Thursday, August 4, 2011
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.
Posted by Byron Haugh at 1:23 PM
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
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.
Posted by Byron Haugh at 8:23 PM
Sunday, May 15, 2011
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.
Posted by Byron Haugh at 3:09 PM
Friday, May 13, 2011
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.
Posted by Byron Haugh at 4:58 PM
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
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:
Posted by Byron Haugh at 11:40 PM
Friday, April 29, 2011
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.
Posted by Byron Haugh at 12:04 PM
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Byron Haugh at 12:44 PM
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
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.
Posted by Byron Haugh at 10:23 AM
Friday, April 22, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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.
Posted by Byron Haugh at 10:35 PM
Sunday, March 27, 2011
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.
Posted by Byron Haugh at 4:29 PM
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
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.
Posted by Byron Haugh at 7:04 PM
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,
Posted by Byron Haugh at 1:03 PM