What's in your vise?

ScottP

WFF Supporter
Blue Man Michigan Muddler

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If I can find one trout stupid enough to take this for a damsel, I’ll be happy.

hook - WFC Model 4 #10
thread- Uni 6/0 black
tail - moose body
rib - tying thread
body - pronghorn hair dyed Silver Doctor Blue (2 packs Koolaid Ice Blue Raspberry/ 1 cup water)
wing - Congo Hair white
shoulder - guinea dyed blue
collar/head - pronghorn hair dyed Silver Doctor Blue

Regards,
Scott
 

Buzzy

Active Member
This past winter @Jim Ficklin shared a picture of some "headstand" (?) carp flies: (https://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/forum/index.php?threads/104875/page-1252#post-1692498) which utilize "foam beads". Jim cuts his own beads utilizing a 204 caliber cartridge. He graciously sent me two that he'd sharpened to ease cutting the foam.

I found a recipe for a "SWW" (San Juan Worm - I know, the initials don't match but that was our secret call sign at RF creek back in the early days) - more like a San Juan Worm on steroids but interestingly it lands on bottom hook point up and the tail is buoyant enough to float the back of the hook. I incorporated a brass bead into the end (or is it tip?) of the foam beads to sort of sink that portion (not my idea). I'm not sure I can actually use this ugly thing so I decided to tie one a bit more subtle. The bottom fly still has the brass bead at the end of the foam beads, (14 foam beads). I used 30# Tuf Line as the stringer for the foam, the Tuf Line is doubled back through the end bead and all the foam beads; the brass bead acts as a stopper for the foam....

The weather has just been awful to scout and sneak up on carp. Lots of wind (too much wind), not enough bright blue sky but that looks like it will change later this week. Time to dust off the 8 weight.

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Not sure what I was thinking stringing up that rainbow mix.
 

ScottP

WFF Supporter
Carnage Damsel

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The Blue Muddler’s for dumb fish; this one’s for the others.

hook - WFC Model 28 #12
thread- Danville 6/0 black
core - 14lb mono
body - 1mm foam blue
wing - Congo Hair white
hackle - grizzly
wing case/head - 1mm foam blue

Regards,
Scott
 

Jesseg122

Active Member
Carnage Damsel

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The Blue Muddler’s for dumb fish; this one’s for the others.

hook - WFC Model 28 #12
thread- Danville 6/0 black
core - 14lb mono
body - 1mm foam blue
wing - Congo Hair white
hackle - grizzly
wing case/head - 1mm foam blue

Regards,
Scott
I like this! Might have to tie up a few of these!
 

MGTom

Living at the place of many waters
WFF Supporter
Those look fantastic! Super buggy!
Thx, been working on them for a bit. I've settled on hair from the mask for a tail, loop dubbed light natural (real) for the body counter-wrapped with gold wire, add then a single thread loose dubbed dark thorax "bump" to prop the hackle, a turn or so of partridge (now bring the tread forward thru the hackle), and add a small loose dub dark cover wrap between the hackle and bead.
Best when swung from 30-60 degrees across and down Pete Hidy style, pulsed with an "induced take" lift at each likely holding spot, then finish fished down stream Cotton style. Strip back if minnows are present, or desired.
 

long_rod_silvers

WFF Supporter
Thx, been working on them for a bit. I've settled on hair from the mask for a tail, loop dubbed light natural (real) for the body counter-wrapped with gold wire, add then a single thread loose dubbed dark thorax "bump" to prop the hackle, a turn or so of partridge (now bring the tread forward thru the hackle), and add a small loose dub dark cover wrap between the hackle and bead.
Best when swung from 30-60 degrees across and down Pete Hidy style, pulsed with an "induced take" lift at each likely holding spot, then finish fished down stream Cotton style. Strip back if minnows are present, or desired.
I like the stip back in idea. Definately looks like it could be a small sculpin or minnow.

Sometimes fish a small creek with prince nymphs and hares ears how you describe. This pattern would slay the little cutts there.
 

Norm Frechette

Googlemeister
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Blue Charm - White Wing

Atlantic Salmon

Hook - Gamakatsu T10-6H
Thread - Black
Tip - Oval silver tinsel
Tag - Yellow floss
Tail - Golden pheasant crest
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel
Body - Black wool
Throat - Blue hackle fibers
Wing- White calf tail
 

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