“MayFly” pattern inspired by the “Meet The Hendricksons” video… 

 

                   … watching the “Meet The Hendricksons” video prompted me to tie up the “Trilogy” …

…a series of the nymph, emerger & dun sulphur or “hendricks” …

…all flies using some of my favorite “homegrown” materials…

…Mallard Flanks, Elk Fur,Rooster hackle, Wild Turkey & Buffalo wool dubbing…

 

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                here “art imitates life”… another dun/spinner imitation using elk fur and bronze drake mallard…somehow here life is imitating  art( that was imitating it) it gets confusing!…but there are a a lot of things  happening here…the mallard that gave up a few feathers  flew thousands  of miles on his yearly journey…the Elk that traveled up and down lots of rugged mountains…and probably even walked through the mountain streams that the trout I pursue inhabit …the connections and the reality that it all just keeps going “on & on” seems pretty appropriate here…the “circle of life” continues…QED…

 

 

 …a version with the flanks tied flat rather than “tented” to allow the pattern to lay on its side imitating a spent spinner…all the same basic materials…elk fur tied on a sinew body with some mallard flanks for wings…

 

Here are a few of my quality videos of my favorite topic…these are strictly for our amusement…I have no connections whatsoever…and they are credited and bonafide links…

by “TightLine” Productions, “Sharpline” &  various ones from Youtube…everything from  witnessing a “hatch”streamside , to  incredible underwater views of the ecosystem & aquatic insects in various stages of life…and some great fly tying tutorial’s…along with some Colorado fly fishing at a few places I have personally enjoyed too…all very well done!…all have plenty of other links for related topics.

…this is for sure a great page to send to any friend that ties or fly fishes too…

 some videos by TightLine Productions

~some Colorado fly fishing at a few of my own favorite spots~
~not all videos, but my favorite SBS tyer~
of Arvada, Colorado…I sold a lot of his patterns in a shop I worked at in Colorado…he is not only creative, but also a super tyer, and a great guy…the original, Mr SBS himself…a huge selection of patterns.

 

 ~some video tutorials by various fly tyers~
 

 

 

…here is a pattern I came  up with after watching the video last year…

…an emerger in “full battle dress”wild turkey, Elk fur & mallard flank feathers…a few beads of glossy head cement on the turk fan back to imitate an air sack as it comes to the surface…and some thread and a hook!

               Here is one of my “organic” patterns I came up with a while ago…a  “Spinner”, or an emerged MayFly in the last stage of its life preparing to lay eggs, using only some thread, Elk fur & tented bronze mallard feathers…this one is especially for a March hatch, similar to the time frame in the videos.

                I have gotten a lot of inspiration from viewing these videos and applying some of the special and secret views, and turned them into patterns on my own vise. In particular the gills on the abdomen, the arched backs in ascent & the various colors in the same creek  (worth serious note of all tyers)… “Let the Fur Fly” gives a great foundation for a fly tyer  to try out some ideas of their own too. The flies shown are some excellent patterns, very easy, and very effective…

…”Buffalo Bill” your basic old fashioned wet fly…copied after patterns from 100 years ago +…this fly uses buffalo wool for the dubbing and a rooster hackle..
              Fishing wet fly’s used to be the “norm” of fly fishing for centuries…now nymphing and dry’s has taken that place pretty much…I still enjoy “stack mending” a wet fly, the art of the “proper mend” and many of the other nuances associated with properly fishing the wet fly. No split shot,no strike indicator, reading the water and its current… just your skill mending the line on the drift and letting the trout have “a go at it” not needing to set a hook, just letting the trout take off with it…