Archive for December 1st, 2013

01
Dec
13

Stimulator Dry Fly: Getting A Rise………….

The Stimulator Dry Fly is a great pattern, which was created by Randall Kaufman for Stoneflies on streams. The original pattern was tied with an orange and a yellow body to replicate the Salmon Fly  & Golden Stone. This pattern is not only suitable for Stoneflies but in reduced sizes and different colors, perfect for large bodied Caddis as well (October Caddis & Traveling Sedge).

Stimulator & Trout SwittersB

Stimulator Dry Fly (Green Bodied)

Look at the following two links for very helpful how-to steps for tying the Stimulator:    

                 In The Riffle Stimulator S-B-S     Hopper Juan Stimulator How To

Now the next step in the learning process, that I always use, is how would I present this fly? That is based not just on what line to use and how to cast it, but most importantly where to cast to. And, that is determined by studying up on where the Stonefly or Caddis flies, that you are copying, reside in the stream, river or lake.

Their habitat, their stages…progression in the life cycle take place in certain types of waters as the stages evolve. So study up on how the stonefly ’emerge’ and when/where they return to the water as well as how the Caddis emerge and return to the waters surface. All that will determine where to cast, even how to cast. 

My pattern, above was sloppy in the tail and has less hackle wraps than you will see in the above how to’s. Do it their way! Mix up the abdomen colors: Orange, Yellow, Black, Green, Tan

01
Dec
13

Zug Bug Love: Peacock Love

ZugBug SwittersBMid Current Tutorial for Zug Bug Pattern here

Ah the magic of Peacock Herl. Zug Bugs, Renegades, Gray Hackle Peacock, Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tail Nymphs…however you see an opportunity to incorporate Peacock into the Abdomen and/or Thorax of a pattern, give it a try. The Zug Bug is a simple but effective pattern from the 1930’s. You could mix up the bead & ribbing color combo’s (gold, brass, silver for flash). Of course, the original was not tied with a bead head (a more modern adaptation).

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Fly Fishers Republic Image

01
Dec
13

The Intelligence of Dogs: Who’s Training Who

Ranch Dog Hello SwittersBA Border Collie, on a ranch in Southern Oregon, visiting with me.

I have dogs (and cats) and like most of you, I think my critters often display signs of intelligence beyond the normal obeying commands and intuitive responses. I was looking at this past photo taken of me with a ranch dog. The pup was very attentive. I decided to do a little research on Border Collies to go with the photo and found it interesting:

“Ranked number one in Stanley Coren’s  The Intelligence of Dogs and typically extremely energetic, acrobatic, smart and athletic, they frequently compete with great success in dog sports, in addition to their success in sheepdog trials and are often cited as the most intelligent of all dogs. In January 2011, a Border Collie was reported to have learned 1,022 words and…”actions in response to those words.

This past Thanksgiving Day, I was out on a family farm and they have two Border Collies. While outside, each dog brought me semi-deflated basketballs, plopped them before me and backed away. Over the next several minutes, I attempted to kick the balls past the dogs. It was almost impossible to fake out the dogs and kick the balls past them. Their responses to my feeble attempts at physical deception and power were lightning fast and sure.

two-o-clockNow that said, I don’t know if the intelligence of Border Collies extends to telling time. My Lab, Emma Louise, can tell time, I have no doubts. Standard time or daylight savings time, she knows when to ring the dinner bell (0600 hrs and 1400 hrs) give or take a few minutes.

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