Sit back and take a listen to some of the onfo I have on tying and fishing. I talk about tying and fishing for the Arkansas River and the South Platte River.
I've been working on a lot of new, short content of fly tying videos. Over the last month I've posted 39 new tying videos in a "short" version. These videos are 2x fast with soft music, no talking. So far, the feedback has been outstanding. There are a few people who have complained that it's too fast and can't keep up. For the most part, I have other videos posted that explain maeterials and technique if you prefer that. If they are not my patterns, there will be other videos posted by others that do the same. I thank you for checking out these new "short" tying videos.
I wanted to share some short videos with you starting today. Listed below is one of my patterns that I did really well with this summer, specifically when the fish were keying into the PMD nymphs in June.
Contact me if you want to order some Slim Rib material.
The Slim Shady Splitback PMD was designed to take advantage of the fish that are eating emerging PMD nymphs duding the summer. I've watched fish lined up and pick off every bug that drifted by in the top column of the water when they were emerging. This fly represents that exact stage when thy are splitting their wing case open to crawl out. The yellow simulates the lighter colored adult PMD as it emerges. I've also fished this pattern as an attractor and also as a Yellow Sally nymph.
By adding two beads to a Slim Shady, it now becomes a heavy dropper fly or a heavy single baetis nymph that can be used in a nymph rig with no weight. Looking for a small euro nymph? Yep, that too.
Hook: Daiichi 1270, TMC 200R, Size 18-20
Beads: 2-1.5mm Tungsten Beads
Thread: MFC 8/0 Light Brown
Tail: Micro Fibbets, Split or Hackle
Rib: Juan's Slim Rib, Brown-e-mail me to order
Wingcase: Brown or Black Medium Holographic Tinsel
Legs: 12 Fibers of Flouro Fibre, Shrimp Pink, Black or Brown
Resin: Deer Creek Diamond Fine
It's that time again!! Once again, I'll be hanging out at the Denver Fly Fishing Show twisting up some of my popular and newer creations such as: The Slim Shady 5.0, The Money Midge, The Pale Ale Midge, The Jedi Master Baetis and the never before seen Super Nova PMD and Baetis.
I'll also have plenty of Slim Rib with me for sale. If you see this here, and want some, the blog special price is $2 per bag. You have to mention that you saw it here though to get the price.
Merry Christmas! I hope this finds you and your loved ones doing well. I recently released a new tying video on tying a new pattern of mine, The Pale Ale Midge.
The Pale Ale Midge was designed to longer, more slender Chironomidae (Midge Larva) that often times show up in late spring. When they are available, fish often key into them and seem to enjoy them.
Hook: Daiichi 1270, TMC 200R size 18-22
Thread: 8/0 Yellowish color. Primrose, Lt. Cahill, Cream
Rib: Clear Slim Rib
Marker: Bic Mark-It, Honey Brown
Resin: Deer Creek Damond Fine
The Money Midge is a great little pattern that I've been fishing for a few years now. I've tested it on the picky trout of the South Platte River as well as the Dolores River trout. The Dolores River and Cheeseman Canyon will make or break a fly pattern. It's simple, with just two materials. One material is my "Slim Rib" material. It's a great ribbing material for small flies and is offered in 5 colors. I tie these in size 18-24 on a TMC 2488 hook. Light Brown is my favorite color that matches most midges.
View below or head over to Vimeo to watch. https://vimeo.com/303401295
I am pleased to be able to tell you guys about a few new patterns coming to you next spring. Building on my Slim Shady pattern, I've added tungsten beads to them as well as a split back pattern. I've even put the two together and have a tungsten split back pattern. Perfect as a dropper of a chubby! These patterns should be available to you next spring, ready for the BWO hatches. Also included for 2019 is my Money Midge pattern in light brown and red. If you like a little bling on your pattern, make sure to get the Flashy Money Midge! Both patterns have worked wonders on the South Platte River, the perfect testing grounds.
It's been a while and since tons of people have asked, I've released a new tying video on how to tie my pattern, The Slim Shady 5.0. While this isn't a drastically new way to tie a fly, I have been using a material I call "Slim Rib". A ribbing material that is smaller than anything currently out there. I am not limiting it to just the Slim Shady though. Other patterns use it currently and I'll show more of those in the future. But for now, enjoy the video and if you tie some up and fish with them, I'd like to see the results.
Thanks as always for following the blog.
I will be in Denver this weekend at The Fly Fishing Show and would love to be able to chat with all the fishy people out there about flies, fishing and food. I'll have some of my secret "Slim Rib" material available for sale there too. Bring $5.00 cash and I'll trade you and show you how I use it for different flies. Hope to see you there! Click here for more info on The Fly Fishing Show.