Sunday, February 28, 2010

New C & F Fly Box Mid Size - All Things Little Fly Box

Just bought a new C & F fly box, this is the new mid size box. This box will hold some bugs. I'm going to use as my All things little Box(midge box). This box has 768 slots for flies, I have some work to do. I'm organize by color in this box. I think C & F make the best fly box on the market. They are expensive but in my eyes well worth it. The only draw back to these boxes is if you loose one, you will cry!!! Knock on wood I have never lost a fly box

Sides 1 & 2
Side 1
Side 1
Side 4
Side 3

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Tying Steps for "D" Rib Golden Stone Nymph

Step By Step Tutorial for the "D" Rib Golden Stone Nymph. This nymph was designed for the South Platte River here in Colorado. Mainly the Cheeseman Canyon section. This nymph is working great any where you find golden stone nymphs. I typically fish this nymph as a upper fly on a 2 fly nymph rig. Or I will fish it as the middle fly on a 3 fly nymph rig. The fly is fished dead drift bouncing along the bottom. Enjoy

Material list
Hook: 2xl nymph hook - Sizes 12 thru 16
Thread: Yellow 6/0 or 8/0
Markers: Sharpie Marigold and Sharpie Brown
Weight: Flat lead tape
Tail: Gold Goose biots
Abdomen: Light Golden Stone "D" rib - Size 12 and above medium, size 14 and smaller small
Wing case: Rainy's Stretch flex Golden stone Color - Size 12 and above 5/32" width, Size 14 and smaller 1/8" width
Dubbing: Tannish yellow mixed with a little UV Ice dubbing
Legs: Natural Partridge

Step 1: Put hook in vise, cut a narrow strip of lead tape. Wrap lead tape around hook, double layer at thorax region of fly. Leave bare shank at the eye of the hook and at the point above the barb.

Step 2: Put on a layer of yellow thread on lead tape. With a smooth jawed pair of needle noose pliers flatten out lead tape.

Step 3: Tie in the gold goose biots, one on each side. Tail length should be around 1/2 shank length long. Trim the tails at the tie in point.

Step 4: Tie in the "D" rib along the hook shank. Keep it on the side of the hook. Tie in "d" facing the hook shank. Build up a tapered body with the thread.

Step 5: Using the markers color the top half of the abdomen. 1st color is marigold, color the whole top half of the abdomen. The with the brown marker create a modeling effect on the top half of the abdomen.

Step 6: Wrap the "d" rib forward. Help create the taper with the stretch of the "d" rib

Step 7: Tie in the wing case material. Bind down to the 1/2 way point of the hook shank. If you ran your abdomen far enough forward you should be tying down the wing case material on to the abdomen material.

Step 8: Dub a small amount of dubbing. dub to the mid point of the thorax.

Step 9: Prepare a partridge feather by cutting out the "v". Install the legs one bunch on each side of dubbing ball. Tips should go just past the back of the dubbing.

Step 10: Pull wing case material forward and bind down. Wrap forward just a little.

Step 11: Pull the wing case back toward the back of the fly and bind down. Bind down just to the front of the dubbing ball.

Step 12: Create another dubbing ball at the front of the thorax. Leave a little more room than usual at the eye of the hook. Then install another partridge feather for legs. On a size 16 "d" rib golden stone nymph I do not create the double wing case. One wing case and one set of legs.

Step 13: Pull wing case material forward and tie off, cut excess material off. Bind down and whip finish the head of the fly. Fly almost done.

Step 14: Notice the golden stone scud back is a little light in color. Take the Marigold marker and darken the scud back. Make sure you darken the thread head with marigold marker. Also take the brown marker and model the back of the wing case.

Finished fly from the top

Finished fly from the bottom.

If you have any questions or comments please post.

More pictures with new camera

Playing around with new camera. This time around I set the custom AWB setting. I think these pictures look better. With the camera software I'm only playing with exposure. Getting better long ways to go

Saturday, February 20, 2010

New Camera Pentax Optio W80 waterproof

Received my new camera in the mail on Friday. I bought a Pentax Optio W80 Waterproof 12 mp. So far I'm rather pleased with the camera. I'm really liking the macro mode on the camera. All these pictures are take with one of the two macro modes on the camera. There is a macro mode and a super macro mode. All these pictures where taken with me holding the camera. I'm still having some struggles getting the colors correct and the lighting correct. I can't wait to take this camera on a fishing trip, don't know if I will test the waterproof feature. The one feature of this camera I really want to try is the HD video. I will need some extra battery's for this camera the battery life is not good.

Meat and potato box
Golden Stone Nymph
Phesant tail nymph
Mayfly box

Sunday, February 14, 2010

2010 West Denver TU Tying Clinic Re cap

Spent the day tying flies with some of the best fly tiers around. West Denver TU tying clinic is one of my highlights of the year. I look forward to this event every year. This year line up was star studded. Wish I had spent some more time out looking at what other tiers where tying.

Tying next to Juan Ramirez and John Gordon
Got Hoppers!!

Tied up a bunch of the Golden Stone nymphs

Also with tungsten coffee bead

Razor foam Stimi

Getting Ready for the spring thaw on the still water

Been working on my still water box. Herm Degala's callibaetis nymph is a killer. This nymph is amazing. I will tie it in two colors, olive and a tan. Also check out his web site, the coolest site for flies out there.

Friday, February 12, 2010

West Denver TU Tying Clinic Februray 13th 2010

Setting here getting ready for a fun day of tying at West Denver TU Fly tying Clinic on Saturday Feb. 13th. Stop by and say hey. Still trying to figure out what I'm going to tie. I will surprise every one on Saturday with the fly selection.