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A buddy found that during a trip to the south platte river's 11 mile canyon here in CO. that spruce moths were getting taken by some nice fish. He challenged a couple of us to tie our imitation.

First my attempt.

And the moth.

Size 16 standard dry fly hook

Thread: tan 8/0 uni

Abdomen: two dubbing loops

First loop: trout hunter pro light honey

Second loop over the first loop:

Light brown semperfli kapok

Underwing: 2 Light dun trout hunter cdc feathers

Over wing: covert feather from a cock pheasant

Antenna: 2 turkey tail fibers

Head: black 8/0 uni with loon thin UV resin

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Dirty Olive

Hook - Mustad 3906 or equivalent, size 8-14

Thread - Brown

Tail - Pheasant tail fibers

Ribbing - Dyed orange round monofilament

Body - Brown olive fur dubbing

Wing case - Gray goose quill

Thorax - Brown olive fur dubbing

Legs - Dyed brown guinea hen fibers tied in at throat

Popular Fly Patterns - Terry Hellekson

Tying notes: I used an ancient technique of hand blending olive and brown fur for the dubbing. 😀 

As for the dyed brown guinea hen feather fibers, if you don't have any brown hackle fibers will be okay. My goose quill was really dark but useable. I also use small orange swannundaze for the ribbing.

 

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FBBH Skwala

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hook - WFC Model 28 #12
thread - Uni 6/0 camel  
body - 1/8” foam cylinder brown 
collar/head - caribou hair dyed olive brown (1 Tsp Rit Camel, 1Tsp Rit Kelly Green, 1/2 Tsp Rit Dark Brown/2 cups water)
legs - medium round rubber brown
indicator - 1mm foam orange

Regards,
Scott

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Cream Nymph

Hook - Mustad 9671 or equivalent, size 10-14

Thread - White

Tail - Barred lemon wood duck fibers

Body - White, off white chenille 

Wing case - Barred lemon wood duck fibers

Legs - Cream hackle wrapped through the thorax

Thorax - White, off white chenille

Popular Fly Patterns - Terry Hellekson

I used cream color uni yarn in place of the chenille

 

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Two more from the Martini Series

Root Beer Martini - a Striped Jumprock pattern

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Hook - Mustad 9674, 2-8

Thread - black or olive

Body - tan chenille

Flash - 2 strands root beer Krystalflash, tied at midline

Bucktail Halo - brown bucktail

Gill - red chenille

Head - (medium) olive chenille, wrapped ~twice the diameter of the body

Sweet Martini - a Yellow Perch pattern 

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Hook - 9674, 2-10

Thread - black or olive

Body - alternating wraps of yellow and dark olive chenille

Flash - 2 strands root beer Krystalflash, tied at midline

Bucktail Halo - green bucktail

Gill - red chenille

Head - (medium) olive chenille

Just a couple more to go!  Still no guesses on how the James Wood Bucktail got its name?  Only a couple days left to guess!

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Softhackle Goddard

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Even though it’s a caddis pattern in name, I may try it as a Skwala; best imitation of winter stonefly has been a dark grey CdC & Elk, another caddis, so the fish don’t seem to care.

hook - WFC Model 3 #10
thread - Uni 6/0 camel  
body - caribou hair dyed olive brown (1 Tsp Rit Camel, 1Tsp Rit Kelly Green, 1/2 Tsp Rit Dark Brown/2 cups water)
shoulder - pheasant rump dyed brown 
hackle - grizzly dyed brown

Regards,
Scott

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Puget Bug

Hook - Mustad 7957BX or equivalent

Thread - Black

*Tail - Black goose quill fibers taken from the back of a flight quill and tied in a V

Body - 1 dark and light moose mane wrapped in alternating bands

Thorax - Peacock herl

Hackle - Gray partridge

Popular Fly Patterns - Terry Hellekson

* I used biots as depicted in the book's illustration

Apply a very light coat of crazy glue to the hook shank prior to wrapping the moose mane body or coat with uv resin for added durability

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Skwala Crippler

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Notional; playing around with different materials and color combinations.

hook - WFC Model 6 #8
thread - Uni 8/0 black  
tag - medium tinsel holo black 
rib - small wire black
body - hare’s ear olive 
body hackle - yellow/black
1st shoulder - pheasant rump dyed black 
2nd shoulder - pheasant rump dyed olive 
head - pheasant aftershaft dyed black (in dubbing loop)

Regards,
Scott

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Brown Bomber
 
Hook - Mustad 3906 or equivalent
Thread - Brown
Ribbing - Flat gold tinsel
Body - Dubbed muskrat fur with guard hairs removed
Hackle - Brown partridge
 
Popular Fly Patterns - Terry Hellekson
 

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On 1/27/2022 at 5:50 PM, Sandan said:

spruce moth

Looks pretty good, Sandan, is that your final answer?

As an aside, how is the Kapok to work with?  does it dub easily, tightly?

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2 hours ago, flytire said:
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Brown Bomber
 
Hook - Mustad 3906 or equivalent
Thread - Brown
Ribbing - Flat gold tinsel
Body - Dubbed muskrat fur with guard hairs removed
Hackle - Brown partridge
 
Popular Fly Patterns - Terry Hellekson
 

Simple and good looking!  Well, I'm halfway there!

Kim

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Here's another Martini - only one today because I have to cut back!😗

Pink Lady Martini - a Rainbow Trout imitation.

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Hook - Mustad 9674, 2-10

Thread - black or olive

Body - pink chenille

Flash - 2 strands pink Krystalflash tied at midline

Bucktail Halo - brown dyed green bucktail

Gill - red chenille

Head - (medium) olive chenille, tied ~twice the diameter of the body

One more pattern to go!  And STILL no guesses about the name of the JWB!

 

 

 

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