As fall begins to take shape steelhead / trout and char will be all that is left in my rivers and creeks. These flies will be tested soon.
Copper Green Ultra;
This is a pattern meant to be fished on floating line and to represent food.
Hook: Daiichi AJ. #5
Tag: Bright green Ultra Wire
Body: Embossed copper foil
Hackle: Dk. Olive Rhea
Rib: Bring the green Ultra Wire forward and use it to clinch down the Rhea stem
Collar: Purple Marabou
Wing: Over all, two slips of Bronze Mallard flank
Very fishy fly.
Hook: Daiichi AJ. #5
Tag: Flat Copper Braided tinsel
Body: Silver floss double wrapped
Hackle: Blue Eared Pheasant rump feather
Rib: Bring the copper braid forward and clinch down the BEP stem as you go
Throat: A very short Rufus (red brown) wood duck breast feather
Collar: Lemon Wood Duck
Wing: Two slips of Bronze Mallard over all
Hook: Partridge Bartleet #4
Tag: Flat Gold Foil
Body: Red Antron spooled yarn
Hackle: Burnt Goose
Rib: Flat gold foil brought forward and clinching the hackle stem as you go
Counter rib: Fine Silver tinsel (round) also over the hackle stem
Collar: Guinea Hackle
Wing: Two slips Bronze Mallard over all
Carron in Orange & Black;
Hook: Alec Jackson Spey
Tag: Silver embossed tinsel foil
Body: Light orange floss
Hackle: Long black rhea herl tied very full here
Rib: Flat silver embossed foil
Counter wire: Gold wire
Wing: Bronze mallard
Same fly, different hook & hackle;
A couple subtule changes give you a much sleeker fly. Hook is smaller and the hackle is blue eared pheasant.
How bout one with a few changes?
Come on, you can figure that out. The higher wing will give you a much better profile when you're trying to say "Food"
Purple has worked well for me this year so I have dyed some hackles and picked up some new dubbing. This fly will catch fish;
Hot Purple Dubbed Spey style;
That is loose dubbing wrapped around the tipping, I will see how long that floss tip lasts when this gets chomped a few times.
Here's a feather wing version of the same colors.
If you need materials information send a PM and I will post recipes for any flies that do not have one posted.
Black & Blue Tent Wing;
This type wing is very resilient and helps the fly have a good meaty look.
Red & Black Mohair;
Very effective fall / winter color combo for trout & char.
Body is mohair yarn, palmer hackle is claret, collar hackle is rhea fibers, wing dyed mallard bronze to black. This basic design of tie always stays upright on the swing and takes on a bullet shape in the current. I don't know if it is color or shape that makes it a good tie but fish like the fly.