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Fox Poopah, an effective caddis pattern

Fox Poopah, an effective caddis pattern

Funny name, killer fly About 12 years ago, I was fishing a local tailwater with a friend from the Bay area in Northern California. As the afternoon turned to evening, the caddis became very active and my friend handed me a couple of these funny looking caddis pupa patterns to try out. The pattern, as I found out, was named the Fox Poopah -- a pattern originated for the Sacramento River caddis hatches by Tim Fox. Google it if you want more information on the origins. As it turned out, not only did the Poopah's outperform my tried and true caddis pupa patterns that evening, but I ended up fishing them during non-hatch situations later that year and did extremely well just nymphing with them. Since that time, these flies have held a standard spot on the varsity team of my fly boxes. Including the video tutorial below, you'll see I tie these patterns now in several variations. So don't shoot me for not following the original pattern verbatim (the video is the closest to

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Craft Store Score: The Magic Eye Attaching Wand

Craft Store Score: The Magic Eye Attaching Wand

A great little tool to apply adhesive eyes to flies If you've been following the site here, you've no doubt, seen that we hit the local craft stores from time to time. It's probably not really manly or cool or whatever, but it's a great place to find some awesome tools and materials. Here's a good blurb on craft stores in general. Anyway, this little tying hack is a good way to place the adhesive eyes on flies -- especially in cases where you have to apply super-glue or where your fingers are too bulky to accurately place the eyes. It's not for everyone, but it's something you might try.

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FlyFishFood Virtual Swaps

FlyFishFood Virtual Swaps

show us what you're working with. Big Terrestrials We have been kicking this idea around for a while, but we would like to start a virtual fly swap that is hashtag based. This is a great opportunity to see what everyone else is tying, and it may challenge you to tie with materials you have  not tried before. We swap pictures and information only. NO MAILING!!! (I always hated that part) Here's how it works: 1- Flyfishfood will announce the theme for the swap and announce the hashtag to use. (for example  ‪#‎ fffterrestrialswap‬ ). This may happen once a week, once every two weeks etc... We'll just have to see how it goes. 2- You tie flies that fit the theme and post pictures on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the proper hashtag. (you can add recipes if you want, but this is meant to be as simple as possible.) I think Instagram is going to be the main driver of the swaps.   You can add as many pictures as you want! 3- We comment, get inspire

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Fly Tying with UV: An Effective Drake soft hackle

Fly Tying with UV: An Effective Drake soft hackle

Part 3: Big bugs gone soft NOTE : This is the 3rd part of our "Fly Tying with UV" series. If you haven't read the introduction behind this series, you can  see it here . It's recommended you read that so you can understand the method behind the madness... From time to time, I get the itch to tie up soft hackles. There's something about these classic style flies that are fun to tie yet have some sort of simplicity to them. With that in mind and wanting to focus on another UVR signature pattern, I looked to throw something together for a Green Drake hatch that I'd been fishing. The UVR comes into play with the highly UV Reflective Pearl Mylar and the not-so-UV-reflective pheasant tail for ribbing (for good contrast). I also throw in some Spirit River UV2 Seal-X dubbing on the thorax and the Spirit River UV2 Mallard for the tail. Again, if you read Mr. Curry's book  you'll see it's not all about flash and UVF or all UVR. It's likely a

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Foam slicing tool

Foam slicing tool

Craft store scores again... Here's yet another example of a great little tool you can pick up at a local craft store. (see our previous write-up on other craft store scores here). This cutting tool is great for cutting straight lines in foam and also allows you to maintain enough control to do some free-wheeling cutting for going along curved edges and such. The cutter is made by Fiskars and is fairly inexpensive. The I found myself able to cut along both a straight edge as well as just following lines on the foam. I made quick work of a few foam sheets to form even width strips for things like Chernobyl style ants and other patterns that need rectangular pieces of foam. Give it a whirl...

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An Effective Scud Pattern

An Effective Scud Pattern

The buffet is now open... There are a lot of stillwaters that we fish that hold huge numbers of scuds. And although, I'd rather fish something more exciting in the way of dry flies or streamers, I can't ignore the times when the buffet is turned on and the fish end up gorging themselves on scuds. Here's an example of a recent trip where the scuds were literally crawling all over us and a shot of the porker rainbow that had been first in the buffet line. Just pop these babies in your mouth for a nice treat! They liked the waders Bottom View of Mr. Scud Belly So the "Chewy Goo" scud is a pattern I've been using now for a few seasons. It's nothing fancy, but I like the addition of Clear Cure Goo Hydro to reinforce and give dimension to the fly. The dubbing holds water quite nicely and creates a nice translucent effect. I've had best results fishing it from an indicator, but however you fish it, it's a good scud pattern to

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The UM-Butt Sally: A Yellow Sally Fly Pattern

The UM-Butt Sally: A Yellow Sally Fly Pattern

A Yellow Sally Pattern that fits the bill I've fished through Yellow Sally stonefly ( Isoperla Fulva ) hatches before without so much as a trout looking up to eat one, so when I find fish actively targeting this squirrelly little bug, it's a lot of fun. This pattern is the result of some on-the-stream bug watching and pouring over pictures of the naturals I could find online. One thing I definitely noticed while watching these little critters on the water is that they usually don't land all nice and composed with their wings laying nicely back against their bodies. Instead, they can be a jumbled mess of wings and writhing body just yelling at a fish to lay into them. With that in mind, I ended up splaying the wings and making the legs a bit pronounced to give a bigger impression on the water. It also helps in flotation. This Cutthroat took the UM-Butt Sally from an undercut bank The first couple of times out, the pattern did very well. It floats a l

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Fly Tying with UV: Minnows & Baitfish

Fly Tying with UV: Minnows & Baitfish

Part 2: Minnows and Baitfish If you haven't read part 1 of this series, read it here.  The important thing to capture from the intro is that we're NOT   focusing on the black light effect you get when you shine a UV light onto fly tying materials or other surfaces (like a white shirt). We are rather focusing, especially in this article, on the natural UV Reflectance (UVR) that baitfish exhibit. If you're interested in more information, read the book talked about in the first part. So the bottom line here is that there is ample evidence that predatory fish will stalk and hunt their prey based, at least partially, on the UVR signature of the prey. With that in mind, and also considering that fish and insects also use UVR signatures for attracting mates and that fish can and do use UVR to identify valid insects for food (vs say a twig), it's important to at least consider using these types of materials in your patterns. Upon reading " the book ", I started t

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