Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tributary Caddis

Hook: Any Strong Nymph Hook
Thread: Chartreuse 6/0
Body: Olive D-Rib
Thorax: Partridge Fluff

Notes on the Fly

The trout season is over for me, and lately I have
been filling my tributary boxes. Most of my streamers are done and ready for action, so today I started on my nymphs. This is a new fly that I am going to be trying out this year, I will post later with results.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Worthy Ways to Spend Money

Notes on the Materials

Contrary to an older post this one is about expensive aspects of fly tying. If you are serious about tying flies and you see yourself doing it for many many years, or even tying commercially, there are a few things that you should spend more money on.

1. Hooks: When buying hooks, getting them in the largest quantity possible helps keep the cost down. Good hooks are sharper and stronger, and therefore catch more fish.

2. Scissors: Buy good scissors. They will outlast and outperform the cheaper varieties. They are always worth the extra money, and they can be sharpened.

3. Lighting: Eye strain is bad. Buy a nice light
and increase the enjoyment of tying. Incandescent bulbs are hot, hurt your eyes, and do not depict accurate colors.

4. Vise: There is a reason why a nice vise is expensive. If you are going to tie flies for a long time buy a vise that will last, and perform.

**Shown in the photos are brands that I use and am happy with, there are many other quality brands of hooks, scissors, lights, and vises. Shop around but be prepared to spend more.

Monday, September 14, 2009


Notes on the Flies

Don't forget the caddis! If your season of mayfly action is done, like mine is, but you still want to pursue inland trout try a caddis. If these bugs are found fluttering around then the fish will most likely be eating them. I have had success with flies imitating all three stages of life and in all zones of the water column.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A New Scud

Hook: Curved #12 - 20
Thread: Grey (or color to match)
Dubbing: Grey squirrel ( or color to match)
Rib: Tying Thread Tag
Shell Back: Pink Krystal Flash (midge size)

*(the fly is featured far left and you can click the image for a better view)
**(scud color darkens and becomes more opaque when they are out of the water)

Notes on the Fly

Why more scuds you ask? Well if you are still in search of tricos or trico related fishing tips at this time of year, I don't have a solution for you, and just like when I first started fly fishing, you may have to wait for next year. The rising fish in my neighborhood are becoming few and far between and the ones that are rising look more like bait fish than game fish. So lately I have been working nymphs, specifically scuds, which isn't really a nymph at all, but that is a different post...

Why more scuds you ask again? Well my stream is chalk full of them (see pic above from the latest kick sample), and the trout like to eat them (think shrimp scampi for trout). Also if you are a beginning fly tier than the scud is a great fly to start with. It is relatively easy pattern, and will catch fish in a variety of ways. You can dead drift it. Swing it. Twitch it. You really can't go wrong...

I thought you already had a scud pattern that worked? I do, however, variety is a key strategy in keeping the larger/smarter fish guessing. If you want to buy flies at your local shop that all the other locals are buying and using feel free, they will work when fished correctly. However, if you want to catch more fish, and maybe even larger fish than tie some of your own and make them look different.

And finally... as always if you have any tying instruction questions feel free to comment here, I will gladly get back to you with any additional info I can. Good luck, and if you have scuds living in your stream tie a couple and give them a try!