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Weekend Tying!

With no fishing this weekend, (not that there wasn’t any good fishing to do, just that I was too lazy to do it), I spent most of the weekend tying..  Started out with a pattern that I have submitted to Umpqua, they have requested additional samples..  I hope that’s a good sign!  Then I worked on a display piece for the Fin & Fire Fly Shop in Redmond, and finally ended tying another large Pony Pony streamer….


Huds Weedless Deceivers in the full color range!


Standard Deceiver patterns mounted on a piece of Redwood Burl!


A greenish yellow Polar Pony pattern, 3/0 Gamakatsu hook!



Tying Giant Streamers with Polar Pony

After seeing some of Steve Silverio’s patterns in person at IFTD I got the bug and decided to try my hand at it.  Basically Polar Pony is hair from the Icelandic Horse, very long and translucent, it acts and ties very similar to bucktail.  While I think my streamers can most certainly use some work, I do see the benefits to using Polar Pony over Bucktail for extremely large patterns..  So keep watching, I’m not done with this stuff yet!!


4 streamers tied with Polar Pony as the main ingredients.


Keep in mind these are tied on 6/0 Gamakatsu SL12S and are around 12″ long.



Huds Shimmer Fringe Minnow

I’m sure this has been done by now, but here’s a cool little minnow pattern using only Hareline Dubbin’s Shimmer Fringe!

Huds Shimmer Fringe Fly

Huds Shimmer Fringe Fly

Hook – Tiemco 811 #4

Thread – Mono

Body – Hareline Shimmer Fringe (White bottom, Dark top)

Eyes – Prismatic Eyes 3/16″

Head – Orange thread coated with Clear Cure Goo




Hud’s Goat Deceiver (The H.G.D.)

This pattern is a slight variation of Lefty’s Deceiver, a wonderful pattern for any piscivorous fish species.  Easy to cast, and a good swimmer, this fly can be tied in a multitude of colors and sizes.  As with any streamer pattern, material selection is critical.  Find the best materials you can get.  Since the majority of the materials used in the pattern are natural, I suggest sourcing them locally so that you can inspect the material you will be purchasing.  There is nothing worse than getting a package in the mail only to find out you got the stuff from the “bottom of the barrel”.  The bucktail hairs should be long and fine; course hairs will have a tendency to “flair” and will lose the overall baitfish shape required.  The saddle hackles should be strait, saddles with bends or twists will only cause frustration.  I prefer to use saddle hackle on the skin, this insures I get “right and Left” feathers.  While good strung saddle hackle can certainly be used, you may have to rummage through 2 or 3 packages to find good feathers.  The Cashmere Goat is a relatively new comer to the scene.  I like the translucency of the fine fibers.  The hair has good length and could easily be used to tie patterns up to 6 inches.  It is available in a myriad of colors to match any baitfish you may wish to imitate.

Fish this pattern on a sinking fly line.  I like to cast it right tight to the bank, let the line sink for a second, then start an erratic stripping pattern, and HANG ON!  The takes will be vicious; there will be no need for a stinger hook!!

“Click the picture” –

Get it wet and fish it hard!


Kokanee Everywhere!

We hit the Metolious River the other weekend to look for some bulls.  We didn’t find any, in fact, we found very few fish!  I’ll blame that on a low pressure system that moved in, not our fly fishing prowess!  We did manage to scratch out a small Rainbow, a White Fish, and some spawned out, pissed off, Kokanee that attack squirrel leaches with vengeance!!

What I hoped would be appropriate Piscivorous cuisine!

The real thing

Fall on the “M”!