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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Tying a Frenchie Nymph- Another "Go to Nymph"

A Frenchie Nymph is really a simplified pheasant tail that is heavily weighted and has a hot spot! It an excellent nymph that quickly gets deep. Take a look at the way Tim Flagler ties it! You can certainly substitute different ice dubs for the thorax. Experiment! 

Thanks to Dan Reaman for showing us this fly during one of our club's tying sessions!

Frenchie Nymph

Hook: Favourite nymph hook sizes 12-16
Thread: Pink 8/0
Added Weight: 0:015 lead equivalent
Bead: Tungsten 7/64ths
Tail: Coq De Leon (can certainly use pheasant)
Body: Pheasant tail
Rib: Gold wire, small
Collar: Shell Pink Ice Dub or your favourite colour of ice dub


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Tying the Rainbow Warrior

Virtual Fly Tying!

Hi Everybody!

I have grown to like this Lance Egan pattern called a Rainbow Warrior. I like to tie them small (size 16 and even smaller). It is an excellent nymphing/searching pattern that I have had a lot of success with. Take a look at the video below. I have detailed how I tie it! It is slightly different than the way Lance ties it. A fairly straight forward tie.

I do tie them with either a rainbow bead or a silver bead. I also do use jig hooks.

Rainbow Warrior-Lance Egan

Thread-8/0 red
Bead-silver or rainbow
Hook: Nymph hook size 14-20
Tail: Pheasant
Underbody: Red thread
Overbody: Pearl mylar
Thorax: Rainbow Dubbing 
(I made my own dubbing for the thorax initially, I am sure you could substitute lots of different dubbings here)


Monday, November 30, 2020

Last Day in November on the Red Deer River

Whitefish, browns and walleye are still quite active on the upper Red Deer River. The warm chinook like weather is a blessing to us fly fishers. Karen and I went skiing in the morning (cross country) and then tangled with whitefish in the afternoon! On the other side of the river, I saw some successful walleye fishermen landing a few. It is a nymphing game or swinging streamers. If you have a chance to get outside and fly fish, the upper Red Deer River is a good choice. Just respect where others are fly fishing. 

An exhuberant fly fishermen tried to push Karen and I out of the run we were fishing. Not cool! Avoid confrontations, it is not worth it. It is after all just fishing.