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Jo's flies Day 3.

Top Hopper - Developed in the early '60's, this pattern was tied in many variations by Josephine.  She would sometimes use a lime green chenille body, the tail could be tied with red or yellow hackle as well, she would replace the woodchuck with 2 turkey quills tied down along the back, and on special request - she would tie on a size 6 hook.

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Hook - Mustad 94840, 8-12

Thread - black

Tail - orange hackle fibers, this will dip downward due to the weight of the chenille

Body - dark olive chenille, tied extended by looping over tail

Wing - woodchuck guard hairs, tied Trude-style and extended beyond the bend of the hook

Hackle - brown, tied heavy

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I finally started tying again after an eight month hiatus due to¬†6 kidney stone surgeries with stents...ūü•Ī

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I am tying some patterns for my Grandson to use this Spring in the Eastern Sierra...I treated myself to these yesterday:

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PT/TB

 

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31 minutes ago, planettrout said:

I finally started tying again after an eight month hiatus due to¬†6 kidney stone surgeries with stents...ūü•Ī

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I am tying some patterns for my Grandson to use this Spring in the Eastern Sierra...I treated myself to these yesterday:

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PT/TB

 

Glad your feeling better and back at the vise(vice?) Use those waders!

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Jo's flies - Day #4

Killer - Developed by Josephine as a general caddis dry pattern in the 1950's.  It's one of my favorite caddis patterns to fish with!

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Hook - Mustad 94840, 8-14

Thread - black

Body - peacock herl, tied heavy

Wing - woodchuck guard hairs, tied Trude

Hackle - brown dry fly, tied heavy

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Panfish anyone

Hook - size 14 2XL

Thread - olive 70 ultra

Tail/antenna - green tentacles from a child’s ball

Body - flo green/silver ultra wire twisted together

thorax - peacock herl

legs - Brown India hen feather

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Jo's flies - Day 5.

Brown Stone - This Josephine Sedlecky-Borsum tie is NOT brown NOR is it a stonefly pattern!  It's actually tied to imitate the Michigan Hexagenia hatch and is a fine fly for browns.  On special orders Jo would tie this pattern up to a 1 size hook.  This is one of her VERY few patterns that did not use the Mustad 94840 hook.

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Hook - Mustad 9672, 2-10

Thread - black

Tail - white calf tail tied long (white bucktail was used on size 1 & 2 hooks)

Wing - white calf tail, tied upright and divided (white bucktail was used on size 1 & 2 hooks)

Body - white chenille

Rib - 2 white hackle feathers palmered forward together

Hackle - white

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The green tentacled starling fish snatcher (I know everybody likes a name for a fly) Im pretty sure if I fished for trout this would kill them but I don’t so it will have to catch pannies in the creek. 

Hook - 14? Found it on the floor

Thread - yellow olive 70 ultra

Tail - green tentacle from a child’s ball

Body - stripped peacock herl

Wing - wood duck flank

Hackle - starling

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Bob Hopper 2.0
 
Hook: Size 14 1xl nymph hook
Underbody: Ice Dub dubbing
Body: 2 mm foam in whatever color you want
Wing: I used FTD's Congo Hair, but EP fiber or even deer hair works fine
Legs: Your favorite material
Indicator: The original uses a slip of bright foam, but I've found FTD's PIP material works extremely well as an indicator and the pink is easy to see.
  
This Hopper pattern was developed by Yellowstone area guide Walter Weise. This is an easy to tie hopper pattern that catches more fish than the more complicated hopper patterns that I've tried. I've been fishing this pattern for at least 8 years and recently I noticed that Walter posted a new video online with some modifications to the pattern. He added the dubbed underbody and switched from a thin wire dry fly hook to using a nymph hook. After trying them, I like these modifications.
  
Who would have thought to even tie a size 14 hopper pattern? But, it works very well! The color pink is popular in Yellowstone and I've found the Bluegill and bass like a blue/green version in Texas when those tiny Katydid looking green grasshoppers are active in the summer.
  
This is a quick pattern to tie that catches fish.
 

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Jo -Day 6

Manistee Hex - Many of Jo's fly patterns have been lost to history.  This one was saved thanks to the efforts of Michigan fly historian Tom Deschaine.  This tie was designed as a night fishing on the Manistee River and is a Hex pattern. 

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Hook - Mustad 94840, 10-2

Thread - black

Tail -White calf tail

Body - yellow yarn, doubled with an extended loop beyond the curve of the hook as an egg sac

Rib Hackle - brown and grizzly dry fly hackle, palmered forward together

Wing - white calf tail, tied upright and divided

Collar Hackle - brown dry fly

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20 hours ago, Poopdeck said:

Hook - 14? Found it on the floor

 

 

Shuffling around barefoot?

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