Saturday, February 27, 2010

Good afternoon with fly and fin.

The northeast was hit with another snowstorm on 2/26/10, which dumped about 12" on top of the 24" from the last storm in my area of New Jersey. After digging out on Friday, I'd promised myself to do something nice on Saturday.  So I went out on Saturday to wet a line.  It was a great day, air temp was around 40 degrees Fahrenheit and the water temp was 38 degrees Fahrenheit with cloud cover.  The water was high but crystal clear, and the trout were hungry.  I only took two Browns who took the Green Rock Worm, the rest of the trout were Rainbows and they took all three the Rock Worm, Tan UV Caddis and CDC Purple and Orange dropper.

This was the first time I fished the CDC Purple and Orange and the bows slammed it.

Water was high but wade-able.

The Point.

The Anchor.

The Dropper.

Took the Green Rock Worm.

The Release.

Another on the Rock Worm.

On the dropper.

The Release.

The Fight

And Release

The last fish of the day.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

CDC Purple and Orange

The Partridge and Orange and Purple Snipe are tradition wet fly staples.  While playing at the vice I'd put both together with a twist.  I like using CDC for a many soft hackle flies.  The main reason is the barbules catch little air bubbles, which makes the fly sparkle.  Not unlike emerging caddis gas bubble.  I believe trout key in on the halo.


Hook – TMC 2457 or any nymph hook
Size – 12-16
Thread – 8/0  Rust
Body – .32 gauge Purple and Orange wire
Thorex – Tan UV Ice Dub
Hackle – Dun CDC Fibers
 1. Mash down barb and tie in thread.

 2. Tie in purple and orange wire.

 3. Advance purple and orange wire together and tie off.

 4. Tie in CDC feather.

 5. Dub Thorax with Tan UV Ice Dub.
6.  Wind on CDC.

 6. Pull CDC fiber back, form a head and whip finish.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Wire Blood Worm

I was playing around with wire and some flash to create a blood worm pattern.  Below is the result.

Hook –Mustad 37169 Wide Gap
Size – 16
Thread –8/0 Red
Body – .32 Gauge Red Wire
Rib – Krystal Flash

1. Mash down barb, tie in wire and Krystal Flash.

2. Tie down the wire and flash all the way back to the bend.
 3. Bring thread forward and half hitch.
4. Advance wire forward and tie off.
5. Wind Krystal Flash forward with open
wraps, tie down and whip finish.

 6. Apply a layer of head cement to the entire fly.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Tree Fly


I've been traveling and not at my bench the last few days.  So I've not posted in several days.  I was going through my photographs from the International Fly Tying Symposium from Nov. 2009 and ran across this fly.  I don't remember who's the tier and if some knows please post his name.  It's just fun.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Yellowstone Cut at LeHardy Rapids

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cooper Bug

The Cooper Bug may be tied in many other colors, including one particularly popular variation tied with light deer body hair pulled over a red dubbed body (Devil Bug).

Hook – TMC 2302*
Size: – 8 – 14
Thread – Black
Body – Peacock Herl
Rib – Red Wire
Tail/Shellback – Coastal Deer Hair

*Traditionally tied with a dry fly hook.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cure for Cabin Fever

Fly fishing show came and went, then you start to feel the on set of a fever.  You prescribe dose od single malt tie a bunch of flies.  You only feel better for a short time.  Snow blankets the Mid Atlantic and more on the way due mid week.  Your achy and burning up.

Only one thing can break this fever.

Drop off he kids to school, answer email in the morning, seek off during lunch,  turn off phone and go fishing.

I think the fever is starting to break. 

Take one Rock Work and add water.

Not feeling better take another.

Still not better take add a Ice Pheasant Tail

Fever Broke.

Monday, February 8, 2010

6 Dozen for the box.

They just don't look right.

Now that's better. 

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Tan UV Caddis

This is a variation of Jig Head Hares Ear Caddis. I'm calling it a Tan UV Caddis. Will see how it will do this spring.

Hook – Jig Head
Size – 1/125 – 1/80
Weight –.22 lead
Thread –8/0 Orange
Body – Ice Dub UV Tan
Hot Spot – Hot Orange
Rib – .32 gauge Brown Parawire or any wireLegs – Rust Dun CDC fibers

1. Mash down barb and secure in wire.

2. Wrap in lead.

3. Secure lead.

4. Apply Dubbing to thread and wind forward.

5. Dub in Hot Spot.

6. Wind wire forward to create a ribbing.

7. Tie in rust CDC

8. Wind on CDC, secure and whip finish.

Friday, February 5, 2010

I've known Bob for some 15+ years and he one who shares all his knowledge to promote our sport. I don't know many who can cast as far and accurately. While on the Madison he was casting to and catching fish I could barely see rising some 100 feet away. In the summer he holds a free fly-casting class to all comers. He is a great fisher and friend. If you ever get the chance to talk with him do. Here he is tying a White Wulff for my son "D".

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Ice Pheasant Tail Jig

This is my version of a pattern I learned form Johan Klingberg at the International Fly Tying Symposium back in November 2009 on Czech Nymphs.

Johan Video is has great DVD and is the best primmer on the history of Eastern European Nymphing.

I highly recommend his DVD:

Czech Nymph DVD: Modern Fly Fishing vol. 1

Instructor, narrator, producer etc.: Johan Klingberg/Jussi Sjölund

This is a great anchor fly.

Hook – Jig Head
Size – 1/125 – 1/80
Thread –6/0 Camel or Brown
Body – Pheasant Tail
Thorax – Olive Ice Dub
Rib – .32 gauge Red Parawire or any Red wire
Tail – Dun CDC fibers

1. Mash down barb and secure thread.

2. Secure CDC fibers to the bend.

3. Secure wire.

4. Tie in Pheasant tail fibers.

5. Wind Pheasant tail fibers forward and secure.

6. Wind wire forward and secure.

7. Dub in Olive Ice Dub.

8. Wind Olive Ice Dub forward and whip finish.