Sunday, January 19, 2020

Moose & Grizzly


Moose & Grizzly

Hook - Nymph/wet style
Thread - Black
Body - Moose mane
Thorax - Black beaver dubbing
Hackle - Grizzly hen

Apply a swipe of crazy glue to the thread wraps before wapping the moose mane or overcoat the body with uv resin

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Copper Bug

Copper Bug

Original recipe (wrong sequence in my opinion)

Hook:  Mustad #38941 or #9672, size 4-6-8-10-12-14-16.
Thread:  Brown monocord or brown pre-waxed nylon.
Tail:  Cock pheasant barbules.
Body:  Wrap abdomen with one layer of #30 copper wire (the type used for rewiring electrical motors), wrap thorax with two layers of same. Then wrap thorax with orange floss or silk, shape to basic nymph shape to size of hook. 
Wrap abdomen with single wrapping of copper wire.
Ribbing:  Peacock herl with fine overlay of fine gold oval tinsel. 
This will give added strength to the peacock herl.
Legs:  Brown hackle, trimmed top and bottom.
Covert:  Cock pheasant [wing case].
Thorax:  Peacock herl, tied full.

Recipe should read as follows (correct sequence in my opinion)

Hook:  Mustad #38941 or #9672, size 4-6-8-10-12-14-16.
Thread:  Brown monocord or brown pre-waxed nylon.
Tail:  Cock pheasant barbules.
Ribbing:  Peacock herl with fine overlay of fine gold oval tinsel. 
This will give added strength to the peacock herl.
Body:  Wrap the entire hook shank beginning at the bend to the eye with one layer of #30 copper wire then wrap the wire back toward the bend over the existing wire to form the thorax and wrap back toward the eye and tie off and trim the wire. the thorax area should have 3 layers if wire. 
See the wire body photo below 
Covert:  Cock pheasant [wing case].
Legs:  Brown hackle, trimmed top and bottom.
Thorax:  Peacock herl, tied full.



You have to tie on the tail, peacock herl and fine gold wire BEFORE tying the copper wire for the body and thorax. Then the wincase should be tied on before the hackle and peacock herl thorax.

I omitted the floss or silk covering the thorax area. 
Its not needed as it will be covered by the peacock herl.

Finished fly


Tying note: I think the hackle should be palmered over the entire peacock herl thorax for a better representation of a stonefly


Copper Bug Variation


Reference - Dick Surette's Trout and Salmon Fly Index

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Molten Core



Molten Core

Hook - Any curved style
Thread - Hot orange
Ribbing - Copper wire dubbed with ice dubbing wrapped in slightly open spirals to allow the thread body to show through
Body - Wrapped tying thread built to a taper
Hackle - Dyed black hen

Friday, January 10, 2020

Girdle Bug



Girdle Bug

Hook - 3xl-4xl nymph style
Thread - Black
Weight - Non lead wire
Tail, legs and antenna - Rubber legs
Body - Black chenille - experiment with other colors

The first rubber leg stone fly nymphs in this genre were tied with the rubber from a women’s’ girdle hence the name.

The Rubber legged girdle bug is one of Montana's legendary trout flies. Like so many flies I prefer these days, this version is simple to tie, and is very durable. It was designed to imitate large stonefly nymphs, hellgrammites, and craneflies. It was thought to have been first used by the local anglers on the Big Hole River. Lost in the murky currents of time however is the original name of the girdle bug.

Back in the 1930s and '40s, it was called the "McGinnis rubberlegs," after its creator, Frank McGinnis of Anaconda. The McGinnis clan plied the waters of the Big Hole often enough to call it their "family river." And Frank McGinnis' homely pattern gained fame far and wide for fooling the river's renowned lunker rainbows and browns.

And before you say its a "Pats Rubber Leg"

Notes: Pat's Rubberlegs is also known as Jimmy Legs, Knotty Girls, Restless Stone, The Turd, and The Pickle. "Pat" has been suggested to be a guide, Pat Bennett, that works out of the Hyde shop in Island Park, Idaho but this may be a ruse. Jimmy Legs is a variation from Idylwild Flies in which the legs are pre-knotted and tied on a bent hook, such as a Daiichi 1730. Knotty Girls also have knotted legs but they are usually round rubber material. Restless Stone is another name as marketed by Umpqua. Whatever the name, the pattern works quite well and has become a favorite among guides. The pattern is a variation off an older pattern known as the Girdle Bug. This pattern was developed in the 1930's by Frank McGinnis of Anaconda, MT. He developed this pattern while fishing the Big Hole River. Originally, round rubberlegs was used but a spandex rubber material such as Super Floss, Flex Floss, Life Flex, and Spanflex has become preferred over round rubberlegs. It is much more durable and transparent than rubberleg material and very supple with lifelike movement in the water. Mickey Wooton, a guide out of West Yellowstone, came up with a nice variation of trimming the chenille at the abdomen for a flattened taper and replaced the antennae and tails with Krystalflash and Goose Biots, respectively. Fish Pat's Rubberlegs in the riffles and runs of fast moving water. It also makes a great pattern for short line nymphing. The weight of the pattern allows it to quickly sink into deeps slots and pools. Great with a Beadhead dropper such as a Prince Nymph or Hare's Ear.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Jason Spratley



Jason Spratley


Hook - Mustad 9672 #8
Tail - Guinea hen
Thread - Black
Rib - Small copper wire 
Body - Flat copper tinsel
Throat - Gray squirrel Tail
Wing - Pheasant rump dyed brown
Head - Peacock herl



A flashy variation of a vintage stillwater pattern; supposedly a killer in the Kamloops.

Shushan Postmaster


Shushan Postmaster

Hook - Long shank streamer hook
Thread - Black
Tail - Strip of mottled turkey tied on like a wet fly wing
Ribbing - Flat gold tinsel
Body - Yellow floss or uni stretch
Throat - Dyed red hackle fibers
Wing - Fox squirrel tail
Cheek - Jungle cock

Insult


Insult

Hook - Swimming nymph style
Thread - Black
Tail - Brown hackle fibers and peacock herl
Body - Peacock herl twisted around tying thread for reinforcement

Tying note: Fine wire may be used as ribbing if desired

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Jelly Bean Scud


Jelly Bean Scud

Hook - Curved scud style
Thread - Gray
Ribbing - Thread, wire etc
Body/Legs - Ostrich herl
Back - Layers of uv resin

Interceptor


Interceptor

Hook - Gamakatsu T10-6H
Thread - Black
Tag - Flat silver tinsel
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body - Black wool or uni yarn
Wing - Pine squirrel tail
Hackle - Dyed black hen

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Eighty - Eight



Eighty - Eight

Hook - 3xl or 4xl nymph style,  #6-12
Thread - Brown
Body - Rear two-thirds fine red wire; front one third fine green wire
(or substitute floss)
Wing - Wood duck flank
Collar - Grizzly hen hackle