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Monday, June 26, 2017

GTi Caddis

A EURO-NYMPHING ANCHOR FLY


GTi Caddis
The GTi Caddis is more imitative than most of my patterns.  It represents a hydropsychidae larvae, commonly called "net builder" Caddis.  Though a bit cheesy, GTi stands for Go-To imitation.  This pattern truly is my go-to when wanting a weighted fly that closely imitates a favored large food form of Trout.  One thing you'll notice when comparing real Hydropsyche to my imitation is that the back on the GTi does not necessarily match any of the color combinations of the real insect.  This isn't by chance.  I've spent a fair bit of time tying and trying Caddis larva imitations and I've come to learn a bit about what fish prefer in the process.  For reasons unknown to me, Trout consistently prefer this fly when tied with a shellback color that contrasts the underbody.  I've tried many imitations that more closely represent the actual colors of Caddis larvae, but the fish do not take them as well.  There is something magical about the contrasting colors.  Try it, you'll like it...  One other thing about this and other weighted flies.  Keep them thin.  It's easy to make the body of weighted nymphs obese due to the layer of lead wire covering much of the hook.  Use dubbing materials that allow you to create a very thin dubbing noodle.  Less is more with dubbing.  Wrap it sparingly, but be sure to cover the lead and thread underbody.  Hareline Haretron is perfect for making thin, tightly wrapped nymph bodies.  Tie up a few GTi's with contrasting colors (see recipe below) and fish them in your favorite Trout water.  

Material List

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Hook: TMC 2457 Caddis Pupa, Nymph Hook - 12     
Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Olive     
Weight: Lead Wire Spool - .015     
Tail: Strung Peacock Herl     
Rib 1: Umpqua Tippet Material - 6X     
Rib 2: Krystal Flash - Olive     
Abdomen: Hare-Tron Dubbing - Olive     
Thorax: Arizona Synthetic Dubbing - Peacock     
Wing Case: Scud Back - Summer Duck - 1/8"     



Other tools from the tutorial:
Renzetti Master Vise     
C&F Design Bobbin     


Friday, June 23, 2017

Carp Crawler

Crawl Some Carp into Your Net!


This pattern kind of started out as a bug that was quick to tie and that I could pass out to buddies who were trying to catch carp on size 2 wooly buggers.  I also wanted to create a fly that would gently tickle the bottom as it crawled slowly through the Carpocalypse zone...  It started that way anyway... It ended up being my #1 confidence carp bug, and I have caught fish on it in all kinds of color variations.  The keys to this fly are the hook, leg placement, and weight.  The hook is a Gamakatsu SL45 which is designed to tie inverted hook flies for bonefish - I also just so happens to be an excellent carp hook.  The leg placement is critical because it they help balance the fly correctly with one leg on each side and one in the middle.  The weight needs to change quite a bit based on where you are fishing, and what depth you are fishing.  You don't want something that will plummet and hit the bottom hard.  You want it to fall at a moderate pace, and just "tickle" the bottom.  Tie some of these bad boys up and rip some bugles!

Cheech


Material List

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Hook: Gamakatsu SL45 Bonefish Hook - 4     
Thread: UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier - Fl. Shell Pink     
Eyes: Bead Chain Eyes - Black - Large     
Legs: Chicone's Crusher Legs - Brown Barred Clear - Regular     
Body: Whole Squirrel Skin - Natural Fox     



Other tools from the tutorial:
Loon Water Based Head Cement System     
Loon Ergo Bobbin     
Loon Ergo All Purpose Scissors - 4"     
Griffin Montana Mongoose Vise     

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Egan's Red Dart

A FLASHY ATTRACTOR

Red Dart

The Red Dart is a design combining the best parts of a couple of old favorite fly patterns and applying current materials.  The result is a fishy attractor.  I came up with the fly at the 2011 World Fly Fishing Championships held in Bolzano, Italy.  Fish were being caught on red tags (old school style with yarn tail and peacock body), and prince nymphs.  I was having the best success on prince nymphs tied with red thread (hotspot collar) and with peacock ice dubbing instead of natural peacock for the body.  My thought was that if I combined the two flies I might find something the fish really liked.  So, the red tail from the red tag replaced the biot tail from the prince.  I used brightly dyed hackle fibers for the tail instead of wool yarn found in the old school red tag.  Peacock ice dub has replaced natural peacock for my prince nymphs so I used the flashy synthetic.  I removed the white biots normally found on the back of a prince nymph but kept the prince's brown soft hackle.  One more addition and the fly was finished.  The hotspot.  Hotspots are very common in competition flies and will likely start to take over your nymph box if you start down the hotspot road...   Anyway, the last piece of material is the sparse UV pink hotspot added right behind the bead.  I have no idea why fish eat this fly.  Though it certainly isn't imitative, it is effective, flashy and fishtastic.  The Browns, Rainbows, Marble trout and Grayling in Italy liked it, as do fish everywhere I've tried the Red Dart.  


Material List

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Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 14     
Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Red     
Beads: Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads - Gold - 7/64" (2.8mm)     
Weight: Lead Wire Spool - .015     
Tail: Metz Soft Hackle Feathers - Red     
Abdomen: Ice Dub - Peacock     
Ribbing: Sulky Metallic Tinsel - Opalescent (8040)     
Ribbing #2: RIO Powerflex Tippet - 6X     
Hackle: Whiting 4B Hen Cape - Greenwell     
Hotspot: Ice Dub - UV Shrimp Pink     
Wing Case: UTC Flashback Tinsel - Black - Large     



Other tools from the tutorial:
Renzetti Master Vise