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.

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