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Monday, February 20, 2017

G Funk Stonefly

You Can't Fake the Funk




Seines are cool...  Several summers back, I was fishing with my brother on a very popular Utah river, and I had brought my 3'x4' seine so I could show him the importance to fly selection and how each river is very different.  Off we went to some fairly oxygenated water and he went a few feet upstream and started the seine dance.  After several minutes of making him look like a complete idiot, we had some movement on the screen.  Those samples won't be easily forgotten, not because of the sheer amount of insects that ended up crawling around on the screen, it was because the majority of them were large gnarly stoneflies that somehow found their way into a river dominated by mayflies and midges.  We all know that they didn't just somehow end up there...  Most anglers will just find something that works and stick with it (not that there is anything wrong with that) and completely ignore insects that might even help you catch more fish than the normal standbys.  By seining these waters, I not only changed the normal bugs that I fish there, but I started to fish where these big meaty morsels hang out.  Guess what?  I caught lots and lots of fish that summer, so did Uncle Drew and he's a total noob. #burn

Several of these experiences have led to good ideas at the vise, and this one was no exception.  I filled boxes with different stonefly patterns, and many have changed up year to year.  The G Funk is kind of a mashup of a lot of different patterns all mixed into one.  It's got chenille, rubber legs, a UV hotspot, and some soft hackle.  Anyway, tie some of these bad boys up and head out to harass your local trout.

~Cheech




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Hook: Daiichi 1730 - Bent Shank Nymph Hook - 6     
Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier - Black     
Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Black Nickel - 5/32" (3.8mm)     
Tails/Legs: UNI Flexx - Purple     
Body: Chenille - Medium - Black     
Rib: Vinyl Rib - Black - Medium     
Veil: Ice Dub - UV Black     
Thorax: Ice Dub - UV Dun     
Hot Spot: Ice Dub - UV Cinnamon     
Hackle: Coq De Leon Hen Saddle - Speckled Lavender     



Other tools from the tutorial:
Tiemco TMC Adjustable Double-Arm Bobbin     
Loon Razor Scissors - 4"     
Loon Water Based Head Cement System     

3 comments:

  1. Cheech, so if I get some moss on my fly (Even a shred of moss) I can't catch anything. Then you put a "vail" on the fly. How does this whole "buggyness" thing work (and it does)? It makes no sense to me.

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    1. Just give it a try. Moss isn't part of the design of a fly, so it probably affects the motion. Not to mention that the fish can likely smell it... Buggy flies work well with flies like stoneflies where there are lots of moving parts.

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  2. Hey Cheech. Sweet as dude. Nice fly. We got some nice big kickass green stones down here in NZ and this looks just the bizzo for them..

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