Carp Flies tied by The W.F.F.


The Not-So-Distant Future

August 19, 2009

Added Legs....

The Tiny Trico

August 3, 2009

Front ViewWhile out of town recently I visited a few fly shops in West Virgina and Pennsylvania, unfortunately my time was limited and I was unable to fish except for the last day, to my disappointment it rained pretty solid the three days prior causing the stream I planned to fish to become un-fishable. Every fly shop I visited had very nice staff and in particular a man by the name of Larry took the time to show me how he ties his Trico spinner.

Trico's #24

Tiny Trico tied by The Winona Fly FactoryFairly simple tie here were it not for the #24 hook. The process begins with the hook and the 10/0 black thread that is very, very thin. The body of the fly is just wrapped thread enough to coat the hook once on the way to the bend and once back to the eye. Gather two CDC feathers of equal size and spin a small amount of Wing N’ Flash in your fingers. Place the small amount of Wing N’ Flash between each CDC feather making sure to line the tips of the feathers. Wrap with two loose wraps around the CDC and Wing N’ Flash then pull the two feathers out until the smallest amount of stem is in the wing. Wrap a thorax of counter wrapping figure eight thread wraps and whip finish behind the wing to keep from crowding the hook eye, at this size it is imperative. Pinch the two wings together forward and clip to the correct size. No tail on this fly, I think it best fished in the film just a bit.

A very good source swears that the Trico in S.E. Minnesota is a size #24 and no larger. I have attempted to tie the best Trico’s I can in order to take a few “sipping” trout in the coming weeks. I will be bringing my scissors just in case I need to shorten the wing or thin it out. Trico time is going to be early in the morning but this season the weather has been a bit cooler than usual and I am thinking the best time to be rigged and standing in water is going to be 7:00am. That might be a bit early due to the cooler weather but as a general rule this hatch is early around here, might even want to get there at 6:30am just because its better to have more time on the water. Enjoy the fact that you will be unlikely to find another soul on the water and if you do, holler at them, you definitely have something excellent in common.

Daiichi 1110 #24 Hook UsedThread UsedWing N' Flash (Ice Blue)White CDC

The Hoppicator

August 2, 2009

Finished ProductA while back I got a tip from another trout hound who sent me a link for a video by a fellow named Mike Wier. This informative video shows Mike using a three fly rig including a hopper pattern set as the indicator, what makes the fly intriguing are the mono-loops tied t0 the shank prior to construction. The loop at the hook eye allows for a loop-to-loop connection between the Hopper and the leader, the mono-loop at the rear of the hook is meant for the rest of your tippet to pass through so the Hopper sits level on the water allowing the trailing nymph rig to pass behind the indicator smoothly, allowing for a higher number of accurate presentations, article here.

Liz Helping Me OutI recently received the Beavertail Body Cutters in the mail and have begun the task of creating a multi-colored mini-plague of my own hoppers, some of which I have constructed with the added mono-loops to create my own hoppicators. On a tip I roughed up the mono prior to attempting to attach it to the hook. Also, I chose to use 50 denier White GSP thread to really get the mono tight, after which I used Zap-a-Gap to hold it firm, period. I chose a 14lbs Fluorocarbon mono to make the loops strong but invisible. I tied a few up and used them recently and found the foam to float excellent, now two things will make or break the float on these flies IMO. First, taking the time to adquatly dry the fly each and everytime it gets struck or pulled under the surface, besides if you just caught a A Single Length of Mono Tied to the Shankfish off a dropper you should let the stream rest and recover before presenting to the trout again. To dry the flies quickly I use my cotton t-shirt and press firmly without damaging the fly into my shirt on both sides, dries it out without the use of floatant, everytime. The other thing that can make or break the float, and thus the presentation is the attachment of the trailing rig, wether using the mono-loop or tying directly to the hook eye with your leader the flies must fall naturally down below the fly, if you tie the leader to the fly not using the mono-loop  but to the eye and the right angle of the trailing flies does not fall straight down at the correct right angle the flies want to fight each other and turn the hopper pattern for a poorer float.

A Row of Hoppers

The cost of this little project was a bit more than usual due to the added cost of the foam body cutters but if properly used/maintained I’m confident I will be able to make a few thousand of these things over the years without issue. The foam was dirt cheap and some of the deer hair I cured myself making the hooks, flash and legs the other main cost. After spying a bit I came across the video that ultimatly led to the choice of the body cutters, this video is slick for sure, allowing almost anyone with the tools/materials to duplicate the pattern.

#16 Sparkle Larvae tied by The Winona Fly Factory

Note: On order, Beavertail Foam Cutters for Hopper bodies. Thanks to Mat at the Driftless Angler for a few ideas and being a nice person. I’ve got a few ideas cookin’, keep your eyes peeled for something awesome soon to come. 

I guess I did the easy ones first, might regret that one about the time I’m working on that 14th Parachute Hopper. Oh well.

Time At The Vise

June 22, 2009

Sporty Girl Foam StimulatorsLately I’ve spent time thinking about trout and tying flies I expect to catch them with during the later months of summer. I’m working with deer and elf hair again, seems the first two flies always turn out junk, a W.F.F. dozen is typically fourteen, but don’t tell the pro’s that. I tied a half dozen Stimulators, flies that I remember working well for me in July and August. I bet they might be working now, I just haven’t tossed one to trout lips in a while. I used the Sporty Girl foam for the body which can be purchased at and Claire’s and I think I saw a few colors at Target. These flies will ride high and make for good lead flies with which to drop, say a caddis pupa pattern. 



(?) Fly Created/Tied by the W.F.F.

After the Stimulators I went to work tying a W.F.F. dozen of the pattern that has recently brought me two spectacular Southeast Minnesota brown trout and a handfull of other beautiful fish. I don’t have a name for this pattern and being honest I should say that the pattern I watched Sershen crush an 18″ brown with provided the initial idea. Basically a bead-head bugger pattern with a twist of sparkle chenille for a hackle collar. I tied half the dozen with a tungsten bead and half with a regular bead all weighted on the under-body with weight wraps. I think these flies look slick and deserve a good name, I haven’t decided on one yet. Any suggestions? I might make it worth your while if something fitting comes across the wire, nudge nudge wink wink, know what I mean?(?) Fly Created/Tied by the W.F.F.

Mayfly Motivation

May 29, 2009

Light Hendrickson Dry Flies tied by the W.F.F.Light Hendrickson Dry Flies tied by the W.F.F. (Rear)Caddis SideMayfly Side

Swimming PT Variants

May 17, 2009

Swimming PT's

Flashback Swimming PT's

Tied on a Mustad 37160 (#20 shown here), these flies have been great the last few times I’ve been out. I tie them in light brown, dark brown, and black to imitate the naturals in the water. I tied several with a traditional brass bead and several with craft store beads that I found appealing. The black flashback versions that have a black wire rib rather than traditional copper have been producing very well as they imitate an Ephemerella Invaria nymph that are in full force on our area streams right about now. I lost a few this last time out but I tied a few extra, for those who love to tie flies I suppose.

The Caddis Infantry

April 30, 2009

Caddis Infantry

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