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)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Jim's Gem


Jim's Gem

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Tail: Yellow hackle fibers
Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel
Body: Black chenille
Throat: Long fiberd badger hackle
Wing: White bucktail

Red Demon



RED DEMON 

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Red Hackle
Body:Brown floss
Throat: Red Hackle
Wing: Bronze Mallard

Sneaky Joe


Sneaky Joe

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Red hackle fibers
Body: Black chenille
Wing: Red fox squirrel tail

20 Incher Stone


20 Incher Stone

Hook: Nymph style
Bead: (Optional) Brass or Tungsten, sized to hook
Weight: Lead wire, sized to hook, sunk into back of bead
Thread: Black
Tails: Brown Goose Biots
Rib: Tan Rayon Floss
Underbody: Any Dark Colored Dubbing
Abdomen: Peacock Herl
Wingcase: Turkey Tail Quill Slip
Legs: Hungarian Partridge
Thorax: Natural Hares Mask Dubbing

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Prism


Prism

Hook: Salmon/steelhead style
Thread: Olive
Tag: Copper wire
Tail: Golden pheasant tippets
Ribbing: Copper wire
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle collar: Grizzly
Wing: Red fox squirrel tail

Reference

The Prism was first tied by Mark Bachmann in the early eighties.  He designed it to be an unobtrusive pattern for low, clear water.  However, during the time period mentioned here, the water was medium level with visibility that averaged four to six feet. This is normal October conditions for the Deschutes during good years.  In October, many summer steelhead have been away from the Ocean feeding-grounds for several months.  They start to forget about the brightly colored marine organisms that nurtured them there, and begin to turn "trouty" in their behavior, looking for things with more freshwater coloration. The Prism turned the trick. Several very large steelhead have been taken on this pattern.  It has proven itself very useful as a come-back fly, after steelhead have risen to, but have refused a brighter colored fly.

Riffle Devil


Riffle Devil

Hook: Nymph/wet
Thread: Black
Body: Olive chenille
Hackle: Dark ginger/brown, palmered

Another Charles Brooks patterns.

Reference: Popular Fly Patterns by Terry Hellekson

Adams


Adams

Hook: Dry fly
Thread: Black
Wings: Grizzly Hen
Tail: Grizzly & Brown, mixed
Body: Gray fur
Hackle: Grizzly & Brown

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Cove's Pheasant Tail


Cove's Pheasant Tail

Hook: Nymph/wet style
Thread: Black
Body: Natural Cock Pheasant Centre Tail
Rib: Fine Copper Wire 
Thorax: Natural Fur
Wing Case: Natural Cock Pheasant Centre Tail

Indian Streamer


Indian Streamer

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Ribbing: Black thread or wire
Body: White wool
Belly: A length of wide silver Mylar tinsel
Back and tail: Insert a good bunch of peacock herl at the head, bound down along the back using the thread/wire as a rib. Secure it at the end of the shank, leaving a little projection to represent the tail

Henshaws Old Faithful




Henshaw’s Old Faithful


Hook: Dry Fly
Thread: 6/0 black 
Tail: Fibres from pheasant rump feather
Abdomen: Peacock herl
Wing: Pheasant Rump Feather
Hackle: Light Blue Dun

Fledermaus


Fledermaus

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Ribbing: Gold tinsel
Body: Muskrat fur
Wing: Gray Squirrel


Monday, April 10, 2017

Pritchards Rocket


Pritchards Rocket

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Orange calf tail
Ribbing: Round/oval silver tinsel
Body: Black wool yarn
Wing: Orange calf tail

Evening Andy


Evening Andy

Hook: 
Thread: Black
Tail: Golden pheasant dyed red or substitute
Body: Silver tinsel
Wing: Brown bucktail, red z-lon (gills), white marabou & olive marabou
Eyes: Painted white with black pupil

Use substitute materials where necessary.

Reference:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiiScihmrvs

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Adams' Salmon Shack


Adams' Salmon Shack

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Bbody: Holographic diamond braid
Belly: White bucktail slightly longer than hook
Throat: Red schlappen
Wing:Olive/green bucktail
Topping: Peacock herl
Cheek: Jungle cock

Reference: Smelt Fly Pattern by Donald A. Wilson

Retro Smelt


Retro Smelt

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Golden pheasant tippets
Body: Pearl/mirage tinsel
Throat: Red hackle fibers
Wing: White hackles
Topping: Peacock herl

Dave & Mike Bucktail


Dave & Mike Bucktail

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Red calf tail
Ribbing: Embossed silver tinsel
Body: Gray chenille
Wing: White bucktail
Throat: Yellow bucktail
Shoulder: Jungle cock

Reference: Forgotten Flies (Schmookler & Sils)

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Blades' Bucktail #1 & #2


Blades' Bucktail #1

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Body: Red and silver wire
Wing: Red over white bucktail
Throat: Red bucktail
Shoulder: Jungle cock


Blades' Bucktail #2


Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Red bucktail
Body: Red and silver wire
Wing: Yellow over white bucktail
Throat: Yellow bucktail


Reference: Forgotten Flies (Schmookler and Sils)

Wyoming Mickey Finn


Wyoming Mickey Finn #1
(Tinsel Body)

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Red
Body: Round/oval gold tinsel
Wing: Red & yellow Bucktail, mixed
Shoulder: Jungle Cock
Eyes: Red over white 


Wyoming Mickey Finn #1
(Twisted Wire Body)

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Red
Body: 2 strands of gold wire, twisted
Wing: Red & yellow Bucktail, mixed
Shoulder: Jungle Cock
Eyes: Red over white 


Wyoming Mickey Finn #2
(Tinsel Body)

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Red
Body: Round/oval gold tinsel
Wing: Red & yellow Bucktail, mixed
Shoulder: Jungle Cock body feather
Eyes: Red over white 


Wyoming Mickey Finn #2
(Twisted Wire Body)

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Red
Body: 2 strands of gold wire, twisted
Wing: Red & yellow Bucktail, mixed
Shoulder: Jungle Cock body feather
Eyes: Red over white 

Reference: Forgotten Flies (Schmookler & Sils)

Optic Bucktails




Black Optic

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: None
Rib: Gold tinsel
Body: Yellow wool yarn
Wing: Black buck tail
Cheek: Jungle Cock
Eyes: Yellow & black


Brown Optic

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Red hackle fibers
Rib: Gold tinsel
Body: Burnt orange wool yarn
Wing: Brown buck tail
Cheek: Jungle Cock
Eyes: Yellow & black


Yellow Optic

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Red hackle fibers
Rib: Gold tinsel
Body: Yellow wool yarn
Wing: Yellow buck tail
Cheek: Jungle Cock
Eyes: Yellow & black