Wes Wada’s session for the Central Oregon Flyfishers’ Winter Fly Tying Series will be Tuesday, March 3rd. UPDATE – March 5: the session is completed and was a tremendous success! Very good attendance and response, and many flies skillfully tied.
I think of all the many classes I have done for COF, this one had the most consistent high level of quality tying. Thank you all. The summary, tutorial download links, and material resources will be available for private download by this coming Sunday, March 8th.
Wes’s topic is –
Two Productive Stillwater Patterns
from the 2014 Season.
The flies are –
Old-School Streamer – a surprisingly effective marabou and schlappen pattern that was exciting fishing – for rainbows and browns. A very simple, easy tie, suitable for beginners. That section will also include a short digital presentation on streamer varieties and also general fall streamer fishing tips. Below, is a color variation using root beer Cactus Chenille, olive Marabou back, and root beer Flashabou tail flash.
Juicebug Damsel, Heavy Hook version – this version features refinements enhancing the original Juicebug Damsel Nymph. This heavy hook version is for the big rainbows at Crane Prairie reservoir, Diamond Lake, Krumbo reservoir and any waters that have significant damselfly populations and BIG fish.
A story: a couple seasons ago, a fly fishing buddy and I were using damsel nymphs to fool the big Crane Prairie rainbows. That season. I bent out four hooks on these silver rockets. One day alone, my friend went kept increasing his tippet diameter, 4x to 3x, then 2x, to hold these fish– sometimes. After that season, I decided to create a heavy hook version of the fly, and it has not failed me.
One of the fish-attracting features of this fly is the translucent optical dome wing case created using clear beading cord and UV resin. This creates a shape-shifting optical illusion that gives the impression of life. Illustrated above is a rusty olive version.
The pattern is an intermediate level tying project, but well worth learning. Definitely, new skills and new materials will be experienced that can further your fly tying. For example: ball chain eyes… why? How to securely mount ball chain to a hook. What is available in ball chain? Every material in this pattern was selected for a reason– learn about the design choices that were made.
Fishing damsel fly nymph patterns is one of Wes Wada’s most favorite pasttimes, and he will talk a bit on that. For example: did you know that Krumbo Reservoir is an excellent fishery for using damsel nymphs? We will show a map on how to fish Krumbo. How about one place you can get into the middle of damsel nymph fishing at Crane Prairie, from a float tube?
The digital presentations are particularly nice this time around. For example there are photographs of every local small fish or minnow that streamers try to imitate. A handful of photographs show damsel nymph patterns I have used and recommend, including Dexter’s Damsel, the Cope Damsel, and Michael Tripp’s Foxy Lady.
A new online tutorial for the Juicebug Damsel, Heavy Hook version, will be featured on the Fly Foundry site in mid-March.
Upcoming schedule of COF Winter Series fly tying classes by these instructors:
Tues. Mar. 10: Jeff Perin
Tues. Mar. 24: Peter Bowers
Tues. Mar. 31: Jerry Criss
Be sure to see the new Fly Foundry articles:
Wes has just published a Four article series about findings from the 2014 season. The first talks about fishing logs and new weather forecasting assists. Included are photos of some of the memorable fish caught and released with the patterns that will be taught on March 3rd.
The second post is about Using Google Earth to Scout Unfamiliar Fishing Water . Very generic and very helpful.
The third post is Water Storage Data-Important Signals for Stillwater Fly Fishing. Very straightforward and easy technique for predicting good fishing year to year.
The final article is complete: Magnifying your iPad for Fly Fishing and Fly Tying.