Posts Tagged ‘flytying

18
Nov
18

Bead Head Pupa Pattern…

A very few of you might recall that SwittersB & Exploring was, at first, SwittersB & FlyFishing…so for old time’s sake…a fly tying post displaying a pupa pattern with bed head….I use tie this to represent/suggest a caddis pupa, subsurface.

30
Nov
12

Agostino Roncallo: Italiano Tying Innovator

I was perusing Tom Sutcliffe’s always informative The Spirit of Fly Fishing site and came across a pattern/technique I had not encountered before. Agostino Roncallo presents a couple terrestrial patterns that utilize this “twisted palmering” technique. It probably is a bit cumbersome at first to learn, but the outcome is a buggy specimen that seems like it would promote a big glump! Check out the how to by Roncallo at Tom’s site.

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An Agostino Roncallo beetle pattern.

30
Nov
12

Tying & Fishing: Using Smaller Than You’d Like To

It is nice to tie/fish size 10’s than size 16-20’s. I have to admit, I spent a good many years tying/fishing, with some success, patterns in the size 10-12 range, particularly nymphs. The thought of tying on a size 18 anything and fishing it with confidence did not/could not compute.

Jen's small nymphs

A perfect example of small, functional, easy to tie nymphs by Jens Slettvoll

But, finally, I had a couple encounters with trout, bigger than anything I had ever hooked, on size 18 flies and I started to consider it as an option. I specifically started tying more wets/nymphs/flymphs in 16/18’s and having success. I have yet to venture into the size 20’s with any confidence.

Pay some attention to small hook’s gape size (go bigger), your thread size (8/0 minimum or smaller to 14/0), magnification devices and less material/bulk on the hook. Of course, basic to all this small fly stuff is studying the insect life of the waters you fish. Study the hatches and learn the probably size of a BWO nymph, a Callibaetis nymph, a PMD nymph, a Golden Stone nymph etc.

small nymph thumb

Sorry, I cannot attribute this to me and I cannot recall who originally took the photo. Could be my son or off the net. Either way…that small nymph and a commensurate tie should be/must be part of the arsenal. Maybe not a size 24 hook, but at least tied small on a size 18 hook?

Nymphs SwittersB

The smaller Pheasant Tail Nymph (PTN) and the smaller bead head Chironomid (upper left) have been easy to tie and productive small nymph/pupa patterns to fish with. I would suggest simplistic, small patterns as an option and then pay attention to presentation/location and fish with confidence on rivers and lakes.

26
Nov
12

Fly Tying: Dubbing Brush Abdomen

These are your standard bead head pupa patterns  on the curved shank hooks (size 14). The pattern is unique in that I trailed a small portion of a dubbing brush from the bend of the hook and then wrapped the dubbing brush forward to build up the abdomen. Then a wing made from a section of hen feather and a turn or two of hackle behind the gold bead. The pattern is so productive. The trailing material from the dubbing brush stays intact and is durable. 

 

20
Nov
12

Fly Tying: Dragon Fly Pattern Options

There are reportedly 5800+ species of  Dragon flies on this planet. For fly fishing purposes, it can be simplified down to one simple concept (dare I say that) and that is re the shape of the nymph. Longer, sleeker or shorter, rounder. Both styles of nymphs are predatory and excellent patterns to deploy beneath the water’s surface particularly in lakes, or slower, backwaters of rivers. BC Info re Dragons

Wisconsin Water Monitoring Group Photo

13
Nov
12

Shawn Bichsel’s Art: Lines In The Dirt

I, probably like you, have great admiration for the artist. The creation of images upon paper and the imagination and discipline to create never fail to please me. All artists, be they painters, drawers, sculptors, glass magicians, woodworkers, musicians on and on…are soothers of the mind and the soul. Big lead in for Shawn Bischsel’s work. But, for me, it pleases and I like how he takes our common images of fly fishing and fly tying and presents pleasing images. Check out Shawn’s site at Lines In The Dirt. Also, take a look  at Shawn’s Etsy site for affordable pieces of art.

05
Nov
12

Wet Palm

For the non-tying, non-fly fisher, the flies shown are generally called a ‘wet fly’ and presented subsurface from just below the water’s surface and deeper. For the tier…these were tied on a size 14 stout hook, but the body was reduced in size for a smaller fly on a bigger hook. The ribbing should have been a bit finer in thickness, but the segmentation does pop with the lighter colored ribbing. How does my life line look?

04
Nov
12

Comets: Salmon/Steelhead love Comets streaking by.

Somewhere, with regards to tying Steelhead and Salmon patterns, I have followed the herd in tying ever larger and ornate flies. Long, leggy affairs that are lashed to a plastic tube or spendy Waddington shank. But, I came across a couple pieces about the Comet fly pattern and immediately wondered how did I stop tying these in the last few years. 

The Comet was always a simple tie and quite productive on the waters, primarily in the Winter. It is worth a review/revival to at least add to the other 2″-5″ long flies with trailing stinger hooks. 

Here is a video and information re the Comet at Oregon Fly Fishing Blog

Here at Fishing with Jay you see two of the primary colors for Comets.

This a simple to tie, very effective pattern for dredging away in the Fall months for Salmon and then into Winter for Steelhead. I have never fished it on the swing with a two hander so can’t speak to that, but no reason it wouldn’t work. Blue and Silver is a fine addition too.

01
Nov
12

Fish Tails (Tales) Requires Planning………

If are a fly fisher for Trout and other Spring through Fall species, you may have hung your gear up and won’t give it another thought until Spring looms near. Maybe you will pursue Winter Trout on a few year around waters or Salmon and Steelhead. A few hardy souls fish year around. But, a couple things, as my annual reminders, to consider.

~Did you organize your gear before you stuck it away? Did you put any part of it away wet or damaged? Did you clean up your fly lines and do a tune up on your reels? Is there anything you stuck away in a hurry, at the time, saying to yourself ‘I take care of it later…remember to take care of this later’. Did you?

~You considered learning to tie flies. Have you explored classes/lessons from a fly shop, community college, private lessons, fly fishing club etc. Maybe none of those options are available in your area. There are excellent on-line (S-B-S…Step By Step) tutorials on how to tie that are better than not trying it at all. Also, they are excellent to visit after you take person to person instructions. 

~If you do tie, now is the perfect time, while this past season’s fly selections/losses are fresh in your memory to inventory and make lists of what flies need to me replenished via tying (or purchased, if you don’t tie). This is best done while anticipating a timeline of when and where you will fish this coming year. What are the hatch sequences or subsurface life forms available in the waters you plan on fishing this coming year. Keep a plan pinned up and look at it, especially if you are a new tier so you don’t flit around tying this and that and never really tie all you needed.

This will help you in planning and enjoying your fishing outings and of course having plenty of ‘fishtails’ to expand upon for years to come. Now go check on that gear bag you filled with wet, stinky clothing and then zipped up last month.

07
Oct
12

Photographing a Lazy Cat in the Sun

Seriously, you wonder, what is the fascination with Penny the Cat? Well, like most cats she is fiercely independent, aggressive at times (last night she attacked my toes in bed…my dogs don’t do that thank goodness), she likes my fly tying materials as much as I do and when she slows down into her lazy mode I seem to relate to her lounging in the sunlight. Turn away if you hate cats because this is a celebration of a lazy cat…Penny the Cat.

Ok, the last shot gives some indication that her alert button is activated.




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