Tarcher style nymph

Tarcher style nymph

Hook: Daiichi 1870 #14
Tail: Pheasant tail dyed black
Rib: Chartreuse ultrawire, brassie
Body: Pheasant tail dyed black
Wing case: Pheasant tail dyed black
Thorax: Peacock here dyed black
Legs: Pheasant tail dyed black
Thread: Danville 6/0 black

ig190128-174845-editI first came across this pattern in John Gierach’s book Good Flies in which he recounts its invention by Ken Iwamasa and first published in his 1988 book Iwamasa Flies.

The original was designed as a copy of mayfly nymphs which would arch their abdomens when dislodged from the bottom. Today, there are many variants on the pattern tied because it looks so life like (to the angler at least, who knows what the trout thinks). Tied in a 2X heavy Daiichi 1870, it’s an effective pattern near weed beds on reservoirs, the inverted hook reducing snagging.

Black and Red Hairwing

Black and Red Hairwing

Hook: Tiemco TMC 9300 #10-12
Tail: Golden Pheasant tippet
Rib: Oval silver tinsel
Body: Rear red, front black, seals fur
Body hackle: Furnace hen
Wing: Fox squirrel
Hackle: Furnace hen
Thread: Danville 6/0 black

A pattern inspired by Rob Denson’s Red Arrow cruncher. Tied on a slightly lighter hook and with the hairwing for some added buoyancy. Not actually planned any trips as yet to lochs or loughs, but have the feeling this is a pattern well suited as a bob fly for bid browns.

Pheasant Tail Buzzers

Pheasant Tail Buzzers

Patterns that owe no small amount of heritage to Arthur Cove’s pheasant tail, Dennis Moss’s grey buzzer and British Columbia stillwater pheasant tail chironomid patterns from the likes of Brian Chan. They’re in my box to fill that gap between the ubiquitous, fast sinking, epoxy buzzers and patterns such as slower sinking snatchers. To that end, they’re perfect for when trout are feeding on chironomid pupae relatively high in the water, be that rainbows in lakes or wild browns in lochs. Very quick to tie, so easy to put together some basic colour combinations in sizes 12 and 14.

Hook: Tiemco TMC 2487 #12-14
Rib: Copper, Gold, Silver wire
Body: Pheasant tail natural, black, olive, claret
Wing buds: Jungle Cock splits
Thorax: Hemmingways UV dub various
Breathers: Hen fibres dyed white
Thread: Danville 6/0 various

Pheasant Tail Buzzer

Grizzly Olive Snatcher

Grizzly Olive Snatcher

Hook: Tiemco TMC2487 #12
Rib: Gold wire
Body: Olive seals fur
Body hackle: Grizzly olive rooster
Shoulder hackle: Grizzly olive hen
Cheeks: Chartreuse turkey biots
Thread: Danville 6/0 olive

Snatchers have become such a routine fly to tie that it seems almost mundane to post another one. On the other hand, they don’t half catch fish.

Kate McLaren Snatcher

Kate McLaren Snatcher

Hook: Tiemco TMC2487 #12
Tag: Globrite #12
Rib: Silver wire
Body: Seals fur, dyed black
Body hackle: Black rooster
Shoulder hackle: Red rooster
Cheeks: Jungle Cock splits
Thread: Danville 6/0 black

Originally tied to represent the large buzzers found on Loch Leven, a staple pattern on many a loch and Stillwater.