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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Iron Lotus

A dense Baetis with a subtle hotspot

Iron Lotus
The Iron Lotus is a quick sinking imitation of a mayfly nymph.  Its slick, coated body aids in the sink rate, its subtly segmented body adds realism, its sleek silhouette matches the naturals and its gold tungsten bead and subtle red thread hotspot give just enough flash and color contrast to pique the interest of feeding Trout.  If you are a fan of dumb humor movies (like me), then you likely know where this fly got its name.  Shortly after designing this fly the movie, "Blades of Glory", came out.  My team watched "Blades of Glory" several nights while tying flies leading up to a National Fly Fishing Championship.  In the movie was a dangerous, yet wildly effective (if executed properly) skating move called the "fabled iron lotus".  I thought the name was a catchy, and kind of summed up this pattern so I borrowed it for this fly.

I tie these in size 12 to 16 using jig hooks and size 18-20 on regular nymph or scud hooks.  
Because Baetis nymphs do not have anything red or gold on them, I've tried several versions of this fly with black or black nickel beads and without the red thread hotspot, thinking picky tailwater fish might prefer a more natural looking fly.  For me, the more lifelike colorations have been completely out-fished by the original sporting red and gold.  I can't tell you why the fish prefer the hotspot and gold bead, but I can tell you they do.  Go fish...

Material List

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Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 14     
Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Light Olive     
Beads: Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads - Gold - 7/64" (2.8mm)     
Weight: Lead Wire Spool - .010     
Tail: Whiting Coq De Leon Tailing Packs - Medium Pardo     
Abdomen: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Light Olive     
Ribbing: 6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed - White     
Hot Spot: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Red     
Body Coating: Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Flow     
Thorax: Arizona Synthetic Dubbing - Peacock     
Wing Case: UTC Flashback Tinsel - Black - Large     

Other tools from the tutorial:
Renzetti Master Vise     
Loon UV Mega Light     

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