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


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)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Another Hopper Blog

While snooping around the internet I stumbled across a Hopper exclusive blog.
The blog name is Hopper Fishing hopper talk blog. Tthe URL; is
Check it out

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Streamer Pattern!

This time of the year is Streamer Time!
I first tied and tested this pattern on the North Platte (Trappers Route Area) in 1977 when I was working in Casper Wyo. Just in case you are wondering it still worked in 2010. I normally fish this pattern with a floating line and without any weight incorporated into the fly. If I want to fish it deeper I add split shot 12” to 18” in front of the fly.

Trappers Route Muddler #1
By: Larry O Jurgens
Hook: TMC 5262 or TMC 5263 Originally Tied On Mustad 9671 or Mustad 9672
Size: 2 ~ 12
Thread: Size A White Monocord
Tail: Red Hackle Fibers or Bucktail or Fis-Hair
Body: Silver Tinsel Chenille
Wing: Yellow Marabou
Wing Topping: Peacock Herls
Head & Collar: Bleached Deer Hair

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fisherman Quote

We ask a simple question

And that is all we wish:

Are fishermen all liars?

Or do only liars fish?

~ William Sherwood Fox

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

Sunday, August 05, 2012

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

Saturday, August 04, 2012

North Park Special

North Park Special Floating Nymph V1
By: Larry O Jurgens
Hook: TMC 2487
Size: 12 ~ 20
Thread: Dark Brown UTC 70
Tail: Dark Pardo Whiting Farms Coq de Leon Tailing Barbules
Abdomen: Brown Flexi-Floss
Wingcase: Brown Stone Antron Yarn
Thorax: Gray Tan Hareline Scud Dub
Head: Tying Thread

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Western Oldie Pattern

A  blast from the past pattern that 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.”  According to legend this fly was called the “Bloody Butcher” because of the way you could slay Cutthroat trout with it. It was also tied with a red silk thread body with a black silk thread head and Grizzly hackle.  It and the "Orange Asher" have worked extremely well for me, especially in mountain lakes. In lakes I fish it as a dry (no floatants added) with a very slow retrieve  unless casting to individual "cruisers or risers". Size 16 works the best for me.

Western Bloody Butcher (1940s/1950s Pattern)
Created By: ???
Tied By: Larry O Jurgens
Hook: TMC 100, TMC 101
Size: 10 ~ 20
Thread: Red or Black 6/0 Danville Flymaster
Body: Tying Thread
Hackle: Black or Grizzly  Hackle
Head: Tying Thread 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Fishing Companions

In my previous fishing expeditions I have been accompanied by Deer, Elk, Moose, Bears, Dolphins, Hammerhead and other species of Sharks and even a Whale Shark but this companion raised the bar to a new high, maybe even unsurpassable.

My Good Friend Dick and I were fishing on Friday the 13th (July 13, 2012) and we were accompanied by an Oreamnos americanus, also known as a Rocky Mountain Goat. This was very exciting for me as this is the closest I have ever been to one, outside a zoo. He/she was posing as if he/she was expectantly awaiting the camera click.

But, due to my excitement and fumbling  I could not seem to get my camera out of my vest fast enough. By the time I got my s#*t together and got the camera in position, our friend had enough of my fumbling and started ambling off. As usual I was not prepared so the pix by the creek are the dismal result.

Eventually our friend ventured out of the woods and who I followed like a puppy chasing an ice cream cone, onto the adjacent road which gave me another chance for a photo-op. The aforementioned friend apparently felt sorry for me and struck an appropriate pose thus allowing allowed me to capture said friends photo.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Green Drake

There are four common Green Drake species in Western rivers: Drunella grandis, Drunella doddsi, Drunella flavilinea, and Drunella coloradensis. The first two are usually lumped together as "Green Drakes" while the latter two are often referred to as "Flavs" and "Slate-Winged Olives," respectively. 
Source: West Fly Website URL;

Send me an email for the Recipe and Tying Instructions.
Enter Green Drake Pattern Request on the Subject Line.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Crawdad Pattern

 This Crawdad pattern has served me well for Bass, Big Bluegills, Big Green Sunfish as well as Trout.
Email me for pattern recipe and tying instructions.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Fisherman Quote

There are so many permutations of flies available that choosing one sends most people back to the decision,
“Do I use the entire worm or do I cut it in two?”
          ~ Jack Ohman

Friday, May 04, 2012

Darth Vader Burbler

Give this a try for "Big" Bream and all Bass Species.Chartreuse and  Brown work well also.
Let your imagination be your guide!

Darth Vader Burbler
By: Larry O Jurgens
Hook: TMC 200R Sizes 4~10 (Size 4 Shown) or
TMC 8089 Sizes 2~12
Thread: Black Danville Flymaster +Plus+ (210 Denier)
Tail: Black Angel Hair
Body: Pearl Black Estaz
Shellback/Head/Wing: Black 2mm Foam
Legs: Black Rubber Legs (Square Large Shown)
Optional: Water Based Head Cement 
Tyers Note: Cut the strip of foam a minimum of 3 times the hook shank length and to the width desired. Width is determined by hook size or tyers choice.
 Note: I cut the foam to a width of 1/2” for TMC 8089 Size 2 and 
3/8” for TMC 200R Size 4 and 
1/4” for TMC 8089 Size 12 and TMC 200R Size 8.
Send me an email if you want the tying instructions.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Colorado Oldie Pattern

An Excellent pattern from the past originated by Jim Poor,who along with his wife Jane were original owners of Anglers All located in Littleton, Colorado. See url: for more info.

For tying instructions send me an email with
"Poor's Helgy tying instructions" on the subject line.
          ~ LoJ

Friday, March 02, 2012

Baetis Pattern

Pre-Emergent Baetis V2
By: Larry O Jurgens
Hook: TMC 2457, TMC 2487
Size: 16 ~ 22
Tying Thread: Dark Brown 8/0 UNI Thread
Head: Matte Chocolate 11/0 #02050 or 15/0 #32038 Mill Hill Glass Bead
Tail: Medium Pardo Coq De Leon  Whiting Tailing Barbules
Abdomen: Dark Brown UNI-Flexx or Spirit River Flex-Floss
Wing Buds: Natural Gray Canada Goose Biot(s)
 Thorax: Brown Hareline Quick Descent Dub

Send me an email for tying instructions.

Monday, February 27, 2012

A Pheasant Tale

About three weeks ago I was mulling over the fact that this past pheasant hunting season was such a total disaster (see Friday, January 20, 2012 I'm Baaaack! entry below) I made the decision to take advantage of a “pay for play” pheasant hunting enterprise. Since these enterprises hunting seasons are from September to March there was still time to rid myself and my dog Guy’s severe attack of cabin fever.

I contacted several of the “pay for play” enterprises before I made my decision of which one to experience. I wanted one that was close enough to make it a single day trip. As we (Guy and myself) waited for a semi decent weather forecast the tension was intolerable. It was so intense in the household that the BOSS told me to pick a day and get it done with, which I immediately did. The arrangements were made for the next day.

Since neither Guy nor I could sleep very well, like youngsters the anticipation was killing us, we arose earlier than needed and got out of the house and on our way. We made the drive to a small town near the intended destination and found a small restaurant that catered to the early rising locals and I partook in a huge and delicious breakfast and enjoyed some friendly conversation. It was pleasant surprise that the residents of this small burg harbored no ill will towards this big city personage.

Since my hunting buddy was relegated to the truck I bought a couple of pancakes and a generous piece of ham for him which he enjoyed immensely. After he finished his breakfast, had a large drink of water and a potty break we were on our way to nirvana.

Upon arriving at our destination we met our host at the clubhouse. After discussing the rules of engagement, services offered and the separation of me and my money I was ready to go.

He directed us to an area that was the most promising area to start. As I was getting Guy and my gear out he offered me this advice, “down in the old creek bed at the end of the mixed milo and corn field at around 7 to 7:30 there will be plenty of birds as the creek carries a small amount of spring water year around.”  This really charged me up. As you well know that pheasants, quail, etc. feed around daybreak and if there is water nearby they drink prior to laying up for the day.

Finally we are on our way and both Guy and I are filled with anticipation.  Just as we are leaving the yard the proprietor hollered out to me that in the aforementioned creek bed yesterday he spotted “THE BIG OL’ FAT WOOSTER CALLED WALPH”, the proprietor has a speech impediment  is speech challenged (have to be PC ya’ know) and waved us farewell.

We proceeded into the field and about 50 yards in Guy locks up on point. I approach and a rooster barrels out, I bring the gun up and proceed to miss. Guy runs about 100 feet in the hope that I didn’t miss, realizes I did miss and stops then continues hunting. About 5 minutes later he goes on point again I approach the bird flushes same result as before except Guy didn’t run as far and turned and gave me one of those disgusted looks that say “Look buster I’m doing my job so get on board and do yours.”

We continue on hunting, approximately 10 minutes later, the following occurs; Point, Approach, Flush except this time feathers fall but the bird doesn’t so off Guy goes. The bird and dog are heading for the next county. No amount of hollering, whistling will stop Guy from the chase. About 15 minutes later here he comes with a rooster in his mouth and still alive. He retrieves it to hand and I do my duty and dispatch it. We are both a little happier now.

We are now approaching the end of the field and the “creek bed” and I think to myself maybe, just maybe I might redeem myself in my dog’s eyes. About 20 feet from the end Guy locks up on point I in turn am just starting to hustle forward when Guy starts “flagging”, turns around and runs up and hides behind me.. I think to myself what the heck is going on. I ready myself thinking that there must be a coyote, bobcat or something else there. But seeing as I am toting a shotgun that holds four shots and I can in all likelihood handle the situation. I carefully approach the creek bed to see just what is there when lo and behold there is “WALPH” partaking in a drink of water with no fear of me or Guy.

“WALPH” is the biggest rooster pheasant I have ever seen or even heard of bar none!
I am glad that I have #6 shot shells loaded. I proceeded to pick up a dirt clod and threw it at him so he would flush as I really didn’t want to “Arkansas” him, but he just ignored it. I try again same result. One more time, same result. So I surmise that he has been hit before and can’t fly and I should finish the job.
I draw a bead on him and fire; he flinches but doesn’t go down for the count. I fire two more times with the same results but it looks like one more shot will do the trick. I pull out a shell loaded with #4 shot, draw a careful bead on his head and fire, down he goes for the count. I send Guy for the retrieve and he looks at me with a No Way Jose’ look and just stands there.

I hear the honking of a car horn and look around and see the proprietor bouncing around the field edge road at about 150 mph waving his fist out the driver’s door window. I am thinking what the heck is going on! With the dirt flying he slams to a stop about 10 feet from me, jumps out and is whoopin’ and a hollerin’ and congratulating me as for what I hadn’t figured out.  He finally settled down enough to explain that he was watching our progress with binoculars out of one of the second story windows and saw us dispatch “WALPH”.

So we picked the huge bird up, jumped into the truck and decided to head back to the club house for a hot cup of coffee. I forgot to mention that it was really, really cold and a tad breezy, most probably the reason for my previous misses.

Upon arriving at the clubhouse and imbibing a couple of “Irish” coffees I thought a picture of  “WALPH THE BIG OL’ FAT WOOSTER” was required. After drinking the coffee I figured that my and Guy’s hunting itch had been scratched.  Sure am glad that there are eight months for Guy to recover from this traumatizing experience.

I also surmised that those who read this account just might call it a “big Windy”, as they used to say.

You can see for yourself that this is NOT a big windy by perusing the picture below of the proprietor and “WALPH THE BIG OL’ FAT WOOSTER”.

Before I left the proprietor told me his name was Sam and his great, great, great grandfather was Samuel Clemens.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Stonefly Patterns

In doing some research about stoneflies I stumbled onto an informative and interesting website, The Aquatic Insects of Gunnison County, Colorado at URL:   
For tying instructions for the patterns email me. I have been tying these patterns for several years and they have been productive for me..

LoJ’s Gunny Willow Fly 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
Underbody: Lead or Lead Free Wire Sized To Match Hook Shank
Abdomen Material: Dark Tan Superfine Dubbing
Wingcase: Brown Thin 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

By using lead free wire for the underbody this pattern may be fished anywhere. For example Yellowstone National Park where the use of lead is prohibited.

LoJ’s Gunny Willow Fly
By: Larry O Jurgens
Hook: TMC 2312 or Dai-Riki #280
Size: 6~10
Thread: Fluorescent Orange Flat Waxed Nylon
Antenna & Tails: Speckled Tan Mini Centipede Legs
Optional Underbody: Monofilament Sized To Match The Hook Shank Diameter
Body: Orange and Brown 2mm Closed Cell foam
Underwing: Tan Midge Flash
Overwing: Mottled Web #522 MFC Wing Material
Legs: Orange & Black Barred Medium Centipede Legs
Optional: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails® “HaN” and Water-Based Head Cement

Friday, January 20, 2012

I'm Baaaack!

 Well, it’s been a long time since I have posted anything on the blog. I was busy with the annual “Bling Chicken Chase” which turned out to be a huge disaster this past season.
The area that my infamous Gang of Six hunts in Kansas was hit by a major drought. One of the farmers whose lands, appx 20+ sections owned or leased, we hunt told us that  his area of Southwest Kansas only recorded 1½” of moisture from 12/01/2009 until 11/01/2011.  If it wasn’t for pivot irrigation the area might have looked like it was the 1930’s Dust Bowl. Even the CRP areas were what you would call Apache grass, e.g., a patchy here, a patchy over there, etc., etc., etc.
As it was the infamous Gang of Six plus 4 dogs only produced 15 to 20 birds in effective shotgun range. Through our very effective(?) shootin’ we managed to put 4 “Bling Chickensin the dirt dust in two days. We then proceeded to drown our sorrows in other indulgences and decided to leave what few “Bling Chickens” were left for next years seed. But just like the Broncos “wait until next year”.

Now on to fishin' stuff!
The following has been a well producing pattern for me (in spring, summer & fall) and my winter fishing friends this winter and last. Give it a try as most fish haven't seen this pattern yet.
For the recipe and tying instructions send me an email with "Pattern Request"on the Subject line.

THANX for your support.