Monday, October 10, 2016

Sagey Skwala Nymph

I got again last weekend to fill my last Utah sage grouse tag.  I have always liked to use feathers from birds for fly tying.  This is a skwala nymph that has worked very well for me the last couple of years.
This fly is basically a variation of the 20 incher stone.  It works like a champ in April and May on the middle Provo and the Weber.

The Sagey Skwala

Hook: Daiichi 1730 #8
Thread: Olive UTC 140
Antenna: Tan Goose Biots
Bead 1: Gold Tungsten 7/64
Bead 2: MFC Coffee Lucent Bead 5/32
Wire: Lead Free .035
Tail: Tan Goose Biots
Rib: Yellow Tinsel
Abdomen: SLF Red Fox Squirrel (Thorax)
Wing Case: Mottled Olive Thin Skin
Legs: Sage Grouse Body Feather
Thorax: Olive Brown Ice Dub
Epoxy: Clear Cure Goo Hydro




I love getting out and hunting sage grouse.  Such an iconic bird and symbol of the west.  Zephyr has been great so far this year.  Well with the exception of ranging a little to far from time to time.

Step 1: Slide on the 7/64 gold bead.
 Step 2: Tie in a tan goose biot on both sides of the fly.

 Step 3: Slide on the 5/32 coffee bead and "hop the thread over it" make sure and leave a gap.

 Step 4: Wrap on you lead wire.

 Step 5: Tie in two tail biots and the yellow tinsel.

Step 6: Dub the abdomen of the fly.
Step 7: Rib the abdomen.
Step 8: Tie in your thin skin.
 Step 9: Prep your sage grouse feather and clip out the tip.

Step 10: Tie in your first set of legs.
Step 11: Dub the thorax of the fly.
Step 12 : Tie in the second set up legs.  They may look a bit unruly but will fold back nicely with the thin skin.


 Step 13: Dub a little more ice dub. Whip finish and apply CCG to the thin skin.

Here is the view of the fly from above.  I also really like this fly in all black in a size 10 or in golden stone colors in a size 6.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Raccoon Piss

Sometimes you name a fly to be witty or funny.  This bug's name has some real meaning.  A year ago a couple buddies and I hit the Green River in Wyoming.  We fished hard and caught some good fish.  One night after imbibing in a bottle of brown liquor we all hit the bed.  Unfortunately, the food storage plan involved putting all the food on the hood of my pickup.  Needless to say I was awaken by a pack of ravenous coons destroying our food stores in addition to my truck hood.  On that trip we fished some backwaters where you didn't want a huge streamer just something pretty light.  As they say necessity is the mother of invention.

The Raccoon Piss

Hook: Diachii 1750
Eyes: Hareline Double Pupil Lead Eyes
Dubbing: Ice Dub
Legs: Crazy Legs
Wing: Rabbit Strip
Flash: Angel Hair or Flashabou
Head: Craft Fur


Best dumbbell eyes on the market! Period!

Step 1: Secure dumbbell eyes on the top of hook shank.


Step 2: Put some ice dub in a dubbing loop. 

Step 3: Wrap body.

 Step 4: Tie in some crazy legs.
 
Step 5: Pierce a rabbit hide, pull over body and tie off.
 
Step 6: Tie in some flash for the overwing.
 

Step 7: Spin some craft fur up in a dubbing loop.

 Step 8: Make a mess....i.e. wrap that dubbing loop.





















Step 9: Brush the crap outta the head and trim it up nice.

The next step is go fish.  Also one last piece of advice for camping in coon country.  They won't eat swedish fish.  Trust me on this one.  So....hit Costco, getcha some swedish fish and fish care free.

On Point Chasing Sage Hens

I got to spend last Saturday out in the sage grouse sea chasing birds.  I grew up hunt the high sage a lot and it still holds a special place in my heart.  I haven't hunted with my buddy Jay in quite and while and his son Eli also drew tags. 



We hunted really hard for several hours without so much as getting a point out of the dogs.  We only had a hour or so left but we decided to check one last were we had seen birds in the past.  I'm glad we did.  Zephyr went on point within minutes.  It was great scenting conditions and his first point was a least a hundred yards out.



We all ended up tagging one bird.  Here in Utah you can get two each so Eli and I will be out to chase them this weekend. 


Super proud of my little dude, Zephyr.  He is turning into quite the bird dog in the start of his second season hunting.