Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Winter Tying Continues...

I just purchased a handful of realistic tying materials from Casters Fly Shop, so I'll be busy tying some lively looking bugs in the coming days. Those materials include Andres Touceda's Elastic Thread and realistic legs, Virtual Nymph Skin, and Virtual Nymph Stonefly Wing Buds. Not a complete list of materials to create a masterpiece such as this Paul Willock Nymph, but it will definitely improve the fly's realism. Look for them soon.
Sunday, December 19, 2010

More Flies...

Continuing to crank out more and more flies. With Christmas Break coming up, I'll likely get a lot of flies tied. Stocking up for next year! Here's a few of the most recent:

Para BWO on curved shanked hook

Another BWO Nymph

Olive Thread Midge
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cold + snow = Fly Tying

Winter has been in full force lately. The mountains have received up to 16" of snow over the past few days, with some places, such as Mt. Leconte pushing 2 feet. I'm hoping to crank out a load of flies as we progress into winter. Christmas Break, which is coming up, will likely be a period where I tie constantly. Haven't had much time as of late. Hoping that will change. Rhododendron, large fish, and hang ups have robbed me of my once bountiful fly boxes. I'll be tying more flies catered towards wild fish, as I'm planning on doing a lot of backcountry, hike-in trips this spring/summer/fall.

Here's a recent bug:

Improved Humpy

Hook: TMC100
Thread: 6/0 black
Tail: Moose mane
Body: Chartreuse floss or thread
Overbody: 2mm tan foam
Wings: Calf tail
Hackle: Brown or Coachman brown
Monday, November 15, 2010

A couple of hairballs...

 BWO Emerger
When you first start to see hatching Blue Winged Olives, switch to a BWO Emerger. When a hatch begins, fish key onto the emergers before they do the adults. Cast an emerger upstream and allow it to swing downstream, slowly working the fly to the surface.
  Hook: Orvis Curved Nymph Hook
Thread: 8/0 Olive
Body: Olive rabbit dubbing.
Ribbing: Copper wire
Tail: 3 split pheasant tail fibers
Shellback: Pheasant tail fibers
Legs: Remaining pheasant tail fibers from
shellback (hard to see in this picture).
Gills/Thorax: Aftershaft feather from a pheasant skin.

Rhyacophila Caddis Pupa
Caddis are extremely important insects on a trout stream. They are available to trout most times of the year. If a caddis dry doesn't work, a quick switch to a caddis pupa will often work.
Hook: TMC2457
Thread: Olive or black 6/0
Underbody: Caddis green dubbing
Overbody: Scudback
Ribbing: Copper wire
Legs: 6 brown biots
Thorax: black dubbing
Antennae: 2 wood duck flank fibers
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A few great fall time patterns...

Legg's BWO Emerger- A pinch of Zelon and 3 Microfibett tails creates the trailing nymphal shuck, imitating an emerging BWO.

Galloup's Zoo Cougar- One of my all time favorite streamers. If you've never fished one, you should!

Rusty Midge Emerger- Those are dryer sheets for the wings.

Rust Midge dry

No-Name streamer as of now. It's a great fall time/big fish catcher.

Legg's Giant Vinyl Rib Stone- Heavy and realistic. A real fish catcher

And of course the San Juan Worm. A fall time killer! During heavy rains, worms are flushed into the river where trout are waiting.

Welcome to Carolina Fly Tying!

In association with my other blog, Tar Heel Fly Fishing.com, I've created an additional blog dedicated to fly tying. You'll see pictures, tutorials, tips, tricks, videos, and more. While I won't post as frequently as I do over at THFF.com, I'll post as frequently as possible. If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to comment below or shoot me an email at wncflyfishing@gmail.com.

Again, welcome! Hope you find this blog helpful and enjoyable.

Tyler Legg