Sunday, November 16, 2014

The "Frenchie"

Materials (list materials in the order they are tied on the hook)
  • Hook:  Nymph size 14, 1X
  • Thread:  Pink fluorescent 70 denier or 8/0
  • Head:  7/64 Diameter gold or copper bead
  • Weight: .015 lead-free wire
  • Tail:  Natural Pheasant tail
  • Body:  Natural Pheasant tail
  • Rib:  Gold wire, brassy size
  • Collar: hot pink ice dubbing, or your favorite dubbing color
            * Any color of fluorescent thread can be used to match ice dub color.

About the Fly
The “Frenchie” fly pattern was invented by World Fly Fishing Champion (WFFC) Lance Egan of Lehi, Utah. This pattern targets all trout species. The Frenchie is used by many anglers in the Czech Nymphing Technique or tandem rig dead drift.  The simple profile and heavy tungsten bead, keep the Frenchie rolling on the bottom.  The Frenchie can be tied in many colors variations, with the hot spot collar usually being pink or orange.

Tying Instructions:
  1. Place bead on hook. Secure hook in vise jaw.
  2. Place 8 wraps of .015 lead-free wire on hook shank behind bead.
  3. Apply small amount of super glue on lead wrap and slide under bead.
  4. Tie on thread before lead wire, wrapping forward and then back to create even body.
  5. Tie in 8-10 Pheasant tail fibers behind lead wire, using butt end of fibers.
  6. Tie in copper wire near side of hook behind lead wire. Wrap back to hook bend then back behind lead wire.
  7. Tie in 8-10 Pheasant tail fibers at the tip behind lead wraps. Wrap thread forward behind bead head.
  8. Wrap Pheasant tail fibers forward towards bead head and tie off behind bead.
  9. Counter wrap copper wire forward and tie off behind bead.
  10. Dub thorax with UV Ice Dub Pink behind bead head.
  11. Build up visible collar with thread and secure.
  12. Use head cement to secure. 
Fly tied by NIFTy member Jim Gould.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Puglisi Bait Fish Pattern


Hook: Gama SC 15 or hook shank length to imitate the bait fish desired
Thread: white 6/0 or Monofiloment (Black 6/0 for the head)
Tail: EP Fiber, Bait Fish Belly
Body: EP Fiber, Gray
Gills: EP Fiber, Red
Bring a comb, or brush. A toothbrush is ideal.
Hair scissors would be helpful.
Glue to fasten the material and the eyes on the pattern

About the Fly

History of the pattern; where did fly originate; who created it?

Enrico Puglisi invented the EP Fibers some years ago. The fibers can be tied in many different patterns, sizes and colors to imitate the prey that is required.
Skills/Techniques used in the pattern; Similar to working with deer hair, but without spinning. Trimming materials to match the bait fish.

What species of fish do you target with this fly? Any fresh or saltwater species.

The purple or red and black “peanut bunker” is deadly on baby tarpon.

How do you present this fly on the water?

Cast and strip, or swinging is also possible.

Tying Instructions:

Tie in belly of the fly with the fibers 2/3 behind, and fold remaining 1/3 of fibers back around the hook bend and tie down.
Tie in the gills underneath the hook shank
Start to tie in the body on top of the hook shank, as above, and pushing the fibers around the hook shank; and then either fold the remaining fibers back or underneath, and tie in; or flair them around hook shank and tie in.
Continue working forward with smaller and smaller of lengths of fibers to the hook eye. This is necessary so you won’t have to trim so much of the fibers later. Glue down after every other bunch.
Finish head with black or matching thread, if desired.
Comb the fibers back
OPTIONAL: wipe the fibers from hook eye to tail with a piece of fabric softener, like Bounce, and then run the fly under hot water, and then brush the fibers back again. Let dry.
Trim the fly into the shape of the baitfish desired.
Glue in eyes, if desired.
This fly was demonstrated by NIFTy member John Rodelli

Monday, November 03, 2014

Wildlife in North Carolina Magazine

In the latest issue of Wildlife in North Carolina Magazine, NIFTy member Jeff Kennedy has two of his images used in a story regarding the Royal Wulff. Congrats Jeff!

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cold Weather Fly Fishing Tips 
Are you prepared for cold weather fly fishing? 
Click picture to read tips.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014