Friday Fly By Jeremy Davies

The Catatonic Leech

Regular contributor and innovative tier Jeremy Davies says, “This might be the easiest fly I have ever tied except for the San Juan Wire Worm, and on lakes it is one of the most effective flies to fish. The standard Catatonic Leech is tied almost entirely of marabou (my preference is Wapsi Woolly Bugger Marabou, as it is fluffier and more lifelike than standard blood quill marabou), with a few wraps of lead and an optional glass bead. I tie this fly with olive marabou about 90% of the time, and use black, brown, wine, or white on occasion. The hook is a 3X long streamer hook in #6 to #12 with a glass or brass bead behind the eye. Four or five wraps of .020 or .025 lead wire immediately behind the bead help the fly flutter lightly as it sinks to the bottom. The tail should be about three quarters as long as the hook shank. Tails that are too long cost you hook-ups because the trout grab the tail but miss the hook. Tying the body out of marabou is easy. Strip the marabou off the main quill and dub it to the thread like regular dubbing.”

Recipe

Hook: Streamer hook, size 8-14

Weight: Four or five wraps of lead wire

Thread: 8/0 Uni-Thread (olive, black, or brown)

Bead: Glass (colour to match body)

Body: Dubbed marabou (olive, black, or brown)

Tail: Marabou (olive, black, or brown)

Adding to the Fly Arsenal: The High and Dry Caddis

Regular Fly Fusion contributor and innovative tier, Jeremy Davies, is always searching for ways to develop new patterns using synthetic materials. He says, “One style of fly that I use to mimic both standard and October caddis is Jeremy’s High & Dry Caddis, which has an antron wing, foam body, grizzly or brown hackle, and is tied on a light wire scud hook. The standard variety is tied with a tan foam body and a light brown antron wing. The October version is tied on a larger hook (sizes 8 to 12), with an orange foam body, a light brown antron wing and either grizzly or brown hackle. I also tie one to imitate the travelling sedge that we sometimes see in lakes in the spring. It is tied on a 3X-long dry-fly hook in sizes 6 to 10, and unlike other caddis patterns, has three sets of antron wings.”

Jeremy’s High and Dry Caddis by Jeremy Davies

Hook: Light wire scud hook, #10-16

Thread: Black or olive Uni-Thread, 8/0

Body: Cut and tapered foam

Wing: Antron yarn (typically tan or brown)

Hackle: Grizzly or brown

Tail: Black antron yarn (optional)

Adding to the Fly Arsenal: The Floating Evil Weevil

Looking for a versatile dry-fly pattern to tie during the colder months? The Floating Evil Weevil is a fly that imitates a number of insects trout love to snack on. Jeremy Davies, frequent Fly Fusion contributor says, “One of my favourite parachute patterns is the Floating Evil Weevil because it can be kept high and dry with floatant to represent a mayfly dun or it can be fished on a greased leader to pass as an emerger. It is tied on a light wire scud hook which gives it good hooking power and it can generally mimic any adult mayfly or even other adult insects such as caddis, midges or small stoneflies.”

Floating Evil Weevil by Jeremy Davies

 Hook: Light wire scud hook, #10-18

Thread: Olive Uni-thread, 8/0

Body: Light peacock Arizona Dubbing

Thorax: Natural peacock Arizona Dubbing

Post: White foam

Hackle: Grizzly

Legs: Brown goose biots

Tail: Pheasant tail or black antron yarn

Rib: Black Uni-Thread, 8/0

Friday Fly by…Al Ritt

Here’s a really simple and effective mayfly pattern you can tie in a number of different colours and sizes. Fly Fusion’s fly tying editor, Al Ritt, demonstrates how to tie the Sparkle Dun (BWO).

Recipe:

  • Hook: Daiichi 1100 sz 20 through 16
  • Shuck: Brown Antron
  • Wing: Comparadun Hair
  • Body: BWO Superfine Dubbing

A Mayfly with a Muddled Head

Here’s a new tying video from Davie McPhail where he demonstrates how to tie a juicy looking mayfly pattern: the Golden Yellow Mayfly Muddler.

Happy Star Wars Day

Krueger’s Black Darth Invader by Chris Krueger

Rear Hook: Partridge Universal Predator, #1

Thread: 140 denier, black

Tail: MFC BuggerBou, black

Body: UV Polar Chenille, copper, with black schlappen, wrapped together

Collar: Black marabou, wrapped

Legs: Sili Legs, chrome black/copper

Junction Wire: Senyo’s Intruder Wire or 49-strand Beadalon

Beads: Silver-lined glass beads

Front Hook: Partridge Universal Predator, # 1

Eyes: Pseudo Eyes, black nickel/red, large

Prop: Chocklett’s Body Tubing ¼”, black

Hackle: Schlappen

Flash: Senyo’s Barred Predator Wrap, black and red

Body: Black marabou, 2 wrapped together

Legs: Sili Legs, chrome black/copper

Head: EP UV Chromatic Brush, midnight

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Fly Tying: Reece’s Tactical Fusion Nymph

Looking for an innovative new nymph to tie this weekend. Have a look at Bob Reece’s Tactical Fusion Nymph. This nymph sinks quickly, appears life-like in the water, and is extremely durable. As an added bonus, the nymph can be tied in three variations in order to imitate the caddis, mayfly and stonefly.

Slick New Streamer Pattern

Krueger’s Sculp Lion (Tan) by Chris Krueger 

Hook: Daiichi 2461, # 1-6

Thread: 140 denier, tan

Tail 1: Yellow marabou

Tail 2: MFC grizzly BuggerBou, tan/brown

Body: UV Polar Chenille, gold, medium

Wing: MFC grizzly BuggerBou, tan/brown

Collar: MFC Bunny Brush, tan

Fins: Pheasant rump, natural

Head: Sculpin Helmet, brown

Eyes: Living Eyes

Finish: Coat head in Loon Flow UV resin

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Hot New Nymph

Fusion Nymph Recipe by Bob Reece

Hook: Tiemco 2499SP-BL, #18-#8

Bead: Tungsten, sized to hook

Thread: Uni-Thread, 8/0

Tail: Three strands Krystal Flash

Under Abdomen: Ostrich herl

Over Abdomen: Wapsi UTC Wire, sized to hook

Thorax: Hareline Ice Dub

Legs (optional): Micro-small MFC Sexi-Floss

Glue: Zap-a-Gap

click here to check out the tying video