Flies for stillwater

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#76
Learning every day. Cased caddis flies in lakes. Big_E needs to tie me up some of them flies. Trout Master is always flipping me shit.
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#78
If I don't get to fish on Friday and Saturday I don't know what the hell I'm going to be doing, but it will be bad and headline news worthy.
 
#81
I read of a pattern that was nothing more than a wrapped hook with wool, tied off, covered 3/4 of the way with head cement and rolled in sand and left to dry. That sounds pretty simple to me. But I have never tried it. Maybe I will while I am trying to cure my (*&^%$## CABIN FEVER!
 
#82
Sheep creek caddis, from the photo.
Body- brown chenille (possibly two tone variety)
Legs- brown hackle
Antennae- mallard flank, woodduck, or teal (any/all would work)
Pretty easy tie. Fish deep, these critters will be found on the bottom. May want to weight your fly during construction.
 
#83
Trout:

What material do you think that fly is made of (post number 69)?
http://stevenojai.tripod.com/sheepcrk.htm

Hook: 1-2xl nymph or scud sz 8-12
Hackle: brown, orange, or rust, 2-3 turns
Body: dark olive chenille, small for sz 10-12 and medium for bigger (could also try peacock herl or sparkle chenille)
Wing: mallard flank

I've had the most success using the "original" colors of brown hackle, dark olive body and natural gray/white wing. Lots of room to experiment, though. I typically hang 'em under an indicator as a trailer behind a weighted leech or chironomid and fish around weed beds and dropoffs. I've also caught fish stripping them near the bottom 6-12' deep. Other folks have had good success tying them on a scud hook and fishing them off a floater with a long leader in very shallow water when fish are rooting around for scuds.
 
#85
A must have for my box for lowland lakes are the Offut Lake Special, the Pink Lady Bucktail, and the Pink Lady Nymph. They represent three life stages of a midge that seems to hatch late April through early May. Having said that, I've never seen midges with that color, but they do work well.

The Offut Lake Special and Pink Lady Bucktail were patterns given to me by Rufus Kiser (or Kyzer), an old time tyer and teacher 40 years ago. The Pink Lady Nymph was listed in one of the past editions of the Flies of The Northwest by the IEFFC, and it was responsible for landing the largest native rainbow I've hooked in a westside lake on a fly.
 
#86
A must have for my box for lowland lakes are the Offut Lake Special, the Pink Lady Bucktail, and the Pink Lady Nymph. They represent three life stages of a midge that seems to hatch late April through early May. Having said that, I've never seen midges with that color, but they do work well.

The Offut Lake Special and Pink Lady Bucktail were patterns given to me by Rufus Kiser (or Kyzer), an old time tyer and teacher 40 years ago. The Pink Lady Nymph was listed in one of the past editions of the Flies of The Northwest by the IEFFC, and it was responsible for landing the largest native rainbow I've hooked in a westside lake on a fly.
According to my copy of the Inland Empire Fly Fishing Club's publication of 1981, captioned FLIES OF THE NORTHWEST, page 32 shows the fly.
Pink Lady Nymph
Hook 12 1x long
Tail 15-30 stands gray bucktail
Trim head.
Body, pink floss
Originated by Jim Pautzke, Sumner
For coastal lowland lakes. Used for an emerging pupa of large red bodied chironomid.

I have no way to post the picture.
 
#87
I can probably post pix tomorrow, assuming I get some work done today--and figure out how to post photos. The three flies aren't what the names would lead you to think. The Offut Lake Special is not the one Keith Hixson posted some time ago in another thread, and the bucktail isn't a streamer type but rather a wet fly with a sparse deer hair wing. It bears a resemblance to a Black Pennel except for the wing and body color. The nymph is that one from the IEFFC, and it's an excellent fly, IMO.
 
#88
From the picture in the book it looks to be a simple fly to tie and to fish. Sometimes simple = success. I was once fishing in an local lake with a fellow that had just bought a new fly rod and reel and line and leader and fly that day. He had never been fishing with a fly rod before. The fellow in the store sold him a carrot nymph and told him to go troll it in the lake. He knocked them dead. I happen to forget my sinking line and all I had was a floating line. I did not do as well. Really didn't do as well.
 
#89
TP, Thanks for providing the link on the original sheep creek special. The red and the yellow versions probably make great high country patterns. I'm gonna tie some up and try them out next summer in the Alpines.
 
#90
And I bet you thought this would be a simple question Chef! So far about 50 different flies have been listed and then add size and color variations it probably pushes conservatively more than 100 different flies. Considering you probably want at least 3 or 4 of each in your boxes you have a lot or tying to do in the next few months.

Your local shop is going to welcome your business.

Dave