Posts Tagged ‘fly patterns



05
Jan
14

Accepting as Gospel: Inquisitive Minds Want to Know….

A mishmash of thoughts here. About fly fishing, fly tying, nature, study and ‘the gospel’. I am a reluctant student of anything. I have never been very good at studying. I prefer to do and even then my lack of self discipline in acquiring knowledge makes the doing often less than stellar.

Like many, I look to others that have done the heavy lifting and speak with authority for the nuggets of wisdom that will help me do things better. Often times in any pursuit, the experts have more sway than perhaps they should.

-Bozo Caddis SXP SwittersB

Bozo Caddis Pupa pattern

For example, yesterday I was researching the glowing bubble effect I have ‘witnessed’ on East Lake (Oregon) with emerging Callibaetis Mayfly nymphs. Try as I might, I could not find any literature to help substantiate this observation. It has not stopped me from writing about my observation and even attempting to replicate it with a pattern called The Orb.

The Orb Ostrich

The Orb (SwittersB)

This morning, I was researching hot colored beads for fly patterns beyond the use as an egg pattern. Words like Attractor or Aggravator came into play. I was wondering why a pattern like the Bozo Caddis Pattern (above) would catch fish when natural Caddis don’t have a bright red nose. One link lead to another re Caddis when I came upon one of those clarifying moments that deconstruct our long held ‘beliefs’ and ‘truths’: the emerging Caddis Pupa enshrouded in a gas bubble, a sheath of buoyancy that propels the Pupa to the surface and upward like a missile. I have read it countless times and written it myself as ‘the gospel’ because renowned fly fishers far more knowledgeable than I had said it was so.

Read this forum exchange at TroutNut re emerging Caddis Pupa and realize that when we borrow knowledge or accept the gospel from experts in our quest to understand….we may be building a house of cards of wisdom…that we pass on and on.

I don’t believe you have to become an entomological aficionado to fly fishing. A little knowledge goes a long ways in fly selection and fly tying. But, if somethings don’t quite work out as they are supposed to based upon the experts…well maybe the experts are…well not accurate…experiment on your own. Maybe that explains why I hated tying the Emergent Sparkle Pupa and never caught a damn Trout on one!

How I tied them based on LaFontaine’s pattern and how a better pattern is suggested by Entoman:

Sparkle Pupa SB2

Half Shroud Entoman

Entoman’s Caddis Pupa Pattern is tied with a smaller, less dense shroud at the top of the fly only, and with a leaner body and minimal legs tied in as a beard.

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

14
Nov
13

Big Fish Eat Little Fish………..

I have, along the way, brought attention to streamer patterns that imitate assorted smaller fish in the water and to the fact that big fish are quite predacious toward little fish.

big little

The below photo at THE BUG PARADE speaks volumes toward the gluttony of aggressive, big fish. Check out her site for some very nice photography of nature and fish.

Bug Parade Big Little

The Bug Parade Image

05
Nov
13

Fly Tying: Exacting Details for Small Fly Patterns

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Tim Barker over at Planet Trout has a never ending supply of small fly patterns that are intelligently designed and reasoned out to the hatches trout dine upon and habitat they hold in. His attention to small details in fly pattern design make one consider the learning process of fly fishing. There are many layers to the sport and a never ending opportunity to experiment  while studying various watersheds.

Dimes Bit of Difference SB

Yes, it does make a dimes bit of difference to study the habitat, hatches, fly pattern design and presentation of fly patterns! But, for even more exacting details in a fly pattern visit Planet Trout for many fine examples of well thought out fly patterns.

bow net wet hand Bucky SwittersB

This Rainbow Trout was seduced into sipping a small soft hackle in the film during a chrionomid hatch (Caught/Released)

 

12
Jul
13

Fly Tying: The Scale of it all………….

I routinely show fly patterns here and most often in a macro format. My intent is to show the fly’s proportions, materials and the good and bad outcomes that the macro lens never fails to gather. I thought this time I would also include a shot of the fly pattern shown in the macro shot also in a pose with a U.S. dime in order to show scale. The hook size is more relevent to the tier. 

CaliNymphSwittersB Dime

Calibaetis Nymph SwittersB

This is a Callibaetis Mayfly stillwater (lakes) pattern on a size 16 hook.

AmberBH Dime SwittersB

AmberBH SwittersB

This is a traditional (well at least for the last 20 years) Bead head (BH) Pupa pattern, on a size 14 hook, that is suggestive of a Caddis Pupa drifting in a stream/river or presented to rise in a lake. The ubiquitous bead head in pupa patterns aids sinking and provides a little flash where the light penetrates the surface, The body is comprised of dubbing materials that are suggestive of movement, flash and segmentation while the fly drifts by.

Blues Dime SwittersB

Blues SwittersB

The Blues is a wet fly tied on a size 14 hook that is suggestive of any number of insects that drift in the upper stratas of a lake or stream. The blue is eye catching to fish (purple is excellent too…see PlanetTrout blogsite re his experiments with purple) and the Starling wing is one of my favorite wing materials ahead of a thorax ball to help splay the wing material.

The dime shot gives one a good idea of the actual size of these big macro flies. The hook sizes are good references for the fly fisher, but the non tier has a better reference with the coin perhaps.

08
Jul
13

Photography: Tools of Hope Overhead……..

C Is Rods-Reels SwittersB

Rods stored overhead in the ‘panga’ like boats that transported us out to the flats.

SB3 flies

30
Jun
13

Macro Photography: Deception on a Hook

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Click on each photo to enlarge…a bit blurry or my eyes are tired.




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