Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fire Starter


Fire Starter
Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Golden Pheasant tippets
Ribbing: Red wire
Body: Sliver tinsel
Throat: Red hackle fibers
Wing: Grizzly hackle
Head: Peacock herl

Reference: Forgotten Flies (Schmookler & Sils)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Gray Hackle Series

After doing some research in Perrault’s Standard Dictionary of Fishing Flies, it was amazing to find 23 variations of the Gray Hackle series. Some flies in the series even have their variations. I am using one book for the pattern recipes of this series but suspect there may be more out there, such as regional, personal  recipes etc. These flies can also be tied as wet flies.

Here are some of the flies from the book


Gray Hackle Blue
Hook: Dry style
Thread: Black
Tail: Red hackle fibers
Ribbing: Flat gold tinsel
Body: Blue floss/yarn
Hackle: Grizzly


Gray Hackle Gold
Hook: Dry style
Thread: Black
Tail: Gray (blue dun) hackle fibers
Ribbing: Oval gold tinsel
Body: Flat gold tinsel
Hackle: Gray (blue dun)


Gray Hackle Gray
Hook: Dry style
Thread: Black
Tail: Red hackle fibers
Ribbing: Flat gold tinsel
Body: Gray floss/yarn
Hackle: Grizzly


Gray Hackle Green
Hook: Dry style
Thread: Black
Tail: Red hackle fibers
Ribbing: Flat gold tinsel
Body: Green floss/yarn
Hackle: Grizzly


Gray Hackle Peacock
Hook: Dry style
Thread: Black
Tag: Flat gold tinsel
Tail: Grizzly hackle fibers
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle: Grizzly
Note: Red hackle fibers can also be used as the tail


Gray Hackle Purple
Hook: Dry style
Thread: Black
Tail: Red hackle fibers
Ribbing: Flat gold tinsel
Body: Purple floss/yarn
Hackle: Blue dun


Gray Hackle Red
Hook: Dry style
Thread: Black
Tail: Red hackle fibers
Ribbing: Flat gold tinsel
Body: Red floss/yarn
Hackle: Grizzly


Gray Hackle Special
Hook: Dry style
Thread: Black
Tail: Red hackle fibers
Ribbing: Flat gold tinsel
Body: Yellow floss/yarn with black ostritch shoulder
Hackle: Grizzly


Gray Hackle Yellow
Hook: Dry style
Thread: Black
Tail: Red hackle fibers
Ribbing: Flat gold tinsel
Body: Yellow floss/yarn
Hackle: Grizzly

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bivisibles


Black & White Bivisible

Hook: Dry fly
Thread: Black (or white)
Black hackle tied palmered over the body, with a few turns of white in front


Brown & White Bivisible

Hook: Dry fly
Thread: Black (or white)
Brown hackle tied palmered over the body, with a few turns of white in front


Golden Badger & White Bivisible

Hook: Dry fly
Thread: Black (or white)
Golden badger hackle tied palmered over the body, with a few turns of white in front


Grizzly & White Bivisible

Hook: Dry fly
Thread: Black (or white)
Grizzly hackle tied palmered over the body, with a few turns of white in front



Silver Badger & White Bivisible

Hook: Dry fly
Thread: Black (or white)
Silver badger hackle tied palmered over the body, with a few turns of white in front

Tying note: Tails can be added (same color as the aft hackle) and the body may be tinsel


Grizzly & White Bivisible

Hook: Dry fly
Thread: Black (or white)
Tail: Grizzly hackle fibers
Body: Flat silver tinsel
Grizzly hackle tied palmered over the body, with a few turns of white in front

Try different color rear hackle but keep the white up front.

Regarding the bivisibles: Some recipes have tails of hackle fibers (same color as the rear hackle), hackle tips (same color as the rear hackle), tinsel bodies and even dubbed bodies. Tie them how YOU see fit


A bit of history: http://flyanglersonline.com/features/oldflies/part258.php

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Fore & Aft Flies


Burlay Nymph
Hook: Nymph
Thread: Black
Aft hackle: Brown
Body: Burlap 
Fore Hackle: Brown


Buzz Hackle
Hook: Dry
Thread: Black 
Tail: Red Hackle Fibers
Aft Hackle: Grizzly over silver tinsel
Body: Peacock Herl
Fore Hackle: Brown over gold tinsel


Deren's Stonefly
Hook: Dry
Thread: Black 
Tail: Brown hackle fibers
Aft Hackle: Brown
Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel
Body: Yellow yarn or dubbing
Fore Hackle: Brown over gold tinsel


Double Badger
Hook: Dry
Thread: Black 
Aft Hackle: Badger
Body: Peacock Herl
Fore Hackle: Badger


Gray Ugly
Hook: Dry
Thread: Black 
Tail: Grizzly hackle fibers
Aft Hackle: Grizzly 
Body: Peacock Herl
Fore Hackle: Grizzly


Sierra Bright Dot

Hook: Dry
Thread: Black 
Tail: Golden pheasant tippets
Aft Hackle: Grizzly 
Body: Orange floss
Fore Hackle: Grizzly


Badger & Gray
Hook: Dry
Thread: Black 
Aft Hackle: Badger
Body: Gray magic dub
Fore Hackle: Badger



Black & Olive
Hook: Dry
Thread: Black 
Aft Hackle: Black
Body: Olive magic dub
Fore Hackle: Black



Renegade
Hook: Dry
Thread: Black
Tag: Flat golg tinsel
Aft Hackle: Brown
Body: Peacock herl
Fore Hackle: White


Friday, April 14, 2017

Unidentified (Tri-color) Bucktail


Unidentified (Tri-color) Bucktail

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Amber
Tag: Silver tinsel
Tail: Barred woodduck
Body: Silver tinsel
Throat: Light blue bucktail
Wing: Brown over white bucktail
Cheek: Gold metal "Edson" cheeks

Reference: Forgotten Flies (Schmookler & Sils)