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Friday, June 24, 2016

Pat's Rubber Legs - Variation

Kick up a very popular trout pattern

I was first introduced to the Pat's Rubber Legs (AKA Girdle Bug, Pickle, Drifting Turd, etc,) about 10 years ago as I was fishing with a friend on a Utah river that was loaded with stoneflies.  We'll just say that he caught a ton of fish and I didn't...  Lots of Utah anglers that I know totally overlook stoneflies and go right for the typical microscopic tailwater midge stuff, but a few seine samples are enough to show them how healthy the stonefly population is here.  The Rubber Legs can be both very simple, and very maddening at the same time due to the unruliness of the rubber legs, so we show a trick in the video on how to easily tie them in, and how to keep them out of the way while you wrap the chenille.  I also add weight and a wingcase to this fly because I kind of can't help it...  The original pattern called for an unweighted body to allow for maximum movement in current, but I have been fishing them on a Euro rig, so I need it to be heavy.  anyway, this is a highly customizable pattern that is effective anywhere that fish eat chenille and rubber legs.



Material List

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Hook: Daiichi 1730 - Bent Shank Nymph Hook - 6     
Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - Olive     
Weight: Lead Free Round Wire - .025     
Body: Speckled Chenille - Black/Dark Olive     
Legs/Tails/Antannae: Silicon Streamer Legs - Speckled Froggy Green     
Wing Case 1: Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Thin (1/2 oz)     
Wing Case 2: Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Thick (1/2 oz)     
Wing Case 3 : Loon Fly Tying Powder - Earthtone (Choc. Brown, Midnight, Pumpkin)     
Wing Case 4: Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish     

Other tools from the tutorial:
F6010Loon UV Mega Light     

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Davie McPhail's Sparse Midge Pupa

Yes, you need this one too

Davie McPhail's Spare Midge Pupa
Last week I said it was the last chironomid pattern we'd post for a while. I lied. When I saw this pattern, I knew it was a winner. And after a weekend of catching fish on chironomids again (no, it doesn't get old), I'm always looking out for more winners.

Because we work with Fulling Mill and considering Davie McPhail has been working with them as of late, we decided to feature some of his patterns here (with his blessing of course).

If you've never heard of Davie, you live under a rock. He's arguably one of the best fly tyers on the planet. So clean, so consistent. And while you notice we typically stick to our own patterns for tutorials and posts here, we're going to look to expanding things to give some more variety and exposure out there.

With that said, here's the recipe and the tutorial...

Material List

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Hook: Fulling Mill Heavyweight Champ, Barbless - 10     
Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - Black     
Back: Mirage Flashabou - 3005 - Opal     
Thorax Cover: Veevus Holographic Tinsel - Red - Medium     
Ribbing: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - Black     
Wing Buds: Stripped Goose Biots - Fl. Orange     
Coating: Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish     
Coating: Hard As Hull Head Cement     

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Silver Boy Buzzer

You can't have too many chironomids

Silver Boy Buzzer
Ok, we've put out a few buzzer/chironomids this year and this will be the last one -- at least for a while. Similar to the Grey Boy, this "Silver Boy" variation is meant to imitate the pupa in its last push to get to the surface and get the heck out of dodge. In looking at the naturals, I see a lot of VERY silvery coloration -- especially in top few inches of the water column.

And while I can't say when or why you'd use this flashier version over something like the standard Grey Boy, I usually end up throwing two or three patterns (where permitted) and find which one is doing the best. The Oil Slick buzzer is another even more flashy pupa that I include in this mix to try and dial in what stage the fish are focusing on.

And similar to the Oil Slick, we're taking inspiration from this stage of the pupa where the silver "major" segments are most visible. 

Chironomid Pupa
Colorado Cutthroat who took a Silver Boy

Material List

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Hook: Fulling Mill Czech Nymph Hook - 12      
Bead: Plummeting Tungsten - Jet Black - 2.3mm      
Thread: Danville 70 Denier, Black      
Body Ribbing: Veevus Holographic Tinsel, Med      
Under-Body Ribbing: Veevus Holo Tinsel, Cranberry SM      
Wing Buds: Veevus Holo Tinsel, Orange, MD      
Breathers: McFlylon - White      
Coating: Loon Fluorescing UV Clear      

Other tools from the tutorial:
Stonfo Hackle Pliers