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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Partridge and Yellow Variation

Catch Modern Fish with a Classic Fly

The Partridge and Yellow has been tyed for about infinity years and it still catches fish to this day.  Originally tied with silk floss, there are many other more modern materials that can be used to make the body of this fly - in this case I used Uni 3/0 thread, and a bit of flash in the thorax really is a nice way to add subtle flash.  The beauty of this pattern is that it can be tied in many different variations that can be as minimal or gnarly as you want them. For me, the key to a good looking partridge soft hackle is a good full partridge skin.  If you buy the bagged stuff, you might end up with a dozen usable feathers in a broad range of sizes, but none of the size you need.  Anyway, this video is very simple and straightforward, so there is no need to ramble on!

~ Cheech

Material List

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Hook: Daiichi 1120 - Heavy Wire Scud Hook - 14     
Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - Camel     
Body: 3/0 UNI-Thread Waxed - Yellow     
Thorax: Ice Dub - UV Tan     
Hackle: Nature's Spirit Primo Partridge Skin, Natural     

Other tools from the tutorial:
C&F Design Hackle Pliers     
Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool     

Friday, November 25, 2016

Lion's Mane Soft Hackle

Heavy. Stealthy. Flowey.

Lion's Mane Soft Hackles
I've had some pretty awesome days over the years fishing soft hackles of different sorts on lakes and streams alike. Between the free-moving hackle fibers to the general buggy look they have, soft hackles are just flat-out deadly. Still I think I probably don't fish them enough. Considering you can tie stonefly patterns to midges and everything in between, soft hackles are an often-overlooked style of pattern that really needs a spot in your boxes.

The Lion's Mane was born out of a need to get down deeper and quicker in some faster moving pocket water but still maintain good material movement. Although it's tied a bit on the bigger side, you can definitely scale this down to fit whatever size you need to. And it's also suited to be tied in different colors and even different materials.

Material List

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Hook: Fulling Mill 35025 Grab Gape Hook, Barbless - 8     
Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Matte Black - 5/32" (3.8mm)     
Tail/Hackle: Coq De Leon Hen Saddle - Speckled Golden Olive     
Body: Nature's Spirit Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Dubbing - Olive     
Ribbing: Vinyl Rib - Olive - Small     
Hot Spot: Nature's Spirit Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Dubbing - Orange     

Other tools from the tutorial:
C&F Design Bobbin     
Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool     
C&F Design Hackle Pliers     

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Dubbing Loop Sculpin

Cuz Scuplin Don't Suck

I have a strange obsession with sculpin, but not as much as trout do. I've never tasted a sculpin, but with the way trout eat them, I'm guessing its probably a flavor explosion similar to that of a perfectly executed Ribeye WITH rosemary butter. #realtalk, sculpin patterns are in my top three flies when I go chasing trout. A lot of the time they are the ticket to bring some big fish to hand.

When tying sculpin patterns I believe in 3 key factors: A broad head, Gills and the ability to fish very near to the bottom of the river. These 3 focuses help this pattern come to light. "Belly-Scratcher" weighting is the key to being able to slither this fly over the bottom and keep the hook point off of as many rocks as possible. Lastly, I think mixing dubbing is super under utilized in the fly tying game. On this pattern, to get the color I wanted, I blended 3 types of Bruiser Blend (Brown, Olive Brown and Tan). Blending dubbing can yield some killer results, and personally, I believe it can give your flies an advantage on the river. You can start out just blending them by hand to get started or upgrade to the coffee grinder like Cheech used in the Touch Dub Sow video or if you wanna come up in the dubbing game these are pretty killer!


If you'd like to spice this pattern up a bit, I've been messing around with adding some Kiley's Fish Finz just before the Bruiser Blend head and they have been coming out pretty cool! Also, I gotta give a shout out to Don Cheech for convincing me that this pattern needed eyes beacuse one, he was right and two, it lead me to Fluorescent Fly Eyes.

Material List

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: Gamakatsu B10S - 2 - 25 Pack     
Shank 1: Articulated Fish Spines - 10mm Shanks (24 pack)     
Shank 2: Articulated Fish Spines - 15mm Shanks (24 pack)     
Shank 3: Articulated Fish Spines - 20mm Shanks (24 pack)     
Thread: Veevus GSP - White - 100 Denier     
Tail: Wooly Bugger Marabou - Sculpin Olive     
Dubbing: Arizona Mega Simi Seal - Brown     
Gill Pack pt.1: Ice Dub - Red     
Gill Pack pt.2: Senyo's Barred Predator Wrap - Barred UV     
Bruiser Head pt.1: Bruiser Blend Dubbing - Brown Olive     
Bruiser Head pt.2: Bruiser Blend Dubbing - Brown     
Bruiser Head pt.3: Bruiser Blend Dubbing - Tan     
Eyes: Fluorescent Fly Eyes - Fl. Yellow - 1/4" (6.3mm)     

Other tools from the tutorial:
C&F Design Bobbin     
Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool     
C&F Design Tying Comb     
Loon Gator Grip Dubbing Spinner