Thursday, January 15, 2015

Rockworm soft hackle

  I fish soft hackles pretty often, usually just put a hackle on one of the standard nymphs I use. 
In this case I'm putting a hackle on a very basic Green Rockworm pattern.

Materials are......
Hook, Allen 102BL or any similar hook, I really like wide gape barbless hooks and so that's what I use. Your standard nymph hooks will do a fine job as well.
Underbody of opal or pearl tinsel.
Body is vinyl D-rib green but use any color you like! 
Hackle, genetic hen. I typically use a sort of speckled dark dun or grizzly. Black would be fine too! I like a oversize hackle as you can see. 

Dubbing, black, either SLF or Life Cycle.
Thread is, as usual, Veevus 14/0.

I like start the body a little bit down the bend for this fly when using this type of hook, gives a nice effect. 

Green Rockworm with a Czech Nymph Twist

  The Green Rockworm is one of the most common and one of the more effective nymphs you'll see people using here in western Maine as well as just about anywhere there's cold water and rocky streams. 
I use a ton of variants from the simple stuff like a brassie with green wire to the more involved stuff. They all work! 
What I'm gonna show you today is more involved but by no means hard to tie. Basically a czech nymph in smaller sizes (16,18, 20 and 22)
No need to get picky about hooks here most scud hooks will work great but I really like the European competition hooks. 

Materials are the following......

 One layer of flat lead.
Very fine silver wire for rib. 
Green net print on clear scud back or thin skin, plain clear would be fine too. 
Green slf dubbing.
Black slf dubbing.
Thread, veevus black 12/0 
Finish by hitting the thin skin over the black dubbing with a black sharpie.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Brown Owl

 First I must say sorry for the crap picture! 

 A staple in western Maine. this fly is in general considered to be a streamer but a couple sources indicate that it was intended to be a stonefly imitation and not so much a baitfish imitation. I can see it now that it's been pointed out to me! The Kennebago Muddler has a similar story, and, they both just plain work.

The Brown Owl is a oddball of a fly. Drab colors and fairly standard materials combined in a rather unique way. I can't help but see it as almost like a weird marriage of classic Rangeley Streamers and classic Dee flies.   
Mine is of course tied on a Demmon competition streamer hook (ST800BL) which lends to a different look but I'm a huge fan of those hooks and go barbless as much as I can.
If you want some without having to tie them the has you covered.
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