Archive for February 13th, 2009

13
Feb
09

Hare’s Ear Nymph by Switters B (Bearded Hippie)

I tied this one in a more ‘impressionistic’ way (less exacting) for the stocky clinger/crawler nymphs that are rough on the edges and drink too many beers. Hare’s Mask was used in this instance rather than the pre-packaged hare’s ear dubbing. Consequently, it was a more aggressive pattern with guard hairs abounding. I have only tried these on freestone streams tumbling in and below riffles and rapids and have found them to be enticing morsels. This coming year, I want to remember (I don’t write lists, so we shall see if I do) to use this pattern while Czech Nymphing..up close and personal near an edge of a riffle or rapids. I only use the bead for weight and tie the pattern on a size 10 or 12 straight shank nymph hook. This is a classic Hare’s Ear pattern from the tail to the thorax….only from the mask.

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I have a mental block re certain patterns and the two that I am prejudice against are two of the simplest to tie and both are truly highly effective: Hare’s Ear Nymph and Pheasant Tail Nymph. There is no logical explanation…kind of like being against blonds with big gazaba’s… I mean why? Yet despite myself I fish this pattern and the PTN. It frigging works….they work! Re the tinsel. That is what the standard pattern calls for. I use it..yet I have never liked working with tinsel and would prefer gold wire. The reason is evident by my wraps..uneven and inconsistent. You decide.  The thorax can be much less spikey and comprised of dubbing and less guard hairs. I like it spikey…a road trip without shaving.     

Hippy Hare's Ear by G. Muncy

Hippy Hare's Ear by G. Muncy

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13
Feb
09

Fly Names (What is the name of that unique creation you tied?)

fishing-license“Me, I don’t name a fly until the fly has proven itself. And even then, I won’t name a fly until I actually like the fly. Let’s face it: under most circumstances just about any random collection of fur and feathers and even lint from your navel will catch fish…” 

http://www.waywardflyfishing.com/articleFlies.htm

Toney Siske writes funny stuff…a smile is on your face, unless you are uptight, constipated or you forgot Valentine’s Day (tomorrow dork)

13
Feb
09

Eumer Teardrop Tubes and TDog Style (Flytyer How To)

The Daily Fly Paper Blog has an excellent tutorial on how to tie the Eumer style tube fly.  

http://flytyer.wordpress.com/2008/12/19/eumer-teardrop-tube/

Eumer Tubes by Sloggi

Eumer Tubes by Sloggi

flytyer.wordpress.com

13
Feb
09

damsel flies (delicate amongst the reeds)

Damsel Adult by Seabrooke

Damsel Adult by Seabrooke

“Because they’re predatory, both damselflies and dragonflies have excellent eyesight. They have a pair of large compound eyes that are their primary means of detecting prey, but also several occelli across their “forehead” that they use for sensing small changes in light and dark, which helps them to orient upwards. The eyes are another useful feature to separate damsels from dragons – the compound eyes of the latter meet at the top of the head, while those of damselflies are usually widely separated. The eyes are also very important for avoiding predators.”

http://themarvelousinnature.wordpress.com/2008/06/22/emeralds-in-the-garden/

13
Feb
09

spanish nymphing (when & how)

Spanish Nymph by Ricardo Falero

Spanish Nymph by Ricardo Falero

“Since the 1980’s nymph fishing in Europe has evolved into a number of highly specialized methods that are quite different from techniques favored in the US. These new methods have become very popular with many of the best stream fishermen in the world largely due to International competition. Spanish Nymphing is a technique that all members of Fly Fishing Team USA use extensively. They are relentlessly practiced and blended into the fishing strategy. According to long time Team member Sam Mavrakis, “Each technique has particular advantages for certain conditions, flow rates, depth and so on. I adjust to the conditions as needed. I’m particularly fond of this (Spanish) approach on slower glides.”

“The main differences between Spanish Nymphing and the Eastern European styles lie in the overall length of the leader and the distance from angler to trout during the presentation.” Sam pointed out to me that Spanish Nymphing is a “far more visual technique compared to the feel you get with polish or Czech methods.”      http://frontrangeanglers.com/newsletter/march06/nymphing.htm

“The proper selection of flies is essential to casting and presentation. The weight of the anchor or point fly (last fly on the leader) is critical. Your objective is to have this fly bouncing along the bottom so that it does not hang up. Proper weight is far more important than the pattern or the size.”

 http://www.bluequillangler.com/BQA-University/Spanish

https://swittersb.wordpress.com/2008/07/24/czech-polish-spanish-nymphing-basics-the-long-and-the-short-of-it/

Luis Ricardo Falero Nymph’s (Odd Sugar Plum Fairies dancing in his head!) http://www.artsunlight.com/Html/ArtistbN/N-F01-P001.htm




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