Welcome to my page designed to share some of the fly patterns that I have had good success with while enjoying my fly fishing journey. Along the way, as I add more patterns, I am sure their will be a few new ones, too! I love research and development............. Happy hookups!
***Note: Double Click on the picture for a close up look..........................................
***Note: Double Click on the picture for a close up look..........................................
Been a lit busier here than normal over the past couple of weeks, and in addition, my wife had some fairly serious surgery completed, so providing support and care seems essential. Anyhow, we passed through the March Mayhem basketball stuff with the usual frenzy around my home, which is not much at at all to be honest......... However, I would like to share a pattern with you all that has fished well for me over the years. It is a pattern that I picked up somewhere, somehow, and made a few tweaks too it and the results have been good! Check out my form ofHappy Tyin' and causin' some "Mayhem"..........................--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The "Mayhem" is tied to represent a Perch Fry or small Perch in the water. Now, I know that I have had success with this pattern and I think I know why. Other fish love too eat little Perch! This pattern is not designed to catch you some Perch, however, it will....... It is designed to catch the Bass, Walleye, or Trout that feed on the smaller Perch. Best way too fish it is too find a school of Perch to begin with. Often times Perch will school up and the trick is too finding them and the correct depth to fish. Aggressive other species in the water will take care of the rest if it is going to work at all....... So let's tie a "Mayhem"
- Hook - 3xlong hook of your choice
- Thread - Black 6/0 Uni-Thread
- Tail - Hot Orange Krystal Flash
- Rib - Small Gold Wire
- Overbody - At least (6) strands of Peacock Herl
- Body - Orange Scrubby Chenille
- Beard - Hot Orange Krystal Flash
- Overwing - Hareline Baitfish Emulator
- Begin by tying on your thread and bringing it to the rear of the hook at a point straight up from the barb.
- Select several strands of the Krystal Flash and measure them to be length of the hook shank approximately. (Before you tie them in, I will give you an option for you to think about. I used a Black Permanent Marker to color in a black bar across the end of the Krystal Flash strands. This makes it look similar to Golden Pheasant Tippet if that suits your fancy, Anyway, probably totally unnecessary, but, I liked the effect.)
- Tie in your Krystal Flash tail directly above the barb of the hook. Trim off the excess towards the front of the hook.
- Tie in Gold wire rib at same place you tied in the tail
- Select at (6) Peacock Herls and tie them at the same place as tail, also, extending rearward.
- Tie in Orange Scrubby Chenille. All of your tie in's are at the same spot. Begin wrapping the chenille towards the eye of the hook and leaving just a small area for the rest of the materials to be tied down.
- Take Peacock Herls and pull them directly over the back of the chenille and tie them off just in front of the chenille. Creates the Overback!
- Counter wrap the small Gold wire spiraling it over the overbody and Scrubby Chenille. Tie it off at same point as the Peacock Herl.
- Turn your hook upside down and tie in the Krystal Flash for a beard. The beard should stop just short of the point of the hook.
- Turn your hook back upright and tie in the Baitfish Emulator Overwing. Tying it rearward. The length of the Overwing should stop just short of the length of the tail.
- Finish with a good Whip Finish knot and add a good coating of Head Cement surrounding the tie off spot. This will help lock everything tied in at that point.
- Go find some Perch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So let's go forth with the new format for a visual tutorial on tyin' the Blood Red Leech.
Here is a look at what you will need to tie this very simple and deadly Leech pattern.
***Please double click the picture here to see the Material List
Now, let's get started......................
Begin by sliding the red glass bead on to the hook.
Insert the hook into your vise with the glass bead to the eye of the hook.
Tie on your thread behind the glass bead and wrap down your shank of the hook to the point straight up from the barb of the hook.
Next take a pinch of the Simi-Seal Dubbing and roll it between your fingers. Tie it in directly above the barb facing rearward. Note picture! Do not trim off the excess dubbing on the hook!
Next, take your excess dubbing that you have tied in and fold it back over your tail. This provides a nice full dubbing tail and by tying it down you have reinforced the tie in spot.
Now form a dubbing loop with your thread. Make sure the loop is fairly long and locked in by bringing your thread bobbin behind and around the loop.
Next insert the dubbing into the loop by just laying it cross ways through the loop. Note this particular dubbing should be used sparingly as it is a very full dubbing. If you overuse it you will find your body on your leech to be way to full. So a little goes a long way. We want your body on this leech to be somewhat sparse. The fibers in the dubbing will collect water bubbles which enhances the flies effectiveness. If you overuse it, again, it will be too thick and not trap the air bubbles.
Insert your dubbing twister into the loop and twist the loop into a noodle shape. The loop will tighten and trap the fibers into what appears to be a fuzzy chenille.
Once you have completed the twisting of your noodle (loop), start by wrapping it forward it forward one wrap in front of the other. Tip: After each wrap forward take your hand and sweep the fibers all rearward as you make the next wrap. Everything should be in a swept back look as you go. When you get to the rear of the bead make sure your last wrap is snug up against the bead. Do a quick Whip Finish and cut your thread off.
The final step in the process is to use something to pick out the dubbing with. You can use something as simple as a piece of velcro stuck on the end of a Popsicle stick or an old tooth brush. What I use is a specific tool (I guess I am a gadget geek!). This little tool has a bodkin on one end and a bore brush on the other. Ideal and rigid for picking out the dubbing that was trapped as you wrapped it forward. Don't be afraid to give it a firm brushing and stroke those fibers rearward as you go. Again, this is done after you have completed the fly and before you insert in your fly box or on the end of your line.
I like to fish this pattern on an Intermediate to slow sinking line. Let the fly sink for a bit and then begin hand twist retrieve. Experiment with the speed of your retrieve.
This leech pattern as tied in a size 6, is a solid pattern for Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, and Trout!
If I want to fish them for Bluegill (deadly), I tie them on the same hook but a size 10. I also tie them in some other color combinations. I like the Canadian Brown, Canadian Black, Canadian Olive, again, from Arizona Simi-Seal Dubbing blend. If your local shop doesn't carry this product (they should), I like the full line offered by FlyFish Food.
Hook: I use a 3xlong Nymph style hook. I prefer a size #10 for mine, but, tying them in a size 12 or 14 would certainly be O.K. for smaller baitfish imitation.
Thread: Any bright Red thread would work as it is used for the underbody on the fly also. I use a heavier Ultra Thread (280) size in Red. I do this so that it takes less time to build up an underbody than using the smaller 8/0 size threads. The Ultra Thread (280) almost seems to be Floss size. I tie the fly using that size thread for the entire fly from start to finish.
Bead Head: I use a Gold Bead size 5/32 0z De-barb your hook to begin with and slide Bead to head of fly.
Body: Red Thread as mentioned above. Tie the thread in place behind the bead and built up a small ball of thread just behind the bead to hold the bead in place. Wrap thread down to point on hook where you are straight up from barb spot of the hook.
Tail: Tan colored Marabou. Your pinch of Marabou for the tail should be approximately the length of the hook shank. Tie it in directly above the barb spot on the hook.
Body of Fly: Estaz Chenille ( Peach). Next tie in your Estaz directly above the barb spot at the same place where you tied in your Marabou. Now, take the thread and begin to build up an underbody with the thread. Go back and forth down the shank of the hook until you have a nice even body thread underbody. Make sure your thread is at the front of the fly just behind the bead when your done with it. Now begin wrapping the Estaz chenille forward leaving a small gap between each wrap of chenille so that the red underbody shows through. Bring the chenille forward to the point just in back of the bead where you will tie it off with red thread. After the chenille is tied off, make a few more wraps of the red thread to snug it up against the bead.
Finish: Tie a whip finish knot and add a drop of head cement on red thread to secure the tie.
After you tie a couple of these, you will become very comfortable tying this quick and easy fly to add to your Panfish Box and Bass Boxes. For the Trout angler, don't forget to fish these also. They can be a hot pattern at any time. For Bluegill, or Bass, I like to fish them early and late in the day and like them best in the early season and then again in the Fall of the year before ice set in here in Colorado.Tie some up and let me know how you do. Leave a question in comment form if you have one...
New Age Stayner Ducktail
This updated (New Age) Stayner Ducktail is a simplified version of the Original Stayner Ducktail version listed below. Now days I like to fish with simplified fly patterns that catch fish. Less tying time means more fishing time! Streamer pattern for any times you would like to fish minnow or small baitfish for your specific water.
Thread: Hot Orange 6/0
Hook: I use a 3xlong Streamer hook.
Tail: Dubbing Fibers - Hot Orange
Body: New Age Chenille - Peacock
Beard: Dubbing Fibers - Hot Orange
Wing- Mallard Flank feather still attached to stem
Whip Finish knot and use Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Or Your Favorite Head Cement
"Original" Stayner Ducktail
Description:A very successful pattern that I have in my boxes all the time for Panfish, Bass, Trout, and even Mr. Whiskers (Catfish).............. Usually, smaller size for Panfish and larger sizes for Bass or Trout or Catfish. Great lake and pond pattern, but, don't overlook using this pattern on your favorite stream.
This pattern was originated by the late Ruel Stayner of Twin Falls, Idaho, and has fished successfully as far away as Russia and Argentina and New Zealand.
Thread: Black 6/0
Tail: Hot Orange saddle hackle fibers
Rib: Medium Gold Wire
Body: Size Medium Olive Chenille
Beard: Hot Orange hackle fibers
Overwing: Mallard Flank Feather with fibers still attached to the stem
Head: Whip finish knot and use head cement for area where wing is tied in and thread head