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

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Small Water Popping

Small Water Bass Popping

Spending time on some nearby ponds chasing small water bass with deer hair poppers

They love those poppers.

The fly of the day was the P&G Popper

P&G Popper

Hook: #6 Gamakatsu Stinger
Thread:  Black Uni-thread 6/0
Tail:  Purple Marabou
Legs: Grizzly Hackle
Head: Purple deer hair in front of Yellow

Friday, September 12, 2014

Tying the Pine Creek Nymph (Video)

Pine Creek Nymph

This Pattern was originally tied for the Upper Pine Creek in Tioga County PA. It has become my go-to pattern in many Central PA streams over the years. I tie this pattern without weight, and finish my drifts with a Leisenring lift.

Pine Creek Nymph Recipe

Hook: Standard Curve Shank Nymph #12
Thread:  Brown Uni-thread 6/0
Tail:  Wild Turkey Tail fibers
Rib: Dark Brown Body Glass
Abdomen: Wild Turkey tail
Thorax: Insect Green Rabbit dubbing
Wingcase: Wild Turkey Tail
Hackle: Furnace Hen neck

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tying the C2C Hare Nymph (Video)

C2C Hare

This pattern has been in my box for nearly 20 years. It was inspired by the Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear, yet holds its own as significantly different on the water.  Less “spikey” than its predecessor by using rabbit instead of Hares Ear and tied much more slim on a bent shank hook. This nymph has been the difference more times than I can count when avoiding fishless days on both coasts, hence the name C2C or “Coast-to-Coast” Hare.

C2C Hare Recipe

Hook: Orvis Beadhead or Scud #12-18
Thread:  Tan Uni-thread 6/0
Bead:  Gold bead
Tail:  Natural Pheasant Tail
Abdomen: Ginger Rabbit Dubbing
Rib: Fine Gold Wire
Thorax: Ginger Rabbit Dubbing
Wingcase: Wild Turkey tail fibers