Sunday, August 25, 2019

Roach River Robber



Roach River Robber

HOOK: 6xl streamer
THREAD: Black
BODY: Red Uni-stretch, yarn, floss etc
THROAT: Natural brown deer back hairs (sparse)
WING: Gray Squirrel tail hair

Variant = 3 Strands of twisted red ultra wire for the body

Reference: found this one on the internet

Originated by Dan Legere

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Hoot Smith Special


Hoot Smith Special

Hook - Gamakatsu T10-6H
Thread - Black 
Ribbing - Medium oval silver tinsel
Body - Fluorescent pink, Danville depth ray wool
Ribbing: Medium oval silver tinsel
Wing - Black Russian squirrel, dark fitch tail, or dyed black squirrel

Nymbeet



Nymbeet 
(Stuart Napier)

Hook - Mustad 3906/3906B
Thread - Black.
Tail - Small bunch of black cock hackle equaling the hook length.
Back - A strip of black crow wing or substitute, doubled over lengthways and reaching almost halfway down the sides of the fly, tied in by the tip end.
Body - The original dressing has an underbody of black marabou silk, wrapped with a strip of clear plastic from a particular washing up pot cleaner. Clear Vinyl Rib or Nymph Rib can be substituted. They are three times thicker, so the underbody can be eliminated.
Hackle - Two turns of black cock, the fibers the same length as shank (leave full, not gathered underneath into a throat style).

Reference - Fly Anglers Online (FAOL) Archive

Friday, August 23, 2019

Llama



Llama

Hook - Mustad 3665A
Thread - Black
Tail - Grizzly hackle fibers
Body - Red floss
Ribbing - Medium gold tinsel
Wing - Wwoodchuck guard hairs

Collar - Grizzlyy

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Woodchuck Special




Woodchuck Special

Hook - Mustad 9671 or 9672 
Thread - Yellow
Tail - Orange hen hackle fibers 
Body - Silver tinsel
Rib - Copper wire
Wing - Woodchuck fur (use both guard hair and under fur)
Collar - Orange hen hackle


For a weighted streamer, wrap .015 lead wire over the front half of the shank, leaving about two hook-eye widths for the head.  

Other variations: Orange is a great attractor color, but red or yellow are also good choices for tail and collar color. Further variations can be made with dyed woodchuck fur, such as red, yellow or olive, or by using colored wire for the rib.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Dambuster



Dambuster

Hook - Nymph style
Thread - Black
Tail - Fluorescent wool, z-lon, antron yarn etc
Body - Peacock herl.
Hackle - Brown cock.
Thorax - Peacock herl.
Shoulder Hackle - Brown cock.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Willow


Willow (Variant)

Hook - Gamakatsu T10-6H
Thread -Black
Tail - Amherst pheasant tippet
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body – White wool yarn
Throat – Grizzly hen hackle fibers (original = badger hackle)
Wing – Gray squirrel tail

Reference – Fish Flies Volume Two – Terry Hellekson

Schweitzer's Wateck



Schweitzer's Wateck

Hook - Gamakatsu T10-6H
Thread - Fluorescent green
Tail - Pheasant tail fibers
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body – Olive hares ear
Throat – Brown hen hackle fibers
Wing – Dyed yellow squirrel tail

Reference – Fish Flies Volume Two – Terry Hellekson

Monday, August 19, 2019

Forrester



Forrester

Hook- Gamakatsu T10-6H
Thread – Orange
Tail – Orange calf tail
Body – 2/3 orange chenille, 1/3 black chenille
Wing – Orange calf tail
Hackle – Orange calf tail

Reference – Fish Flies Volume Two – Terry Hellekson

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Green & Gray Drakes



Green Drake

Hook- Gamakatsu T10-6H
Thread – Black
Tail – Barred teal fibers
Ribbing – Black uni-stretch
Body – Olive dubbing
Wing – Dyed black squirrel tail
Hackle – Grizzly tied on as a collar and tied back



Gray Drake

Hook- Gamakatsu T10-6H
Thread – Black
Tail – Barred mallard fibers
Ribbing – Black uni-stretch
Body – White dubbing
Wing – Gray squirrel tail
Hackle – Grizzly tied on as a collar and tied back

Reference – Fish Flies Volume Two – Terry Hellekson

Royal Squirrel


Royal Squirrel

Hook - Mustad 9671, size 8 (or your favorite streamer style hook)
Thread - Black
Tail - Peacock herl
Body – Red uni-stretch
Wing – Gray squirrel tail

Reference – Fly Anglers On Line (FAOL) Archive


Chaveney



Chaveney

Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - black
Tail - Golden pheasant tippets
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body - Muskrat dubbing
Hackle - Grizzly tied on as a collar and tied back and down
Wing - Brown bucktail

Reference - Fish Flies Volume Two - Terry Helleckson

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Squirrel Tail Streamers





Squirrel Tail Streamer - Copper



Squirrel Tail Streamer - Gold




Squirrel Tail Streamer - Silver


Hook - Mustad 9671, #8
Thread - Black or orange
Tail - Small tuft of red marabou
Body - Flat silver, gold or copper tinsel
Ribbing - Oval silver, gold or copper tinsel
Wing: White calf tail under gray squirrel tail, orange calf tail under orange 
dyed squirrel tail or brown calf tail under fox squirrel tail
UV Resin

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Walloon Springer



Walloon Springer

Hook - Nymph/wet style
Thread - Black
Body - Fat silver tinsel
Wing - Lemon woodduck fibers
Hackle - Soft barred ginger hen

Reference - Minnows of North America and Their Streamer Imitations (Wet Fly Patterns Section) - George L Herter

Monday, August 12, 2019

Antigo Caddis



Antigo Caddis

Hook- Nymph/wet style
Thread – Black
Tail – Red marabou
Body – Apple green floss
Wing – Fox squirrel tail hairs
Hackle – Soft grizzly hen

Reference - Minnows of North America and Their Streamer Imitations (Wet Fly Patterns Section) - George L Herter

Friday, August 9, 2019

Herter Brothers



Herter Brothers

Hook - Straight eye streamer hook
Thread - Black
Body segments - Oval or flat silver tinsel
Wings - Brown, red and grizzly (chinchilla) marabou

Reference - Minnows of North America and Their Streamer Imitations - George L Herter

Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Oriole



The Oriole

Hook - Salmon style
Thread - Black
Tag - Oval gold tinsel
Tail - Red hackle barbs
Body - Black floss or wool
Rib - Oval gold tinsel
Throat - Brown hackle fibers
Wing - Yellow dyed squirrel tail

Blue Charm



Blue Charm

Hook – Salmon style
Thread – Black
Tip – Oval silver tinsel
Tag – Yellow floss
Tail – Golden pheasant crest
Ribbing – Oval silver tinsel
Body – Black floss
Throat – Silver doctor blue hackle fibers
Wing – Gray squirrel tail

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

FA (Floating & Ascending) Nymph




Light Olive

Hook – Dry fly style
Thread – To match insect color
Tail – Pheasant tail fibers
Ribbing – Copper wire
Wing case – Black foam strip
Thorax – Dubbing to match insect color

PMD Brown

Hook – Dry fly style
Thread – To match insect color
Tail – Pheasant tail fibers
Ribbing – Copper wire
Wing case – Black foam strip
Thorax – Dubbing to match insect color

BWO (Baetis) Olive

Hook – Dry fly style
Thread – To match insect color
Tail – Pheasant tail fibers
Ribbing – Copper wire
Wing case – Black foam strip
Thorax – Dubbing to match insect color

Sulphur

Hook – Dry fly style
Thread – To match insect color
Tail – Pheasant tail fibers
Ribbing – Copper wire
Wing case – Black foam strip
Thorax – Dubbing to match insect color


Reference - Satoshi Yamamoto

https://leftytyer.blogspot.com/search?q=fa+nymphSatoshi Yamamoto







Renous Special


Renous Special

Hook - Salmon/steelhead style
Thread - Red
Tag - Oval silver tinsel
Tip - Red floss
Tail - Green over yellow hackle fibers
Body - Medium green yarn
Rib - Oval silver tinsel
Throat - Yellow hackle
Wing - Yellow bucktail over lime green bucktail
Cheeks - Jungle cock
UV Resin

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Kennebago Bucktail


Kennebago Bucktail

Hook: Partridge CS15 #4 (I substituted)
Thread: White
Tail: Orange hackle fibers
Butt: Peacock herl, light blue silk, peacock herl (rear 1/3 of hook)
Body: Flat gold tinsel
Rib: Silver oval tinsel (over body only)
Throat: Orange hackle fibers
Wing: Tan under black under tan bucktail
Eyes: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black

Reference: Streamer Fly Tying & Fishing by Joseph D. Bates, Jr, – Pg 293-294

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Thingeyingur



Thingeyingur

Hook - Nymph/streamer style
Thread - Black
Ribbing - Gold oval tinsel
Body - Olive floss, yarn, uni-stretch etc
Throat - Black calf tail
Wing - Yellow calf tail
UV Resin

Dentist


Dentist

Hook - 3-4xl nymph/streamer style
Thread - Black
Tail - Red calf tail
Ribbing - Gold oval tinsel
Body - Gold flat tinsel
Throat - Orange calf tail
Wing - Black calf tail
UV Resin

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Brown Biot Nymph



Brown Biot Nymph (Variation)

Hook - 2xl nymph style
Thread - Woodduck
Tail - Brown goose or turkey biot
Body - Brown goose or turkey biot wrapped over crazy glue for durability
Wing case - Brown goose or turkey biot coated with uv resin (I omitted the tinsel under the wing case shown in the video)
Thorax - Ostrich, peacock herl, dubbing etc

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Improved Chaos Hopper


Improved Chaos Hopper

Hook: Curved style dry fly sizes 10-14
Thread: Brown or woodduck
Foam: 2mm cocoa color foam
Wing: Tan Crinkled Z-Lon/antron yarn etc
Legs: Rubber legs in tan, yellow and green

Friday, July 19, 2019

Pontoon Hopper








Pontoon Hopper


Hook - Dry fly style

Thread - Color to match

Body - Turkey quill for large hoppers - 1 1/2 inches and up; 
goose quills for medium sized hoppers - 3/4 to 1 1/4 inch
Legs/Pontoons - Smaller quills from duck or other small game bird wing feathers
Feelers - Moose mane
Eyes - Black painted eyes
Paint - Main body - Apple green acrylic
Legs/pontoon - Burnt orange acrylic

If you are the creative type, you can paint the body to look like a real hopper.


I found a photo in Mike Valla's book "The Founding Flies" and decided to tie one up. 

It certainly is not a very durable fly and I doubt that it would survive to catch a second fish.



Additional Research - Limestone Legends by Norm Shires, Jim Gilford









Saturday, July 13, 2019

Beginner Fly Tying Tool & Materials

Tying Tools

This list of beginners tying tools is simply a list based on my 39+ years’ experience in fly tying. It is a BASIC list.

This list is provided for your convenience and in no way requires you to buy all tying tools all at once or any tools for that matter. It is also a generic list of tools as I really don't have any preferences as to what brand of materials you buy.

Any brands mentioned are purely for examples, not an endorsement.

Again, you do not have to buy the entire list all at once!

Buy what you want when you need it!

In addition, buy the items that are affordable to you. There is no need to spend $$$$$ on tying tools when $$ are available and just as good to get you started.

Essential

*Tying Vise – Stationary, rotating or full rotating vises are all available to the beginner.
Which vise you purchase is your decision. A good idea is to try them out at your local fly shop to see which vise will work for you.

EXAMPLES

Stationary – Does not rotate the hook
Thompson Model A. Great to learn on and the least expensive.

Rotating – Rotates the hook but not around the hook axis
Regal, HMH, Anvil etc. C-clamp or pedestal versions.

Full Rotating – Rotates the hook directly in line with the hook axis
Renzetti, Peak, J-Vise etc. C-clamp or pedestal versions.

*Bobbin Holder – Purchase a bobbin holder that has a ceramic tube or a ceramic insert in the tip of the tube. You can purchase stainless steel tube bobbin holders for use with ribbing wire, lead/non-lead wire and other tying materials.
                                  
*Scissors – An inexpensive pair of Fiskar 4-inch dressmakers’ scissor is an excellent start and will cut just about any material out there. Yes you can cut wire with your scissors, just cut close to the pivot point

There are too many scissor manufacturers to list here. See this recent article on scissors:



Less essential but useful later on in your tying adventure

Whip finisher – There is the “Matterelli” style and the “Thompson” style whip finishers. Learning to whip finish with your fingers will save you a few bucks. Fingers are free!
              
Bodkin - The bodkin is mainly used to put on head cement but has other uses such as picking out dubbing to make fuzzy bodies, picking out trapped hackle fiber from under ribbing wire, clearing out head cement from the hook eye etc. A bodkin is a simple DIY project. Just stick a needle into a small diameter dowel and voila! Bodkin.

Half Hitch Knot Tool – This tool is for tyers who can’t or won’t use a whip finisher. Used to make half hitches at the hook eye to finish the head. Each tool has a different diameter hole drilled in each end to support different diameter hook eye sizes.

Hackle Plier – Used to grasp the tip of a hackle to wrap around the hook shank. Fingers still work great for holding and winding hackles.

Hair Stacker – After cutting hairs off of the skin, insert the hair tip end down into the hair stacker to even the tips of various types of hair such as buck tail, deer, elk, moose etc. Some experienced tyers still prefer to finger/hand stack hairs to prevent the paint brush look of stacked hairs produced from a stacker.

Hair Packer – This tool is more suited for the tyer who wants to tie deer hair style bass and pike/musky fly patterns.

Tweezers – This tool has many uses around the tying bench. Can be used to pick out fibers of errant materials, picking up hooks, holding beads etc.

Dubbing Teaser – This is another DIY project. Glue a strip of Velcro to a popsicle stick or coffee stirrer and use it to scruff up dubbing for a fuzzy body

Dubbing Twister – Use this tool in conjunction with a dubbing loop of thread and spiky dubbing to help create dubbed bodies, small dubbing brushes right on the hook shank etc. There are many styles of dubbing twisters. Search on-line and make a choice of which one you want.

Comb – Ideal for removing underfur from hairs or furs. Especially useful for coming out the underfur on deer hair and buck tails for spinning hair and making streamers. A simple moustache comb is a good choice or combs made of antler.

Bobbin holder threader – Insert the flexible wire loop into the bobbin holder thread tube, insert the thread into the loop and pull the tool to thread the bobbin holder. Totally not needed as you can insert the thread into the tube, put the tube in your mouth and draw/suck the thread through the tube. Dental floss threaders are an option.

* A vise, bobbin holder and scissors are three basic tools that will get a beginner into tying flies.

Poor quality tying tools are destined to discourage beginner tiers and cause greater expense when the time comes to replace them. Buy the best you can.


Fly Tying Kits (Controversial but there are good kits if you really want one)





Fly Tying Tool Sets









Tying Materials

This list of beginner tying materials is simply a list based on my 39+ years experience in fly tying. The list provided below is for a new tyer who wants to tie trout flies but can spill over to different genres of fly tying. It is a BASIC list. It contains materials that can tie hundreds or even thousands of fly patterns.

This list is in no order of preference. This list is provided for your convenience and in no way requires you to buy all tying materials all at once or any materials for that matter. It is also a generic list of materials as I really don't have any preferences as to what brand of materials you buy.

Eventually you will need materials if you want to continue tying flies. The list wilL give you a head start as to what you might want to buy.

Again, you do not have to buy the entire list all at once!  

Buy what you want when you need it!

1. Hooks (in different styles and sizes)
2. Thread (6/0 to start in black & white)
3. Pheasant Tail (center feathers when possible for the longest fibers)
4. Peacock Herl (eye feathers and strung herl)
5. Marabou (blood quills are better)
6. Deer hair
7. Elk hair
8. Buck tail (in different colors like black, red, yellow, or white)
9. Lead or non-lead wire (in different sizes)
10. Ribbing wire (silver, copper & gold)
11. Rooster Hackle (grizzly, brown, white & dun) A good option is an introduction pack
12. Hen neck or saddle (grizzly, brown, dun etc) (great for soft hackle & wings)
13. Hungarian Partridge Skin (great for soft hackles)
14. Dubbing dispenser of hares ear (various colors) & superfine dubbing for dry flies
15. Gray duck or goose wing feathers (used for wing cases, biot bodies, tails etc.)
16. Head cement & tying wax (not immediately needed but nice to have on hand)
17. Tinsel and other flash materials (in assorted colors)
18. Calf tail (start with white, add colors when necessary)
19. Yarns & chenille (used for making bodies, both in assorted colors)
20. Floss/Uni-stretch (1 strand or 4 strand in assorted colors)
21. Strung hackle (practice wrapping hackle with this. cheap alternative to the pricey hackles)
22. Beads (not necessary to begin tying flies but if you really need them get them)
23. Rubber legs


Poor quality materials are destined to discourage beginner tiers and cause greater expense when the time comes to replace them. Buy the best you can.

A popular and frequently mentioned recommendation seen on most forums is to pick out 5-10 that you want to learn how to tie. buy the materials provided in the recipes of those flies. these materials are now the building blocks for tying different fly patterns in the future.

Fly Tying Material Kits