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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Improved Sparkle Dun

I tried this a long time before. Thought I was the only one doing this. Then, I found a youtube video by Craig Mathews of Blue Ribbon Flies and find that he is doing it. They named it the "Improved Sparkle Dun". I like it because it sort of highlights the wing and adds sheen to it.

This one is supposed to be a baetis. My thread color was too light. This one is a size 16.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Scott S4 9'. 5 Wt fly rod for sale -$475

Fished twice. Plastic wrap still on cork handle. Need $475 plus about $0 for shipping. Have warranty card.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Squirrel Hair Caddis


I really like the "buggy" qualities of the Red Fox Squirrel hair. So, I tied a caddis using the guard hair of the back of a squirrel body.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Trying to use subtle differences in dubbing color in an attempt to get a little hint of segmentation on this Pale Evening Dun Sparkle Dun.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Jason Borger's Watercolors


I am making shadow boxes of some of my flies. Jason Borger did 2 watercolors of my "Byron's Soft Hackle" which I am including in the shadow boxes.
I think he did a beautiful job!!
He is a true artist!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hybrid Nymph


I am torn between two of my favorite nymphs: The Red Fox Squirrel and the Pheasant Tail. The Prince Nymph is right up there as well.

Anyway, today, I thought I would tie a couple hybrids between the squirrel and the pheasant tail nymph. This is what I have come up with so far.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Flytyers Dungeon Dubbing

i ordered a few different dubbings from "The Mad Scientist" at Fly Tyers Dungeon. This particular dubbing is a little different in that it is a little fuzzy. They also sell a dubbing called "Skeeter Fuzz" which is really fine and is NOT fuzzy.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Combo Thread for Tying Midge Patterns

Midges reach a late stage in which they seem to be saturated with hemoglobin and their bodies become red/black or sort of maroon in color. I thought about using two colors of thread: red and black. However, it was not easy to do using two bobbins.

Then, I saw that there is a product called "Combo Thread" which has two colors of very fine thread on the same spool. It is really convenient and I think it looks good.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Dave Whitlock's Red Fox Squirrel Nymph


Thought I would post this famous fly as tied by Dave Whitlock himself:

We all have our own styles and methods which lead to different versions of the same fly. I don't have exact materials that Dave Whitlock uses. These are my interpretation:

Friday, April 29, 2011

Dubbing from The Dungeon


Yesterday, I received my order of dubbing from "The Dungeon". I have heard a lot about these guys on the forums. Their email response comes from "The Mad Scientist". I was told their dubbing blends are the best.

So, this morning, I broke into a batch of it and tied a Blue Winged Olive.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


This drawing and watercolor was done by Jason Borger. Jason is the son of Gary Borger - famous fly fishing author. Jason was the stunt man doing the casting in "A River Runs Through it". He is a tremendous artist, writer, and fly caster.
The drawing above was done as the original in his father's book "Designing Trout Flies". The drawing appears on page 25 of that book. Jason was kind enough to watercolor the drawing for me.

I think he is an awesome artist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Modified Zebra Midge


While fishing in Southern Missouri a few weeks ago, I found the Zebra Midge to be the fly the trout just loved. The guy I was fishing with wondered if there were some way to get the tuft at the head to be in front of the bead.

After getting home, I decided to try to do this. I did not want the tuft to stick out over the eye.

Anyway, this is what I have come up with so far.


Friday, April 22, 2011

New Jbobbin Arrived


I ordered a Jbobbin from Jay Smit in South Africa and it arrived yesterday. Jay makes the fantastic Jvice which is the most comfortable fly tying vise I have ever used. His website is "jvice.com". He makes the most beautiful things!!!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Midwest Fishing Trip


Returned from a fly fishing trip to the trout stream near my hometown in Lebanon, Mo. Had a fine fishing trip. The stream is in Bennett Spring State Park. It is less than 2 miles long and is fed by a single spring head which produces 100,000,000 gallons of cold water each day. The stream is spit into 3 "zones". Zone 1 is fly fishing only; Zone 2 is artificial only; and Zone 3 is for bait fishing. All seem to coexist peacefully - though quite crowded on weekends. Luckily, we were there for a full week beginning on a Monday, so it wasn't very crowded. The stream is stocked with rainbows and maintains a number of carry-over fish as well.

The stream ends in the Niangua River which can be great fishing as well - just downstream from the confluence with Bennett Spring.

On one partial day of fishing, I caught and released 14 healthy rainbows. Largest was about 16 inches.

The most productive fly was a size 14 or 16 Zebra Midge. The fish loved them!

This was the "dining table" in our small cabin.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Scud or Sow Bug


Will be fishing a spring creek next week. Thought I might need a scud or sow bug pattern. This is what I came up with - one in a darker color without a bead head and the other in more traditional color with a bead head. Hope they work!!!

I'm using Orvis' ice dubbing with a gold ribbing and shell back of zip lock bag.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Traditional Blue Wing Olive

Back to basics. Tying a traditional style Blue Wing Olive. Also trying out my new Orvis "Ultimate Dry Fly" hooks. Not quite sure, but they are growing on me.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Multiple Views of Blue Wing Olive Sparkle Dun


This is a size 16 Blue Wing Olive biot bodied sparkle dun. Thought I would show several views of the fly.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Blue Wing Olive Funnel Dun


Tied a better version of the deer hair funnel dun fly. This one is a biot bodied Blue Winged Olive. The deer hair is a dyed blue/dun color. After tying this fly, I layed it on a table and the wind blew it all over the table. Wherever it came to rest, it rested, as designed, upside down.

Thanks for looking.


Blue Wing Olive Sparkle Dun


This is a size 14 BWO Sparkle Dun. I took 3 photos to try to give an idea of what the fly looks like from a couple different angles. This fly is an adaptation of Craig Mathews of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone of the original Haystack fly.

In this case, I used deer hair dyed blue.

Thanks for looking,

Wednesday, March 23, 2011