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Fly of the Month – June 2017 – Indicator BWO

Fly Tyer: Tim Morales, J Stockard customer & avid fly tyer

The Indicator BWO is essentially a standard parachute dry fly. The important difference is that the post is fluorescent making it much easier to see. This fly can also be used as an indicator on a nymphing rig, giving the angler the ability to fish both the adult stage and ascending nymphal stage at the same time.

Hook:  Tiemco TMC101 #16
Tail:  Hackle Fibers (Dun)
Abdomen: Turkey Biot (BWO)
Thorax: Fly-Rite extra fine poly dubbing (BWO) or Wapsi Antron Dubbing (Light Olive)
Wing: Whiting Farms Dry Fly Hackle (Dun)
Post:  CCT body fur (Fluo Fire Orange) or McFlylon more…

The Sergeant Nick Fury Emerger

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

No, I don’t think he was a fly fisherman…and honestly that was a bait-and-switch article title because this is the Spotlight Caddis Emerger pattern. It’s a terrific pattern, and incredibly productive. It’s thought to appeal to trout in great part because of its meaty-looking abdomen, which hangs down below the water surface, visually enhanced by the delicate tuft of emerging wing material drying in the air above it. The fly is said by some to resemble an emerging caddis fly trapped somewhere between the water, the film, and the sky, in it’s struggle to break free and become the adult stage of the insect. The caddis larva/adult is in an extremely vulnerable state in these moments, and still fat and tasty, and trout have trouble passing it up.

Original Parachute Version

Original Parachute Version

The problem with the pattern, from my perspective, is that it takes me so incredibly long to tie it. That there’s a lot going on, with a lot of small tufts of different materials all coming together in a narrow space, is part of the problem, although I wouldn’t have a major issue with most of that if that was the end of it. But it’s the fact that it’s supposed to be a parachute tie that I can’t accept.

I don’t tie parachute dry flies very well…in truth I don’t tie them at all. The very few times I’ve tried have produced results that were…well, abysmal. Waste of materials. Trout would instantly evolve the ability to laugh, if they saw it. Smaller flies in particular suffer from my ineptness and lack of enthusiasm for the style. more…

Fly of the Month – May 2017 – Two-Tone Stone

FOM May 2017 360x360Fly Tyer: Tim Sickles, J Stockard customer & avid fly tyer

The two-tone stone was devised through trial and error after flipping over a lot of rocks and studying golden stonefly nymphs and Skwala Nymphs. I noticed that while the colors and size of these bugs can really vary, that they almost always have a dark back and lighter colored body, hence the two-tone. I took some inspiration from other proven flies when developing the two-tone, notably Tim Saverese’s knotted leg technique. I’ve found the knotted legs add a little extra movement (and they look cool). Color combinations that I’ve found effective: black/natural hare’s ear (pictured), gold/brown, black on black on black (obviously not two toned). more…