Sunday, May 28, 2017

Silly Creek Savior


Silly Creek Savior

Hook: Tiemco 2302 or Tiemco 700 #8-#2 (Steelhead) Weighted 
Thread: Black 6/0 
Tail: Black Goose or Turkey biots 
Rib: Fine Copper Wire 
Body: Black Seal’s Fur 
Wingcase: Pink Pearl Krystal Flash 
Thorax: Peacock Herl 
Hackle: Black Saddle Hackle 

Oliver Kite's Bare Hook Nymph




Note: lies may be coated with your favorite uv resin


Utah Killer Bug


Utah Killer Bug

Hook: Curved
Weight: A few turns of round/flat lead wire
Thread: Fluorescent pink
Body: Berroco Ultra Alpaca Yarn - Steel Cut Oats

Note: Try different colors of fluorescent thread and different colors of yarns

Okey Dokey




Okey Dokey

Hook: Curved or straight
Thread: White and fluorescent colors
Ribbing: Wire

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Shop Vac



Shop Vac
(Natural pheasant tail)

Hook: Scud/pupa hook 
Bead: Gold
Thread: Black
Rib: Ultra Wire, small.
Body: 6 to 8 natural pheasant-tail fibers
Wingbud: White Z-lon


Shop Vac
(Black pheasant tail)

Hook: Scud/pupa hook 
Bead: Gold
Thread: Black
Rib: Ultra Wire, small
Body: 6 to 8 black pheasant-tail fibers
Wingbud: White Z-lon

Ryers Coho



Ryers Coho

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Red
Tail: Orange bucktail
Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel
Body: White yarn
Wing: Orange over white bucktail


Rainbow Special


Rainbow Special

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Ribbing: Round/oval silver tinsel
Body: Yellow floss
Throat: Dun hackle fibers
Wing: Mixture of white, green & orange bucktail
Eyes: Black over white

Poodle Sniffer



Poodle Sniffer 
Black Caddis Pupa

Hook: Curved
Thread: Black
Tail: Black pheasant tail
Ribbing: Chartreuce wire
Body: Black pheasant tail fibers
Thorax: Peacock herl

Originator: Bighorn Angler Head Guide David Palmer

Friday, May 26, 2017

Bean Special


Bean Special

Hook: Mustad S70-3399 #6 Front; Mustad S70-3399 #8 Front
Thread: Red
Tail: Yellow hackle fibers
Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel
Body: Black floss
Throat: Yellow hackle fibers
Wing: Pair of white saddle hackles

Reference: Tandem Streamers by Donald A Wilson

Super Pupa




Super Pupa
Simple Version

Thread: Black 
Hook: Dry fly size 12 
Hackel: Golden Badger 
Abdomen: Golden yellow dubbing
Thorax: Brown dubbing


The original pattern is as follows : 

Thread: Black 
Hook: Dry fly size 12 
Hackel: Dark brown rooster 
Abdomen Fly-Rite # 9 Golden Yellow 
Thorax: 60% Fly-Rite No. 2 Black and 40% No 26 Adams Gray mixed.


Variants 

Dark Olive Pupa

Hook: Dry fly size 12 
Thread: Black 
Hackel: Dark brown rooster 
Abdomen Fly-Rite No. 3 Dark Olive
Thorax: 60% Fly-Rite No. 2 Black and 40% No 26 Adams Gray mixed.


Dark gray Pupa

Hook: Dry fly size 18 
Thread: Black 
Hackel: Dark brown rooster 
Abdomen: 60% Fly-Rite No. 2 Black and 40% No 26 Adams Gray mixed
Thorax: 60% Fly-Rite No. 2 Black and 40% No 26 Adams Gray mixed.


Brownish-orange Pupa

Hook: Dry fly size 14 
Thread: Light brown 
Hackel: Maroon 
Abdomen: 50% Fly-Rite No. 18 Rusty Orange and 50% No. 20 Dark Tan mixed. 
Thorax: Fly-Rite No 32 Rusty Olive


Light Olive Pupa

Hook: Dry fly size 10 
Thread: Maroon 
Hackel: Maroon 
Abdomen Fly-Rite No. 15 Light Olive
Thorax: Fly-Rite No 5 Rust


Cream Pupa

Hook: Dry fly size 8 
Thread: Light brown 
Hackel: Dark brown 
Abdomen Fly-Rite No. 25 Cream Variant
Thorax: 30% Fly-Rite No. 2 Black and 70% No. 6 Chocolate Brow nmixed.

Balloon Caddis



Balloon Caddis

Hook: Dry fly
Thread: Tan
Body: Your choice of dubbing
Wing: Deer or elk hair
Thorax Cover: Yellow Close Cell Foam
Thorax: Your choice of dubbing

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Theo's Danger Baby



Theo’s  Danger Baby


Hook: Straight or curved nymph/wet
Thread: Black
Head: Goldbead of appropriate size
Butt: Chartreuse flexie body or floss
Body: Peacock herl
Wing : Antron, tan, green, red, or brown


                

Monday, May 22, 2017

Silly Creek Savior



Silly Creek Savior
Hook: Tiemco 2302 or Tiemco 700 #8-#2 (Steelhead) Weighted 
Thread: Black
Tail: Black Goose or Turkey biots
Rib: Fine Copper Wire 
Body: Black Seal’s Fur
Wingcase: Pink Pearl Krystal Flash
Thorax: Peacock Herl 
Hackle: Black Saddle Hackle 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Black Ghost


Black Ghost Marabou Wing
Hook: 6xl – 8xl streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Yellow hackle fibers
Rib: Silver mylar tinsel
Body: Black floss
Throat: Yellow hackle fibers
Wing: White marabou

Black Ghost Bucktail Wing

Hook: 6xl – 8xl streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Yellow hackle fibers
Rib: Silver mylar tinsel
Body: Black floss
Throat: Yellow hackle fibers
Wing: White bucktail


Black Ghost Hackle Wing
Hook: 6xl – 8xl streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Yellow hackle fibers
Rib: Silver mylar tinsel
Body: Black floss
Throat: Yellow hackle fibers
Wing: White hackle
Cheeks: Jungle cock

Black Ghost Hackle Wing Tandem
Hook: 6xl – 8xl streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Yellow hackle fibers
Rib: Silver mylar tinsel
Body: Black floss
Throat: Yellow hackle fibers
Wing: White hackle
Cheeks: Jungle cock

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Seed Bead Size Table


There are times when you want to know a size of glass/seed beads for tying flies. Here is a useful chart.

14/0 - 1.6mm - 0.063 inch 
13/0 - 1.7mm - 0.067 inch 
12/0 - 1.9mm - 0.075 inch 
11/0 - 2.1mm - 0.083 inch 
10/0 - 2.3mm - 0.090 inch 
9/0 - 2.6mm - 0.102 inch 
8/0 - 3.0mm - 0.118 inch 
7/0 - 3.4mm - 0.134 inch 
6/0 - 3.7mm - 0.146 inch 
5/0 - 4.5mm - 0.177 inch 
4/0 - 5.0mm - 0.197 inch 
3/0 - 5.5mm - 0.216 inch 
2/0 - 6.0mm - 0.236 inch

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Apprentice (Variation)



The Apprentice 

Variation


Variation recipe

Hook: Streamer, #4
Thread: Black
Tail: Soft white hackle fibers
Body: fluorescent chartruese/yellow thread
Rib 1: Peacock Herl
Rib 2: Oval Silver (counter wound)
Wing: White hackle
Throat: Red poly yarn
Over Wing: Omitted 


Original recipe


Hook: Rangeley Streamer, #4
Thread: Black
Tail: Soft white hackle fibers
Body: Glow-Brite Floss, #11
Rib 1: Peacock Herl
Rib 2: Oval Silver (counter wound)
Wing: White hackle
Throat: Glo-Brite Floss
Over Wing: Glo-Brite Floss, #11

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Platte River Bucktail


Platte River Bucktail



Hook: Mustad 79580 #1
Thread: Black 
Body: Brown floss, yarn or embroidery thread
Rib: Gold flat tinsel
Throat: Red bucktail tied short
Wing: Mixed yellow and natural brown bucktail
Collar: Brown furnace and yellow hackle (4 wraps)
Head: Black

Lady Godiva (Steelhead fly)


Lady Godiva

Hook: Eagle Claw 1197B
Thread: Black
Tail: Yellow and red hackle fibers mixed
Butt: Red chenille
Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel
Body: White wool yarn
Wing: Red calf tail

Transformer


Summers Gold


Summers Gold

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Golden pheasant tippets
Body: Flat gold tinsel (I used gold twisted wire)
Throat: Red hackle fibers
Wing: Brown over white bucktail

Sweeney Todd


Sweeney Todd

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Ribbing: Fine oval silver tonsel
Body: Black floss with shoulder area magenta floss
Throat: Brown or magenta hackle fibers
Wing: Black squirrel or bucktail

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Griffith's Gnat & Variations


Grifith's Gnat

Hook: Dry
Thread: Black
Hackle: Grizzly
Body: Peacock herl

Variations of the Original


Black Peacock Herl


BWO Peacock Herl


Dark Tan Peacock Herl


Gold Peacock Herl


Insect Green Peacock Herl


Muskrat Gray Peacock Herl


Purple Peacock Herl


Tan Foam

Note: there are many more variations that can be tied by using different color hackle, dubbed bodies, tinsel bodies, thread bodies, adding tails and highly visible wing posts etc.

Be creative. Experiment

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Carrot N Black


Carrot N Black

Hook: Nymph/wet
Thread: Black
Tail: Dark ginger hackle fibers
Body: Orange floss
Thorax: Black chenille
Hackle: Dark ginger

Mosquito Larvae


Mosquito Larvae

Hook: Dry or nymph
Thread: Black
Tail: Grizzly hacklefibers
Body: 1 light & 1 dark moose mane hair
Thorax: Peacock herl
Feelers/antenna: Grizzly hackle fibers

Note: For added durability, coat the thread underbody with a crazy glue and then wrap the moose mane hairs forward. You may also overcoat the moose mane hairs with your favorite UV resin.

Wonder Bug


Wonder Bug

Hook: #14, #16, #18 dry fly hook
 Thread: Black 8/0
 Wire: 6 to 8 wraps .015" lead
 Tail: 6 to 8 mallard flank fibers (natural or dyed), tied in short, about 2/3 length of shank
 Body: Natural peacock herl rope; 2 or 3 strands depending on hook size.
 Bristle: Palmered grizzly hackle, trimmed close to the herl to give a spiky or bristly effect.


Note: The peacock herl rope (2 or 3 strands twisted together) and grizzly hackle are tied in at the back of the hook, as you would with a woolly worm or woolly bugger.  Wrap the peacock herl rope to just behind the eye and tie off. Then wrap the grizzly hackle to the same point and tie off. Clip the hackle so it sticks out about 1/16th to 1/8th inch.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Trude Style Flies


Adams Trude
Hook: Dry fly
Thread: Black
Tail: Moose body hair
Body: Gray dubbing
Wing: White calf tail
Hackle: Brown and grizzly, mixed


Coachman Trude
Hook: Dry fly
Thread: Black
Tag: Gold tinsel
Tail: Golden pheasant tippet
Body: Peacock herl
Wing: White calf tail
Hackle: Brown 


Lime Trude
Hook: Dry fly
Thread: Black
Tail: Golden pheasant tippet
Body: Lime green dubbing
Wing: White calf tail
Hackle: Brown and grizzly, mixed


Red Trude
Hook: Dry fly
Thread: Black
Tail: Moose body hair
Ribbing: Silver tinsel
Body: Red dubbing/yarn
Wing: White calf tail
Hackle: Brown


Rio Grand King Trude
Hook: Dry fly
Thread: Black
Tag: Gold tinsel
Tail: Golden pheasant tippet
Body: Black chenille
Wing: White calf tail
Hackle: Brown


Royal Trude
Hook: Dry fly
Thread: Black
Tail: Golden pheasant tippet
Body: Peacock herl, red floss & peacock herl
Wing: White calf tail
Hackle: Brown

Sureshot


Sureshot

Hook: Dry fly
Thread: Black
Wing: White calf tail
Tail: White calf tail
Ribbing: Yellow floss
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle: Brown

This pattern was developed by Roger Nash of Denver, Colorado. It is patterned after the Wulffs and is fairly popular in some parts of Colorado.


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Buy Quality Tools and Materials

Poor quality tools and materials are destined to discourage beginner tiers and cause greater expense when the time comes to replace them.


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Bird's Stonefly Nymph


Bird's Stonefly Nymph

Hook: Nymph  #4-12
Thread: Brown or orange
Weight: .025 Lead/lead free wire
Tail: Brown goose biots
Rib: Burnt Orange single-strand floss
Abdomen: Reddish brown dubbing
Thorax: Peacock Herl
Wing case: Dark mottled turkey
Hackle: Brown hackle