Monday, January 9, 2023

Tying a Carey Special, Jimmy Legs and Glass Ant with Rick Miyauchi

What an excellent start to the 2023 fly tying season. Seventeen fly tyers came out to take in Rick Miyauchi's presentation. Rick guided the group through how to tie up a Carey Special, a Jimmy Legs and a glass ant. As always, everyone was worried that we would be tying tiny flies but Rick taught us to tie two classic flies and a new ant pattern using glass beads. A Carey Special is an outstanding pattern that can be used to imitate everything from a dragon fly nymph, a damsel nymph as well as a cased caddis. The variations are endless with the different coloured variegated chenilles that you could use for the body. A Jimmy Legs is a staple on many rivers in Alberta. A Jimmy Legs is an excellent stone fly imitation. It maybe one of the most popular stone fly nymphs on the Bow River. The final fly is one I have not encountered before, a glass ant. Using two different sized glass beads on a size 16 hook with some hackle makes for an excellent dropper fly on our rivers.

Next week, Dr. Bill Young is our presenter. Bill is tying pike flies and you will need some 3/0 thread (210 denier), colour is not a big deal.

We still have lots of space for our workshop with Phil Rowley! Give Bob a call or text (403-598-3802) to sign up.

Carey Special

Thread: Black 8/0
Hook: size 10-6, 2 xl hook
Weight: 0.020 lead replacement
Tail: Pheasant Rump
Body: Variegated Chenille
Collar: Pheasant Rump

Jimmy Legs

Thread: 8/0, black
Hook: size 10 to 4, 3 xl hook
Legs: Rubber
Body: variegated chenille
Weight: 0.025 lead replacement

Glass Ant

Thread: Black 8/0
Hook: C49s size 16
Body: Glass beads, one black(larger) and one amber (smaller)
Legs: Starling Feather


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