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! 

Friday, October 9, 2015

2015 Fall Orvis Days

Looking forward to seeing my friends at Orvis and
demonstrating fly tying at the Orvis Store in Asheville, NC
all day tomorrow (October 10). 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Size 32 Fly

This is the first trout I caught on a Size 32 fly.  Didn't measure the 
fish but approximately 15 inches.  Caught a few more after 
this one. You can see the tiny fly in the picture near the "32" on
 the label. Found the Size 32 hooks  at Blue Ribbon Fly Shop last week
 in Mountain Home, AR.  Very nice fly shop and people there. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Southern Council IFFF Fly Fishing Fair

Demonstrating this weekend (Saturday) at the
Southern Council IFFF Fly Fishing Fair (Mountain Home, AR)
October 2-3, 2015