Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Stonefly Nymph 3.0

If you have followed my blog at all you may remember my obsession with tying a stonefly that is easy enough to take to the tribs.  This season I have created, used, and had success with a new stonefly pattern... and you can see that blog post here.  That fly worked, but after I lost 2 or 3 in one trip I was more heart broken than I planned.  The fact is they still took too long at the vise.  When I sat down to replenish the stash, I changed the pattern yet again...

Hot Bead Easy Stone
Same tail (stretch magic .5mm), and body (black med tubing)... but different legs, wing case, and thorax.  This new version is a breeze.  Basically it is black dubbing, with a pinch of peacock ice dub, and a black hackle collar.  I tied versions with black bead head, thread head, and a hot bead head... and all versions worked.

Easy Stone (wet)
I caught fish by dead drifting the fly, and it also brought strikes on a wet fly swing.  The steelhead couldn't get enough, and when I lost a few it didn't hurt so bad.  Give them a try this lake run season, or try them anywhere fish eat stoneflies!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Flies for Kings

If you are fortunate enough to live near a body of water that contains King Salmon I would suggest you go try to catch them...  Hooking, fighting, and landing these massive fish is an adventure you will not forget.

The flies I use for Kings are very simple.  Large wooly buggers in assorted colors do the trick, I personally like pink, red, purple, and chartreuse.  If you want a high chance of Kings actually taking the fly (as opposed to sight fishing aka lining) stay off the gravel and stick to deeper pools and runs where the fish can't see you, and you can't see them.  Drifting along the bottom, or swinging will elicit fair strikes, and a fight you will not forget!

King salmon fights usually take a great amount of effort for the angler and the fish.  Even though these fish are destined for death, handle and revive them properly so they have a chance of spawning.  Using a net will avoid the fish from damaging flops on the shore, and it will also allow you to keep the fish in the water.  A lengthy revival may be needed, so take your time and make sure the fish can swim away with full strength.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

My Favorite Midge

Midge flies are my favorite to tie and fish... photographing them is another story.  Below you will find a few photos and tying tips for these micro bugs.  

Adult Cream Midge #24 

Adult Black Midge #22 with #22 Basic Midge Adult

Adult Black Midge #22 with #22 KF Emerger

As winter quickly approaches and hatches fade away do not forget about the midge!  If you are lucky enough to live near a spring creek or healthy tailwater you may be able to fish these little bugs all year around.  

When tying midge flies I can't emphasize enough how important it is to keep the body slim and the rest of the materials sparse.  Buy the smallest thread diameter you can tie with and not break, and then go a size smaller, and learn how to tie with that.  Make every wrap count, and if you find yourself building up the body too much, start over.  Notice the last photo above and the body size difference... my flies even need a little slimming down!  

Whatever you do, don't be afraid of these little flies.  You CAN learn to tie them (and tie them on your tippet), and with a little practice you will find they are even easier to tie then the big dry flies.  Best of all big fish enjoy feasting on these bugs, and with practice the hooks will hold them on.