Monday, September 17, 2012
When fishing the Chubby or a large hopper/stimulator with droppers in fast water I want my nymphs to drop quickly through the water column and stay there. I don't like or use split shot and was interested in using small flies on heavy wire hooks in size (12 & 14) to achieve this requirement. My solution ended up being a product brought into the shop in the spring of this year from Spirit River, Tungsten Tear Drops in 2.3 (14) and 2.8 mm (12) (available in black nickle and gold). They were the just the right fit on a Tiemco 3769 (2X heavy).
Here is a 2.3 mm teardrop on a 3769 size 14 hook. They are slotted so they can fit around the bend. I apply a thread base and a drop of superglue to bind them to the shank.
I wanted these flies to be pretty indestructible so I coated the wraps with UV Clear Fly Finish from Loon (Clear Cure Glue works just as well). They were to sit in the middle of the rig and their primary job was to sink the trailing fly, size 16 to 18 beadhead (non-tungsten). The fish loved these flies and they proved to be just as effective as the trailing pattern.
I used thread and or krystal flash on the bodies and tied in florescent orange hot spots.
The teardrop shape made out of tungsten added a huge amount of weight - over 2X a standard tungsten bead.
The Teardrop Nymph is now SOP in the fly selection I carry with me. I haven't used them on still water yet but I have a feeling what the result will be.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Couple of weeks ago Randy Hanner pointed out that we had just received some black Chubby flies with a purple underbody and they were definitely "hot". I tied some in a size 10 and took them out for a trial run this morning. My first fish was an 17-inch rainbow who thought the fly was just the ticket. He was the best of the day but I caught another 1/2 dozen on the black chubby plus quite a few on the two droppers. One of these flies I'll post on the blog in the next few days. It's a great new pattern I've been fooling around with lately.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Condensed Beer For BackpackersGood news for backcountry beer addicts who don’t relish carrying cans of beer in their packs. Pat’s Backcountry Beverages will begin offering a dehydrated beer in January of 2013. The concentrated liquid is poured into their plastic bottle, mixed with a carbonating agent and water, and a few minutes later you’re drinking beer. There’s also soda available if you need something besides water for mixing drinks.
I just returned from a tip on the Big South adjacent to Comanche Peak Wilderness area to fish for Brookies and Cutthrout. I ran across this video from Corey Kruitbosh which struck a definite cord. Corey provided all the head shots for the September Newsletter feature story on on streamer fishing...enjoy.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Mostly overcast today with an occasion breakout of sun.
Warm weather and low flows keep the dry fly action on South Boulder Creek at an exceptional level. I'm fishing A two fly setup. A size 14 or 16 olive/orange XO with rubber legs up front trailed by a size 18 Adams or black flying ant. 80% of the takes are on the trailing fly.