Monday, June 29, 2015

Featured Fly - The Roaming Sculpin

The Roaming Sculpin is a bottom crawling sculpin that has a lot of movement. There are a few different materials that make this fly up, however there isn't too much of any one material. This helps with profile and movement in the water. Can't wait to try it out of some warmwater predators.

Hook: B10S stinger hook sz. 1 
Thread: Uni Thread 6/0 - olive 
Tail: Rabbit Zonker - Sculpin Olive
Body: UV Polar Chenille - olive and brown 
Collar 1: Rooster Saddle - Olive 
Collar 2: Mallard Flank - Natural 
Legs or Fins: Sili Legs - Barred Olive 
Collar 3: Dubbing Loop of Rabbit - Sculpin Olive 
Head: Sculpin Helmet - Olive

Step 1: Make a thread base to the bend if the hook.

Step 2: Punch the hook through the rabbit zonked and secure it with one thread wrap.

Step 3: Make 2 wraps on the zonker, tie and cut off extra.

Step 4: Tie in 2 contrasting colors if UV Polar Chenille.

Step 5: Wrap 3 or 4 time, palmering forward.

Step 6: Tie in a saddle hackle from the tip.

Step 7: Make about 6 wraps.

Step 8: Tie in the mallard flank feather.

Step 9: Wrap the mallard 4 times.

Step 10: Tie in 3 strands of rubber legs on each side.

Step 11: Make a dubbing loop of rabbit. This should be the same color as the tail.

Step 12: Wrap the loop forward, pulling the fibers back as your wrap.

Step 13: Put a drop of super glue down whip finish and slide the helmet on.

Finished Sculpin Fly

Finished Fly:

Photos from the Camera

I was flipping through my camera this morning and found all these photos from a trip that Rob, Kevin,
and I did a few weeks back. I also found some photos of smallie flies I took to add to a presentation. Enjoy!!!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Featured Fly - Soft Wing Caddis Pupa

This may be the last trout fly tutorial of the season. I will be focusing on Smallmouth, Carp, and Musky for the next several months. The Soft Wing Caddis Pupa was a key to much of my success this season. It worked well under an indicator followed by a caddis larva, or under a CDC Caddis higher in the water column. 

Hook: Orvis Tactical Hook sz. 14-16
Thread: Veevas 14/0 - Tan
Bead: Nymph Head Evolution - sized to match hook
Rib: Pearl Tinsel - Opal
Body: TCO East Coast Dubbing - Caddis Green 
Back: Peacock Hearl - Natural
Wing: Partridge Feathers - Black
Thorax: Pine Squirrel Dubbing - Natural 
Antena: Lemon Barred Wood Duck - Natural 

Step 1:
 Make a small thread base behind the bead.

Step 2: Tie in three strands of Peacock Hearl, and Opal Tinsel. 

Step 3: Continue your thread base while tying in the materials.

Step 4: Dub the body, leaving a small gap between the bead and dubbing.

Step 5: Pull the 3 hearls forward and tie off.

Step 6: Rib the body with the tinsel.

Step 7: Take a black partridge feather and cut the tip off forming a "V".

Step 8: Lay the partridge over the top, making a black wing on each side.

Step 9: Tie in 3 wood duck fibers making an antenna. 

Step 10: Dub the thorax, make sure it is super buggy.

Step 11: Whip Finish and Cut Off - Final Product:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Brew n' Bugs - Recap

Last nights tying session was a great success. Thank you to all who came out to share some beers, and learn a couple new patterns. We will be focusing on smallmouth bass flies the next three sessions. Bottom Crawling Bass Bugs, Streamers for Everything, and Bass on Top. Check the schedule at the shop for dates. Remember $5.00 at the door gets you all the materials to tie, and our featured local micro brew of the night.


Sunday, June 21, 2015

June - Kinda in Between

June has always been a month that is kinda in between the action. The trout streams are starting to heat up, and the bass are not quite ready to eat. That hasn't stopped us from trying. We are still running early morning trout trips, and Tricos should be right around the corner. But, we are all gearing up for warm water fishing. Tying flies, relining our rods, cleaning the boats, and buying new gear. We have been taking advantage of these warmer morning, and trying our hands with some carp fishing. Check out the pictures from our last few outings.

Don't forget about Brew n' Bugs this week June 23rd at 6pm.