From the vise of Frank Johnson, Sheridan, WY, his PMD Student
Frank emphasizes to not worry about floatability: the Student is NOT a sparkle dun.
Hook: Size 14
Thread: Orange Danville’s Monocord
Tails: Yellow antron. Length is twice the distance from hook point to the end of bend
Body: Tying thread
Thorax: Yellow/orange dubbing
Wing: Tan CDC, tied on top of the shank. No more than 1/3 the amount of fibers in a typical sparkle dun. Length is the distance from the tie in point to bend of the hook
Just messing around.
Stuffed the cavity with foam, a rattle then some more foam followed by a bead under the eye.
Maybe achieve kind of a neutral buoyancy. I’m not sure?
Not sure if I like the hook position or the tail length.
From the vise of Dick Winters from Klamath Falls, Oregon, his Isonychia velma nymph.
Hook: Size 6 Dai-Riki Model 270
Tails: Pheasant tail fibers
Ribbing: Fine gold wire
Abdomen: Creamy yellow yarn
Thorax: Tan yarn
Covert: Mottled turkey quill
Wing case: Pheasant tail fibers
Legs: Six fibers from the wing case on each side, about ½” long
Gills: Purplish marabou, tied on top, left loose for maximum action
I kinda stole this design from Gunnar Brammer's Con Man. The beauty of this pattern is that it can be tied in bluegill colors to sculpin colors & shape. You can shape depending on how you tie in the farrar (and trim it) and how you tie in the rabbit on top. Of course, I couldn't find any eyes except musky sized eyes, so sharpie will have to do until I get ahold of some smaller eyes...