Saturday, April 4, 2020

St Patrick's Ghost


St Patrick's Ghost

Hook - Mustad L87-3665A
Thread - White
Tail - Dyed emerald green marabou
Ribbing - Flat gold tinsel
Body - Emerald green uni floss
Throat - Dyed emerald green marabou
Wing - White marabou
Head - White thread colored with emerald green marker

White Hackle


White Hackle

Hook - Nymph/wet style
Thread - White underbody; black head
Ribbing - Black silk, optional
Body - White floss
Hackle - White

White Hackle Variation

Hook - Nymph/wet style
Thread - White underbody; black head
Ribbing - Flat silver tinsel
Body - White floss
Hackle - White

Reference - Forgotten Flies - Schmookler & Sils

Black Ghost Special



Black Ghost Special

AKA Bleeding Black Ghost 

Hook - Mustad L87-3665A
Thread - Black
Tail - Dyed red hackle fibers or marabou (depicted here)
Ribbing - Flat silver tinsel
Body - Black floss or uni stretch (depicted here)
Throat - Dyed red hackle fibers or marabou (depicted here)
Wing - White marabou 
Eyes - Painted black over yellow

Wing can be marabou, bucktail, calf tail or feathers

Jungle cock feathers can be used as shoulders in lieu of painted eyes

Reference - Fly Tyer Pattern Bible (Spring 1978 issue of Fly Tyer Magazine)

Friday, April 3, 2020

Fox Hole Special


Fox Hole Special


Hook - Mustad 3665A #4
Thread - Black
Body - Black uni stretch, down and back
Ribbing - Flat silver tinsel
Throat - Yellow bucktail, length of hook and sparse
Underwing - Orange bucktail, length of hook and sparse
Wing - White marabou plume
Shoulder - Teal or Mallard flank, tented over front 1/4-1/3 of wing

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Baby Bass



Building the underbody


Remove 2 Stim-U-Dent toothpicks from the package


With a hook mounted in your vise, temporarily attach one full length toothpick to the hook and position as shown above. Mark the toothpick as showm. 


Remove the toothpick and trim to length. Sand the blunt end to your desired shape. Repeat this procedure with a second toothpick. You should now have the top and bottom of the body.


Attach the shaped body pieces to the hook shank one at a time.


 The finished result ready to be painted.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Big Mac Pupa


Big Mac Pupa

Hook - Curved style
Thread - Color of your choice. Only limited to colors of available thread
Ribbing - Clear v-rib, larva lace etc
Body - Thread
Head - Black

52 Buick


52 Buick

Hook - 2xl nymph style
Thread - Olive
Tail - Dyed olive pheasant rump fibers
Ribbing - Oval gold tinsel
Body - Olive chenille
Legs - Same as tail
Thorax - Peacock herl


A lot of different recipes on the internet but this is what I used

Ray Bergman Bucktail


Ray Bergman Bucktail

This recipe is from “Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing” by Joseph D Bates Jr

Thread – Black
Body – Flat silver tinsel
Throat – A very small bunch of red hackle fibers, rather short
Wing – A small bunch of white polar bear fur over which is a very small bunch of pale yellow bucktail. The wing is sparsely dressed
Shoulders – Each the tip of a red body feather from a macaw, one third as long as the wing




Updated Recipe

Hook – Streamer style
Thread – Black
Body – Flat silver tinsel
Throat – A very small bunch of red hackle fibers, rather short
Wing – A small bunch of white bucktail over which is a very small bunch of pale yellow bucktail. The wing is sparsely dressed
Shoulders – Each the tip of a dyed red hen feather

Not wanting to use the little amount of polar bear I have, I substituted white bucktail

Having no red macaw feathers I substituted dyed red hen hackle tips

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Heckham Green




Heckham Green

Hook - Nymph/wet fly style
Thread - Black
Tag - Flat gold tinsel

Tail - Golden pheasant tippets
Ribbing - Flat gold tinsel
Body - Olive uni stretch
Wing - Barred teal

Hackle - Brown hen

Reference - Forgotten Flies - Schmookler & Sils

Monday, March 30, 2020

Riley


Riley

Hook - Nymph/wet fly style
Thread - Black
Tag - Flat gold tinsel and black uni stretch
Body - White uni yarn
Throat - Dyed brown hackle fibers
Wing - Barred teal

Yellow Bucktail Hairwing



Yellow Bucktail Hairwing

Hook – Streamer style
Thread - Yellow
Body – Flat gold tinsel
Ribbing - Silver wire
Throat - Yellow marabou
Wing - Yellow bucktail over yellow marabou
Head - Yellow and black thread

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Connecticut River Dick



Connecticut River Dick

Hook - 6X long streamer hook
Thread - Black
Tag - Flat gold tinsel
Tail - Golden pheasant tippet
Body - Peacock herl wound into a rope to make a full/heavy looking body
Wing - Yellow bucktail, short enough so that it will not catch under the hook
Topping - A very small clump of lemon wood duck flank, nearly as long as the bucktail
Shoulder - Strip of red goose cheek, slim and nearly as long as the wing. The original called for turkey feather
Cheek - Jungle cock


Originator also used red and yellow heads

Luzerne


Luzerne

Hook - Wet/Nymph style
Thread - Black
Body - Claret/Wine floss or uni-stretch
Wing - Mallard flank
Hackle - Dyed black hen

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Norm Wood Special


Norm Wood Special

Hook – Curved style
Thread - Orange
Rib - Fine gold wire
Body – Dubbing; Golden Stone
Hackle - Brown hackle
Wing - Calf tail – tan, root beer (depicted above), or “Norm Wood” color
Hackle - Brown hackle
Thorax - Same as body

Legs - Brown round rubber (optional)

You may use undersized hackle or trim the hackle to ensure it floats flat on the water. The calf tail hold the fly in the film, allowing the body to float flush or slightly sunken below the water surface

Emerger


Emerger

Hook - Dry fly style
Thread - White, tan, yellow etc
Body - Dubbing - yellow, olive, tan etc
Wing - Sandwich of cdc-z-lon-cdc