Sunday, June 29, 2014

Goddard Caddis

Goddard Caddis tied by Darren Dunbar

While out on a recent trouting excursion, I stumbled upon creek side rotting wood that hosted a great number of tan adult caddis flies. I immediately began to think of effective patterns that would mimic these crazy tent winged bugs. Some flies like the Elk Hair Caddis were all too familiar. Then I remembered the Goddard Caddis and asked myself why I have not tied it yet. I think for many and myself included, the first few Goddard Caddis flies tied are time consuming due to the trimmed conical body. Additionally, the deer hair spinning and trimming technique can be a challenge and takes some time to hone in some favorable consistency.

How did the Goddard Caddis originate? Well...English fly fishing author and legend John Goddard and his friend Clive Henry came up with an idea of a stillwater dry pattern that mimicked the caddis shape or silhouette. The idea was later conveyed to the fly tying perfectionist and Master Andre Puyans who developed what was initially called the G & H Sedge in Great Britain. Later on, the G & H Sedge was modified by Puyan, eliminating a seal fur underbelly and clipped upper hackle.

The Goddard Caddis floats exceptionally well on both still and rapid waters. The fly can be modified using permanent markers and different colored hackles to match your local species. Regards ~ D2

Goddard Caddis tied by Darren Dunbar

Goddard Caddis Recipe - Friend of the Fly

Hook: 2xl Long Dry Fly (Sz. 12 - 16)
Thread: White UTC 70 Denier
Body: Spun and Clipped Deer Hair
Hackle: Grizzly Dry Fly
Head: Fire Orange UTC 70 Denier
Antennae: Fibbets

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hare's Ear Flymph

Hare's Ear Flymph tied by Darren Dunbar

Vernon S. Hidy featured his half nymph - half wet fly in James E. Leisenring's classic "The Art of Tying the Wet Fly". According to William Tapply at Fly Anglers Online "the flymph imitated "that dramatic and little-understood interval of an aquatic insect's life: the struggle up to the surface as well as the drift (of some insects) in or just below the surface film." The original Flymph body was tied on an upturned hook and consisted of nothing but natural materials such as hair mask, peacock, and squirrel. Since the Flymphs inception, the flies traditional design has been altered by the progression of fly tying and the availability of effective synthetic materials. One prime example of this rebirth is the Transition Flymph, which has a Z-Lon schuck that is meant to replicate the emergence or transitional adult stage of a Caddis or Mayfly.

I've tied and casted many versions of the Flymph and I must faithfully admit that my favorite is the Hare's Ear Flymph. My favorite element of the fly is the body, which Leisring acknowledged as being key in imitating an insect. I use red thread throughout the tying process, which tends to add an additional visual dimension to the body; I create segments with wrapped gold wire; and then tease out some guard hairs with a piece of velcro.

While your still in the "Flymph" phase, you may wanna check out The International Brotherhood of the Flymph Web site, a site dedicated to the legends Leisenring and Hidy. Regards ~ D2

Hare's Ear Flymph Recipe

Hook: Wet Fly Sz. 14-16
Thread: Red UTC 70 Denier
Tail: Brown Colored Pheasant or Hen
Body: Hare's Ear Dubbin
Ribbing: UTC SM Gold Wire
Hackle: Partridge


Monday, June 16, 2014

A Big Thanks to Rick at McKenzie River Shuttle Service

A big  thanks to Rick at McKenzie River Shuttle Service who got us out of a pinch on Monday. Rick provides river shuttle service for guides - outfitters - rafters and the general public for both the McKenzie and upper Willamette rivers in Oregon. Please consider them if you're in the area and in need of such a service. Regards ~ D2

McKenzie River Shuttle Service
Phone: (541) 912-0044
McKenzie River image from USGS Web site

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Introducing the Hockey Mom and other Euro Jigs...

"Hockey Mom" Euro Jig by Darren Dunbar

Introducing the Hockey Mom, a tough,  hard working fly that is capable of an infinite amount of support, and unconditional love on the stream. In my opinion, the core element of this fly is the resin covered barred rubber body, which creates a unique look that was largely inspired by a successful Panther Martin spinner I once used to cast for trout back in the day. The tail is white poly tagged with black marker and sealed with Flexament. Regards ~ D2

Image from The Edmonton Sun

Hockey Mom Recipe

Hook: FOTF Comp Jig (sz. 10 - 12)
Thread: Black UTC 70 Denier
Tag: White Poly tagged with Black Marker or White & Black Bucktail
Body: White & Black Barred Rubber Legs (Coated with UV Cure)
Thorax: Pink Shrimp Hare - Tron
Bead: Tungsten Copper

More Traditional Jigs...

Red Tag & Partridge tied by Darren Dunbar

Palmered Red Tag Jig tied by Darren Dunbar

Flash-back PT Jig tied by Darren Dunbar