It’s a Mini Hopper Swarm.

29 03 2014

Fly tyer’s are a creative bunch.  Some of the flies they create are works of art and absolutely beautiful.  I am not creative, I’m an accountant.  If I get creative the FBI and the SEC will come knocking on my door.  I prefer to follow set patterns by the artist’s and modify them based on the materials I have.

Today I was tying up some of my first foam flies.  I have never tried any foam patterns before and there are a bunch of them out there.  Everything from Spiders to Damsel Flies to Cicadas.  I was looking for a few patterns that met my 3 requirements, cheap, easy and cool looking.  While I was googling Foam Fly Patterns (You Tube is a wonderful thing) I came across a pattern by Ben Smith at  He originally saw this pattern on a different website and modified it a little.  Ben has great success with this pattern in Arizona for trout.  I plan on using it for bluegills but I may give it a try when the terrestrials start to show up.  Ben’s tutorial on his website says to use a strip of 2 mm foam.  I already had a foam body cutter for beavertail bodies that produced a body that had an abdomen, body and head.  Instead of using a strip I would tie the head of the beavertail body down and pull it over, tie it down behind the body and let the abdomen act as the wing.  I think it worked out pretty well.  Just need some different color foam to get some more variety.


Just a little thread and glue and a mini hopper is born.

Just a little thread and glue and a mini hopper is born.












A Mini Swarm

A Mini Swarm

The Winter of our Discontent.

22 02 2014

What does one do during the winter of our discontent?  Tie more flies of course, and watch Season 1 of Sherlock.

A Roku box is a neat little gadget.

While Sherlock was doing his thing I found another you tube video about tying a simple may fly nymph.  I like simple and an easy tie while I watch a little tele (British influence coming through).  A lot of the modern fly patterns are really getting fancy.  Crazy synthetic materials that make the fly look more realistic but they also increase the tying time.  Not my cup of tea (there it goes again).

I needed to add a few different colors and some variety to my nymph box.  A quick search and I found a pattern I liked. has turned out to be a great source of instructional videos for just about any pattern I want.  The latest one is a simple may fly pattern.  Some pheasant tail, pale dubbing, fine copper wire, tungsten bead and about 5 minutes later another fly in the box.

may fly nymph

Time to get started on the dry flies.  Where to start?

Wonder how many patterns I can find on you tube?

When Mother Nature gives you snow, Tie Flies!!

2 02 2014

In January my area of Michigan broke the old record set in 1908 for most snow in a month, 39 inches.  Guess how we started February? Yep, more snow.  To make matters worse that after it stopped snowing it started to rain and then the temp dropped to make a frozen mess of everything.  Looks like a good weekend to stay indoors.

As I had mentioned before I got back into fly fishing in 2013.  I plan to carry on with that in 2014.  Only problem is that I obliterated what few flies I had so I need to replenish.  With the way this winter has been any trips I make to the AuSable in May could turn out to be a streamer/nymph/wet fly trip.  I’ve never done much nymph fishing before so I spent the first part of Saturday watching You Tube videos on tying bead head nymphs.  Once I saved a few videos and watched them repeatedly I dug through my materials to see what I could come up with.  I think the results turned out pretty good.

I spent Saturday tying up some Caddis Fly nymphs and pheasant tail nymphs.  Any pattern that uses pheasant tail fibers is all right with me.  I saved a lot of tail feathers from my pheasant hunting days and I’m all about free materials.

Caddis Fly Bead Nymph

Caddis Fly Bead Head Nymph

Pheasant Tail Bead Head Nymph

The next day I decided to take a drive up to Schultz’s Outfitters in Ypsilanti to pick up some more beads, hooks and dubbing material.  Today I was going to tie up some Hare’s Ear Bead Head Nymph’s and Frenchie Bead Head Nymph’s.  I have never tied either before so there was going to be a bit of a learning curve here.  The end result wasn’t too bad, I just hope they fool a fish or two.

Frenchie Bead Head Nymph

Frenchie Bead Head Nymph

Hare’s Ear Bead Head Nymph

Wonder if I get an invite this year if the other fishermen will want extra’s?

Well since Seattle is kicking the snot out of Denver I guess I’ll go tie up some more.