Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fly Tying Demo on Saturday October 31st, Larry Jurgens

Come check out the first of many visits from some exceptional fly tiers form around the area. All flies will be projected on a HDTV in High Definition.

Ghillies Fly Shop
3314 Austin Bluffs Pkwy Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Demo starts at 10:00AM
Larry Jurgens is with Front Range Anglers of Boulder Colorado and will be here to dazel you with his magic. Larry has been tying flies since the early 60's and has probably forgotten more tricks than we will ever know.

Here is a short bio:
I started tying flies in the early 1960’s. I take pleasure in tying and fishing standard patterns! But, I really enjoy tying patterns substituting different materials and techniques to outwit the wily prey. When I do come up with a new and/or changed trout pattern I do my initial testing on the various species of Sunfish. Then depending on the pattern, it is on to the more challenging waters containing Trout.
Per my experience it is harder to catch a large Sunfish when it is NOT on a spawning bed than it is to catch a trout in a swift-moving stream. Large Sunfish will scrutinize a fly with a jaundiced eye before they will partake in the meal! But, remember this is only my opinion.

Larry will tie several of his great patterns such as:

Flex Baetis Nymph V1
Flex Baetis Emerger V2
Iron Bridge Baetis V1
Brown & Blue Chironomid V1
Brown 30° Caddis Emerger V1
Brown 30° Caddis V2
Black Iron Bridge Midge V2
Antero Special V1 (Callibaetis Emerger Cripple)

Larry has a great blog located here:

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fluoro Nymph Tying Video

Fluoro Nymph from Juan Ramirez on Vimeo.

Ok, so I am playing around with a few things with video. I cann't upload some of these bigger videos on blogger so I am trying Vimeo. I don't know why it has the lines on the screen. Maybe I have to pay to get the good stuff! Take a look and see if it is better than the blogger video. More to learn and more to come! Thanks for checking in.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

RS2 tying video

This is my first attemp at posting a video. I have some things to work on, but let me know what you think. I just got a new video camera and need to learn how to use it. I am going to use it for all the fly tying demos at Ghillies this winter as well as for all of my fly tying classes.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Understanding Fly Tying Class 10/17/09

Ghillies Hackle & Tackle Fly Shop
3314 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

This FREE class will focus on the beginning fly tier who would like to sit down and ask questions and watch me explain what, how and why. We will also be able to tie a few beginner flies as well. Materials will be explained as well as tools and equipment.
All materials and tools will be provided.

The student will be able to watch step by step in High Definition video.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Tungsten Glossy Back Baetis Tutorial

Tungsten Glossy Back Baetis

Hook: TMC 2488H or TMC 2499-SPBL #14-20
Bead: Tungsten bead 2mm-2.7mm #14=7/64" (2.7mm) #16=3/32" (2.3mm) #18=5/64" (2mm)
#20=1/16" (1.5mm)
Thread: UTC 70 denier, color to match.
Tail and legs: Hareline India Hen Back, well mottled.
Rib: X-small black UTC ultra wire.
Wingcase: Opal Mirage Tinsel or Lagarten Mini Flat Braid.
Thorax: Dubbing to match or peacock on Red G.B.B.
Epoxy: 5 minute Z-Poxy

Place Bead on hook and tie in tail material. The #16 TMC 2499-SPBL hook is used here. It gives this fly a sweet look, but also increases the cost per each fly.

Make sure your thread is flat and tie in wire rib and wrap back to the bend of the hook and return to behind the bead. The body should be smooth.

Wrap wire rib in even wraps to behind the bead. Tie down and break off wire. Tie in some flash material. I recently switched over to Lagartin Flat Braid for the wingcase. It is a bit wider than the mirage opal tinsel. The opal tinsel still has a rally good look to it and I will probably switch back and forth between the two.

Dub a thorax making sure you leave a bit of space right behind the bead for the legs. Prepare the legs as shown or simply peel off fibers from the stem. You can place them in one by one or by the method as shown in the photo.

Leg length and tie in.

Pull the wingcase over and tie off.

Finished fly.

Top view of the fly. When you are finished, cover the wingcase with epoxy to get a 3-D look to the fly.

Chocolate Glossy Back with MFC coffee color bead. The TMC 2488 hook is used here.

Red Glossy Back with gold bead.

Black glossy Back with silver bead and rib.

Olive Glossy Back with black bead.

Gray Glossy Back with black nickle bead.

Rusty Brown Glossy Back with Copper bead.

Cream Glossy Back with Coffee bead and micro barred rubber legs.

The tail and back are the same fibers. The fibers cover the cream colored body underneath.

Cream Glossy Back with small barred rubber legs. Back is medallion sheeting over cream thread.

Top view.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Rojo Midge and UV Pearl Jam Midge

These are on their way to the shop for you guys to purchase and catch fish on. I haven't been to motivated to crank out many flies lately, but I needed to get moving since it's that time of the year to throw lots of BWOs and midges. I also tied sparkle wing RS2s and Ice Emergers for the shop. Stop by and pick up a few the next time you go out.
One of my light bulbs went out so I am lacking light for good photos. I need to pick one up today.