Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Tying the Little Olive Done

The Little Olive Done

The Little Olive Done was originally tied to match those mid-winter, early spring hatches that get weathered out. When the Blue-Winged Olive hatch around you is struggling to take shape, and the dead and crippled begin to pile up in the eddy...This is your fly. Once I see fish begin to appear to be "midging" on the edges when there are BWO's in the air, I know they are feeding on the casualties.

LOD Recipe

Hook:  #16 Orvis Tactical Wide-Gape
Thread:  8/0 Olive-Dun Uni-thread
Abdomen: Tying Thread
Hackle:  Silver badger with Eyed Peacock Herl
Wing-case:  Eyed Peacock Herl

Friday, January 29, 2016

Summer Run

Summer Run

34" Summer Run Steelhead 1993

East Fork of the Satsup River

Olympic Peninsula

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Tying Ralph's Tactical Caddis

Ralph's Tactical Caddis

So I have this tin. Just a basic Altoids tin, with magnets Zap-A-Gap'd in place. It is my test bin, where new patterns go to live or die based on how they work. The past two seasons there has been one pattern that remained through all 4 seasons of fishing, catching fish Spring through Winter.

The Test Bin

The Tactical Caddis, or at least the remaining 3 of the 7 flies tied. 

After two trout seasons and 18 months in the tin, it will remain a keeper in my box. Give it a try on your home waters and by all means let me know how the pattern works for you.

RTC Recipe

Hook:  #14 Orvis Wide gape Tactical
Thread:  8/0 Black
Bead: Gold Tungsten
Weight:  .015 Lead wire
Rib:  Tan Micro-tubing
Abdomen: #11 Olive Hareline
Thorax:  Peacock / Black Ice-Dub
Hackle:  Furnace Hen hackle

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tying the Frenchie

The Frenchie

The Frenchie is a proven pattern both here and in Europe. Brought by the French during tournament fishing, it is to them what the Hot-spot Pheasant Tail has been for us. Tied in a myriad of colors, this version is by far the most effective on local waters for me.

Frenchie Recipe

Hook:  #14 Orvis Tactical Wide Gape
Thread:  Fluorescent Orange 70 Denier Ultra
Bead: Gold Tungsten
Tail:  Medium Pardo CDL
Rib:  Fine Gold Wire
Abdomen: Natural Pheasant Tail
Thorax:  Shrimp UV Ice-Dub

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Winter Troutfest 2016

Rendezvous at Mayfly Meadows

2016 MLK weekend has come and gone with another Winter Troutfest in the books. The gathering commenced at Ron's place throughout the day Saturday, and folks wasted no time getting on water. The crew of 6 hit the water on a couple different locations depending on time of arrival. Most went to Little Fishing Creek, while later arrivals such as myself hit the water near the camp.

"Steak & Eggs" was the main course for me most of the trip, with the Apricot/Steelhead orange McFly egg bringing fish to the net.

While on the Little Fishing Creek the main crew was hitting them hard, bring some big fish to the net.

Ron with a 20" fish in the middle of winter. How do you beat that?

I think the smile says it all. Nice fish Len!

Great water and great fish. The weather was our friend for sure.

Once again, Jim plants a stake in the ground with another big fish of the trip. How does he do that while taking all these pictures?

Great fish!

And thanks for the camera work!

Once thawed out, fed and spirits in hand, the tying table is the evening schedule.

As the tying ensues, Ron checks the weather.

Your's truly, navigating the tying world of Bifocals and Guinness.

Day 2 began a tad bit colder, but still not your normal northeast January.

But look close and you can see whispers of what's to come.

Living the dream!

Back to Little Fishing Creek

Fishing was a bit slower on day 2 with colder temps and lower water. But the quality of fish were the same.

After a few missed attempts, the call for a "LARGER NET" was made.

The landing crew (Doug and Chris)
Many thanks Gents!

The man with the net!

Another fat rainbow

"Great fish, Great friends & Great water"?