Thursday, May 29, 2014

Prince Nymph Jig

Prince Nymph Jig tied by Darren Dunbar

Even the most rudimentary fly fisherman can distinguish Doug Prince's "Prince Nymph" from the multitude of other available classic and modern nymph patterns. Since the patterns inception, the Prince Nymph has undergone a sort of evolution, with popular knock-offs such as the purple "Psycho Prince" and don't forget the flashy "Fly Formerly Known as Prince ". Then came the "Prince Nymph Jig" which is essentially a Prince Nymph tied on a competition style jig hook. This style hook has been popular on European waters for almost three decades and has been used extensively in fly fishing competitions. The fly is commonly used in conjunction with a Czech Nymphing or Tight-Lining Technique, which allows continuous control of a bottom induced dead-drift. The flies design is advantageous, in that the hook point travels in an upward fashion, mitigating the possibility of snags. Due to hooks effectiveness, flies lie the Prince Nymph Jig are becoming increasingly popular with North American fly fisherman.

TYING TIP: The Prince Nymph Jig can be a challenge to tie and the jig version should be no exception. Remember that the hook point will point up, so tie your tail biots upside down when your hook is in the vise. Set your wings after you rib your tapered body on an upside down hook. I use two bobbins - one with black thread and one with red for the hot spot. Add lead wraps to the thorax area to get it down deep, where it belongs! Regards D2

Prince Nymph Jig tied by Darren Dunbar

Prince Nymph Jig Recipe:

Hook: Jig
Thread: Black UTC 70 Denier
Tail: Brown Good Biots
Body: Peacock Herl
Ribbing: SM Copper Ultra Wire
Wing: White Goose Biots
Collar: Brown Hen Hackle
Bead: Copper
Hot Spot: Fl. Orange UTC 70 Denier


Monday, May 19, 2014

Casanova Caddis

Casanova Caddis tied by Darren Dunbar

The Casanova Caddis is an innovative dry fly caddis pattern developed by Austrailan, Roman Moser, also known for the infamous Balloon Caddis. I can only assume that Moser deemed the "Cassanova" name due to the good looks of the fly - in terms of buginess - when compared with other caddis replications. The Casanova pattern construction is unique,  due to the flies body, which is formed by dubbed deer hair. Many may ask: Why not spin the deer hair? Well,  after trying both dubbing and spinning methods, I can attest that the preferred dubbing method produces the best results.

Deer Hair Dubbing Noodle

Tip: When preparing the deer hair dubbing noodle, apply generous amounts of wax to your thread and saliva or water to the hair to encourage adequate adherance. Start with 15-20 deer hairs, twisting in a clockwise position, as used in traditional dubbing methods. Trim and taper the body, leaving strands to represent legs and antennae.

Casanova Caddis tied by Darren Dunbar

The Casanova Caddis deserves a place in every fly fisherman's fly box. The flies realistic look should impress upon the most weary of trout; it floats exceptionally well due to the floatation qualities of the deer hair and CDC under-wing. The only issue I foresee with the Casanova pattern is its limited visability due to the use of a naturally colored rafia wing.

Casanova Caddis Recipe:

Hook: 2x Long Dry Fly Sz. 12-14
Thread: Brown UTC 70 Denier
Body: Dubbed Deer Hair
Under - Wing: CDC
Wing: Brown Rafia (cut to shape)
Antennae: Deer Hair (optional)

Monday, May 12, 2014

Terranasty Salmon Fly

Terranasty Salmon Fly tied by Darren Dunbar

The Terranasty has to be one of my favorite late spring and early summer dry flies. The fly is a replication of an adult Salmon Stonefly, which is an all-to-important hatch for both trout and trout fisherman on Western U.S. streams. Surprisingly, in terms of popularity, the fly does not receive the attention as garnered by comparable flies such as the Stimulator and Clark's Stonefly. Interestingly enough, with my research, I was unsuccessful in confirming the pattern's originator; I only can conclude that it is a product of the Idylwilde Fly Company based in Portland, Oregon.

Terranasty tied by Darren Dunbar

The Terranasty in not one of the easiest flies to tie. In fact, the pattern could be considered the fully loaded Cadillac of dry flies with all inclusive options such as front and rear biot ends, a formed and hackled foam body, a luxurious elk hair wing, sleek high performance rubbery legs and of course, crystal flash accents. Nevertheless, do not let this pattern's dry fly classification fool you into repetitive drag-free dead drifts. With my own experience, the Terranasty's fish catching worthiness begins to shine when it is swung subsurface. Regards ~ D2

Terranasty Salmon Fly Recipe:

Hook: 3X Curved Shank Sz. 6 - 10
Thread: Black UTC 70 Denier
Body: 2mm Orange Craft Foam
Tail & Atennae: Black Goose Biots
Hackle: Grizzly
Outer Wing: Elk Hair
Inner Wing: White Poly
Flash: Pearl Krystal Flash
Thorax: Hot Orange Ice Dub UV
Legs: Round Black Rubber "Perfect Rubber"