Four Cripple Patterns & a Tenkara Fly for an Upcoming Tying Class

Jan 22, 2013 Comments Off on Four Cripple Patterns & a Tenkara Fly for an Upcoming Tying Class by

UPDATE JAN 2014: Check out the finished Mayfly Cripple Patterns tutorial.

UPDATE2:  Added two photographs of tied fishing flies floating in the film. One is the Torch Cripple looking buggy, the other is the Bottlebrush…love that iridescent rainbow!

UPDATE:  An additional three photos are added at the bottom of this post.  These are flies tied as illustrative samples, that will be shown around the class.

PUBLISHED (JAN 22):  I am preparing instructional materials for teaching a Feb. 5th tying class for the Central Oregon Flyfishers Winter Fly Tying series.  The evening will be devoted to a digital presentation and tying of cripple patterns. The full step-by-step tutorials will be published on Fly Foundry in mid-February.  The class will tie:

Torch Cripple (Wes Wada)

A Tenkara-inspired reverse-hackle, quick-to-tie mayfly and midge cripple pattern. Matching small sizes is easy.  A very visible pattern on the water.  A good fly to hang a small nymph under.   

Hook:  Standard dry fly #14 (#12-#18)

Thread:  Black

Abdomen:  Flat black thread

Rib:  Root Beer or Pearl flash fiber

Thorax: Peacock Herl (UV2 or regular)

Hackle: Grizzly Saddle feather sized to match hook or slightly larger.

Emergent tuft: White Phentex yarn, polypropylene yarn, or EP Trigger Point fibers

Note:  colors for abdomen, ribbing, thorax, grizzly hackle and emergent tuft can all be changed according to your needs.

Option: abdomen/rib can be coated with cement or UV resin.

Fishing:  liberally grease the tuft, lightly grease the hackle, do NOT grease the thorax or abdomen.

 

Bottlebrush Cripple (Wes Wada)

A go-to pattern for mayfly hatches.  Has worked everywhere.  This was my best fly for a UK trip, even catching a grayling on a Welsh stream. Use of flash is unusual for this type of pattern – it brings in fish from a distance. Very visible pattern on the water.

Hook:  Standard dry fly #14 (#12-16),
also good with wide gape scud hooks.

Thread:  Black 8/0, 6/0

Abdomen:  Ostrich Mini-Plume (Wapsi, Spirit River) – Colors:  black, grey, brow

Shuck and Rib:  Root Beer Flash fiber

Thorax: None, the butt of the hair fibers acts as the thorax

Hackle: Grizzly Saddle feather sized to match hook or slightly larger.

Emergent tuft: Bleached Coastal Deer Hair or Bleached Comparadun Hair

Fishing:  liberally grease the deer hair, lightly grease the hackle, do NOT grease the thorax or abdomen.

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS:

Bottlebrush Cripple, brown, #12

Bottlebrush Mayfly Cripple - original by Wes Wada, FlyFoundry.com

 

Micro Wulff Cripple, Size #22

Micro Wulff Cripple tied by Wes Wada, FlyFoundry.com

 

Tenkara

Tenkara fly - tied by Wes Wada, FlyFoundry.com

 

Below:  Tied flies in the water film  (top, Torch; bottom, Bottlebrush)

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