two or three fly nymph rig.  Don’t be afraid to impart a little movement into the fly.  Swinging or lifting at the end of a drift often brings very aggressive strikes.  I have never varied the basic colors of this fly but I will do my best to match the size of the hatching insects.

❖Hook:  Tiemco 200R size 12-18
❖Thread:  Black Uni 6/0  (8/0 for 16’s & 18’s)
❖Ribbing: Flat gold tinsel or gold wire
❖Dubbing:  Hare’s mask or packaged hare’s ear dubbing (I like Hareline Plus #1 Natural Hare’s Ear which is a fur/antron blend)
❖Hackle:  Hungarian partridge body feather
❖Collar:  Black ostrich herl

Tying Instructions:
Tie in thread near eye of hook and wrap to the rear stopping at a point directly over the barb of the hook.
Tie in you tinsel or wire.
Sparsely dub the tying thread with hare’s ear dubbing and wrap forward, leaving space at the front of the hook for the hackle and collar.
Counter wrap the tinsel or wire forward and tie off. At this time I like to throw in a half hitch or whip finish and brush out the dubbing.  You don’t want to do it after finishing the fly because you may damage the hackle and collar.
Tie in a single partridge feather by the tip and make one or two turns at the most (again think sparse, you imitating legs so you don’t need many fibers).  Stroke the fibers back as you wrap so they sweep back over the body.
Tie in the ostrich herl.  You will need two or three feathers for the larger sizes one will do nicely of the smaller ones.  Twist it with your tying thread, wrap forward and tie off.
Build up a neat thread head tie off, apply head cement if you wish and your done