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Caddis variations: yellow, green & red

dryfly.me.2013.10.30.caddis_yellowWhen I find a pattern that I like I normally do two things: first I tie it in different sizes (normally from #12 to #22) to practice and/or find the limitations on the pattern for the different sizes (and when you know how to tie a parachute in #22 it gets quite easy to do one in #12!). Then I do different color variations to see what could work. Yesterday I did a vinyl rib caddis and today I tied up the same pattern on the same hook but with different colors for body and a white deer hair for wing.

Yellow body: Hare – Tron Pale Yellow

dryfly.me.2013.10.30.caddis_redRed body: Hare’s Ice Dub Rusty Orange

dryfly.me.2013.10.30.caddis_greenGreen Body: Hare’s Ear Plus Dark Olive

dryfly.me.2013.10.30.caddis_only_wingAnd finally just one with white deer hair and a body of Hare’s Ice Dub Rusty Orange

 

 

 

 

Vinyl Rib Caddis

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Hook: Knapek Midge Pupae #12
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black
Body: UNI Vinyl Rib Brown
Wing: Hareline Premo Deer Hair, Whiting Bronce Hackle, White CDC

A lot of streamers and flies for saltwater fishing here lately,so back to some dryfly action: a vinyl rib caddis with a white CDC feather for visibility. This and many more that I tie are inspired from the flytying section of the norwegian flyfishing forum on fluefiskesiden.no

Green Guinea Streamer #2/0 – Yellow body

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Hook: Partridge Carrie Stevens Streamer #2/0 10xlong
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black, UNI 6/0 Black
Tail: Pair of green Guinea feathers
Butt: Black Ostrich
Underbody: UNI-Floss White
Body: UNI-Floss Yellow, UNI-Mylar #10 Gold/Silver, UNI-French Oval Md Silver
Wing: Pair of Green Guinea feathers, Red feather from Golden Pheasant tail
Cheek: Pair of green Guinea feathers

Variation of the Green Guinea Streamer I did the other day, but this time with a yellow body and without the throat. This time I had problems getting nice enough feathers for the wing, but the skin I have did not have enough in this size. These streamers are good for practicing techniques since they have a lot of room to work with the material.

Green Guinea Streamer #2/0

dryfly.me.2013.10.27.green_guinea_streamerHook: Partridge Carrie Stevens Streamer #2/0 10xlong
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black, UNI 6/0 Black
Tail: Pair of green Guinea feathers
Butt: Black Ostrich
Underbody: UNI-Floss White
Body: UNI-Floss Green, UNI-Mylar #10 Gold/Silver, UNI-French Oval Md Silver
Wing: Pair of Green Guinea feathers, Red feather from Golden Pheasant tail
Cheek: Pair of Purple Golden Pheasant, pair of green Guinea feathers
Throat: Green guinea

Winter is coming and with that I have started to tie up fully dressed salmon flies, but in a order from taimen.com I added a pack of 10xlong streamer hooks just for to see what I could do with them. Today I put one in my vice, and it was big! I normally tie up on #10-#18 dryfly/nymphs, so it was a daunting task. I browsed streamers365.com for inspiration for a while and pulled out what feathers I had that could match up with a hook on this size. I ended up with a green freestyle streamer based on what I had in my box (I realized I didn’t have much that could be put on a hook this size).

I’m quite pleased since this is the first attempt ever at anything remotely near this size. The one thing I am annoyed with is the French Oval: the top one right next to the ostrich herl ended up with a small gap between it and the Mylar.

Not quite sure what I should call this though: any input? Or is there a existing pattern that resembles this?

To compare what I normally would tie: here with a #12 white cdc & deer hair caddis:

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Micro Zonkers

dryfly.me.2013.10.22.micro_zonker_1Hook: Dai-Riki 305 #10
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black
Body: UNI-Mylar #10 Gold/Silver, Wapsi Micro Zonker in different configurations (over/under)
Head: 3mm Bead, Hare’s ear Plus Dubbin Dark Olive

Got a shipment of some eyeless hooks from Taimen and while I had a order in I got some micro zonkers to see what I could do with them, these small strips of squirrel zonkers makes for a very good  pattern that should come alive in the water

dryfly.me.2013.10.22.micro_zonker_2One on a #12 TMC 5263 streamer hook:

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