Posts Tagged ‘Olive’
The Blue Winged Olive or BWO is one of the most important insects to the angler. CaddisFlyShop demonstrates how to tie a relatively simple nymph imitation of the Blue Winged Olive using UV Ice Dub in light olive color. Using UV Ice Dub on some patterns can make a nymph show and perform better than [...]
“Talking turkey” is an old idiom referring to a candid discussion. In present use the phrase denotes a matter of business, a factual and straightforward approach to problem solving. This contemporary definition works just fine, unless you are a fly fisherman.
Here at Hatches, we’re always on the lookout for interesting fly patterns. Probably the single greatest resource we have at our disposal for finding them is the Fly Pattern Database (which has grown to over 10,000 fly patterns!). No where else on the web can one find a greater archive of fly patterns, and we would like to thank everyone who has contributed to it. To express our great appreciation, and to make sure “older” patterns aren’t forgotten, we have decided to highlight three fly patterns from the database each week. We’ll share the best of the best, from the past to the present.
Sand Creek is a pretty little piece of trout water that harbors some very fussy fish. Clear water in a small creek demands a quiet approach; casting from the bank is a good strategy when fishing small flies to springtime trout. Photo by Russ Forney Springtime in Wyoming can be pretty elusive. Just when the [...]
Materials You Will Need Hook: #8 gammarus hook (Skalka G series in my case) Thread: 6/0 UNI thread color Tan Weight: medium size flat lead (round wire works just as fine but flat is easier to work with) Back: 4mm back cover, color Honey Ribbing: .16mm mono Body: Hare dubbing dyed light Olive. Seal dubbing [...]
Horse hair is one of Wyoming’s most abundant natural resources. Coal, oil, and natural gas are the media darlings, but horse hair is everywhere in the Cowboy State. To a fly tier, it would be a shame to waste all that beautiful long hair when it looks so good wrapped around a fly hook. It [...]
X-Caddis Material List Hook: Gamakatsu R10 #14 Thread: Griffith’s 14/0 dark brown Shuck: Z-lon dun and amber mix Rib: x-fine gold braid Body: antron mix Wing: Coastal deer hair Tying Instructions This is an easy caddis. Use colors to match your caddis flies. Tie in the shuck about as long as the hook shank. Tie [...]
As a fly tier and a devoted steelheader, I encounter many new trends and “must have” flies. I am not one of those guys who have two different patterns in a couple of colors and sizes in his fly boxes. I have at best, two of each pattern, a multitude of colors, shapes and sizes, [...]
The thermometer outside my window reads 13 degrees Fahrenheit as I write this. And winter has been harder than usual this year, wind, cold, ice and snow. It has all been heavier than the norm. More and more, I look upon weather like this and say to myself that it’s fly tying season in my [...]
Have you ever been ambushed by an idea? Not a mere suggestion or nagging intuition, but a full force, frontal assault of the psyche. Somewhere in our move to Wyoming four years ago and while exploring the surrounding hills, I was smitten by the notion of dying fly tying materials with flower pigments. The relentless “what if” that plagues an otherwise sound mind propelled excursions to identify, collect, and extract pigments from wildflowers. It is hard to grasp the logic of such behavior as it may not exist; the idea just showed up one day and would not be persuaded to leave.
The first time I talked with Bob Mead was sometime during the Spring of 2006, while I still lived in northern Michigan. It was basically a short series of emails from a young tier trying to pick the brain of a veteran. Coincidentally a few months later, I wound up living 15 minutes from him, [...]
There is nothing more fun in fly tying than putting a new twist on an old pattern. And that’s just what we have here, with a step-by-step tutorial by JohnTerje Refsahl of Norway on a Biot Body, CDC Comparadun. Al Caucci, Bob Nastasi, and maybe even Fran Betters, would be proud.
Sorry Victoria, the secret is out: underwire support is the key to a flattering figure. Strategically placed and properly fashioned, short segments of wire are an excellent foundation for the broad, flattened abdomen characteristic of large nymphs. The shapely bulk of underbody wire makes an attractive chassis for subsurface flies, providing just the right visual [...]
The following is an excerpt from Barr Flies written by John Barr, fly tying photos by Charlie Craven (Stackpole Books, August 2007, 184 pages, 570 color photos, 22 illustrations) which is available at Fly Shops and booksellers everywhere.