Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Slump Buster - Mini

Description: Slump Buster by John Barr is nothing new instead there are lots of good reviews and tying instructions online. Yet here in my fly sales catalogue, I'd like to promote a certain variation of Slump Buster which is a real KILLER that works at three of Paradise Valley spring creeks. Most of you would expect that spring creeks must be fished with dry flies all year and 6X tippet is way too big!! You can be right but if you sit around here in Livingston and observe trout's behavior, those big trout are always hungry and eager to bite on streamers and leeches.

Tied with silver conehead, copper body, and squirrel strip, this will represent leech, baby trout, sculpin, all at once. If you don't have much skills or times to slot a conehead nicely in order to complete this fly, I can tie them for you!!

Here are a few proof pictures out of many. Nice rainbow munched on it.

Brown trout couldn't resist to bite on it.......

Here's my grip-&-grin at Armstrong.

Price: $3.50 each. Flies will be packed in a little container.

Size: 10 & 12 with curved 2XL curved hook

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sheila's Sculpin

Description: When a guide tied this fly on my line, he said "this pattern is tied with 600 materials!!". Then I caught a nice brown trout. There was no way I could examine how to tie it by undoing what the guide gave me. So I started to do some research on catalogues and online. I finally came up with what I was looking for, and now I can reproduce whenever I want to with all the right materials, not really 600 of them but busy enough to list. This is one of the most realistic sculpin patterns in the market; tied with a barbell eye for the keep style and mix of black, tan, olive, gold, and red all at once = all in all for mixed up and mottled color effects.

Price: $4.00 each. Flies will be packed in a little container or a bag.
Size: curved hook size 4

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Fat Albert - Black (cricket, ant, beetle)

Description: Fat Albert is nothing new but a public terrestrial pattern already. Oftentimes, it's interpreted as a hopper or just a huge attractor so it's typically tied in tan. Not bad but when we fish for terrestrials, we often underrate crickets, ants, and beetles due to hoppers' visibility and chaos stories around. For the same reason, I don't see any Fat Albert tied in my perception at any other fly shops' websites or catalogues. I created a dark silhouette for crickets, ants, and beetles, but also it still keeps hopper appearance as well. Either way, egg yarn tied as an indicator will help us track this fly regardless of color or casting distance. Hence, it should serve as a "hopper-dropper" fishing as well.

Price: $2.25 each. Flies will be packed in a little container.
Size: 6 for cricket and 12 & 14 for (meaty) ant and beetle.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Coyote (Coyoted Pheasant Soft Hackle)

Description & Back Ground Story: IT became my pronoun. I guess not much explanations needed!

This is the top view.

This was truly a debut of my Coyote in late October 2009. Huge run-up rainbow from Hebgen Lake took it confidently.

In November 2010, it did work again!!

And Story Goes on Even Now................

Price: $2.50 each. Flies will be packed in a little container.
Size: Dai-Riki 280 8 & 10 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Rojo Midge

Description: I hear this is one of the hot flies in Colorado area. Indeed it's very fishy. Tying it is not overly difficult but slightly pain-in-the-rear. That's where I come in. I can tie them for you!!

Price: $2.25 each.  Flies will be packed in a little container.
Size: 20 & 22

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Home Invader - Special ONE

Description: As said below Home Invader is a special fly then this color and size is "SUPER SPECIAL" for me. Doug originally gave me as a sculpin pattern for spring creeks in Livingston. Before and after the hatch, I fish very aggressively with it and trout come on it aggressively!! On a good day, two or three are literally chewed off and one or two are lost by big ones along with a piece of tippet. Furthermore, I do pitch them in the river and it has been bringing lots of big and aggressive trout, period!! It must represent sculpin and baby trout. Then again the pulse of fly will cause the instinct impulse within trout!!

Let's see the proof shots. Every time when I review these pics, my hands aches.
20-incher from Armstrong!

Big one from Nelson's.

A monster Westslope Cutty.

And the record for both me and Home Invader, 34-inch (15-lb give or take) Chinook salmon!!

TMC 700 hook held this giant though it was size 6!!

Price: $4.00 each.
Size: 6 & 8
natural fox-tail + marabou (sculpin olive or yellow/brown). I also use pheasant ramp plume for more natural looking.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Soft Hackle Streamer

Another copy from Jack Gartside.

Description: There are Original and New Wave by Mr. Jack's definition. Several differentiations are single or multi color and feathers used for collar. Bottomline is that it's easy and fun to tie and never fails to catch fish! But if you don't have time and materials to complete this fly or if you don't quite get a hang of handling marabou (as Mr. Jack explains at the instruction for New Wave), I can tie them for you! I love to swing them among currents and riffles and then strip here and there every now and then. This is one of my must-haves when I go fishing Madison in the Park in the fall.

All time favorites are, as in other streamer patterns, black and


This is how it works.

And one more.

Now two-color combinations available are: black/white,

yellow/brown (brown trout trigger colors!!),

and olive/brown (mottled sculpin!!).

NOTE: for the collar, I use webby section of grizzly saddle for all of my ties. It just seems grizzly white/black is blended naturally with any marabou colors.

Price: $2.25 each.  Color assortment is available upon request. Flies will be packed in a little container or bag.

Color: black, white, olive, yellow, tan, white/black, yellow/brown, olive/brown. I might experiment other color combinations at my bench.
Size: tied on Dai-Riki 930 #6 (saltwater hook) and 2-inch long.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Rubber Leg

Description: If one has to choose only one fly to catch trout all the time and all through the year at rivers in Southwest Montana like Madison, Gallatin, and Yellowstone, it has to be either sculpin or stonefly nymph patterns. Fishing this big nymph is not as speedy as fishing with sculpin patterns. But if you don't mind chucking & ducking a heavy nymph rig slowly with some patience, you will be rewarded. Rubber Leg is so famous and practical also it's easy to tie. But if you don't have time or just being lazy to tie, I can fill your boxes in misc. colors and sizes. My ties are heavily weighted in order to sink deep and quick at fast currents in Madison and deep troughs of Yellowstone. Variegated chenilles helps me to tie in various colors.

In my experience, this black x orange and
black x coffee are always great as imitating large salmonfly nymphs or just stonefly nymphs in general.

Then once in a while these colors are needed. Brown x black as meant to be a Golden stonefly nymph.

Something olive will work too every now and then.

Anyway here are proof shots.

Price: $2.25 each. Flies will be packed in a container. 

Sizes & Colors: black/orange in 4 & 6, black/coffee in 6 & 8, yellow/brown in 6 & 8, olive in 6 & 8. Mix of sizes and colors assortment will be available upon requests.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Double Bunny with Barbell Eyes

One of the all time favorite streamers ever by Scott Sanchez.

Description: I did tie Scott's original with epoxy on the head. But I figured if I use the barbell eyes, I don't have to use epoxy (shape it while your fingers get cemented, wait & sit till dried). Yet barbell eyes put more weight on the front of the head to sink it quicker also make this fly into a keel pattern = upside down = in the water for less snagging.
Furthermore, I tied them over 4-inch long on purpose!!!! Quite a generous amount of bunny skins. Typical factory tied Double Bunny you see at fly shops are barely 3-inch long. And one day a guide said to me "your bunnies are too huge!!" and I answered "I tied them on purpose!!". Do you know who carries this big Double Bunny in Montana? As far as I know it's at Kelly Galloup's Slide Inn. I was glad when I saw them as I was in the same track with Kelly.

Does this work? Yes, mine was crushed while fishing Yellowstone River,

by these brutes.

Other colors available are: all in black,

Integration = black & white,

black & chinchilla,

olive & chinchilla,

and brown & yellow.

Price: $4.00 each. 
Color: chinchilla & white (must and the best), all in black (another best), black & white, black & chinchilla, olive & chinchilla, brown & yellow (who knows?)
Size: tied on Dai-Riki 700 #2 and over 4-inch long. Again, it's a generous amount of bunny skins and it's meant to target only trophy trout. But only if you don't like them, you can snip them off with your scissors for your desired length.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

T&A Variation

Here are my adaptations of T&A Rainbow.

Description: Since T&A Rainbow is such a lovely streamer, I wondered if I can tie them in all time favorite and effective colors for streamer = white & black. It should be fished with Kelly's full-sink line and a shirt butt leader.

All white with a touch of pink.
All black with a touch of brown/orange.

And this is the integration of white & black!!

I emailed these to Kelly already and got some compliments.

Then both white and black got approval from by both rainbow and brown and in both Madison and Yellowstone Rivers!!!

Price: $4.00 each.  Flies will be packed in a little bag or container.

Size: 4-inch long!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Royal Ray Charles

Well, I wish my first fly would have been a much cooler and fantastic arsenal other than scud patterns. But here it is, my own design "Royal Ray Charles".

Description & Story Behind: What I learned about scuds is that they develop an “orange-hot-spot” caused by internal parasites. Some might refer as “pregnant spot” but the fact is “dying spot” that makes any stillwater trout gorge on dying scud. I modified regular Ray Charles by wrapping orange ostrich herls between olives, as tying red floss in Royal Wulff. Thus the name, “Royal Ray Charles”, was born.

It keeps catching heavily fished trout in one of the most heavily fished stillwaters in eastern WA State (Google "rocky ford creek"). I believe it catches trout eyes as a general olive scud then the “hot-spot” must trigger some instinctive aggression. It should work at any stillwaters and spring creeks including creeks right here in Paradise Valley.
Anyway here are the proof shots.

Price is $2.25 each. Flies will be packed in little containers then sent in an envelope.

Size 16 and 18. Mix available if you request. Size 14 and 20 can be tied if needed for your home waters.

For this fly, MONEY BACK GUARANTEE if you don't like my tying or your fishing results. I Promise!! I am that much confident of this fly!!

Welcome!! Fly Shop Open!!

Grand Opening!!
I finally decided to show all of my flies and sell them in public.
Planning for maybe a month and investing 0 peso, now it's good to go thanks to the Blogger.
First of all, it will be a temporal shop until I get busy with breeding cows, fishing myself, and guiding some in spring. I wish I could have started earlier but it's OK. I had other things to do and re-take lots of fly pictures for better quality.
And I came up with a fair pricing, compared to other retailers, including shipping.
It will be an old school fly shop; I take your orders, you send me a check, and I tie flies and send them to you.
I am not going to pick up from my boxes as they are for my use for this coming season. So I can answer some requests if there will be.
My Regal Vise is good to go and ready to work more!!
Here are my recent ties for some steelhead patterns. Those will be posted soon.

What I'm going to do; I basically post one fly at a time with a price, description, how to use, and my catching result pictures. For some flies, I can sell tying instructions too.
All the flies will be tied for their specifications with constancy. All the hooks used are either Dai-Riki or TMC. And I am very discriminatingly picky and selective about materials to buy at the shops.
In search of flies you are interested in, there will be a "Label" on right side of the screen such as dryfly, mayfly, caddis, nymph, etc so on.
I am not expecting big money at all. Just wondering how many "Dollar Menu" I can expect......... just kidding. I just want to show my flies for everyone who loves to fly-fish and I'm confident most of you find them useful and see more fish with these flies!!