Thursday, March 22, 2018

Cate's Turkey

Cate's Turkey

Hook: Nymph style
Thread: Black
Rib: Wire, gold fine
Tail: Lemon woodduck barbs
Abdomen: Mottled turkey barbs
Thorax: Peacock herl
Legs: Lemon woodduck barbs



Hook: Nymph style
Thread: Tan
Rib: Thread tag end
Tail: Hackle fibers
Abdomen: Light hares ear dubbing (or color of your choosing)
Shellback: Duck, goose or turkey biot
Wingbuds: Duck, goose or turkey biot
Thorax: Dark hares ear dubbing (or color of your choosing)


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Trigger Baetis

Trigger Baetis

Hook: Nymph style
Thread: 6/0 Brown & orange
Tail: 2 pheasant tail fibers split
Ribbing: Gold wire
Body: Brown thread
Thorax: Green & brown superfine dubbing
Wing buds: Dun CDC

Monday, February 26, 2018

Red Eagle

Red Eagle

Hook: Streamer style
Thread: White under the body; black head
Tag: Gold oval tinsel
Ribbing: Gold oval tinsel
Body: Red floss, uni-stretch etc
Wing: Yellow bucktail or calf tail

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Trout Crack

Trout Crack

Hook: Curved
Weight: Lead or non lead wire (optional)
Thread: Match the dubbing color 
Body: Dubbing
Shell back: Liquid/larva lace, d-rib, v-rib etc

Tying Notes

This fly can be tied weighted or un-weighted, in different colors, insert different color wire into liquid lace tubing for a different effect, ude different colors of liquid/larva lace, v-rib, d-rib etc.


John Wilson (a legendary guide on the White River) developed this pattern.

Saturday, February 17, 2018


Garry (Yellow Dog or Minister's Dog)

Hook: Salmon style
Thread: Black
Tag: Silver oval tinsel, yellow floss/uni-stretch
Tail: Golden pheasant crest
Ribbing: Silver oval tinsel
Body: Black yarn
Wing: Mixed yellow and red calf tail
Hackle: Blue


Garry Dog

What I used as a recipe

Tuesday, February 13, 2018



Hook: Salmon style
Thread: Black
Tail: Brown hackle fibers
Body:Black uni-stretch
Wing: Black squirrel tail

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

James Woods Bucktail (Converted to a Jig Style)

After my fiasco with spilled powder paint (see previous post) I decided to just use some blue finger nail polish for coating the jig head.

These flies are for a crappie jig fly swap on a fly tying forum. I decided to take a bucktail panfish fly and convert it into a jig style fly. I choose the James Woods Bucktail.


The conversion

1/32 Ounce jig heads painted blue

Jig heads with painted eyes

Yellow chenille body

Finished Crappie Jigs

Hook: Your favorite size jig head
Thread: Your favorite color
Body: Chenille
Wing/throat: Bucktail

Tying note: Use whatever materials you have on hand to tie these jigs.

Be creative. Experiment.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Son of a b.....

You know that word

I was getting set-up to do some power painted jigs and went to lift the jar but the cover wasnt exactly screwed on and you know the rest of the story.