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Entries from August 2009

Fly Days of August: Black Adams Humpy

August 21st, 2009 · 2 Comments

This is one of my favorite patterns. This humpy is tied with a black body and brown/grizzly hackle.  This became my favorite pattern one day on the McCloud. You probably already know where this story is going, there I was getting my butt handed to me, going fish-less until I tied on this magic fly. [...]

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Fly Days of August: Modified X-Caddis

August 20th, 2009 · No Comments

The original X-Caddis was created at Blue Ribbon Flies as a low riding pattern. Of course if there is a fly pattern, people will tweak it. Here is a Modified X-Caddis, which has a palmered hackle like on the EHC. The hackle make it easier to skitter the fly across the water.
Modified X-Caddis

Hook: Dry fly [...]

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Yeah, there’s an app for that

August 19th, 2009 · 2 Comments

iPod App for Fly Fishing Hatch Charts.

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Fly Days of August: Orange PT Soft Hackle

August 19th, 2009 · No Comments

This has become one of my favorite variations on a classic pattern. Or, is this a mashup of a couple of classic patterns?
This pattern contains the deadly 3-P’s: Pheasant Tail, Peacock, and Partridge. Through in a bead for good measure.
Orange PT Soft Hackle

Hook: Mustad 3906B,  12-18, with an appropriate bead
Body: Pheasant Tail, dyed orange
Rib: Hot [...]

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Fly Days of August: CDC Rusty Spinner

August 18th, 2009 · No Comments

The rusty spinner works for many mayfly species, as they are spent with egg laying. The dead/dying flies are flush in the film, with their wings splayed out. When fish are keyed on spinners, they take a relaxed rise, conserving energy and not too worried about the bugs escaping. Usually, you’ll just see a nose [...]

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Fly Days of August: Carpet Caddis

August 17th, 2009 · 4 Comments

This is one of my favorite caddis patterns. I call it the carpet caddis because of a trip where I had to improvise to get some flies in the box. We were fishing the Firehole in late September, and getting skunked while there were fish rising all over. They seemed to be keying in on [...]

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Fly Days of August: Black Ant

August 16th, 2009 · 2 Comments

August is terrestial month, and here is my favorite ant pattern.
Black Ant

Hook: Timeco 100, size 16
Rear body: Black superfine dubbing
Wing: White Zelon
Hackle/legs: Black dry fly hackle
Front body: Black superfine dubbing

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Fly Days of August: Parachute Adams

August 15th, 2009 · No Comments

What is a list of fly patterns that doesn’t contain the Parachute Adams? I’ve complied with the law, no need to call the fly fishing blogging police.
Parachute Adams

Hook: Standard Dry Fly (TMC 100), size 12 to 20
Tail: mixed brown and grizzly hackle fibers
Body: Grey muskrat or other dry fly dubbing mix
Parachute post: White Calf Body [...]

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Fly Days of August: Zebra Midge

August 14th, 2009 · No Comments

Zebra midges have a great “time invested to fish caught” ratio for fly patterns. With just 3 ingredients, thread, wire, and a bead, they come together very quickly. And with all trout water containing midges that seem to be active all year, you can’t go wrong with tying up a box load.
Zebra Midge

Hook: Scud or [...]

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Fly Days of August: Bead Body Caddis Pupa

August 13th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Tying with glass beads is fun and definitely adds some shine to your flies. Here is a caddis pupa tied with glass seed beads from the local craft store. These beads are the 11/0 size, which work for smaller sized hooks (16, 18).
Glass Bead Caddis Pupa

Hook: Pupa hook, size 16 (TMC 2487)
Body: 4 olive seed [...]

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