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           Here are some patterns for trout, salmon and steelhead I have come up with over recent years…some variations on old patterns…some totally conjured up by myself…all are my “homegrown” style, using materials from harvests and the ranch…these are flies that are geared for novice to intermediate tyer’s…

            It is a lot of fun to observe hatches or sein from streams and rivers to see what aquatic insects are present. Then either take a pic or bring home the specimens and sit down at my bench and try to tie up something on my vise that resembles the real thing. I was frustrated at first…sometimes trying to be to focused on detail, at least at first…then just making an attempt at the overall appearance…after a while the details came about naturally.

 

buffalo browwn_1

 …one of the simplest and oldest patterns out there…the basic wet fly…

           For me it is also cool to use materials I have acquired from the ranch I work on or hunting harvests…also swapping some of the same with other friends…with very, very few exceptions, all these patterns here are tied with materials like I mentioned, except the hooks and thread…

         The larger the pattern it is a lot easier for me to get some details just right…and I have found out after a few hundred ties of some similar details, I have been able to get smaller and smaller…

          The one major thing I have noticed in sampling actual “bugs” is that the colors are pretty demure , and that so many modern patterns use more intense color materials for attraction purposes rather than mimicking actual …I was on a “flash” kick for a few yrears…but nowadays I enjoy the more natural colors, and find my success the same if not better. To each his (or her) own…here are some patterns I have come up with…I hope they inspire you to make some up yourselves …all the best…wm

 

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                     * The “Clear Creek Slayer”…adult caddis fly

 

 

 

 

buffalo_brown3 copy

 

 

 

                  ” Buffalo Bill”…march brown nymph

 

 

 

 

black_stone_nymph1 copy

 

 

 

                     the  ” Black Rogue”stonefly nymph…

 

 

 

 

brown_stone_fly1 copy

 

 

 

                   the  ” High Country” Golden Stonefly Nymph …

 

 

 

 

IMG_5867 copy

 

 

 

                       the “Fuzz Buster” scud…

 

 

 

 

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            … segmented golden / brown May Fly nymph…

 

 

 

 

golden may fly1 copy

 

 

                  …golden/brown May Fly part 2…

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4434 copy

 

 

 

                    the “Big Fly Dry”…adult stone fly pattern…

 

 

 

 

pocket_water14 copy

 

 

 

                     the “Amber-Caddis”…

 

 

 

 

cock_bird2 copy

 

             

 

                 the” Cock Bird”…

 

 

 

 

P&Y_spey1 copy

              

 

                “Pope & Young”, spey style…

 

 

 

 

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                 “Erin Go Braugh”…*

 

 

 

 

termite_1 copy

 

 

 

                       …”The Termite”  

 

 

 

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                     “Hocus-Pocus”  

 

 

 

 

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                   …”The Termite II”…

 

 

 

 

P&Y_3 copy

         

 

 

                    The “Pope & Young” …

 

 

 

 

rocky_1 copy

          

 

                    “Rocky the flying squirrel”

 

 

 

 

ph_1 copy

         

 

                        the “Paris Hilton”…

 

 

 

 

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                  Elk & Pronghorn caddis…

 

 

 

 

 

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                 “TailWater Caddis”

 

 

 

march_brown2 copy

       

 

 

                        “St.Patricks” special,march brown dry…

 

 

 

amber_caddis7 copy

          

 

 

                  the ” Pocket Water Sedge”…*

 

 

 

 

two hackle stone_1 copy

                    

 

 

                      …the ”  Twin Hackle Stonefly”…

 

 

 

shellback_stone1 copy

                  

 

 

                         the “Shell Back Stone / Salmon Fly”…

 

 

 

 

pws-hun2 copy

                   

 

 

                     “Drowned Caddis”…wet fly adult caddis

 

 

 

wind river nymph_2 copy

                  

 

 

                The “Wind River” Nymph

 

 

 

 

curt_gowdy1 copy

                     

 

 

                 The “Curt Gowdy” Special…

 

 

 

 

 

march brown_1 copy

        

 

 

                    A March Brown imitation “one feather”

 

 

 

 

mosquito_1 copy

               

 

 

                      …a mosquito imitation…

 

 

 

gw_3 copy

                       

 

 

                     ” The Golden Woodie”

 

 

 

 

trilogy_3 copy

                   

 

 

                      “The Trilogy” part 1

 

 

 

 

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            “The Trilogy”…a three part May Fly pattern 

 

 

 

 

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                   “Bronze Mallard” duo…spinner & nymph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 here are some suppliers I use for my hooks and  other tying ingredients…also a few great resources for  materials…fur and feathers…

AO Feathers a place that has quality materials, and some hard to find items like double hooks and items used by those devoted to classic patterns…a small family business. Aaron has become a friend, and shares the same faith as I do…

Fly Fishing The Sierra a great site for not only purchasing quality materials for tying flies…but also a great library of patterns with a list of mterials needed…something Steve sells too…this is probably one of if not the most complete fly angling sites out there. Everything from detailed fliy patterns(and materials available) but also tactics, basic angling knowledge and even a campsite directory…great job Steve!

   here are some links to sites that offer excellent SBS’s or youtubes…  a few folks  whom I consider master tyers ,and some step by steps to tie flies…or  with you tube videos…also just some good resources worth looking at… 

Charlies Fly Box ,  Charlie Cravens siteArvada, 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…

Hans Stephenson from Dakota AnglerRapid City , South Dakota…Hans is a great tyer and has the youtube thing down very well…many new styles and materials…

Davie McPhail….an oustanding tyer from Scotland…all manner of trout and salmon flies…he has many youtubes done on all sorts of patterns…a real magician… 

Fly Anglers Online is a great resorce for tying tutorial’s for all manner of flies…trout to salmon…here is a very good link for tying Dee Style flies…browse their pages for a lot more…

Salmon Fly.Net… this is an all around great resource for fly tying and fishing in general for Salmon and Steelhead…I get a lot of ideas from studying these pages…