Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hise's Hemo-Goblin Bloodworm Step By Step

Hise's CarpNasty Step By Step

Hise's CarpNasty was designed by Dave Hise some 15 years ago and has evolved since that point. It was designed as an impressionistic pattern to represent various small critters that many freshwater fish consume; carp and smallies particularly like it. It can also be used for various saltwater species, particularly redfish (use a stainless steel hook).

Hise's CarpNasty

Friday, January 21, 2011

Fly of the Week

Along with spring comes high, murky water which results from snow melt, thawing of the ground, and torrential rains. Prepare yourself now and fill your streamer box with your favorite patterns.

Big fish are always on the prowl during high water periods, looking for unsuspecting prey which are disoriented from the heavier flows and murky conditions. A perfect recipe for the giant, ambush predator to find a meal. Tans, browns, and creams tend to blend in to the stain of the water so use dark and/or bright patterns; white, black, yellow, pink, and blue hues are all excellent choices. I like patterns that have the silhouette of the prey in the area I am fishing in. Below is one of my favorite patterns for such conditions; however, it is also quite productive in clear water situations, as well.

hook: Orvis 8808
tail: crosscut rabbit (white)
underbody: UV Polar Chenille (red)
undercollar: Emulator Flash (pearl)
wing: Hareline Tiger Barred Rabbit 1/4"
collar: Hareline 2-Tone Rabbit
head: Flymen Fish Skull

Link to Casters Fly Shop Website

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Is it a nymph or a minnow? Nymph-o-Minnow-ac

In actuality, it doesn't really matter what this pattern represents since the trout, bass, and steelhead love it. Nymph-o-Minnow-ac was designed to be suggestive of a wide array of aquatic life from small forage fish to larger mayfly nymphs (Hexagenia, Litobrancha, Ephemerra, etc.). The articulated feature gives this pattern unparalleled action and flutter. Give one a go!


Rear Hook:
tail- griz marabou
overbody- griz marabou
underbody- nymph skin
collar- pheasant aftershaft

Front Hook:
top junction- opossum
bottom junction- cream opossum
hackle- grouse rump
dubbing- UV lt. yellow Ice Dub
wing- opossum
eyes- mottled bead chain
bullethead- Haree Ice Dub
Casters Online Fly Shop- Nymph-o-Minnow-ac