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The Feather Bender: Excellent Tutorial (Stimulator)

Barry Ord Clarke Stim

Stimulator Dry Fly by Barry Ord Clarke

A perfectly wonderful tutorial by Barry Ord Clarke on how to tie the Stimulator Dry Fly. Perfect Macro work too. Check out the Feather Bender site for excellent information.


Video: Tying in a Parachute Post for Dry Flies

Alan Gardner has a pleasant video here on how to tie in a synthetic parachute post for the construction of a parachute dry fly pattern. Caleb Boyle also provides some useful tips on constructing a parachute post. Also, see comments section and Tim Rolston’s excellent suggestions too! This is how we learn.

Spumoni SB

The Spumoni Dry Fly with the hot pink and yellow and white synthetic materials combined to form the parachute post. The hot post colors aid in siting the fly.


Fly Fishing: Dry Fly Presentations

Here is some good, basic reminders for all fly fishers while presenting the dry fly…Stream Side Adventures: Dry Fly Presentation. 



October Caddis Time? A Couple Tutorials

If there is one bench mark that shows time has flown by it is the annual reminder that the October Caddis still looms as a very late Summer…ok Fall opportunity on our rivers. Each year, I remark about how it seems I just did this…well so it is again. The time has flown by and the large October Caddis morsel remains. Something to offset the little BWO’s….the larger Caddis patterns are fun to cast, easy to see and often productive.

A nice Trout took a rubber legged Stimulator. A quite suitable pattern for October Caddis.


Your Special Good Karma Spot?

Do you have that special spot, or two, that is magical? A spot where positive karma abounds because of past encounters? This is a spot that borders on a love affair…just you and a fish or two. A spot that yields epic memories and the one you think of when Winter has cut you off from the spot….that special spot the gives you ‘the moment’. Most of you have one that you think of.

For want of a better name, I have always called this spot the Back Channel and the end of that channel, the Damsel Bay. This is one of my ‘spots’. Epic encounters have happened here and almost every time the Trout has won the encounter. Callibaetis hatches like I have never seen before have been visible here against the sunlight filtered through the trees. Dragons and Damsels are prolific. And, a Damsel dry fly has always….always…resulted in a sound thrashing of the fly. Reeds, weeds, brush piles, jagged rocks, lily pads and sub surface trees snags conspire against the tippet as the Trout dives for a safe refuge. That presentation, the cast and wait, with the slightest draw and twitch, results in memories that will sustain me through Winter. I do need to ties up Damsel dries this Winter too.

This beautiful Rainbow Trout came to a Damsel. It was not ‘huge’ but it was a worthy fish in the hazard prone back bay. It gave me a memory to recall. The other two kicked my skinny ass and kept my flies. I will remember them as well!


Trout Zone: Pocket Water Hideouts

Emerging Art

David Knapp at Trout Zone offers up some good, basic information on fishing pocket waters. This time of year, with oxygen levels challenged, low water and stealth being important, the pocket water presentation is often productive. Precisely dropping that fly into the pockets near troubled waters is challenging fun. 


Fly Tying: Grey Wulff Variant by Regular Rod

Regular Rod @ Dry Fly Expert presents a variation of the Grey Wulff that presents a nice, low floating dry fly to represent the large Drakes of early Summer. Lee Wulff designed the Grey Wulff in the early 1930’s for larger mayflies he encountered while fishing the Catskills region of the U.S. The larger Wulff pattern has several variations, but the basic grey was his first Wulff pattern. Regular Rod’s variation especially focuses on that front squirrel wing. Note in his instructions he does not split that front wing, but rather leaves it a single wing. I like that for its simplicity in tying. 


“Lee Wulff is considered the grandfather of catch and release fishing. In 1939, Lee Wulff released the book, Handbook of Fly Fishing, where he maps out the principals of catch and release fishing. The way he puts catch and release is that there will be more fish in the rivers, so you can come back again and again and catch fish. Also he says that the fish get smarter making them harder to catch and making the fisherman have to be more accurate with his casts. The second part of the business model is setting up organizations such as Trout Unlimited and other like it to protect the habitats that the trout live in and making the beautiful places where fishermen fish stay beautiful.”   Wiki Info


Fly Tying: Parachute Pheasant Tail Dry (Uni-‘Floats’)

This is a YouTube vid by Nate on how to tie a Parachute Pheasant Tail Dry Fly ‘hopper’ that incorporates plenty of dubbing, natural pheasant tail fibers and a ‘Uni-Bobber’ or as FishKamp suggests ‘Uni-Floats’. The PT Hopper would lend itself to several color possibilities. A ‘buggy’ pattern with the help of some Gordons.


Fly Tying: Comparadun How To

Came upon a good pattern tutorial for beginner/intermediate tiers: the Comparadun dry fly, in the Salt Lake Tribune. The tier, Curtis Fry, gives an excellent written S-B-S.

It is important in tying this pattern to choose a light wire hook, as Fry say, minimal dubbing (‘dirty the thread’) and not too much deer hair. As in many pattern: ‘less is better’. I mention this because, as you may know by now I share my mistakes. I tied up quite a few of these several years ago: wrong hook, way too much dubbing, too much Coastal Deer hair. The flies didn’t even humor me by riding low in the film…they sunk.

I especially like Fry’s take on why he ties flies, something that many of us would agree with: “for pure necessity and as a creative outlet. I don’t fool myself into thinking it is a cheaper alternative to buying flies. It’s an addiction I am forced to abide.”


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