Videos by Piscator Flies

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

Bleeding Prawn (Stormy Evening)

Hey Thread Heads! The Bleeding Prawn is a steelhead fly pattern designed by prolific fly designer Bjorn Beech. Bjorn is the proprietor of the popular fly shop, The Fly Fisher, in Lacey, WA. I’m tying this steelhead fly on a size 2 hook today but is typically tied in sizes 2/0, 1/0 as well as the #2 sized hook. The pattern has several named color variations. The color in the video is called Evening Storm and other variations include Alcan Express (blue and black), Victoria’s Secret Pink, Red Moon, and chartreuse and orange. Bjorn is known for his fly patterns like the Jumbo Critter, Stinger Prawn and the Overdressed Hooker. His motto for these flies is Big, Loud and Wiggly. You can find his patterns listed in Jay Nicholas’ Modern Steelhead Flies and in Randall and Mary Kaufmann’s Fly Patterns. Bleeding Prawn - Evening Storm Variant Hook: Heavy wire Salmon Steelhead TMC 7999 Thread: Fire Orange 6/0 (140d) Tail: Orange bucktail Flash: 10 stands each gold speckled Flashabou & Red Crystal flash Body: Orange Ultra Chenille standard Wing: Orange, red and black marabou palmered in that order Topping: Golden pheasant red body feathers Source: Fly Patterns by Randall and Mary Kaufmann Pg. 302 - https://amzn.to/2SognGx Modern Steelhead Flies by Jay Nicholas - https://amzn.to/2GIzpGr 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 #piscator #piscatorFlies #flytube #steelhead #flyTying #salmon #steelheadFlies

Pop Up Worm

The Pop Up Worm is a hybrid of the San Juan Worm and the McTage's Trouser Worm flies. The foam discs on the tail of the Pop Up Worm keep the chenille suspended above the bottom and in cooperation with the brass barbell eyes, keep the hook point riding up. This should help prevent snags and entice any hungry vermivores like bass, carp, trout, and panfish. To create the discs, I use 2mm craft foam cut out with a punch tool. I then pierce the discs with a bodkin before threading the discs through some ultra chenille (use superglue to stick them) with a dental floss threader. In the video, I use flesh pink chenille for the worm body and brown foam for the clitellum of the worm, but try using chenilles and foam in brown, green, red, orange, and pinks to explore the possibilities of this fly pattern. Pop-up Worm fly pattern recipe Hook: Firehole 633 #10-14 Thread: Danville Shrimp Pink 8/0 (70d) * Weight: Black brass barbell 4mm Body: Flesh Ultra Chenille standard * Clitellum: 2mm foam 3-4 discs ** *Substitute colors as seen fit ** Use a standard hole punch to form discs 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 Fly Tube #flyTube #bassFly #wormFly

Cardiff Special Nymph

Lance Taylor developed the "Cardiff Special" back in 1996 for fishing at its namesake water body "Cardiff Pond", just north of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The pattern was only shared with a few close angling friends and members of the Northern Lights Fly Tyers and Fishers, and the fly proved to be highly effective at producing trout and perch on more water bodies than just Cardiff Pond. The original inspiration for this fly pattern came from Roy Ramdeen’s pattern the "Brandon's Fancy" (named after his son). Lance had some struggles tying the fly like Roy’s version with the seed bead eyes more complicated time-consuming pattern. Lance made some adjustments to the fly and took some liberties with the color scheme as well, veering away from Roy’s more somber brown tones. After field-testing the pattern and making some minor tweaks, the fly had become one of Lance’s goto flies and had served well over the years. He states that the fly had never failed to produce a fish for him and he had “yet to be skunked whenever I have used it. I've spent many enjoyable evenings on local pothole lakes catching fish when nobody else was getting a bite.” I’ve made a couple minor changes to Lance’s original, adding a little more density in the legs and a small collar behind the bead, but overall the fly is much the same. Lance has also tied this with some variation in the dubbing using Diamond Dubbing for the body and thorax as well as a flashback version that he has found to be effective. Cardiff Special nymph fly pattern recipe (Lance Taylor) Hook: #3906B, Size 10-14. Head: Gold bead to fit. I use the plastic ones, copper or black tungsten bead will work too. Thread: Uni-Olive #8/0. Tail: Bright Yellow Died Mallard Feathers. Ribbing: 1 Strand of Crystal Flash Clear Body: Rabbit Fur, Blue Wing Olive. Great Canadian Dubbing Co. (RD-116). Wing Case: Natural Yellow Mallard. A shade lighter than the tail. Thorax: Dark Olive Seal Fur. Legs: Yellow dyed mallard (same as tail) -- 3 to 4 fibers each side of the body. Cardiff Special nymph fly pattern recipe (Darren’s version) Hook: #3906B, Size 10-14. Head: Gold bead to fit 3.2mm on #10 Thread: UTC Olive 8/0 (70d) Tail: Yellow mallard fibers Ribbing: 1 stand pearl crystal flash Body: Light olive rabbit dubbing Wing Case: Yellow mallard feather Thorax: Olive seal dubbing (or Simi-seal dubbing) Legs: Yellow dyed mallard Collar: Olive seal dubbing (or Semi-seal dubbing) #nymphfly #beadhead #flytube #PiscatorFlies 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

Firehole Stones Tungsten Bead Review

Hey Thread Heads, these little beauties just arrived in the mailbox on Monday and I wanted to give you my opinion on this new line of tungsten beads from Firehole outdoors. Before we get into it, I just want to let you know that I am not sponsored by Firehole and have paid for the beads out of pocket. This way I can give you my honest opinion on the product. I did get a bit of a discount by taking part in their pre-sale offer. Colors Basic metallics in silver, gold, copper, and nickel black Matte White, cream puff (fluro), pink Floyd (fluro), true blood, screaming red (fluro), fire orange (fluro), pink panther(fluro), caddis green (fluro), chartreuse (fluro), autumn, royal blue (fluro), olive, almond joy, slate blue, dark olive, mounds, and black. Positives The color range is great. The metallics are bright and shiny. The fluorescent colors are really bright and UV glow under UV light. The beads are available in 5 sizes currently. 2.0mm- 4.0mm incremented by 0.5mms for each size. This covers sizes 8-22 hooks. The matte finish is really quite durable. It took a lot of effort to scratch through the paint The color is applied inside the bead as well making it harder to chip The matte finish takes paint well and it adheres well. Make your own speckled colors with some nail polish or paints. Weights are very consistent with a random set of 4.0mm each weighing 0.45-0.46g Cost per bead is reasonable with beads costing between 0.22 - 0.25 per bead. I priced out comparable beads at 0.30-0.36 each Packages are interlocking. Nice for storage. The packaging is rigid and is easy for stacking. The beads shipped inside small bags inside the plastic cases. The cover includes a color reference on the top as well as the hook range the bead is best suited for. Negatives There is a tiny bit of defect on some of the beads where they were hung for painting. It is quite small though and when the hook is placed on the hook, it isn’t noticeable. Some of the coatings on the beads are slightly uneven. This isn’t a deal breaker and only noticeable on close inspection. The bead size range only goes to 4.0mm so if you want beads for #6 or larger streamers you're out of luck. But it does look like a 4.5mm model is slated for production in the future. So, with all this taken into consideration, these beads are a good buy in my honest opinion. The quality of the beads and the finish is really great quality. The price for the beads is also quite reasonable and actually less expensive than comparable products. I’m actually excited to see how the line of brass beads turns out as well. If you have anything else to add on the stones, leave a comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts. If you want to get some of these beads, I’ll leave a link in the description below. https://fireholeoutdoors.com/firehole-stones/ 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 #firehole #tungsten #flytying #flyfishing

Two-Tone Flesh Fly

Hey Thread Heads, I've been tying this pattern for clients for over a decade now in about 15 different color combinations including solids monotone colors as well as the Hareline Rabbit Flesh Strips. On the subject of weighting the fly, this is completely an optional step. Many Flesh flies are tied unweighted and split shot is used to help get the fly to depth. You can tie the fly weighted, as I have here, and you may want to use 2 or 3 different weights to help find depth. If you go this route, I suggest using a system of heads which will quickly indicate how heavy the fly is. Use a dark band of thread on the head to indicate the heaviest. Use lighter bands for lighter weighted flies and no bands for unweighted fly flies. The smaller sizes of the fly are great for fishing trout in the late season. You could even try out this pattern in different scenarios for pike and bass, fishing the fly as a baitfish. Two-Tone Flesh fly pattern Hook: Stainless Steel like Mustad S71 #2/0-#8 Weight: non-lead wire Thread: 6/0 suit color to rabbit ( pink, orange, tan) Tail: Rabbit Flesh Strips https://amzn.to/2RMKJSi Body: Rabbit Flesh Strips 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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