Archive for September 9th, 2010


Fly Tying: Pupalicious Patterns (Caddis Pupa)

Just another session of not so random experimentation for a larger Caddis pupa pattern. The hook in all the patterns (save one) is a Daiichi 1130 Pupa Hook, Size 10. 8/0 brown thread and the same gold bead. Beyond that I experimented with different abdomens of dubbing’s and dyed peacock herl and a mix of thoraxes using  dubbing or a deer hair collar. All of these patterns would work just dandy. Often, as I tie, I must lapse into ADD because I keep experimenting with “I wonder if’s”…changing the pattern here and there. Not a good habit if you have been asked to tie a dozen flies, all identical for a display, silent auction or gift. But, I enjoy tying this way. It drives the more systematic/anal types around me bonkers.

A Hackle Wound at Thorax on this one. SB

In four of the five patterns, I used a dubbing blend that I had purchased at The Caddis Fly Shop in Eugene, Oregon. There is no name on the small ziplock bag to ID the dubbing blend’s name. I grabbed it because it looked interesting…and hell yeah, it is very enticing. For the beginning fly tier, the bead head pupa pattern on a curved shank or straight shank hook is a good beginner’s pattern and a great producer for hookups. The same basic tying techniques and materials for a Wet fly are adaptable to the pupa patterns. Take away from this post: experiment, let yourself go off script (or pattern/recipe).


Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s Photography (Bird’s Eye View)

Very Interesting Aerial Views of Diverse Locations

Yann Arthus-Bertrand

h/t: PP


Fly Tying: Chironomid Emerger (Foam Head)

Mike at GuysFliesAndPies commented re the SwittersB Top 10 flies that he liked the foam headed chironomid pattern. The pic was not the best I had, so I am showing a different view of this exceptional pattern. The body is peacock herl/quill partially stripped between the fingers and wrapped, with a Krystal Flash ribbing (I touched up the quill with black permanent marker to eliminate the lighter colored spots before ribbing); grizzly hackle; peacock herl thorax, figure eight wrapped around the foam head. The foam head is tied in first and secured atop the shank right behind the eye of the hook.

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