Monday, February 25, 2008

Monday February 25th, 2008

Quill Gordon
size 12 1x nymph hook
wood duck tail
stripped peacock hurl body
dark blue dun underwing
wood duck over wing

House and Lot Variant (H and L Variant)
size 10 dry fly hook
calf tail for tail and wing
stripped peacock body 
peacock hurl body near wing
brown hackle
grizzly hackle (not shown in this photo)

Hi Everybody!

Tonight we had a new guest instructor. Greg Sikora taught us two very useful patterns. The H and L Variant and the Quill Gordon. The H and L Variant is an excellent fly to prospect with on those eastern slope waters. Some like to use it as the top fly when fishing with a dropper. I have seen the effectiveness of this fly on many a cutthroat river. If you have read Barry Mitchell's  Alberta's Trout Highway, you would find out that the H and L Variant is an excellent pattern to have all along the Forestry Trunk Road.

I saw first hand how outstanding the Quill Gordon can be one evening on Mitchell Lake. Greg was into fish the entire evening stripping this pattern in quick 12 inch strips just under the surface. I always carry a half dozen in my lake box. 

Thanks Greg for a very enjoyable evening. 

Monday, February 11, 2008

Monday February 11th, 2008

Roy Saunders
Easy Bug
size 14 to size 18 nymph hook
olive dubbing for the body
golden pheasant tips for wing
grey ethafoam for shellback
olive dubbing thorax

Jock MacKenzie
Black Caddis
size 14 or 16 dry fly hook
black thread for body or peacock or black CDC Feathers
wing-black deer hair

Hi Everybody!

Tonight the dynamic duo of Roy Saunders and Jock MacKenzie demonstrated two excellent patterns to our Central Alberta Fly Tyers.

 Roy showed us a very cool emerger called the easy bug. Roy has successfully used this pattern when trout are feeding on emergers. It's a new pattern for me that I am looking forward to trying this season. 

Jock had us tie a black caddis. Jock has noticed black caddis on the Red Deer River several times. It was time to add this excellent pattern to our Red Deer River box. 

Thanks Roy and Jock for your leadership. 

...a very pleasant evening indeed!

Remember there is no fly tying on Family Day. We will continue the following Monday with Greg Sikora showing us the House and Lot Variant and the Quill Gordon. See you on the 25th of February.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Monday February 4th, 2008

Flying Ant
#14 Mustad R50 dry fly hook
red brown dubbing
black hackle
Cheerios cereal box liner
6/0 or 8/0 thread

Catatonic Leech
#79580 Mustad 4 XL hook
olive marabou
lead wire
3/0 dark olive thread

Callibeatius Dry
#14 Mustad R50 dry Fly hook
blue dun hackle
light olive poly dubbing-very fine
teal flank feather
light grey 6/0 or 8/0 thread
Callibeatius Nymph
pheasant tail
thin gold wire
light olive dubbing
peacock hurl
dark brown thread 6/0 or 8/0
#14 Mustad R50 dry fly hook

Hi Everybody!
It was almost a record tonight. Don Andersen was our guest fly tyer tonight and he filled the library with 28 students. Don taught the Central Alberta Fly Tyers 4 patterns. As usual, all four patterns will be worthy additions to all our fly boxes. Many of us just enjoy listening to the anecdotes that Don shares with us. Don, you are a colorful character and we appreciate the effort you made to drive in from Rocky Mountain House. Don almost convinced me that left handed fly tyers have the advantage. Good try Don! 

Do take some time to look at Don's web site:

Next week Jock MacKenzie and Roy Saunders are our guest tyers. See you then!