Tuesday, September 21, 2010

PT for the Tribs

Last year I was blessed with an insanely large supply of pheasant tails.  Before this surplus of feathers, I conserved my PT feathers, and tied only #18 - #24 nymphs making sure never to waste one fiber.  Now I've moved onto tying larger nymphs, and tying them in bulk quantities.  I sampled a few patterns last season on our great lakes tributaries, and found some sizes and colors that worked particularly well for the big brown trout.  Below are this years prototypes ready for action.

A close-up of the Pheasant Tail. 

Extreme close-up!

Trib BH PT.

Trib BH PT hot spot.  

These nymphs are tied in the round, and are very quick to assemble.  If you would like specific tying instructions just shoot me a line.  

Friday, September 17, 2010

Articulated Double Bunny

I tied up the classic double bunny streamer a long time ago and tried it out, see post here.  It was ok, but I knew I could make it more effective.   I have tied and tested this articulated version over the last 4 months working out the kinks so you don't have to.  This fly is durable, relatively easy to tie, and I have caught many different species of fish with it... all larger than average. It can be a time consuming pattern, however in my eyes it's worth it!  Below are the step-by-step tying instructions with pictures for one of my favorite streamer patterns.  Enjoy.

Step 1: Cut strips (4 for each fly) and insert hook through the back.   Repeat this process with as many flies as you plan on tying to save time. 
Step 2:  Start thread anywhere make a base (quickly, sloppy is ok) and leave thread at the eye.
Step 3: Tie off strip at eye.  Leave room at for a head and make sure strip is tight to the shank. 
Step 4:  Add top strip and tie in at the eye only.  Super glue head and strips together. 
Step 5: Mass produce the 'tails' before moving on. (this saves lots of time)
Step 6:  Attach wire(around 6" worth) and beads to all tails.  
Step 7:  Insert another streamer hook in the vise and start the thread near the back.  Tie in wire and tail leaving space for the beads.  
Step 8:  Tie down wire to the eye, and at the eye loop the wire back and tie that down too.  
Step 9:  Add heavy hour glass style eyes (leave room for the thread head).  
Step 10: Add bulk behind the eyes. (a surface for strip to glue down on... I use foam). 
Step11:  Add flash, legs, or whatever you want! (I use flash, light weight and lots of movement)
Step 12:  Mass produce this step. 
Step 13:  Using the previously cut strips attach strip through the hook at the back. 
Step 14: Tie down bottom strip, and add top strip all ahead of the eyes.  (this is the same  step as the tail)
Step 15:  Super glue strips and head and you're done! 
Mass produce... your friends will want some.  

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Musky Madness

A few weeks ago a good friend of mine told me about a possible Musky trip that I could go on...  the crew will consist of two boats and 5 guys all of which will be throwing gear.  "Can I try throwing flies??" was my only question.  I haven't been this excited about a fishing trip in a long time, and the preparation has been (and usually is) a lot of fun.  So here are my first attempts at Musky Flies... the next step is giving them a try in some local water to see how they cast and swim.

My very first attempt... I got the general idea from fellow William Joseph Ambassador Brad Bohen, and his awesome PDF from Hatches Magazine.

Here are the rest of the prototypes... I added in 'typical' streamers for scale.  The wooly bugger is a #8, and the Black Streamer is an articulated double bunny that is around 4" in length.

I will post again either before the trip or after with the results and finished 'box' of flies I will be bringing with me.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

My Little Fly Tyer

Recently I had the chance to write an essay and share some photos for the latest issue of Sleeping in the Dirt.  Upon publication I was happy to find a shot of my daughter tying flies on the cover!

This issue was dedicated to kids who have parents that are kind enough to share their love of fishing with them... it was awesome to read and browse the photos of this unique issue!  I want to thank the guys at SID for putting an issue like this together and including my work in it.  If you haven't checked it out yet, you can by clicking here.