Archive for the 'fly pattern' Category

20
Jan
15

Pink Panther Steelhead Pattern

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A Jack Hagan (NW Fly Fishing Outfitters~Portland) pattern

21
Dec
14

Feeling in the Spirit

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23
Nov
14

The Oracle Wet Fly

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12
Oct
14

Comet Sighting in Oregon

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First significant Fall rains may, finally, raise the coastal rivers and flush Chinook salmon up out of the bays and tidewaters into the fresh, sweet waters. A chuck & duck (heavy fly pattern that may well embed itself in the back of your head on the forward, power stroke of a cast…so you duck or bend forward on the forward stroke) fly pattern to dredge the pools is a Comet. I know these are much bigger than usual, with bigger hook and dumbbell eyes. Oregon salmon often like that chartreuse green color. 

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28
Jul
14

Dandy Little Trailing Flies

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The U.S. Quarter (or a 1 Shilling) gives a reference point to the size of the flies for the non-fly fisher/no fly tier.

13
Feb
14

Marabou: Excellent Fly Tying Material

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The macro lens reveals the Marabou tail feather is not of the best quality that I used.

Here is an excellent piece re Marabou feathers by Paul Joergensen at Global Fly Fisher

14
Jan
14

Fly Tying: Simple Caddis Pupa

This is a simple to tie Caddis Pupa patten. The abdomen, comprised of Diamond Braid, can be changed in color. The thorax dubbing blend and bead head can also be changed color wise. I have always tied this with a light green or tan Diamond Braid. Note the singed tip at the end of the braid, which stops it from unraveling. A fast sinking, small pattern that is simple to tie. Put on the bead, tie in the abdomen from mid shank to just behind the bead and then dub over the abdomen tie in point up to the bead. Keep it scraggily/buggy looking (fibers extending out to provide movement/suggestion of antenna, legs, emerging wings).

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03
Jan
14

Fly Fishing Scuds: Planet Trout’s End All…………………

Please go to Planet Trout and take a detailed look at all Tim Barker has put together regard fishing scuds in rivers and lakes. The photography, materials inventory, the attention to detail for this piece is exceptional. Any freshwater fly fisher world wide should save this piece and review it often. And, as I have mentioned before if you have a penchant for Hollywood history delve into Tim’s site and you might be well surprised…(hint: Susan Hayward). I fixed the earlier glitch re link.

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Pinko Scud by Tim Barker at Planet Trout

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).

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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

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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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