Saturday, July 25, 2015

Bullet Head Chubby Chernobyl & Mini

DESCRIPTION: Chubby Chernobyl is perhaps one of the most effective and efficient attractor dry-flies nowadays, at least among Montana guides, because it is very visible & almost all unsinkable, floats high, suspends relatively large bead-head nymphs as droppers, and most importantly DOES catch trout!!

My own ties of original/common Chernobyl Ant and Chubby Chernobyl have been catching for me and my clients. During summer months, I'm very busy........... Though this pattern is relatively simple, I oftentimes depend on supplies from shops. And I admit those from factories are very eye-catching for customers and guides. I was finally able to reproduce those what you see at bins at fly-shops.

Though I don't claim to be my own idea, I don't think you see bullet head versions in shop-bins. This is rather my preference. The fly finishes very well with the bullet head. And I believe this robust square head imitates those of hoppers and stoneflies very well.

This pattern simply represents so many food sources for trout during summer months in Montana = June to September. By changing sizes and colors, it can represent stoneflies, sallies, hoppers, ants, and beetles through summer!! Then factors of attractors and trout curiosity kick in!!

I have assortment of 5 body colors that have been proven to be effective and considered "must-have".
BLACK: Black is definitely my go-to & first choice. Certainly we can speculate that black would represent cricket, cicada, ant, beetle, etc for trout eyes. But, I believe, from my observation, black stands out = can be seen by trout = in many & any water type.
OLIVE: Now this is definitely "buggy". Very good imitation of hoppers and many other terrestrials.
PURPLE: This is definitely an attractor color as we can't think of purple bugs around but we also know trout see and take it otherwise. Remember "Purple Haze"? Same idea. Actually I believe, from trout view under the water, purple on the surface is not as flush as we think, rather, it just looks as buggy as olive and black.
Might as well, with purple, this is how it looks on the belly side.
GOLD: See below with mini version. This color can be hopper and golden stone imitations. Also lots of guides and anglers have found it's deadly when Nocturnal Stone is active!

DARK PINK: See below with mini version. This is the lightest color in my assortment. It just merges very well with tan foam on top and creates very "buggy" appearance.

SIZE: 6, 8, 10
PRICE: $2.25 each

Most anglers face look-up & refusal on big attractor dry-flies. Typically, that happens as summer matures and water gets low. Of course, at certain waters with lots fishing pressure, trout simply recognize and get tired of big bugs. That's when the same pattern but tied in smaller sizes comes in and re-stimulate trout appetite.

With smaller hooks, I omitted the rear wing. Yet very visible and high-floating for sure. Not to mention, same silhouette as the bigger cousins above.
See above and mentally omit the rear wing!

Gold & Dark Pink are with tan foam on top. Again, these are the color combinations that have been proven to be effective.
Same silhouette for trout's perspective. BTW, this dark pink is very juicy & buggy, isn't it?

SIZE: 10, 12
PRICE: $2.25 each

Do I need to post proof pics? I suggest you to check and follow my blog! as there are so many of them!!

Sunday, May 17, 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 over $150.00, I offer one box for free to appreciate your business. That will be 4- or 5-dozen order at one time. Upon arrival, you can grab it and go fishing!! I believe that amount of flies will nicely fill out one box.
Regular Price: $5.00 each
I'm ordering more boxes and different compartment types. Keep checking!!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Unnamed Frame

DESCRIPTION: This is the first ever catalog-update with Atlantic Salmon Flies. You can see my dressings in Gallery Pages above. Upon request & order, I can dress ONE, frame it, and send it to you. That is why I don't post one salmon fly or a frame at a time here.

However, these three flies and entire project mean so much to me - professionally and personally. Just like any other businesses, even my tiny Midge flies, purpose here is to make income. But I'd like to announce this is my seminal work so far. And it will be as I intend to reproduce again.

Through this past winter I worked on two sets of "Unnamed Patterns from the 19th Century" (3 of them) introduced by Al Cohen in a legendary book by Judith Dunham (click for the available purchase method).

Besides dressing them with my best out of best, I spent quite a time and a labor to frame them. My main objective was to say THANK-YOU and express my homage to someone above us. That is why I wrote a very personal letter and framed along. Long story short, it's just so many coincidences with someone that I will never see..............


FRAME 2 - Note: This is at Montana Troutfitters in Bozeman for a consignment with their courtesy and for the public view. If you happen to be in town, go and check it with your own eyes.

PRICE: $450 (same price at consignment) including shipping and handling for world-wide.
Send in a Check or Credit Card (that I can transact securely with Square)  
It's a HUGE FRAME: 19-inch x 15-inch / 49cm x 38cm
Easel will be included for your convenience though certainly you can hang them on the wall. 

If you want to know what the story is and my letter, please inquiry me via email and I can email you a Microsoft Word file with the promise to keep it within our private conversation. 

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 ( 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 ( 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!