Videos by Piscator Flies

Pearl Cathy's Coat

As far as flies for salmon go, this one isn't too tricky to tackle. The fly is designed by Barry Thornton and tied specifically for fishing Vancouver Island's Black Creek area. The tricky part is getting the polar bear hair. As a substitute for the bear hair, saltwater Yak hair is great and has a nice translucent look. Bucktail or synthetic hair will also work. I've used the pink baby bug back from Fly Tyers Dungeon in place of the Laser Wrap, but you could also use Edge Brite. I'm not sure what the origin of the pattern name is, but it sounds like there may have been an angry wife. The original pattern is tied with a pink hair tail and wing (might be mixed with some white). It's a recommended pattern for beach fishing in late Agust into October for both pink and coho salmon. Pearl Cathy's Coat Pink Salmon and Coho Salmon fly pattern Hook: Mustad S71SNP-DT #2-8 Thread: Hot Pink FWN & Black 70D 8/0 Tail: 3 strand pearl crystal flash Body: Hot Pink FWN under pink scud back Throat: 1-2 strands pearl crystal flash Wing: White polar bear & pearl crystal flash Head: Black Contact: http://piscatorflies.com/about-piscator-flies/ Web: http://piscatorflies.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/piscatorflies/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/piscatorflies/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/piscatorflies/ Southern California by Riot (Royalty Free Music) Camera: Nikon CoolPix B700 http://amzn.to/2CUJ6uW Vise: Griffin Montana Mongoose http://amzn.to/2sQWcov Check out my books on Blurb http://www.blurb.com/user/pacres

Moose Pellet Perdigon

Love it or loathe it, Perdigon patterns are simple and effective fly patterns. In the past 10 or so years and with competitive fly fishing gaining a foothold in Canada and the United States, European angling techniques have been gaining in popularity. The Perdigon nymph style is wonderful for targeting trout in clear shallow rivers. If you would like to present the fly more like a true Perdigon, it can be tied on a jig hook with a slotted bead to ensure the fly swims hook up. You can vary the weight of the fly in a couple of ways. First, the size of the bead should be considered, using a larger or oversized bead for more weight. Second, the bead material either brass or tungsten will give you a different sink rate with tungsten being a heavier more dense metal. Lastly, if a little extra weight is desired, a few wraps of lead or non-lead wire behind the bead should help the fly plummet. Moose mane is the prominent material on this pattern. The hairs on the mane are quite long and hollow thus they flatten as they get wrapped. 2-3 dark hairs with one light hair give a good ratio of dark/light in the body. The hairs are thinner near the tips and thicken considerably toward the base. Keep this in mind as you tie the fly and to pick the sweet spot on the length of the hair. Not too thick and not too thin. Perdigon style nymph flies well when using European nymphing techniques like a tightlined bottom bounce but also work well when fishing the fly under a strike indicator or on a hopper dropper rig. Moose Pellet (Perdigon) Euro trout fly pattern Hook: Firehole 633 #12-16 Bead: Brass or Tungsten black Thread: Brown 70D 8/0 Tail: 3 microfibets Body: 1 white & 2-3 brown moose mane hairs Collar: Thread hot spot (Fl. Fire Orange) Coating: Bone dry UV or thin resin Wingbud: Black paint or UV Contact: http://piscatorflies.com/about-piscator-flies/ Web: http://piscatorflies.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/piscatorflies/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/piscatorflies/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/piscatorflies/ Southern California by Riot (Royalty Free Music) Camera: Nikon CoolPix B700 http://amzn.to/2CUJ6uW Vise: Griffin Montana Mongoose http://amzn.to/2sQWcov Check out my books on Blurb http://www.blurb.com/user/pacres

Black Death

The Black Death tarpon fly is a true classic. It’s been around for many decades and has been a goto for anglers and guides targeting tarpon. The color combination is a great attractor for tarpon, particularly on dark days. This saltwater fly is tied in what is known as the Florida Keys styles tarpon fly. The tails of the flies are tied as far back on the hook as possible to prevent the tail materials fowling on the cast. Another distinct feature of the style is the bare shank just behind the eye on the flies. The reason for this was that the bite tippets used for the flies tended to give the flies a poor presentation and so angler began to snell the flies. The front ½” or so of the fly was left bare so that the line could be snelled. This persisted over the years and line technology progressed, the feature remained as an artifact in the fly patterns. Today, many of the shanks are covered with thread and coated with cement or resin. For such a simple fly, there are an incredible number of variations out in the wild and no real standard. So much so that I feel the “Black Death” is more of a named color variation rather than a fly pattern much like the red and white Daredevil or the light blue and Black Blue Moon seen in steelhead patterns. Black DeathFly Pattern Recipe Hook: Gamakatsu CS15 #1/0-4/0 Thread: Black 210D FWN Tail: Nyat hair black Flash: Red mylar flash (Flashabou) Collar: Red rabbit zonker Head: Black thread to eye tapered into the collar Eyes: Silver or white with a black pupil Coating: Bone Dry UV coated on head x2 Contact: http://piscatorflies.com/about-piscator-flies/ Web: http://piscatorflies.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/piscatorflies/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/piscatorflies/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/piscatorflies/ Southern California by Riot (Royalty Free Music) Camera: Nikon CoolPix B700 http://amzn.to/2CUJ6uW Vise: Griffin Montana Mongoose http://amzn.to/2sQWcov Check out my books on Blurb http://www.blurb.com/user/pacres

Blue Assassin

The Blue Assassin is a fly created by Atlanta fly fishing guide Chris Scalley. It is a local pattern and a favorite for fishing the delayed harvest (DH) season on the Chattahoochee River. The DH season runs from November to mid-May when water temperatures can support the stocked populations of trout. While it is a local pattern, it also performs well on other trout waters and anglers are encouraged to try the fly in any trout water where nymphs are fished. The fly is typically fished as a dropper off of a larger hopper pattern. Several variations of the pattern are tied with a popular variant being a purple collared fly. The materials used in the tail vary from natural materials like mallard and pheasant tail to synthetics such as Z-Lon or similar. Blue Assasin Fly Pattern Recipe Hook: Firehole 315 or similar scud hook sizes #14 - #18 Thread: White FWN (210d underbody), 8/0 (70d) blue thread Bead: Silver brass or tungsten to appropriate hook size or one size larger Tail: Dun Antron or Z-Lon Body: Mirage Flashabou Ribbing: Small blue UTC wire Collar: Blue Ice Dubbing Contact: http://piscatorflies.com/about-piscator-flies/ Web: http://piscatorflies.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/piscatorflies/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/piscatorflies/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/piscatorflies/ Southern California by Riot (Royalty Free Music) Camera: Nikon CoolPix B700 http://amzn.to/2CUJ6uW Vise: Griffin Montana Mongoose http://amzn.to/2sQWcov Check out my books on Blurb http://www.blurb.com/user/pacres

Howard Norton Special

The Howard Norton Special is a fly from the popular series of Comet patterns. This Comet pattern was originated by Howard Norton of Sebastopol, CA. The fly was tied to be fished in the Russian River and gained popularity along the west coast steelhead corridor from California up to British Columbia. The fly is sometimes called an Orange Comet (silver body) or the Norton Special and has several variants that it is tied in. I did The fly is a proven producer for Pacific salmon and winter steelhead. The Comet series arrived in the 1940s and featured a design of a long tail, stiff collar, and optional bead chain eyes. Bodies were made from tinsel, floss or chenille. The pattern was tied with orange polar bear but this material is quite hard to find and is protected under the CITES agreement. Bucktail is a great substitute for bear hair and still provides the desired action sub-surface. It is believed the Boss was the first in the series followed by the Howard Norton Special and many others. The flies sink quickly and offer a lot of action with their long tails. I’d like to thank Dean Endress for helping with information about the pattern. Quick Spin Fly Tying Video for the Howard Norton Special https://youtu.be/9Vg00pk-Dvc Howard Norton Special fly pattern recipe Hook: Mustad S73UBLN or similar # Thread: White 6/0 (140d) Bead: Silver bead chain 3.2mm Tag: Silver tinsel Tail: Orange bucktail tied long Ribbing: Silver oval tinsel Body: Orange floss or chenille Collar: Orange neck hackle Contact: http://piscatorflies.com/about-piscator-flies/ Web: http://piscatorflies.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/piscatorflies/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/piscatorflies/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/piscatorflies/ Southern California by Riot (Royalty Free Music) Camera: Nikon CoolPix B700 http://amzn.to/2CUJ6uW Vise: Griffin Montana Mongoose http://amzn.to/2sQWcov Check out my books on Blurb http://www.blurb.com/user/pacres

Pumpkin Head Leech

This leech fly pattern was designed by John Kent and was influenced by Denny Rickards Stillwater Nymph. It is essentially a micro bugger pattern and John has developed the pattern into several high performing variations. I've modified my version a little bit by adding a counter rib on the fly and by using a different (but similar) colored hackle. Once John had tied a prototype of the fly, he tested it on some local trout. Amazingly enough, the fly produced 12 fish on 12 casts. Enough said. John ties the fly commercially for a select few fly shops in BC with variations using yellow, red or orange beads and with different colors of marabou. The hackle prescribed on the original is a burnt orange grizzly hackle. this remains constant among all variations. I've gone off script here using a dark barred ginger saddle hackle. The hackle should be on the short side with the barbs not extending much past the width of the hook gape. The fly is fished under a strike indicator with a few light twitches added. the retrieve is extremely slow. It may also be cast out and retrieved with a slow twist. Pumpkin Head Leech(John Kent) Hook: Firehole 718 #10-12 Bead: #8 Silver lined amber / orange / red Thread: 8/0 (70d) olive Tail: Olive marabou Ribbing: Copper wire fine Body: Olive Diamond Dubbing or Ice Dubbing Hackle: Grizzly dyed burnt orange or barred ginger You can find this pattern and many others in Phil Rowley's Stillwater Selections book - https://www.stillwaterflyfishingstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=59 Contact: http://piscatorflies.com/about-piscator-flies/ Web: http://piscatorflies.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/piscatorflies/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/piscatorflies/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/piscatorflies/ Southern California by Riot (Royalty Free Music) Check out my books on Blurb http://www.blurb.com/user/pacres

Thunder Egg

Bob's Backswimmer

During the spring and fall, you can find an abundance of water boatman and backswimmers habituating in still water fisheries oblivious to the trout. These bugs can make up a good portion of a trout's diet during these months, and especially into the fall when bulking up is a priority. Bob states that he has been offered many Corixa (Water boatmen) and Notonectidae (backswimmer) patterns over the years, but has had most of his success with this backswimmer fly pattern while fishing the lakes of Saskatchewan. Bob also points out the misnomer that the bugs leave a trail of bubbles behind as they dive, the initial reason for the crystal flash tail. While this may not hold true, he opted to include this feature in order to add a little bit of stabilization to the otherwise tail-less fly and to give predators another trigger to gaze upon. Bob's Backswimmer fly pattern recipe Hook: Firehole 315 #10-16 Weight: 4-6 wraps of non-lead wire (0.035) Thread: Olive 8/0 (70d) Tail: 2 strand pearl or olive crystal flash Shellback: 12-16 pheasant tail fibers Body: Olive Senyo’s Laser Dub or sub Legs: Brown goose biots Head: Olive Senyo’s Laser Dub or sub Coating: Bone Dry UV resin Contact: http://piscatorflies.com/about-piscator-flies/ Web: http://piscatorflies.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/piscatorflies/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/piscatorflies/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/piscatorflies/ Southern California by Riot (Royalty Free Music) Camera: Nikon CoolPix B700 http://amzn.to/2CUJ6uW Vise: Griffin Montana Mongoose http://amzn.to/2sQWcov Check out my books on Blurb http://www.blurb.com/user/pacres

Mirror Dip ($3 Dip / Serendipity var)

I recently went out for a good long walk in the cool winter air of Southern Ontario and decided to listen to Dave Stewart and Pat Dorsey on the Wet Fly Swing podcast. http://bit.ly/WFS_Pat_dorsey There was a good conversation about the flies Pat ties and uses on the tailwaters he fishes. Flies in sizes #18-26 are the norm for him. I'm used to tying flies in the #12-18 range, for the most part, mostly tying mayfly nymphs and caddis larva for the local trout. This pattern fits into that small fly for tailwater fly fishing slot, but I'm using the Mirror Dip as a dropper fly in mid-sized rivers. I've tied it as the dropper on a dry dropper set-up where fish were feeding at the surface and just below. It's also been a good fly tied behind a bead head nymph. Both the original Serendipity and the popular variant called the $3 Dip, originally known as the $3 Bridge Serendipity, are effective patterns to have in your fly box. This variation offers a highly reflective mirror finish and a dark head. I imagine this imitates a caddis larva or a midge pupa but serves as an easy food item for foraging trout. The original Serendipity was designed by a guide from California named Ross A. Merigold. He was fond of fishing the Madison River in Montana, so much, in fact, you can now find a bronze plaque honoring his legacy. If you are crossing the Raynold’s Pass Bridge look for a boulder that houses the plaque just above the bridge that identifies the Ross Merigold Hole. Mirror Dip fly pattern recipe Hook: Firehole 633 #18-20 Thread: Olive Brown 8/0 (70d) Rib: Copper Wire (sm) Body: Mirage Flashabou Wing: Congo Hair or Sparkle Yarn or Z-lon Coating: Bone Dry UV resin Contact: http://piscatorflies.com/about-piscator-flies/ Web: http://piscatorflies.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/piscatorflies/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/piscatorflies/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/piscatorflies/ Southern California by Riot (Royalty Free Music) Camera: Nikon CoolPix B700 http://amzn.to/2CUJ6uW Vise: Griffin Montana Mongoose http://amzn.to/2sQWcov Check out my books on Blurb http://www.blurb.com/user/pacres

Elvis Chironomid (Variation)

Chironomids and stillwater go together like hot wings and beer. Any time of year, you can be rest assured to find chironomids wriggling around in the water. The Elvis Chironomid is the creation of BC angler and tyer John Kent. The original name of the fly was the Viva Las Vegas on account that the fly was first tested in a location of a lake known locally as Graceland. The name was later changed to Elvis. The mirage tinsel over red thread gives the fly a realistic appearance like you will see on the naturals who use gases to help them ascend to the surface of the water before they emerge. I've made some minor changes to the fly by using flat waxed nylon as an underbody rather than the UNI-Stretch John uses. I also used slim rib in place of the Wapsi Stretch Tubing used on the original. One other difference to note is that I wrap the tinsel first and overlay the rib where John lays down the rib first and fills the gap with the flash. Subtle differences, but may affect how the fly is seen underwater. It may be minor, but I wanted to point this out. :) Elvis Chironomid fly pattern recipe - John Kent Hook: Firehole 315 #10-16 Bead: White brass or tungsten Underbody: White FWN Thread: Red 8/0 (70d) Rib: Mohagany Slim Rib (brown or wine) Body: Mirage Flashabou Coating: Bone Dry UV resin Contact: http://piscatorflies.com/about-piscator-flies/ Web: http://piscatorflies.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/piscatorflies/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/piscatorflies/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/piscatorflies/ Southern California by Riot (Royalty Free Music) Camera: Nikon CoolPix B700 http://amzn.to/2CUJ6uW Vise: Griffin Montana Mongoose http://amzn.to/2sQWcov Check out my books on Blurb http://www.blurb.com/user/pacres

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