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I like the entire tag under the clear tubing!  New concept to me.  I'll be revisiting some of my caddis pupa patterns.  Thanks

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2 hours ago, Sandan said:

Beautiful tie @DFoster. That graphic caddis is a true killer pattern.  One of my go to flies when the caddis are out.

Thanks-  this is a new one for me so I haven't fished it yet.  It looked like a good pattern so I decided to copy it.  My tie isn't perfect, i noticed after I took the photo the clear tube is a little wonky on the lower abdomen (the fish won't care).  My current lighting is a little weak when tying in at night and I was having trouble with my hands casting shadows.  I'm getting a new much better desk lamp tomorrow.  I'm glad to hear that it's a fish catcher for you, maybe it will be here in Mass as well?

1 hour ago, Meeshka said:

I tie it too DFoster.  I do however use the smallest black bead I can for the head - I don't know if the fish notice.

There's no added weight to the version I tied per the tyer who posted the pattern on line.  A small bead would certainly help get it down.  Personally I prefer the fly be weighted and not to add split shot If I have a choice.    90% of the water I fish is 3' or less so sometimes and unweighted nymph emerger is a good thing.

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1 hour ago, WJG said:

I like the entire tag under the clear tubing!  New concept to me.  I'll be revisiting some of my caddis pupa patterns.  Thanks

It's a great technique but certainly not my idea and not just for tags-  I usually tie with clear tubing because you can blend colors underneath with thread, floss, tinsel, flash.  On this Hairy Worm I used a yellow and green floss under the clear tube.  IMG_4509.thumb.JPG.f94e1ab59df0dd1dfa2f19670d851627.JPG

I used thread under this one and accented the brown with a brown sharpie.

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Clouser Minnow

Category - Nymph/Streamer/Baitfish

Hook - Fresh or saltwater style

Thread - White

Eyes/Weight - Lead dumbbell/hourglass eyes, whatever color you like

Belly - White bucktail hairs

Flash - Pearl krystal flash

Back - Chartreuse bucktail hairs

everybody has an opinion on how sparse or thick you're supposed tie this fly but it is entirely up to YOU  finger.jpg

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4 hours ago, flytire said:

Clouser-Minnow-1080.jpg

Clouser Minnow

Category - Nymph/Streamer/Baitfish

Hook - Fresh or saltwater style

Thread - White

Eyes/Weight - Lead dumbbell/hourglass eyes, whatever color you like

Belly - White bucktail hairs

Flash - Pearl krystal flash

Back - Chartreuse bucktail hairs

everybody has an opinion on how sparse or thick you're supposed tie this fly but it is entirely up to YOU  finger.jpg

Very nice! I love mine to be on the sparse side, I like most of my streamers on the sparse side for that matter. 

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As far as clousers go (note the small "c"....) that's why many of the folks I know consider it as much a style of tying as a specific pattern.  Here's a staple that many saltwater fly shops ordered from me over the years - it's specifically for bonefish and has an "outrigger style" weedguard.  I did these in sizes #6, up to #2 and in many color variations... Brn/wht, pink/wht, chartreuse/wht, brown/orange, etc... 

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size #4 bonefish clouser

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ready to ship - #4s on the left, #6s on the right.... Note how both the wing and the lead eye sizes change with the hook size...

 

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Norm Woods Special (variation)

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Struck by the multitude of wing colors while looking at some different takes on this fly; on this one, I tried to approximate the color mentioned by John Kreft in this article. The hackle color is all wrong; searching the Rit formulas for something in more of a golden brown.

hook - TMC 5212 #8
thread - Uni 8/0 camel
rib - x-small wire gold 
abdomen - dubbing goldish tan 
body hackle - brown (undersize by 2) 
wing - calftail dyed dark burnt orange (2 Tsp Rit Sunshine Orange, 1/4 Tsp Rit Tan, 1/4 Tsp Rit Purple/4 cups water)  
thorax - Ice Dub golden brown 
front hackle - brown
wing - calftail white

Regards,
Scott

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