Monday, April 23, 2012

EMT Loop Wing Emerger - green drake

I have been busy at the bench lately tying Green Drake EMT Loop Wing Emergers.  EMT stands for "Emerging Mayfly for Trout".   This fly is tied by several others including Craig Mathews and the late Dave Lewis.   I'm not sure who originated it, but this is my version.

I also did a little "practice" video with my new camera that I've attached.  This is raw un-edited video so keep that in mind.   http://youtu.be/wKG7Mc4ov_o

Enjoy tying some up, fish them with just some floatant on the hackle and foam.

Loop Wing in process...

A great fly anywhere you have drakes.  I tie them in green, brown and gray.  I even tie smaller versions for PMD's, BWO's, Hendrickson's, etc..

Materials List:
Hook: MFC 7026 or 7076 #12-14
Thread: Danville 6/0 - olive
Shuck: Needloft yarn - amber
Rib: Krystal Flash - rootbeer
Loop Wing: 2mm craft foam - gray
Hackle: Olive Grizzly, trimmed and v-cut on the bottom.

Completed EMT Loop Wing Emerger in green drake tied and photographed by Doug Korn

a Korn-u-copia of EMT's... if you will






Thursday, April 19, 2012

Trip Report 4/19

The fish took a bit of everything today.... I saw Midges, Hendricksons, Quill Gordons and maybe even a few Sulphers???...

first fish in the net and in the hand --- the first of many...





Fish of the Day ~15"

until next time "on the fly"...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

tying the Neversink a step-by-step

This fly is a great all-round Caddis Fly imitation as-well-as; Stone Fly, Golden Stone and Yellow Sally.  Just change the colors of the thread, foam and hackle.  



Materials List:
Hook: 1xl nymph #12-18 this is a 14.
Thread: Danville 6/0
Body: black craft foam 2 mm
Wing: deer hair
Hackle: Rooster Badger

dress hook to bend with touching turns then back to half shank

add small drop of super glue 

tie in foam with thread wraps going forward, trim waste

tie in a small clump of deer hair winding thread through the buts to the hook eye

trim butts close

tie in a badger hackle shinny side towards you

wrap hackle forward 3-4 turns, tie off

double whip finish, trim waste piece

completed Neversink
tied and photographed by Doug Korn

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Delaware

Scott 


My son Scott and I took a little road trip to the Delaware River for a few days of fly fishing.  The Delaware is about 3.5 hours from my house and about an hour from Scott's.  We arrived on Tuesday afternoon and fished all day Wednesday and then headed back home on Thursday afternoon.  The first thing we did was check in at Border Water Outfitters in Hancock, NY to get the latest on the hatches and pick up a few of the local hot flies.  We talked to Jim "Coz" Costolnick the owner.  He said the two main hatches going on were the Apple Caddis and the Hendrickson... Wow, was he right, the river was blanketed at times with bugs!  Good for the fish but bad for us as our flies got lost in the crowd.  I did manage to take one nice brown on a Korn's Spent-wing Parachute Caddis even though the wind was howling.   Scott had a take on a Hendrickson but the fish broke him off.  With rising fish all around, switching up the flies and few takes --- it can be very frustrating fishing.  Wednesday it was very cold with high winds; rain, snow, hail and only a peek of the sun now and then.  I stepped up on an unfriendly rock and took a header getting a chest full of freezing Delaware River right down the front of my waders.  Even with my belt on I got soaked; chest, pants and puddles in both feet.  I was done.  We quit and headed to the motel and then to the laundry mat.  We ate lunch and then got back on the water for an afternoon of cold rain and hail, nice!  Thursday morning's weather was a repeat of Wednesday's but with fewer bugs.  Tough fishing conditions in anybody's book. We each had a few hook ups, but with few results to show for all our efforts --- but hey that's fishing.  We'll get them next time!

Crossing the beaver dam,  Scott says it's safe!


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Simi-Seal Leech - a test video

Well folks I have ventured into the world of making my own fly tying videos.

completed Simi-Seal Leech tied and photographed by Doug Korn

This is my first attempt at a video.  It's raw unedited footage.  I have a new camera and I'm just trying to get things operating correctly, so you could say this is only a test...  Creating the video, uploading it and all is a bit of a challenge for me.  But I'm sure with more practice and some good editing software the videos will get better with each go-round...

If you want to check it out go here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ4A9VM0FtQ&context

Remember be kind I'm new to producing videos... TL, 55dougie

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Korn's La-A Mayfly

Korn's La-A Mayfly is a thorax dun with the wings of an Angel --- This fly is dedicated to a special Angel of mine.  It was specifically designed for the Spring Creeks of the East but will surely work wherever there are Mayflies to be found.  Change the color to tie variations such as; Hendrickson's, Sulphers, PMD's, BWO's or even an Adams....

tied and photographed by Doug Korn

Korn's La-A Hendrickson Mayfly - she's pretty in pink.
the proof is in the catching

La-A Sulpher - another view of the Angel's wings


Hook: Vintage Mustad Limerick 1921 #12, which is about a #14 1x-short in today’s sizes.  Nice hook because it has the shank of a #16 and the gap of a 14.
Thread: 8/0 Uni color of choice
Tails: CDL flared with one wrap under
Wing: grey craft foam 2mm cut square
Abdomen: dubbing of choice
Hackle: ginger rooster saddle, 2 turns behind wing and 2 in front.
Thorax: dubbing of choice
note: trim 'v' notch on bottom of hackle

Catch of the day!

This guy took the Korn's Worm and I got several others on the Turkey Tail Black Stone. I even caught a few on top...  Cold out there today 40 degrees, but sunny... all-n-all a good day.

my old Orvis scores again...

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

tying my version of Walt's Worm a step-by-step

My version of Walt's Worm is a bit different than most, I think I'll call it the "Korn's Worm".  I have tried to incorporate Frank Sawyer's - Killer Bug and Walt Young's - Walt's Worm, taking the best from both.  I use the tying method of Young and materials from Sawyer. Here in PA and NY this fly is a proven trout taker. It imitates a bunch of flies: crane fly larva, grubs, cased caddis, etc... 

Materials
Hook: 1xl nymph #12-16
Thread: tan Serafil 200 or 6/0 Uni
Weight: 28 ga. copper wire Note: copper wire is used as it was on Sawyer's Killer Bug.  In the sunlight when wet the copper will show through.... so they say - I just know it works and I wouldn't change it!
Body: Patons Classic Wool Natural Mix (00229) yarn made into dubbing. Note: the Patons yarn is a very good substitute for Chadwick's 477-wool with was used in Sawyers Killer Bug.  Or you can use Hareline Hares Ear Plus #1 or #7.


A very simple fly to tie...
Start thread behind eye, touching turns back to the bend.

Put a drop of super glue on threads to hold wire firm.

Start copper wire at the bend and work forward to one eye length behind the hook eye.

Break off waste pieces of wire.

Dub thread with Patons dubbing.

Wind forward forming slight carrot shape.

Double whip finish and cut thread.

Completed Korn's Worm, could it be any easier?

Wet Worm.

Cold Creek today...

My son Scott just got a brand new Orvis Clearwater 9' 5wt. 4pc. rod.... This rod has been totally redesigned with an all new profile and rod tapers taken from the Helios line --- a real beauty.

That inspired me to fish my 1986 Orvis Graphite "Spring Creek" 9' 5wt. 4pc. rod today.  Sweet rod and we had some fun on the water.... nothing big but I caught fish on both the dry and the dropper all morning long....

Fly of the day: Neversink Black



Orvis "Spring Creek" rod.


Sunday, April 1, 2012

rite bobbin --- a review

Being a commercial fly tier, time is money!  Using poorly made and ineffective tools can be frustrating and very time consuming...

The other day I was having a lot of trouble with a couple of my "new and cheap" bobbins.  One had a nick or burr  somewhere in the tube and the thread would break repeatedly no matter how slight the tension and I couldn't find or fix the problem...  Finally I gave up and switched to the other "new" bobbin and that wasn't any better.  No matter how I tried I couldn't get the thread tension adjusted to my liking and one of the legs had a bad twist in it such that the hub would not set flush to the spool.  Yeah, I got them cheap but in the end I paid the price, junk!  I was so mad that I just through them in the trash.  I should have known better.

I've had my share of bobbins over the years and I've had quality and thread tension problems with most of them.  It was time for a change.  With fly tying tools, like most tools, you get what you pay for and I never paid more than $10 or so for a bobbin.
Half Hitch Mag

It was time to try the rite bobbin.  A little pricey I thought --- but again, you get what you pay for, right?  So, I decided to buy two of the "Half Hitch Mag" rite bobbins and I'm so glad I did.  Bottom line, these bobbins are great!  They are easy to use and the precise thread control is like butter, not to mention the half hitch function.  I've had them in constant use for over a week and have not had a single problem or thread tension control issue...  I think I'll get a couple of the ceramic tube rite bobbins next...

These bobbins are a JOY to use.
Half Hitch feature?  See the demo video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f8uJssaV0k

Note: I have no affiliation with the Merco Co. or rite bobbins, I'm just a guy trying to tie a quality fly; neatly, simply and quickly.... Doug.