Archive for February 28th, 2010


Fly Tying: Cope’s Callibaetis Nymph (Stillwater Pattern)

Shown this stillwater pattern before by Jim Cope of Central Oregon. In one form or another this pattern has accounted for boo koo fish (rainbow trout, bull trout, kokanee, Atlantic salmon and browns) on lakes far and wide. It has been the most productive Callibaetis pattern I have fished (I have also done well with The Orb and The Little Gray, which I have previously shown here too). My only complaint is the deer hair tail and wing are not durable after repeated fish. That is why I have experimented with a Zelon wing for durability. However, you should try the original to see the juju in play.

Simple as can be to tie: tie in small clump of deer hair for tail; dub a sparse body of Hare’s Mask or even sparser of tan Superfine dubbing. Finish with a sparse, short deer hair wing. That is it. No ribbing or bead. Fish it pre-hatch or in the film during the hatch. Remember it is fragile after repeated removals from the fish. Damn.

Nope, I will never be a production tier. Too random and ADD. It all works. The consistent look escapes me of late. Not concerned…Bottom fly’s wing is too sparse for durability sake..It will still work, but not as long.


Fly Tying: Pupa Pattern With Twisted Antron/Wool Yarn Body

I recently highlighted preparing a furled extended body (via Fly Fisher Republic ). The same process of twisting a strand or strands of wool or fibers of Antron/Zelon will result in a tightly twisted rope of yarn that is then wrapped up the shank to form a segmented body. This is a similar process used in tying a chironomid pattern that was popular 10-15 years ago..the Serendipity. The body of that fly was a twisted yarn body (can’t recall if wool or Antron/Zelon). It was finished off with a deer or elk hair wing cut short.

So, I took that same twisted yarn body made from Zelon and wrapped it up the shank to form a nice segmented body. I then dubbed a thorax from Hare’s Mask with guard hairs. The ubiquitous bead nicely finishes the pupa pattern. I have not used the twisted body in years having resorted to assorted body materials and ribbing to impart segmentation and flash. This looks pretty good. The catch here is to twist the yarn but not so hard that it kinks prior to wrapping.


Fly Tying: Fuzzle Dubbing onto V-Rib

I tried to download a video tutorial from SplashesWithFishes’ Blog re Sow Bug pattern, but it wouldn’t load for me/you. The pattern incorporates twist dubbing onto V-Rib then wrapping the rib onto the shank. The dubbing is brushed out then trimmed to maintain a fuzzy enticement protruding between the wraps of V-Rib. Here is the link: Fuzzling Sow Bug.

Mountain River Journal post

Fuss About Fuzzle (Murray Wilson Originator)

Pay particular attention to the comments here from Steve at Mtn. River Journal re followup info.


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Fly Tying: Extended Body (Micro Chenille & Furled Antron)

Micro Chenille for Extended Body

Palomino Midge (Fly Fisher's Republic)

Furled Fiber for Extended Body

Furled Antron Extended Body

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