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It won't be long now...

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Fishing hoppers, ya gotta love it... with the first days of summer come thoughts of fishing what we call "Happy Meals".

For tying this Parks Fly Shop Hopper - see this previous "55 on the fly" blog:
http://55onthefly.blogspot.com/2010/06/hopper-time-coming-soon.html

I tie them in many colors... but pink is the best we've found so far... Hint-hint, I'm tying up some purple body hoppers for this year to try.  Good Luck!

Turkey wings on the fly

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When I harvest a turkey I put most every part of it to good use.  The turkey's wings are most useful. I use the turkey wing feathers for tying flies and for fletching on my arrows. I make turkey calls with the wing bones.  Here are two scrimshawed wing bone calls I just finished up for friends.




Out for a little fishing on Oatka Creek.

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It’s been awhile since I got out fishing with all the rain and high water.  But Clint and I had a great time. The water was still high and off color but we took a dozen fish on top with Walter Wiese’s Clacka-Caddis tan #16 being the fly of the day!

Here are some photos: Clint

Me

Fox Squirrel Nymph by Dave Downie

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Here's one that Dave Downie ties.... you can find it on YouTube. An excellent fly for the Yellowstone National Park area.

I gave this one a go, here is my tie:



Hook: MFC 7026 #12 (#10-14) Bead: 3.5 mm Copper Thread: brown Uni 8/0 Tail & Legs: MFC small Centipede tan/brown Rib: heavy copper wire Body & Thorax: Red Fox Squirrel body fur dubbed spiky

Korn’s TNT Nymphs - Drakes & Stones

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Here's your chance to use your turkey tail material on these great TNT Nymph's (Turkey-N-Tail) nymphs.  I'll be fishing these big time out in Montana in July and August.  I tie the Drakes in green, brown and gray, all in size 12's.  I also tie black stones in size 8's with a purple bead head... you of course can use copper, gold or black metal beads as well.  Good Luck!

Golden Stone

Green Drake

Hook: Mustad 9671 #10 for Golden Stones and #12 for Drakes
Bead: Toho Glass Bead 6/0
Thread: Tobacco Brown Danville 6/0
Tail & Shell Back: Wild Turkey Tail Feather about a dozen fibers
Rib: heavy copper wire
Body: DK dubbing from PFS or your choice
Legs: Pheasant after-shaft feather, 1 1/2 turns...