Posts Tagged ‘stillwater patterns

20
Nov
13

Photography: Seduction

lake patterns sb

To Each Their Own……….

22
Feb
12

Fly Tying & Fishing the Scud: To Do List

“This small crustacean is probably the most important of all organisms on which trout feed; particularly when hatches of fly larvae, pupae and terrestrials are not present.” Jack Shaw, Fly Fish the Trout Lakes, 1976.

There it is, one of those almost absolutes of fly fishing that’s plopped down before you. There is often the obligatory section in any pattern book or lake and river how to book about the Scud. But, given its prestige, it is often the fifth or sixth offering in a sequence of possible offerings…well, behind Mayfly, Caddis, Chironomids, Leeches, Stoneflies, Dragon flies, Damsels….way in the rear is the Scud with Ants, Beetles and Waterboatmen. Hmm? Not disputing the worth, just interesting.

For all the praise for Scuds, I do not fish them nearly enough. I have Scuds I tied in the late 70’s for the Crooked River…orange Scuds. I have maybe three dozen scuds, mostly grey green, some orange, some tan, and a few blue. Blue?

Yes, blue. Several years ago, I had been staying near Salmon Lake in B.C. I usually, wind permitting, fished the West end of the lake (C) where I would find plenty of size 14-16 grey-green Scuds. Up in the weeds, I would do well with Scuds as well as over in a back cove (C) (I came to call it Dead Moose Cove because of the remains there near shore). But, one evening I had to stay close to camp, so I put in at (A), a ramp and worked my way up toward (B). All along that shoreline were Bright Blue Scuds, almost electric in color. Did I have any blue Scuds? Of course not!

In the visits to follow, I had blue Scuds and they were reasonably successful in that A to B zone. 

A bit too tasseled on the end. But, a good Scud color.

 Scuds can be quite dense, akin to a Shrimp Feed at a Biloxi BBQ. They can be scattered at various depths in a lake and caught in the drift of streams. In a stream, normal nymphing techniques or Czech Nymphing are suitable. Actually, a Czech Nymph is quite suitable in smaller sizes for a Scud pattern (similar tying technique).

In lakes, the presentation is not the normal retrieve. A more jittery, nervous, fluttering movement is desired. I think, it is typical to many Mayfly and Chironomids that make that journey to the top in stages of up and down and up again movements. Not all critters make steady progress toward the surface and this same presentation would work for the Scuds.

So, one more thing to try to remember to use this Summer… “probably the most important of all organisms on which trout feed…” A Simple Scud (pics a bit fuzzy, but you will get the idea) &  More info about Scuds.

 

16
Feb
12

Fly Tying: Biot Hot Spot on a Bugger

Regard the ubiquitous Woolly Bugger…I make no apologies in promoting or using the fly. It just works. But, the last few years with the Woolly Bugger (Little Fort Leech) and the Lake Bait pattern, I used dyed hot red and hot green hackle fibers or dyed hot red marabou fibers either at the top of the tail, but shorter than the tail length or at the sides tied in at the head. I have been wanting to experiment with the side of the head spot for an attractor hot spot. In the Brown Buggers, below, I used a dyed red goose biot. I will explore the length, durability and success of the material. Remember, the hot spot here is for an unweighted fly, so the hot bead head is not an option. Of course, the two could be combined with a heavier weighted fly.

Woolly Bugger w/ Hot Red Goose Biot, Unweighted, Size 8

The Tried & Very True Little Fort Leech (Hot Spot On Top of Tail)

09
Jan
09

Traveling Sedge~Caddis (skittering, running, motoring along…a wallow and a glump)

 
Traveling Sedge from TightLinesBlogzine.com
Traveling Sedge from TightLinesBlogzine.com
Sedge Adult
Sedge Adult

http://tightlinesblogzine.com

“When asked what their favorite time to fish, most hardcore B.C. still water fly fisher’s agree that late June and caddis fly hatches are at the top of the list. This time of year can bring some of the biggest trout to the top to feed and create some of the most exciting displays of surface takes that you may ever encounter. 
Traveling sedges are also not your every day run of the mill caddis flies. No sir, these are the biggest of the big in the caddis fly world. Most travelers average around one inch long with many nearing the two-inch marker. In some instances I’ve seen them nearly three inches long and looking more like a dragonfly than a caddis.”
 
http://www.bcfishingreports.com/articles/traveling-sedge.htm
 
Yes sir, big glumps and wallowing over a big bushy Caddis dry is sooo much fun. Impart action of skittering and jiggling the fly across the surface toward you on the lake’s surface. Now, here is something from my own personal experience that may assist you. When you see the take, you may want to hesitate on the strike. I have noticed in B.C. and in Oregon that when the fish at first wallows or swamps over the fly there is a delay in the hook up. Yes, sometimes the fish simply takes the fly and it is hooked regardless of  whether you were looking at your buddy across the way or the hot babe walking the shoreline in a halter top (ok, not that common, with the mosquitoes and all). But, often the fish appears to have missed the fly or maybe is trying to swamp it, for the fish immediately resurfaces and cleanly takes the fly. I can recall fishing on SalmonL. (B.C.) and Hosmer L. (Oregon) and seeing the take, setting  and missing the set several times. First time, I was told by a nearby fly fisher to wait for the second take. It worked. Later in B.C. similar responses from the fish…and similar adjustments. It works. I believe any bushy oversized Caddis dry pattern can work, be it a Stimulator, Tom Thumb, Mikulak or Large Elk Hair Caddis. Fly fisherman express great pleasure in fishing dry flies as opposed to dredging the lower strata…this is even more exciting than most dry fly action..up there with Hex action and under more favorable conditions too.   

Elk Hair Caddis

       tomthumb

Mikulak~Danicasedge4grn

 




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