Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sprout Tying Instructions

Tying parachutes can be a little tricky to get the hang of.  I think crowding the head with hackle and having the post collapse are two big problems when learning to tie them.  I like to tie with the foam posts because they don't collapse easily.  Not crowding the head comes from tying off the hackle correctly and not crowding the head.


Sprout - Trout Fly
Mahogany Dun colors pictured

Hook: TMC 2486 #14-16
Thread: Rusty Brown 6/0
Parachute Post: Rainy's 1/16 parachute post
Tail: Amber Zelon
Body: Turkey Biot
Hackle: Grizzly Dyed Brown
Thorax: Superfine Dubbing - Mahogany Dun

Step 1: Tie in parachute post.

Step 2: Make several wraps in front of the post to get it upright.
Also, take a couple wraps around the post.

Step 3: Tie in Zelon tail.

Step 4: Tie in turkey biot and coat the thread with head cement.

Step 5: Wrap turkey biot forward.

Step 6: Tie in hackle.  Take a couple wrap around the post as well so it is oriented up.

Step 7: Dub thorax.

Step 8: Wrap hackle.  Pull hackle straight down and then sweep back fibers to tie off.

Step 9: Tie of hackle and whip finish.

I really like to coat the thread before I wrap the turkey biot for improved durability.  You can wrap the turkey biot in either direction to get a smooth body or a segmented body, the fish don't care so do whichever you like.  Tying the hackle off is probably the trickest component of the fly.  Before you tie it off pull the hackle straight down away from the eye, sweep the fibers back, place hackle at tie off point right where the dubbing ended and tie off.  If you can keep the hackle right on top of the hook you can trim it off and have few, if any, hackle fibers clogging the eye of the fly.  

Let me know if you have questions Mac, hope this helps.  Tie this fly in PMD, BWO, Green Drake, etc. colors.  The reason I tied mahogany dun colors is cause I need to stock some in the box.

Some of the pics are a bit blurry but you can figure it out.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Things my fiance loves....

She loves it when I tie flies with ice wing, craft fur, yak hair, or angel hair.  If I can combine them all in one fly then she really loves it.  I can tell how much she loves it because she yells from the other room "How in the hell did the dogs get all covered in sparkly green shit?"  I better get a broom cause there is fly tying debris everywhere.

The Big-Eye Baitfish
I attached the you tube link for tying this bad boy from the oregon fly fishing blog.  The only thing I added was angel hair and a glass of maker's mark with ice.  Have at it.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Meat Whistle Tying Instructions

The meat whistle is a great bass fly.  A lot of people use it for trout and pike as well.  I am getting the boxes stocked because bass fishing is going to get good soon.


Meat Whistle - Bass, Pike, Trout Fly


Hook: TFS 5444 #1/0
Thread: Black 6/0 Mono
Cone: Large Gold Tungsten
Rib: Black Wire (Brassie size)
Body: Purple Diamond Braid
Tail/Overwing: Black Rabbit Strip
Legs: Black Crazy Legs
Collar: Black Marabou
Dubbing: Black Hare's Ear


Step 1: Build up thread dam near eye of the hook.

Step 2: Add hard-as-hull and slide cone forward.

Step 3: Tie in wire and diamond braid.

Step 4: Wrap diamond braid.

Step 5: Pierce rabbit strip, slide down hook bend, and tie off  at the end of diamond braid.

Step 6: Rib rabbit strip and body with wire.

Step 7: Tie in three pair of black rubber legs on both side of hook.

Step 8: Wrap marabou collar.
Step 9: Dub area covering marabou butts and whip finish.
When you rib the body take care not to trap any rabbit fur.  I usually thread the wire through the rabbit by "poking" it through down near the hide.  Feel free to add flash as well.  When I add flash I tie it in right after I tie in the rubber legs.  Get creative with colors on this fly I like rust and olive as well as black.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Pirate Hooker Tying Instructions

Bert here you go.  The original is tied on a bigger hook in black and purple but you can mix and match the materials as you like.  This version is tied more to represent a crawfish and on a smaller hook for smallies.  

Pirate Hooker - Bass Fly

Hook: TFS 5444 #2
Thread: 140 UTC Dark Brown
Eyes: Red Barbell Eyes
Tail: Rust Rabbit Strip
Flash: Copper Krystal Flash
Body: UV Polar Chenille Rusty Copper
Skirt: Brown/Orange Flake Crazy Legs
Collar: Cross Cut Rust Rabbit Strip
Head: Orange Swisher's Rub a Dub


Step 1: Tie in eyes.

Step 2: Pierce rabbit strip with hook.

Step 3: Remove hook, slide rabbit strip down and tie in.

Step 4: Tie in krystal flash

Step 5: Tie in chenille body, sweeping fibers back as you go.

Step 6: Cut crazy legs in half.

Step 7: Tie in entire half of crazy legs around circumference of hook.

Step 8: Tie and wrap cross cut rabbit collar.

Step 9: Make dubbing loop and insert orange rub a dub.

Step 10: Wrap head and whip finish.
Ready for some Pelican Lake action!!!!!!!  I bet it'd crush on Deer Creek and Rockport too.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Parker Canyon Lake

Headed out early today, fueled by some awful coffee from the QT, to Parker Canyon to catch some trout.  Fishing was good, real good.  It was kinda like those big fish tanks they have at outdoor shows or the fair that they let kids under 12 fish.  It doesn't take long to start and feel a little bit bad for the fish.  The trout were in schools so you just had to look around and find them.  The dogs could see the fish too and thought they'd try and catch some on their own.  They reminded me of stripers pushing a bait ball around.  I guess that adds a little challenge to catching them when you have two dogs swimming around after them trying to do likewise.
Parker Canyon Lake

Synchronized Swimming
No they didn't end up catching any but they got a good swim out of it.
School of trout
Not sure how well you can see but in the last pic is a school of like twenty trout all schooled up, it helps if you zoom in.  No fish worth taking pictures of, typical size for southern AZ lakes.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Chrome Seeking Missiles

Unfortunately I am not the one going fishing but I have some buddies heading up to Idaho to look for steel in the next week or so.  Here are some of the flies I am sending their way.

Beech Crick
Black Jumbo John
Black and Blue Jumbo John
Psycho Prince
Sorry if some of the pics are a little fuzzy, my camera sucks.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Flashback Pheasant Tail Tying Instructions

Here is how I tie this classic trout fly.  This fly is great as a dropper and works pretty much everywhere. You can use pretty much any material for the flashback, i.e. tinsel or flashabou.  Experiment with how wide you like it.  The flashback on this fly is wider than I like but it was easier to see in photos.  The other thing that may be new to some is twisting the peacock herl around the thread.  I do this every time I tie with peacock herl because it is fairly fragile.

Flashback Pheasant Tail - Trout Fly
Hook: TMC 3761 #14-18
Bead: Copper Tungsten 3/32"
Thread: 6/0 Camel Brown
Tail: Pheasant Tail
Rib: Copper Wire
Flashback: Pearlescent Sheeting
Body: Pheasant Tail
Thorax: Peacock Herl
Legs: Pheasant Tail

Step 1: Tie in tail and wrap remaining pheasant tail forward.

Step 2: Tie in copper wire and then flashback material.
Step 3: Fold pheasant tail back and wrap over.
Step 4: Wrap pheasant tail body.
Step 5: Pull flashback over and tie down but do not clip. Rib body.
Step 6: Tie in peacock herl.  Wrap herl around thread to strengthen it.
Step 7: Wrap herl, pull flashback forward, and whip finish.

Step 8: Tie in 4-5 pheasant tails on each side of fly for legs.  Tie off.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011