Social Icons

twitterfacebookInstagramgoogle plusrss feedemailyoutube

Featured Posts


Don't Tie? Buy!

Flies available now...

Skittle Scud

The Griffin Montana Mongoose

See the full review

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Solar Panel Nymph

Power Up Your Nymph Game

This pattern is a culmination of some experiments with materials I had never put on the same hook before, vinyl nymph rib and speckled flashabou.  In the mess of my fly tying dungeon I have had several spools of half round nymph rib sitting in a drawer for over 10 years, but I had never really played with the small stuff on a mayfly nymph with it.  I had just finished using the speckled flashabou on a streamer pattern, so it was on the desk taking up space when I decided to tie a vinyl rib mayfly.  The Solar Panel Nymph was the result and it has been a great producer on the river ever since.  It can be tied in a wide array of colors due to the translucent nature of the vinyl ribbing, and many colors of flashabou could be added.  Overall, this is a pattern that is perhaps a bit more realistic than a pheasant tail or a hare's ear, and it's not difficult to tie at all.  The tip with the lighter was a modification of a technique I saw from Mak-Flies on YouTube.  It's a pretty slick way of tying it in with no bulk at the back of the fly.

~ Cheech

Material List

Add to Cart   View in store

Hook: Daiichi 1560 - Traditional Nymph Hook - 14     
Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - Camel     
Tail: Whiting Coq De Leon Tailing Packs - Badger Dyed Brown     
Body: Speckled Flashabou - 6933 - Gold     
Body: Vinyl Rib - Rust - Small     
Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Jet Black - 3/32" (2.3mm)     
Thorax: Hare'e Ice Dub - Tan     

Other tools from the tutorial:
Zap-a-Gap Brush-On Super Glue     
Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish     

Monday, July 18, 2016

Bugle Buddy - Carp Fly

Lots of Movement = Lots of Bendo

Chartreuse Bugle Buddy

Bugle Buddy Eater
We have been fishing for carp here and there over the years, but it's gotten a kick into overdrive in the last couple of months.  Up to this point, We have been playing with a few carp flies here and there, but we also used a lot of just trout flies like the El Sculpito and the Masked Marauder stonefly nymph.  Though the trout flies did the trick in a pinch, it really helps if you have an arsenal of carp flies that are designed specifically designed for the task at hand. Through researching a lot of the effective modern carp flies out there, there are some similarities that I have seen that I have adopted with some of my designs.  1- They are tied with barbell eyes of some sort, and depending on depth, they can be various sizes of brass or bead chain. 2- They have something sticking "up" from the back of the fly.  Like McTage's Trouser Worm and John Montana's Carp Hybrid .  I have actually been playing with those patterns as well, so look for some tutorials on the variations that I come up with.

With those two points to work with, I started tying a very simple pattern that I began calling the
Tan Bugle Buddy

Bugle Buddy.  Two simple strands of magnum predator legs, a vinyl nymph rib body, and some rabbit in a dubbing loop wrapped around the barbell eyes.  I have only really tested this fly in two colors, but they both worked really well even though some people were convinced that no carp would eat a chartreuse flashy fly.  As you can see, there is a lot of room for variation and color mixes with this bug, so you can let your imagination run wild with this one.  Tie some up; tie them on; and go get carpy.  


Material Lists


Add to Cart   View in store

Hook: Daiichi 2557 Intruder Trailer Hook - 2     
Eyes: Bead Chain Eyes - Silver - Large     
Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier - Fl. Green     
Tail: Magnum Predator Legs - Grizzly Barred Fl. Chartreuse     
Body: Vinyl Rib - Chartreuse - Medium     
Head: Rabbit Zonker Strips - Chartreuse Green     


Add to Cart   View in store

Hook: Daiichi 2557 Intruder Trailer Hook - 2     
Eyes: Bead Chain Eyes - Gold - Large     
Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier - Brown     
Tail: Magnum Predator Legs - Grizzly Barred Rootbeer     
Body: Vinyl Rib - Brown - Medium     
Head: Rabbit Zonker Strips - Grizzly     

Other tools from the tutorial:
MPM-0002Petitjean Magic Tool Clip Set - Standard     
Loon Water Based Head Cement System