Friday, April 26, 2013

Hogan's Good and Plenty Caddis Pupa

This caddis pupa has become one of my favorite dropper flies throughout the summer.  It is an easy tie. I am not 100% how much my version differs from Hogan Brown's original but it work well on the Provo, Weber, and South Fork.  I tie it in green and amber.

Good n' Plenty - Trout Fly
Hook: TMC 2487 #12-18
Thread: Uni 6/0 Olive
Bead: Black Tungsten
Rib: Chartreuse Holo Tinsel
Body: Mercer's Buggy Dubbing
Legs: Black Pheasant Tail
Wing: Light Blue or Pearl Krystal Flash
Collar: Black Ostrich Herl


Step 1: Slide bead on hook.


Step 2: Tie in holo tinsel for rib.  You could use chartreuse wire as well.


Step 3: Dub tapered body.


Step 4: Rib body with tinsel.


Step 5: Tie in four pheasant tails on far side of hook.


Step 6: Tie in four more pheasant tails on near side of hook.


Step 7: Fold a piece of krystal flash in half and tie in for wings.  Trim to roughly body length.


Step 8: Tie in ostrich herl and make 3-4 wraps for thorax.  Whip finish.


This is the top view.

The original fly has 6-8 strands of krystal flash for the wing but just the two seem to work for me.  I think it also has a tail but caddis don't have tails or maybe I'm just lazy.  Tie some up and try 'em out.  You won't be disappointed.  


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A Deliberate Life Trailer

I already pre-ordered my copy.  Looks awesome.



Seasons


 If you asked me my what my favorite season is I'd without a doubt tell you fall.  I love fall but I am really enjoying spring.  I think I enjoy spring so much because of the anticipation of warmer days, bigger flies, and tomatoes that don't taste like wax.





I think one of the harbingers of spring for me is the skwalla.  It is an underrated hatch for sure and the fish will eat both nymphs and dries.  I know the olive hatch signals spring for many but if you've fished a good olive hatch here in Utah it sure as shit doesn't feel like spring...more like a blizzard.







Here is a fatty from the Weber my buddy nailed on a skwalla nymph the other day.  The bow is the fatty....


Another bonus in spring is when a cold beer starts to taste better than a hot cup of coffee.


This brown fell to a pig sticker...yeah I fish worms and like to catch whitefish...sue me!

Caught some more trout while trying to stick whitefish.  Oh well at least they fight well and looked pretty.  This brown ate a deep blue poison tung.  If you want to see how to tie it check Charlie's Fly Box online which one of the best resources out there if you tie.

Cheers!  Glad to get out the last couple days with some good friends and catch some fish.  Also for all my friends reading this I am WAY ahead on the season whitefish tally so you'd better get to work.