Category Archives: nymphs

Flies Around the Net – September 2017

Yes, I know, I’m running a little late with this. But here it is! Thanks for reading FrankenFly!

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Flash Tag Caddis Pupa – Justin Aldrich

Justin Aldrich is just beginning to make fly tying videos and here is one of his first. I’ve been noticing his tying skills for awhile now, so check it out!

From Justin:
“This easy to tie Caddis Pupa is a great “Guide’s Choice” Caddis is terms of being able to represent the Pupa, the Emerger on the swing, and in some hotter colors it works really well as an Attractor pattern…. even tied with the natural colors it’s got a great Flash Tag triggering characteristic. Fish it dead drift, Euro Nymphed and/or High sticked, or down and across on the swing for some real excitement.”

Materials list:

•Hook: Scud/Pupa. #14
•Bead: Tungsten or Brass. Gold 7/64″ (Size to fit hook.)
•Thread: Veevus 8/0. Chartreuse.
•Thorax: Black Hares Ear Plus & Black Peacock Ice Dub. (60%/40% mixture)
•Wing: Mallard flank fibers.
•Body/Abdomen: Olive Hare’s Ear Dub.
•Ribbing: UTC Sm. Gold Oval tinsel
•Flash Tag: Sm. Pearlesent Flashabou.

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Realistic Mayfly Nymph – Ruben Martin

An easy to tie, realistic mayfly nymph pattern.

Materials list:

Hook: Dohiku P #14
Poly floss tan
Deer creek thin flex uv resin
Eyes: monofilament 0,40 for the eyes
brown permanent marker

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Le Bug Nymph

From Postfly Box:
“Learn how to tie the Le Bug, a great all around nymph for trout fishing. This pattern was featured in our August Fly Tying Kit Subscription Box.”

Tessa Shetter shows us how to tie this cool little nymph.

Materials list:

Hook: Daiichi 1130 size 12-16
Weight: Solder Wire #0.4
Thread: UNI 8/0 Black
Rib: Copper Parawire #35
Body Abdomen: Olive dubbing
Thorax: Black dubbing
Hackle: Ring Neck Pheasant

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Rich Strolis’s Hydro Larva

Brian Wise of Fly Fishing the Ozarks ties Rich Strolis’s Hydro Larva.

Materials list:

Hook – TMC 2487bl
Weight/Underbody – Lead Wire .010
Rib – Ultra Wire XS
Shell – Scud Back
Body – Flat Diamond Braid
Thorax – Ice Dub
UV Resin – Loon Flow

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Flies Around the Net – July 2017

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Filed under Catskill, Deer Hair, Dry Fly, Foam, nymphs, Poppers, Streamers, Trout flies

Casual Dress

Tim Flagler give us detailed instructions for tying Polly Rosborough’s Casual Dress Nymph.

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Rich Strolis’s Shimmer Stone Nymph

Brian Wise with his first fly tying video concentrating on a nymph style fly.
The first video in the Rich Strolis Nymph Tying Series…..the Shimmer Stone.

Hook – Dai Riki 270
Bead – 5/32″
Antennae – LifeFlex
Underbody – Lead Wire .025
Tail – LifeFlex
Body/Wing Case – Flash Back
Body – D-Rib
Thorax – Hare’s Ear Plus Dubbing
Legs – Hen

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Soft Hackle Carrot

From Devin Olsen:
“This is one my favorite soft hackle hare’s ear variations. It was featured as one of my confidence flies in our instructional film Modern Nymphing. It’s a variation on the tungsten carotene jig designed by my former Fly Fishing Team USA Teammate Mike Sexton, which is available from Umpqua Feather Merchants. I’ve added CDC soft hackle to the pattern to make it more mobile. It is an excellent searching pattern and fishes well whenever caddis are hatching.”

Materials list:
Hook: Hazard HH3, Hanak 230, or your favorite nymph or jig hook in sizes 10-16
Bead: Tactical Fly Fisher slotted gold, copper, or silver tungsten bead matched to hook size
Weight: 0.015″ or 0.020″ lead wire
Thread: 16/0 Veevus in dark tan or brown
Tail: Dark speckled corzuno coq de leon or a color of your choice
Rib: Fl. orange or fl. fire orange Veevus Power Thread
Abdomen: Hareline Dubbin Hare’s ear
Hackle: Nature’s Spirit CDC gray olive or color of choice
Thorax: Hareline Ice Dub uv brown

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The Fly Tying of Son Tao

I recently started to notice some beautifully tied flies posted by Son Tao. After seeing a friend from Indianapolis post that he was fishing with Tao, I was surprised to learn he was here in Indiana. I contacted him and below you can read a little about him. He has also been touched by Project Healing Waters, which is a fantastic organization that help vets. In a very short time, you can see by the photos, that Son has skills! Check out his work below!

From Son Tao:
“I’m 44 years old and currently live in Indianapolis, Indiana. I grew up in Pennsylvania but have bounced around for the past 16 years since I am active duty Army. My current rank is Master Sergeant.

I’ve been tying for 14 months now. I was first introduced to tying by a Korean War vet as a way to deal with post traumatic stress. I’ve been deployed 5 times and have seen some unimaginable horrors around the world. After dealing with numerous surgeries and the horrors of war, I was in a dark place. Fly tying provided me with an avenue to escape those memories. It relaxes my mind and focuses my attention in a positive way.

Other than that, I thoroughly enjoy tying classic patterns. I’m a history nerd and find the story behind Flies as interesting as fly fishing itself. So when I got started, I naturally was drawn to Catskill style dry flies.”

Stimulator with Elk wing

Fan Wing Ginger Quill

Lady Benson

Foam Back Humpy

Size 20 Griffith Gnats


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