Monday, September 29, 2014

Tying the Breeches

The Breeches

First tied as a search pattern on the Yellow Breeches in Central Pennsylvania, the Breeches is a solid pattern in my box. It floats well, always lands on its feet, and fishes cross-hatches very effectively.  

The Breeches Recipe

Hook:  #14 Dry Fly
Thread: Light Cahill 8/0 Uni-thread
Tail:  Medium Pardo CDL
Abdomen: Tying Thread
Rib:  #18 Silver Badger Hackle
Wing:  Dun Turkey Flat Fibers
Thorax:  Peacock Herl
Hackle:  Silver Badger 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Tying the Little Green Caddis Worm (Video)

Little Green Caddis Worm

The Green Caddis Worm is a staple within most every fisherman's box and we all have our favorites.  This pattern is my personal favorite. Its simple to tie, durable, and one more catches fish.  

LGCW Recipe

Hook:  #16 Orvis Beadhead
Bead:  Black Tungsten
Thread:  6/0 Black Uni-thread
Abdomen:  Chartreuse Ultra-wire inside Clear Micro-tubing
Thorax:  Black Ice-dubbing
Wingcase:  Zap Goo

Tying the Great White Humpy (Video)

The Great White Humpy

When the Smallmouth are looking up, this is my go-to fly. Fished in the eddies and shallows of the Susquehanna River basin it has proven itself time and again. It is a great attractor and top fly for a dropper rig as well, but Smallmouth on the top is where it shines.

Great White Humpy Recipe

Hook:  #8 2XL Dry Fly
Thread: Black 6/0 Uni-thread
Tail:  Moose Body Hair
Abdomen: White Antron Yarn
Shellback:  Natural Deer Hair
Wing:  Natural Deer Hair
Hackle:  Silver Badger 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tying the Long AW (Video)

The Long AW

This aquatic worm pattern was featured in my book Tomorrow's Fish and is such a simple pattern to tie, yet catches fish everywhere. It’s tied with light brown body glass over bare hook at the abdomen, and over a red tying thread at the thorax for a perfect contrast which seems to be just the ticket.

Long AW Recipe

Hook: Caddis Emerger #10 - 14
Thread:  Brown 8/0 Uni / Red 3/0 Orvis
Body: Light Brown Orvis Body Glass

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tying the Little Olive Wet

Little Olive Wet

This pattern is my first choice for the Fall Olives. I fish it in wet fly fashion with the last 6” of tippet greased heavy to keep the pattern in or near the film.

Little Olive Wet Recipe 

Hook: Standard 2x Heavy Scud #14-18
Thread:  Olive Dun Uni-thread 6/0
Abdomen:  Olive Biot
Thorax: Olive Ice-Dub
Wing: Lemon Barred Wood Duck
Hackle: Silver Badger Brahma hen