Posts Tagged ‘Fly Design

06
Jan
14

Fitting the Pieces of Patterns……..

In the past, I have touched upon the Tied Down Caddis pattern here at SwittersB. Partly out of nostalgia and also because it was the only fly I had for my beginning fly fishing fifty + years ago. It was, as I have said, an exceptional pattern. 

Today, I came across an old pic I had taken of the pattern and it jumped out at me that the pattern, although of different materials, has much the same profile as the pattern I showed you yesterday by Endoman. I put together a small collage of Tied Down Caddis (there’s more of them online now then a few years ago…may I take a very small piece of credit for that) and inserted Endoman’s pattern. I think I need to revisit the Tied Down Caddis in earnest. I would personally now either dub the body fuzzy or wrap less hackle for a less dense profile.

TDC Caddis Col SwittersBNow granted the deer hair backing would trap less air than the Zelon/Antron shell back but maybe the legs and profile are equally or more important than the potential bubble shroud/air trapping pharate of the pupa?

24
Nov
12

Fishing & Colors: Now You See Them, Then You Don’t

As I was preparing my Winter time to do list for what patterns to tie, I thought about what colors of certain baitfish/streamer/buggers I should tie. The usual suspects came to mind: brown, black, green. Then I considered chartreuse, red, orange, white, yellow, blue. I so seldom experiment with alternative colors, but maybe I should tie up a few of those colors and experiment in shallow water/clear water circumstances where color visibility is optimal. I usually consider many colors washed out in off colored/deeper conditions and the equivalent of black/grey…so presentation often seems more important than color. Of course, I don’t totally rely on presentation, but it is my bedrock of strategy. Then location. And, then that worrisome issue of color. Attached are a few links that delve into the color spectrum, visibility at depth and one interesting one about diving, colors and neon. Of course, I do have a few of almost everything somewhere amongst dozens of fly boxes. But, that is another issue to consider……..later.

Also, please use the Search Box (that dark rectangle right below the green Versatile Blogger icon) to query ‘color’ ‘vision’ here at SwittersB. I have posted several times re color and fish. Good information.  

25
Sep
12

Large Mouth Bass, Winter Tying & A Revisit

My wife and I made out way over into Central Oregon for a few days, to fish for late Summer trout. We fished several lakes and had good success, but one story emerged that generates that seed that will carry one through the Winter until next year. A vision that will sustain and nurture a plan of action. A plan to return and kick some bucket mouth ass!

A beautiful trout by anyone’s standard, this trout was caught in along the reeds to the right. Something else lurked along those reeds that made for an awe-inspiring event and that kindled a spark for fly tying research.

My wife was working a Minnow Bugger in along the reeds and above the weeds. She felt the tap, tap, tap of a smaller fish. She stripped it in and saw that it was a baby Bass of about 8″. As we sat and speculated about Bass in the lake and how they get there, an apparition swirled into view right below us. Behemoths, giant fish, long fish, wide fish rose toward the surface, toward the hooked bass holding in the surface.

The smaller Bass is seen to the upper right. The large Bass came from the left. SwittersB

A giant large mouth Bass engulfed the smaller Bass and powerfully dove downward and away, stripping line off the apron and up through the guides. The line quickly came tight to the reel. The drag gave and the line stripped out and the 5 wt. was bent double. My wife struggled to fight this big fish.

The Bass was not hooked on the size 10 Minnow Bugger, but rather was clamped down on the engulfed smaller Bass. The battle commenced and the Large Bass was brought to the surface and almost to the net….almost….as the fish was pulled head first toward the opening of the net the big mouth opened and the small Bass was propelled into the air some six feet. Gone.

This similar encounter happened two times more and, of course, brings to mind what fly pattern could I tie to represent a distressed, smaller Bass that would be presented on an 8 wt. rod? To the fly tying drawing board I will go and plan some patterns on stout hooks. I estimate the Bass to be in excess of 24″ and well in excess of 10#. I caught Trout that were 24-26″ and were sleek, little Steelhead in size, maybe 5-7 pounds. The Bass were much larger in the shoulders, as is normal, than any of the Trout I saw.

Yes, a vision that will sustain a tying campaign this Winter.

31
Jul
12

Fly Tying Redux: The Prince & The Pauper

Showed these two patterns long ago and came upon them again. The simple removal of the biot tail takes the classic Prince Nymph (an excellent fly) and creates, I think, an excellent pattern, The Pauper.

06
Jul
12

Fly Tying: Busy Movements

This pattern could be a scud or czech style nymph. With the trailing material is falls away from the established profiles. It could be explained as a ‘trailing shuck’ higher in the water column. But, maybe it doesn’t need any excuses. The excess materials have movement and colors to entice and provoke….hopefully. Experimenting with the depth and presentation may prove this ‘mistake’ to be successful. Part of the fun of tying is just experimenting.

08
Jul
09

Fly Pattern Design (Bead Rattle Attraction)

Bead Rattle Fly Design

Bead Rattle Fly Design

Was checking out Jean Paul Lipton on Facebook. He was posting re Gar and highlighted a site that set out how to create flies for Gar. One of the side bars was a 2000 piece in Fly Tyer magazine re Bead Rattle Flies. I wonder if anyone has stripped and jerked this type of pattern to recent success since the author, Kent Edmonds, touted their worthiness.  Kent remarked that the fly design was attractive to a variety of freshwater fish. I imagine the key points are the wire rear anchor point must be secure and what type of beads to use to getting that proper snapping. 
 




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