Monday, July 17, 2017

Prince Nymph


Prince Nymph



Hook: Nymph/wet style
Bead: Tungsten or brass
Thread: Black 
Weight: Lead wire
Tail: Brown biot
Body: Peacock herl
Ribbing: Oval/round silver tinsel
Collar: Brown hackle
Horns: White biot

From the internet

"The Prince Nymph, known first as a Brown Forked-Tail Nymph, imitates nothing – and everything – simultaneously.  It has an inherent ‘bugginess’ that trout find it irresistible.  Its split biot tail is bold, the glossy green peacock herl shimmers in the current, the soft hackle collar breathes seductively, and the tinsel and white wings scream for attention.  It is your basic sub­sur­face attractor, one that has been catch­ing trout for decades.  Many devotees profess that it imitates stonefly nymphs.  Indeed, a Prince Nymph does resemble juvenile stoneflies.  But, it resembles juve­nile Christmas tree ornaments just about as well.  Perhaps trout take it as a stonefly, but a cased caddis larva, caddis pupa, mayfly or dobsonfly nymph, or even a drowned terrestrial seem equally plausi­ble. Does it matter?  Not a bit.  Prince Nymphs ap­peal to trout, and that’s what counts when you’re fill­ing the fly box or tying a clinch knot.
Doug Prince of Monterey, CA is often described as the originator of the Prince Nymph, but it was devel­oped and first tied in the 1930s by Don and Dick Olson, brothers from Bemidji, MN.  They called it the Brown Forked-Tail Nymph.  It acquired its princely name in a roundabout way during the 1940s.  Buz Buszek, namesake of the Federation of Fly Fishers’ annual award for fly tying excellence, owned a fly shop and mail-order business in Visalia, CA begin­ning in 1943.  He employed local tyers to supply flies for the shop.  Doug Prince was not a commercial fly tyer, but he was Buszek’s good friend and tied flies for him for one year in the 1940s.  Prince was a tal­ented fly tyer who knew California rivers well.  He tied his name­sake fly for California’s Kings River, but he called it the Brown Forked-Tail Nymph, presumably in refer­ence to the Olson original.  Buz Buszek was hur­riedly preparing a new mail-order catalog one day, and he wanted to in­clude Doug Prince’s peacock-bodied nymph that was so effective.  Buszek couldn’t remember the fly’s name, however, and in haste he just called it the “Prince Nymph”.  Buszek’s catalog was distributed throughout the West, and the fly at­tracted a loyal following.  Doug Prince’s name spread with the fly, although he played no part in its self-congratulatory name.  Doing so was not in his humble charac­ter:  “I tied what worked for me, and that’s all I ever really wor­ried about.”  Doug Prince received the FFF Buz Buszek Memorial Award in 1982 but said at the time that he had “no idea” why."

Edson Tigers


Dark Edson Tiger

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Yellow
Tag: Flat gold tinsel
Tail: Yellow hackle tips
Body: Yellow chenille
Throat: Red hackle fibers (red hackle tips on the original)
Wing: Brown hairs from a dyed yellow bucktail
Cheek: Edson brass eye
Head: Painted yellow then overcoated with uv resin



Light Edson Tiger

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Yellow
Tag: Flat gold tinsel
Tail: Mandarin (I used woodduck flank)
Body: Peacock herl
Wing: Yellow bucktail
Cheek: edson brass eye
Head: Painted yellow then overcoated with uv resin

Reference: Forgotten Flies

Friday, July 14, 2017

Sanctuary


Sanctuary

Tip: Gold tinsel
Tail: None
Ribbing: Gold tinsel
Body: Dark hare’s ear fur
Hackle: Brown
Wing: None

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Troutgetter


Troutgetter

Hook: Curved nymph
Thread: Red
Backstrap: Peacock herl
Ribbing: Peacock herl
Body: Yellow chenille
Hackle: Brown hen

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Murray


Murray

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Red hackle fibers
Ribbing: Medium flat silver, followed by orange silk; counter wrapped with fine silver wire
Body: Black floss
Throat: Orange hackle fibers
Wing: Siberian squirrel tail

Tying note: I substituted red fox squirrel for the siberian squirrel wing

Monday, July 10, 2017

McGinty Bucktail


McGinty Bucktail

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Red duck or goose quill
Body: Black & yellow chenille
Wing: Brown bear
Throat: brown hackle fibers or brown hackle wound as a collar

Reference: Forgotten Flies

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Macgregor Bucktail


Macgregor Bucktail

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Tail: Golden pheasant crest
Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel
Body: Orange chenille
Throat: Grizzly hackle fibers
Wing: Gray squirrel tail
Cheeks: Jungle cock

Friday, July 7, 2017

Grey Mare


Grey Mare

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Scarlet duck or goose quill
Ribbing: Oval silver tinsel
Throat: Brown hackle fibers
Wing: 2 Grizzly hackles back to back

Reference: John Veniard's Further Guide to Fly Dressing

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Grizzly Kings


Grizzly King Hairwing

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Red hackle fibers
Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel
Body: Green floss
Throat: Teal feather fibers
Wing: Squirrel tail
Eyes: Painted Black over white


Grizzly King #2

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Red hackle fibers
Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel
Body: Green floss
Throat: Teal feather fibers
Wing: Grizzly hackle


Grizzly King #2 Variation

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Red hackle fibers
Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel
Body: Green floss
Throat: Teal feather fibers
Wing: Squirrel tail
Hackle: Grizzly

Reference: Forgotten Flies



Thursday, June 29, 2017

Treacle Parkin


Treacle Parkin

Hook: Wet style
Thread: Black
Tag/tail: Yellow yarn
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle: Ginger hen


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Slim Richard


Slim Richard

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Red hackle fibers
Body: Flat silver tinsel
Wing: White bucktail, over which a single blue dun hackle 
tied flat over the body, over which is a few peacock herls

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Red Fox Squirrel Tail Nymph (Beadhead)


Red Fox Squirrel Tail Nymph (Beadhead)

Hook: Nymph style
Bead: Mottled brown
Thread: Brown
Tail: Red fox squirrel body hair
Ribbing: Oval gold tinsel
Body: SLF red fox squirrel abdomen dubbing
Thorax: SLF red fox squirrel thorax dubbing
Hackle: Dark barred ginger hen cape

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Brown's Crayfish



Brown's Crayfish

Hook: Mustad 9671 or 9672, # 4 to 8
Weighting (optional): Lead Wire
Thread: Black
Claws: a V-shaped bunch of Squirrel tail
Body: Dubbing or wool (brown, orange, olive or black)
Hackle: Rooster saddle, palmered
Shell: Turkey tail or wing, epoxied

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mansfield


Mansfield

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Golden pheasant tippets
Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel
Body: Black floss or uni-stretch
Wing: Orange over white bucktail

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Muskrat Nymph


Muskrat Nymph

Hook: Nymph style
Thread: Black
Body: Muskrat dubbing
Legs: Partridge hackle fibers
Head: Peacock herl


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Bottle Rocket


Bottle Rocket

Hook: Streamer
Thread: White under body; black head
Tail: Yellow bucktail
Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel
Body: Red Floss or uni-stretch
Throat: Red hackle fibers
Wing: Yellow over white bucktail or mixed

Friday, June 16, 2017

Vic Special


Vic Special (Orange)

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Golden pheasant tippes
Butt: Peacock herl
Body: Orange floss
Wing: Red fox squirrel tail


Vic Special (Red)

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Golden pheasant tippes
Butt: Peacock herl
Body: Red floss
Wing: Gray squirrel tail

Phonecia Bucktail


Phonecia Bucktail

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Yellow Yarn
Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel
Wing: White calftail

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Quilled Muskin Midge Pupa


Quilled Muskin Midge Pupa


Hook, Fulling Mill Competition Heavyweight Black size 10
Thread, UTC 70 Black
Tail, Whiting Coq de Leon Fibres
Body, Natural Peacock Quill
Thorax, Veniards Edge Bright FL.Orange and Black UV Dubbing
Thorax Cover, Dyed Black Pheasant Tail
Breathers/Gills, Glo-Brite Yarn No.16 White

Davie Mcphail recipe above.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Arizona & Apache Peacock Lady



Arizona Peacock Lady

Hook: Mustad 3906B sizes 10-18
Thread: Black 
Tail: Golden pheasant tippets
Rib: Oval gold/silver tinsel
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle: Grizzly and brown hackle




Apache Peacock Lady

Hook: Mustad 3906B sizes 10-18
Thread: Red
Bead: Red
Tail: Golden pheasant tippets dyed red
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle: Grizzly and brown hackle

Juracek Emerger


Juracek Emerger

Hook: Dry style
Thread: Black/Brown
Tail: Mallard flank
Body/Thorax: Dubbing
Wingcase: Gray foam

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Prince Nymph


Prince Nymph



Hook: Nymph/wet style
Bead: Tungsten or brass(optional)
Thread: Brown
Weight: Round lead wire
Tail: Brown biot
Body: Peacock herl
Ribbing: Oval silver tinsel
Collar: Brown hackle
Horns: White biot

Monday, June 5, 2017

WD40



WD40

Hook: Curved
Thread: Olive or any other color
Tail: Wood duck fibers
Body: Thread
Wing case: Wood duck fibers
Thorax: Dubbing

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Crackleback


Crackleback

Hook: Dry fly style
Thread: black
Hackle: Grizzly
Shellback: Peacock herl
Body: Yarn, dubbing, z-lon etc


CRACKLEBACK DRY WOOLLY

 Developed by Ed Story in the mid 1950's. The fly and the method(s) to fish it was an instant success. Now fished worldwide. Many will use nothing else! TO FISH: Dress the hackles with floatant and fish dead-drift as a floating terrestrial in the surface film. If no hit near the end of the drift, jerk the fly beneath the surface and skip it across-stream with the rod tip, or strip it back to you with the line-control hand as a moving sub-surface emerger. TO FISH DEEP: Use a full sinking line (or sinking leader system) with a split-shot on the tippet 15" above the fly. Skip or strip the fly just off stream or lake bottom. EXPECT NEAR INSTANT SUCCESS. (1)Original Pale-Olive, (2)Pale-Yellow, (3)Brown-Spider, (4)Lime, (5)Sulpher-Orange - Sizes: 12, 14, 16

Dyret (Animal)



Dyret (Animal)

Hook: Dry Style
Thread: Brown
Head/tail: Deer hair
Hackle: Badger
Body: Hare's ear

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Gierach Special


Gierach Special

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Red
Body: Pearl tinsel
Throat: White bucktail
Wing: Gray squirrel & pearl krystal flash
Topping: Peacock herl
Eyes: Painted black over white

Friday, June 2, 2017

Pearl Jam


Pearl Jam

Hook: Curved
Bead: Gunmetal glass bead or black nickel metal bead
Thread: White
Body: Pearl midge brais or pearl krystal flash, twisted


Periwinkle


Periwinkle

Hook: Curved
Bead: Gunmetal rainbow glass bead
Thread: Olive
Ribbing: Black wire
Body: Thread
Thorax: Olive ice dubbing or equivalent


Rogan's Gadget

Rogans Gadget

Hook: Long shank nymph
Thread: Black at head; red at tail
Rib: Fine silver oval tinsel
Body: Flat silver tinsel
Tail & Shellback: Slips of bronze mallard shoulder tied in at the bend of the hook with point extending beyond bend and tied over top of the body
Head: Peacock herl 

Note: Substitute silver wire for the oval tinsel and overwrap the shell back for additional durability.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Pabst Blue Ribbon


Pabst Blue Ribbon

Hook: Curved
Bead: Clear silver lined
Thread: Red
Body: Red thread and pearl or mirage tinsel
Thorax: Rainbow scud dubbing


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sofa Pillow


Sofa Pillow, Brown

Hook: Mustad 9672
Thread: Brown or black
Tail: Red goose quill section
Body: Red floss tied thin
Wing: Red fox squirrel
Hackle: Brown

Sofa Pillow, Gray

Hook: Mustad 9672
Thread: Gray
Tail: Yellow goose quill section
Body: Yellow floss tied thin
Wing: Gray fox squirrel
Hackle: Grizzly

Patriot Double Wing


Patriot Double Wing

Hook: Dry fly
Thread: Red or black
Tail: Brown antron stub
Tag: Blue krystal flash
Rear wing: Medium-brown to dark-tan deer/elk body hair
Body: Red antron dubbing
Body Hackle: Furnace brown
Front Wing: White calf tail
Hackle: Brown

A Gary Lafontaine adaptation

Renegade


Renegade

Hook: Dry fly
Thread: Black
Tag: Flat gold tinsel
Rear Hackle: Brown
Body: Peacock herl
Front Hackle: White

Thor


Thor

Hook: Nymph/streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Orange hackle fibers
Bodt: Red chenille
Throat: Brown hackle fibers
Wing: White calf tail

Reference: Popular Fly Patterns - Terry Hellekson

Measuring Hackle for Dry Flies

While you can spend additional money on some sort 
of hackle gauge, you really dont have to.








Or for measuring the length of the wing on streamers.


Since you already bougt the hackles and hooks, use them to your advantage.

Splay out the hackle you intend to use on your fly and measure it against the hook shank.

From the eye of the hook to the bend of the hook shank (the straight part of the shank before it begins to bend) is equal to 1 1/2 times the hook gape. Perfect for hackle length.



Whatever method you use is totally up to you.

Bellamy


Bellamy

Hook: Streamer
Thread; Black
Tail: Red Calf tail
Body: Copper wire over an underbody of brown floss
Wing: White bucktail tied over the body, with an overwing of dyed yellow natural bucktail
Eyes: Tiny red dots

Reference: Forgotten Flies (Schmookler & Sils)