Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Time Flies!

First of all, there is a new poll on the right side---------->

During the Holidays, it seems to always be busy.  Somewhere along the way, I find time to sit down and tie a few flies.  This year, I made sure to spend some time working on a few flies for a new box that I want to fill.  I am also busy trying to figure out what I want to tie during next week's Fly Fishing Show in Denver.  Yep, that's next weekend!  I better get things in gear.  I have more stickers and some more of my hopper kits for you again this year.  Which reminds me, I better get moving!  For now, here are a few pictures on what I have been working on.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

To all viewers of this blog!  I hope you and your family enjoy some time together, get to watch some movies, eat some good food, relax, tie flies and maybe, just maybe, get to get out and fool some fish.  Here's to a great 2010 and looking forward to a great 2011.  I wish all of you the best!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!

Hopper Juan

"Buddy Dog Ramirez"
Christmas Hopper Juan tied by Dave Caracciolo.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Upcoming tying class and Jimbo Busse tying demo

This Friday night will be the 2nd fly tying class covering "How to tie Better Parachutes and Working with Natural Hairs".   This class will cover two different topics, and if you are struggling tying parachutes or just want to improve them, this is the class for you.  Also, working with natural hairs will cover some patterns using deer and elk hair. This will be a great class to improve your skills.

On Saturday's tying demo, Jimbo Busse will dazzle us with his tried and true still water patterns.  Jimbo loves fishing the lakes and has proven patterns and techniques.  Stop by to check it out.  It begins at 10:00am and runs till 12:00pm.  Both events are at Ghillies Fly Shop.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tying the Colorado Caddis

I first saw this little bug over on Midgeman's old blog and being the simple little thing it is, I fell in love with it.  After tying and fishing a few of these things, I knew that they would always have a place in my box.

Tying the Colorado Caddis from Juan Ramirez on Vimeo.
The Colorado Caddis, tied in either green or cream, will cover most of your caddis species during the hatch.  This little bug will work well when there is not a hatch too.  Tie it heavy or light, It will work well for you.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Jim Auman Tying a midge pattern. 12/04/10

Jim Auman is the sort of trout bum you'd like to be.  Clean cut, no grungy, curly hair trying to escape from the inside of his faded Scott hat, he is the typical fisher that has friends in all the right places.   This is why I asked to have him down to do a tying demo.  The video below highlights one of his patterns. A simple midge that borrows from a couple great patterns to achieve a pattern that not only looks good, but also fishes good.  Being a fishing bum, I'd bet it does

Jim Auman Tying one of his Midges from Juan Ramirez on Vimeo.
Jim Auman, of Ft. Collins, CO, puts a new spin on a couple of flies and comes up with this simple midge.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

What people are fishing.

According to a very scientific experiment conducted this week, it seems the majority of the people polled liked to fish a Sage fly rod.  Sage is more than likely the most popular rod company out there.  Sage took 37% of the pie, followed by Winston at 22%.  My favorite rod company, Scott Fly Rod Company was 3rd with 14% of the votes.  It's nice to see that the top three favored rod companies are American made.  Winston may have a few rods produced overseas, but I am not 100% sure of that, and I am going to assume that most folks enjoy the finer rods of that company that are made in Montana.  TFO, Orvis, St Croix and Redington rounded out the rest of the choices.  In another poll to be posted later, I will ask the more specific question of what rods from what companies are preferred.  And where does price fit in?

For now, take a look at the new poll to the right----->
What is your favorite fly company?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A peek into the midge box

 Generic Midges
Floss Back Emergers
  Princess Pearls-Listed in "Modern Midges"
 Top Secret Midges
 If a brown with white rib is a Top Secret Midge, what is a black with silver rib pattern called?  
A Classified Midge?
 Barr's Pure Midges

 Red Disco Midges

 #26 Floss Back Emergers
 U.V. Pearl Jam Midges.  (AKA Disco Midge)

 A few Foam Back Emergers
 Some Mercury Midges
 A UFO midge or Yong Special?  
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fly Tying Class-Techniques for Tying and Fishing Midges

This Friday, 12/03/10, I will start my fly tying class series.  The first class is "Techniques for Tying and Fishing Midges".  This class will go beyond showing you a few flies that are good for fishing.  The idea is to talk about different situations for these and other fly patterns.  Having a well stocked fly box is only part of the equation.  Presentation and technique will help to land those fish that are eating and make winter fishing productive.  So stop by at Ghillies Fly Shop, now located in downtown Colorado Springs, and see what these classes are all about.  Cost is $25.00 and the class runs from 6:30-8:30pm. All materials are provided.  Classes feature HD video projection for easy viewing.  Call to sign up!  719-531-5413.

Oh, and I have a new poll on the right side bar. ----->

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Flies tied at Anglers All Demo

I was asked by a follower of this blog to provide some of the flies tied at the Anglers All demo that I did this past Saturday.  Listed below are some of the flies I tied at the demo.  In every one of these demos, I try to gather all my materials and put them all together and run through to make sure I have everything for all the flies.  I always forget something!  On the Red Glossy Back Baetis, I didn't have the epoxy for the wingcase.  I forgot to take my marker for my new iStone's foam wingcases.  The marker that I used in place of the dark Brown was a reddish brown and looked a bit off.  I tied my Floss Back Emerger with a black thread rib instead of x-small black wire resulting in a broad rib.    Other than that, things went well.  Thanks to all who attended and for Anglers All for having me visit their fine shop.

 PMD Ice Emerger #20
 Slim Shady 
 Gray Floss Back Emerger #20
 Peacock Caddis #14
 Glossy Back Baetis--minus the glossy back! 
 Golden iStone

 Club Sandwich or Triple Decker

 Got legs?
 Hopper Juan #8

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tying Demo at Anglers All

I will be at Anglers All this Saturday 11/20/10, from 10:00am-12:00pm tying up some of my favorite patterns.  I'd love you to stop by and meet me if you can.  Let me know if you have any requests and I will see what I can do to get those on the tying list.
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Friday, November 12, 2010

Rio de los Animas Perdidas

I simply call it the Animas.  You won't find this name on many of the must fish rivers, but that's just fine with me.  It's a wild river with wild fish.  Some are big, but most are just average.   You just have to know how to fish it.  
Starting high in the San Juan Mountains, it makes it's way through the town of Durango, CO.  This is where I choose to fish, on many stretches through town.  Usually, I have many of these stretches to my self as many people don't think fishing in town is cool or just isn't productive.  Of those times that other people are on the river, many of them just don't know how to fish it.  I often see many people show up and fish for 30 minutes only to leave after a fruitless effort.  While I don't consider this a loaded fishery, as some of the tailwaters are,  I can often times find the fish.  It has taken me a few years to figure things out, but I know where they are.  After a 2 year void in fishing the Animas, I was back on it yesterday.  It was good to me, as the fish are still in some of the same areas.  As a freestone river, there are many stretches that have changed.  Some for good, some for the worst.  My most productive winter run has been filled in by rock to help divert water from the highway bridge pillars.  It was so awesome a hole, I once went through with 20 drifts and hooked 14 fish after changing to an egg and red larva.  I ran through with a different rig about 15 times before changing without a twitch.  After the 20 drifts, I switched back to the privious rig.  Nothing.  Back to the egg and larva and first cast, fish.  I finally stopped after proving my theory that these fish loved the egg.  Now this hole is covered by thousands of pounds of rock. 
As you can see below, these fish are still eating eggs and larva.  I chose the green larva since there are so many caddis larva in the water and it proved to be a good choice.  Although I started with the nymphs, it was the CDC midge that made the day.  Later in the afternoon, many of the smaller fish were gorging on emerging midge pupa and some adults.  I had a ball.  While knowing there were bigger fish to be had, I chose to stay on top and enjoy rising fish.  Part of the fun was being able to spot all of these fish off of a pedestrian bridge.  Looking down, there were a bunch of fish rising.  Once settling on to the water, I had no idea where they were and was fishing "blind".   Eventually, they would rise to reveal themselves and I would drift a CDC midge over where I last saw them.  It was a good day.       

 Looking North on the river.
 There were a few eggs in the river.
 I managed to fool a nice brown on this pattern.  
 Pretty good match except for that Japanese steel.  
I fooled this one on a chartreuse larva. I assume they took this pattern as a caddis larva.  Maybe they thought it was a green midge?

I saw this one rise as I was walking.  I came back o him after I switched to a dry fly.
 Eating midge emergers.
Looking north from the foot bridge.