Friday, May 31, 2013

Featured Fly - Split Back Nymph

Here is a fly, that I first heard about last year on the Delaware while asking George what he had been fishing all morning. Then again in Montana when our guide gave us a couple "go to" flies for the season. So I decided to tie a couple up a few weeks ago, and give them a try once the Sulphurs started, yup best decision Ive made this year. Anyway, it is an awesome fly, and really isn't that hard to tie.

Hook: TMC 3761 sz. 12 - 18
Bead: Size to match Hook - Black or Copper 
Tail: CDL Tail
Rib: Ultra Wire - Small
Abdomen:  Pheasant Tail - Natural 
Wing Case: Scud Back - Black
Under Wing: Thin Fly Foam - Yellow
Thorax: SLF - Nymph Thorax
Legs: Partridge Feathers 

Step 1: Make a thread base, tying in the ultra wire as you go back.

 Step 2: Tie in about 8 CDL Fibers for the tail. Cut off extra, leaving the thread a the hook bend.

 Step 3: Tie in 4 pheasant tail fibers.

 Step 4: Wrap pheasant tail forward, leaving about a third of the hook empty.

 Step 5: Wrap the wire forward, securing the pheasant tail.

 Step 6: Cut a diamond out of the scud back.

Step 7:  Tie in the scud back, tying it right to the start of the diamond.

Step 8: Tie in the foam.

Step 9: Dub the thorax.

Step 10: Pull the foam forward, pull it tight, trying not to break the foam.

 Step 11: Pull the scud back forward, centering the split over the foam.

Step 12: Once you have it tied off, take a partridge feather, and split to make legs. 

Step 13:  Whip Finish and Cut off.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Tully Report

Its been a good week on the Tully. Sulphurs, Cahills, BWOs, Caddis both Green and Tan. Finding a spot some days is harder than others, but no matter where you end up , there will be fish will to eat. Water is now at a perfect level for dry flies, if they aren't coming up quite the way you like, they will always eat under an indicator. Here are a few pictures from the river the past week, and a sneak peak at the next featured fly, a must have on any stream that has sulphurs coming off.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Wild Trout

There is something to be said about an animal that is born and raised in the wild, their outlook on life, their predatory instinct, survival instincts, it just amazes me every time I get to experience it. Trout have to be one of the coolest creatures swimming, when you hold a wild fish, being from a small mountain stream only pushing 4" long or the 20" plus from Montana, each fish holds a story, no fish looking the same.

This past week I mad another trip up to the Delaware river with my lady friend, conditions where tough,   Wind gusts of 30 plus mph, high sun and low water, but the fish were still ready to eat. Mid day between the gusts of wind we found fish rising to just about everything, drakes, hendros, olives, sulphurs, and caddis. We watched fish rise waiting for the chance to make one cast, half the time our flies would just get blown all over the river. We managed a couple fish, and it ended up a good day. 

Then mid week Casey and I headed to a small stream outside of Reading, where yet again, I was amazed at these wild fish, and the size of a couple of them. They are just relentless, a 6 inch fish with the heart of a 20 inched, it will give any 3wt rod a run for its money.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Featured Fly - GZ Pupa

The GZ Pupa, is a spin off of the Z Wing Caddis Pupa, but it has a few more realistic features. Last year, I started studying the caddis pupa a bit more than I would like to admit, but either way, ive tied a bunch of these and tested them the past 2 seasons, and they seem to do the trick.

Hook: TMC 2457 sz. 14 - 18 
Bead: Killer Caddis Bead 
Abdomen: Life Cycle Dubbing - Bright Green
Rib: Copper Ultra Wire (sized to match hook)
Back: 3 or 4 Peacock Herls
Wing: Lemon Wood Duck feather
Wing 2: White or Gray Antron yarn
Wing 3: Holo Flash - Black
Head: SLF Dubbing

Step 1: Slid Bead on.

Step 2: Make a thread base, tying in the gold wire.

Step: 3 Tie in peacock hearls.

Step 4: Dub the body, leave about a space about the size of the bead free.

Step 5: Pull the peacock forward and tie off.

Step 6: Rib the body, securing the peacock down. 

Step 7: Tie in the Holo flash, making a side wing on each side.

Step 8: Tie in 3 or 4 wood duck fibers.

Step 9: Tie in the antron, flaring it out each side.

Step 10: Dub the hea

 Step 11: Whip Finish.