Monday, January 31, 2011

In training......

I am not sure how many days until bird season opens but I do know it is way too many!!

Cholla is definitely getting her retrieving to hand dialed in.  I know where we'll be come the blue grouse opener in Utah.  I'm sure Orvis will be more than happy to teach her the finer parts of finding 'em and flushing 'em.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Pena Blanca

Winter in Southern Arizona, high forecasted 65F, what to do?  Yeah they are stocker bows, but being able to fish without becoming hypothermic despite sitting in a float tube with leaky waders in January doesn't suck.

I wish I had fins that weren't all rubbed short.......
Flies of the day were the simi seal leech and a small red copper john.  It was a fun day to get out.  Pena Blanca is a pretty little lake and it looks like a hella good area for quail hunting too.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Carp Chew Toy

Here is a carp fly I came up with using Chewee Skin.  It is pretty cool stuff and works anytime you want a nice segmented body.  I tied up a bunch of bonefish flies using it and have seen stonefly patterns incorporating it to.  This fly is tied on a heavy, curved scud hook with bead chain eyes so it's tail rides up in the water. The idea comes from Lance Egan's headstand carp fly and that dude crushes on carp.

Carp Chew Toy - Carp Fly
Hook: TMC 2457 #8
Thread: Dark Brown 6/0 Uni
Eyes: Medium Bead Chain Eyes
Tail: MFC Brown Centipede Legs
Body: Rust U.V. Chewee Skin
Thorax: Brown Swisher's Rub a Dub
Hackle: Orange Pheasant Rump
Here is how the fly should sit in the water with the rubber legs up and outta the muck.

Chewee Skin - Good Stuff

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Turneffe Crab Tying Instructions

I really couldn't find good instructions for this pattern online so I figured I'd post my variation.  I have a couple buddies heading to Belize in May and being stuck in school I volunteered to tie them some flies so at least part of me can go.  Here is how I tie this pattern.  It was originated by Craig Matthews owner of Blue Ribbon Flies which is one of the best fly shops I have ever been to, if you are in West Yellowstone you gotta stop in. 

Turneffe Crab - Permit/Bonefish Fly
Hook: TMC 811S #2-4
Thread: Tan 6/0 Uni
Eyes: Medium Brass Dumbell Eyes
Body: Cream Furry Foam
Legs: MFC Tan Barred Rubber Legs.
Wing: Elk Hair
Cement: Hard as Hull

Step 1: Tie in dumbell eyes

Step 2: Cut furry foam to a taper.

Step 3: Tie in furry foam on the underside of the hook

Step 4: Invert hook and tie in 4 rubber legs at the point of the dumbell eye

Step 5: Fold furry foam over and tie down

Step 6: Tie in elk hair wing

Step 7: Whip finish and trim head

Step 8: Coat all thread on underside of fly with hard as hull

This is the permit's eye view of the fly.  It is a pretty simple fly the only tricky part is tying the furry foam in centered on the underside of the fly.  Also I'd recommend omitting step #8 if your buddies are going to Belize without you so all the flies fall apart, that way you don't have to hear about all the fish they caught.  

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Hopper Juan: Tungsten Glossy Back Baetis Tutorial

Here is a link to what looks like a really great baetis pattern.  The tutorial was done by Juan Ramirez who has a fantastic site for fly tying...several cool videos and great pics too.  Check his site out it's good stuff.

Photo by: Jay Beyer

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Rubber-Legged Dragon Tying Instructions

Here is my favorite bluegill fly.  Yeah I know they will eat anything but the sooner you catch your limit for fish tacos the sooner you can fish for bass and this one outfishes all the other flies I use for bluegill.  This fly was originated by Carter Nelson.

Carter's Rubber-Legged Dragon - Bluegill Fly
Hook: TMC 5262 #10
Thread: Olive Uni 6/0
Eyes: Medium Gold Beadchain Eyes
Tail: Olive Arctic Fox
Body: Olive Chenille
Legs: Barred Chartreuse Rubber Legs
Hackle: Olive Grizzly Hen Hackle
Head: Olive Dubbing

Step 1: Tie in eyes using figure eight wraps.

Step 2: Tie in tail
Step 3: Tie in chenille.  Tie in rubber legs on both sides of the body at the two-thirds point on the shank.

Step 4: Wrap chenille.  One wrap will go right over where you tied in the rubber legs.

Step 5: Tie in and wrap hen hackle.

Step 6: Dub head and whip finish.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Dry Fly Fishing: Silver Creek, Idaho Brown Drakes

I wonder if I can get out of school for a week in June......stupid school always gets in the way of fishing. Thinking about "the creek" makes me want to go on a fishing trip with my brother.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Pirate Hooker

Here is a new bass fly I came up with. It is mostly modifications on a basic theme of a jig style fly.

The Pirate Hooker - Bass Fly
Hook: #1/0 TFS jig hook
Thread: Black Mono
Eyes: Large Eye Balz
Tail: Black Magnum Rabbit Strip
Flash: Silver Flashabou
Body: Purple UV Polar Chenille
Legs: Purple/Blue Crazy Legs
Collar: Black Cross Cut Rabbit
Head: Black Rub-A-Dub

Smelly Pirate Hooker Variation: Soak fly in a can of tuna before fishing...Delicious!!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Grass Carp Fly

So we are at the craft store looking for some stuff my fiance's veil and BAM. It's like pulling up to the launch and having your buddy say "why don't you let me be on the oars all day...and just let me know whenever you need a cold one." I've been trying to figure out some sort of fake grass to tie a fly for the grass carp in the urban ponds around Tucson and there it is right in front of me.

A little foam and this bad boy should do the trick.

I also scored enough foam to keep my brother and Ryan in Fat Alberts for a weekend on the Green...well maybe not that many. Flies seems to dissolve in water when those two fish together but it's still a shitoad of foam.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Driftin' Beartrap

You gotta love people from Montana. I never saw a reason to have a paddle in a drift boat....until now!!!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Parachute Hopper: Tying Instructions

When I was up in Idaho and Utah over the break I found myself dreaming about fishing and not the Green or the Henry's Fork but some of the little creeks up in the Uintas, you know the kind where a twelve inch cutty is a hawg. I think this hopper is about my favorite fly to fish on those little creeks but it also crushes on the Green and the Ranch and still floats good enough to hang a heavy dropper off of it. I had great luck with it this summer on some of the creeks up on the rim.

Hook: TMC 200R #10-12
Thread: Light Cahill 6/0 Uni
Tail: Copper Krystal Flash
Rib: Single Strand Red Floss
Body: Tannish Yellow Dubbing
Wing: Deer Hair
Legs: Red Pheasant Tail - Knotted
Post: Poly Yarn
Hackle: Grizzly

Step 1: Tie in three strands of Krystal Flash and clip short.
Step 2: Tie in floss.
Step 3: Dub body and rib with floss.
Step 4: Tie in wing.
Step 5: Tie in matching knotted pheasant tail fibers on opposing sides of body.

Now your fly should look like this. Make sure and cut the hair at a nice angle and cover all the butts with thread so you have a nice taper to put your post on .

Step 6: Tie in post and grizzly hackle.
Step 7: Dub thorax.
Step 8: Wrap hackle, tie off and whip finish.

Here is the finished fly. I like to wrap 5-7 turns
of grizzly hackle on them so they float really well and I can fish a copper john or similar nymph off them as a dropper. You can change the dubbing color to match your local bugs.

Happy Tying.