Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Coming Out APE

DESCRIPTION: Another super low-riding midge dry-fly. As in Midge APE, APE stands for Adult-Pupa-Emerger as this one also mimics all three stages at once. I'd say this one represents just before & several nano-millimeter lower than the stage of Midge APE. CDC represents budding wings or a part of adult just coming out of pupa shuck. This hatch stage happens right on the surface. When dry-flies that imitate midge adult or emerger don't get any attention from trout and when subsurface patterns like my own Pupaerger don't do well either, this one exactly fills the "gap" and gets confident bites of trout.

Just apply CDC oil, followed by Frog's Fanny, ONLY on CDC wing buds. It's very visible by itself.

As for color of wings, so far I like both darker = natural dun and lighter = light dun. They both equally work and are very visible.

Just like my other midge patterns, there are 4 color variations. My starter is black but there always are times when other colors are needed.

Light Olive

See it nailed perfectly at the corner of mouth!
And it was a nice & strong rainbow!!

PLEASE SPECIFY wing colors. If you don't I tie in half natural dun and half light dun.
PRICE: $2.25
SIZE: 16, 18, 20, 22
Tying video has not been shot yet. Perhaps for Tying Season 2015-16.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Split Shuck Floater - Hi Viz Post & CDC Back

DESCRIPTION: During midge hatches on spring creeks, trout are quietly feeding on these tiny insects. When hatch is strong, it's incredible to see that even some very large trout show themselves and rise. What an iconic scene of spring creek fishing!! DePuy's Spring Creek (www.depuyspringcreek.com) Winter Pass Season 2014-2015 was filled with plenty of such activities. In the fall of 2014, my past patterns such as Midge APE and Pupaerger did good jobs yet I started tying them in different colors. In the spring of 2015, things got complicated. Several different midges, in terms of sizes and colors, hatched at the same time. Resident trout started to show themselves out of their winter hide-outs and lots of trout (rainbows to spawn and browns & cutts to follow) were moving into the creek. They all fed actively but VERY SELECTIVELY. I can't emphasize how our fishing became challenging. One day after such challenging morning, I visited Mr. Buzz at Spring Creek Specialists Fly Shop (www.springcreekspecialists.com). He showed me a couple of his favorite/effective patterns. As I copied them, I started to add my own idea, interpretation, and fancy. Then again, in various colors and sizes. They did work!! I was able to pick up those challenging selective feeders, including some BIG ones!!

Point is: A very low-profile dry-fly that represents the period when midge adult is struggling to escape its pupal shuck on the surface. YES!! I've seen this many a time!!, as hatch has been so thick!!
Then midges we are talking can be as small as 24 or 26. So I believe we need some visibility. This is what I came up with, followed by great successes!!

Hi-Viz Post Version
It's really just for us to see, not a wing or a parachute. It's just a small amount that should not be seen from trout angle. Just simply apply your favorite oil-type floatant ONLY on the post, it sets very low on the water film. That means trout can see the split-back and pupal shuck (tail of the fly). Then struggling legs and wings of coming out adult are expressed by hackle.

I found that following 4 colors are very essential at Livingston's spring creeks. I do believe this should work pretty much anywhere when fishing for midges.

Light olive

CDC Back Version
If your idiosyncrasy barks at you, as mine did to me, that "even if it's sparse, the post can be seen by trout!!", I believe this version will satisfy all Visibility, Silhouette, and Flotation.  This is actually much closer to the pattern Buzz introduced me. Yet, shuck (tail) and abdomen are my own ideas.
Make sure to apply CDC Oil on the back, coated by Frog's Fanny. That way, it will stay visible even on windy days.

Color schemes follow as above but I believe it's worth showing.

Light Olive 

This midge species must be somewhat out of ordinary for most folks but they exist & hatch a lot on DePuy Spring Creek. Trout love them. Through experiments and results, I'm very positive these two versions of mine can imitate even this odd looking species due to my idea for the tail material.
Following are true & honest proof pics of trout caught by these two patterns!!

22-incher on size 22...........

PLEASE SPECIFY either Hi-Viz Post or CDC Back.
PRICE: $2.25 each
SIZE: 16, 18, 20, 22, 24
Tying Video: Not yet shot. I will do one version at a time.

VS Emerger

DESCRIPTION: Another spring creek pattern developed based on intense observation. I've been BIG about subsurface hatch and presentation during insect hatches, as much as I like "on the surface" dry-fly actions. I've been developing ascending nymph patterns and emerger patterns and proving them useful (and based on reviews from guided clients and fly customers).
During world-famous PMD = Pale Morning Dun hatches at oh-so-fabled Livingston's spring creeks, I conducted stomach pumps, as always, from trout my clients caught. Most results didn't surprise me = 80 to 90% of contents were ascending PMD nymphs.
Then several individuals captured my eyes. These were what we call emergers with nymph-shucks still hanging onto or emergers just getting out from nymph-shucks.
What really interested me was the shape of wings!! Nobody has done & no other fly patterns have achieved this expression (that I know of).
As always, selecting materials and applying them were the first two hurdles. Then how the fly would look like. With regular trials, errors, critical views by myself and others, and argument in my head, which don't give me a headache any more, I came up with this. I'd like show with confidence here.

Naming? VS = Very Surface: because indeed this one floats/sits exactly on the surface.


Top view

Baetis (BWO) - shown here is regular olive. My basic color combinations are as
  Thorax   Abdomen
1.  olive        olive
2.  gray        gray
3. olive         gray
I have turkey and goose biots in unique colors/shades. I have several more color combinations. A few of them can be unique to particular waters or regions.
Say, at DePuy's Spring Creek in the fall, I often see baetis with somewhat pink thorax, besides regular olive. Patterns, including this one, with pink thorax do work! Let me know what you are looking for.

Now, what do you think?
Then the final hurdle: casting it toward rising trout during the hatch and to see if it would be taken by trout! = ultimate method for testing flies. This one did pass, of course more than once or twice.
PRICE: $2.25 each
SIZES: PMD - 16 & 18
Baetis (BWO) - 18, 20, 22, 24
Color: PMD - PMD = Light Olive
Baetis (BWO) - Refer above = baetis olive, gray, mix of gray and olive, and upon requests/needs
Tying Video - I already shot it. Coming soon!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Lefty Angler & Flies Fly Box

DESCRIPTION: I'm very happy to introduce a fly box with my own logo. With a great service at Dan Bailey Fly Shop in Livingston, MT, finally it did happen.
The shop has been offering the customized logo program for a long time, which has been my fancy. Seeing other shops'/outfitters' logos on boxes, someday I wanted one for my own.
Then there have been fly-customers who order dozens of flies at one order. I've been thinking to show my appreciation along with practicality. Now I became an outfitter. I've thinking that I would need a logo for my own guide/fly operation. So here I'd like to present the first ever product other than my flies.

As a fisherman and a guide, I have tried many different boxes for my vest pockets and as storage. Over the years, I came to find this box from Dan Bailey's is the most practical for both purpose.
Spec: 4&1/4" (11 cm) x 3&1/4" (8.2 cm) - perfect fit for most vest pockets.
12 compartment is perfect to assemble size 16 to 24 (and smaller) flies. Apparently my spring-creek flies are stored in these boxes.
I'm ordering 8 compartment boxes for larger dry-flies (hopper, Green Drake, etc).
Most importantly, even the smallest flies - in my case size 24 midge patterns - WON'T MIX UP as the lid and compartment separater perfectly fit = NO GAP to go through. 
Aren't you tired of small flies scattering all over the box after you have sorted carefully? - Indeed that's annoying. Also isn't it hard to assemble small flies to insert and take out from "foam slits" of some products? This box will solve those problems. 
This means one can use this box to store HOOKS and BEADS. Even bolts and nuts!!

A closer look of my logo.
The white rectangle is meant for so one can write down his/her name, phone # (in case of loss), or fly types inside, or anything one can think of. This is my unique idea.
One corner has a little hole to accommodate piece of strings, zinger, etc.
Also boxes are designed to attach each other in the back. A 12- and an 8-compartment can match too. This makes transferring and storing much either = 2 boxes for 1 movement, really.
These are all based on my practical opinion and experiences with other boxes. And I am sure I go out fishing more than most fishermen.

For one order that consists 4 dozens or more flies, I offer one box for free to appreciate your business. Upon arrival, you can grab it and go fishing!! I think 4 dozens of flies will nicely fill out one box as I usually include one or two kinds of experiment flies (asking for feedback). If the order consists of 6-, 7-, 8-dozens, etc, I will offer one more box.
Regular Price: $5.00 each

Sunday, April 5, 2015

La Pupa

DESCRIPTION: As described for the new use of Flexi Larva, midge larva fished in any water column has been proven to be very effective. I let you call this would simply be a bead-head version of Chewy. However, a bead simulates a hatching/budding point when larvae transforming into pupae. Then again, this pattern has been achieving the depth, under a midge dry-fly, that I want to target the "rise below the surface" which can be 1- to 5-inch. So it's indeed a "larva-pupa" imitation, which I'd like call with a touch of French sound = La = to add some elegance to this simple-one-cell object.

Just like previous patterns, following 5 colors are essentials and will cover most fishing situations and waters.

Dark Olive
Light Olive

Again, I can't emphasize how colors & sizes can be important at each water that you fish. Best method is to kick scene and collect live forms and, as I always do, pump the stomachs of every trout available.
At Livingston's spring creeks, my primary colors are red and black. Then other colors have their spots every so often.
Then just the other day on Missouri River, all the rainbows I caught during midge hatches (and I pumped every single one!!) contained much lighter/paler colored larvae.

Proof pics!
I think this one proves everything. Certainly I attest this is not the result of hooking trees!!

PRICE: $2.25 each
SIZES: 14 & 16 for lakes/ponds. 18, 20, 22, 24 for rivers and spring creeks
Tying video will be posted soon at my YouTube channel.

(UPDATE) Chewy & Flexi Midge Larva - New Colors & Sizes & Uses

DESCRIPTION: My own original Chewy & Flexi Larva patterns (click here) have been one of the most consistent & reliable patterns to attract trout at Livingston's spring creeks. Upon further uses, experiments, and OBSERVATION, I have learned that I need different colors other than standard RED and sizes larger than typical 18, 20, & 22.

Take a look at my stomach sample results of one particular trout that I caught in the "midge infested" spot...........
Chronomid larva??
 Have you pumped the stomach of Whitefish? - This is from a small rainbow that lives in such a spot......

So here they are.
Chewy Midge Larva
Original RED

 Dark olive
 Light olive

Flexi Midge Larva
As discussed with the original red, If you want the fly to have smaller silhouette while fishing, adjust the length by trimming both or either end.
Original Red

 Dark olive
 Light olive
Examples of How Colors Matter 
Photos on top are from stomach samples of trout in Livingston's spring creeks. Over there, though I'm not limiting to, red & black work better than other colors and are my primary choices.
However just the other day on Missouri River, stomach samples of trout caught during midge hatches (with these patterns of course) contained more light/pale colors.
New Use & Modification
From fall 2014 to Spring 2015, it's been some of the best midge hatches at DePuy's Spring Creek in Livingston, MT. Then I fish Bighorn and Missouri Rivers = two of the world famous tailwater fisheries in Montana = that also have great midge hatches and selectively rising trout. So, I have had quite opportunities to test and examine my theories and idea.
Through observation and trails during midge hatches, I have been seeing quite amount of midge larva are eaten besides pupa and definitely over adults. Oftentimes, larvae are eaten than pupae or adults. That tells me larvae must be taken in any level of water column. But then again, trout are rising = feeding closer to the surface. My approach was to modify my own Flexi at the stream. I trimmed the head into the half length to give a silhouette of pupa rather than a worm. This modification has been proven to be super deadly!!
I use this as a dropper under my midge dry-fly (look for my own patterns in this catalog such as Midge APE and Goose Biot Midge). What does this tell you?

Larger Sizes - for Stillwater and Chronomid larva
As seen in pictures, there do exist larger larva that I suspect Chronomids. Chronomids are basically larger cousins that are typically found in lakes and ponds. They also can be found at very slow sections and "slough" like spots of spring creeks - where those pictures are taken. I'm very confident of these larger versions of Chewy & Flexi will do the job!
Following flies were tied with exactly the same methods and materials except for the size of hooks. I'd like you to take a look the difference.

Super Up-Close-&-Personal sight-fishing = barely rod-length apart!! = with Flexi larva!!

SIZES: 14, 16, 18, 20, 22
PRICE: $2.25
Tying instruction video is on my YouTube Channel.