Archive for August 1st, 2008

01
Aug
08

Lake Bait (Stillwater Nymph)

Lake Bait Wet Close Up

Lake Bait Wet Close Up

I only posted this because I enjoyed the bubbles clinging to the peacock and pheasant feather fibers….that’s all. I had taken the two Lake Bait versions (red barbs on top/red barbs on sides) and held them under the faucet to see how the flies looked wet. Someday, I will manage my f-stops, shutter speed, lighting and stability just right to get the clarity these flies deserve. It is an evolutionary process. Typical, years ago with no auto cameras, I knew something about shutter speeds and f-stops. But with the introduction of auto modes, I lept to the easier ways and have become cloudy (not just with this topic) in recalling the basics. I need to experiment now and then with taking it off of AF to MF and playing with the higher f-stop and some side lighting. PlanetTrout told me to experiment outside in different angles of sunlight and that has been a fun experiment. My Pheasant Tail pictures were taken outside on the side panel of the bbq and the flybox positively glows. It is an awesome shot, that would have never happened but for the advice of Planet Trout.

Cool Shot in Direct Sunlight

Cool Shot in Direct Sunlight

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01
Aug
08

Midge (Stillborn Emerger)

Stillborn Midge Emerger

Stillborn Midge Emerger

I have not used this a lot yet. The little I have tried it, it has been fruitful. I find the hardest part of tying this is using too big or thick a piece of foam. The rest of the fly is straight forward but the foam should not be overdone. Also, do not cinch down too tight on foam at eye or you will cut through the foam. Reinforce the thread wraps with a dab of head cement. This fly’s abdomen could be tied in any number of colors. The material for the abdomen can be any light weight material. Keep the ribbing a fine wire. I include this pattern as a nice option for midges. It is a good match to the ‘bow tie’ midge emerger style. I think the bow tie is easier to tie in than the pulled over foam. The hackle tip wings are nice. Of course, you could use hackle fibers/barbs or CDC, but this is equally simple.       

Hook: Size 16 or smaller depending upon your fumble factor, dry fly hook

Thread: 14/0 Black (8/0 for larger sizes is fine)

Abdomen: Black Krystal Flash (or thread body or Superfine Dubbing)

Ribbing: Silver fine wire (as light as possible if used at all)

Wing: Two hackle tips (dun, grizzly, brown)

Hackle: One wrap of grizzly hackle

Wingcase: thin strip of foam pulled over thorax and tied off at eye (white or yellow for visibility)

Thorax: Peacock herl

01
Aug
08

Fish Art (Nice Canvas)

Nice Canvas

Nice Canvas




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