Friday, December 2, 2016

Copper John Jigs


Recipe
Hook - Partridge #14 Jig
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Lt. Cahill)
Tail - Mico Rubber Legs
Body - UTC Wire Brassie (any two colors)
Thorax - Hareline Ice Dubbing (Peacock Black)
Wing Case - UTC Mirage Tinsel (Large)
Legs - Mico Rubber Legs
Head - Tungsten Bead (Gold)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Skinny Jigs


Recipe
Hook - Partridge #14 Jig
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Lt. Cahill)
Tail - Coq de Leon (Natural)
Body - Uni-thread 6/0 (any two colors)
Body Coating - Loon Outdoors Head Cement
Thorax - CDC Dubbing (Natural)
Head - Tungsten Bead (Gold)

Friday, November 18, 2016

Czech Nymph


Recipe
Hook - Partridge #12 Czech Nymph
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Lt. Cahill)
Body - Wapsi SLF Rabbit Dubbing (Tan)
Shellback - Scud Back (Brown)
Ribbing - 6X Nylon Tippet
Thorax - Wapsi SLF Rabbit Fur Dubbing (Dark Brown)
Head - Tungsten Bead (Gold)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Inch Worm


Recipe
Hook - Partridge #8 Sedge/Caddis
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Lt. Cahill)
Underbody - .020 Lead Free Wire
Body - Hareline Kiley's Nymph Skin (Sharpie colored)
Legs - Brush bristles
Ribbing - 6X Nylon Tippet
Coating - Loon Outdoors Soft Head (Clear)


Sunday, November 6, 2016

VIDEO - Polish Woven Body Technique

Woven Polish Nymph


Recipe
Hook - Partridge #12 Czech Nymph
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (any color)
Body - Woven Cross Stitch Floss (any two colors)
Ribbing - Wapsi UTC Small Copper Wire (any color)
Thorax - CDC Dubbing
Head - Tungsten Bead (any color)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Y2K Egg (Variant)



Recipe
Hook - Partridge #12 Heavy Grub
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Lt. Cahill)
Body - McFly Foam (Chartreuse and Orange)
Head - Tungsten Bead (any color)

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sowbugs


Recipe
Hook - Partridge #12 Czech Nymph
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Camel)
Tail - Coq de Leon
Body - SLF Enhancer (White, Brown, and Black)
Shell Back - Scud Back (Clear)
Rib - Mono Thread (Clear)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Two Tone Blobs


Recipe
Hook - Partridge Size 12 Czech Nymph Barbless
Thread - UNI-Thread 8/0 (Fire Orange)
Body - Estaz Chenille (any color)
Head - Tungsten Bead (any color)


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Adult Mayflies


Recipe
Hook - Partridge Size 14
Thread - UNI-Thread 8/0 (Camel)
Tail - Moose Mane (Natural)
Extended Body - Superfine Dry Fly Dubbing (Mahogany)
 and Thin Skin (Brown)
Wings - Swiss Straw (Brown)
Legs - Brush Bristles bent by hand (Brown Sharpie)
Antenna - Moose Mane (Natural)
Thorax - Superfine Dry Fly Dubbing (Mahogany)
Eyes - Burned Mono

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Emerging Mayfly


Recipe
Hook - Partridge Size 8 (bent by hand)
Thread - UNI-Thread 8/0 (Camel)
Tail on Shuck - Ring Necked Pheasant (Natural)
Tail on Adult - Moose Mane (Natural)
Body on Shuck - Ring Necked Pheasant (Natural)
Extended Body on Adult - Superfine Dry Fly Dubbing (Mahogany)
 and Thin Skin (Brown)
Wings - Swiss Straw (Brown)
Legs - Brush Bristles bent by hand (Brown Sharpie)
Antenna - Moose Mane (Natural)
Thorax - Superfine Dry Fly Dubbing (Mahogany)
Eyes - Burned Mono

Monday, July 4, 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Irish Wet Flies


Recipe
Hook - Size 8 Wet Fly
Thread - Veevus 16/0 (Brown)
Tail - Ring Necked Pheasant Tail (Natural)
Rib - Wapsi UTC Size - Brassie (Silver)
Hackle - Rooster (Various Colors)
Body - Angora Goat (Various Colors)
Throat - Hen Hackle (Various Colors)
Collar - Chuckar (Various Colors)



Saturday, May 14, 2016

Articulated Stonefly Nymph


Recipe
Hook - Size 12 Nymph
Thread - UNI-thread 8/0 (Camel)
Rear Segment - Flymen Fishing Co. Wiggle-Tail Shank
Tail - Wapsi Sili-Legs (Brown)
Body - Hareline Dubbin Kileys Nymph Skinz (hand colored)
Legs - Knotted Turkey Biots (Brown)
Thorax - SLF Dubbing (Fall Brown)
Wing Case - Wapsi Thin Skin (Mottled Oak)
Antennae - Wapsi Sili-Legs (Brown)
Head - Flymen Fishing Co. Evolution Stonefly Tungsten 


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Woven Extended Body Mayfly


Recipe
Hook - Size 12 Dry Fly
Thread - UNI-Thread 8/0 (Lt. Cahill)
Tail - Moose Mane (Natural)
Extended Body - Cross Stitch Thread (Green and Yellow)
Wings - Gadwall Duck (Natural) - Wally Wing Style
Hackle - Rooster Hackle (Grizzly)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mini Scott Wet Fly (Freestyle)


Wet flies using similar materials as a fully dressed Jock Scott
(my own design)

Recipe
Hook - Size 6
Thread - UNI-thread 8/0 (Light Cahill)
Tag - Extra Fine Oval Tinsel
Tail - Golden Pheasant Crest
Body - Japanese Silk Floss (Yellow and Black)
Rib - Fine Oval Tinsel (Silver)
Veiling - Dyed CDC (Yellow)
Throat - Hen Hackle (Grizzly)
Wing - Goose Shoulder (Blue, Red, and Yellow, Turkey Tail
and Kori Bustard - married together
Sides - Jungle Cock Nails
Head - Sharpie (Black) and Loon Hard Head Cement

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Caddis Larva


Recipe
Hook - Size 12
Thread - UNI-thread 8/0 (Black)
Tail - UNI-Floss (White / Red and Olive Prismacolor)
Body - UNI-Floss (White / Red and Olive Prismacolor)
Body Coated with Loon Outdoors UV Fly Finish (Thick and Flow)
Legs - Ring Necked Pheasant Tail Fibers
Thorax - UNI-thread 8/0 (Black) Coated with Loon UV

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Fluorescent Pheasant Tail Nymph


Recipe
Hook - Size 12
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Camel)
Tail - Pheasant Tail (Natural)
Body - Pheasant Tail (Natural)
Ribbing - Wapsi Small UTC Wire  (Copper)
Thorax - Hareline Ice Dubbing (Peacock Black)
Wing Case and Legs - Pheasant Tail (Natural)
Head - Allen Tungsten Bead (Any Fluorescent Color)

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Shrimp


Recipe
Hook - Size 2 Streamer
Thread - UNI-Thread 8/0 (Camel)
Head - McFly Foam (Yellow)
Eyes - Burned Mono and painted black
Antenna - Blue and Gold Macaw
Legs - EP Brush
Body - Rabbit Dubbing (Tan)
Shellback - Swiss Straw (Brown)
Ribbing - 6X Nylon Tippet
Tail - Swiss Straw (Brown)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Fire Ant


Recipe
Hook - Size 18
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Light Cahill)
Legs - Brush Bristles (Yellow) - crimped by hand
Antennae - Nylon 6X Tippet
Body hand colored with Brown and Orange Sharpie
Entire fly coated with Loon Outdoors UV Resin (Thin)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Tube Fly


Recipe
Tube - HMH 3/32 Plastic Tube
Thread -Uni-thread 8/0 (Fiery Orange)
Tag - Uni French Oval Tinsel (Silver / Small)
Tail - Kid Goat (Hot Orange)
Body - Diamond Brite Dubbing (Red)
Rib - Uni French Oval Tinsel (Silver / Small)
Wing - Arctic Fox (Orange and Red) and Angel Hair (Red) 
and EP Sparkle (Opal)
Eyes - Split JC Eyes
Throat - Guinea Fowl (Natural)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Buzzer


Recipe
Hook - Scud (Size 12)
Thread - UTC 70 Denier (Black)
Body - Flexi-Floss (Black) and Turkey Fiber (Grey)
Wing Buds - Flexi-Floss (Red)
Thorax Cover - UTC Mirage Tinsel (Large)
Gills - Antron Yarn (White)
Body and Thorax coated with Loon Hard Head Cement

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016

Flashy Pheasant Tail Nymph - Wiggle Tail


Recipe
Hook -  Size 12 Nymph Hook
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Firey Orange)
Head - Flymen Fishing Co. Tungsten Nymph-Head (Caddis Green)
Shank - Flymen Fishing Co. Wiggle Tail
Tail - Ring Necked Pheasant Tail (Natural)
Body - Ring Necked Pheasant Tail (Natural)
Rib - UTC Mylar Tinsel (Small / Pearl) 
Thorax - Hareline Ice Dubbing (Peacock)
Wing Case - Ring Necked Pheasant Tail (Natural)
Hot Spot - Hareline Ice Dubbing (UV Red)
Legs - Ring Necked Pheasant Tail (Natural)

Monday, December 28, 2015

Frenchie Nymph (Variant)


Recipe
Hook - Jig Hook (Size 12)
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Firey Orange)
Tail - Coq de Leon (Natural)
Tag - Uni-thread 8/0 (Firey Orange)
Body - Ring Necked Pheasant Tail
Ribbing - Wapsi Small UTC Wire  (Copper)
Thorax - Fox Squirrel Dubbing (Natural)
Hot Spot - Hareline Ice Dubbing  (Fluorescent Pink)
Head - Allen Tungsten Slotted Bead (Gold)


Monday, December 21, 2015

Mayfly Nymph (Crawler and Clinger)


Recipe
Hook - Nymph Hook (Size 14)
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Camel)
Tail - Three Ring Necked Pheasant Tail Fibers
Body - Wapsi Scudback (Brown)
Gills - Ostrich Herl (Natural)
Legs - Hand Knotted Ring Necked Pheasant Tail Fibers
Wing Case - Wapsi Thin Skin (Brown)
Head - Flymen Fishing Co. Evolution Tungsten Mayfly Clinger


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

UV Dub Caddis


Recipe
Hook - Size 12 Nymph
Body - Spirit River UV2 Seal-X Dubbing (Hot Pink)
Ribbing (left) - Mirage Tinsel (Small)
Head (left) -  2.5 mm Brass
Head (right) - Flymen Fishing Co. Heavy Metal Nymph-Head


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Rainbow Trout Underwater

video

Short video from a recent fishing trip . . . 
This is what trout do . . . hold in the current all day and eat.
(may not play on some mobile devices)

Monday, December 7, 2015

WNC Fly Fishing Expo

Had lots of fun tying flies in the Flymen Fishing Co. 
booth at the WNC Fly Fishing Expo last weekend!







Monday, November 30, 2015

Foam Crane Fly


Recipe
Hook - Dry Fly (Size 12)
Thread - Uni-Thread 8/0 (Lt. Cahill)
Body - Foam (Tan)
Wings - Grizzly Hackle
Legs -  Pheasant Tail (Hand Knotted)



Monday, November 23, 2015

Byron's Knucklehead (and Baby)


This is a normal sized Byron's Knucklehead (Size 6) and
a Baby version that I tried with a Size 16 hook.

Recipe
Just a few ingredients are needed:
Size 6 Hook (but can be scaled to any size hook)
Foam (any color)
Rubber Legs
Crystal Flash
Eyes (made by Wapsi)

For detailed tying instructions, click HERE

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Deer Hair Popper

First attempt at a stacked deer hair fly.

Recipe
Hook - Size 2/0
Tail - Marabou (Olive and Yellow); Crystal Flash
Body - Wapsi Deer Belly Hair (Black, Green, and Yellow)
Legs - Rubber Legs (Yellow and hand stripped black)
Eyes - Flymen Fishing Co. Living Eyes (Earth color)


Monday, November 9, 2015

Dee Fly

Dee Fly (my own design)

Recipe
Hook - #4 (modified to make it blind eye)
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Black)
Tag - Oval Tinsel - Small (Silver)
Body - Danville Floss (Black)
Rib - Oval Tinsel - Small (Silver)
Body Hackle - Golden Pheasant Body Feathers
Throat - Schlappen Feathers (Hot Orange)
Wing - Turkey Tail
Sides - Jungle Cock Eye
Eye - Silk Gut


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Grey Streamer

Grey Streamer (my own design)

Recipe
Hook - #6 Streamer
Thread - Uni-thread 8/0 (Black)
Tag - UTC Mylar Tinsel - Medium (Silver)
Body - Uni-Floss (Orange)
Rib - UTC Mylar Tinsel - Medium (Silver)
Throat - Buck Tail (White)
Wing - Peacock Herl and Grizzly Rooster Hackle
Sides - Jungle Cock Spade Feather

Monday, November 2, 2015

Fly Tyers Weekend


Fly Tyers Weekend is less than a week away. November 7 and 8.
CLICK HERE for details and the tying demonstration schedule.





Monday, October 26, 2015

Elk Hair Caddis

Basic Elk Hair Caddis on a #14 dry fly hook. Elk hair, 
Grizzly Hackle, and Wapsi Superfine Dry Fly Dubbing. 
Simple ingredients and simple fly, but it catches fish.


Monday, October 19, 2015

Makeshift Mouse



 At the FFF Southern Council Fly Fishing Fair, one of the 
visitors asked me to tie a Mouse Fly. I did not have all
of the best or required materials with me, but came up with
 this mouse from the materials that I had brought. These
pictures are from the show, and not from the very beginning
of the fly, but it will give a basic idea of how one is tied.



Spin the deer body hair. This is one not packed tight so it 
is a longer haired mouse. The tail was added first 
but not visible in the picture.


Add some foam or any other material you like for ears.


Trim the deer hair to the body shape you want.


Keep trimming.


The ears need to be shaped.


Cut the ears to whatever shape you like. Then tie
in some whiskers (these are elk hair).


Add some eyes and it's done.


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Wapsi Challenge at the 2015 IFFFSOC Fly Fishing Fair


At the FFF Southern Council Fly Fishing Fair, Wapsi Fly Company
sponsored a fun contest where they gave all of the fly tying demonstrators
identical materials and the game was to come up with any fly pattern
you wanted.  You had to use as many materials from their selection as possible
and were only allowed to add a hook and one more ingredient. The following 
were the ingredients in the contest package (not all of the items were labelled, 
so I may be guessing at some of the packaging names):

UTC 140 Denier Thread (Olive)
Silly Legs (Grizzly Brown)
A new open-cell foam material (Gray)
Thin Skin - Czech Speck (Black and Clear)
SLF Dubbing (blend of rabbit and sparkle)
Turkey feather (Natural)
Mirage Tinsel (Medium)

I added eyes made of burned monofilament line and a Size 12 nymph hook
 and was fortunate enough to win the contest. Big thanks to Wapsi 
for the very nice prize package and for hosting the contest!