Well, 2015 is just about in the books. It was a great year for me and FrankenFly. I spent the year with family, friends, fish, flies, and dogs. It doesn’t get much better than that for me. So I thought I would make this easy and dump a bunch of photos on you from my 2015. I hope you enjoy them. It was a blast and I’m hoping 2016 is just as fun!
From North 40 Fly Shop, “This is a simple fly that has proven its’ worth on the river. It started out as a KILOWATT, but I toned it down some and added a stinger hook. It has proven itself on the local trout as well as steelhead. I tie this in a number of color combinations, this one is Black and Blue. A favorite of mine all year round.”
THREAD: 140 Ultra Thread, Black
BEAD: Brass Cone Head, Medium Nickle
BODY SHANK: Any streamer style hook will work. You’ll be cutting the hook part off.
STINGER HOOK: #4 Octopus style
BODY: Ice Dub, Blue Steelie
UNDER WING: Flashabou, Black
OVER WING: Flashabou, Black
WING AND TAIL: Marabou Blood Quill, Black
COLLAR: Ice Dub, Blue Steelie
I started out tying this streamer unweighted and then two versions, the last one with a tungsten cone in size large just behind the eyes. The BJ will perform well in both versions but a weighted BJ will “start to fish” sooner after it has hit the water. The fact that the cone is placed apox. 5-6 mm behind the hook eye, and not directly behind it, makes the BJ to kinda “hoover” when you pause the retrieve, instead of diving…and yes, BJ looks rather bulky, but it will slim down in the stream.
Trailer Hook: 8 strands of Flashabou Holo on Gamakatsu B10S/F314.
Fold the flashabou, tie it backwards and trim the strand to uneven lenghts.
Senyo’s Fusion Dub. Or any flashy dubbing longer than one inch.
Fold the dubbing, tie it backwards.
Rabbit strip. You want aprox. 5mms of the skin behind the hook bend but of course, this is only a matter of taste.
Fill the dubbing loop with Senyo’s Fusion Dub.
Hackle it. Use a needle or/and brush to get the dubbing out.
Split the hackle/dubbing to both sides and fold the rabbit strip over and finish this trailer hook off.
Put the tungsten cone on the Gamakatsu B10S/F314 hook. Attach wire and one 6mm bead and the trailer hook.
Pinch down and fold dubbing on both sides of the hook.
The rabbit strip’s skin should end where the trailer hook’s strip “starts”.
Repeat the trailer hook’s dubbing and schlappen.
Stop here…remember to save some room for rabbit strips and laser dub in front of the conehead…How much? Look ahead in this SBS.
Hackle and whip it. Do NOT cut the thread!
Move the thread to the front of the cone from under. If you do this, the pressure from the thread will press the cone downwards and enhance chance for the fly to travel “upright”.
Rabbit strip. Press hard.
Rabbit strip of a lighter color. “Skin end” should be as short as possible without tearing apart.
Tight and cut it.
Fly-Rite mixed with SLF Prism (!). Or Senyo’s Laser Dub.
Fold and stripe!
One more layer of Oskar Hagelin’s secret blend 😉 just behind the hook eye.
8mm eyes of your choise.
And remember…anything under size 4 is a wet fly!
The Tungsten Torpedo- has there ever been a better name for a tungsten beaded nymph made to sink quickly and get the job done?! Kevin Compton of Performance Flies created this nymph, and it has earned a spot in many fishermen’s boxes. Rightfully so, this fly is fast to tie, and catches fish like crazy. This nymph fishes well year round regardless of the season. It is particularly deadly with euro nymphing, czech nymphing, and other competitive fly fishing methods. This quick video demonstrates how Fly Tying 123 ‘s own Derek Kohler ties this fly, and the materials he uses.
There are some new, exciting products coming soon from Pat Cohen of www.rusuperfly.com. Specifically, these new products are tails! I was lucky enough to be one of the first fly tiers to test these new tails from Pat. These tails are made from Ultrasuede. Their movement is very similar to that of plastic. I think these new shapes of tails will really allow fly tiers to add even more customization to their streamers. The tails come in white, so you can be creative and color them to your liking. The four different designs that will be offered are the Leech Tail, Minnow Tail, Flutter Tail, and Split Tail. Each design will come in three sizes and are expected to be available in January, 2016 from www.rusuperfly.com. Wholesale pricing will be available for fly shops.
Below are the flies that Daniel Seaman and myself tied up to test Pat’s new tails.
Some great information and nice video by North 40 Fly Shop. The following was included with this video.
“I personally don’t fish very many hi-viz patterns because I generally feel they look too unrealistic. At the same time, a fly that gets eaten that you can’t see isn’t a productive fly either. With this spent caddis pattern I’ve really tried to incorporate the hi-viz in to the pattern in a way that will help the anglers see it, the fish not see it, and at the same time make the fly float a little bit better. We spent a lot of time fishing this pattern in the late spring and summer on the Missouri this year (a pretty good test lab for caddis patterns), and I can tell you that this version of a spent is worth tying. It’s also not very difficult to tie, and if caddis is one of your go to hatches where you fish the most, it’s hard to want to tie anything that takes more than a few minutes at the vise because I use a lot of caddis patterns in the course of the year.”
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1 extra long standard dry fly hook
70 ultra thread – olive
Wonder wrap – tan
Mcflylon – burnt orange
Squirrel dubbing – brown