CDC Emerging Dun Fly Tying Vid

Posted on March 4th, 2021 in Fly Tying Videos

The Gray CDC Emerging Dun is a biot-bodied CDC and synthetic-winged mayfly emerger originally developed as a spring creek fly to imitate Blue-winged Olives. Parks’ Fly Shop ordered it in much larger sizes than standard as an emerger for the various species of Green Drakes present in the Lamar drainage. It is most useful in this purpose in sizes 12-16.

Hook: #12-20 1xl or standard-length dry fly or light nymph hook (nymph hook used here).

Thread: 8/0 olive-dun.

Shuck: Gray crinkled synthetic yarn (Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Zelon, etc.).

Abdomen: Gray-olive turkey biot wrapped over a thread underbody.

Wing: Natural gray CDC (medium dun if natural unavailable) and same material as tail.

Head: Gray dubbing.

Gartside Soft Hackle Fly Tying Video

Posted on March 4th, 2021 in Fly Tying Videos

The Gartside Soft Hackle Streamer is a classic marabou and soft hackle streamer developed by Jack Gartside. This version is made using chickabou feathers, which allows for the pattern to be tied in much smaller sizes.

The same tying procedure used here also works on the large Alaskabou series and similar marabou steelhead and coho salmon flies. Just use large (#2/0 to #2) steelhead hooks, swap the chickabou for much larger marabou plumes, and add more flash.

Hook: 2xl nymph, #10.

Thread: Black 6/0.

Body Material: Olive-dyed chickabou (3 plumes total).

Flash: Rootbeer Krystal Flash.

Hackle: Brown-dyed grizzly hen.

Buttcrack Baetis Fly Tying Video

Posted on March 4th, 2021 in Fly Tying Videos

The Buttcrack Baetis by Duane Redford is a small, rather unusual mayfly/midge attractor nymph popular these days on Colorado’s West Slope but worth fishing on any clear, heavily-pressured water where the fish eat small, slender bugs.

Hook: Standard scud, #16-22.

Bead: Copper or gold brass or tungsten to match wire color and hook size. Here, the #18 hook is matched with a 5/64″ bead. The bead is optional.

Thread: 8/0 or 10/0 in preferred body color. Here, brown. Purple and shades of olive are also good.

Tail: Coq-de-Leon or similar speckled game bird or chicken feather fiber.

Rib: Copper or gold wire, small to extra small.

Abdomen: Tying thread.

Wing Case: Split strip of .5mm or 1mm foam, usually white.

Flash: Mini flat braid or similar braided mylar in pearl or root beer colors.

Thorax: Ice Dub. Here rusty brown. Change color to match overall colorway of the fly.

Floss San Juan Worm

Posted on March 4th, 2021 in Fly Tying Videos

This is my version of the Floss San Juan Worm (Sexi Worm, Flexi Worm, Flexi Floss Worm, etc.). This is an excellent pattern for low, clear water. In my neck of the woods, it works well on the Paradise Valley spring creeks in late winter and early spring.

Hook: #14-18 scud.

Bead: Gold brass to match hook size.

Thread: 8/0 red or to match body color. Other good colors are pink, worm brown, and red/black/brown.

Head: Red Flexi-Floss or similar spandex “leg” material, tied in front of the bead.

Tail: Same as head, tied in behind the bead and wrapped down the shank.

Body: Micro Tubing to match body color. Use “midge” tubing on #14.

Body Coating: Head cement, optional.

Trout Crack Fly Tying Video

Posted on March 4th, 2021 in Fly Tying Videos

It’s pink season here in Montana. We tend to fish pink/rainbow scud and sowbug patterns in late winter and spring, not least because such patterns have a lot of crossover with eggs and in any case are a big mouthful for trout putting the feedbags on after a long winter. This one is a variation on the popular Arkansas sowbug pattern, the Trout Crack.

Hook: #14-18 scud.

Thread #1: Fluorescent fire orange 8/0.

Thread #2 (Rib): Fine mono thread (or old 5X-6X tippet).

Body: Dubbing blend of a couple colors of pink Ice Dub, perhaps some pink acrylic, and rainbow Wapsi Sow-Scud. The precise material isn’t important. Simply make a blend of rainbow Sow-Scud with some reflective/flashy pink dubbing.

Wing Case: Pink Midge Tubing or D-Rib.

Dornan’s Water Walker Fly Tying Video

Posted on March 4th, 2021 in Fly Tying Videos

Will Dornan’s Water Walker is a red-hot hopper/stonefly/attractor dry pattern in the Rocky Mountain West, probably the single hottest pattern in this category in the Bozeman and Livingston Montana area in 2019. In many respects, it functions as a “less chubby Chubby Chernobyl” that attracts trout that have seen one too many big fluffy hoppers, yet is still buoyant enough to float a nymph and is visible to anglers fishing from drift boats.

This “Micro Peanut” version worked better than any other for me on guided trips in 2019, and was my second-best or third-best hopper pattern overall. It worked particularly well in the month of August.

Hook: Kumoto K100W, #12-16.

Thread: 6/0 light brown.

Underbody: Whitlock’s SLF Blend, brownstone color.

Body: 2mm foam strip, mustard color.

Legs: MFC barred sili-legs, size small, amber color.

Underwing: 6-8 strands of rootbeer midge Krystal Flash.

Overwing: 1/2 or 1mm razor foam, tan or cream color.