Medallion Biot Wet Fly

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Medallion Biot Wet Fly.

Medallion Biot Wet Fly | www.johnkreft.com

I selected this fly to continue the theme of biot flies I presented in the Goose and Turkey Biot Flies post this week.

The Medallion Biot Wet Fly is another fly by Shane Stalcup and can be tied in different sizes and colors to imitate a variety of mayflies. Shane’s fly pattern can be tied in sizes 8 – 16 in olive, tan, and gray. He suggests fishing this fly in the upper part of the rough waters to imitate a drowned adult mayfly.

This is one of the first flies I saw using Medallion sheeting for wings. If you like the look of this fly, be sure to check out additional fly patterns in Stalcup’s book Mayflies “Top to Bottom” (2002).

For more about Shane, see the Stalcup CDC Loop Wing Emerger Throw Back Thursday Fly post.

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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Stalcup CDC Loop Wing Emerger

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Stalcup CDC Loop Wing Emerger.

Stalcup CDC Loop Wing Emerger | www.johnkreft.com

This fly was the creation of Shane Stalcup, a talented and innovative fly tyer. The fly pattern sheet can be found HERE.

I first learned of Stalcup’s flies in his book Mayflies “Top to Bottom” (2002). I thought it was interesting looking at the materials he used to create close imitations to the real insects. It was the first time I had heard of Medallion sheeting. It wasn’t long before I had that material in several colors. Many of the flies in his book used biots for bodies. This fly is no exception.

Stalcup created some wonderful fly tying videos and those videos can now be seen on my friend John Sherry’s Youtube NetKnots Fly Tying channel. I encourage you to take a look. Be sure to check out his video of the Stalcup CDC Loop Wing Emerger.

Unfortunately, Shane passed away prematurely in 2011 at the age of 48.

Many of his flies can still be purchased in your local fly shop. You might give them a try. Watch a video or two of Shane tying his flies. You’ll see how “fishy” they really are.

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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Restocking and Organizing Your Fly Boxes

Winter is a great time for restocking and organizing your fly boxes. How many fly boxes do you carry? How do you organize them?

Fly Boxes | www.johnkreft.com

It’s been too long and my fly boxes have seen some serious neglect the last few months. I fish over 100 days a year. How many over 100? I used to count them. Continue reading

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October Caddis and Their Imitations

October Caddis have been flitting over the river and along the streamside brush the last few weeks. I believe these bugs are important to the fish and they sure seem to key on them at times. This is a perfect time to talk about October Caddis and their imitations.

October Caddis | www.johnkreft.com

The October Caddis (Dicosmoecus), otherwise known as the Giant Orange Sedge, hatches in September and October. These bugs are too big for the fish to ignore.

October Caddis Bottom View

This is one of the bugs big trout key on during the year. Other big bugs are the Golden StoneflySalmonfly, and my favorite – the Green Drake. My experience is the bigger fish show themselves during these hatches and it can be some of the best fishing of the year for large trout. Continue reading

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Wilson Ant

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Wilson Ant.

Wilson Ant | www.johnkreft.com

I haven’t tied a Ray Bergman fly recently, so I thought I’d pull out his book Trout (1938) and the Wilson Ant spoke to me.

You’ll find this fly on Plate No. 9, page 254.

I like the elegance and simplicity of a Ray Bergman wet fly.

I’ve selected several wet flies for my Throw Back Thursday Fly segment from Ray Bergman’s book . If you are a regular at RiverKeeper Flies, you recall Bergman’s book includes 15 colored plates to illustrate the dry and wet flies with a description of each fly in the back. It was the first book to provide color fly illustrations.

I’m not an expert about Ray Bergman, but I look to Don Bastian Wet Flies website whenever I need information or clarification. Don is a well known fly tyer, author, and speaker and has recreated the fly plates found in Trout. His flies are works of art! One of Bastian’s post entitled Ray Bergman – Some Clarification and Edification will provide additional history about Ray Bergman, if you are so inclined to learn more.

Here is the fly pattern recipe from the Full Description of Flies Shown in Color Plates in the final pages of Trout. The materials order is as listed in the book:

Wilson Ant

Body:

Medium Brown Floss

Tip:

Peacock Herl Tag

Hackle:

Brown

Wing:

Pheasant Wing

Note: The fly is tied on an older Mustad 3906 hook, size 10.

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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Mottled May

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Mottled May, a fly developed by Charles DeFeo.

Mottled May | www.johnkreft.com

I found this fly pattern in Forgotten Flies by Paul Schmookler & Ingrid Sils. This is a spectacular book and includes flies from Ray Bergman, Preston Jennings, Mary Orvis Marbury, and Carrie Stevens.

I used Forgotten Flies as a reference for previous TBT flies – Carrie Stevens Pink Beauty and Green Drake and The Rose by Mary Orvis Marbury. The Ray Bergman TBT flies on RiverKeeper Flies are also listed in the book. Continue reading

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