Archive for the 'fly pattern design' Category

10
Dec
13

Fly Tying: Bead Head Patterns & Sizing

Bead Heads Pupas SwittersBBead Head Patterns are simple to tie and very productive patterns. Adjust the size of bead for weight and appearance. Colors are available now that also add appeal to the pattern.

A pretty useful past post by SwittersB on Bead Sizing for Fly Patterns

09
Jan
13

Fly Fishing & Tier: John Goddard passes on…..

So many notable fly anglers have passed on this past few years. Another, John Goddard passed the day after Christmas (2012). I admit I knew little of the man save a pattern the Goddard Caddis. But, upon a bit of reading in a recent news article, it is evident he was a true student of why trout ate the fly and we have benefited from his efforts.

John Goddard, born August 27 1923, died December 26 2012

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Fly: Larry Medina, Photograph: Hans Weilenmann (Danica Site)

 “…in the late 1950s, that Goddard began to develop his interest in entomology. Realising that if he were to catch more fish on this difficult river it would be helpful to invent more realistic patterns, he and a friend, Cliff Henry, decided to take life-size close-up photographs of the species of insect life on the river.

They brought the insects home, and in order to keep them still and arrange them in the correct position to be photographed, sedated them by holding them in a test-tube against a lit electric light bulb. “That winter we slaved away at the fly-tying bench,” Goddard later wrote, “trying to develop more imitative patterns with the help of these photographs.” (more)

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Photo from Wandel Piscators (Also, a nice piece about Goddard)

24
Nov
12

Fishing & Colors: Now You See Them, Then You Don’t

As I was preparing my Winter time to do list for what patterns to tie, I thought about what colors of certain baitfish/streamer/buggers I should tie. The usual suspects came to mind: brown, black, green. Then I considered chartreuse, red, orange, white, yellow, blue. I so seldom experiment with alternative colors, but maybe I should tie up a few of those colors and experiment in shallow water/clear water circumstances where color visibility is optimal. I usually consider many colors washed out in off colored/deeper conditions and the equivalent of black/grey…so presentation often seems more important than color. Of course, I don’t totally rely on presentation, but it is my bedrock of strategy. Then location. And, then that worrisome issue of color. Attached are a few links that delve into the color spectrum, visibility at depth and one interesting one about diving, colors and neon. Of course, I do have a few of almost everything somewhere amongst dozens of fly boxes. But, that is another issue to consider……..later.

Also, please use the Search Box (that dark rectangle right below the green Versatile Blogger icon) to query ‘color’ ‘vision’ here at SwittersB. I have posted several times re color and fish. Good information.  

05
Nov
12

Fly Tying: Pulsing Hackle Tips

I saw this a few years back, and have not really noticed it since then. I wonder if anyone has tried this trailing hackle tips technique on steelhead, salmon or saltwater patterns. I would be interested as to durability. Are the hackle tips treated with any reinforcing agent? Might be interesting.

 

Here was the idea posted a few years back

09
Jul
12

Fly Tying: Do You Tie Anything Shaggy Anymore?

Over the last few years, fly tying has taken the nymph’s form and made it sleek, denser and a synthetic affair. A bead, wire, synthetic dubbing, a few feather barbs, polyester film make up smaller, sleeker fast sinking nymphal form. Not so long ago, buggy, shaggy, fuzzy nymphs with a bit of wire/tinsel ribbing were the norm. Good to have both in your box. The new materials do make it easier to tie a smaller nymph that travels deeper and suggests the necessary shape.

06
May
12

Tenkara Bum Highlights The Unique Patterns

Check out the Tenkara sphere, which Anthony Naples does a good job demonstrating at his site Casting Around. There is much to learn here about fly pattern design, presentations and a technique that is appealing to some because of the simplicity. A minimalist approach for sure at Tenkara Bums.

26
Mar
12

Fly Tying & Combo Thread: Segmented Bodies

This product has been out for a year or so, but I hadn’t seen it until I came upon a video demonstrating The Soft Hackle Midge Emerger by Craig Mathews at Blue Ribbon Flies. I have been using the tying thread for the body lately and then ribbing with a single strand of contrasting tying thread or fine wire. This Combo Thread, if offered in enough variety might be perfect. I am not sure, by the look of the spools, if a normal bobbin can be used? Appears to only come in 6/0? Worth a look see at Blue Ribbon Flies. Also, for the beginning tier…look at how Mathews ties in and wraps the feather. In the process of thread torque around the hook, the feather fans out nicely, as if wrapped in the conventional manner.

22
Mar
12

Stillwater Fly Pattern: Chub (CJ Rufus)

Came upon this pattern in the Bend Bulletin. A pattern called the CJ Rufus (I don't know). The pattern is pretty straight forward to tie (Wollly Bugger), but has the unique extended beard of rootbeer marabou and some flash. The fly is reputed to ride hook up, probably because of the over sized beard? The fly was offered by Gary Lewis here

16
Mar
12

Fly Tying: Attractor Materials

I was playing around with some materials that have a little zip to them, probably only where enough light penetrates the surface to ‘activate’ them. 

The first fly is a very standard nymph at first: Grizzly hackle fibers for the tail, a tan dubbed body of rabbit fur, but then I used some UV Ice Dub and created a small shroud around the thorax area. The razzle dazzle of that material could/would excite as the nymph would drift/rise near the surface. The material took on an amazing quality with just the available light, no flash.

The Roxy's Rainbow was at one time a favorite Central Oregon stillwater pattern. The abdomen is wound rainbow Krystal Flash, reinforced with fine copper wire. Peacock herl was used for thorax and in and of itself is a phenomenal material.

Sometimes a little flash is alright, but sometimes a lot a flash might just add some excitement beyond that darn matching the nymph…emerger….dry. Live a little.

14
Mar
12

Fly Tying: Little Yellow Mayfly, Just because………….

Fly Tying Little Yellow Mayflies. Size 14 dry fly hook; medium blue dun hackle fibers for the tail, tied in (size 8/0 tan thread) the length of the hook shank; yellow goose biot tied in to form ridged abdomen; sparse, dubbed thorax with greyish-0live super fine dubbing; deer hair extended wing purposely slanted out over hook also the length of the hook shank but no longer…butt ends trimmed; medium blue dun hackle wrapped twice around thread wraps that secured the deer hair wing. Thread secured forward beneath the upraised deer hair wing and hand whip finished. Never tied these before and no two were alike, so that doesn’t speak well to my consistently….but, they all look edible! Why did I tie these flies? I have no idea. They weren’t on my to do pattern list. Oh well……. Picture’s a little funky, but creative.




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