Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Flashtail Clouser Tying Instructions

There isn't much to say about this fly.  It's a classic, it's easy to tie and it works.

Flashtail Clouser
Hook: TMC 811S #2/0-8
Thread: White Flat Waxed Nylon
Eyes: Lead Eyes
Tail: Flashabou, Polar Flash, etc.
Underwing: Bucktail
Flash (optional): Krystal Flash
Overwing Bucktail

Step 1. Lay thread base for eyes.

Step 2. Tie in eyes using x-wraps.

Step 3. Tie in a bunch of flashabou.

Step 4. Tie in underwing and wrap to eye.

Step 5. Pull bucktail over eye and tie down.

Step 6. Clip excess bucktail.

Step 7. Invert hook.  Fold krystal flash around thread.

Step 8. Wrap thread over krystal flash.

Step 9. Tie in bucktail overwing.

Step 10. Clip excess bucktail.

Step 11. Wrap over remaining butts.  Whip finish.  Cement.

Try any number of color combinations.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Close Enough

It was time to go and do some fishing.  Most of southern AZ is shut down in the fishing department except a few spots.  I was thinking maybe, just maybe the bass would be on the topwater grab.  Unfortunately I was wrong and didn't catch a single bass, on top or down deep.  Hey I still got out and nailed a ton of bluegill on topwater so it's close enough and at least I was fishing.

The gills destroyed my popper.  It was non stop action...a fish every cast.  Nothing big but it beats sitting on the coach or studying.  Hopefully the monsoons come soon that usually gets the bass looking up.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Blazing Prince

It's hot in Tucson, there aren't a whole lot of fishing options right now, and school has been pretty busy.  The good news is I have been playing around on the vise.  This fly is one I am super happy with.  I have been playing around with "hot spots" on flies.  The name of this fly was inspired by all the news stories of the forest fires as it kind of reminds me of the ash covered ground with the flames at the edge.  Give it a try.

Blazing Prince - Trout Fly
Hook: TMC 3761 #14-16
Thread: Black 6/0 Uni
Bead: Black Tungsten Bead, 7/64 for the #14 and 3/32 for the #16
Tail: Black Pheasant Tail
Rib: Gold Wire
Body: Black Hare's Ear Dubbing
Wing: White Goose Biots
Collar: Black CDC
Hot Spot: Fluorescent Orange Thread

All right enough with the little flies....time to tie some big, floaticous, deer hair bugs and go see if the bass are looking for top water!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

River Rats In Training....

Sometimes in Tucson in the summer you get bored and start digging through old pictures.  I found a couple that made me want to get back to Idaho and spend some time on the river.

This is the lower Henry's Fork before the days of the case you are wondering I'm the one with no shirt on.

This one was taken on the South Fork.  It was just my dad, brother and I.  We spent the night in the canyon back when catching a rainbow was really unusual and designated camping spots didn't exist.  It was one of the best evenings of caddis fishing I have ever had.  The raft is still in great shape and I can't wait to get on a river again.

Friday, June 10, 2011

CDC Cripple Tying Instructions

The plan is coming together for a big trip to the South Fork of the Snake it late August with some good, good buddies.  This is a standard on the South Fork.  Pinkish Pale Morning Duns on the South Fork are probably the most dependable hatch I know of.  The South Fork of the Boise has some pinkies too so if you are coming to Idaho in the summer tie some up.

Pink Cahill CDC Cripple - Trout Fly
Hook: TMC 100 #16-18
Thread: 8/0 Uni Light Cahill
Tail: Mallard Dyed Woodduck and Brown Antron
Body: Pink Cahill Goose Biot
Thorax: Pink Cahill Dubbing
Wing: Natural Dun CDC
Hackle: Cream Hackle

Step 1: Start thread on hook.

Step 2: Tie in mallard flank feathers.

Step 3: Tie in a small amount of brown antron yarn.

Step 4: Tie in goose biot by the tip.  Hit the thread with head cement.

Step 5: Wrap goose biot body.

Step 6: Dub thorax.

Step 7: Tie in two cdc feathers facing forward and clip butts as shown.

Step 8: Tie in hackle, wrap it and whip finish.
One key thing for me when tying flies with goose or turkey biots is to coat the thread wrap with head cement and wrap the biot over it.  For me this adds a lot of durability to the fly.  

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Smells Like Burning

The situation in AZ isn't looking so good.  They closed the Coronado National Forest severely limiting the fishing opportunities in the southern part of the state.
Hopefully they get the Wallow fire under control soon.

Look for some more fly tying posts cause I think the fishing will be slightly limited for a while.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The MFC Madison Goes Slumming

I received a free reel from MFC a while ago and finally got around to getting a line on it and taking it for a ride.  The plan was to make a long day and try and get a couple apache trout but the gas pump decided to crush that idea.  Besides you can't really test the drag on a reel on trout......hmmm....what to do.  Yup, go chase some carp on a 5 wt.

 Fly selection when slumming is fairly difficult.  Basically you want a fly that the fish you are targeting (in this case carp) will eat as well as anything else in the lake with fins.  Is the backstabber the greatest slumming fly around?  I can't say for sure but it is on a short list that includes the rubber legged dragon and the woolly bugger.

 This particular fishery is a dirty bitch.  You don't see carp you see signs of carp like bubbles and ripply water.  Today was pretty good and in a couple hours I managed two carp weighing in around 5 lbs. each. The drag on the madison was smooth like butter and handled both fish nicely.  The fish however didn't have any inclination to stick around for a photo shoot and being netless they won that debate.

I really like the reel handle.  It is flat but not overly bulky to nail you in the knuckles when you hook into a big carp.  If you like flat handles check out this reel.

The beauty of slumming is you can hook up with anything.......

The backstabber even works on channel cats.  This is a first for me and who knows this could be the first catfish caught on a MFC reel.  I am betting the R&D group didn't target catfish.

Carp fishing with this good looking of a reel is like pulling into the trailer park with a tricked out Chevy pickup complete with woofers blaring Kid Rock....bad ass!  Thanks MFC and OBN!!  Stayed tuned with the price of gas I am sure there are many more adventures in slumming in the near future.

 Check the reels out here.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ice Dub Z-Wing Caddis Tying Instructions

This fly a great fly created by a great tyer (Mike Mercer).  If fishing seems a little slow during the "dog days" this summer give this fly a try.  It works great as a dropper below a hopper or fat albert.

Ice Dub Z-Wing Caddis - Trout Fly

Hook: TMC 2487 #14-18
Thread: Black 6/0 Uni
Bead: Copper Tungsten Bead
Rib: Chartreuse Wire (Small)
Shellback: Turkey Tail Feather
Body: Caddis Green Ice Dub
Wing Buds: Cream Antron Yarn
Thorax: Black Peacock Ice Dub

Step 1: Tie in chartreuse wire.

Step 2: Tie in turkey tail.

Step 3: Dub body.

Step 4: Pull turkey feather forward and tie off.

Step 5: Clip turkey and rib body.
Step 6: Tie in antron on one side of fly.  This is a view from the top of the fly.

Step 7: Fold antron to opposite side of body and tie off.

Step 8: Dub thorax.

Step 9: Clip zelon.

Finished fly.

I think olive is my best color for this fly but it works in tan as well.  A chartreuse version could be effective too but I haven't tried one.  This is an easy tie and when the fish are on caddis it almost should be illegal.