Friday, January 18, 2013

Winter Time
Here are a few patterns for you die hard fisherman that will brave the wind and cold this time of year. All three patterns can be put into the midge classification. So get your 7X, warm clothes and hit a tail water near you. 

The first one is Martins Midge Pupa. This simple little patters is responsible for taking more fish below the dam in Estes Park than most others. It's a two material fly and simple to tie. 

Martins Midge Pupa
Hook: Emerger Hook 18-24
Thread: Black 8/0
Wing Case: Opal Mirage Tinsel

The Second pattern is the Goodlae's Baetis Nymph. This pattern is the Bomb during a BWO hatch. It also fishes very well during the winter months. It has a slim profile and nice taper. The use of Micro tubing on a bare hook gives the bug that added extra emerging look we are always looking for. This bug is a must have for the winter months and a BWO hatch.

Gooale's Baetis Nymph
Hook: Emerger Hook 16-24
Thread: UTC 70 olive/brown
Tail: Moose
Body: Micro Tubing Olive Brown
Thorax: Natural Gray Ostrich
wing case: Opal Mirage Tinsel

The Third pattern is nothing special, you have tied and fished this patters for years. But I added a different glass bead to it. It's you're typical thread midge with either a tungsten bead or glass bead. However with all the new colors of glass beads out, I have had good success with Sprite Rivers Hi Lite glass bead in Pearl with this pattern. 

Hope you enjoy these patters and the Blog. Let me know your thought.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

 Goodale's Eric's Emerger
As I was trying to come up with the first fly for a tutorial it hit me. I need to do one on Goodale's Eric's Emerger.  This is the fly that turned the hobby into something special. It was the first fly that Montana Fly Company picked up 5 years ago. The name comes from one of my twin boy's. The pattern was developed after a rough fall day of fishing on the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs CO 10 years ago. The Fall Baetis were hatching and the fish were feeding on them like crazy. I had no real success with the typical BWO nymph patterns in my box. So that night I hit the vise and came up with this pattern in olive and brown. Since then this pattern consumes one box in my bag in several different colors. I fish this pattern year around just changing colors and size to match the hatch at the time. It has all the elements that make up a good trout pattern, slim profile, imitates several different insects, and is simple to tie. 

Goodale's Erics Emerger
Hook: Emerger Hook 14-24
Thread: 10/0 Color to match naturals
Body: .006 Mono
Head: 10/0 Black Thread
Wing: UV Pearl Crystal Flash ( 2 Strands)
Head: Covered with UV resign or head cement.