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Fly Tying: Pupalicious Flavors & A.D.D.

Nothing more shows my lack of tying self-discipline than a pupa pattern. On the one hand, my creative side is free to wander in reckless abandon and reap rewards of angling success for it. On the other, I hide behind that creativity with an impressionistic mantel that does not hold me to pain staking sameness of one pattern’s look. Am I that ADD? I don’t think so, but perhaps. I just love the vast possibilities of a pupa pattern and the amazing success one has with the patterns. Regardless of whether you swing, tumble, dredge, troll or suspend them, they produce. With rare exceptions, I have total confidence in these patterns and the vast array of possibilities. They produce; from the top to the bottom of the water column. Punto!

Enjoyable, simple, creative to tie. The possibilities are endless. The hook style is my choice and by no means the only one to use. Also, the bead is not required, other than I like them for getting down on streams. Go ahead, lose yourself to some reckless, unbridled tying with pupa’s. Now, these patterns are not necessarily a pupa, per se, in entomological terms, but more in fly tying terms. They could be an emerging phase or nymphal or whatever, depending upon where and how you are presenting them. They are not confined to the Caddis realm.


Fly Fishing: Baetis Puzzle @ Planet Trout

Planet Trout really analyzes the necessary components of a fly pattern to best match nature. Impressionistic is fine, but the pattern has to have certain indicators that match the real insects.

PT has reminded me before about the dark wingcase on Baetis patterns…an obvious reality marker for the trout. Check out his Split/Wingcase Baetis.

Always excellent  insights and valuable suggestions!


Fly Tying & Fishing: Rescuing Old Flies

Find those old flies left forgotten in old licorice tubs, fly boxes and plastic bags. I recently wrote about this. So, today, for drill I looked out in the shed. There was an old yellowed, plastic tub…the kind red vine licorice comes in.

The Old Tub of Flies in the Shed (SwittersB)

The tub was almost full and the plastic fairly brittle to the touch. I brought it inside and decided to sort through the flies to see if any were salvageable.

Mediocrity (or worse) spewing forth (SB)

Some observations of this inspection: most of the flies were rightfully tossed. Most of the flies for trout and steelhead were tied on too large of a hook. There were few bead heads or curved shank hooks. Most of the hooks were Mustad hooks. This gives the more experienced tiers an idea how old most of these discards were. So, I sorted through about a third of the flies and came up with a couple dozen ok flies that should be reinserted into the fly boxes. The rest need to be canned. The question remains…do I burn the materials off all those hooks and sort or toss them?

Salvaged from the Depths of a Shed (SwittersB)

In the bin, I found two dead yellow jackets. Many of the wings and tails had been eaten by moths. The flies were mostly god awful. But, a few peeked through the tangles of hooks and materials to say…’save me!’


Fly Tying: Lady Ga Ga Shrimp

Just a crazy creation that has sat in a box for years and never been wet. Actually, there are several in the box and only today did the appropriate name come to mind. Impaler might be good too. Come on, everyone has to tie some bizarre stuff like this.


Fly Tying: ScareCrow Bugger

A Woolly Bugger is so familiar that one almost turns away from it. In a variety of sizes and colors one could fish for most any species of freshwater fish.  So, anyway…this ScareCrow Bugger is offered as an example of leftovers from yesterday’s dinner. Remnants of an old boa for the tail, some old brown rug yarn, a brown hackle and a black bead come together nicely for a perfect piece of temptation.


Fly Tying: The CDC Bubble Winged Caddis

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Fly Fishing: Yellow Quill Mayfly Emerger

Recently, I was fishing a beautiful stretch of water in Oregon. I had worked my way down to where the riffles converged with perfect seams, edges and rolling riffles. Fish were caught and the afternoon was winding down well. As I stood knee deep next to a twenty yard long riffle, my attention was drawn to mayflies hovering six inches to a foot above the riffles. They were bright yellow, about 1/2″+ long in the body. There were also two long tails, well beyond the length of the body. The mayflies were emerging out of the riffles; just appearing and hovering. There was no surface activity, although I could see some trout slashing beneath the surface next to the riffle. I had some success with a smaller tan emerger pattern. Also, I ran a dark nymph down through the riffle and caught a couple of trout.

So, I left the river wondering what that mayfly was. I am not adept at identifying all the mayflies beyond a few common, prolific ones. So, I queried Westfly and Troutnut and there seemed to be some likelihood the mayflies I saw (given the size, color, hatching location, actions) might be a ‘Yellow Quill’ or a mayfly from the genus Epeorus. The pictures and descriptors really seemed to match my observations. What stood out was the advice that this insect is best presented by a subsurface pattern, an emerger pattern that depicts an emerging mayfly well below the surface, unfolding and rising….trying to escape the current and ultimately the surface film.

A little query here and there lead to UK Fly Dressing, which had a nice discussion on the ‘yellow may spider’…a wet fly presented for a bright yellow mayfly. Within the forum discussion, the renowned Hans Weilenmann of Danica fame, provided additional information for a yellow wet fly pattern and a wonderful tutorial. Beautiful patterns and visuals for sure.

Mindful of the riffle I had observed (depth and velocity) I thought I might concoct a little pattern that would suggest the color, emerging wings and sink to the needed depth. So, I came up with a pattern I am most excited to try. I suspect it will work for other insects as well.

Pattern Information:

Black 8/0 thread; Size 12 TMC 3761 Nymph hook; gold bead, yellow Nature’s Spirit Peacock stick; trailing tail is Fly Tying Specialties Hare & Ice Dubbing (Tan); underwing two CDC feathers; hackle two turns of brown hen hackle.


Fly Tying: Wet Fly + CDC trailing

I posted this pattern back in October. I have since tied the same basic wet with a tan, light green and root beer Krystal Flash abdomen, also ribbed. I have not included a bead head on this pattern.


Fly Tying: Floating High & Dry, or No?

Iris Caddis @ Charlie's Fly Box Inc.

The  IRIS CADDIS has been around for awhile. It floats in that realm that increasingly makes me ever more comfortable. In the film, this fly floats low and presents a profile counter to what many of us strive for….a dry fly floating high and mostly dry atop the water. Akin to the emerger patterns or equal to, this pattern along with hair wing mayfly patterns require a little more concentration, but are enticingly productive. I recently used this pattern and a hair wing mayfly dun pattern. I received countless hits on these patterns. I did miss quite a few hookups because I was not tracking the flies location. So, I was a touch slow on the set. Maybe the EHC has a little competition?  Iris Caddis Pattern Recipe


Fly Tying: The Black Quill by Mochaboy » Blog Archive » Tying the Black Quill.

Several nice patterns here by Mochaboy, who I found over on the Catskill Flies Forum & a few nice photo’s here too.

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