Sunday, June 16, 2019

Silver Rider



Silver Rider

Hook - Salmon style
Thread - Black
Tag - Oval silver tinsel
Tip - Black floss, uni-stretch etc
Tail - Black floss
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body - Flat silver tinsel
Throat - Mix of white bucktail & pearl Krystal flash
Wing - Mix of black bucktail & black krystal flash

Reference - Atlantic Salmon Flies - Jacques Heroux



Friday, June 14, 2019

Black Demon



Black Demon

Hook - Mustad 9575
Thread - Black
Body - Embossed Gold Tinsel
Wing - Black Squirrel
Throat - Orange Hackle Fibers


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Glass Bead Buzzer (Chironomid)



Glass Bead Buzzer (Chironomid)

Hook- Curved style
Thread - White
Breathers - White uni-stretch
Body - Beads - Black tungsten, red killer caddis bead, clear silver lined beads 

Reference - Flydresser - Autumn 2005

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Royaled Crystal Gnat


Royaled Crystal Gnat

Hook - Dry fly style
Thread - Red
Hackle - Grizzly
Body - Peacock micro crystal chenille - Red thread - Peacock micro crystal chenille

A variation of a Griffiths Gnat

Monday, June 10, 2019

Pink Pup



Pink Pup

Hook - Streamer style
Thread - Black
Ribbing - Flat silver tinsel over black front body
Rear Body - Flat silver tinsel
Front Body - Black floss, uni-stretch etc
Wing - Brown bucktail over red bucktail over yellow bucktail

Reference - Tying & Fishing Bucktails - Mike Valla

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Poison



Poison

Hook - Streamer style
Thread - Black
Tail - Dyed red hackle fibers
Ribbing - Flat gold tinsel
Body - Syracuse orange Lion Brand #133 yarn
Wing - Brown bucktail
Cheek - Jungle cock
Painted eyes - Yellow iris, black pupil

Reference - Tying & Fishing Bucktails - Mike Valla

Tying note: I opted to tie the sparsely tied version identified in the book. I used orange antron yarn.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

The Mop


The Mop

Hook - Streamer style
Thread - White
Body - Silver mylar tubing, tied down at the bend with white thread that then forms the butt
Throat - Yellow nylon fibers and red calf tail
Wing - Peacock herls, tips cut flat
Head - Silver with white eye and red pupil

Reference - Art of Angling Journal - Volume 2 Issue 1 Originator - Ora Smith

Monday, May 27, 2019

Frost's Blue Smelt


Frost's Blue Smelt

Body - Braided silver mylar piping secured at both ends with blue thread
Wing - White bucktail over which are 4 strands of peacock herl over which is 
medium/light blue bucktail
Eyes - White with blach pupil

Tying Notes

I ran out of silver mylar piping and substituted pearl mylar piping
I used Mustad 3399 #6 hooks & .024 diameter Beadalon connector wire

Reference - Tandem Streamers - Donald A Wilson


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