Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It won't be long now...



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!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Turkey wings on the fly

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.




Thursday, June 9, 2011

Out for a little fishing on Oatka Creek.


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

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Fox Squirrel Nymph by Dave Downie

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

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Korn’s TNT Nymphs - Drakes & Stones

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...