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)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bobby Dunn


Bobby Dunn

Hook: Streamer
Thread: Black
Tail: Red calf tail
Body: Copper wire
Throat: Red hackle fibers
Wing: White bucktail over the body, 
with an overwing of red bucktail, 
then sparse bunch of dark brown bucktail

Note: For simplification of tying the wing in layers, 
I mixed the red & white bucktail, 
then followed with the dark brown bucktail

Reference: Forgotten Flies (Schmookler & Sils)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Olive Dust Fly


Olive Dust Fly

Hook: Wet style
Thread: Black
Tail and wing: Sparse white hackle feather fibers
Ribbing: Pearl tinsel (original recipe)
Body: Black thread
Thorax: Olive flashy dubbing




Silver Tinsel Variation


Change out the colors and dubbing as you see fit

Reference: 1995 issue of stillwater trout angler, a british fly fishing/tying magazine

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: flies 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 
Hackle: Golden Badger 
Abdomen: Golden yellow dubbing
Thorax: Brown dubbing


The original pattern is as follows : 

Thread: Black 
Hook: Dry fly size 12 
Hackle: 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 
Hackle: 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 
Hackle: 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 
Hackle: 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 
Hackle: Maroon 
Abdomen Fly-Rite No. 15 Light Olive
Thorax: Fly-Rite No 5 Rust


Cream Pupa

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

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/Charts


There are times when you want to know a size of glass/seed beads for tying flies. Here's a few useful charts.

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

Killer Caddis Bead Size Chart


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