Thursday, September 20, 2012

tying the Isonychia Nymph

More trip prep ~ tying of some Vinnie's Iso-nymphs.  I tied some with and without wire heads pictured below.  I'm starting to get excited about this trip in a couple of weeks even though it will be a short one, just two days.  But hey, two days with your son fly fishing, what could be better.  Scott is coming to the house this weekend and we will get all of our final plans made...  Should be fun and we've got to have better weather than last time, right?  So stay tuned...

Vinnie's Isonychia Nymph...

top view

Wire Head Vinnie's Isonychia Nymph

Hook:  2x long nymph hook size 12
Thread:  Danville 6/0 black
Tail:  3 peacock herls
Abdomen: Iso DK#25 dubbing
Ribbing (and Wire Head): Copper wire 
Thorax: Iso DK#25 dubbing
Wing Case: 3/8 inch section of turkey tail feather, folded so you have two layers.
Legs: olive-brown hen back feather “V” cut

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Iso Emerger...

I'm getting ready for an upcoming fly fishing trip to the Delaware River with my son Scott by tying a few Isonychia emergers.  

Matt Grobert's Iso-emerger is a simple and fun fly to tie.  The fly below is tied on a size #10 Allen scud hook with only three materials; zelon for the shuck, Iso custom blend DK#25 dubbing for the body and natural deer hair for the wings.
tied and photographed by Doug Korn
I like to add a front hackle of brown grizzly as well to give the impression of legs.
tied and photographed by Doug Korn

Saturday, September 15, 2012

fly tying & learning

I was having a little fun today, practicing some fly tying with Davie McPhail, even though Davie is in Scotland.  Isn't the internet wonderful?

My tie of Davie McPhail's most recent creation, the Quilled River Diawl-Bach.
see McPhail tie it here:

The Web
It's still amazing to me that I can sit at home and tie flies along with some of the very best fly-tiers in the world with just the push of a button.  Fly-tiers like; Davie McPhail, Matt Grobert, Tim Flagler, Oliver Edwards, Bob Jacklin, Craig Mathews as-well-as many other guides and fly-tiers from around the world sharing their skills and their favorite flies.  Most have freely given of their time and talents to produce these videos for us to enjoy and to learn from and ask nothing in return, hoping for only some kind comments as payment for their efforts.  Others are produced to try and sell us something like; new products, flies or tying equipment and that's fine by me too.  I want to know what's new and available to make my fly tying better, so still I learn.  I watch, analyze and evaluate; the flies, the skills and the products demonstrated and then try and incorporate the best of them into my own fly tying and fishing.

Interactive blogs, websites and fly tying forums on the web are also a great source of information with fellow fly-tiers standing by, ready to step in and lend a hand with any fly tying question you may have.  All for free, amazing!

Beyond the Web
Seek out your local fly tying experts.  I first got excited about fly tying by watching a fly tying demonstration at a local fly shop put on by Carl Coleman and Jay Peck of Coleman's Fly Shop.  These guys are great fly tiers and they helped me to get started in fly tying many years ago.  More recently, I've been tying flies along side some of the best fly-tiers I know; Walter Wiese and Richard Parks of Parks Fly Shop in Gardiner, MT.  Designing and tying flies with these guys has been a joy.  With the exchange of ideas, techniques and methods on a day-to-day basis you just can't help but become a better fly-tier.  Check out your local Fly Fishing Shop, Sporting Goods store or Trout Unlimited group to see what they have to offer.

Let's not forget books and magazines of which I have many...

My thanks to all of you who have shared your skills and taught me how to be a better fly-tier, even if you never knew it...

Enjoy your tying and pass on what you've learned, pay it forward if you will.  That's what I'm trying to do...  It's my hope that you will find something here at "55 on the fly" that helps you become a better fly-tier.  

Thanks for looking in, Doug.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

video - Korn's Spent Wing Spruce Moth

If your going to fish out West - Don't leave home without them!

As always my video's are a little rough around the edges but, I hope you find it "good enough".

Hook: Dai-Riki #305 14
Thread: Serafil 200 tan or Uni 6/0-8/0 
Rib: tag end of thread 
Abdomen: DK #14 Spruce Moth dubbing or light tan
Palmered hackle: honey or light ginger rooster, palmered front to back, trapped with tag end thread ribbed to eye, clipped short on top and bottom.
Wing: 2 Salmon Favorelle hen chicken feathers (very light ginger), or buff pheasant feathers, tied in flat one on top of the other, 1 gape length longer than hook, tied behind eye then folded over to form the head and whip finished. 
Varnish the head and 1/3 of the wing.

Special Note: My "Korn's Spent Wing Caddis" is tied the same way as the Spruce Moth see it here:

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Various "Wire Heads" (PT, Copper John's)

...  folks have asked to see some variations so here's a few;

My WHPT size #16 

WHPT standard pattern size #18

WH Copper John (Stone) size #14 

WH Copper John size #16
Note: all flies tied and photographed by Doug Korn