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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: Jig Heads to Dredge With?

I found these little jig head hooks (wt. 1/32 oz) at a big box sports shop (oh yes purist, I go to a few of them now and then; no shame here). I wondered if the angle of the presentation with the eye atop the ball would make for an interesting presentation of the heavy nymph and a trailing nymph from the bend of the hook. Will try this and see how it presents. Jigs beneath a bobber are a successful option for NW gear guys chasing Steelhead (no, I won’t use a mega-strike indicator/bobber). This is a much smaller option that may provide an interesting short line/dredging option while nymphing for trout or small mouth. Standard fair for much of the country for warm water species. I flatten down the spike at the neck, which secures tubes and skirts.

Eagle Claw 1/32 oz ball jig head (SB)

Eagle Claw 1/32 oz. jig head (SwittersB)

Simple Jig Head Fly (SwittersB)


IDK Fly Pattern (SwittersB)


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: A Sunday Smörgåsbord

After tying a few years, one accumulates an assortment of flies that were cast off’s, unused, forgotten’s, neglected and just ignored. I have placed these flies in half full fly boxes in the back of some drawer or bottom of a box. Or, in a plastic zip lock bag, again shoved in a drawer. Today, I found a few gems that should be resurrected into current events. It’s not that they are that well tied, but rather that they would still catch fish.

Black Nymph (Krystal Flash Tail, Rib, Legs, Wingcase) SwittersB

Green Bead Hd. Pupa (Elk hair under wing, black ostrich thorax) Switters B

Green Bead Pupa (Front Thorax & Rear Thorax) SwittersB


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: Smaller Fly/Bigger Hook

Krystal Flash/Ice Dub/Biot BH (SwittersB)


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.

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