I read about a pattern being used in California called the Bird's Nest. I did an internet search and found some good images and went to work tying up a few.
So far it has worked on several creeks, and usually on the first or second cast.
An interesting note; this time of year most fishing is being done with small midges and nymphs, but the Bird's nest that I made is a #12 and has been working well.
The originators of this fly were looking for something that could imitate both a nymph and a minnow, calling it a 'strymph'.
It seems to work wither drifted or retrieved.
I'll get a pic up shortly, these seem to be a great addition to the fly box!
Photo of what I tied up. Mine are a bit more 'nesty' than some of the patterns on line.
I've tried the tan/grizzly with both tan and black tungsten beads, with the collar done to match. Both seem to work well so far around Boulder.
PS, you guys are quick! I'm pretty sure that is the site where I got the idea. I have not seen it in use around Colorado, so I thought I would try it out... and it kicks butt for sure. I caught a few browns on one today at a local tailwater.
The Bird's Nest is a staple in the Northern California fly fisher's fly box. It's one of those "taste like chicken" flies that trout go crazy over since it can represent a lot of food.
One of my fishing buddies fished with Cal Bird back in the day. They used to fish the Bird's Nest as large as size 6. They fished them as stonefly patterns. A size 6, 8, or 10 in an orangish color makes a great October Caddis. A modification that they used to do is replace the wood duck wing/tail with gadwall or teal. That substitution would give the fly a different look.
There are several variations of the Bird's Nest. One was designed by Fly Fishing Specialties co-owner and Montana Fly Company signature tyer, Rick Anderson. It is called the Bird of Prey. The name gives reference to Cal Bird, and the fly kind of looks like a raptor.
This is the wire bodied version called the Crosswire Bird of Prey. This fly has gadwall used as the wing and tail.
Tie plenty Bird's Nests up. Change colors and sizes. Make some with beads and some without. Try using different hooks. Go straight or go curved. Go with a long shank. Go with a short shank. Basically, be creative.
mmmmmm..... tastes like chicken! !Gracias para la informacion senor mosca!
Bird's nest has struck gold again in Boulder Creek. Landed a few other 12" browns today out of sleepy little half frozen boulder creek. The best part is that I have not caught any of the small (<8") fish with this fly. It only seems to be attracting the more desirable fish, which is nice. Any day catching a lot of fish on Boulder creek usually means lots of 6-10" fish. A nymph that attracts the bigger fish is very nice to have. No weiner fish today
I couldn't see the photos, it says I need to be logged in to the other site.
I give huge thanks to the original Bird's Nest inventors (or would if I knew them)! My main reason for pointing out this pattern is that I can't believe that It is not commonly used around here. I looked it up and tied a few for a California Christmas trip, but have had good luck with it in Utah and Colorado since then.
Now would probably be the worst possible time to try out a #12 nymph in Boulder Creek, but it has been working great. Can't wait to try it next spring and summer when the fish are all actively feeding.
PS trout trekker, where are you located? I managed to fish the Merced below Mariposa on Dec.23. Caught 1 beautiful rainbow on a 'belly ache minnow'. Also fished a bit on Carson creek below Kirkwood on Hwy89. I grew up playing in the Merced and Tuolumne rivers on vacations. We drove past the Owens south of Mammoth, but had to keep on driving... I also get up to lake shasta every few years. The Squaw creek drainage has a ton of fish!
If anyone is interested, on vimeo, search for tight line productions and you ll find a great video of tying the birds nest.i'm on my phone otherwise is paste the link. If you have trouble finding pity PM me and I'll send the link tomorrow
The Birds nest originated on the Truckee I believe, and still works here.
I prefer it tyed sparsely (like Cal's top fly, maple), and although all the tyes posted were sweet, if tyed in olive and smaller, sz 16-18, it is a great olive clinger Mayfly.
Wish I could have met Cal, hear he was quite the fisherman.
Closest I can come, his grandson serves frosty beverages at GReat Basin Brewery.