Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Swimbait Muddler

 
Part muddler minnow, deceiver, and part swim bait. #flyfishing #flytying #streamer 

Pattern Recipe: (as tied)
Hook: Ahrex PR378 – GB Swimbait
Size: 4 - 1
Thread: Semperfli Nano Silk 100 Denier Predator 6/0 White
Keel Weight: 7 wraps of .025 lead-free wire
Keel Dressing: Optional (White thread covered with Solarez Fly-Tie Colors Silver or pearl nail polish) Tail Support: White Bucktail
Tail: 4 White Saddle Hackle
Body: EP Brush Invader 2.5” wide Grey Olive (3-4 wraps)
Under Wing: Senyo Barred Predator Wrap (Barred UV)
Over Wing: Blue Saddle Hackle
Head: Spun and Clipped Natural Deer Hair

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Fly Fishing Journeys Pod Cast Louis DiGena – The Art of Fly Tying

Louis DiGena – The Art of Fly Tying

Podcast: https://flyfishingjourneys.com/louis-digena-the-art-of-fly-tying/ 

Lou DiGena is an accomplished fly tier from New Jersey.  He’s an extraordinary guy. We dive deep into fly tying, photography, digital media, and fine art. As I learned on this podcast, he is a professor of fine art and digital media at St John University.   

I don’t think either of us thought we were going down the art rabbit hole but that is the fun part of podcasts, learning about your guests as a person and their expertise. It clear Lou is an artist, both behind the vise, behind the lens and in various other art mediums.

He stresses the idea of observation both in art and on the water and how focused observation will make you a better fly tier and fly fisherman.  

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Killer Rock Worm with Lou DiGena

 

Hook:        Mustad S80-3906 (https://amzn.to/3qlSsIY)
Size:         10 - 16         
Thread:     UTC Ultra Wire, Black in size Brassie (https://amzn.to/37gXKhj)      
Body:        Green Yarn (https://amzn.to/2LOSw4Q)
Head:        UTC Ultra Wire, Black (https://amzn.to/37gXKhj)
 
The "Killer Rock Worm" a variation of Frank Sawyer's "Killer Bug." Using black wire and green yarn.   Change yarn and wire color to mimic the caddis larva in your waters.

The Killer Bug is famous in the U.K. and Europe and recently has this pattern gained a following in the U.S.  This fly is renowned for its catching fish and the mythological properties of Chadwick's 477 wool used in its construction.

Frank Sawyer was a river keeper on the River Avon at Lake in Wiltshire in the U.K., along with being a writer and inventor of such flies as the Pheasant Tail Nymph.  

The killer bug was developed by Mr. Sawyer to manage the grayling numbers on the River Avon.  Then Grayling considered a coarse fish and undesirable as a food or game fish.

If you're looking for an available substitute, Semperfli Chadwicks 477 Substitute (https://amzn.to/3de9ll5) is an excellent choice.

 

Fly Tying Gear:

    Regal Stainless Steel Revolution and Base (https://amzn.to/3gxmQvL)
    Regal Vise Tool Bar Attachment (https://amzn.to/2IxpKEe)
    Cohen's Sculpting Scissors

    Tiemco Ceramic Bobbin (https://amzn.to/3u7Gkxv)
    Matarelli Whip Finisher (https://amzn.to/370HxNu)
    
Solarez Bone Dry (https://amzn.to/3m3o4jn

 

Camera Gear:

    Camera: Panasonic GH4 (https://amzn.to/2ItiCsu)
    Lens: Panasonic 30mm Macro (https://amzn.to/3n0ZZe)
    Ring Light: Neewer 48 Macro LED (https://amzn.to/2VUSfii)

    Fill Light (3): Aputure H198 (https://amzn.to/39V2D1S)
    Battery: Wasabi Power Battery and charger. (https://amzn.to/2VRyo3s)

    Backdrop: Dark Grey & Light Grey (https://amzn.to/33UzUX3)
 

 

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Pea-Ca-Bou Nymph with Lou DiGena

 
 
Dick Talleur calls this nymph the Pea-Ca-Bou Brown, and I can only find mention of this pattern in Hooked on Fly Tying - Classic Wet Flies & Nymphs, Bennett-Watt Entertainment, Inc. (https://amzn.to/2Mp1yFU)

It's a tremendous all-a-round nymph that uses two of the best materials out there Peacock herl and marabou. I've found smaller sizes are effective little black stone flies, and larger versions imitate Isonychia, also known as the Slate Drake.

It's simple, and once you get used to handling the marabou, a fast pattern to tie.

Pea-Ca-Bou Nymph

Hook: 2X Long Wet Fly (Tiemco – TMC2302) (https://amzn.to/36wY0bM)
Thread: UNI 6/0 Brown (https://amzn.to/3ahRCWY)
Hackle: Brown Marabou (https://amzn.to/3r8bYbN)
Tail: Brown Marabou (https://amzn.to/3r8bYbN)
Body: Peacock Herl (https://amzn.to/3re0u6N)
Head: UNI 6/0 Brown (https://amzn.to/3ahRCWY)

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Takayama Sakasa Kebari with Lou DiGena


Takayama Sakasa Kebari with Lou DiGena

The Takayama Sakasa Kebari is a legendary Sakasa Kebari thought to originate in Japan's Takayama region. What makes this pattern different than a standard Kebari is the Peacock herl collar and Hen Pheasant hackle. What fly doesn't benefit either Peacock herl or Pheasant feathers?  If you don't have Hen Pheasant, substitute any molded brown hen wet fly hackle or Hungary Partridge.

These flies are more impressionistic fly, and it roughly mimics a large variety of insects, so change thread color to match the bugs hatching on your waters. It's a great searching pattern and emerger. 

Materials:

    Hook:  Mustad C49S Curved Caddis Hook  (https://amzn.to/3rzSUEr)
    Thread: UTC 140 Red (https://amzn.to/3hnCSsH)
    Head: UTC 140 Red (https://amzn.to/3hnCSsH)

    Thorax: Peacock Herl (https://amzn.to/37VvS31)
    Abdomen: UTC 140 Red (https://amzn.to/3hnCSsH)

Fly Tying Gear:

    Regal Stainless Steel Revolution and Base (https://amzn.to/3gxmQvL)
    Regal Vise Tool Bar Attachment (https://amzn.to/2IxpKEe)   
    Cohen's Sculpting Scissors

    Matarelli Whip Finisher (https://amzn.to/370HxNu)

Camera Gear:

    Camera: Panasonic GH4 (https://amzn.to/2ItiCsu)
    Lens: Panasonic 30mm Macro (https://amzn.to/3n0ZZe)
    Ring Light: Neewer 48 Macro LED (https://amzn.to/2VUSfii)

    Fill Light (3): Aputure H198 (https://amzn.to/39V2D1S)
    Battery: Wasabi Power Battery and charger. (https://amzn.to/2VRyo3s)

    Backdrop: Dark Grey & Light Grey (https://amzn.to/33UzUX3)

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Sawyer's Pheasant Tail Nymph with Lou DiGena

 

I think everyone knows the Pheasant Tail Nymph, but I'm not sure how many know Sawyer's Pheasant tail nymph. The pattern is dead simple, and like most patterns I tie, it follows the K.I.S.S. rule. 

For those who don't know the pattern, it's a killer. Frank Sawyers designed it to "Baetis" nymph, or "olives." I've found it's also a good imitation of the "Ephemerella" nymphs, including the Hendricksons and Sulphurs nymphs. For the "Baetis," tie the nymph in sizes 16 - 20, and for the "Ephemerella," tie it in 14 - 16. If you have a long Pheasant tail, then a size 12 is possible.

  

Materials: Hook: 

Hook: Mustad S80-3906 (https://amzn.to/2K9RWO8)
Thread: X-Small Brown Copper Wire (
https://amzn.to/37NvJ09)

Body: Center Tail from a Cock Pheasant (https://amzn.to/2KOzD15)

Fly Tying Gear:

   Regal Stainless Steel Revolution and Base (https://amzn.to/3gxmQvL)

   Regal Vise Tool Bar Attachment (https://amzn.to/2IxpKEe)

   Cohen's Sculpting Scissors

   Matarelli Whip Finisher (https://amzn.to/370HxNu)

Camera Gear:

   Camera: Panasonic GH4 (https://amzn.to/2ItiCsu)

   Lens: Panasonic 30mm Macro (https://amzn.to/3n0ZZe)

   Ring Light: Neewer 48 Macro LED (https://amzn.to/2VUSfii)

   Fill Light (3): Aputure H198 (https://amzn.to/39V2D1S)

   Battery: Wasabi Power Battery and charger. (https://amzn.to/2VRyo3s)

   Backdrop: Dark Grey & Light Grey (https://amzn.to/33UzUX3)

 

Using affiliate links helps support the channel at no cost to you thanks.

© 2020 Louis DiGena All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Thread Control and Fly Tying Knots Tutorial



Thread Control and Fly Tying Knots

 

Materials:

   Hook:  Tiemco Umpqua TMC 103Bl Fly Tying (https://amzn.to/37obeIu)

   Thread: Danville 6/0 Flymaster Thread Waxed (https://amzn.to/3oWCQug) 

Fly Tying Gear:

   Regal Stainless Steel Revolution and Base (https://amzn.to/3gxmQvL)

   Regal Vise Tool Bar Attachment (https://amzn.to/2IxpKEe)

   Cohen's Sculpting Scissors

   Matarelli Whip Finisher (https://amzn.to/370HxNu)

Camera Gear:

   Camera: Panasonic GH4 (https://amzn.to/2ItiCsu)

   Lens: Panasonic 30mm Macro (https://amzn.to/3n0ZZe)

   Ring Light: Neewer 48 Macro LED (https://amzn.to/2VUSfii)

   Fill Light (3): Aputure H198 (https://amzn.to/39V2D1S)

   Battery: Wasabi Power Battery and charger. (https://amzn.to/2VRyo3s)

   Backdrop: Dark Grey & Light Grey (https://amzn.to/33UzUX3)

 

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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Tiger Baetis Nymph is a simple and effective Baetis (BWO) nymph pattern, which you can use on any stream or river. 
 
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Materials: 
 
Hook: Mustad S80-3906 (https://amzn.to/2K9RWO8)
Thread: UTC 140 Denier Watery Olive (https://amzn.to/3mYYOwj)
Tails: Coq de Leon Fibers (https://amzn.to/3a6UF5V)
Rib: X-Small Brown Copper Wire (https://amzn.to/37NvJ09)
Body: UTC Watery Olive (https://amzn.to/3mYYOwj)
Tiger Stripes: Brown Marker (https://amzn.to/37K2V8Z)
Wing Case: Black Marker (https://amzn.to/39V1s2s)
Coating: Solarez Bone Dry (https://amzn.to/3m3o4jn
 
Fly Tying Gear: 
 
Regal Stainless Steel Revolution and Base (https://amzn.to/3gxmQvL
Regal Vise Tool Bar Attachment (https://amzn.to/2IxpKEe
Cohen's Sculpting Scissors 
Matarelli whip finisher (https://amzn.to/370HxNu) 
 
Camera Gear: Camera: 
 
Panasonic GH4 (https://amzn.to/2ItiCsu
Lens: Panasonic 30mm Macro (https://amzn.to/3n0ZZe
Ring Light: Neewer 48 Macro LED (https://amzn.to/2VUSfii
Fill Light (2): Aputure H198 (https://amzn.to/39V2D1S
Battery: Wasabi Power Battery and charger. (https://amzn.to/2VRyo3s
Backdrop: Dark Grey & Light Grey (https://amzn.to/33UzUX3
 
Using affiliate links helps support the channel at no cost to you thanks. 
 
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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Tiger Baetis Nymph - A Short preview.

Tiger Baetis

 

Materials:

 

   Hook:  Mustad S80-3906 (https://amzn.to/2K9RWO8)

   Thread: UTC 140 Denier Watery Olive  (https://amzn.to/3mYYOwj)

   Tails:  Coq de Leon Fibers (https://amzn.to/3a6UF5V)

   Rib:  X-Small Brown Copper Wire (https://amzn.to/37NvJ09)

   Body:  UTC Watery Olive (https://amzn.to/3mYYOwj)

   Tiger Stripes: Brown Marker (https://amzn.to/37K2V8Z)

   Wing Case: Black Marker (https://amzn.to/39V1s2s)

   Coating: Solarez Bone Dry (https://amzn.to/3m3o4jn)

 

Fly Tying Gear:

 

   Regal Stainless Steel Revolution and Base (https://amzn.to/3gxmQvL)

   Regal Vise Tool Bar Attachment (https://amzn.to/2IxpKEe)

   Cohen's Sculpting Scissors

   Matarelli whip finisher (https://amzn.to/370HxNu)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Compton's Cinnamon Toast Baetis Nymph

A while back Kevin Compton owner of Performance Flies and I got together to film him tying up some of the patterns he is best known for and popularizing.  These patterns are staples in the competition scene.  Kevin is always refining these patterns and making them simpler to tie.

At Performance Flies, you will find materials and patterns from the competitive fly fishing scene.  Also, Kevin has Jack Mickievicz's original materials such as Honeybug Cotton Chenille, Jack's original dubbing blends and DuPont Antron yarn.

The Cinnamon Toast Baetis nymph is a BWO (Blue-Winged Olives) nymph.  BWO’s are staples in most if not all rivers.  These nymphs are an important food source for trout because of their high number, and multi-broods.  The fact that many BWO’s are multi-brood means they are available to trout year round.  Baetis are streamlined swimmers, and the nymph pattern should be slender.

Here Kevin ties his Cinnamon Toast Baetis Nymph, which is a deadly BWO nymph.

 

Compton's Cinnamon Toast Baetis Nymph

Materials:

Hook:  Hanak H230BL #14-16
Head:  3/32 Gold Tungsten Bead
Thread: FLY DK 80 Brown
Tails:  Golden Olive Coq de Leon Fibers
Rib:  XFine Copper Wire
Body:  Brown-Olive Condor Substitute
Thorax: Jan Siman Peacock Dubbing, Peacock Bronze

For materials visit http://www.performanceflies.com/
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© 2017 Louis DiGena All Rights Reserved.