Sunday, January 31, 2010

Ice Flash

I found this in my local Lowe's over the holidays.  How could I pass up  a life time of Flashabou for a dollar.  I'm calling it Ice Flash,  500 pices and 18 inches long.  You never know where you'll find alternative materials.  Looks like I'll be tying a lot of flashbacks.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Rock Worm

There are Rhyacophila larvae in every freestone stream.  It is an abundant food source for trout.  So abundant while nymphing I've impaled larvae, not once but many times.  This is a simple an effective pattern.  You can add a shell back but I've not notice the difference in hook-ups.  You've may notice that I don't have the partridge hackle sweeping back, this is to give the legs more action.

It is a dead simple pattern and very effective.  Bob Jacklin's version landed him a 10 lbs. Brown Trout on the Madison between the lakes.


Hook – TMC 2457 or any heavy Grub hook
Size – 12-18
Thread – 8/0 or 6/0 Black
Body – Hairline Insect Green #13 Dubbing or Chartreuse dubbing
Rib – .32 gauge Green Parawire or any green wire
Head – Black Brass or Tungsten bead
Legs – Hungarian Partridge

 1. Mash down barb and secure in wire.

 2. Apply Dubbing to thread.

 3. Wind dubbing forward.

 4. Wind wire forward to create a ribbing.

 5. Tie in Partridge.

 6. Wind on Partridge, secure and whip finish.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Trout Porn

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Killer Bug Yarn

At the Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, NJ today I was able to get from one of the vendors Sawyer's Killer Bug Yarn.  This is not the original Chadwick's 477, but is the closest around. As you can see it is a tan yarn.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Rag Bug

The Rag Bug is my version of Frank Sawyer's Killer Bug. This is a excellent crane fly larvae imitation.

The original Killer Bug is tied with Chadwick 477 (good luck find any). There are some substitute's, Chadwicks 477 Substitute from ( and 477 Killer Bug Yarn from (

Like me you may have a rag wool sweater that no longer fits. The color is simular to other crane fly larvae imitation most notably Walt's Worm tied with Hareline Hares Ear Plus #1. Both Walt's Worm and the Killer Bug are deadly patterns and dead simple to tie.

A simple image search of a crane fly larvae will show you how well this pattern imitates the natural.

Thread – .32 gauge Brown Parawire
Hook – TMC 2302 or any Nymph hook
Size 8-16
Body – Rag Wool

 1. Mash down barb and secure in vice.


2. Wind wire onto hook.  I use a dab of super glue to secure.

3. Secure Rag Wool and wind back.

4. Wind wire forward several wraps away from the hook eye.

 5. Wind Rag Wool forward and secure with 1-2 wraps.

6. Trim away the excess.

7. Whip finish with 2 - 3 turns, and break off the wire.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sawyers Pheasant Tail Nymph - Tied with Parawire

Thread – .32 gauge Brown Parawire
Hook – TMC 2302 or any Nymph hook
Size 12-18
Body – Pheasant Tail Fibers

1. Mash down barb and secure in vice.
2. Wind wire onto hook. I use a dab of super glue.
This helps me to keep my wraps tight.
3. Secure pheasant tail fiber with 1-2 wraps.

4. Wrap fibers around the wire (creating a rope),
then wind forward.

5. Build a thorax with the wire, and tie in
additional fiber then wrap forward.

6. Pull fibers over for wing case (Forward).
7. Bring wire back with one turn and
pull fibers back over the wing case.
8. Whip finish 2- 3 turns, clip excess fibers, and your done.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Ultra Wire Substitute - Review

The Parawire is and it look's like a very good Ultra Wire substitute.  I purchased the .32 gauge, which is the same size as Ultra Wire's BR.  Good for Copper John's, Brassie's and ribbing. Sizes 10 to 18.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Trout Vision and Refraction

Ozzie gave me permission to post this clip. His latest video is "Trout Vision and Refraction" Volume 3 in the Underwater World of Trout series. In full disclosure I was hired be Ozzie to do the motion graphics work in this DVD.

Gary Borger said: "For most of us, this DVD by Ozzie Ozefovich, will provide a highly informative view of the world through the trout's window—a view that we all need to understand, but one that few have seen. Be certain that you see this DVD, it will make you a better angler".

He's selling the DVD on his website

Ozzie is also presenting at the The Fly Fishing Show January 22, 23, and 24 2010 at the Garden State Convention Center.

This DVD will be available at Central Jersey TU's booth at The Fly Show and Ozzie is donating $5 of each sale to the chapter. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Bugs of the Underworld

Last night at CJTU meeting "Ozzie" of Underwater OZ fame showed Ralph and Lisa Cutter's DVD "Bugs of the Underworld". The footage is spectacular, and should be in every tier's library.

I know I'm going to change some of my patterns after seeing this DVD.

It's available at the

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ultra Wire Substitute

Found a new source for wire, looks similar to Ultra Wire.

The Craft Wire Store of Paramount Wire Co. | CBC Metal Supply
in East Orange, NJ

They have a good selection of colors and gauges for 12 to 34, but not in all colors.

I ordered a several colors and will post a review soon.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Frank Sawyer Tying a Pheasant Tail Nymph and a Dry Fly

This footage of the creator of the Pheasant Tail Nymph has been up on YouTube for a year. With many great patterns less is more.

I don't know any one who doesn't have a American Pheasant Tails in their fly box.  I love patterns with peacock, but the original is worth tying.

For more information and videos on Frank Sawyer I recommend going to

Friday, January 8, 2010

Catch, Release and Photograph

This Rainbow decided to stay a while when I broke out the camera.

CDC Little Black Stone

Thread – 8/0 UNI Black
Hook – Dry Fly Hook
Size 14-18
Body – Black Poly Dubbing
Under Wing – Dun CDC Feathers
Over Wing – Stalcup’s Medallion Sheeting Brown
Hackle – Black

A good winter pattern, try this one on warm mid days in February and March.