Archive for January 6th, 2009

06
Jan
09

Bird’s Nest Nymph (very productive pattern)

Bird's Nest Nymph~Cal Bird Pattern

Bird's Nest Nymph~Cal Bird Pattern

Tying Instructions: http://www.flyanglersonline.com/flytying/fotw2/011501fotw.php

This is a great pattern for stillwaters and rivers. I have tied it in tan, grey and brown (I have seen it in claret, green, white and, of course, basic black). The mallard or teal feathers should be of a similar shade as the abdomen/thorax. I have usually tied it in sizes 10 to 14, although a better tier than me could go to a size 16 and still maintain the elements of the fly. Fish it in the film or subsurface. I have seen it with a bead head…but, stay with the original pattern and weight the shank, or use a sink line or whatever weightin mechanism besides the ubiquitous bead head. I have nothing against beads, but sometimes some patterns should just fish horizontal and neutral in weight. A simple pattern that is seriously productive. Note the tail and hackle lengths (length of shank is best..not to short nor too long). Keep it a nymph and resist the wet fly look. Try it! 

06
Jan
09

Brown Trout…predator and prey

Brown Trout~Boris Cech

Brown Trout~Boris Cech

There is enormous interest in the Brown Trout, whether you are a fly fisher or you troll plugs waiting for the strike of the predator. I have never soley focused on brown trout but have always marveled at their beauty and teeth when I have been fortuanate enough to make their acquaintance…mostly on stillwaters. I find it inviting to work baitfish imitations for the browns, especially early or late in the season, when they seem more aggressive in shallower waters and the big ones come in from the depths to hunt. I have found most any baitfish or larger Woolly Bugger will entice a strike..with presentation being more important than exact imitation. I have seen lines from floating to Type III working, but depending upon water depth, I prefer a clear Intermediate in water less than 10′ deep. I really need to eventually venture to the rivers that Browns inhabit and learn to work streamers and the like through the holding waters. In short, I have much more to learn, away from the lakes, re these prized fish.  If you have any suggestions of Western US rivers that are user friendly for the novice or worthy patterns let me know. I will share what I learn. I receive many queries re Brown Trout, so for you seekers of the profound re BT, I apologize for not having something new to share…just yet.     

http://www.flyfishboris.com/pages/flyfish.html  

06
Jan
09

Czech Nymph (How should it look…take your pic(k)…just keep it slender)

czechThe definitive look at how the fly ‘normally’ looks. You can see by the extensive efforts at this fine site that you are only limited by your imagination.

http://www.czechnymphs.com/fly_index.html




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