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.”
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
NOTE: I’m confessing to becoming a Willy Self fan. Willy is a guide in Montana and runs Willy’s Trout World. I watch a lot of fly tying videos and I love it when The Weekly Fly has Willy Self tying one of his flies. He comes up with some quick ties and great flies!
Hook : Size 16 #075 Dai-riki
Thread : Black 70 denier fly master plus
Tail : Pearl Krystal flash
Body : Thread
Rib : Small Silver Wire
Thorax : Black dubbing
Hackle : Black soft hackle
Over Wing : Krinkle Mirror Flash
Head : Thread
From Kast Gear, “The CDC Tickler is a great attractor nymph that the fish can’t seem to get enough of. We have fished it all of the country with a ton of success. This is one of those patterns you need in your fly box!”
I’ve recently released FrankenDub and I’m starting to see several fly tiers put together some really cool flies using it. I’ve thrown in a couple of my photos too. If you are interested in the newest in dubbing, check out the FrankenDub page for more details. Thank you for reading!
Phil says, “Traditional patterns are not often seen in today’s fly boxes with new designs and materials seeming to take their place. The Carey Special is one pattern design I always have with me. Its suggestive nature and animated hackle have proved its worth on more than one occasion. I recommend always having a few size and color variations on hand.”
Ray Tucker recently tied up some interesting wet flies he calls Olive-Gray Dusters. They are a type of Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle Nymph. See below for the materials list and more information from Ray.
Hook – Mustad 3906 Heavy Wet Fly Hook/Size 8 and 10 (debarb/optional)
Body – UNI-Yarn (Insect Green)
Tag/Rib – Ultra Wire (Gold/Small)
Thread – 8/0 UNI-Thread (Camel)
Tail/Dorsal Strip/Wing Case – Pheasant Tail Fibers (Natural)
Hackle – Hungarian Partridge (Natural)
Thorax – Ostrich Herl from a Feather duster (Natural Gray/Dun)
Head – Double 3-turn whip finish using the tying thread
Materials are listed in the order they are tyed onto the hook. Quite a few materials, but once you get the hang of tying them, they go fairly quickly.
These could easily be tyed in a range of colors, by switching out the yarn and/or the herl color. Give them a try. Hopefully they are as fun to fish, as they are to tie. 😀
Note on hook choice: I chose the Mustad 3906 because it is a nice heavy nymph hook. The 3906B would also be a good choice, if you want a longer bodied nymph. When designing how the fly behaves in the water, I want to be able to fish this fly deeply for steelhead. I wanted a durable hook which would sink quickly (thus the narrow body profile). If I was clever, I’d find a way to underweight the thorax area with the ribbing wire, but when I tried it had ended up with a little more bulk than I wanted. I’m sure I can figure something out. I just need to play around more with a few ideas. All part of the fun.
Bill Shuck posted about this on the Flymph Forum and I thought it was an interesting pattern that makes a very cool fly! See Bill’s thoughts below. – Paul
Bill said, “Came across the basic pattern for this in a video on Matt Grobert’s blog and then, after watching another version being tied by someone else, came up with the below for use as an eastern Isonychia (slate drake). The original Shakey Bealy was a pattern tied by Nick Nicklas, late of Blue Ribbon Flies.”
Hook: Daiichi 1270 or similar, Size #12 Thread: Uni 6/0 brown Tag/undercollar: Rainbow pearl Krystal Flash Tail: Wood duck flank Rib: Brown D-rib Abdomen: Any Iso color dubbing Thorax: Grey ostrich herl Hackle: Grizzly hen cape
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