Posts Tagged ‘Planet Trout

08
Dec
14

Damsels to be distressed….

These are damsel fly patterns for stillwater (lake) fly fishing. I tied these four patterns (for the novice’s reference they are about an inch long) based on patterns I discovered back in 2008. They are variations of Jim Cope (Oregon) and Georgi Abbott (Logan Lake, B.C.) damsel patterns. The damsel patterns are highly effective on an intermediate or floating line worked around the edges of reeds and near the shoreline. The more static, slender Cope pattern or the fluffy, animated Georgi pattern never fail to produce in the fishy edges of a lake.

This shot was taken in full sunlight. I learned this six years ago when Tim Barker, over at Planet Trout (extraordinary site on not only fly tying & fly fishing but Hollywood history!) suggested photographing in direct sunlight.

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03
Jan
14

Fly Fishing Scuds: Planet Trout’s End All…………………

Please go to Planet Trout and take a detailed look at all Tim Barker has put together regard fishing scuds in rivers and lakes. The photography, materials inventory, the attention to detail for this piece is exceptional. Any freshwater fly fisher world wide should save this piece and review it often. And, as I have mentioned before if you have a penchant for Hollywood history delve into Tim’s site and you might be well surprised…(hint: Susan Hayward). I fixed the earlier glitch re link.

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Pinko Scud by Tim Barker at Planet Trout

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.

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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.

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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. 

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

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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.

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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.

13
May
13

Fly Tying & Fishing: Wonderful Tutorials

Tim Barker over at PlanetTrout has spent the Winter tying up a storm. He offers up a great selection of Midge Pupa patterns with nice photographs and the pattern/recipe too. 

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Planet Trout’s Tim Barker and his daughter Ally.

There is a ton of helpful inspiration at Planet Trout. If you fly fish or tie flies, you find a great deal of information here. It should be in your fly fishing blog roll. There is also some fascinating Hollywood history you might be interested in as well. 

 

23
Oct
12

Planet Trout’s BWO Extravaganza

BWO EXTRAVAGANZA (PHOTOS & PATTERNS)

Check out Tim Barker’s Planet Trout site. He has a vast array of Blue Winged Olive patterns, excellent photos along with many valuable links & resources.

21
Apr
12

Fly Tying: Nymph’s Color Palette by Tim Barker

Unique color assortment of nymphs by Tim Barker at Planet Trout.

You have to have the imagination to conceive unique combinations of colors and materials. Then must have the self discipline to complete the numbers of flies and maintain consistent outcomes. Very nice work isn’t it….and unique?




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