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The Mouline Midge
The Mouline Midge is not a new pattern design. It is in fact a very basic and time proven midge style. This pattern/video is a demonstration of a technique for using Mouline cross-stitch yarn on your tying bench. This technique creates a very inexpensive and easy to create material for many patterns, and the result provides a very effective attribute to this pattern.
A little bit of Ice glass from Cane and Silk
Rocky Stream Series
7' 3/4wt 3-piece
Ice glass with Chestnut wraps with Lemon tipping
So today the doorbell rings and the mail slot makes it's ceremonial metallic slam as letters hit the floor. "Mail AND a package!"
Outside I find a grey PVC tube addressed from Mike Kattner at Cane and Silk, and a chance to review another rod. It's Christmas come early!
Aimee's 1st Trout on a Fly
With the weather and water improving, and a chance to fish with my daughter on more productive water than our last outing, we chose to meet up with a good friend on Fishing Creek. The goal was to get Aimee on her first trout with the fly rod. Well.......
The day started off clear and cold. Numb fingers and that first cold wade across was an eye-opener.
But despite the chill and numb fingers the fish didn't seem to mind. Egg patterns and caddis emergers were the early flies of choice.
The Mink Coated Retriever
When a pattern such as the Golden retriever performs for years as successfully as it has, it's only natural that patterns it spawns will tend to perform just as well. The MC Retriever is one such pattern.
MC Retriever Recipe
Hook: #6 - #10 Standard 3xl Streamer
Thread: Red Flat Waxed Nylon
Under-body: .020 Lead Substitute Wire
Abdomen: Small Peach Estaz
Rib: xSmall Copper Wire
Wing: Chestnut Mink Zonker Strip
The Mink Coated Retriever Tying Video
With Business looming I came armed with gear in hand and hopes of getting a chance to find water and linking up with a friend. However, the best laid plan can and do go awry. My chance was a few hours on a cold morning in Clear Creek Canyon, then back to work before the sun ever hit my hat.
Little Olive Caddis Nymph
The Little Olive has been with me for a number of years now and is a favorite for fall and winter on local waters. Easy to tie and very effective, it is a great all purpose prospecting pattern. I fish this pattern both alone and as the bottom fly off of a dropper.
Little Olive Caddis Nymph
Hook: #16 Caddis Emerger
Bead: Gold Tungsten
Thread: 8/0 Olive-dun Uni-thread
Abdomen: Olive Micro-tubing
Hackle: Natural CDC Puff
Thorax: Peacock Ice Dub
A few hours on a Friday evening, calm winds and mild sun.....equals prime topwater.
Black was the soup d'u jour and the crappie were all over a black Mini-Squirrel Popper
Only a handful of gills on the night, but the bass turned on as the sun went down.