Friday, March 20, 2009

Midge Madness

Hook:           Curved 1x fine 1x short  #30 - 20
Thread:        10/0 color to match natural
Overbody:   Micro Tubing
Head:            8/0 color to match natural

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Notes on the Fly

This is John Barr's creation, and my favorite midge pattern to date.  The size of an actual midge larva is quite astonishing if you actually do some research and take a sample.  When I first began tying I thought my midge patterns were small... and than I looked at a real bug and compared it to mine.  I quickly learned why I never hooked anything on my imitations.  The real thing made my midge look like a #8 stone!   Around that revelation I had purchased John Barr's book, Barr Flies.  I tried out his Pure Midge Larva pattern, and it looked much closer to the natural.  

I have had tremendous success with this pattern, and here is how... First I tie a box full of every color and size I think I will see on the stream (think small and than make it two sizes smaller is a good rule), next I observe what the majority of the midge activity looks like.  Once I have an idea what the popular bug is I catch one and throw it in my midge box.  Finally I choose the imitation that looks the closest, tie it on, and fish the pattern where the fish are feeding.  These will take fish at every level, from surface film to right off the bottom.  

Now is the time of year that can produce some great midge fishing so make sure you tie some of these and get fishing! 

Monday, March 16, 2009

Stretch Magic!

Hook:            Standard Nymph #10 - 16
Thread:        Black 8/0 or 6/0
Bead:             Black Cyclops
Antenna:     Black Krystal Flash
Tail:                 Goose Biots
Rib:                 Stretch Magic
Legs:               Black Stretch Magic
Body:              Any Buggy Dubbing
Wing Case:   Thin Skin

Notes on the Fly

This is a mixture of a few stonefly nymph patterns I have found.  I have taken certain qualities I liked and found easy to tie and used them, and dropped others that were not worth the effort. 

First thing I really like about this fly is the antenna coming out of the bead.  One of the few bead-head patterns that really look life like!  Also the stretch magic material is a great product that is easy to tie with and very durable.  

This is a nymph that takes a little bit longer to tie than I would like, but is a must have early season pattern.  You can fish this fly in every moving body of water in your area, and catch a variety of fish... from 5 inch brookies, to 14 inch browns, and even 12 pound steelhead. Give it a try, and keep thinking warm thoughts!  

Monday, March 9, 2009

Not Your Usual Adams

Hook:        Standard Dry #12 - 20
Thread:     Black 8/0
Tail:           Synthetic Fibers
Body:         Snowshoe Dun Dubbing
Wing:         Snowshoe Natural
Hackle:      Brown and Grizzly 

Notes on the Fly

This is a small variation of Fran Betters "Usual" which is a high floating all purpose emerger pattern.  The Adams by origin is considered an all purpose adult Mayfly pattern, however this may pass as a general attractor.  Another fly that will ride the rapids with ease... give it a try! 

**From now on I will only post tying instructions by request to save time, and allow me to post more patterns.  If you are interested in the instructions just leave a comment and I will get back to you as quick as possible.**