Saturday, March 27, 2010

Shrimp foil Scud

Been playing around with a couple new materials to me. I was given a few pieces of light olive pearl shrimp foil. Then I bought some Natures Spirit emergence dubbing in a gray olive color. Both products are very cool. I really like the texture and the sheen of the Natures Spirit emergence dubbing. Can't wait to give this scud a try on one of my favorite still waters.

Hook: MFC 7076 1XL nymph hook Size 16
Thread: 8/0 Olive dun
Weight: .015 lead wire
Tail: Coq De lon Fibers
Rib: 2lbs mono
Scud back: Light olive pearl Shrimp Foil

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Free Stone Favorite.

Spring is in the air that can only me one thing. One of my favorite free stone rivers is awaking. BWO hatches are not far off, mothers day caddis is around the bend. Yes the Arkansas river is what I'm taking about. This is probably my favorite river to fish in the spring. When this river awakens it really comes to life. One of my favorite patterns to fish is a BH Red Fox Squirrel Nymph. Put the fly as your upper fly on a two fly rig, followed by a BWO nymph or a caddis larva. As you can see I add rubber legs to the mix. With the added weight of a tungsten bead this little gem will get down deep.

Hook: 2xl nymph hook, size 12 thru 18
Bead: Gold Tungsten bead
Thread: 8/0 Tan
Tail: Fibers for Indian hen back feather
Rib: Oval Gold Tinsel
Abdomen: Dave Whitlock's SLF Dubbing Red Fox Squirrel Abdomen
Thorax: Dave Whitlock's SLF Dubbing Red Fox Squirrel Thorax
Legs: Extra Small Brown Barred rubber kegs

Give this little gem a try, It will not disappoint you

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Anglers All Fly Shop - New Tying products

Stopped by Anglers All today to pick up my new wading boots that had just come and the Lori was stocking some new tying products. Gave me an idea to put the post up letting people of the Denver metro area of the new tying products they are caring.

1. Montana fly tungsten beads, brass beads & Luccent tungsten beads. We all know how expensive tungsten beads are, you need to check out Montana fly beads

2. Montana Fly camo print tying tools. These tools are of good quality and a cool look

3. Dyed peacock eyes from Wapsi. They now have this very popular tying material ini stock

4. Saving the beat for last, the Denver metro area has a shop in the south side of town stocking Nature's Spirit products. They brought in elk hair in a few different types. They also brought in emergence dubbing and the fine dry dubbing. Natures spirit products are heads and tails above the rest.

Stop by the shop and check it out. Anglers All has one of the best fly tying areas in the south metro.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

BWO Biot Emerger Tutorial

This is the next fly I want to add tying steps for. The name of this the BWO Biot Emerger. This fly has been a all year success. I keep this fly in primarily 3 sizes 18, 20 & 22. I also tie it with out the flash back. The BWO Biot Emerger is also been picked up by Montana Fly Company. It is in there 2010 catalog. Hope you enjoy, give a few a try you will be happy

Material list
Hook: Scud hook Size 18 to 22
Thread: 8/0 grey
Tail: Amber Z-lon
Abdomen: Olive/Brown Goose biot
Wing case #1: UTC Mirage opal tinsel
Wing Case #2: Grey Flourofibre
Thorax: Adams Grey Dubbing
Legs: Grey Flourofibre
Step 1: Attach thread to hook, bind down amber Z-lon 1/2 way down the bend of the hook. Also start soaking a olive/brown goose biot.
Step 2: Attach olive/brown goose biot. I tie in the goose biot notch up, this will create a smooth segmented body.
Step 3: Wrap the olive/brown goose biot forward to the 70% point. Over lap the wrap back onto the previous wrap. This will flatten out the ridge that stands up on the goose biot.
Step 4: Tie of goose biot and move thread to the 50% point of the hook. Tie in UTC Mirage opal tinsel on the top of the hook shank. Bind down to the 50% point of the fly
Step 5: Tie in 8 to 10 strands of grey flurofibre on top of the hook, bind down to the 50% point of the fly.
Step 6:Dub a nice thorax, leave a little extra space at the eye.
Step 7: Pull all the strands of the flurofibre forward and bind down with 2 wraps. Be careful not to get carried away with to many wraps of thread.
Step 8: Separate the flurofibre into 2 equal bunches, pull the flurofibre on the far side of the hook back and bind down with 2 wraps of thread. Then pull back the flurofibre back on the near side of the hook and bind down with 2 wraps of thread. At this point you should have equal size bunches of flurofibre on each side of hook
Step 9: Trim flurofibre just past the back of the thorax, this will create your legs. Than pull the UTC Mirage opal tinsel forward and bind down with 2 wraps. Than pull the UTC mirage opal tinsel back and bind down with 2 wraps, trim tinsel and whip finish.
Finished fly, please note the nice clean head of this fly. If you don't pay attention to your thread wraps you can loose control of this head very easily. So keep all you tie in's to 2 wraps. Also use as small as thread as possible. You should be using at the minimum 8/0.
Another angle of the finished fly.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Couple New Midge patterns

Saw this cool midge pattern an Thursday at the Dream Stream. This little pattern below was money. Sean Downey a local tier and fly fisherman put me on to this little midge pattern. What really caught my eye was the red hook. Friday took off to the fly shop and bought a few of the Daiichi #1273 red hook in size 20 & size 22. Had to give these hooks a try. 1st fly was tying up Sean's little red midge pupa.

Hook: Daiichi #1273 red size 20
Thread: 8/0 red
Bead: Diamond midge bead
Rib: 8/0 pearl flashabou
Abdomen: 8/0 Red thread
Thorax: peacock herl
Midge Pattern #2
I wanted to see how a mercury black beauty looked on the red hook. I really like the looks, hope the fish do.
Hook: Daiichi #1273 red Size 20
Thread: 8/0 Black
Bead: Diamond Midge bead
Rib: Extra small silver wire
Thorax: Bright green dyed peacock herl
Midge #3
This little pattern comes from the vise of Shaun Solomon. Shaun and I had a tying night on Friday evening. Showed Shaun the red hooks, then he preceded to show me this little gem of an pattern.
Hook: Daiichi #1273 red size 20
Thread: 8/0 UNI Rusty dun
Bead: Diamond Midge bead
Tail: Midge crystal flash
Rib: x-small silver wire. Shaun's pattern did not have rib, I added it
Abdomen: 8/0 UNI rusty dun thread
Thorax: UV grey Ice dubbing