Monthly Archives: October 2018

Fly of the Month – Cammisa’s Stealth Mode

Guest Blogger & Fly Tyer of the Month: Tim Cammisa, www.troutandfeather.com

As tightline nymphing has grown in popularity, the challenge for many (including me!) has been to tie and carry flies that can be applicable to a variety of situations throughout the year. When I first started experimenting with jig nymphs, I stuck with “traditional” patterns that could be slightly modified, then expanded into newer styles; Cammisa’s Stealth Mode was a fly that consistently produced since its inception. Similar to a Lightning Bug, there are some subtle changes that I’ve made, helping the fly to take on a darker, yet still distinct, appearance.

This pattern’s effectiveness relates to its rear hot spot and body material, both of which attempt to grab the fish’s attention.  Hot spots are here to stay, and Glo-Brite can be utilized in different ways.  A rear hot spot simply changes the location and gives the fish a look at something different.  Don’t be afraid to vary the color because my experience has shown that other colors produce (fluorescent orange is a favorite for brown trout).  The holographic UNI-Mylar is a favorite of mine for adding flash to many patterns, i.e. Flashback Pheasant Tail.  Using the material for the body can be a challenge, thus be sure to pull it taut before winding forward.  Finally, I use a drop of head cement over the hot spot for protection, and will even coat the entire body with Solarez Bone Dry before dubbing the thorax. more…

Quick Review: Barred Variant Strung Schlappen

Guest Blogger: Paul Beel, J. Stockard Pro Tyer and owner of FrankenFly.

I had a chance to tie with and test out Nature’s Spirit’s Barred Variant Strung Schlappen recently and here are my thoughts.

The barred schlappen from Nature’s Spirit comes in a package with a decent bundle of feathers. The feathers are brilliantly barred and made quite an impact when I first opened the package. The feathers are long and in excellent shape. For testing purposes, I used two feathers and made a tail from them on a large articulated streamer (pictured below). These feathers work perfectly for this type of application, and you could also easily take the feather and wrap it around the shank of the hook to form a collar or palmer it across a body to make a full body of a streamer. It was easy to see these feathers would look terrific in the water and they did. The webby fibers flow great in the water.

You need to keep in mind that with the barring, comes a higher price. You can get regular schlappen feathers without the barring for less. However, I believe that various colors on a streamer will attract fish so I think the barring can make a significant difference.

To summarize, I think Nature’s Spirit has a quality product in their Barred Variant Strung Schlappen. I would definitely recommend these if you are in the market for barred schlappen feathers.

800 Words and Cannibals

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

There is an Australian television series that is currently being broadcast on one of the internet streaming services called 800 Words. The plot is straight forward where an Australian writer moves his family from Sydney to a remote town in New Zealand. In Sydney he wrote a weekly column for a prominent Sydney publication that always contained exactly 800 words. He continued the tradition in New Zealand and a significant undercurrent of the show’s weekly plot was his struggle to find the right topic for his weekly column. Of course, that struggle was inevitably tied to the ongoing plot lines in the series. As in everything in fictional television, he succeeded.
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