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Green Baetis Comparadun #16

Hook: TMC 100BL #16
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Green
Tail: Mayfly Tails White
Body: Taimen Beaver Dubbing Green
Wing: Wapsi Premo Deer Natural

The Baetis Comparadun is a great pattern for mayflies that sits deep in the film with a upright wing that leaves a good footprint in the film. With only 3 materials this is a easy fly to tie once you get the upright deer wing to stand correctly (this can take a couple of tries). Vary this with more or less (and different angles on the fan-out of the wing) to make it sit in different positions)

Bottom view:

Top view:

Pheasant Tail #22 Nymph TMC 100 #22
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Brown
Tail: Pheasant Tail
Body: Pheasant Tail
Thorax: Hareline Hare’s Ear Plus Chocolate Brown
Bead: Taimen Tungsten 1.5mm gold

Taking the PT down to the smallest tungsten bead I have: 1.5mm, it fits on the #24 as well, but the proportions is a bit off, so I would need a 1mm bead for that and down.  These nymphs are really small, but keeping a good variation in size of the PT can’t go wrong

Compared with the #12 I did the other day:

Blue & Green Double Kamasan B280 #6
Tag: Lagartun French Tinsel
Body: Taimen Seals Fur Green Highlander
Rib: Lagartun French Tinsel
Body Hackle: Veniard Chinese Cock Cape Doctor Blue
Wing: Blue & Green Fox, Green Flash
Sides: JC

I often sit down and try to see how colors blend together and try to figure out how they will work. Many times I get the inspiration from other tiers on facebook, G+, forums and so on: I see some hook or pattern and I get a idea on what I want to do. Lately I have looked at a lot of dee flies and done a lot of big-wing tubes, so I try to mix it up like this: the concept of long body hackle and a hair-wing.

This one I will bring with me when I go seatrout fishing this weekend


Snowshoe Rabbit Feet Mustad 94840 #16
ThreadSheer 14/0 White
Tag: Wapsi Life Cycle Bright Green
Body: Taimen Beaver Dubbing Dk. Gray
Wing: Hareline Snowshoe Rabbit Feet Olive
Head: Taimen Beaver Dubbing Dk. Gray

Snowshoe Rabbit feet is not something I have worked a lot with, but here I am experimenting with a small caddis-like fly with different tag colors to see how they will behave and attract trout. The hair from the rabbit feet will be great for a vibrant wing, looking forward to taking this to the river tomorrow.


Parachute Family

2013.06.dryfly.parachute_familyHook: Mustad 94840 #12, #18. TMC 518 #30
Thread: Sheer 14/0 white
Tail: Soft hackle
Body: Taimen Beaver dubbing, grey
Wing: White CDC
Hackle: Whiting Bronze

A sunday tying session, today with grey and red/brown color combination. I tied up some in #12 and #18, and did a #30 in the end to tie off the family picture above. The #30 is a tying exercise to see if it is possible to scale down to these small hooks from TMC, didn’t come out too bad, the problem (as always with #30) is to find a good hackle that is small enough.