Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

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Yellowstone Angler - 2016 5 WT Shootout

5-weight shootout   If you are thinking about purchasing a new 5 weight fly rod and are not sure which type to buy, read this detailed article from Yellowstone Angler comparing 30 rods to help you choose. This year there is a $89 rod that beats out a couple $800 rods! 

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Friday, November 20, 2015

3D Printed Fly Reel

Click here to check out Michael Hackney from the Electric Angler regarding his 3D Printed Reel and how it was created. Very cool.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Squimp Pattern

Fly Tying Demonstration by NIFTy member Mark LoVerde

Demonstration Date: 11/16/2015

Tonight’s Fly: The Squimp
Hook: Diaichi 2546 or similar hook (Mustad 34007 or S71sz-34007;TMC811S, Gamakatsu SS15; Partridge CS52, etc)Thread: ~95 Denier or 6/0; tan or other color to match fly
Tail: Craft Fur – sand, tan or you other favorite shrimpy squidy color; light Craft Fur takes marker coloring fairly well so can use it to get other colors; artic fox can be used for smaller versions; also matching Crystal Flash
Body: Medium chenille or ice dub; again tan or other desired color
Wing: Same craft fur as above; same Crystal Flash as above
Head: N/A
Eyes: Dumbbell; black or I prefer the painted or inset eyes (as above) over plain lead
Legs: Brown, sand, or other complementary rubber legs; barred or sparkled are better

About the Fly

Nobody knows the original designer for certain. In one post I have seen it attributed to Bruce Olson, who used to be with Umpqua Feather Merchants and died just this past August.

Primary species are redfish, bonefish, permit, but this can be used for any saltwater fish that eats shrimp or small squid. I have lost several of these flies on unknown toothy critters in the surf or tide (was not using a wire leader). Tied in darker browns or greens (and without the need for a saltwater hook) this could be used as a smallmouth pattern, though I would probably shorten the craft fur a little. Can be stripped through the water (more squid like) or stripped and allowed to rest on the bottom (more shrimp like). As the hook point rides up the fly is ‘weed resistant’ but not weedless.



A similar but more ostentatious fly is the Ehlers' Pink Long Strip Bonefish (see pattern in the most recent Eastern Fly Fishing magazine.

Tying Instructions:

1. Insert hook in vice the normal way (point side down). Tie in the eyes (with regular and figure eight raps and all) between the bend and the hook point. Make sure the eyes are securely in place (you can use a little head cement of you want). This placement of the weight gives the fly a different action than on flies where the weight is near the eye of the hook.

2. Directly behind the eyes tie in a clump of Craft Fur, about matchstick and the length of the hook shank. You can vary (longer or shorter for a more shrimp or squid like look). On top add in a couple strands of Crystal Flash.

3. Tie in a pair of rubber legs on each side. Length is a matter of personal preference (again can make the fly look more squiddy or shrimpy) but a good starting point is the length of the Craft Fur (about on hook length.

4. On top of the materials, tie in the chenille (or dub the thread with the ice dub). Wrap forward, forming a tapered body (wider toward the back). Make sure to figure eight around the eyes. Tie off and cut the chenille or end the dubbing a little back from the hook eye (perhaps a barb length).

5. Tie in another clump of Craft Fur, a little thicker and longer than the first. It should reach to about or just past the end of the first clump when tied in. On top of the Craft Fur tie in a couple strands of Crystal Flash.

6. On each side, tie in a rubber leg making sure they stay on and are pointed down the side. Lock in with wraps, and whip finish a tapered head. Trim the legs to your preference; I prefer a mullet – long in back but shorter in front. Finish with head cement.

7. Go somewhere warm and fish it.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Pink Pookie Fly


 Fly Tying Demonstration by: 
NIFTy Member Curtis Watts 

Demonstration Date:

Pink Pookie

Materials (listed in the order they are tied on the hook)

• Hook: Dai-Riki #730 Size 8 thru 12
• Thread: UNI 6/0 or Veevus 8/0 in Red
• Body: 2mm Pink foam
• Under-Wing: Natural deer hair
• Wing: 2mm Tan foam
• Post: 2mm Orange foam
• Legs: Medium yellow/black barred rubber legs

About the Fly:
The Pink Pookie foam hopper, created by Dean Reiner out of Hatch Finders Fly Shop in Livingston, Montana, is one of the more popular hopper patterns in the Livingston-Bozeman area and for good reason. The Pink Pookie just flat out catches fish. This hopper pattern, with its foam bullet-head and foam wing, floats like a cork. The pink foam body of the fly seems very unnatural for imitating actual grasshoppers, yet the trout see something in the color pink that they identify as being food.

I have fished this pattern in the Driftless area in the late summer and early fall and the Brown Trout love it. On breezy days, fished close to the banks, by standing grass or casted just into the grass, with the winds help, and popped into the water it can be deadly.This pattern and additional hopper patterns can be found on the Hopper Fishing website: http://www.hopperfish.com .

Tying Instructions:

Step 1: Create a thread base on the hook. I usually do a 3-layer thread base. Building a 3-layer thread base seems to keep the hopper body from twisting or rotating on the hook. Stop thread at hook point. 
Step 2: With Foam Cutters: Using foam cutters, stamp out 2 pieces of foam. Use a small foam cutter for the pink belly and a medium sized foam cutter for the over-wing.

Step 3: Remove hook from vise and slide the pink strip of foam onto the hook. Pierce foam strip 1 hook gap from tapered end of foam strip.

Step 4: Bind down foam strip with 4-5 firm thread wraps.

Step 5: Begin forming segments on body: Advance thread forward on hook only to just in front of point of hook. At this point, bind down foam with 4-5 firm thread wraps.

Step 6: Form next segment in body. This segment should be just less than half-way to eye of hook. Bind down foam with 2-3 thread wraps only. At this 3rd segment, we will tie in deer hair, over-wing and legs, so keep thread wraps to a minimum here.

Step 7: Advance the thread to just shy of hook eye.

Step 8: Bind down foam with 2-3 thread wraps. Next, trim remaining foam as close as possible just behind hook eye. You can push single blade of scissor behind hook eye to saw foam piece off against the blade or with fine point scissors, just trim foam strip right behind hook eye.

Step 9: Cover trimmed ends of foam with thread and try to keep thread wraps to a minimum here.

Step 10: Advance thread back to 3rd body segment by crossing the thread over the top of the foam body. 
Step 11: Take over-wing and lay it on top of pink foam with tapered ends of foam even. Next, mark the foam with your fingernail just beyond end of hook eye.

Step 12: Flip foam piece over. Tapered end should now be extending over eye of hook. Line the fingernail mark in foam up with just beyond hook eye. At this point bind down the foam over-wing.

Step 13: Bind down over-wing with 2-3 firm wraps of thread.

Step 14: Advance thread over top of pink foam to hook eye. Lightly stretch tan foam over-wing and bind down foam with 4-5 thread wraps.

Step 15: Trim butts of tan foam at original tie-in point as close as possible.

Step 16: Advance thread back again to 3rd body segment.

Step 17: Stack a clump of deer hair and tie in so tips of hair extend beyond pink foam under-body.

Step 18: Bind down deer hair with 4-5 thread wraps. Again, keep wraps of thread to a minimum here.

Step 19: Apply some super-glue to butts of deer hair for durability.

Step 20: Lightly pull foam over-wing back over body of hopper. Bind down foam over-wing with 2-3
firm thread wraps.

Step 21: Cut a thin strip of 2mm orange foam. Strip of foam should be narrower than bullet-head of hopper.

Step 22: Bind down foam post with 2-3 wraps of thread, then trim the post to desired length.

The 2015 Early Show

The 2015 Early Show took place on Saturday 11/8/15 and was a great time as always.