Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Bucktail Shad



Bucktail Shad

Hook - Streamer style
Thread - Black 
Ribbing - Flat silver tinsel
Body - Gray chenille
Wing - Black over white bucktail
Throat - Yellow marabou

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Silver Smelt


Silver Smelt

Hook: Mustad 3665A
Thread: Black 8/0
Body: Oval silver tinsel
Wing: Four light grey saddle hackles
Throat: Red hackle fibers tied in beard style
Head: Painted silver with black eye with white pupil with red center

Reference - Trolling Flies for Trout and Salmon - Dick Stewart & Bob Leeman


Wormfly Tandem


Wormfly Tandem

Aft fly
Hook - Nymph/wet style
Thread - Black
Tail - Red antron yarn
Body - Peacock herl rope
Hackle - Brown hen

Connector - 20 lb Maxima monofilament

Front fly
Hook - Nymph/wet style
Thread - Black
Tail - Red antron yarn
Body - Peacock herl rope
Hackle - Brown hen

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Red Sky


Red Sky

Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Red
Tag - Gulff Red Alert uv resin
Ribbing - Gold wire
Body - Red wire
Throat - Dyed red hackle fibers
Wing - Dyed red squirrel tail

Sundowner


Sundowner

Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Orange/hot orange
Tip - Copper oval tinsel
Tag - Orange uni-stretch or floss
Body - 1 strand each of copper and copper brown ultra wire twisted into a rope
Throat - Dyed orange hackle fibers
Wing - Dyed orange squirrel tail

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Roadside Diner


Roadside Diner

Hook - Mustad 3995A, #6-8
Thread - Black
Tail - Red hackle fibers
Ribbing - Flat gold tinsel
Body - Brown floss
Wing - American oppossum or bucktail
Topping - Small clump of black skunk or bucktail

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Arnold



Arnold

Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body - Flat silver tinsel
Inner Wing - Red and white bucktail, mixed
Outer Wing - Grizzly saddle, one on each side of bucktail wing

Reference - Steelhead Fly Tying Manual - Tom Light & Neal Humphrey

American Coachman



American Coachman

Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black or yellow
Tail - Red calf or red bucktail
Body - Yellow floss or wool yarn
Wing - White bucktail or white calf tail
Hackle - Brown, tied in front of wing

Reference - Steelhead Fly Tying Manual - Tom Light & Neal Humphrey

Barber Pole



Barber Pole

Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black or green
Body - Green floss 
Ribbing - Flat silver tinsel
Hackle - Grizzly

Reference - Steelhead Fly Tying Manual - Tom Light & Neal Humphrey

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Marabou Centennial Smelt


Marabou Centennial Smelt

Hook - Mustad 94720, size 6-8
Thread - Black
Body - Copper Mylar Braid, wrapped around hook shank (I used oval copper tinsel)
Throat - White Marabou, to bend of hook.
Wing - 3 strands each of pearl, blue, and pink Crystal Flash, over which is a medium gray marabou plume. (I used rainbow crystal flash)
Topping - 4 or 5 peacock herls as long as wing.
Eyes - Painted white with black pupils

Monday, April 15, 2019

Galloup's BWO Nymph



Galloup's BWO Nymph

Hook - Nymph Style
Thread - Wine
Tail - Hungarian Partridge
Body - Blue Wing Olive Turkey Biot Quill - See below
Wing Case - Pheasant Tail
Gills/Flash - UV Pearl Ice Dub
Thorax - Peacock herl



Use the quill side of the feather for tying this fly

Friday, April 5, 2019

Traditional Wet Flies





Dark Hendrickson

Hook - Wet fly style
Thread - Black
Tail - Wood duck flank
Body - Muskrat
Hackle - Dun hen
Wing - Wood duck flank



Dark Cahill

Hook - Wet fly style
Thread - Black
Tail - Dark ginger or brown hackle fibers
Body - Muskrat
Hackle - Dark ginger or brown hackle
Wing - Wood duck flank



Light Cahill

Hook - Wet fly style
Thread - Black
Tail - Light ginger or brown hackle fibers
Body - Natural buff red fox fur
Hackle - Light ginger or brown
Wing - Wood duck flank



Quill Gordon

Hook - Wet fly style
Thread - Black
Tail - Natural dun hen hackle fibers
Body - Stripped peacock eye quill
Hackle - Natural dun hen
Wing - Wood duck flank


Reference - The Classic Wet Fly Box - Mike Valla

Friday, March 29, 2019

Samuel R Slaymaker II Flies



Little Brook Trout Bucktail

As per Bates

Hook: size: 2-12, 6x long
Head: Black
Tail: A very small bunch of bright green bucktail, under or over which is a section cut from bright red floss, both slightly longer then the gap of the hook.
Body: Wound with cream colored spun fur
Ribbing: Narrow flat silver tinsel
Throat: A small bunch of bright orange bucktail, the same length as the tail. 
Wing: Of four very small separated bunches of hair, extending slightly beyond the tail.  A very small bunch of white bucktail over which is a very small bunch of bright orange bucktail, slightly blended.  Over this is a very small bunch of bright green bucktail, topped with a very small bunch of barred badger hair
Cheeks: Jungle Cock




Little Brown Trout Bucktail

As per Bates, with a slight alteration*

Hook: size: 2-12, 6x long
Head: Black
Tail: A very small breast feather, with the dark center removed, from a ring neck pheasant.  The feather is as long as the gap of the hook and curves upward.
Body: Wound with white spun wool
Ribbing: Copper wire (narrow flat gold tinsel may be substituted, *I used medium oval copper tinsel)
Throat: None
Wing: Of four very small separated bunches of hair, extending slightly beyond the tail.  A very small bunch of yellow bucktail over which is a very small bunch of reddish-orange bucktail, slightly blended.  Over this is a very small bunch of medium dark squirrel tail, topped and slightly blended with a very small bunch of dark brown squirrel tail. 
Cheeks: Jungle Cock




Little Rainbow Trout Bucktail

As per Bates

Hook: size: 2-12, 6x long
Head: Black
Tail: A very small bunch of bright green bucktail, slightly longer then the gap of the hook.
Body: Wound with pinkish-white fur
Ribbing: Narrow flat silver tinsel
Throat: A small bunch of pink bucktail, the same length as the tail. 
Wing: Of four very small separated bunches of hair, extending slightly beyond the tail.  A very small bunch of white bucktail over which is a very small bunch of pink bucktail, slightly blended.  Over this is a very small bunch of bright green bucktail, topped with a very small bunch of natural badger hair
Cheeks: Jungle Cock

Reference - Samuel R Slaymaker II in Streamer Fly Tying & Fishing -  Joseph D Bates

Friday, March 22, 2019

Bob Church's Appetizer



Bob Church's Appetizer
Lure (fry pattern)


Hook - Long nymph/streamer style
Thread - White then finish with black
Tail - Green and orange hackle fibers mixed and topped with mallard flank fibers
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body - White chenille
Throat - Same as tail materials
Wing - White marabou, pearl krystal flash and gray squirrel hair

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Alexandra Streamer



Alexandra Streamer

Streamer hook
Black thread
Red duck/goose quill
Embossed tinsel
Black hackle fibers
Peacock herl
UV Resin

Reference - Internet

Brown Hackle Soft Hackles



Brown Hackle Black, Brown Hackle Orange, Brown Hackle Red

Brown Hackle Black
Hook - Wet fly style
Thread - Black
Ribbing - Flat gold tinsel
Body - Black floss or uni-stretch
Hackle - Brown hen

Brown Hackle Orange
Hook - Wet fly style
Thread - Black
Ribbing - Flat gold tinsel
Body - Orange floss or uni-stretch
Hackle - Brown hen

Brown Hackle Red
Hook - Wet fly style
Thread - Black
Ribbing - Flat gold tinsel
Body - Red floss or uni-stretch
Hackle - Brown hen

Brown Hackle silver, Brown Hackle Yellow, Brown Hackle Blue

Brown Hackle Silver
Hook - Wet fly style
Thread - Black
Tail - Red hackle fibers
Body - Silver embossed tinsel
Hackle - Brown hen

Brown Hackle Yellow
Hook - Wet fly style
Thread - Black
Ribbing - Flat gold tinsel
Body - Yellow floss or uni-stretch
Hackle - Brown hen

Brown Hackle Blue
Hook - Wet fly style
Thread - Black
Ribbing - Flat gold tinsel
Body - Blue floss or uni-stretch
Hackle - Brown hen



Brown Hackle White, Brown Hackle Peacock, Brown Hackle Gray

Brown Hackle White
Hook - Wet fly style
Thread - Black
Ribbing - Flat gold tinsel
Body - White floss or uni-stretch
Hackle - Brown hen

Brown Hackle Peacock
Hook - Wet fly style
Thread - Black
Tail - Red hackle fibers
Ribbing - Flat gold tinsel
Body - Peacock herl
Hackle - Brown hen

Brown Hackle Gray
Hook - Wet fly style
Thread - Black
Ribbing - Flat gold tinsel
Body - Gray floss or uni-stretch
Hackle - Brown hen

Brown Hackle Brown, Brown Hackle, Brown Hackle Purple

Brown Hackle Brown
Hook - Wet fly style
Thread - Black
Ribbing - Flat gold tinsel
Body - Brown wool yarn
Hackle - Brown hen

Brown Hackle
Hook - Wet fly style
Thread - Black
Tail - Golden pheasant tippets
Ribbing - Flat gold tinsel
Body - Peacock herl
Hackle - Brown hen

Brown Hackle Purple
Hook - Wet fly style
Thread - Black
Ribbing - Flat gold tinsel
Body - Purple floss or uni-stretch
Hackle - Brown hen


Reference - Perrault's Standard Dictionary of Fishing Flies

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Soft Hackles


Partridge & Peacock


Partridge & Green


Partridge & Orange


March Brown Spider


Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle


POP Fly


La Visa


Partridge & Quill


Brassie Soft Hackle


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Atherton Nymphs


Number one: Light nymph
Tail - 3 strands from wood duck or mandarin side feathers
Body - Natural seal's fur ribbed with narrow oval gold tinsel.
Thorax - First build up some padding material such as cotton or wool yarn. If the nymph is weighted, lead electric fuse wire is used as a foundation. This is wrapped over a base of lacquered tying silk (thread) while still wet, and gone over again with tying silk (thread) after it is wound on. This extra procedure is to keep the wire base from twisting on the hook. In the case of of a weighted nymph, the fly can be reversed in the vise, and the wing cases put on what would ordinarily be the belly or the bottom of the nymph, as with a weighted fly, the hook will almost invariably turn point up in the water. 
Wing Case - The wing cases in this particular nymph are suggested after the same dubbing is wound over the thorax, by two tiny eyes of the jungle cock feather.These are tied in at the front and top of the thorax so that they project at a slight angle, one to each side,
Hackle - European partridge, the more grayish feather. 
Hook sizes - 10, 12, 14


Number two: Medium color nymph 
Tail - 3 short strands from the long tail feather of the cock pheasant (ring neck)
Body - Hare's ear, tied rough and ribbed with marrow oval gold tinsel. After ribbing, the dubbing is picked out between the ribs with a dubbing needle to suggest the gills of the nymph and to add a softer outline
Thorax - Same dubbing over padding or fuse wire. Before winding on this dubbing, the wing case feather is tied in at the back of the thorax, upside down and pointing to the tail of the fly
Wing Case - Bright blue feather from the wing of an English kingfisher, lacquered when in place. This feather, although exactly what I needed to suggest the sparkle of color or light on the wing case, is apt to come apart after some use. I have tried to find a proper substitute and so far the best is a bit of synthetic silk floss, of nearly the same color, heavily lacquered after tying in. It is permanent but not as bright and sparkling as the feather. My good friend, Harry Darbee, the fly tier, recently suggested that the stripped quill from a large feather such as goose or swan could be dyes and used for this purpose. It should be much more nearly permanent than the rather delicate kingfisher feather, but as yet I have not had the opportunity of trying it out.
Hackle - European partridge, either the gray or brown speckled hackle feather. 
Hook sizes - 10, 12, 14, 16


Number three: Dark nymph 
Tail - A few strands of dark cochy-bondhu or dary furnace hackle barbules.
Body - Muskrat or mole fur mixed with red-brown dyed seal (same as both wet and dry fly bodies in other groups), ribbed with narrow oval gold tinsel, These nymph bodies should be rather loosely spun and tied rough, and the dubbing picked out between the ribs.
Thorax - Sam as the body
Wing Case - Same as number two (Bright blue feather from the wing of an English kingfisher, lacquered when in place. This feather, although exactly what I needed to suggest the sparkle of color or light on the wing case, is apt to come apart after some use. I have tried to find a proper substitute and so far the best is a bit of synthetic silk floss, of nearly the same color, heavily lacquered after tying in. It is permanent but not as bright and sparkling as the feather. My good friend, Harry Darbee, the fly tier, recently suggested that the stripped quill from a large feather such as goose or swan could be dyes and used for this purpose. It should be much more nearly permanent than the rather delicate kingfisher feather, but as yet I have not had the opportunity of trying it out.)
Hackle - Dark furnace or cochy-bondhu hackle. iIn all these nymphs the hackle is clipped off top and bottom and jusy left at the sides.
Hook sizes - 10, 12, 14, 16

Reference - The Fly and the Fish - John Atherton

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Resourceful


Resourceful

Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tag - Oval silver tinsel
Butt - Lime green floss
Tail - Golden pheasant crest
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body - Black wool, floss, uni stretch etc
Throat - Black hackle fibers
Wing - Orange calf tail over a few strands of pearl krystal flash
UV Resin

Reference - Atlantic Salmon Flies - Jaques Heroux

Silver Tip


Silver Tip

Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tag - Flat silver tinsel
Body - Black floss 
Throat - Black hackle fibers
Wing - Black squirrel tail
UV Resin

Reference - Atlantic Salmon Flies - Jaques Heroux

Squirrel Tail - Green Butt


Squirrel Tail - Green Butt

Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tag - Oval silver tinsel
Butt - Fluorescent green wool, floss, uni stretch etc
Tail - Red hackle fibers
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body - Black wool, floss, uni stretch etc
Throat - Brown hackle fibers
Wing - Red squirrel tail
UV Resin

Reference - Atlantic Salmon Flies - Jaques Heroux

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Perch Fly


Perch Fly


Hook - Wet/nymph style

Thread - Black
Tail - Brown hackle fibers
Body - Fluorescent green wool yarn or equivalent
Thorax - Peacock herl
Hackle - Brown

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Optic Flies



Red Optic
Hook - Mustad 7970-BR
Thread - Red

Bead - 1/4" crimp cover, painted black with white eyes and red pupil

Body - Oval silver tinsel

Wing - Bucktail

Black Optic
Hook - Mustad 7970-BR
Thread - Black
Bead - 1/4" crimp cover, painted black with white eyes and black pupil
Body - Oval gold tinsel
Wing - Bucktail

Nite Owl Optic
Hook - Mustad 7970-BR
Thread - Red
Bead - 1/4" crimp cover, painted black with white eyes and red pupil
Tail - Yellow hackle fibers
Butt - Red chenille
Body - Oval silver tinsel

Wing - Bucktail
Hackle collar - Orange


Originated by Jim Pray


Crimp Cover


Friday, February 1, 2019

Unnamed Guide Patterns #1-#30


#1
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tail - Red squirrel body hair
Body - Black floss
Throat - Red squirrel body hair
Wing - Red squirrel tail

#2
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tail - Golden pheasant crest
Ribbing - Flat Gold tinsel
Body - Green floss
Throat - Black squirrel tail
Wing - Black squirrel tail
Shoulder - Jungle Cock

#3
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tail - Light blue dun hackle fibers
Ribbing - Oval gold tinsel wound on between orange an black wool
Body - Orange an black wool evenly spiraled up the hook shank
Throat - Light blue dun hackle fibers
Wing - Black bear hair

#4
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tail - White moose mane, with a few strands dyed pale green
Body - Medium green wool
Throat & Wing - Long brown and white moose mane tied around the shank of the hook, collar style

#5
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Butt - Red floss
Body - Flat gold tinsel
Throat - Black bear hair tied short
Wing - Black bear hair
Shoulder - Jungle cock



#6
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tail - Red wool cut flat
Butt - Red wool
Body - Brownish gray fur
Throat hackle - Golden pheasant tippet
Wing - Black squirrel tail

#7
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Butt - Red wool
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body - Peacock herl
Wing - Black bear hair
Throat hackle - Badger, collar style

#8
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tag - Flat silver tinsel
Tail - Red wool cut flat
Ribbing Oval silver tinsel
Body - Flat silver tinsel
Throat hackle - Black
Wing - Black bucktail

#9
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tag - Flat silver tinsel
Tail - Golden pheasant crest
Ribbing Oval gold tinsel
Body - Black wool
Throat hackle - Black
Wing - Red dyed squirrel tail
Shoulder - Jungle cock

#10
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tag - Flat copper tinsel
Tail - Golden pheasant crest
Ribbing - Flat copper tinsel
Body - Orange floss
Throat hackle - Orange dyed badger
Wing - Brown mink tail



#11
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Red
Tag - Flat silver tinsel
Tip - Orange floss
Tail - Golden pheasant crest
Body - Rear third red floss, front two thirds flat silver tinsel
Throat hackle - White hackle fibers
Wing - Moose body hair
Shoulder - Jungle cock

#12
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tag - Flat gold tinsel
Tail - Golden pheasant crest
Ribbing - Oval gold tinsel
Body - Black wool
Throat hackle- Black hackle fibers
Wing - Yellow dyed grey squirrel tail

#13
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tag - Flat silver tinsel
Tail - Golden pheasant crest
Butt - Fluorescent red wool
Ribbing - Flat silver tinsel
Body - Grey chenille
Wing - Black bear hair
Hackle - Orange dyer badger hackle, collar style

#14
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tag - Flat silver tinsel
Tail - Golden pheasant crest
Butt - Black ostrich herl
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body - Flat silver tinsel
Wing - Purple dyed grey squirrel tail
Shoulder - Jungle cock

#15
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Body - Oval silver tinsel
Throat hackle - Green hackle fibers
Wing - Orange dyed calf tail


#16
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tag - Oval silver tinsel
Tail - Golden pheasant crest
Butt - Fluorescent yellow chenille
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body - Black wool
Throat hackle - Yellow hackle fibers
Wing - Fine black hair

#17
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tag - Oval silver tinsel
Tail - Golden pheasant crest
Butt - Fluorescent green chenille
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body - Forest green floss
Throat hackle - Orange marabou
Wing - Grey squirrel tail

#18
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tail - Forest green floss cut flat
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body - Flat silver tinsel
Throat hackle - Yellow hackle fibers
Wing - Black bear hair

#19
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tail - Yellow hackle fibers
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body - Black chenille
Throat hackle - Yellow hackle fibers
Wing - White bucktail
Throat hackle - Badger, collar style

#20
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tag - Oval silver tinsel
Tip - Yellow floss
Tail - Golden pheasant crest
Butt - Black wool
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body - Flat silver tinsel
Throat hackle - Guinea hen
Wing - Brown bucktail
Shoulder - Jungle cock


#21
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tag - Oval silver tinsel
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel over entire body
Body - Rear half yellow floss, front half black dyed seals fur picked out to form a sort of body hackle
Wing - Black bear hair

#22
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tag - Oval silver tinsel
Tail - Golden pheasant crest
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body hackle - Light badger over black floss
Body - Rear half white floss or wool, front half  black floss or wool
Wing - Calf tail dyed a dun color, topped with golden pheasant crest
Shoulder - Jungle cock

#23
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body - Pale blue floss
Wing - Grey squirrel tail

#24
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tag - Flat silver tinsel
Tail - Golden pheasant crest
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body - Black wool
 Throat hackle - Black hackle fibers
Wing - Blue dyed grey squirrel tail

#25
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tag - Flat gold tinsel
Tail - Peacock sword fibers
Ribbing - Flat gold tinsel
Body - Black floss
Wing - Fox squirrel tail over grey squirrel tail, topped with several strands of peacock sword fibers
Throat hackle - Grizzly, collar style


#26
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tag - Oval silver tinsel
Butt - Red dyed seal's fur
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body - Black floss
Throat hackle - Grizzly
Wing - White calf tail

#27
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tag - Oval gold tinsel
Tip - Orange floss
Tail - Golden pheasant crest topped with a strand of fluorescent red floss
Butt - Black ostrich herl or wool
Ribbing - Oval gold tinsel over entire body
Body hackle - Black, palmered over black wool
Body - Rear half orange floss, front half black wool
Throat hackle - Guinea hen
Wing - Yellow dyed grey squirrel tail

#28
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tag - Flat gold tinsel
Tail - Golden pheasant crest topped with barred woodduck
Butt - Orange wool
Ribbing - Embossed silver tinsel
Body - Black wool
Throat hackle - Guinea hen with mixed red and blue hackle in front
Wing - Dyed orange hair over black hair over dyed blue hair in 3 equal sections or mixed, topped with golden pheasant crest 

#29
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tag - Oval silver tinsel
Tail - Golden pheasant crest
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body - Rear half yellow floss, front half red floss
Throat hackle - Black
Wing - Grey squirrel tail

#30
Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Black
Tag - Oval silver tinsel
Tail - Yellow dyed hackle fibers
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body - Flat gold tinsel
Throat hackle - Yellow dyed hackle fibers
Wing - Red squirrel tail


Reference