Posts Tagged ‘bead head

29
Jan
19

Fly Pattern: impressionistic…

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On of my favorite flies to tie/fish. Tied on a curved shank or straight shank it is a busy, buggy fly. The hackle is starling, tail deer hair, abdomen/thorax hare’s ear with copper rib. A size 14 hook here.

‘Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it.’ Harry Middleton

27
Jan
19

CDC bead head pattern…

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This pattern is tied on a straight shanked hook, size 12 here. The trailing material is mylar tinsel for movement and flash in the upper strata. The body is a wound dubbing brush, but of course you could dub a similar body, in olive. The wing is a couple of stacked CDC feathers.  This pattern has done very well on rivers and lakes as a diving/emerging caddis imitation. This would be an equally good pattern without the bead and fished below the surface or in the film.

 

02
Apr
15

Simplicity: Bead Head Pattern

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Oregon Rainbow Trout…caught/released

The simple bead headed patterns fished as nymphs, flymphs or emergers are simple to tie and to fish on streams and lakes. Whether you tie them or find them in the shop/store/on-line, give them a try.

I tied the below pattern with a slightly over sized bead for greater density in pocket water settings. I plan on dredging through likely holding water for Searun Cutts and ‘bows real soon. Pattern: Size 14 barbless hook, copper bead, peacock abdomen/thorax, Starling feather wing/hackle, black 8/0 thread.

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This pattern would fit comfortably on a dime…to give you an idea of scale (for the non-fly fisher amongst you)

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

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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29
Nov
13

Photography: Festive Fly

This small copper bead head pupa pattern (Size 16) almost looks festive for the holidays. A dubbing brush that incorporates those dazzle colors of the spectrum and the Starling wing are wound behind the bead head. A fast sinking pattern for dredging through the riffles and rapids to entice a quick hit. The macro lens shows the simplicity of the pattern.

Copper Beaded Fuzz

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03
Dec
12

Fly Tying: Simple BH Caddis Pupa

This is a very simple Bead Head (BH) Caddis Pupa pattern to tie and quite effective tumbled through a riffle. It has had some success on lakes, but less so. The green sparkle braid gives a nice translucent look to the abdomen. I have used the bright green and the tan with good success. A small piece of braid tied in and burned off at the end…a small noodle of dubbing spun onto the thread and then wrapped one to two times behind a tungsten bead. The hook this time is a size 16 curved shank pupa hook. This is a perfect beginner’s pattern for Caddis Pupa. 

Green Pupa Sparkle braid SB

03
Dec
12

Fly Tying Tradition: Simple Lil’ Pupa’s

This is my rationalization and I’m sticking to it: each Winter as I begin to work back into tying (I’m a foul weather tier), I seem to gravitate to an easy to tie, pleasant to tie Pupa/Wet type pattern. The pattern usually incorporates a the ubiquitous bead, a dubbed thorax, a simple abdomen and that pleasing pupa, curved shank hook (16-18). Couple the ease in tying with the proven success that they never fail to catch fish and I just return to them. A little nagging voice persists at some point that I really should perfect those dry flies. But, I don’t hear that voice now so off I go into Bead Head Pupa land!

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02
Dec
12

Fly Tying: Dubbed Thorax

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A size 14 pupa hook has an abdomen of dyed peacock herl. I blended hare’s ear and chopped up synthetic flash material into a fine blend and used it to form a dubbing noodle to wrap around the thorax area…right behind a multi-colored bead (blue, red, green).

05
Aug
12

Wire Theme Continues: Tying Flies




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