Thursday, October 17, 2013

Trio of Dryflies

I figure that most Fly Tyers, if they've been tying for a number of years, probably have developed some patterns of their own.  This makes perfect sense as you are out on the water fishing flies you've tyed and slowly over time you tweak and twist the pattern to fit your needs and fishing experience. The Hare's Ear Nymphs I fish today are not like the mass produced ones , yet my variations remain Hare's ears nymphs. The overall effect is the same, thought the details are different. The Patterns you carry and fish will evolve overtime as you adjust and fine tune them to your fishing needs. Eventually some of these will evolve into new patterns of their own, or at the very least, a Variation on the Original. many of my own patterns are variations of the original, others become their own pattern by major changes in materials... The end result is they are all effective in my Fishing needs...
Here are 3 Dry Fly patterns I have developed over the years, they are not earth shaking or highly original, mostly variations on the original theme.. But all 3 have caught  and continue to catch Trout for me , thus they stay in my dryfly boxes and are fixed to the tippet with confidence.


Hook :
Standard Dry Fly hook, #14 thru #18
Thread : Black 70 Ultra Thread
Body : Peacock herl, rather plump
Wing : Yellow Coastal Deerhair, tyed down wing
Hackle : Brown dyed Grizzly, tyed as a collar

The Little Pete came about as a desire to use the yellow dyed Coastal Deerhair for a Downwing. The Yellow is bright enough and would prove easy to see as it drifted along. The Peacock body was an easy choice, as Peacock has proven highly effective on various Patterns. The Brown Dyed Grizzly was chosen as it has a more "buggy" quality then straight brown hackle would.. 
The Pattern was first tyed as it is used today, no variation or changes since day one. The only change was giving it a name, because until a Backpacking trip over Bishop Pass and down to the Middle Fork of the Kings river back in the early 1990's , this Dry fly had no name. We camped in Little Pete Meadows along the River for 2 days and during that time I put the fly thru plenty of moves and it preformed admirably on the resident Goldens and Rainbows in that stretch of the river. I decided that this effective little dryfly needed a name and "Little Pete" seemed fitting.
The Little Pete passes for various caddis , some terrestrials and just looks buggy and worth an investigation by the Trout. I fish it thru out the Seasons..


                                                          SIERRA LIME DOT

                                                     Hook : Standard Dry Fly, #12 thru #20
                                                  Thread :  Fl. Green 70 Ultra Thread
                                                      Tail :  Lady Amherst Tippet fibers, dyed Highlander Green
                                          Aft Hackle :  Grizzly, 2-3 turns, one hook size smaller..
                                                     Body : Fl. Green Floss
                                           Fore Hackle : Grizzly, 3-4 turns

The Sierra Lime Dot is simply a color variation on that Sierra Nevada classic, the Sierra Bright Dot. I changed the color theme to Bright Green. The results were well received by the Trout. the "Lime Dot" is taken for a Green Stonefly, various Caddis species and as a general Search pattern it performs quite well.
 As is sometimes the case, I cannot leave well enough alone. With the success of the Sierra Lime Dot , I decided to produce it's sister pattern :

                                                                  Sierra Lemon Dot
the Dressing is about the same as the "Lime Dot" , except for the following changes;
                                               Thread :  Fl. Yellow 70 Ultra Thread
                                                    Tail :  Lady Amherst Tippet Fibers, dyed Fl. Yellow
                                                   Body :  Fl. Yellow Floss

These two Fore & Aft Dryflies fish well in freestone Streams and Rivers. the three point contact of the tail the Aft Hackle and the Fore Hackle help support and ride the pattern up off the surface, it is seen from below as a insect attempting to take flight , this often causes fast reactions from Trout. Both Variations are fished thru out the Summer months and constantly prove their worth.


                                                       KRYSTAL ANT   
                                                      Hook : Standard Dryfly, #14 thru #22
                                                  Thread :  70 Black Ultra Thread , some of the 12/0 & even 16/0
                                                                    threads available as well for the really small versions.
                                                 Abdomen :  Black Superfine dubbing , built up to an Oval.
                                                    Hackle :  Black , 3 -4 wraps. trimmed top and bottom.
                                                      Wings :  Pearl Krystal flash, 3 to 5 strands each side, tyed in a
                                                                     "V" when viewed from the top.
                                                                     no longer then to the bend of the hook.
                                             Thorax/Head : same as Abdomen, thought smaller in size
                                                   Variations : you can tye it all in Cinnamon/Rusty brown .
                                                                        Try Thorax/Head in Rusty Brown while the rest
                                                                          stays black.

Another Ant pattern among dozens and dozens of ant patterns, yes but this accomplished a few things for me that has made it about the only Ant pattern I use anymore. Most importantly is the Krystal Flash wings, these allow me to see the Ant riding flush in the surface film. I can see the glint of sunlight reflecting from a good distance, and this equals more hook ups for me. Another nice trick is that with the dubbed body, eventually this fly will start to sink.. and I will continue to fish it just under the surface film.
Bear in Mind that Terrestrial Insects do not stay floating on the surface for long after they fall in the water, they drown quick enough and are sucked under the surface. the Trout will still take them and often the Larger Trout switch to taking the drowned Ants or other Terrestrials over the floating versions. I have probably caught more Trout on this pattern after it has slipped just under the surface then when it was fresh and riding nicely in the Surface film.  The nice thing is I can still see it under the surface with the Krystal Flash wings..
 I fish the Krystal Ant from the first sighting of Ants in the Spring until it gets too cold in  November.; the Trout are often very willing to take an Ant pattern. This is also a Great Pattern for Bluegill and other Sunfish.


 These are just three of a number of Dryfly patterns I have developed over the past 30 plus years. They remain in my Dry Fly Boxes because they produce often enough that I have confidence in them when I am upon the Water.. I think that is often all that is required of a fly ; that it will produce for you during the course of your Fishing Year...

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