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  1. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by cornmuse: Murdich Minnow
  2. I can tell you honestly that I haven't fished this pattern in at least 30 years. I was reminded about the Crappie Killer pattern by a long-time childhood friend and he asked if I'd tie him a few. So I did - and I pulled out an old fly box to see what else I used to tie back then. This fly (not the one pictured, but a chewed up 30 year old version) was in there and I remembered how well the Orange Nymph produced for me. There were a few guys who fished them, but mostly it was just something that I fished early in the season. I didn't give it much thought. Once I saw it I knew I had to tie a fresh one - and that prompted me to share the pattern. I've got no doubt the Mad brownies will slobber all over it. I hope to fish it there on Saturday. And I'll bet anyone a dollar that this fly will absolutely take carp. That's got me the most excited - tailing carp on this nymph. This is a pattern that I tied based on something I saw in a magazine article or book - this would have been circa 1972. I know that I didn't have the materials to tie the fly I saw, but liking the orange colors and use of tippets in the tail I concocted the Orange Nymph. It's pretty and easy to tie - and using a yarn body is pretty old-school too. I still like it... Joe C.
  3. A while ago I was reminiscing with a childhood friend on-line. Lyndon was my fishing partner back when we were in grade school and high school and we learned to fish together. As my fly fishing capabilities progressed, and I learned how to tie flies I would occasionally try to find a pattern that was especially effective on our local waters - the South Shore of Massachusetts. I developed the "Crappie Killer" as a fly to take calico bass, and take them it did. This was circa 1972 and I was about 13. The fly was unique for the time, I don't think I'd seen any use of rabbit fur for tail and beard prior to this pattern. Anyway, I was looking for a pattern that would sink slowly, fish slowly and imitate a generic minnow. The original pattern used bucktail for the wing and chenille for the body, and it caught fish. After a couple years folks started noticing this kid showing up with heavy stringers or pics of decent fish (I was quite the jetty rat for stripers/blues/pollack on Scussett and along the Canal, too) and the fly was noticed by a few of the regulars. It ended up in the Tight Lines tackle shop - my first commercial tying success. I remember the day they asked me to tie 30 dozen like it was yesterday! Well that fly faded from my fly books after marriage, moving and settling into the Ohio R. valley in Cincinnati, But my conversations with Lyn made me want to trot the old gal out. I think it will still catch a lot of fish. Just for fun I gave it a 2010 facelift, and that's the fly featured above. Joe C.
  4. It's been a very productive fly for me, particularly with yellow perch in the early part of the season. This is a fly I concocted back around 1975 or so and I fished it regularly for about 4 or 5 years. I haven't tied the pattern since about 1980 or so, but in playing around with some of my old fly boxes and going through old fishing journals and notes I was reminded of how well this one produced, so I figured I'd share here. Joe C.
  5. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by cornmuse: Crappie Killer
  6. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by cornmuse: The Orange Nymph
  7. And now it's available on HD Video - Free! Fly Fish Ohio is now providing 720p Windows Media downloadable fly tying videos along with the smaller versions we've been posting in WM and QT. Also available on YouTube if you want to watch on your Tivo in your living room while you tie flies and on podcast. Anyway, I finally did a video of the Mixed Media, a Clouser Deep Minnow variation that's been a pretty significant fly for carp heads and smallie fanatics alike. Check it out. Next month we'll be posting the Baby Pumpkinseed Fatal Attraction - one of the prettiest flies in my fly box. I hope you like it. If I can keep my backside out of an airplane seat for a few days (a guy's got to make a living) I might even find some more time to post. Stop by at the Cincinnati BUFF Show on February 5th and say hi. I'll be there tying the BP Fatal Attraction and the Murdich Minnow, and I'll have a fox pelt if anyone needs a tying sample of a Mixed Media. Tight lines and soft water...
  8. First Dave Lewis and then Bill Tapply, this is a sad month for long rodders. Now this. Georges Odier, an entomologist and author who quietly changed fly fishing in a fundamental and profound manner with the 1984 publication of his book Swimming Flies (Stone Wall Publishing, ISBN 0-91327-648-0), is at the end of his life. Odier was one of the first to understand that adult caddis re-enter the water and swim to the bottom to deposit eggs directly in desirable habitat. He determined that eggs released at the surface would drift for hundreds of yards before reaching the bottom and thus was an unlikely action for a species as successfully established as the caddis. His research into the life cycle of this important insect has had a significant effect on our sport. I received this communication from Virginia Newton, a friend of Mr. Odier: I am writing because we just heard the news that Georges is on life support at a hospital in Salt Lake and is not expected to live much longer - the hospital is awaiting to hear formally from his family in France to turn off life support. He had a stroke after returning from one his daily walks in Moab. We Googled his name and read your wonderful piece in Fly Fish Ohio about Georges' work on mastering the nymph fly fishing method. My husband had many fishing adventures with Georges and they were such good friends, but had seen him less since he moved to Utah. I figure you would appreciate knowing this news, sad as it is. We are in the process of helping contact his family in France to make arrangements. If you knew George I know my husband would like to hear from you. Joe C.
  9. Ray You're on a Blonde tear! Great stuff.. I really like this one. I'm certain the Ohio R. stripers will like it, too. I've got a streamer wallet of nothing but Blondes and this is one more that will find it's way to that party. Joe C.
  10. I tied more shad darts and striper bucktail jigs as a kid than I did flies. And I got more money for them, too. There's a tremendous creativity that comes with being released from the trap of "castability" - One of my favorite "flies" I tied for fishing for creek smallmouth features two sets of large leads eyes (I call it a double truck) and the whole shebang weighs 1/5 ounce - perfect for a spinning rod and 10lb super braid. The guys I tie them for do quite well with them... Here's a personal favorite that was featured in a write up in the Columbus Ohio Dispatch - it really killed them on Lake Erie... Take a look here for step-by-step and video. Joe C.
  11. Assuming a bass tournament, we still need to know geographically where and a bit about the size of the body of water. The bass in Texas are going to be doing things a bit differently than the bass in Wisconsin in March. That said, most areas of the country will be pre-spawn. Plan on fishing something moving slow and on the bottom - Lithuanian Bat, Troth Bullhead, Cowen's Coyote are all patterns I'd be reaching for. I'd also plan on carrying a floating line, a full sinking line and a 10' sink tip to be ready for anything. You could be fishing 3' deep to 20' deep at that time. Joe C.
  12. The latest audio podcast in the Adventures In Fly Tying podcast series is an interview with Chris Helm. If you're stuck indoors due to an inconvenient ice storm, then go ahead and pour yourself three fingers of your favorite brown liquor and settle in for a listen - www.flyfishohio.com. Joe C.
  13. Superb selection in all three installments. Well done! I'm curious what size hook you used for the flies you photographed? Thx. Joe C.
  14. cornmuse


    Here's my smallmouth dry fly box. It won't see much use until June. Right now... wipers! And this one is my fly box of Foxee Clousers and other day-to-day smallie fare...
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