Friday, December 9, 2016

FF Beetle

DESCRIPTION: I could simply copy-&-paste from Para Post Deer Hair Beetle.........😏How about calling it a kind reminder😓!?

Here's another highly visible beetle pattern while keeping the color and silhouette as effective as starndard patterns.
Just like ants, beetles and their fly patterns are underrated due to popularity and iconic images of hopper patterns and its fishing. I just can't emphasize how important beetles are as trout diet during summer months. That being said, I have found beetles from trout stomach pumps as early as in early March on Bighorn River to as late as mid October on Yellowstone River.
Even if anglers are preached to use ants or beetle, they still hesitate = because they are much smaller than hoppers and "black", hard to see......... Conceded......... Well, there are number of ways to improve our visibility. (#1 improve your casting so you know where your flies will land.....I know that's too much to demand.) Ants and beetles can be trailed behind hopper. Also add something that's bright enough and makes contrast from surroundings.

One day I was thinking about a beetle pattern with foam. Foam definitely adds buoyancy on the entire fly and oftentimes I could keep dwelling on one piece of foam until I may come up with something. Yet, still a black dot in the middle of river.........  I was manipulating a peice of foam to make segmentations without overly getting confusing or time-consuming. Folding procedure worked out!! Then I added a tuft of synthetic materials as wing. It doesn't add buoyancy but quite visibility. I finished the fly with sets of rubber legs.

Now this beetle pattern is buoyant and visible by itself!! Certainly trailing behind hopper or other large dry-flies are effective but now we don't have to depend on their boyancy or visibility as this one itself stands out on the water. Results has been better than ever!!

Bottom view = trout view
Color of wing is just a choice. But also I use this to identify the size as I tuck them into my Beetle Box. In this case, Pink wings are in size 14 and green in size 16.

For wing colors, I use Yellow, White, Pink, Orange, and Green.

SPECIFY Wing color(s) if you wish!
SIZE: 12, 14, 16, 18
PRICE: $2.25 each

Para Post Deer Hair Beetle

DESCRIPTION: Just like ants, beetles and their fly patterns are underrated due to popularity and iconic images of hopper patterns and its fishing. I just can't emphasize how important beetles are as trout diet during summer months. That being said, I have found beetles from trout stomach pumps as early as in early March on Bighorn River to as late as mid October on Yellowstone River.
Even if anglers are preached to use ants or beetle, they still hesitate = because they are much smaller than hoppers and "black", hard to see......... Conceded......... Well, there are number of ways to improve our visibility. (#1 improve your casting so you know where your flies will land.....I know that's too much to demand.) Ants and beetles can be trailed behind hopper. Also add some "vertical silhouette" that's bright enough and makes contrast from surroundings. Parachute is very effective. But how one could incorporate among the rest of materials.............
One day I was just working on deer hair beetle, which has been a standard pattern for ages! I suddenly got an idea....... Rather than pulling a whole bunch all at once, why don't I a half bunch on each side of parachute one at a time? It resulted in the same silhouette....... As for legs, majority of beetle patterns have legs in the middle of fly or hook-shank. However, close examinations under-body tells us 3 sets of legs are actually attached right behind the head. So attaching leg materials after completing a major body is actually making sense and more natural.

Now this beetle pattern can be fished by itself!! Certainly trailing behind hopper or other large dry-flies are effective but now we don't have to depend on their visibility as this one itself stands out on the water. Results has been better than ever!!
 Bottom view = trout view
 Top view = hawk view!?

Color of parachute is just a choice. But also I use this to identify the size as I tuck them into my Beetle Box. In this case, green posts are in size 14 and orange in size 16.



For parachute post colors, I use Yellow, White, Pink, Orange, and Green.

SPECIFY Parachute Post color(s) if you wish!
SIZE: 12, 14, 16, 18
PRICE: $2.25 each

SWAnT

DESCRIPTION: Due to hopper popularity, rest of terrestrials have been underrated their effectiveness and importance.........sad but if that's what other anglers and guides do, that works for me😉. Ant patterns have been treated so........ I do like Ant dry-flies. However I have noticed that there are time-periods when trout key on submerged (drowned) ants.

On summer days on DePuy's Spring Creek, I have encountered more than several occasions when ants were constantly falling into the creek and trout kept rising. At a glance it's nothing different from when midge or mayfly are hatching. However there's one major difference: while mayfly or midge will eventually fly into air, ants on the surface will definitely sink........... When I recognize this ant phenomena, I tie on an ant dry-fly and I, and my clients, have taken trout on the surface rise. Then there have been trout that wouldn't respond to our dry-flies yet kept "sipping". It's like trout gently sipping on mayfly emerger and ascending nymph or pupae. I could almost all bet they were sipping on submerged ants just below the surface, without making effort to break the surface tension. That's when this gently sinking pattern will work!!

Another scenario is: after the flying ant mating swarm that we typically see in late summer/early fall. This natural phenomena has been reported anywhere around here; Madison, Gallatin, somewhere in Yellowstone Park............ If you encounter this, it's one of a kind that you'll never forget. Trout gorge on whatever fall into the river. Now that's exciting. But after this explosive response is over, at first it seems our fishing of the day would also be over. There's one more phase worth waiting...... After the major mating swarm is over, what's left? Exhausted and died or dying ants that have not been eaten by trout during the swarm. Those are on the current, being trapped in eddies or not, either way eventually sink. So in this phase, trout feed under the current or in the eddy, oftentimes targeting sinking ants.

Above stories may sound like requisites for sunken ants but this pattern can simply be fished under hopper or dry ant any time!!

SWAnT= Sinking & Wet Ant that will solve the situation like SWAT team does!!
I use a light plastic bead, really fuzzy dub with flash, and hen hackle. This simple one is The Killer!
 I also tie with a curved hook, Dai-Riki 280. This is 2X long hook so #16 is about the same length as #14 dry-fly hook and slightly heavier than dry-fly hooks.
Either hook style looks good and equally effective!!

SPECIFY hook style.
SIZE: 12, 14, 16, 18
PRICE: $2.25

B&S Rubber Leg

DESCRIPTION: What's said for SYnco Stone Nymph below can be copy-&-paste here......
Rubber Leg stonefly nymphs are very productive on Yellowstone and Madison Rivers and very popular among fishing guides and anglers on those rivers. In other words, (most of) everybody is using!!............ I'd better come up with something while retaining the original effectiveness.

A new pattern hit the market and got popularity in the fly shops around here. Seeing and picking up one, I liked it too. However, as always, I could improve some and make more color & size variations that would meet the demands for this area rivers.

I first added the beadhead as it makes a nicer head & finish plus adds more weight to get depths in our tumbling waters of Yellowstone and Madison. I increased hook-sizes as that would match to stonefly nymphs and bait-fish sizes around here. Then there are so many effective color combos!! I let my imagination run wild and tied up what came up to my mind. (Now I actually am doing copy-and-paste😓.) It had evolved into a multi-purpose & -use fly!! This one can be fished under an indicator in the nymph rig but also can be stripped in along the bank or around boulders like streamers!! Not just I've got another fly pattern as my arsenal, I've got another method to fish without changing flies or rigging!

B&S = Beadhead & Strips. As for strips, I use both squarrel and rabbit strips, depending of colors and sizes I'm looking for.

As stonefly nymphs, body-color = chenille color is the key. Then the color of strip over can be whatever one chooses and equally effective and good-looking.

Favorite body colors are:
Brown x Black

Orange x Black

 Olive x Black

As for colors of materials, I have the following. 
Bead: copper, gold, nickle, silver
Hackle: grizzly, brown
Rubber leg: black, brown, some variegated multi-colored ones
Rabbit & Squirrel strips: I have too many to mention; natural, black, brown, yellow, olive, barred,

Any of these combinations look good and successfully catch fish. Imagine the brown strip over olive body, or black over orange x black............looks good, isn't it? 
If you have and want specific colors or combinations of colors to tie one, let me know! Otherwise, let me handle and I show you pictures for your opinions before finishing the order. 

Either way, the result will be:


SPECIFY Variegated Chenille Colors and we go from there!!
SIZE: 4, 6, 8, 10
PRICE: $2.25 each

SYnco Stone Nymph

DESCRIPTION: Rubber Leg stonefly nymphs are very productive on Yellowstone and Madison Rivers and very popular among fishing guides and anglers on those rivers. In other words, (most of) everybody is using!!............ I'd better come up with something while retaining the original effectiveness.

I first added the beadhead. Then added (or revived) wet hackle on the body. Last but not the least, I tied in pheasant ramp feathers for the tail in place of rubber legs. It had evolved into a multi-purpose & -use fly!! This one can be fished under an indicator in the nymph rig but also can be stripped in along the bank or around boulders like streamers!! Not just I've got another fly pattern as my arsenal, I've got another method to fish without changing flies or rigging!

As for naming, I actually didn't come up with anything........ So I started to list and count materials on the hook; bead, rubber leg, chenille, hackle, and pheasant ramp = total 5 = Cinco!!...........

Favorite colors are:
Brown x Black
Orange x Black
Olive x Black available! (no pictures)

As for colors of materials, I have the following. 
Bead: copper, gold, nickle, silver
Hackle: grizzly, brown
Rubber leg: black, brown, some variegated multi-colored ones

Any of these combinations look good and successfully catch fish. If you have and want specific colors or combinations of colors to tie one, let me know! Otherwise, let me handle and I show you pictures for your opinions before finishing the order. 

SPECIFY Variegated Chenille Colors!!
SIZE: 4, 6, 8, 10
PRICE: $2.25 each

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Coming Out PT

DESCRIPTION: Here's another floating nymph/emerger pattern for mayfly hatches on Livingston's spring creeks. When hatch is prolific and duns are flying all over yet it's hard to take trout with dry-flies, trout are most likely keying on emerger or nymph "in the surface film" or "just on the surface" - the most vulnerable stage for mayfly, in other words, easy prey for trout.

I have been published several patterns under this type; Winged Victory, FA Nymphs, and some versions learned from Master Angler, but spring creek fly development never ends!!
The front components of this pattern simulate folded wings and legs, as if a dun is just getting out of its nymphal shuck. Also these features enhance flotation and visibility.
I have used this pattern during PMD and baetis hatches on spring creeks and results have been good!!

SIZE & COLOR: PMD = 16 & 18, Baetis = 20 & 22
PRICE: $2.25 each

Green Machine

DESCRIPTION: Caddis is definitely the most predictable and effective food source on our free-stone rivers. In spring Yellowstone and Madison Rivers produce excellent Mother's Day Caddis hatches, then during summer months, many species bloom!!
As much as I like to fish with dry-flies, I know the effectiveness of caddis pupa patterns and every so often, I don't mind going down and deep quickly!!

Green Machine is a modified version of a couple of other commercial patterns so I can tie more quickly.  It can be fished under an indicator in the nymph-rig or as a dropper behind a dry-fly. Swinging among hatch/rise or just to cover water is also very effective!!
Oh, I forgot to mention it does work on Gallatin too!

SIZE: 14, 16, 18
PRICE: $2.25 each
Shown is with a Gold Beadhead, however I also use Silver, Copper, and Nickel and have fished with each with great success. If you desire a specific color, please specify. If you don't, I would mix up a couple of different colors. 

Yellowstone & Madison Mother's Day Caddis Essentials

DESCRIPTION: Here in Paradise Valley, we local anglers hope to see Mother's Day Caddis (Grannom or Brachycentrus) along Yellowstone River every spring. They are expected to hatch in late April to early May, at which annual run-off is also predicted. We'd like to have one more dry-fly fishing before run-off totally shuts down fishing for next two months....... Spring of 2012 ended up great, almost miracle!! Warm days in late April caused run-off then suddenly freezing weather came for several days which subsided run-off without affecting water temp! Trout were up for Grannom again!!

Also, Lower Madison, just outside of Bozeman, produces some phenomenal hatches!!  Unlike Yellowstone River, this tailwater section doesn't have run-off turbid water (occasionally Ennis Lake above may be stirred by violent winds and river can be off-color for a short while). This section can be fished like a spring creek!! Hitting it right, it can produce some large ones!!! Here's my most memorable catch on Unnamed Caddis!!!

Here are my favorite patterns that have been producing.
Unnamed Caddis - Mother's Day Egg Sack
I like this pattern a lot. A dubbing portion to imitate the egg sack catches trout's eyes as well as yours!!


Para Fluttering Mother's Day Caddis
So you would drive along either river and billions of caddis hit your windshield. Once you stand along the river, hundreds of caddis will crawl over you! BUT!! Are trout rising or coming up on your dry-fly offerings? Perhaps but not whole a lot. Real rising starts in the evening when caddis come back to water surface to lay eggs. Under the remaining last light, even the most buoyant dry-fly is almost all impossible to see. We need something that stands out.......... That's when this unconventional parachute pattern earns a spot. Parachute makes a nice contrast and sticks up on the surface without disturbing the caddis silhouette. And this can be fished for either quiet drift or fluttering effect by adding some manipulation.

My own Double Soft Hackled Caddis in Mother's Day version. This is THE KILLER!! Don't Forget to trail this behind whatever dry-fly you choose!!
PRICE: $2.25 each

Get ready for next spring!!