Archive for August, 2010



27
Aug
10

Fly Tying: ScareCrow Bugger

A Woolly Bugger is so familiar that one almost turns away from it. In a variety of sizes and colors one could fish for most any species of freshwater fish.  So, anyway…this ScareCrow Bugger is offered as an example of leftovers from yesterday’s dinner. Remnants of an old boa for the tail, some old brown rug yarn, a brown hackle and a black bead come together nicely for a perfect piece of temptation.

27
Aug
10

Fly Tying: Red Fox Squirrel Nymph~Wet

This is an excellent all around nymph that combines the best of the nymph and wet fly. The look is similar to the Hare’s Ear Nymph in the tail and dubbed and ribbed abdomen, but then it departs by forgoing the wingcase and using a wet fly, wound/hackled wing. I probably over hackled the wing. The pattern profile can be tied with the red squirrel, hare’s ear or a synthetic dubbing. But, traditions abound in fly tying. Out of the gazillion options and combinations in fly tying, you might as well tie true to an original or close to, once in awhile.  Additional info re Whitlock’s Red Squirrel Nymph. There are further linked sites that give the tying instructions that are slightly different than how I tied mine here. Actually, I have several squirrel tails. I have had them several years and have no idea what type of squirrel they came from. I bought them at one of those bulk materials sales by a FF club fund raiser at a FFF fly tying expo. I used that for the tail on the bottom one and dubbed the rest with a hair blend (top fly’s tail is deer hair) .  So, although I say be true to the pattern, I too fudged re the Red Fox Squirrel material. The thorax is a smidgen of ice dub. If the thorax area were comprised of one sparse turn of hackle or spiky dubbing this would be a simple nymph pattern for sure.            FFIC-RFSN


27
Aug
10

Fly Tying: Steamed Over Chenille

REFRESHING CHENILLE OFF THE CARD

Speckled Midnight Fire Chenille at Edge Angling

Certainly something I have not paid much attention to. More often than not, I wrap the chenille and it is a bumpy, irregular body. I intend to palmer hackle up over the chenille body, so I think little of the material beyond color or thickness. This tip re steaming the material would work for other materials that get smooshed or compressed in storage.

26
Aug
10

Chilean Mine Accident & NASA (Long Term Stress)

You have, no doubt, heard of the Chilean mining accident with the miners trapped below…likely to be there until the end of the year! Rescuers are coordinating with NASA to understand the mental stressors of long term confinement. The International Space Station has required 6 month confinements of astronauts in spartan conditions. Communications between ground and space teams is instrumental in maintaining mental stability. As it will be between top side rescuers and the trapped miners. We hear of one disaster after another and become a bit numb or we are self focused.

26
Aug
10

Fly Fishing: Steelhead, Water Temps & Movement

Oregon Steelhead Fly Fishing comments about the delay of metalheads into the Deschutes R.: “I know that ODFW has received a lot of complaints about the water temperatures and they are currently working with PGE and Oregon DEQ to try to resolve the problem.”

“My guess to why the fishing has been so slow is that the water temps in the Deschutes river are really warm. We were getting morning temps between 63 and 67 with evening temps between 67 and 70. The water certainly got warmer towards the mouth. The Columbia is still running at about 64 degrees, thus there is no incentive for fish to move into the Deschutes when they can stay nice and cool in the Columbia. All we can hope for is the Columbia warms up and the Deschutes cools down so the fish start seeking refuge in the Deschutes.”  OSFF Blog


25
Aug
10

Fly Tying: A Pic Worth …..Words

CDC Mayfly How To (Lucian Vasies)

AGAIN…WONDERFUL VISUALS….DEFINITELY WORTH A 1000 WORDS

LUCIAN VASIES AT FLY TYING..THE ULTIMATE FISHING PORTAL

23
Aug
10

Fly Tying: Over Wing & Under Wing (Hair and CDC)

October Caddis (SwittersB)

Size 8, straight eye hook, brown 8/0 thread, two herls of dyed orange peacock for abdomen with touch of orange dubbing for thorax, then one wrap of CDC and  one wrap of barred orange hackle, under wing: three CDC feather, over wing: deer hair.

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October Caddis (SwittersB)

Same recipe as above except no barred orange hackle wrap. I tied in the under wing of  CDC then dubbed in front of it before tying in over wing of deer hair. An unnecessary step, I think.

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October Caddis (SwittersB)

Dubbed orange abdomen here. One turn of CDC feather and then the under wing of four CDC feathers. The over wing is elk hair . The deer hair was nicer to work with. I left the heads scruffy and untrimmed. Just experimentations with my recent infatuation with CDC. The hook is too small and light wire for a steelhead skater. The head is also too small. A more pronounced head would be needed to better displace water/wake ‘n skate.

The under wing/over wing, comprised of CDC and deer or elk hair, will add considerable buoyancy. Another trigger or excitor factor I like are the dangling, busy, life giving CDC fibers. You might get some of this by simply tying in the under wing. But, I like the suggestion of life from wrapping a CDC hackle one to two times and allowing for the trailing fibers to work their magic on/in the water.




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