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