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  1. Wooly buggers are one of the most popular streamers ever created. You can actually fish them as nymphs or streamers. Strip them, swing them, dead drift them, float under an indicator, or drag the bottom. Use a floating line, sink tip, or even full sink. Tie them small or large. However you fish them they will catch fish quite regularly. They are not too difficult to tie, but are also very effective. Buggers use just a handful of materials, and most can be had for relatively low cost. I was using some more expensive capes, but you can find some Chinese strung hackle that will work just fine for very little cost. Marabou also is very low cost to get. So you can tie these for cheap, and fill boxes with flies that will be very effective and not break the bank. These are very versatile, as I said you can fish them in a wide range of techniques, and also tie them in different styles and uses. For instance, today I am using a soft hackle to tie this bugger. This will make the body flow more in slower moving water. If you were fishing a fast moving stream or river then maybe try using some more stiff hackle. I find that I have better luck with the soft hackle versions when fishing in lakes for bass, sunfish or trout. And seem to get more strikes when fishing the stiff hackle while fishing rivers and creaks. Ive caught bass, sunfish, trout, and even some saltwater fish on them. I know some fisherman who swear by fishing buggers in the surf in California for surf perch. They just work, and are easy enough for a beginner to tie. https://youtu.be/xF0VTmfqugk Materials _____________ Hook: Risen 300 (size 😎 Thread: Veevus 6/0 (brown) Tail: Marabou (brown) Flash: Krystal Flash (gold) Body: Rayon Chenille (brown) Ribbing: Ultra Wire (brassie, gold) Hackle: Whiting Red Label Hen Saddle (natural brown) Head Cement: Solarez Ultra Thin UV Resin
  2. Thanks for the info fellas. Yeah I’ve seen tight lines video before, but I never heard who was the original tier. I think it’s because I don’t listen well. Haha! Thanks for clarifying. I have a bad memory when it comes to info like this. I’ve never been good with history or memorization. I appreciate your gift in knowing this stuff flytier, thanks for helping
  3. Thanks Silver. HAHA. Thank you Gillage, I will look up Jason Jones to see if its the same fly. I couldn't find this info anywhere online. Thanks for helping.
  4. And again, both ways of posting the link didnt imbed. Here is what it says each time.
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iFPFs5gvdw
  6. The GFA Hopper is a simple yet very effective dry fly. Being made of mostly foam and deer hair it floats very well. It also is a good representation of a grasshopper so it works well in the summer when the grasshoppers are abundant. Foam comes in a wide variety of colors, so you can make a wide range of different hopper colors. Want something bright? Go with hot pink or chartreuse? Want something more natural? Tan, gold, brown, etc will work to more represent the colors of a grasshopper. Heck even all black will work great to look like a cricket. These can be tied quite small which will work great for sunfish. The normal sizes are great for trout, and you can even go larger to mimic a cicada of sorts, and those will work great for bass. If you do go much larger, its probably best to use the 3mm foam rather than the 2mm. To be honest, I do not know who originally created this fly. Honestly I haven't done a ton of research on that either. I first saw this fly tied by another YouTube channel called "tight-lines productions". I dont think though that they are the originator of the pattern, but they might be. I really liked the pattern after trying it, and it became a staple in my boxes when I went fishing for bass/sunfish. It also makes a regular appearance in my summer fly boxes when fishing for trout. It floats very well because of the foam, so it works great as an indicator style fly to hold up some heavy nymphs under it. https://youtu.be/1iFPFs5gvdw Materials _____________ Hook: Risen 9231 (size 12) Thread: Veevus 10/0 (brown) Dubbing: Antron Dubbing (cahill cream) Body: 2mm Fly Foam (tan) Glue: Loctite Brush On Wing: Stimulator Deer Hair (bleached) Legs: Centipede Legs (speckled tan, medium) Hot Spot: 2mm Fly Foam (yellow)
  7. Thanks silver. here is what it shows me when I try to load a video.
  8. Chernobyl ants are probably one of the most popular foam flies around if not the most popular. They are basically unsinkable, are relatively easy to tie, have lots of movement with the legs, and the color combos are endless. These can be tied very large, but its possible to get them quite small as well. In fact I like tying these for small sunfish which have very tiny mouths. I usually tie them down to a size 16 even. Many people will fish these much larger for Trout and even larger yet for Bass. I have seen some in the size range of 2-4 even. Quite large. Of course at that size you would want to use a thicker foam more than likely like the 3-4mm size. When tying down to size 16, occasionally I will use the 1mm size foam for the top piece to keep from bulking the fly up too much. Either way, adjust things for your local waters. Tie them in whatever size or color you want. They are fun to tie, and when you get the hang of it, you can pump them out pretty quickly. Being a foam fly, especially one with so much foam on it, you can imagine they float very well. Also they are very visible on top of the water and there is no issue with trying to find them no matter how far you cast, or how choppy the water is. In fact, I think of them more like an Indicator with a hook on in. Many times out fishing for trout, I notice they will occasionally hit my indicator. If the river permits it, I will use the Chernobyl as my indicator and then sink a tunsten nymph behind it. This allows me to have a hook connected to my "indicator" and those frustrating indicator bites can become a bent rod. To be honest I dont really see this as an ant imitation unless tied in one of the very small sizes (like 14-16). A world where ants are 3" long is not a place I want to live. However they do seem to be more of a generalized pattern. They can mimic hoppers, stoneflies, or just about anything else that floats on the top of the water. Many times trout will sip up things that aren't food mistaking it for something. More of a reaction bite. So I believe thats what this is, a reaction bite fly. Something bright, easy to see, that the trout says, hey there is something. Then takes a bite without inspecting it first. https://youtu.be/WZf415PdUOo Materials _____________ Hook: Risen 9231 (size 12) Thread: Veevus 10/0 (brown) Under-body: Micro Ultra Chenille (tan) Body: 2mm Eva Foam (brown and yellow) Glue: Loctite Brush On Legs: Centipede Legs (small, speckled yellow)
  9. Yea I’ve tried that, I’ve tried the copy button in the videos. All of it. It all used to work for me a while back, it’s not allowing it now. It actually blocks it on the site here when I try anything. It tells me that it is blocked.
  10. Yep, I’ve tried every way. Tried doing the share button, and tried the link to it on the website itself. Just won’t work for me.
  11. The GTI Caddis is a fly I have had great luck with in the past. I have used this pattern for a long time. I found it many years ago when fishing up in Colorado, and found that its the perfect mix of flash to grab the trouts attention, but also life like enough that the fish dont get spooked when they get close. Lance Egan is the original tier of this fly and actually has made quite a few different patterns that seem to always hold a place in my boxes, especially when fishing in Colorado and the surrounding areas. I believe Egan is from Utah, which makes sense since thats the next state over. I have also had good luck with this fly in other regions as well. California, Texas, and New Mexico are a few places Ive fished this pattern. I have quite a few acquaintances in many other states around the US, like the north west, north east and even central. Ive heard of them having great luck as well with this pattern in those areas. It really just works well. While not the easiest fly in the world to tie, once you get the hang of it, it can be tied fairly quickly. The only difficult part I find is the casing, and getting it just right in the beginning of the mono tie down. The first few wraps of mono over the case tend to get frustrating at times. However with practice you will find this to get easier and easier. Lance has said in some videos that he finds this color combo to be the best he has found. I tend to agree with him. I love the summer duck back, with the light olive body. However I have had good luck with some other color combos. If your caddis are more of a tan, try a tan body with a lighter case. Experiment for your local area and see what works best. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWFXz4TsncI Materials _____________ Hook: Risen 2457 (size 12) Bead: Risen Tunsten (black nickel, 3.25mm) Thread: Veevus 6/0 (light olive) Tail: Peacock Hurl Clear Ribbing: Mono or Flourocarbon (5x-3x size) Flash Ribbing: Pearl Flashabou Abdomen: Rabbit Dubbing (light olive) Back Casing: Scud Back (1/8th, summer duck) Collar Dubbing: Diamond Brite (peacock)
  12. The Perdigon came from competition fly fisherman who started the "euro nymphing" technique. They would fish a heavy fly, preferably on a jig hook so it would not snag the bottom. Generally they lift the rod to keep the fly a certain distance off the bottom. The tournaments would not allow split shot or indicators, so they adapted to make a technique where they could still catch fish without using them. The Spanish most likely came up with the pattern, however I believe the French popularized it. Kinda like the Frenchi fly, this is fished for the same reasons. The smooth and thin bodies help sink even quicker than some other euro nymphing patterns (like the frenchi) and also being fully coated in resin make these very durable. The best thing about these flies is the versatility. You really can make just about any pattern you want with these. Choose different color threads, use different tails, and different ribbing materials as well. I mean you really could make just about any bug imitation you want. Caddis Larvae, midge pupa, mayfly or baetis nymphs, etc. They really are very versatile. Just change up the size, colors, and you have a different bug immolation. They are also very quick and easy to tie. So you can fill a box quick with very effective nymphs. https://youtu.be/O64vlMTrZ5g
  13. Thanks Mike! Not sure why it never works
  14. The Frenchie fly resembles a pheasant tail that has been changed slightly. These can be tied on a regular hook, but I really like using a jig hook with these. They are simple to tie, and super effective. They are also versatile with the ability to tie them flashy and bright, but also more muted colors. Today I am tying a more flashy one with some flashy pink dubbing and a bright red hot spot, however they can be tied with a more natural dubbing as well. I generally like tying these with a tunsten bead to get down quick, and using a jig hook and slotted bead help keep these from snagging on the bottom. These flies are best fished deep, and near the bottom. They are a favorite among euro nymphing fisherman who like to drag their flies near or along the bottom, bumping against rocks and such. Being simple and versatile, you could fill a box with a wide assortment of these in both color and size, and be able to fish exclusively with this fly and never need to tie anything else. I have been known to tie these very quickly, and can fill a box in a matter of a couple hours. Maybe 20 or so of these per hour is about how quick I can tie them, but some people can go much much faster. https://youtu.be/oK_sPH-GzVQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK_sPH-GzVQ&feature=youtu.be
  15. Yes, I don't think I ever did fish 3 at a time though as I would tangle like no other. HAHA! But for sure, good sizes for Colorado.
  16. The Rainbow Warrior is a fly created by Lance Eagan to fish as an attractor for fish targeting smaller sized midges and baetis. This is a flashy fly that really grabs the trouts attention. One way I really like fishing it is as my lead fly, and drop a more realistic and less flashy midge behind it like a black beauty or RS2. I find the trout will come up to inspect the flashy fly, and more often than not they will bite the Rainbow Warrior, however some fish will get spooked by its over flashiness and then see the more natural fly coming behind it and take that. This fly brings the fish up out of the depths. I am stating this based on what Eagan said in a video once. He recommended to use the larger sized flash as it will help make the fly more durable. Many people use the finer flash, which you could I guess. However he states, and I tend to agree, that the thicker sized flash, doubled over on itself will not only give a nice ribbing effect, but also make the fly much more durable. So do yourself a favor and try it with the large sized flash rather than the fine stuff. https://youtu.be/HkK6cobw3AU Materials _____________ Hook: Risen Barbless 9251 (size 16) Bead: Risen Silver Brass Bead (size 2.4mm) Thread: Veevus 10/0 (red) Tail: Pheasant Tail Body/Wing Case: Pearl Tinsel (large) Dubbing: Rainbow Scud Dub Cement: Solarez Ultra Thin
  17. Thanks silver…. Man I can’t believe this won’t work anymore
  18. Well I tried two different ways to link and still doesn't pop up. I just dont understand. This used to work. And the last 2 months it has not worked for me. Other people can post mine, wonder why I cant.
  19. The Hares Ear is a classic fly that has been around for a long time. Even though its an older pattern, its still very effective today. Its simple and quick to tie, mimics a couple of different bugs, and just works great. There are many variations that you can tie including the one I tied today. Without a bead head is probably how it was first tied, but I personally love this version with a bead head and lead under wraps. You can switch up the tinsel for wire or other material to rib the fly. You can change up the wing case as well. I like tying a version with pheasant tail for the wing case and also the tail. Just have fun, change up the dubbing colors if you want and make the fly your own. As I mentioned this fly mimics a number of different bugs, for me though, I think this mostly mimics a tan caddis pupa. But some say it does well as a stonefly imitation, mayfly, and more. Heck just as an attractor in a larger size and drop a smaller more realistic imitation behind it. Choice is yours how you want to fish this. https://youtu.be/g1yv4yjCGKw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1yv4yjCGKw Materials _____________ Hook: Risen 5262 (size 14) Bead: Risen Gold Brass Bead (size 2.8mm) Weight: Lead Wire (0.010 size) Glue: Loctite Brush On Thread: Veevus 6/0 (brown) Tail: Hares Mask Ribbing: Gold Tinsel (x-small) Abdomen: Underfur from the Hares Mask Wing Case: Turkey quill Thorax: Underfur from the Hares Mask Head Cement: Loon Water Based Cement
  20. I turn off my Mac daily, it’s not that.
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