Saturday, April 25, 2015

The slippery pupae

I've been playing around wiith the spirit river, squirmy worms. As the name suggests, this fly is extemely slippery. Make sure to hold it by the thorax when tying one on your line.
hook: dia-riki 135
Abdomin: green squirmey worm
Thorax: hare's ear 
Legs: deer hair

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Ballroom blitz

The Ballroom blitz is a fly which was inspired by those goofy masquerade masks. I've done pretty well with this pattern for largemouth.

Rising trout frame

This unique display features a brown trout rising to a fishable realistic mahogany dun. The trout is carved from foam and hand painted. 

Dan's pupa bou

This is s new pattern I've been working on that is subject to change. The body is marabou tied in by the tips, then pulled forward and ribbed with mono thread. I will have an instuctional video available for this pattern soon.

Calamus green sedge

The calamus green sedge, is the pattern I'm most proud of. It was the first, of the calamus series of flies, and is so far my most  productive dry caddis pattern. This fly as well as several other outstanding calamus patterns have been featured in fly tyer magazine. I have yet to find a synthetic material that can rival the effectiveness of the "calamus" ,  or hollow shaft of a mallard flank feather, for the application of a caddis abdomen.

Calamus October caddis