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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: Riverwood Brown Wulff

August 10th, 2009 · No Comments

Dave Carpenter of Riverwood Flies Online ties a mean fly. Today’s fly is a Brown Wulff that he ties for the Santiam river in Oregon.
Brown Wulff

Hook: Standard Dry Fly hook like Mustad 94840
Tail: Mallard Flank
Body: Dark Brown Beaver
Wing: Elk Hair, divided
Hackle: Grizzly (optional Grizzly mixed with Ginger)

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Fly Days of August: Tan Para Hopper

August 4th, 2009 · No Comments

It took 4 days in August before featuring a hopper pattern? I must be slacking, or suffering heat stroke.
Tan Para Hopper

Hook: 2x long dry fly hook like Tiemco 2312, size 6-12
Body  & Thorax: Tan Superfine or other dry fly dubbing
Wing: Turkey Tail treated with flexible cement
Legs: Pheasant Tail fibers, knotted. (1 on each side)
Parachute Post: [...]

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Fly Days of August: The Renegade

August 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Speaking of Idaho, the Renegade is an attractor dry fly that is very popular out there.
The Renegade

Hook: Dry fly, sizes 12 to 20
Tag: (optional) Gold Krystal Flash
Rear Hackle: Brown Dry Fly hackle
Body: Peacock (spun in dubbing loop for durability)
Front Hackle: White Dry Fly hackle

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Yellow Sally Fly Patterns

July 25th, 2009 · 5 Comments

4 Yellow Sally Dry Fly Patterns, also know as Little Yellow Stone Fly

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Pain in the butt avoided

April 20th, 2009 · 3 Comments

I tied a bunch of para-hoppers a while back. This is a good, low floating hopper pattern, which is essentially adding turkey for the wing and knotted pheasant tail for the legs to a standard parachute dry fly pattern.

Biggest pain the butt is knotting the legs.  I tried all the documented methods, but my finger [...]

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Tying tips: Dry Fly Hackle: Necks, Capes and Saddles

April 13th, 2009 · 4 Comments

The guys at FFOTW posted another fly tying tip by yours truly. This one is some background about choosing dry fly hackle.

Notes from the podcast:

Besides vise, maybe the largest single investment in tying
Two ways to purchase hackle, from necks or saddles – some info help make right choice for you

Necks and Capes are the same [...]

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