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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tying the Little Perch Streamer

Little Perch Streamer



The Perch Streamer was tied recently to mimic the color and flash of a 2" Yellow Perch Rapala.  I watched it do very well on bass while fishing a local small pond and though, "Huh?...I bet I could copy that in a streamer." A night on the bench and this was the result. Fished only once to date, it did very well on those very same bass. Durable and easily replicated, the options are limited only to your imagination.


Little Perch Recipe

Hook: #4 Daiichi 2370 7X  Dick Talleur
Thread:  6/0 Black
Abdomen:  Orange-Dyed Diamond Braid (Flanked Red)
Belly:  Gold Crystal Flash
Back: Olive Super-Hair (Barred Black)



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And now, back to our regularly scheduled fly tying.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Rebuilding Classic Glass (Continued)

The Build Continues.....



With the rod broken down to the blank and cork, and in the hands of rodsmith, things are coming together.  Cork will remain the same, as will the superfine front taper. The hardware will be black with the same spacing as the Orvis Far-and-Fine. 

Reel seat spacer is the one below, but with blued hardware.



Buckeye Burl

The Garrisson-Style hardware should fit the rods look nicely, as will the Merlot wraps with black tipping.


Look for more updates as the process moves forward.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tying The Cutthroat Fly

The Cutthroat Fly




This pattern was tied for Sea-Run Cutts on the Nisqually River in Western Washington in the early 90's. Adapted from the "Polar Gibson", I was looking for a darker hackle and thorax. After trying several variations, this pattern emerged and began to produce. Myself and others referred to it as "The Cutthroat Fly", and it was never named. It also pulled double-duty on the Olympic Peninsula for Summer Run Steelhead, specifically on the Satsop River. Having not fished it in nearly 20 years I offer it to anyone who is able to hit those northwest waters and hope it still brings fish to hand. 


TCF Recipe

Hook:  #6-8 Low-Water Salmon
Thread:  70 Ultra-Thread (Flo Orange)
Tail:  Orange Tippet
Rib & Tag:  Small Gold Tinsel
Abdomen:  Orange Hareline Rabbit
Thorax:  Black Ice-Dub (Originally Haretron)
Hackle:  Furnace Hen under Cree Dry






Monday, September 21, 2015

Tying the Elk Hair Caddis (Lite)

Elk Hair Caddis (Lite)



This version of the Elk Hair Caddis (EHC) has been with me for over 25yrs. Early on it was suggested to me that the Wire rib/Tinsel on the EHC was not necessary, but to try it and find out for myself. After a few trips it was determined the advice was right, and I began tying the pattern as such. It's an excellent low-water patter, yet still rides high enough to skitter or fish faster waters. Give it a try. You may find as I did that a slight break in tradition can deliver a lifelong pattern. 


The EHC (Lite) Recipe 

Hook:  Standard Dry #8-18
Thread:  8/0 Dark Brown Uni-thread
Abdomen:  Ginger Hare-line Rabbit
Hackle: Light Furnace or Brown (One Size Smaller)
Wing:  Ginger Elk



Thursday, September 17, 2015

Tying The Centipede Pupa

The Centipede Pupa



The Centipede Pupa is an effective year-round midge pattern that has been very successful for me ove the past 2 seasons. Tied to fish the midge hatch along Fishing Creek in North-Central PA, it has earned a spot in my box by fishing well virtually everywhere I tie it on.


Centipede Pupa Recipe

Hook:  #18 Emerger Hook
Thread:  8/0 Tan Uni-thread
Abdomen:  Brown Centipede Leg
Thorax:  Olive Ice-Dub
Wing-case:  Black Thin-Skin
Gills:  Pearlescent Crystal Flash


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Big Mack2


Big Mack2





Well,  By request here is another variation of the Big Mack. After looking at it, it just may be a productive fly when the Bluefish are present in the schoolie-size range.

Never been fished. Have no idea if it will catch a damned thing. But it was fun to put together.

Big Mack2 Recipe

Hook:  #4 Partridge
Thread:  6/0 Black
Abdomen:  Silver Mylar over lead wire
Belly:  Rainbow over Pearlescent Crystal Flash
Back: Olive Crystal Flash
Back:  Blue Super Hair (With black Copic Pen)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Tully

September Tully



With an opportunity to hit the Tulpehocken  for a quick 2 hours who could resist? Unfortunately for us, the recent rains did not help. While the water elsewhere was clear if a bit high, upstream on the Tully they were releasing water, turning the water a dull green and sending a lot of debris downstream. That in no way took anything away from the perfect morning, and a chance to share time on the water with a good friend and a new rod.


The signs of fall after a long hot summer





This was also the first chance to get the new Boo on some trout water. Although I was unable to bring a fish to hand on the morning, I was able to get a sense of how the rod performs. It lays out a beautiful loop with dries and light nymphing. I could not be more pleased. The Lulbegrud Creek PH Young Perfectionist is exactly as it's name implies.


Yours truly enjoying the a new rod, while searching the waters for a fish willing to sacrifice itself for the cause.

Chris on the other hand had other ideas. As once again, the Golden Retriever saved the day for the only fish brought to hand. 


Congrats buddy!





Monday, September 14, 2015

Tying the Tippet

The Tippet



The Tippet is one of my favorite midge patterns throughout the year. It fishes very well through the winter, as-well-as on both stillwater and streams. The profile and segmentation, coupled with the red trigger point seems to be the key with this pattern. Tied several years ago, it has been a mainstay in my midge box ever since.

Tippet Recipe


Hook:  #18 Curved Nymph
Bead:  Gold Tungsten
Thread:  6/0 Black
Back:  Red Pheasant Tippet
Abdomen:  Clear Body Glass
Thorax:  Black Ice-Dub


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Big Mack

Big Mack



Yesterday while at the doc's for a visit, he was showing me pics of his son's fish caught on the hot lure in Portugal. I got to looking at it, and thought...."that would be a neat fly."  So I promised him 3 flies for his own testing on his next trip. I was a 2 1/2" mackerel-marked lure with a green flank fading to a yellow belly. Here's what I came up with. 

Never been fished. Have no idea if it will catch a damned thing. But it was fun to put together.

Big Mack Recipe

Hook:  #4 Partridge
Thread:  6/0 Black
Abdomen:  Gold Mylar over lead wire
Belly:  Gold Crystal Flash
Back: Olive Crystal Flash
Back:  Blue Super Hair (With black Copic Pen)

Friday, September 11, 2015

Rebuilding Classic Glass

Johnson Profile Re-build

Creating another favorite rod


I was fortunate enough recently to trade a newer bass rod and reel for a rod that I have admired for a number of years.  Finally a Johnson Profile 800 rod was in my hands and soon after, on the water. SO...now brace yourself....while it was nice to look at, and I liked the taper quite a bit....I had some serious issues with it. 

I know, right now some die-hard glass fans are staring at their screens thinking, "Who IS this idiot? How dare he blaspheme the Profile?!"

Well, remember, I did say I loved the taper. And I also loved the cork grip. But that's where the romance ended. Let me preface the rest of this blog entry however with a few facts. While the rod is in 100% functional condition, the logo is almost completely gone, and 2 of the guides were already reworked by the previous owner. SO true collector value is no longer there. I want a daily use light bass rod, so this thing isn't going to sit pretty in a case. It's going to see South Jerseys warm water haunts regularly. The final decision, I have to like and enjoy the rod.

On to my disappointments....:)

The coil guides suck, are poorly spaced, far too small and at least 1 short of optimum in my opinion. Worst of all, the tip-top is the smallest I have ever seen. Especially for a 7wt rod. A simple loop-2-loop connection can't physically fit through it without help. Also,while I love the older glass rods, I absolutely hate the old aluminum reel seats. And this one even comes adorned with gold anodizing.  GREAT!

The result was, loved the rod....hated the rod. While deciding what to do, i went from re-trading it again, to an EBAY listing, which I later cancelled. Then decided to ask a buddy of mine from another forum "Bass_Bug" if he would be interested in taking a look at it. he had repaired and restored another glass rod for me years ago and did  an unbelievable job. His answer was a yes, IF the reel seat would come off.



A little boiling water and it was done. Off came the reel seat. SO things are moving forward. We are rebuilding a classic!

We will be keeping the cork, but replacing the seat, and all of the hardware. I say "WE", but B_B will be doing all the heavy lifting.

I'll try to share as much of the process as possible along the way.

STAY TUNED!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tying the Foam Carpenter Ant

Foam Carpenter Ant



The ant can rule the dog days of summer, so to be caught without them on the water can at times be the deciding factor on a days fishing. I tend to fish and tie one version which is a larger Carpenter Ant version. It's easy to see, floats well and the fish seem to enjoy them as well.

Foam Carpenter Ant Recipe


Hook:  #14 Caddis Emerger
Thread:  Black 6/0
Body:  1/8" wide thin Razor Foam
Hackle: #12 Black Dry
Post:  Flo Orange Antron Yarn



Mini-Divers

Mini-Divers


With the bins filled with #2 & #4 Mule Deer Divers, I took some time to tie up some Mini-Divers to give a few color variations in smaller offerings for Gills.  Tied on #6 Gama Stingers, all that was changed from the standard MDD pattern was the deer hair and hackle colors. 

For recipe and tying video, click on the link below:
Mule Deer Diver Recipe and Video


Friday, September 4, 2015

Tying the Little Crappie Fly

Little Crappie Fly



The LCF was tied as a crappie/panfish streamer for float tubing. It has since caught just about every species I've thrown it at. Exceptional on Crappie, it even broke into the world of Tenkara, dead-drift for trout.


LCF Recipe


Hook:  #10 Standard Nymph
Thread: Black 6/0
Bead: Gold Tungsten
Tail:  Tan Marabou
Abdomen:  Holographic Gold Tinsel
Thorax:  Red Ostrich Herl
Hackle:  Ringneck Church Window Feather




Wednesday, September 2, 2015

THE SKETCHED CREEL


Over the years I have illustrated books and sketched countless pictures for friends, family & acquaintances. Always to bring to life a picture of a favorite fish that carried an important memory. The Sketched Creel provides you with an uncluttered memory of a fish, in your hands. No distractions, photo bombs or poor settings to ruin your memory. From your picture, you are provided with a signed 8" x 10" pencil sketch original print of your fish, on acid free high quality paper. It is my goal to add in a positive way to your time on the water.

If Interested