Swap Mini Marathon Trout swap (2014)


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Sorry for the absence gentlemen. Thank you for the concern. Something did come up that I had to deal with and I lost track of the swap. Nick got hold of me and I will be sending in my flies this afternoon. I went with a Caddis emerger and small quill body dry fly.

Teenage Entomologist

Gotta love the pteronarcys.
Wow what a day! The 3rd annual Northern California Fly Tying expo in Redding California was held today, and it will be tomorrow also. First I met my councilor for a fly fishing camp I attended. Since I have risen from a sucky fly tier to a guy who sells my flies to many people who have caught steelhead and several trout on my patterns, I have shocked many of the people I have met in my past. This expo was huge, fly tiers from Oregon and California, and all the people I showed my flies to we're impressed. I don't like to brag about my tying skills, but it's awesome to know that people think my flies are great. I also met one of the best fly tiers in the U.S, Mike Mercer. I had a personal conversation with him and he said I tie better than he does( I don't quite believe it, but he has been my main inspiration in fly tying). Really cool guy who has shared some tips with me, and I am almost exactly like him. I love all the science about bugs and so does he. I met Rodney Cloutier, [email protected]. He is a fly fishing artist, and he loved one of my flies so much that he's going to draw it for me. Also met a realistic fly tier named Roy from Burney, CA. Absolutely amazing fly tier. His flies are extremely realistic, and he gave me a tip I'll share with you. Rub fly floatant on your beaded nymphs, but only on the dubbing and fluffy materials, because it looks like air bubbles and the trout to crazy for it. He's at [email protected]. Just thought to share this with you guys, and thanks for reading, Kaden S.:)

Teenage Entomologist

Gotta love the pteronarcys.
Wow, I knew it would be a little easy but you got it pretty quick. I guess you get an extra fly! This pattern looks exactly like the dobsonfly larvae I caught out of the Lower Sac, so I'm thinking it will work in all of Northern California and surrounding states, since there's only one or two species of Dobsonflies in the western U.S. #8 hook, extended body, tungsten bead, lead-free wire underbody.


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a tip I'll share with you. Rub fly floatant on your beaded nymphs, but only on the dubbing and fluffy materials, because it looks like air bubbles and the trout to crazy for it.
Nice tip TE. I have to admit this is one trick that I have faith in. Although I am often too lazy to use it when the fishing is good, I believe it has made a difference in difficult conditions. I've come to like soft hackle patterns with some CDC for this very reason. Ralph Cutter has a whole page on this concept which I re-read frequently http://www.flyline.com/tips_trivia/all_that_glitters/

Here's a cut and paste of the top tips, if you don't feel like reading the whole page:
After ten years of refining these "glitter bugs" and testing them under a myriad of conditions I’ve made some pretty pat conclusions:
  1. First of all, they work. When shimmering insects are active these "glitter bugs" outfish any other pattern. I’ve repeatedly observed sophisticated trout pull off their feeding lane to chase down an air encrusted nymph pattern.
  2. The best bubble trapping nymph/pupae/boatman patterns are the LaFontaine Sparkle Pupa tied with wool rather than Antron or a Birds Nest. Both the Bird’s Nest and the Sparkle Pupa have an over body that acts as a cage which holds the bubble against the body of the fly.
  3. Glitter bug patterns are best tied with natural materials containing lots of fuzz or spike. Natural materials absorb floatant and the coarse structure of the natural filaments help entrain bubbles.
  4. The most economically realistic and easy to apply bubble producing product is sold as Tite-Line Dry Fly Powder which you vigorously scrub your nymph in, or Orvis Ultra Float which is an aerosol fly float. Liquid floatants don’t last long and make the fly sticky. Paste, grease and wax products mat the hairs resulting in a loss of bubble grabbing potential.
  5. Dry the nymph between drifts with false casts. When the bug becomes waterlogged treat it with a dessicant/floatant such as Loon’s Top Fly or Shimazake.
  6. Do not weight the fly itself. Allow the bouyancy of the trapped air to "swim" the fly naturally in the current. Use split shot a few inches up leader to take the bug to the desired depth
NIce swap everyone. Thanks again for participating and hang in there, we're over half way!

Teenage Entomologist

Gotta love the pteronarcys.
How's everybody doing? You guys will be very surprised at what your getting from me. I know you'll like them! As of today, Easter, I have finished my Swap Flies. Will put the tags on them, and will send them in a few days, good luck to you all!

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