Sunday, January 31, 2010

Yong Special

Yong Special

This pattern has been around for a while. The fly originated by Andy Kim. A very simple pattern to tie but very effective in the water. With all the midge patterns out there today how do you choose what to fish with. I like patterns that are simple to tie, also very durable. This pattern meets both requirements. Also a bonus with this fly, you buy a spool of Coats & Clark thread and you tie a lifetime of flies. If this pattern is tied correctly it creates a highly segmented body. This is how I tie the fly, the original pattern is tied a little different. Thanks to Norm Frechette for heads up for this link. Hear is a link to an article written by Rick Takahashi with tying instructions.
There are many colors of thread available. These are some of the colors I like from left to right. Metallic white, summer brown, olive, cream & tan. Here are the steps and a few helpful hints in tying the Yong Special.
Material List
Hook: TMC 101 size 18 thru 24
Thread: 10/0 white
Abdomen: Coats and Clark thread - your color of choice
Head: Black marker
Step 1 - Start your thread behind the eye of the hook. Tie in the Coats & Clark thread. Keep your tying thread really flat.
Step 2 - Tie the thread down all the way to the bend of the hook. keeping a flat smooth under body.

Step 3 - Wrap the Coats & Clark thread forward. Before wrapping forward, cord up the thread by spinning clockwise. If you cord up the thread tightly you will get the highly segmented body.
Step 4 - Tie of the Coats & Clark thread. Color your thread with a black marker, create the head of the fly. Whip finish and cement.
Finished fly brown
Finished fly olive

Give this pattern a try, simple to tie. Simple materials, highly effective in the water

Sunday, January 17, 2010

1/17/10 Cheesman Canyon

Let me start off by saying today was one of the most beautiful days for fishing I have had in January. Arrived at the parking lot with a friend at 7:00am temp was 27 degrees. Geared up and headed for mid river. This little rainbow was the first fish of the day. Flows for Cheesman Canyon where at 198 cfs. We did not see another person until around noon. That was sum what surprising considering how nice of a day it was.

As the day warmed up so did the fishing. Fish where moving into the riffles, me and Chris fished this shelf drop off and hooked up quite a few fish on the drop off.

Close up of the first fish of the day
Another beautiful rainbow
The fly of the day, Tan Youngs midge. Also my Golden stone nymph is a size 16 was tearing it up.
Hook: TMC101 size 24
Thread: 10/0 white
Abdomen: Coats and Clark thread tan
Head: White thread colored with black marker

Monday, January 11, 2010

2010 Fly Fishing Show Recap

Well the Fly Fishing show is now over, it was a great weekend. Spent the last three days tying next to Lori Nicolas of Anglers All what neat Lady. I got to know hear a little bit over the years shopping at Anglers All. Her passion for fly fishing and tying is amazing, you could see the excitement in her when someone stopped and asked her a questions. It was a blast sitting next to her. Got to tie a lot of flies over the 3 days, the main pattern tied was my Golden Stone nymph.

Spent a little time taking to Juan Ramirez, it just amazing how much our tying styles are a like. I still think his hopper pattern is the best out there.

Also had the honor of sitting next to Mike Tucker, let me say this he is one of the most amazing tiers I have met. His work is out of this world.

The high light of the weekend for me was being invited to tying in Albuquerque by Deward Youcum. He invited me to tie next fall at there equivalent to the West Denver TU tying clinic. Spent a little time talking to Deward, what a neat guy. The only thing I wish was I could have spent more time looking at what the other tiers where working on.

Can't wait for next year

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Sorry for the lack of actitivity

I'm still around, sorry for the lack of activity on the blog. I had a water pipe break Christmas Eve, had to re-do the whole shower in my main bath. This has taken up a lot of my time hear of late. 5 person household in one bath room, not to much fun. Will be putting the final touches on the new cermic tile on Friday nght.

Just a reminder I will be tying at the Fly Fishing Show all weekend. Please stop in and say hi.