Saturday, December 31, 2011

Chapter 12, a series of fly pages

Chapter 12 page 24. Page 24 is the original tie of the chapter 12, it has a chartreuse and black life flex body.

chapter 12 page 30. chartreuse and purple with a black under body. This one tied with a grey under body will make the colors much brighter. Head only had one coat of varnish.

chapter 12, page 31 purple and fluorescent pink with a grey under body.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Winter session 2

 Well, got out again today. Fished with my friend again. I met up with him on one of my favorite stretches on streams. By the time I arrived, he had already got two. This is the first time I fished this area since before the hurricane and snow.  Several areas where changed dramicaly, by the storm. It was ok because it actully made them better. 

 In my rush to get out of the house, I forgot to bring my camera. So no pics.  We fished up through the stretch both getting more then four. The u.v high test hares was the top producer, followed by the fabled wooly bugger. An all black bugger produced very well today. There was many midges hatching, but trout dont rise much on this stream, well at least not for midges.    Looking forward for the warm winter weekend ahead.

The First winter flying fishing sessions.

Well, got out yesterday around noon, with my friend.   I find winter fishing to more productive at the warmest parts of the day, so i dont bother showing up at dawn most times.  The wind wasnt bad, and the air was cold but the trout didnt care. The bite was good for several hours and we each produced more than four.  The top producing flies where the U.V. High test hares ear, and  a rubber legged copper John. 

 The one area we fished, has a house that sits very close to the stream. They have a couple dogs fenced into the backyard.  The run below is a great one, it has always produced well for both of us. My friend put many drift through the run and no takes. Small pieces of leaf litter started coming down the stream, the home owner was sweeping his deck off, and some of the debris were making there way into the stream.  I looked down at the debris going because i noticed what appeared to be dog food drifting by. I looked back up streams and then the stream blew up! Trout started going nuts. They were eating the dog food pellets as they drifted down stream.  We both laughed and we asked on another if we had a dog food fly on us.   Now we now why there is always trout in that particular run!

A beautiful freestone steam. Reminds me a lot of the Delaware.

An upside down brown. In the winter i take very fast pictures, no posing in the cold.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Frostbite chironomid tutorial, and season greetings.

Seasons Greetings Everyone!
  The origins of this fly is unknown according to the book Modern Midges. However it is extremely similar to the Brian Chan's Frostbite Midge.  I am sure there is some story there, but what it is, I dont know.  I will say it is an effective pattern for sure. Its a simple tie and can be tied in different colors. Size range from a 14 to as small as you tie them. I like the in size 18-22.
Lets twist one up.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The NPA midge tutorial and video

 This is the NPA chironomid. The NPA was devised by someone at the North Park Anglers.  Its a simple and effective fly. Can be tied in range of colors and sizes. Black, Olive, Red, White, in sizes 12-20. You can go smaller with them if you wish. I like them in size 18-20.

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Thread-Red utc 70
Rib-Fine silver wire
Thorax- Peacock hurl
Wing case- White antron
Breathers- White antron
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Monday, December 19, 2011

Big Mac Tutorial and Montana Mac video

A big mac pile, with Montana Macs mixed in.
  The Big mac pupa was devised by John Tavenner. He is a guide, fly tier an fly designer out in New Mexico. He has developed many patterns that are now the bread and butter on the San Juan. Here is John's site.

  The Big Mac is an effective pattern, that works great on limestone streams, as well as tail water fishers.  The fly can be varied in colors and ribbing in between the micro tubing. You can let your imagination run wild with this pattern.  The sizes i find to be effective are 18-22. #16s will work as well.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

P.F.F. Fly tying mini jam

Well, yesterday i spent the day and evening with a great group of guys from the Pa. Fly Fish. The event was held at the Lehigh gap nature center. Which was a great locations for it. There were many demo tiers there and everyone was an excellent tier.  I demoed the Trout Bane. In which i was told i beat the fastest tie record.  We had dinner at the river walk. Good food and huge beers.  It was a great time and I would surely do it again.  Click the read more link on the bottom left there.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The wind, a small spring creek, and wild trout.

  Well, Got out today for some flying. I headed on over to Pa, and to my second favorite spring creek.  The wind was blowing, but the air was mild. The trout were biting well, there was a minor midge hatch, but not enough to get the fish going. I nymphed the afternoon away. The trout were very eager to take the high test hares ear, I put  a zug bug as trailer about half way through the stretched i fished. The zug bug was a killer today.  I have no clue why this fly is being forgotten. It never lets me down and its easy to tie.  The take for the U.V. high test were gentle, but the zug got crushed every take.   I was happy to get a trifecta. I always enjoy the beauty of each trout i catch, so i do take a lot of pictures.  Well i fished to about 4 and covered a good mile of creek. I "caught more than four" and was quite satisfied with my catch and the beauty of this little gem of a stream.
The start of the Journey.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Johnny's Amnesia Midge

Here is a creation of mine. It works well on rainbows and brook trout. It eve will catch the occasional brown trout. Its pretty simple to tie, just gotta find some amnesia mono in red. Sun Set is the name of the company who made it.

Hook- Daiichi 1275 #16
Thread- black 8/0
Body- Silver holographic tinsel
Rib-Red Amnesia mono15lbs
Collar- Bronze peacock hurl

Lets twist one up!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Jack-o, The Mad Man, and wild trout.

  Well, Got out for some flying today. A good friend by the name of Mad Man Steve, came on over to the fly corner. After we b.s.ed a bit, we headed on out to my favorite spring creek.  We got out on the water around 130ish. We picked a section and tied on some nymphs. I tied on the U.V. high test hares ear with hot spot, trailed by the Jack-0 pupa.  The Mad man tied on his hares ear/pheasant tail (awesome fly) followed by a yellow partridge and biot, that i had given to him on our last fishing adventure, to that god awful pequest tca.  We caught more than 4 and the nymph went like so, Jack-o won it, hares ear runner up, partridge and biot a respectable third.

Does the Jack-o pupa work? This trout and several others say YES!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Jack-o pupa tutorial and video

 The Jack-o pupa. Just a little something I whipped up that the fish dig. (I like it too)  Special thanks to George over at wildfly365
Johnny's Jack-o pupas
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The Stupid Midge aka stripped hurl and peacock

 The stripped hurl and peacock as its called in Ed Engles book Tying small flies.  It is called the stupid midge in Takahashi & hubka book Modern midges.  The origins of the fly are unknown.

 Call it what you want, its an effective midge pattern. The quill body is a very life like imitation of the real midge larva and pupa. It has caught me trout when no other midge would.  It will always have a place in my box.
  They are a quick and easy tie. I find sizes 16-24 to all be effective. 

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Johnny's Musky midge

  My muskie midge was devised a couple of years ago and is my secret weapon on the musconetcong midge hatches. There is a midge which hatches all year long that has an olive body, grey wings, and a red head, or at least its eyes are red, but they are so large on the bug that they take up the whole body. This midge isnt limited to the musconetcong river system, I have seen it all over from freestone to lime. The fly is effective for eastern Pa midge hatches as well.   This fly is where the muskrat/sts grey blend originated.     The design is of an al's rat(Miller) and a sparkle midge pupa(Borger).  I dont tie it any larger than a 22. The naturals of this midge are tiny. I do well with 22-26. 
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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Winter midges, Al's Rat

  Al's Rat, is a simple and effective midge pattern you can get. It was devised by the late Al Miller of Pa. He fished the Little Leigh every day. The pattern was designed to imitate the many midge pupa found in this river. It is a fantastic midge pupa any where. Al was a great man and one hell of fisherman. He believed in the theory and design methods of tying in the round.  This of coarse means that all sides of the fly are the same, no matter what way you look, the fly is the same.  I dont limit this pattern to winter. I fish it all year long. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Rainy days, a fly legend-The quill gordon.

  Well, its raining here in great north east....again! So much rain this year, its rather remarkable for sure.  With the rain falling I decided to stock my plates with a fly of what is now becoming legend. The quill Gordon.  Theodore Gordon "The father of dry fly fishing" is credited with its creation. Although he never mentioned it in his writings, he only mentioned the "blue quill gordon". Perhaps that what he called the quill gordon.  Never the less Theodore Gordon was an amazing fly fisherman with a wealth of knowledge. Unfortunately he didn't like to share!  However he did make a great impression on the sport and art of the fly. He did leave us with a great legacy of  the Catskill fly tier. Ok enough of the history lesson.

  The quill Gordon to me is a deadly fly February right through mid April.  I tie them 3 ways. Catskill, Wet fly, and Parachute.  I use the catskill in the riffles, the parachute on flatter waters and the wet fly any where.  The wet fly is a great producer in the late winter and early spring. With a great deal of takes coming on the end drift swing and hang.  I tie the wet in sizes 12-18, with 16 being my most commonly used. The dries, I tie them in 14s to 18s. I haven't seen a larger one then a 14 in my area.

  The nymphs of this fly are clingers, they are commonly found in shallower riffles, and other areas of swift moving water.  The trout can found in these areas at hatch time, a good number of trout will also sit in the transition from riffle to run or to pool, and wait for the duns to come riding down in the film.  The nymphs hatch on the bottom and in the water column on the way to the surface. This why the wet fly is important.      

Now the fun part, Lets twits some up! This tutorial will be for the wet fly. I will do the dries in upcoming tutorials.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

U.V. High Test Hare's Ear

pearl, black, chartreuse, and pink

The U.V. High Test hares ear, is my hares ear tie.  This is my lead  fly when i cant use the oldie due to the oldies weight.  It produces quite well. I have posted about in my fishing reports.  I use my u.v. high test blend for the dub, thus the name.

 I like to tie them with brown partridge legs for color contrast. But regular partridge works well also.  The wing case is Flat diamond braid. The black works particularly well. I also do them with pearl, chartreuse, and pink wing cases.  I coat the wing case with either Loons U.V. fly finish, or I use Aleene's Fabric fusion.  The rib is a small holographic gold tinsel, and a utc extra small wire.  For the tails i use wood duck but sometimes i use mallard. Bronze is nice because it complements the legs.  The fly holds up extremely well fish after fish.

 I am a Daiichi hook fan, and have been for time. I recently picked up sponsor for my blog. J.W. Trout.  He has fantastic deals on Daiichi hooks. Click on his link to the right and check out the savings.  For my U.V. high test hares ear I like the 1550 or the 1560.

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Bead on hook, 5-7 wraps of .015 lead pushed up behind the bead. Start the thread and run it back to about the barb. Get a small clump of wood duck flank.

Tie in the tail

Tie in the tinsel with one wrap

Tie in the gold wire and bring the thread to the bead, tying in the tail, tinsel, and wire. Bring the thread back down to just before the tail tie in point.

Dub the abdomen, Dub tightly, and make a nice carrot shape.

Bring the tinsel up through, nice evenly spaced turns.

Bring the wire up, wrap it right on top of the tinsel.

Tie in the diamond braid on top of the hook, bring the it back to about half way on the shank.

Dub the thorax, Dub loosely so it can be brushed out easier.

Get a partridge feather and cut the tip out. This is great for burning up those big partridge feathers.
Bring the feather so the end are on both sides of the fly, check the length, i like them to be to about the barb, any shorter and they just get caught up in the shaggy dubbing. Pinch them at the length, and take a few tight wraps over the butt end.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Galloup's cripple Tutorial

 The Galloup's cripple was designed to show the radius of the natural and to show a single wing. It has great imprint on the water. Kelly Galloup is the creator and you can find out more about the pattern in his book Cripples and Spinners. It is an excellent book, I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to match the hatch. 
Biot and cdc
 I have used this pattern on several hatches and it works very well.  There are several variations to the fly. The original is done with dubbed body and high-vis(z-lon) for the wing. It is also done with a biot body and a cdc wing.  All variation are effective. I like the dubbed bodies and i like to do a snowshoe wing. I do tie and fish the z-lon winged often as well and the biot and cdc.

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Materials- This one is my bwo recipe.
Hook- daiichi 1170 Good deals on these from my sponsor. check him out.
Thread-8/0 uni light olive
Thread abdomen, dubbed thorax, with grey z-lon
Tail- dun hackle fibers
Abdomen- Blue-dun superfine
Wing- Grey z-lon.
Thorax-blue dun/olive brown superF
 Hackle- Dun rooster **2x over sized

Bend your hook shank like so. Do it with your jaws of your vise open. Put a nice even bend in it. Dont put a tight bend.

Start the thread and taking touching turns back to the barb.

Get yourself some hackle fibers, take note of the way they naturally curved. Keep them in order.

Measure the tales,  they  should be equal to the hook shank length. Take one turn over the cluster and one turn under, then a turn over. This will splay the tails and raise them up.

Dub the abdomen. The trick here is to use as least amount of dub as possible. You want the olive thread to bleed through when wet.

Tie in a length of Z-lon for the wing. Tie in on like you would spinner wings. You only 1 figure 8 wrap to hold it. Wrap tight.

Trim the far side wing.

Select a hackle that is 2x larger than you would normal use for the size your tying. I am tying a #16 here. So i have a size 12 hackle.  Tie in on top of the hook shank. Good side up.

Dub the thorax.  I like to use 1 pinch blue dun and one pinch brown olive super fine. I hand blend it in my hands pulling it and stacking and pulling...... Dub it as tight as possible using as little as possible. When tying a dry fly its good to dub tightly, and use the least amount of wraps possible.

Wind the hackle. Take one complete turn behind the wing, one in front and then one in front of that. IF you are using whiting hackle i would say to do only 2 turns.  Catch the hackle stem with the thread.

Keeping the thread tight, pull the hackle stem back and take a turn over it. This is how you get the atenna on the fly. You can skip this step.  The trout dont mind. It does however give the fly a little more floation and it they look nice. :)

Trim your hackle stem away, and make a nice neat small head. whip finish. Trim the thread

Trim all the hackle from the bottom of the fly. Nice and close. I have had picky trout refuse a fly because of barbs left from the hackle being trimmed. So get it all the way down.
Take the wing and pull it back, dont pull that you cause the zlon to stretch. Once you cut it will spring back causing your wing to be shorter. So gentle pull it back and trim it in line with the back of the bend.

You can once the inital trim is done, model your wing. Its not really necessary, but i like to think it makes a difference.  The fly is complete.

The fly "in the film"  You can see the thread has bleed through. I find this color is a very close match for the bwos in western nj and eastern pa area.

As you might have already thought, this baby is deadly and is a tough one to see in the film when fishing.