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William Schlafer  
#201 Posted : Tuesday, July 17, 2018 11:12:55 PM(UTC)
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Here's a pattern on found on the net called the Blue Gill Belly Bean. It's somewhat similar to Ryan Frick's terrific "Frick's Fix" jig head fly.

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It's a Smallmouth pattern, but I definitely can see it working for Trout too. It's supposed to imitate a Bluegill minnow with it's gold belly and green gill plate. The dumbbell head is tied so the hook rides up, so you can jig and bounce it off the bottom and through the rocks.

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I couldn't find the exact hook the pattern called for. The one I used is an extra heavy wire Umpqua version, but at least it has the 60 degree bend. I tied mine in a size 6, but I may tie a few more in a size smaller and experiment with orange dubbing. Can't wait to try it out.

Here's the Tim Flagler narrated video from TightLineVideo:



-Bill
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Fishes-with-fly  
#202 Posted : Sunday, November 18, 2018 12:15:09 AM(UTC)
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Its not about being a Pro, in fact there are a great number of us around. It’s about as they say “practice, practice, practice”. Once your skills and technique improve, so will your quality of your flies. Correct proportion, excellent technique, and consistency from fly to fly are the 3 most important aspect to fly tying.
William Schlafer  
#203 Posted : Monday, December 31, 2018 10:36:57 PM(UTC)
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While on holiday break from work I spent some quality time on the fly tying bench preparing some new patterns for the coming season.

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This pattern really has me excited. The Wood Duck Heron uses only two materials: Wood Duck flank feathers and hen soft hackle in a nice contrasting color. I didn't have the best Wood Duck feather or hen hackle available, so I experimented using what I had. Looking forward to tying some more of these in different colors. These used a size 12 3XL hook.
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These are Soft Hackle Streamers tied on a size 8 streamer hook. Once again, my soft hackle isn't the best, but they still turned out OK. I tied a few of these last year and they really look enticing in the water. The soft feathers pulse and wiggle just like a swimming leech or a struggling minnow. I really like the red thread used to form the head.
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Another Tim Flagler special The Holy Grail Caddis Emerger just looks like it will catch fish. Tied on a size 14 scud hook, it's a bit of a pain to tie, requiring more dexterity than my fat fingers have. But the results are worth it. Again, I really like the red thread finish on the head. Really makes the fly pop. A good quality hackle clip really helps. Precise thread control and placement of the materials is a must to get the hackle on correctly. Fluorescing UV head cement for the wing case really gives this pattern an impressive finish. The way it shines and reflects light can't help but attract Trout.
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The Gallagher Special is another nifty simple midge pattern using peacock hurl and small hackle feathers. Tiny is probably better, but I tied mine in size 14. It's sort of a fancy Griffiths Gnat that might just stand out in the bug soup during a midge hatch to entice a finicky rising Trout.
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Although I've never really had a lot of success with them, I like the look of this Stonefly pattern called The Midnight Intruder. The Pattern called for a size 8, but I tied mine with a #12 scud hook. Once again Fluorescing UV head cement to form the wing case really makes this pattern.
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The weather forecast looks pretty good for opening day (in Wisconsin) next Saturday. Can't wait to get back out on my favorite streams.


-Bill

Edited by user Tuesday, January 1, 2019 1:46:22 AM(UTC)  | Reason: corrected fly name: Holy Grail

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