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  1. This is one of my favorites, it is a Charlie Cravan pattern, but I tie it with dry fly hackle (as I've started to do with a handful of my nymph patterns). Not an original but one of my top producers!
  2. Here's the psycho prince nymph I tie, although I'm on a UV Ice Dub kick so I may need to tie up a couple with it...
  3. I've taken a liking to patterns George Daniel has shared in issues Fly Tyer Magazine and in his book Dynamic Nymphing...this has become one of my favorites.
  4. If you fish the Midwest you are familiar with the Pink Squirrel I've made some changes to the original pattern calling it a PSV (Pink Squirrel Variation) although I've recently seen a very similar pattern in "The Fly Tying Bible." This is a very easy and effective fly...two of my favorite qualities!
  5. Here is my take on a Caddis Pupa. I tie the body in a couple different varieties. This one is with ice dub, but I sometimes swap it out for Caddis Green tubing....let me know what you think!
  6. New to the group but excited to start sharing some patterns. Here is one I call the Hammer Creek Pearl.
  7. Hey! I am hoping that you will like my latest video in which I tie an Oliver Edwards "Hydropsyche nymph". I know that tutorials on how to tie this fly has been posted on this board before, but still I feel eager to share this with you! Best regards, Andreas
  8. A Stonefly pattern to imitate the nymphs struggling to make their way out of the current and towards the bank. On my local central NY Lake Ontario tributary the stonefly nymph is a very important pattern. bead head patterns work great on just about any day from November through the spring. When the hatch is on arond Late February-March you can observe dozens of them wriggling very inconspicuously right below the surface. In certain runs and flat pools you may see large browns and 'bows taking them with exciting rises. The foam wingcase, lightly wired abdomen and rabbit fur legs let you fish this pattern without an indicator and know that your fly is staying right below the surface where these individual fish are feeding. The rabbit fur legs make smooth and constant motion in the water. Hook: Your favorite nymph hook sz 10-14 Thread: Black 70 denier Tails: Black strung rooster hackle quills Body: Your favorite black dubbing Rib: Fine gold wire Thorax: Peacock herl Legs: Black rabbit fibers from a zonker strip Wingcase: Black foam Antennae: Black rooster hackle quills I start with a thread base and tie in the tails of stripped black strung rooster hackle quill. I strip the hackle off of the ugly feathers and keep the thinner top half which usually gives you a long enough piece to split. One section for the tails and one for the antennae. Tie the tails so they are pointed out and slightly down. Tie in the fine gold wire. Dub black beaver dubbing with a slight taper towards the thorax stopping about 2/3 of the way to the eye. Wrap your rib up about 5 evenly spaced turns. Secure the rib and tie in the antennae so they are splayed out but also on top of the hook. Wrap back to the end of the dubbing and tie in 2-3 peacock eye herls wrapping them up into a bulky thorax and tie off and trim. For the wingcase use your favorite foam sheet material and cut a strip about 3 times as wide as the hook wire and almost as long as the hook. Taper it to a short point on the end you will tie in and trim a slight taper towards the head. Tie on the foam with 3 tight wraps just below the abdomen/thorax junction. Tie in a tuft of black rabbit fur yanked from a zonker strip on top and across the abdomen and bring your thread up the the top of the thorax. Fold the foam over itself towards the eye and create a tight, not too fat hump and tightly secure right behind the hook eye. Leave enough foam for a small square head that will cover the hook eye and whip finish. I double whip finish many of my flies.
  9. "All Season Long" Isonychia Nymph I've long enjoyed the consistency of fishing a large prince nymph throughout the season. Here in the upper midwest I've theorized that the fish are taking it as an Isonychia because fish will take the fly on the swing or when moving (as a swimming nymph) and the biot wing resembles the stripe on the nymph more than a "wing" when viewed at various angles. Isonychia, being multi-brood flies, can hatch multiple times in a season and help make the fly a constant fish catcher. So why fix something that isn't seemingly broke? Well, for starters the Prince Nymph is a pain to tie quickly if you are not pre-glueing biots. Second, if the fish are taking the fly as an Iso, would a closer imitation make a good fly a great fly. All that said, I created a faster tying version of the herl bodied Prince that fished with every bit of the same success and perhaps even better (should the water you fish have Isonychia). Pattern: Hook: TMC 5263 #12 2x heavy, 3x long Thread: Black Tail: Brown Goose Biots or Brown Hackle Fibers (fish don't seem to care) Body Stripe: Brown Goose Biot Body: Peacock Herl Rib: Copper or Chartreuse wire (fish like both) Hackle: Brown/Ginger Hen Saddle or Neck Head: Copper Bead. Tie in body stripe biot after tail, wrap body with herl, pull biot over back and secure with wrapped wire.
  10. Here is a fry/alevin pattern with some flash that I tied up last night. Great for those high, murky, n dirty waters of march here in the midwest! Nymph it deep or swing it with some 5' T-14 on the switch rod! tight lines! Sorry for large pics! ha
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