Posts Tagged ‘Jean Paul Lipton


Green Meanie Wears Chickabou Collar

The Green Meanie is a stillwater pattern, but would be quite suitable in moving water. The fly is a bit smaller than most stillwater patterns I fish. Tied on a size 12 hook, the Chickabou collar was created by inserting a section of Chickabou, torn from the hackle stem, into a dubbing loop…then spinning the loop then winding the collar. The tail fibers are also from a chickabou feather tip. The body is from some materials Jean Paul Lipton (Roughfisher) sent me a few years back. The green dumbbell eyes, tied in atop the shank, will add just enough weight to help the fly sink and to also cause the fly to ride point upward. The theory is it helps reduce snags along the bottom.


‘Someday’ A Drive Up the Gorge for Carp

With life’s demands, of late, bumping my fly fishing  toward the side, even a close by trip seems impossible. The other evening I crossed over a nearby slough that connects to the Columbia River. I decided to pull over and peer off the bridge into the weed choked, murky water that ran (oozed is more like it) beneath the bridge. Not a pretty picture but that is what some aspects of ‘brown lining’ are like. 

There laying like a suspended chunk of wood was a Carp. I could barely make out the slightest movement as the fish just held there. If that were a Trout I would consider myself lucky to live within a quarter mile of the trophy sized fish.

But, I must admit, I have not warmed up to the Carp. Of course, I have not caught one to become enamored with the alleged power and awe of the poor man’s bonefish…so on and so on. But, I want to.

My problem is, I believe, location. The slough is almost weed free earlier in the year. The slough now is covered with a mat of ugliness that provides cover, oxygen and feed for the marauding fish. And, impossible presentation of the fly.  Equally close, is the Columbia River and I bet if I headed East a couple hours+, I could find those cruisers in a slightly more hospitable and more scenic environ. Someday.

Check out these three links re those that know what they are doing and have a passion for chasing and catching these behemoths: Roughfisher and Jean Paul Lipton.John Montana and Carp on the Fly….Trevor Tanner and Fly Carpin…..

‘Someday’ That mentally uttered word. Someday I will go here, there and perhaps drive up the Gorge and ply those shallow waters, near the shoreline, of the mighty Columbia River for the much vaunted behemoths….the Carp. Cheaper than Christmas Island that’s for sure. 

This is a picture of Carp Chaser John Montana. If you query Google Images you can find John hoisting Carp twice as big as this fine specimen. These are not large fish from some pond but rather one of the biggest rivers in the U.S.


The Fly, The Lens, The Neurotransmitters

Many images evoke all manner of satisfaction. The pleasure derived from the perfect form, or combination of colors or suggestions of movement, texture etc. Well, you know all the ways these adjectives can go given the subject matter. For me and many of you, the ability to tie a ‘beautiful’ fly and then photograph it to share is one of the grander pleasures of the endeavor. Many can tie well, but not as many take the camera and capture the beauty of the simplest to the most complex fly patterns.

Whether it is the ornate art of Atlantic Salmon flies, as depicted in this years exquisite Full Dress Calendar 2012 (by Prud Fishing Products) which I was blessed to receive, or the more traditional Trout/Grayling patterns, the photograph of the finished fly offers many layers of satisfaction and enhances our pursuit of tying better….at least it does for this messy, impressionistic fly tier.

I offer a handful of what I consider to be highly inspiring fly tier/photographic works that routinely challenge me to tie a better fly…not necessarily for the fish, but to perfect the techniques.


Lucian Vasies at Fly Tying Romania

Albino Olive by Hans Weilenmann

Blue Quill by John Newbury

Jean Paul Dessaigne

Jean Paul Lipton, the Carpinator

I am sure there are other equally gifted fly tier/macro photographers out there and I would like to learn about them, so share. Explore the above tiers and their consistent excellence and be inspired to improve your tying or macro work. I know I am; I have macro envy. Oh, and I in no way mean to exclude the beauty of Steelhead, Salmon, Pike etc. patterns.  


Fly Tying: Passing Time

A random, scattered day of tying. A distraction. A diversion. Fly tying can be that. Not tying with intense purpose for an outing. Just going through the motions with a hint of creativity…an automatic embellishment here and there. Today, I tied a couple of patterns to use some chenille that Jean Paul at roughfisher sent my way. Also, I wanted to use the aftershaft or filoplume at the bottom of a patch of  ringneck pheasant feathers for a tail; short tufts of webby fibers. I tied enough to get some shots and enough to know I like the material Jean Paul sent my way….thank you. Triple click on this top pic to see how beautiful those feathers really are.

In the above pattern, I wanted a hint of hot green feather fibers on either side of the head. The hook is a size 12 streamer hook (Mustad 79580), the body is Roughfisher’s chenille.

The below pattern is a fluff job, typical of stillwater creations. As I tied it, I thought…nothing too unique there…the bead chain eyes are actually very light plastic from a long chain. So, they are light enough that I doubt they would flip the fly over.

Boy howdy! That is a nice little fly isn’t it?

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Soft Hackles (Wets, Flymphs…If You’ve Fished, You Just Know)

“I’m a sucker for soft hackles. I love synthetics, but there’s something about partridge and grouse hackles that is so mystifying. They breathe life on a hook unlike most anything else. They are visceral. No matter how advanced synthetic materials evolve, they will never have the pulse that soft hackles do.”  Soft Hackles

I get around the net researching fly fishing, tying, anything related to a beginner in pursuit of basic skills and inspiration. I have come to recognize the mediocre, the good and the consistently great…the stuff that is so damn good, yet done with casual ease and finesse.

Go to….it went off in a different direction, yet it has tied it all together. Excellent work. I love his patterns…the same, yet exceptionally different. I defy you to find more enthusiasm and innovation than at Jean Paul Lipton’s site.  I have highlighted others, the big ones and the not so big’s that are good for sure. Lipton does most of his work in his own back yard…not 4,000 miles/$4,000 away. Roughfisher is solid, blue steel, with the deceptive edge.


X-Factor Nymph (Cool Pattern)

X-Factor Nymph tied by the W.F.F.

X-Factor by Jean Paul Lipton and Highlighted at Winona Fly Factory

This is a very attractive nymph and the point up configuration is of obvious advantage. I like this!!  Justin over at the ever better Winona Fly Factory discovered the pattern at Roughfisher Fly Fishing and promptly went out and proved its worthiness. The guys along the Northern front are showing nice innovations.


1 Yarn Nymph (2 variations)

I have taught a similar patterns in some of my classes called the ‘Little Gray’. It is a one strand of gray antron nymph, with little or no adornments, except perhaps a copper rib. So, when I saw this pattern I recognized the simple perfection. I tie the wings to the rear rather than splayed to the sides with no wingcase and slightly sparser. 

One Yarn Nymph

Brown Mayfly Nymph

Brown Mayfly Nymph

hook: size 10-18 Tiemco 3769 or other 2x heavy nymph hook
thread: 6/0 UNI, dark brown
head: black or copper bead, 5/32”
wingcase: antron yarn, brown stone
thorax: antron yarn, brown stone
legs: antron yarn, brown stone
body: antron yarn, brown stone
tail: antron yarn, brown stone

“Place bead on hook and wrap thread to hook bend. Tie in 3″ of antron yarn, leaving the length of fibers about one hook length as the tail. Wrap thread forward, a few leye lengths behind th eye. Wrap (palmer)the antron yarn around the hook, 2/3 of the length, building up a tapered body. Tie in and leave tag end on bottom of hook. Cut 1” piece of yarn, and tie in as a wingcase. Wrap the existing tag end of yarn forward to behind the beadhead, building a thorax. Tie off and trim. Tie in a small piece of yarn on each side of the hook shank behind the bead head, forming the legs, about 2/3 of a hook length. Tie off and trim. Fold the wingcase forward, tie off and trim. Whip finish behind the beadhead and epoxy the threads and wingcase.

Another Version

Another Version

I was involved in a challenge to tie a fly using only one material, yarn, and thread. Bead heads or bead-chain eyes, optional. It was time to get creative and I had already been experimenting wtih antron yarn. I was trying to tie an all synthetic nymph. This was one of the results. Fish this like a standard heavy nymph.”

I came across this pattern on the Fishing Minnesota forum  and I appreciate the simplicity and potential variety for this pattern. I also checked out the Roughfisher site (Jean Paul Lipton) and found additional nymphs. Lots to learn there if you can get by the 1/21/09 pic of the always amazing April Vokey…how does she live with herself. My son, Tony, has previously threatened to move away to Chilliwack because of April. There goes one of my fishing partners.   

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