Tuesday, December 16, 2014

E-Z Tie Baetis

Burnt Toast Baetis V1
By: Larry O Jurgens
Hook: TMC 2488/2488H
Size: 18~24
Tying Thread: Olive UTC 70
Abdomen: Burnt Toast #942-1265 Sulky® 40wt Embroidery Thread
Wingcase: Pheasant Tail Midge Vinyl Tubing
Thorax: Dark Olive Squirrel Dubbing
Head: Tying Thread
Optional; Sally Hansen Hard as Nails®

Tying Instructions
Start the abdomen thread 2 eye lengths behind the hook eye and wrap to partway down the hook bend and return.
Whip-finish with 3 wraps and cut off the thread.
Optional: Coat the abdomen with Sally Hansen Hard as Nails® for durability.
Start the tying thread behind the hook eye.
Tie in the wingcase material and overwrap to above the hook point.
Dub the thorax from the hook shank mid-point to 1 eye length behind the hook eye.
Pull the wingcase material over the thorax, press down so tubing is flat and tie in.
Cut off excess,
Tie a whip-finish.
Pick some fibers out of the thorax dubbing for legs as needed.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Back to posting, IT HAS BEEN A LOOOONG BUSY SUMMER!!!

Didn't get in nearly as much fishing as I should have. Been to busy with home maintenance projects.
Here we go with an effective baetis/mayfly nymph pattern that is tied a tad differently. 



Materials;
Hook: TMC 3761, TMC 3769
Size: 14~18
Thread: Olive Dun 6/0 UNI Thread
Tail, Abdomen, Shellback & Legs: Pheasant Tail Feather Barbules
(The barbules used on this pattern have no brown tips and are a natural olive and speckled) See Note
Rib: Brown Copper, Small/Brassie Sized UTC Ultra Wire
Thorax: Brown Olive Cyclops Bead
Head: Tying Thread
Optional: Water Based Head Cement
 Note: DO NOT use Ringneck Pheasant Center Tail Feathers. This pattern uses the “Natural Olive” (No Brown Tips) barbules from the secondary tail feathers for the abdomen, shellback and legs. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Halo Emerger Variant



Side
Top
  
Bottom

Halo Emerger Variant
By: LO Jurgens
Hook: TMC 102Y (Or Tyers Choice)
Size: 15 -19
Thread: Brown 8/0
Tag: Opal Mirage Tinsel
Shuck: Light Gray Antron Yarn Fibers
Abdomen: Gray Olive Superfine Dubbing
Wings: Thin Electronic Packing Foam
Thorax: Gray Olive Superfine Dubbing (Thread For Size 19 & Smaller)
Tuft: Red Or Orange Antron Fibers (Red Shown Here)


Notes: Gary LaFontaine based this unusual design on his underwater observations of hatching mayflies. One of the keys to its effectiveness, he notes, is the orange tuft, and this component should be preserved if the tail and body colors are changed to match other hatches.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Just a reminder;
I do not publish comments from or respond to requests from Anonymous sources.
Thanx for your support
LOJ

Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Fly FishingTruth

Two casts from the bank and I’ve got something: a seventy foot pine tree.
            ~ Nick Lyons

Quotation from the book “HOOKED Funny Quotes from Serious Anglers” Edited by Raye Carrington

Sunday, March 09, 2014

LoJ’s Trout Crack (A Hallucinogenic Scud)

By: Larry O Jurgens
Hook: TMC 2457 or TMC 2487
Size: 6 ~ 18
Thread: Light Blue or Light Gray 6/0 Danville
Underbody: Gray Antron Dubbing
Overbody: Blue Vinyl Tubing
Rib: Tying Thread
Head: Tying Thread
Note: This pattern is an adaptation of John Wilson's “Trout Crack”.
 Tying Instructions
Start the thread behind the hook eye and wrap a thread base partway down the hook bend.
Tie in the overbody tubing with the rear end extending appx 1/16” beyond the hook bend.
Dub an underbody to 1 eye length behind the hook eye and return.
Note; the underbody thickness is tyers choice.
Move the thread making wide spaced ribs to where you want the rear segment closest to the hook bend location to end.
Pull the overbody tubing forward and tie in.
DO NOT stretch the tubing, e.g., the tubing should have a bubble effect.
Repeat step 5 until you reach 1 eye length behind the hook eye.
Note; try to keep the underbody rib under the center of the overbody ‘bubble’.
Wrap and whip-finish a small neat head under the tubing.
Cut the front tubing even with the front of the hook eye.
Optional; pick out the dubbing on the bottom of the underbody for legs.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

JAWD-40

By: LO Jurgens
Hook: TMC 2487
Size: 16 ~ 26
Thread: Blue Dun UTC 70
Tail: Natural Barred Mallard Flank
Abdomen: Thread Wrapped Over Tail Material
Thorax: UV Gray Ice Dub
Wingcase: Tail Material Pulled Over Thorax
Head: Tying Thread
Optional: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails® (Applied To The Abdomen)
 Note: This pattern is just another version of the venerable WD-40. San Juan River guide Mark Engler developed the WD-40 fly in the mid 1980’s while fishing the Frying Pan and South Platte Rivers. He developed it specifically to imitate large emerging midges he found on the Frying Pan in February, but has since discovered that it works for midges of all sizes and for Baetis mayflies as well.



Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Fishin' Tale



'Nuff said.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Two More Colorado Oldies Patterns

Gray Ugly
Originator: Legendary Colorado “Unknown" Fly Tyer
Hook: Mustad 94838 (1XS) (Replacement TMC 921)
Size: 8 ~ 18
Thread: Gray
Tag: Embossed Silver Tinsel
Tail: Grizzly Hackle Fibers
Rear Hackle: Grizzly
Rib: Fine Silver Wire
Body: Peacock Herl
Front Hackle: Grizzly
Head: Thread
Optional Head Cement: Clear Hard Head
Source: Terry Hellekson, Popular Fly Patterns, Page 29, Publish Date, 1976
Originator: Legendary unknown tyer from Colorado

I favor this fly over most other dries. I have taken more fish with it over the past three or four seasons than any other fly, possibly because I use it so extensively. I picked this pattern up in Denver, Colorado, around 1970. Since then I have had the opportunity to fish it over a variety of waters in many areas. It is certainly one that is worth trying for any area.   ~ Terry Hellekson (1977)

Jonnie Come Lately (Cream Caddis Larvae)
Originator: Joe Nelson, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Hook: Mustad 3906/3906B
Size: 14 ~ 18
Thread: Black
Abdomen: Pale Yellow Wool Yarn or Rabbit Dubbing
Rib: Gold Wire
Thorax: Dubbed Muskrat Fur
Head: Tying Thread
Optional Head Cement: Hard as Hull or Black Hard Head
Source: Terry Hellekson, Popular Fly Patterns published 1977

Colorado Oldies Patterns Front Range Anglers Clinic 11/16/2013 (Part 7)

Western Bloody Butcher (1940s Pattern)
Originated By: See Note
Tied By: Larry O Jurgens
Hook: TMC 100, TMC 101
Size: 10 ~ 20
Thread: Black 6/0 Silk
Body: Red Floss
Hackle: Black Rooster
Head: Tying Thread
Note:
This pattern and was a popular fly in the 1940s & 1950s (and possibly earlier) in the Rocky Mountain area. In some places it was the referred to as the “Secret Fly.” Per George Mayer, owner of George Mayer's fly shop, located in north Denver at 38th Ave & Tennyson St., from the1950s to the mid-1970s." This fly was developed by fisherman who frequented the backcountry in search of Cutthroat Trout. The fly was called the “Bloody Butcher” because of the way you could slay Cutthroat trout with it. Remember these were the days when if you didn't bring home your limit it was not considered a successful day".

Colorado Oldies Patterns Front Range Anglers Clinic 11/16/2013 (Part 6)

South Platte Brassie Version 1
Originator: Gene Lynch, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Tied By: Larry O Jurgens
Hook: Mustad 3906
Size: 10 ~ 20
Thread: Black
Abdomen: Copper Wire From Lamp Cord
Head Tying Thread
Optional: Black Hard Head, Head Cement










South Platte Brassie Version 2
Originator: Gene Lynch, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Source: Popular Fly Patterns, by Terry Hellekson
Tied By: Larry O Jurgens
Hook: Mustad 3906
Size: 10 ~ 20
Thread: Black
Abdomen: Copper Wire From Lamp Cord
Thorax: Muskrat Fur Dubbing
Head Tying Thread

Notes:
There are innumerable variations of the venerable “South Platte Brassie” aka “Brassie.”  These are the two popular patterns that I remember from the 1960’s.     ~ Larry O Jurgens
For more information about this pattern in the following books:
“A Fly Fisherman’s Guide To The South Platte River” page 145 By Pat Dorsey.
 “Tying Small Flies” page 37 By Ed Engle.
”Good Flies: Favorite Trout Patterns and How They Got That Way” page 112 By John Gierach 
“Trout Country” page 30 By Bob Saile

Colorado Oldies Patterns Front Range Anglers Clinic 11/16/2013 (Part 5)

Poor Helgy
Originated By: Jim Poor Littleton, Colorado
Hook: Mustad 9672 (TMC 2302)
Size: 4 ~ 10
Thread: Black 3/0 Monocord
Tail: Dark Moose Body Hair (Divided)
Underbody: Lead Wire Under The Thorax
Rib: Black Monocord Over The Abdomen
Abdomen: Dark Moose Body Hair
Thorax: Tan Chenille
Hackle: Brown Rooster
Wingcase: Black Waterproof Magic Marker
Head: Thread
Optional Head Cement: Black Hard Head


Notes: Originator Jim Poor was the original owner of Anglers All Fly Shop on South Santa Fe Boulevard Littleton, Colorado
Reference, Jack Dennis’ Western Trout Fly Tying Manual Vol. II, Page 111.

This pattern is an effective hellgrammite imitation (Also  works as a stonefly nymph ~ LOJ).

Colorado Oldies Patterns Front Range Anglers Clinic 11/16/2013 (Part 4)

Colorado King, Dark Female
Source: Popular Fly Patterns 
Originator: George Bodmer, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Hook: Mustad 94840 (TMC 100)
Size: 6 ~ 18
Thread: Black
Egg Sack: Yellow Rabbit Dubbing
Tail/Outriggers: 2 Peccary Or Moose BodyHairs
Body: Muskrat Dubbing
Hackle: Brown
Wing: Dark Deer/Elk Hair
Head: Tying Thread 
Optional Head Cement: Black Hard Head
Source: Terry Hellekson, Popular Fly Patterns, Published 1976,
Page 22. The Colorado Kings were developed in 1971 by George Bodmer of Colorado Springs, Colorado. They have become a universally effective dry fly. George reports that they sold over 6,000 of them during the 1975 season and he keeps getting glowing reports on them from all over the country and abroad. They have the ability to bring up lots of fish. They are not the final solution, no fly is, but they are suggestive enough of a variety of trout foods to be successful over a broad range of fishing conditions. Though developed primarily as attractor type patterns, these flies have an excellent caddis and stonefly silhouette, are close enough for many mayfly hatches and, as a bonus the light pattern is readily taken as a grasshopper. They are excellent floaters. Their open construction permits good drying on false casts and prevents water logging. George now ties the flies with elk hair rather than deer hair. This produces a more durable fly.  ~ T. Hellekson (1976)   
Credit: Popular Fly Patterns by T. Hellekson 

Colorado Oldies Patterns Front Range Anglers Clinic 11/16/2013 (Part 3)

Colorado Caddis

Originated By: Bob Good, Denver, Colorado
Source: Terry Hellekson, Popular Fly Patterns, Published 1977
Hook: Mustad 3906/3906B
Size: 8 ~ 16
Thread: Black 6/0
Shellback: Natural Gray Goose Quill Slip
Body: Pale Synthetic Fur Yellow Dubbing or Wool Yarn
Legs: Black Hen Hackle, Length Equals 1½ - 2 Hook Gapes 
Head: Thread
Optional Head Cement: Black Hard Head For The "Classic" Look
















Colorado Oldies Patterns Front Range Anglers Clinic 11/16/2013 (Part 2)

Buckskin Nymph
Originator: George Bodmer, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Hook: Mustad 3906 (TMC 3769)
    Or Mustad 3906B (TMC 3761)
Size: 12 ~ 16
Thread: Brown 6/0
Tail: Soft (Hen) Brown Hackle Fibers
Optional Under Body: Lead Wire and/or Tan Floss
Body: Natural Chamois Strip
Head: Tying Thread
Optional Head Cement: Black Hard Head

Notes:
The following comments excerpted from the books;
Popular Fly Patterns, Page 77 by Terry Hellekson, Publish Date 1977.
This pattern was sent to me by George Bodmer of Colorado Springs, Colorado. As you can see, George and his friends like their nymphs simple. They usually fish them weighted and deep. They do not like a pattern so complicated to tie that they get emotionally involved when they lose one.

Fish Flies, The Encyclopedia of the Fly Tier’s Art, Page 194, by Terry Hellekson, Publish Date 2005. George Bodmer of Colorado Springs, Colorado originated this pattern. As you can see, George keeps some of his patterns very simple. Natural chamois is a yellowish beige color and darkens well after it becomes wet.

Colorado Oldies Patterns Front Range Anglers Clinic 11/16/2013 (Part 1)

Betty McNall
Originated By: Betty McNall of Denver, Colorado
Source: "Popular Fly Patterns" by Terry Hellekson, 1977
Hook: (200R)
Size: 8 - 14
Thread: Black
Tails: Red Hackle Fibers
Butt: Peacock Herl
Body: Red Floss (Danville Flymaster +, 210)
Wing: White Calf Tail Trude Style And Extending To The End Of The Tail
Hackle: Brown
Head: Tying Thread

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Herter's Inc. Fly Tying Tools From the Past Part 2

This tool is the Herter's 31W Winging Pliers. That I used and/or still sometimes use for mounting quill wings. In 1972 this tool sold for $.69. I can't remember how much it was in 1965 when I purchased it.






Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Herter's Inc. Fly Tying Tools From the Past

The first fly tying tools that I purchased were from the Herter's Inc., 1965 Catalog. For the younger generation out there Herter's was the premium mail order sporting goods in the world and was the precursor to Cabela's and many others. They were originally based in Waseca, Minnesota and were in business from 1893 until 1981. Their mail order business was started in 1937. 
I still have and use some of their tools. 
George Herter invented many of the tools that were of the convenience variety along with many other items that Herter's offered for sale. 
The amazing thing was they were well thought out, worked great and were inexpensive.

Here is an example, can you figure out what this fly tying tool is? This tool is in my copy of the 1972 catalog but disappeared from my copy of the 1978 catalog. Those two are the only catalogs that I still have. I still occasionally use this tool when my fingers are not working correctly and frustration has set in.

 

The answer will be in my next blog entry!


Saturday, October 05, 2013

Getting Ready For 2014

Tan ACP (Another Caddis Pupa) 
Shown; Dai-Riki #280 Size 18 , Matte Chocolate 11/0 Glass Bead 
Material List;
Hook: Dai-Riki # 280
Size: 14 – 20
Thread: Dark Brown 8/0 UNI-Thread
Body: Tan Spanflex 
Rib: Brown Nature’s Spirit Bleached & Dyed Peacock Sticks
Thorax & Legs: Mahogany Brown Superfine Dubbing
Head: Matte Chocolate 11/0 (#02050) or 15/0(# 42038) Mill Hill Glass Seed Bead
Note:  I also use a Coffee MFC Lucent Tungsten Beads

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Blast From The Past

NYMPHORM™

How many of you remember these fly tying aids from the past?
I found that these were very handy when tying Stonefly Nymphs. I still have a few left but only use them for a very special pattern that I use for a sample or gift.
Sure wish these were still available?
If anyone out there has access to these or have possession of any and are willing to part with them, send me an email ---   loj.bugstuff@gmail.com   --- with details!



The following picture is from "Fly Tyer Magazine", August 1981, Page 29


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pale Morning Dun

A simple tie and effective pattern.
By Larry Jurgens
Hook: TMC 100/101
Size: 14 ~ 20
Thread: Gray Brown UTC 70 Denier Ultra Thread
Tail: Light Pardo Coq de Leon Tailing Fibers
Abdomen: Tan Turkey Biot/Vane
Thorax: Pale Morning Dun Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing
Parachute Post: FL Cerise McFly Foam
Hackle: Golden Olive (White Dyed) or Light Grizzly Whiting Saddle Hackle
For tying instructions email me; loj.bugstuff@gmail.com

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Fisherman Quotation

Fly fisherman spend hours tying little clumps of fur and feathers on hooks,
trying to make a trout fly that looks like a real fly.
But nobody has ever seen a natural insect trying to mate with a
Fanwing Ginger Quill.
          ~ Ed Zern

Quotation from the book “HOOKED Funny Quotes from Serious Anglers” Edited by Raye Carrington

Monday, June 17, 2013

PMD Nymph

Pheasant Tail Bead Thorax Nymph V1
Source: Dave Student's “Stealth Cocktail”
Tied by: LO Jurgens
Email me for recipe and tying instructions.


Friday, May 31, 2013

Cyprinus Carpio Woggers

These patterns were originally designed to imitate “Pollywogs” for the wary Cyprinus Carpio. I have found that they work for Bass, Bluegills, etc, just as well. They also work for trout in early summer when trout, sucker and various other species "fry" are abundant.
Shown Daiichi #1640 Size 10

Wogger V1
By: Larry O Jurgens
Hook:  Daiichi 1640
Size: 4 ~ 10
Thread: Black 14/0 Gordon Griffiths
Tail Materials: Marabou (Under-tail) Ostrich Herl Tips (Over-tail)
Body Material: Ostrich Herl
Head: Tying Thread

Wogger V2
By: Larry O Jurgens
Hook:  Daiichi 1640
Size: 4 ~ 10
Thread: Black 14/0 Gordon Griffiths
Tail Materials: Marabou (Under-tail) Ostrich Herl Tips (Over-tail)
Body Material: Ostrich Herl
Head: Black Cyclops Bead, 5/64” for Size 10

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Fisherman Quote


Fly equipment is so expensive that many think the Department of Defense has it contracted out.
          ~ Jack Ohman

Quotation from the book “HOOKED Funny Quotes from Serious Anglers” Edited by Raye Carrington

Sunday, April 28, 2013

LoJ’s Golden Stonefly Nymph

By: Larry O Jurgens
Hook: Daiichi D1730 or Dai-Riki #700B
Size: 8 ~ 12
Thread: Tan 6/0 UNI-Thread
Tails & Antenna: 2# ~ 8# Monofilament Colored Brown With A Brown Magic Marker
Rib: Brown Copper UTC Ultra Wire
Under-body: Lead or Lead Free Wire Sized To Match Hook Shank
Abdomen Material: Dark Tan Superfine Dubbing
Wing-case: Brown Or Natural BustardThin Skin
Legs: Natural Whiting Brahma Hen Saddle
Thorax: Rusty Brown Ice Dub
Head: Gold Bead Sized Appropriately
Permanent Marker: Brown Sharpie
Optional: Super Glue and Water-based Head Cement

Friday, April 12, 2013

Attention Pike Pursuers



Esox Lucius T-Bone (See Notes)
Created & Tied By: LO Jurgens
Hook: Mustad 3366
Size: 4 ~ 2/0
Thread: Black Danville 210 Fly Master ++
Eyes: 3/8” or 7/16” Black Spirit River Deep See™ Aluminum Eyes
Deep See™ 
Eye Inserts: Pearl/White or Mirror Eye Spirit River 3-D Molded Stick-On Eyes
Wing: Tan Grizzly Schlappen Feathers
Flash: Pearl Krystal Flash or Flashabou
Under Collar: Red Schlappen Feather
Collar: Tan Grizzly Schlappen Feather(s)
Head: Black Flat Diamond Braid
Head Cement: 5 Minute Epoxy or Super Glue and Sally Hansen® Hard as Nails®

Notes:
The Target
Most predator fish species “target” the eyes on their prey. This is the reason I use the large Deep See™ aluminum eyes also their use makes the fly less of a “Chuck & Duck” pattern.
Deep See™ Aluminum Eyes Preparation
3-D Molded Stick-On Eyes sizes are 5.0 for 3/8” and 6.0 for 7/16”.
Using epoxy or super glue, glue the molded eyes into the Deep See™ Aluminum Eyes this helps preventing them from disappearing on an errant cast.

Rio Grande Sucker
The Rio Grande sucker was one of the native fish species that fell victim to predation from the northern pike. However, it is still present in many of Colorado's smaller freshwater streams that have gravelly bottoms. An adult Rio Grande sucker is 4 to 6 inches long and brown in color with a distinctive "blotchy" appearance. It serves as a bait fish for larger game like the pike.

This is the only picture I could find on the internet of a Rio Grande Sucker. Thanks to the Crestone Eagle (February 2006) and The Colorado Division of Wildlife. To read The article go to http://crestoneeagle.com/archives2006/headlineA2.feb06.html





Saturday, March 23, 2013

A Throw Fly NOT A Show Fly

JAB (Just Another Baetis) Nymph
By: LO Jurgens
Hook: TMC 2488, TMC 2488H or TMC 2499
Size: 16 - 22
Thread: Olive Dun 6/0 or 8/0 UNI-Thread
Tail/Shuck: Mallard Flank Feathers
Abdomen: Tying Thread
Wingcase: Natural Bustard Thin Skin
Thorax: Gray Rabbit
Legs: Picked Out Thorax Dubbing
Head: Tying Thread

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Syko Baetis Emerger



Hook: TMC 200R or Dai-Riki #280
Size: 16 ~ 22
Thread: Black 8/0 UNI-Thread
Head: Black 11/0 #02014 or 15/0 #42014 Mill Hill Glass Bead
Abdomen: Black Pearl Flashabou
Emergent Wing Bud: Black Hareline Sparkle Emerger Yarn
Thorax: Peacock Herl
Optional: Super Glue and/or Sally Hansen Hard as Nails®

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Black Rainbow Chironomidge V1


Hook: TMC 200 or Dai-Riki #280 or #285
Size: 12 ~ 20
Thread: Iron Gray 8/0 UNI Thread
Body: Black Rainbow (Col. 71) GĻ‹termann 40wt Machine Embroidery Thread
Head: Black11/0, #02014 or 15/0 #42014 Mill Hill Glass Bead
Optional: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails®

Monday, February 25, 2013

Fisherman Quote


There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process.
          ~ Paul O’Neill

Quotation from the book “HOOKED Funny Quotes from Serious Anglers” Edited by Raye Carrington

Midge Emerger Pattern


Black RGB Midge Emerger
Hook: TMC 200R or Dai-Riki #280
Sizes: 16 ~ 24












Thread: Black Gordon Griffiths 14/0
Rib & Bling: Single Strand Pearl Crystal Flash
Abdomen: Tying Thread
Thorax: Mini Black Ostrich Herl
Head: Red Silver Lined Glass Bead (Size Is Tyers Choice)
Wing & Gills: White Antron/Float-Vis  (Front & Rear Of Bead)
Optional Abdomen Finish: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails® and/or UV Finish

Sunday, February 03, 2013

A Favorite Oldie Pattern


Black Drake (Swimming Nymph)
Source: Popular Fly Patterns, by Terry Hellekson, Page 160 (publish date 1977)
Originator: Polly Rosborough, Chiloquin Oregon
Tied By: ???
Hook: Mustad 38941 3XL (I prefer a Mustad 9672 hook or equivalent, LoJ)
Size: 10
Thread: Gray 9041 Nymo (I use Gray or Iron Gray 6/0 UNI-Thread, LoJ)  
Tail: Speckled Guinea Fibers Tied Short
Body: Dubbed Beaver Belly E/W Guard Hairs
Legs: Speckled Guinea Fibers Tied In Each Side And Pointed Downward
Wing: Black Ostrich Small Bunch
Head: Tying Thread
This is one of my nymph patterns in Colorado's North Park, Lake John and Delaney Buttes.

Pale Morning Dun Pattern


Pale Morning Dun Crippled Emerger V1
Hook: TMC 100
Size: 16 - 18
Thread: Pale Yellow Gordon Griffith 14/0
Shuck: PMD Shuck Antron Yarn
Rib: Fine Copper Lagartun Wire
Abdomen: Pheasant Tail Fibers
Thorax: Pale Yellow Hareline Dubbin
Shellback & Wing: Tan 2mm Foam
Hackle: Grizzly Hackle
For a lower and more vertical drift I also tie this pattern using  a Brown Copper UTC Ultra Wire body using  size small or brassie (V2).

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Another Oldie but Goodie


Carmichael Indispensable
Originated By: Bob Carmichael [1940s]
Hook: Mustad 94840
Size: 12 ~ 18
Thread: 8/0 Black UNI-Thread
Tail: Moose Mane
Abdomen: 8/0 Yellow UNI-Thread or floss
Thorax: Fine Pink Dubbing
Wings: Grizzly Hen
Hackle: Grizzly
Tied By: Jim LaFevers
Photograph: Hans Weilenmann

Still a good 'un in the 21st Century  ~  LoJ

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Reminder

This is a reminder:
 I WILL NO longer publish comments from anonymous sources.
If you want to remain anonymous please do not send comments to the blog and/or me via email.
THANK YOU
LoJ 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Fisherman Quote


Regardless of what of what you may think of our penal system, the fact is that every man in jail is one less potential fisherman to clutter up your favorite pool or pond.
     ~ Ed Zern

Quotation from the book “HOOKED Funny Quotes from Serious Anglers” Edited by Raye Carrington

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Streamer Pattern

Wounded Sculpin #2
Hook: TMC 200, TMC 2312
Size: 8
Thread: Blue Dun UTC 70 Ultra Thread
Body: Bonefish Tan Midge Diamond Braid
Wing: Grizzly Micro Rabbit Strip
Collar: Black Cross-Cut Rabbit Strip
Trigger: Red 1/64 Holographic Mylar Motion
Head: Gold or Black Small Cone Head
Optional: Super Glue and Water-Based Head Cement




Tuesday, October 23, 2012

BEST FRIENDS


BEST FRIENDS LIVE FOREVER
IN THE MEMORIES WE KEEP!
Sir Guy  Jan 28, 2001 -- Oct 20, 2012


May we chase the Blinged Chickens again. 

But not too soon!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Trico Pattern

This pattern was developed three years ago for Sopris Creek aka Blue Creek in the Roaring fork Valley. It proved to be most effective in the morning before the sun hit the water. It also proved  effective in the late evening to which I assumed that the quarry was taking it as a midge.



















Sopris Knockdown Trico V1
By: LO Jurgens
Hook: TMC 501 or TMC 101
Size: 18 ~ 22
Thread: Dark Brown 8/0 UNI-Thread
Abdomen: Opal Mirage Tinsel
Wing: Clear White Sparkle Emerger Yarn or Z-Lon
Thorax: Mahogany Brown Superfine Dubbing
Head: Thread
Adhesive: Super Glue
Optional: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails®  
Note; I also tie this pattern with V2 = Black Thread, Black Flashabou and Black Super Fine dubbing.
For a Female Trico I use White thread, Pearl Tinsel and Rusty Brown Super Fine dubbing.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Fisherman Quote


When you find someone who answers all the questions, you can be sure that he doesn’t fish enough to know what it’s all about, or else…… well, just or else.
          ~ Ray Bergman

Quotation from the book “HOOKED Funny Quotes from Serious Anglers” Edited by Raye Carrington

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Colorado Oldie Pattern

The  Buckskin Nymph
The following comments excerpted from the from the books;

Popular Fly Patterns, Page 77 by Terry Hellekson, Publish Date 1977.
This pattern was sent to me by George Bodmer of Colorado Springs, Colorado. As you can see, George and his friends like their nymphs simple. They usually fish them weighted and deep. They do not like a pattern so complicated to tie that they get emotionally involved when they lose one.
Fish Flies, The Encyclopedia of the Fly Tier’s Art, Page 194, by Terry Hellekson, Publish Date 2005.
George Bodmer of Colorado Springs, Colorado originated this pattern. As you can see, George keeps some of his patterns very simple. Natural chamois is a yellowish beige color and darkens well after it becomes wet.
The following flies were tied by me using a car washing "Natural Chamois" (I think it is Kid Goat skin and not the REAL French Chamois)


Buckskin Nymph (Dry)

Buckskin Nymph (Wet)