Wednesday, March 21, 2018
With March going out like a lion and the third Nor'easter in as many weeks dumping on us outside, it felt proper to turn a little attention to the comfort of a Catskill pattern.
Hook: #14 2x Long Dry
Thread: 6/0 Dark Brown
Tail: Medium Pardo CDL
Abdomen: March Brown Hareline
Wing: Lemon-barred Wood Duck
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018
Sulfurs....And The Fish Who Love Them
If you are like me, as the buds begin to show themselves and the air gets that small kick of an extra 10 degrees, your mind wanders to hatches. Can't be long now, right? I enjoy them all, from the vise to the stream. I begin filling my boxes and picking out the tattered soldiers from last season in order to make room for new recruits, and each year I find the same situation. The bins that house my Sulfur patterns are either empty or contain 1-or-2 raggedy-ass flies. The Sulfur hatch is my favorite hatch. Mostly due to the fact that it comes off on the vast majority of Pennsylvania streams, is best in the evenings (for those who work), and can be fished "top-to-bottom".
By identifying patterns for the main phases of this hatch, you can effectively fish "Sulfurs" all day long, and long after the main hatch has ended. I carry 4 patterns, all on #16 but varying style hooks. For me, they work and are all I need. For you? Well, that is for you to decide, but here they are.
The C2C Sulfur Nymph
The C2C is a variation of the hares-ear. But tied much slimmer and with no Hares-ear. The original C2C is tied with all Ginger dubbing. The Sulfur variation is tied with natural dun Hareline.
It is my only nymph when fishing sulfur water. Particularly in the early evenings. A heavy nymph that sinks fast.
The Sulfur Lite
The Sulfur Lite is truly lights-out effective for me in the very early stages of the hatch when fish are beginning to rise but won't seem to take anything you have. I fish this pattern with a greased tippet done leaving the first 6" of tippet above the fly ungreased. It is unweighted and you want it to drift freely just under the surface.
Sulfur Light Recipe
Hook: #16 Curved Nymph
Thread: 8/0 Olive Dun Uni
Tail & Abdomen: Pheasant Tail
Wing-case: Pheasant Tail
Thorax: #8 Hareline Pale Yellow
Legs: Lemon-Barred Wood Duck
The LTD "Long Transitional Dun" was tied in 2000 for the Sulfur emergence on the West Branch of Pine Creek in North-Central Pennsylvania, and published in FlyTyer Winter 2009 Edition. It is the most productive Sulfur emerger pattern I have fished to date, and fishes well through the duns and into tail-outs on cripples after the hatch. If I needed to carry one fly in my box for Sulfurs...this one is it. I go to it as soon as fish begin to actively feed.
The Sulfur Thorax
This variation of the Thorax is the only dun pattern I fish for the hatch. It sits low in the film and I like to go to it as dusk settles in and just before it's getting too dark to follow my LTD, or if they begin to ignore the LTD.
Those are my Sulfur bins and they allow me to fish productively through the entire hatch.
Try them on your water.
Monday, March 12, 2018
Saturday, March 3, 2018
It is by far my favorite spring Speck pattern, sunk deep and stripped in as a streamer.
For gills it is a killer nymph pattern on a floating line and twitch retrieved
For bass it is effective twitch retrieved alone or on a dropper under a bassbug
And back to a streamer on a floating line and a varied retrieve for Pickerel
And then on a winter trip for trout I tied it on as a nymph drifted beneath an indicator
The results were better than expected
On most any water I fished, the LCF proved effective
The little panfish streamer has become one of my favorite high water nymphs.