Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The BBB Dragon

I came up with this fly because I wasn't happy with most of the dragonfly nymphs out there.  I wanted to create a realistic wide body that was flattened dorsoventrally like the real bug.  I played around with extra weight on the sides and various other materials but eventually settled on furry foam to do the trick.  I am pretty pleased with the final product after all the tinkering.

The name BBB Dragon comes from the original inspiration for a dragonfly nymph.  A couple buddies and I had been spring fishing and doing well for bluegills but only the occasional small bass.  My friend Bert stayed later in the day than we did on the last day and finally connected with a big bass on a dragonfly the BBB (Bert's Big Bass) Dragon idea was born.

BBB Dragon
Hook: TMC 2302 #6
Thread: 6/0 Dark Brown Uni
Weight: Non-Tox Wire
Eyes: Medium Black Mono Eyes
Tail: Brown Marabou
Rib: Brown D-rib
Underbody: Furry Foam
Abdomen: SLF Dubbing Dragonfly Nymph
Wingcase: Black Thin Skin
Legs: Brown Hen Hackle
Thorax: SLF Dubbing Dragonfly Nymph

Step 1: Wrap lead underbody.

Step 2: Tie in mono eyes using figure eight wraps.

Step 3: Tie in marabou tail.

Step 4: Tie in D-rib.

Step 5: Cut to pieces of furry foam about like this.

Step 6: Tie in furry foam on side and wrap forward to near the eyes.

Step 7: Fold furry foam back and wrap over halfway down shank and trim off.

Step 8: Tie in furry foam on opposite side in the same manner.  Now you have a nice fat body.

Step 9: Dub abdomen.

Step 10: Rib body.

Step 11: Cut a notch in the thin skin and tie in.

Step 12: Tie in hen feather.

Step 13: Wrap hen hackle 1-2 turns.

Step 14: Dub thorax, tie off, and whip finish.

The BBB Dragon has proved it's effectiveness on southern Arizona bass, big trout, and bluegill.  I imagine if you threw it in front of a carp they'd gobble it up too.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Frozen Feet

My buddy Bert and I were going to try to get out fishing last Sunday but after three twelve hour shifts I couldn't stomach getting off work at 8 in the morning and heading straight to the river.  Fortunately we did get out today with Ryan tagging along.  

Bert's Box

Bert fishes the lower provo a lot and it is always fun to fish with someone on their home stretch of river.  The day started out pretty nice, sunny, no breeze and not totally freezing.  As the day progressed the wind picked up and it got colder.

Overall the fishing was pretty slow today but I did land a pig of a bow.  It was just about twenty inches  and definitely had some obesity issues.  Most of the fish we picked up today were on an olive scud or a black zebra midge.
Slab o' the Day

Frozen Guides
The best part about days like today is climbing back in the car and cranking the heater.  Sometimes though that warm car will put you right to sleep, good thing for rumble strips.  Thanks for not killing me today Bert....

Thursday, December 8, 2011

This is Fly

I was just looking at the new issue of "This is Fly". Great article for tying big baitfish flies by Thomas Harvey. Check it out.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Barr's Damsel Fly - Tying Instructions

My buddy and I got to talking about spring and bass, bluegill, and stillwaters.  One fly that really starts to work in the spring is damsel fly nymphs.  Damsel fly nymphs are just plain fun to tie.  Here is a great imitation created by John Barr.  It just looks fishy and when the fish are on damsels you need a couple in your box.

Barr's Damsel Fly Nymph

Hook: TMC 200R #10-12
Thread: 6/0 Olive Uni
Eyes: Black Medium Mono Eyes
Tail: Light Olive Marabou
Rib: 4X Monofilament
Shellback: Tan Thin Skin
Body: Olive/Tan Dubbing
Legs: Olive Mallard Flank

Step 1: Tie on mono eyes using figure eight wraps.

Step 2: Tie in marabou tail.

Step 3: Tie in monofilament rib.

Step 4: Tie in thin skin.

Step 5: Dub abdomen of fly.

Step 6: Tie in clump of mallard feathers on far side of fly.

Step 7: Tie in clump of mallard feathers on near side of fly.

Step 8: Dub thorax.

Step 9: Pull shellback over and tie off.

Step 10: Rib body and whip finish.

Finished product.
I like the olive/tan dubbing mix best but a light olive fly will work very well too.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Smell Of Skunk

I know I have gone chukar hunting twice in a row and not gotten any birds.  I am pretty sure though that I have never gone twice in a row and not flushed any birds.  After working all night and getting two hours of sleep my buddy Guy and I took his pup, Selkie, out today.  

We covered some fantastic country but it was a very uneventful day, except for Selkie trying to do cartwheels through the boulders in the creek bed.  I am gonna head back on Wednesday and try some other spots hopefully with some success pics to post.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Strange forces seem to compel us to climb mountains and stand on their peaks. Determination must be among these reasons.  After a half dozen false summits dash your hopes of finally attaining your goal something pushes you on.

Maybe, it's the spirit of adventure to see what lies beyond.  That small bit of Huck Finn in all of us.
For me the answer is more primordial.  It is a worthy adversary. A small, gray bird that flushes hard and flies fast and is earned only through sweat and boot leather. This is what encourages me to climb on.

The long, steep climb, better than any stair climber on the market.

A perfect day to be in chukar country.

Today belonged to the chukar, but fret not for very soon we will be climbing to the summit yet again.

Happy but chukarless.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Making Bugs

Got some friends together last night to whip up some stonefly nymphs and simi seal leechs.  We had a couple novices at tying and some who haven't tied a lot lately.  It was a great time and somehow we managed to pretty much finish a bottle of whiskey.

The gang. you even know what you are doing?

Homebrews and rubber legs.

Getting the hang of it.

Where did that whiskey go?

A 20 incher stone in the making.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Fly Fishing for Bass on Lake Powell

This video isn't new but it has great footage and kinda makes me wanna go fishing.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Pike Diver - Tying Instructions

This is just a modification on the dahlberg diver for pike.  It can be tied with a rabbit strip tail as well but the yak hair makes for a lighter fly that won't wear out your arm casting all day.  Yak hair is really nice to get a fly that fishes big but isn't too heavy.  There are a lot of synthetic materials out there too that you can use as a substitute to the yak hair.

Pike Diver
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S #1/0
Thread: Black Mono
Flash: Red Fire Fly
Tail: Black Yak Hair
Hackle: Black Schlappen
Body: Black Deer Hair

Step 1: Tie in flash.

Step 2: Tie in yak hair.
Step 3: Tie in schlappen.

Step 4: Wrap schlappen forward.

Step 5: Stack 1-2 bunches of hair and tie in on top of hook.

Step 6: Push hair back with hair packer and use tight wraps to push hair back.
Step 7: Spin 1-2 clumps of deer hair around hook shank.  Push plastic baggie over eye of hook.

Step 7: Spin 1-2 more clumps of deer hair around hook shank.

Step 8: Your fly will now look something like this.

Step 9: Trim diver head back to plastic baggie.  Trim bottom of fly flat.

Step 10: Tear baggie off of hook.

Step 11: Trim in deer hair collar.

Step 12: Tie off.  Some finished divers.
When tying this fly make sure and use strong thread and use tight wraps to secure materials to fly as pike beat the hell out of flies.  When spinning the hair hold in place and first make a loose wrap followed by a second loose wrap and the pull down hard and release the hair to flair it.  The baggie trick works great for tying divers.  I got the technique from Charlie Craven and the only disadvantage is sometimes the baggie remnants are still visible on the fly but the fish don't care.  Go fish!