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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Uncle Ken's Mopster

The Best Fly on the Planet... BAR NONE

Uncle Ken has taken some time out of his busy schedule of trapping coons, teaching the local girl scouts how to weld, and yelling at his wife to grace us in the fly studio.  He has been keeping this one under taps for quite a while, but he felt this was the appropriate time to share the Mopster.  In his words, "If you take this'n here out and you don't limit out in a half hour...  it ain't the fly - YOU SUCK."  

He's not necessarily one with words.  Just give the video a watch and you will see what we mean.

~ Cheech


Monday, May 15, 2017

Egan's Frenchie


Rainbow who fell for a Frenchie
Egans Frenchie, Euro Nymph, Fly tying tutorial
Egan's Frenchie
The Frenchie is one of my go-to patterns for sure.  It's quick to tie, and fish love it.  The Frenchie is my version, or my favorite color combination of a common competition fly.  When I first entered the world of competition fly fishing I was introduced to many fly patterns that seemed too simple to work, or too flashy, gaudy & outrageous to take fish. Yet, my boxes are now adorned with similar atrocities.  Anyway, the Frenchie was one that seemed tolerable.  Though I never had great success on standard pheasant tails, I had caught a few fish on them and I'd certainly taken note of the regularity with which customers purchased pheasant tails, so somebody was getting them to work.  ;)  The Frenchie style fly I first saw used natural pheasant tail fibers for the tail and body and had a hotspot behind the bead which varied in color.  I simply found a color combination that consistently caught fish utilizing the standard "frenchie" theme.  So, for clarification, I did not invent this style of fly.  Egan's Frenchie is a variation on the original theme and the color combination sold by Umpqua is my most productive combo.  I replaced the pheasant tail, tail with Coq de Leon (for sheen, speckling and added durability), the natural pheasant tail body for dyed pheasant tail and used Hareline's shrimp pink ice dubbing teamed with a red thread collar to create the hotspot.  This color combination was solidified for me at my first World Fly Fishing Championship in Portugal, 2006.  There I won a river session (basically catching the most total centimeters of fish in 3 hours) on the River Alva using the Frenchie and Bionic Ant in a dry dropper rig.  I was sold.  The fish in every country and state I've fished since have also been impressed with this fly.  Tie some and fish them.  Your catch rate will thank you.

Material List

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Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 14 (or 16)     
Thread: UTC Ultra thread 70 Denier - Red     
Beads: Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads - Gold - 2.8mm (or 2.3mm)     
Weight: Lead Wire Spool - .010     
Tail: Whiting Coq De Leon Tailing Packs - Medium Pardo     
Body: Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails - Muskrat Gray     
Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire - Copper - Small     
Hot Spot: Ice Dub - UV Shrimp Pink     

Other tools from the tutorial:
Renzetti Master Vise     

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bead Organizing Hack

I've been doing it wrong all these years

This is quick and dirty. Until I finally took Cheech's advice on organizing beads, I never knew what I was missing out on. Turns out there's a much better way to organize those little suckers.

Here it is...

(oh and you can snag those tweezers from Tiemco here or the Beadzers here)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Rainbow Warrior

Flashy Fantastic

The Rainbow Warrior was my first commercially available fly pattern, and is still my best seller.
Rainbow Warrior
 Despite its flashy looks, it works well for selective tailwater Trout, and of course for eager freestone/pocketwater fish too.  This pattern is easy to tie and very effective.  The Warrior's flashy body and red thread hot spot don't imitate anything in particular, but that is a good thing.  Fish can mistake it for many food forms.  I find it works well in waterways with sow bugs, scuds, midge pupae, and even as a chironomid imitation in lakes.  The bottom line....don't worry about "why" fish eat it.  Just be happy they eat it.  Tie a few for your nymph box and I'm confident the Rainbow Warrior will be productive enough to keep you tying them (or buying, if you don't tie. Buy here )

Material List

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Hook: TMC 2457 Caddis Pupa, Nymph Hook - 16     
Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Red     
Beads: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Nickel - 3/32" (2.3mm)     
Tail: Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails - Natural     
Body/Wingcase: Pearl Tinsel - Large     
Thorax: Wapsi Sow Scud Dubbing - Rainbow     

Other tools from the tutorial:
Renzetti Master Vise     

Monday, May 1, 2017

Non Copper John

Variation of a classic

I think everyone on the planet has fished a Copper John before.  Big thanks to John Barr from Colorado for coming up with this fly, and a great selection of other fish slayers.  When I was just getting started I'd always have problems wrapping the wire for the Copper John because it never laid down perfectly and I was a savage with thread wraps.  The solution to that was to use a very flat thread in order to put a flat surface down before wrapping the wire.  I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner, but you can ditch the wire altogether.  Tubing has become one of my very favorite materials due to the huge variety of things you can do with it.  In this case, I just swapped wire for tubing and it's a hit!  Tubing also comes in a wide variety of colors, so it's pretty easy to tie flies that match your local hatches.  Obviously this is nothing original, I just swapped out one material for another and it seems to work out fine.

Happy Tying!


Material List

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Hook: Daiichi 1530 - Heavy Wet Fly Hook - 12     
Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Purple     
Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Metallic Purple - 7/64" (2.8mm)     
Tail: Nature's Spirit Turkey Biot Quills - Purple     
Body: Body & Rib Tubing - Purple - Midge     
Wing Case: Thin Skin - Black     
Flash: Mirage Tinsel - Opal - Medium     
Thorax: Ice Dub - UV Purple     
Legs: Whiting Brahma Hen Saddle - Mottled Gray     
: Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Thick (1/2 oz)     

Other tools from the tutorial:
Tiemco Deer Hair Scissors - Fine     
Tiemco TMC Adjustable Double-Arm Bobbin     
Tiemco Dual Whip Finisher