Monday, February 28, 2011

Elastic-Tungsten Nymph Body

Heres a cool product I found on a German fly shop web site. These are not for the dry fly guys and some folks may cringe, but these seem to be a neat product nonetheless.

Heres a description from the website:

Unique, pre-formed body nymph from a combination of plastic and tungsten.
A great product, complete with brains, a strong chest and a segmented body. Can be easily integrated with three-thread or with a thin Dubbingstrang on the hook shank. The high dead weight, the use of lead wire or beads unnecessary. This body can be colored with waterproof markers or colored lacquer. Available in 8 sizes.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Al's Rat

A very simple midge pattern from the vise of Al Miller.

Hook: Your favorite, size 20-32
Thread: The original color is brown monocord
Body: Built up thread
Thorax: Muskrat

Can also be tied in different colors. I used black, tan, purple, olive and red threads.

Charlie's Fly Box

Another excellent fly tying book from Charlie Craven

One of the best beginner fly tying books

Dick Talleur passed away

Richard W. Talleur
November 20, 1931 – February 18, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Colorado Caddis

Hook: TMC 3769 10-16
Thread: Black
Shellback: Natural gray duck quill section
Body: Dubbed with #7 pale yellow lambs wool or equivalent
Legs: Black Hackle

I have no idea where to get #7 pale yellow lambs wool, so I used a pale yellow berlin wool yarn.

You can also use a caddis green yarn.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Mylar Piping

Mylar Piping

Mylar piping comes in a few external colors and a couple of different cores that the mylar is braided around. Most are braided around a tan to brownish twine and some are braided around a zlon like material. When i find the piping braided around the zlon like material, I buy that one vs the twine material.

You can use the mylar braid for its intended use, bait fish bodies or unbraid it for tinsel or body material. Some chironimid patters use one strand of tinsel for a trailing shuck.

You can use the zlon like strands for spent wings, parachute posts, trailing shucks, chop it up and put it in dubbing, breather filaments for midges and buzzers etc etc etc. Experiment, I'm sure theres more uses out there.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Telephone Box Streamer

Converting a Ray Bergman wet fly to a streamer.

Using white thread, lay down a thread base to the bend of the hook

Tie in the Golden Pheasant Tippets for the tail

Tie in the peacock herls and wrap the butt as shown

Advance the thread in touching turns to the eye of the hook and tie in the black ultra wire for the rib and the orange floss for the body

Wrap the thread toward the bend of the hook and wrap back forward to the eye of the hook building a smooth under body of thread

Wrap the orange floss forward for the body

Rib the body with the black ultra wire in 5 approximately equal turns

Switch the tying thread from white to black

Tie in brown hackle fibers or schlappen for the throat

Tie in the red squirrel tail fibers for the wing

Trim off thread and cement the head

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Gear Shower

The Gear Shower by Waterworks-Lamson has been popping up on several forums and blogs that I frequent
and can be purchased for about $50. Its gravity fed and hangs from a window as shown below.

Heres some alternatives form your local big box home center for a whole lot less money and has the added feature of being able to be pressurized the get those aquatic invasive species out of all the nooks and crannies. Simply fill up with your favorite solution at home, pack it up with you on your next fly fishing adventure and rinse away the invasive species before coming home.