Saturday, December 29, 2012

Kent Edmonds Stealth Bomber

Martin Pursch at the Country Flyfisher Shop was kind enough to lend me an assortment of foam body cutters by River Road Creations Inc. Among them were two sizes of Kent Edmond's Stealth Bomber bodies. I'm definitely a fan of foam body cutters now.
Here is my variant of this popular bass pattern.

Hook: Gamakatsu B10S Size 2
Upper Body: 2mm Craft Foam cut with a medium size cutter
Under Body: White Estaz
Legs: 3 pairs of rubber legs
Tail: Several Strands of Flashabou below Marabou

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Swamp Monster

I got this pattern out of Kevin Hutchinson's book Fly Fishing the Texas Hill Country. Among the things Christmas brought my way were some Green Caddis Outfitters Fly Boxes and one is going to become my perch jerk'n box. This fly begins the box and more will come.

Hook: Size 10 Streamer
Eyes: Med. Bead Chain
Wing: Black Rabbit Zonker
Body: Black Rabbit Dubbing
Legs: Olive Barred Rubber Legs
Rib: Three Strands Olive Flashabou
Tail: Black Rabbit Zonker

Monday, December 17, 2012

Salty Muddler

Ok this is not a new fly but a repurposed one. At a recent fly tying night we were talking about muddlers and deer hair divers and how if you tie them on saltwater hooks they can pull double duty in the gulf and on the rivers.  Genrally I tie in one of two extremes...way to many materials (see the Dog Collar) or super simple.   The Salty Muddler is definitely the latter.

Hook: Size 2 Saltwater Hook
Tail: White Marabou
Head: Spun Deer Hair

I like throwing white topwaters in the gulf for trout and redfish. However, I will tie up some other color combinations such as red with yellow and white with chartreuse (if all else fails go to chartreuse and white flies). Additionally smaller hook sizes are always a good thing to have in the box if the flies are gonna be pulling double duty.

For the record deer hair is my nemesis on the vice. However, the only way to get better with it is to keep tying with it. The simplicity of this fly makes it a great one to practice deer hair skills on because if it ends up in the crap fly bin all you loose is a hook and some marabou. Good luck.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Dog Collar - Articulated Fly

Hooks: Gamakatsu B10S size 2
Wire: Surflon 30lbs Nylon Coated Stainless Steel Leader
Bead: H&H Terminal Gear Red Glass Bead

Front Hook
Tail: Black Marabou
Fore Body: Black Estaz
Palmered Hackle: Olive Schlappen
Legs: 4 Black Rubber Legs
Eyes:  3D Eyes Coated in UV resin
Head: Clump of Black Ice Dub tied on the upper and lower sides of the hook.

Tail Hook
Tail: Black Marabou
Rear Body: Black Estaz
Palmered Hackle: Olive Schlappen
Legs: 4 Black Rubber Legs

Monday, December 10, 2012

Blood Belly Goby - Calico Bass Fly

This Fly Gallery goes out to the Calico Syndicate. They were looking for folks to post Calico Bass flies, and I took it as an opportunity to get creative on the vice. This one has never been tested on a Calico, but I tried to match the general trend of the patterns other folks posted with a couple of my own tweaks.
Essentially I wanted a "goby/sculpin" fly with a natural tone upper body and reddish under body to either represent a wounded fish or just the natural organs and ovaries visible through the underbelly.

At the time I didn't have the proper mono to make a weed guard, but these flies almost always have one as far as I can tell from examples on the Calico Syndicate page.

Hook: Eagle Claw 2x Long 2/0
Head: Sculpin Helmet
Lower Pectoral Fins: Chartreuse Arctic Fox Tail and Barred Rubber legs
Upper Pectoral Fins: Olive Arctic Fox Fur
Belly: EP Streamer Brusch (Color: Rust)
Tail: Magnum Rabbit Zonker Gold Variant

Friday, December 7, 2012

Classic Woolly Bugger

Hook: size 10
Thread: Olive Ultra Thread 140
Body: Brown and Olive Chenille
Hackle: Olive Rooster hackle
Tail: Olive Marabou

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Foxy Sunfish Demo

After my last couple outings on the Guadalupe for trout I got thinking about other types of streamers that could be used on our trout.  The foxy sunfish is the result of those contemplations using some of the techniques developed by folks that throw large articulated streamers like Richard Strolis and Mike Schmidt.
For the record I do not know how monster streamers would do on our holdover rainbows most anglers down here are fishing size 8-12 streamers. Perhaps once our flow goes up I will have to experiment.

1. Tie in thread base

2.Tie in marabou tail. Tie back down the hook so your thread is just before the tail.

3. Tie in a schlappen or low quality hackle feather top first and bring thread to about two eye lengths before the hook.

4. Palmer the schlappen forward and tie off.

5. Reverse tie Arctic fox fur and cut off excess.

6. Fold fur back over the hook and tie down creating a fur and thread head. Whip finish.

7. Add 3-D stick on eyes to both sides of the head and add super glue in between the eyes to fix them in place.

8. Carefully coat the head in UV resin. (I use Tuffleye Finish).

Go fishing

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Foxy Sunfish

Hook: size 10
Thread: Olive Ultra Thread 140
Head: UV resin
Eye: 3D Stick on Eyes
Wing: Reverse Tied Arctic Fox Fur
Body: Olive Palmered Schlappen Feather
Tail: Olive Marabou and Olive Flashabou

Friday, November 30, 2012

Sheep Hair Minnow

Hook: size 2
Thread: Ultra Thread 140
Head: UV resin
Eye: 3D Stick on Eyes
Body: Icelandic Sheep hair (package called it Streamer hair)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Heptageniidae nymph

My biology background gives me a preference for using scientific names. Thus I know my aquatic insects by their scientific familes far better then by the common names used by fly fishers.  Heptageniidae includes the March Browns and Cahill mayflies. My last trip on the Guadalupe for trout brought about this design after reeling in a leaf with a few of these mayflies on it. So here is my attempt to match the hatch.

Hook: Gamakatsu C13U
Thread: UTC Olive 140
Head: Brown Glass bead
Thorax: Olive Rabbit dubbing (topped with UV resin)
Body: Wrapped extra small blue wire ultrawire
Tail: Hack fibers

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Beaded Surf Candies

I have been playing with surf candies lately and wanted to find a new way to incorporate colors into the body of the fly. I'm not the first to use epoxy and beads in bait fish pattern by any means, but I haven't seen anyone else use them to make lateral bands or red gills in a surf candy. Using different color beads to make the appropriate "match the hatch" colors is very cheap and creates some neat affects within the fly.

First I string the beads on some material (e.g. wire, flash, monofilament). Then depending on the pattern I want (e.g. spots, band, or gills), I position the beads on the monofilament and add a very small amount of super glue (not the gel superglue, it needs to be liquid) to lock the bead in position.

When making long group of beads I will add super glue above them on the mono and then slide them upward into the glued area. I like to leave plenty of tag end on the mono to allow for an easy tie in on

I have not tried to do the two methods described below with epoxy. I have only done them with UV resin. I would suggest resin only because holding the beads in position while the epoxy sets would be difficult. (If some one decides to try it with epoxy let me know how it goes)

I have so far used two methods to work the beaded mono into the surf candy.

1) Make two similar beaded mono strands tie in one on each side.

 Note: This results in a fairly cylindrical fly, which is not necessarily a bad thing depending on what you are trying to imitate. Mud minnows and mullet are both cylindrical.

2)Make a single strand tied in between the layers of super hair.

Note: This results in a thinner fly shaped much more like an anchovy, however it is the more difficult to position the single strand within the fly.  Also be careful to not leave a space between the layers of super hair.  I doubt this would affect the fly much, but its not as esthetically pleasing.

I also attempted threading the beads on the super hair once the fly was built, but before I put the first layer of resin on to make random spotting. However the random "bumps" created by the beads made it difficult to create a smooth shape to the body. I'm still working on a better way to achieve this spotting effect.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Bead head Electric Caddis

Hook: Size 18
Thread:Cream UTC 140
Head: Brown Glass bead
Thorax: Light Cahill Hareline dubbing (top colored with permanent marker)
Abdomen: small copper ultra wire inserted in micro-tubing and stretch wrappped
Wing case: UV resin

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanks to all the Followers

I just want to thank everyone following the blog. Its continuing to grow and I am indebted to all my fellow online supporters willing to share posts and get the word out.  The blog hit 600 views today. Keep the support coming and please share anything you like. If there is anything you would like to see please let me know. I'm happy for the input.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Electric DT Nymph

I used techniques from the DT Nymph and the JC's Electric Caddis tied by Rich Strolis and John Collins respectively in this fly. 

Hook: size 14 
Thread:Olive UTC 70
Legs: Black antron split and folded back
Tail:Black Antron
Abdomen: small ultra wire inserted in micro-tubing and stretch wrappped
Body: Olive rabbit dubbing
Wing case: UV resin

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Friday, November 16, 2012

EP Headbanger Sculpin

This is a modified Rich Strolis Headbanger Sculpin pattern.

Hooks: Gamakatsu B10S (2)
Head: Sculpin Helmet
Wing: Arctic Fox
Body: Wrapped EP Streamer Brush with micro legs
Tail/Inner body: Wrapped Marabou (2 plumes)
Articulation: 30lbs wire and Glass beads

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Free Online Magazines

I want to support the online community of fly fishers that want to freely disseminate the knowledge and experience that they have gained through hard fought time on the vise and on the water. I by no means feel in league with those who pursue fly fishing and tying  for a living, but thought I would try to bring together a list of some of the free online resources available.

Thus, I wanted to provide links to some of the free online magazines available from several websites. The links below are those magazines I have found so far with the descriptions of the magazine quoted from the website where available. However, I doubt I have been able to fins all the magazines available and I encourage anyone with knowledge of more to post a comment.

Southern Culture on the Fly

"Southern Culture on the fly is a quarterly online journal documenting the vast salt, warm and coldwater fly fishing oppurtunities in the southeast, as well as the fishy follk that make the south such a special place to live and fish..and Yes we will have a side of grits with that"

The Blood Knot

"Blood Knot Magazine breathes, unrestricted by the old formalities associated with fly fishing. Its a bi-monthly, digital publication with content being submitted from contributors around the world. The subscription service is free and an emailed link will arrive in your mailbox when new issues are available. The most current and back issues may also be viewed on this website which is updated almost daily."

Southern Trout

A Tight Loop

Catch Magazine

Montana Fly Fishing Magazine

"Welcome to Montana Fly Fishing Magazine, the first online magazine devoted exclusively to the diverse and expansive fly fishing opportunities Montana has to offer. Every couple of months, we hope to bring you a collection of strong and original articles and photography focused on the magnificent fish species, rivers, and landscapes that define Montana as “the Mecca of fly fishing.”

This is Fly

Ten and Two Magazine

"Welcome to TEN & TWO Magazine...The Angler’s Journey. No one goes fishing and just goes fishing. There’s a whole culture surrounding the sport. One journey might take us far a-field; another might keep us close to home. What remains constant is the fact that the path is not straight. We eat, we drink, we observe, we laugh, we talk, we explore, we learn and we most certainly experience the world in the process. As we travel, we’ve learned fishing is a lot more than simply how many fish we release, how big they are, where we stand, what we use and so on. Does the world really need another photo of some person holding up a huge fish caught on a two weight? It could be argued that it’s a piece of the meal, but generally that meal has been overcooked and overpriced, overdone and overblown. At TEN & TWO we go beneath the surface if you will and look for experiences that thicken the stew and fill us up. We look for interesting people, their stories and the places they inhabit. We search out the perfect drink, and the best meal. We look closely at the ecology of the surrounding habitat. We watch the wildlife, we tour the nearby village, and we seek out the artist’s impressions. And we fish.          

TEN & TWO is where you can go to get away from the crowds and find that special spot where the fish might be bigger or smaller, but the experience is often more special. Take your time with TEN & TWO. Approach it as you would a huge brown sipping the occasional olive in September on a quiet spring creek in Montana. Take your time with it. Savor it.

—Walter Hodges"

Get reading and consider contributing to these magazines.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Big Nymph

I like this fly as general large nymph pattern. I have been wanting to try it on carp, but haven't had the opportunity.

Hook: size 10
Thread: black Ultra Thread 140
Legs & Tail: Marabou
Abdomen: Wrapped micro-tubing
Body: single strand brown yarn
Wing case: Scud back coated in Tuffleye

Friday, November 9, 2012

EZ- Body Sand Eel

Hook: size 2
Thread: Ultra Thread 140
Head: EZ-body Medium coated in epoxy or Tuffleye
Eye: Stick on Eyes
Upper Body: Chartreuse Bucktail
Under Body: White Bucktail

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Furry Virgin

This fly is the hair wing version of my Guadalupe Virgin fly. I've tied this fly for streamer fishing on the Guadalupe River.

Hook: Size 10 Streamer
Thread: Black UTC 140
Butt: Red UTC 140
Body: Single Strand Light Green Yarn
Rib: Silver Flash/Tinsel
Wing: Natural squirrel tail
Head: Black UTC 140

Tie in red tail section.
Tie in yarn and flash.
Tie in the black thread and create the thread base up to the eye of the hook.
Then wrap the yarn forward followed by the flash.

Tie off and create a small thread head.

Tie in the clump of squirrel tail fur. Be careful to keep it firmly aligned on top of the hook. I use a loose first wrap followed by a second wrap tightened directly downward while tightly pinching the fur in my fingers.
Trim ends and build thread head.
Whip finish the head.

Tie in several wraps of red thread on the head and whip finish. Finally coat with head cement.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Rabbit Skull

Rabbit Skull

Hook: size 2
Thread: Ultra Thread 140
Head: Fish-Skull
Under Body: White Marabou
Over Body: Chartreuse Magnum Barred Rabbit Zonker
Wing: One rap of Baitfish Emulator Flash
Note: A mono loop is under the zonker to prevent fowling.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Under the Lights Minnow

I designed this fly for one purpose: Night time dock light fishing on the Gulf.  Trout love to hang around dock lights at night. However if fishing a large hook, you will get a lot of hits but few hook ups, and the fish are feeding on small baitfish the gleam white and silver in the lights

Under the Lights Minnow

Hook: Size 6 Saltwater hook
Thread: Red
Body: EZ Body
Eye: Extra small 3D eyes
Coated in Tuffleye

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fly Gallery: Guadalupe Virgin

Another Tuesday night fly tying session with the Alamo Fly Fishers has come and gone. I'm taking on a new type of fly tying or rather embracing an old one. Up until now I had never had a reason to take on classic Carrie Steven's style streamers (see Streamers 365 for more patterns), however among my fellow local club members these kinds of streamers are a staple of trout fishing on the Guadalupe River in Central Texas. Thus, I have decided to take on mastering how to tie these kinds of streamers so that when the rivers get stocked this season I will have a fly box ready for them. There will be more to come about the techniques used in a later post.

For now the recipe goes in the Fly Gallery.

This fly is tied out of materials I had on hand following the general recommendations of my fellow tiers. Thus, its is untried on the water so I have decided it must be named a virgin fly. Perhaps some divine grace may lead to it being successful. I will make sure and up date once it hits the water.
I don't think this is my best fly ever, but I am happy to post it because I think people get too concerned about how flies look when you are first learning to tie them. More of these type of flies will come and I want people to see how they improve.

The Guadalupe Virgin

Hook: Size 8 Streamer
Thread: Black UTC 140
Butt: Red UTC 140
Body: Single Strand Light Green Yarn
Rib: Silver Flash/Tinsel
Throat: White Bucktail
Wing: Badger Hackle
Shoulder: Hen Saddle
Head: Black 

In classic streamers, a Jungle Cock eye is usually attached, but my budget and my fellow tiers deem it unnecessary.