Archive for September 7th, 2010


Fly Fishing: SwittersB’s Top 10 Patterns (Streams)

Trout Patterns: Rivers/Streams. How pretentious is that! So many options, so many variables, so many species of fish, stillwater or river? No, I can’t be that definitive, even for the novice, who needs clarity, certainty and recommendations to cut through the hype, confusion and never ending selections.  How about some of my favorites that work for me and that have always been kept near? Not all I use, but consistently tied and fished. Yes, there’s only 9 patterns shown. You can pick the other one.

Bead Head Caddis Pupa

Foam Wing Midge Emerger (SB)

Any Sparse Wet Fly Pattern

Any Sparse Wet Fly (SB)

The Obligatory Adams (SB)

The Humpster (SB)

Harriet Pupa Pattern (SB)

Elk Hair Caddis (SB)

The PTN of course (SB)

Oh, this could go on and on, because I suffer from Semper Paratus genes. So, the ‘what if’ factor is a constant intrusion. Yes, I can walk down to the river’s edge knowing the PMD’s and Caddis will be about it, and carry but one fly box. However, believe me when I say, that as I stand butt deep in an Oregon stream, I possess, in close proximity, patterns to fish B.C. So, I will stop this silliness. The above patterns have done well for me over the years. The Stimulators, Midge Pupa,  Big May’s, BWO’s, PMD’s, all manner of emergers and droppers and streamers all spill forth in my mind and probably yours. More advanced FFer’s are muttering “Well, you forgot about….” and “What about the …..” Yep…such is the dilemma for the beginner. Sorting through all the ‘Well’s” and “What about’s”.

There is a whole other list for lakes that have been consistent, for me, over the years. Maybe I will share that someday. The list thing seems to be a prerequisite for ‘how to’ blogs.


Fly Tying: Large Caddis/Sedge Pattern

I saw this wing technique (burning end of synthetic wing) some time ago, but cannot find the site now. With this pattern, there are few working parts: 2 pieces of Antron, 8/0 brown thread, one cream hackle and the size 10 hook.

First, a thread base was wrapped back and forth on the thread shank. A piece of Antron, that is the length of the hook shank, was tied in at the bend, allowing for a portion to extend out past the bend, to the rear as a tail. The Antron is pulled up over the top of the shank and held with right hand. The left hand is used (off hand for most) to tightly wrap the thread up the length of the body, which creates a segmented ribbing. This portion of the fly can end at the thorax area because it will be covered up.

Next I gathered a portion of Antron much thicker (four strands) than the section used for the body (one section of yarn). I tied the material in at the thorax point, about 2/3’s of the way up the shank from the rear bend. I left a bushy front end protruding out over the eye of the hook. Then I trimmed the rear part of the wind so that it just extended past the tail. I took a lighter and singed the tips of the Antron and crimped with  pliers. Lastly, I tied in a cream hackle and wrapped it 3-4 turns and tied of right behind the wing. Another colored hackle would be fine. I used cream, but grizzly or dun would be fine.

You can see the Antron or Zelon color and hackle could be mixed to create varied appearances. Of course, the size could be bigger or smaller, while using a light wire hook to help maintain floatation.

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