Videos by Piscator Flies

Clouser Deep Minnow

The Clouser Deep Minnow, more commonly known as the Clouser, has been responsible for bringing in somewhere between 86 and 115 species of fish to the happy angler. Bob Clouser came up with the #clouserminnow back in 1984, and it has since spawned a large number of variations and colors to target both #saltwater and freshwater gamefish. The iconic chartreuse and white Clouser is Bob's signature pattern, but I'm a big fan of this brown and pink version. The original fly pattern is tied using bucktail, but other materials like craft fur, snow pony, yak, polar bear, EP fibers and Flashabou have all been used for variants. I've used the Clouser to target bass, walleye, pike, and trout with good success. I have a flashy version for saltwater fishing and have even tied some micro (#8) versions of the fly for #trout. You can vary the eyes used depending on how deep you need to get the fly. Bead chain eyes, brass barbells, and lead dumbbell can be used with the lead being heaviest. For saltwater versions of the fly, I generally try and tie them a little longer and freshwater flies about 1.6x the hook length Clouser Deep Minnow Hook: Mustad S71 #6-3/0 Thread: White FWN (210d) Eyes: Brass or lead barbell w/ pupil Flash: Pearl crystal flash Tail: Brown bucktail (belly) Wing: Pink bucktail (back) Body Coat: Bone Dry UV resin Head: Sharpie, Bone Dry & nail polish Subscribe (and click the bell) for notifications of new videos! Contact: Web: Instagram: Twitter: Facebook: Southern California by Riot (Royalty Free Music) Camera: Nikon CoolPix B700 Vise: Griffin Montana Mongoose Check out my books on Blurb

Flashback Seal Scud Stillwater Trout Fly

The Flashback Seal scud has gone through a lot of changes in my flybox over the years. I've added the UV coating over the back flash as well as using a multicolored dubbing blend rather than a monotone one. It is in spring and fall when the scuds are at their peak populations in ponds and lakes. There are 2 main families of scuds fly tyers and anglers need to be aware of, the larger gammerus and the smaller hylella. Gammerus can be in the size 8-12 range while the hylella tend to grow into sizes 14-18. I hand blend the dubbing for this fly using olives, brown, and a touch of claret. I like the mix of color better than a straight monotone budding. If you do not have legal access to seal dubbing, you can try a coarse dubbing like Simi seal, Antron or trilobal synthetics. Flashback Seal Scud Fly Pattern Recipe Hook: Scud hook like Firehole 315 #10-16 Weight: 0.025 lead or no-lead wire Thread: Olive 8/0 (70 denier) Tail: 8 strands crystal flash Shellback: Pearl Flashabou (10) and UV Flex Ribbing: Gold wire Body: Seal dubbing Olive, brown, claret blend or Antron or Simi seal Contact: Web: Instagram: Twitter: Facebook: Southern California by Riot (Royalty Free Music) Camera: Nikon CoolPix B700 Vise: Griffin Montana Mongoose Check out my books on Blurb

Charlie Boy Hopper Variation

This variation of the Charlie Boy Hopper makes a couple changes from Charlie Craven's original fly pattern ( I've added a foam wing and an indicator layer to the wing. The fly float really well and will easily support a dropper nymph. Coupled with the twitchy silicone legs and natural silhouette, the fly is a great choice for summer and fall hopper/dropper fly fishing. The use of foam has advantages over the traditional deer hair hoppers. It is a more durable fly and doesn't easily lose buoyancy, allowing you to fish longer before needing a fly change. I tie the fly in tan, brown, olive, yellow and green. You can try it in hot colors like purple, red or hot pink for something a little different. The foam is inexpensive and can be found in big box stores or craft stores with a good variety of colors available. As a rule of thumb, cut your strips of foam in a similar width as the hook gape. Charlie Boy Variant (Charlie Craven) Hook: Firehole 718 #04-10 Thread: Rusty Brown 6/0 (140d) Underbody: Foam strip 2x2mm Body: 2mm foam strips & super glue Legs: Silicone or rubber legs Wing: Cut 2mm foam Wing: Elk hair Indicator: Congo hair Bone Dry UV, super glues, toothpick and razor blade Contact: Web: Instagram: Twitter: Facebook: Southern California by Riot (Royalty Free Music) Camera: Nikon CoolPix B700 Vise: Griffin Montana Mongoose Check out my books on Blurb

Recharged on Bowmanville Creek

It’s been a long week and in order to get right, I thought it would be a good idea to get out on the water and perhaps if the fish co-operated, break my skunking from the last outing. I headed into emergency Friday night with some severe pain and what turned out to be a kidney stone migrating out. By Monday, I was feeling better again and the rivers were in great shape for trout. I decided to take along my 2wt 6’ 6’ 4pc graphite rod out paired with my Islander LR1 in hope of catching some resident rainbow trout. I dropped Kaiser Jek off at school and hopped in the Scion. I didn’t know where I would end up, but headed east in search of some trout. I hit Bowmanville, and decided to try my luck. I parked and suited up. I started the day fishing a squirmy worm, but the clarity of the water suggested I might have some better luck with a little more natural looking bug. I switched off to a #16 Golden Olive nymph and felt the first hit as I drifted the nymph through some green water near an overhanging tree in the stream. The trout was small and I let it off the hook before bringing it out of the pool. I could see a few of the migratory steelhead in the depths, their backs showing their hard fight up the river, white patches and tattered fins highlighted in the shallow pool. I shut off the camera and things really started happening. I started catching decent sized trout on every other cast. I added a little bit of split shot in front of the fly to get it a little deeper and found the trout on almost every cast. I managed about 10 trout in the pool and then decided to move on. IT was getting close to lunch and so I fished every pool on the way back to the car. I made it to the car and decided to just fish one more pool, and then another and so on and so on. A couple hours later and countless trout, I headed back to the car. I had to be back to pick up Kaiser Jek from school and so just one more cast wouldn’t happen. This stretch of the river was busy, and I saw at least 10 other anglers on the short strip that I walked. Most of them congregated around the large pool and I’ve seen as many as 30 anglers grouped in this spot. I quietly slip past on my way upstream to lonelier waters. Although the river upstream may not hold as many fish, I get the solitude I was looking for and some beautiful natural scenery. I tied on a CDC & Elk at a couple spots, but the topwater bite wasn’t happening today. I did see a couple rises, but it’s still early in the season and wasn’t expecting too much. I needed to have some smaller caddis in the box and so I’ll need to tie some #16 and #14 caddis for the flybox. For the nymphs, I think I’ll be tying up some more of the Golden Olive with tungsten beads. I only had one in the box, but luckily, I managed to keep it for the day. There were several close calls with snags on the bottom and a couple wraps around the overhanging trees. I can mark this trip as a success. I stopped counting fish after 10 or so and I guess I landed somewhere around 30 in all. All rainbows, all on the golden olive nymph. Tie to hit the vise again and start planning the next time out on the water. Contact: Web: Instagram: Twitter: Facebook: Southern California by Riot (Royalty Free Music) Check out my books on Blurb

Pass Lake Special

The Pass Lake Special is an old soul with fuzzy origins. Claim for its genesis comes from Labrador, Washington and the most popular from Wisconsin. There are many lakes scattered around the US and Canada which bear the moniker Pass Lake, but the commonly assumed namesake is the Pass Lake located near Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. The fly’s origins date back to the 1930’s. As is often the case with fly patterns, its roots are hard to pin down. This version of the origin story states that Reverend E. Stubenvoll (Clintonville, WI) had tied the fly for this Ontario lake in order to pursue the lakes large brook trout. Okay, with that out of the way, the fly is long-lived and as many flies in this category, many variations of the pattern are spawned over the years as the fly passes from angler to angler. Tails can be either mallard or golden pheasant tippet. Bodies are either black chenille or peacock herl. The wing can tie tied in an assortment of colors and the head can be changed with thread choice or black or red. Basically, the only thing that stays static is the hackle. Subscribe (and click the bell) for notifications of new videos! Pass Lake Special Fly Recipe Hook: Mustad S82-3906B #08-16 or 2xl nymph Thread: Black 8/0 (70d) Body: Black chenille Collar: Coachman brown hen hackle Wing: Calf tail Contact: Web: Instagram: Twitter: Facebook: Southern California by Riot (Royalty Free Music) Camera: Nikon CoolPix B700 Vise: Griffin Montana Mongoose Check out my books on Blurb

Copper John

Check out the Copper John in action in Mike's Laurel Hill & Casselman Video - Check out Mike's Wooly Bugged channel on youtube - The Copper John is the creation of John Barr and is likely one of the most successful nymphs of all time. When John first developed the fly back in 1993, he was tying the fly in the original copper color only. It wasn't until a couple years later when Michael White, owner of Blue Ribbon Sales, suggested tying the fly in a wider variety of colors including red and green. The fly can be tied in copper, red, chartreuse, green, olive, black, silver, gold, blue, hot pink or double up the wire and create a more segmented looking body on your Copper John. The original Copper John was tied using Hungarian Partridge as the tail and legs. Turkey Quill was used for the wingcase and no lead underbody. John fine-tuned the pattern from 93-96 swapping in new more durable materials and enhancing the appearance of the nymph. #copperJohn #woolybugged #piscatorflies #bhnymph Thanks to Mike for the additional footage and photos. Olive Copper John fly pattern recipe Hook: Firehole 633 #10-18 Bead: Gold brass or tungsten Weight: 6-10 wraps 0.020 lead Thread: Olive 8/0 (70d) Tail: Brown goose biots Body: Brassie wire Wingcase: Midge Flex & Flashabou Thorax: Peacock herl Legs: Brown hen back Shellback: U. V. Resin Wooly Bugged Blog: Contact: Web: Instagram: Twitter: Facebook: Music: The Creek - Topher Mohr and Alex Elena Camera: Nikon CoolPix B700 Vise: Griffin Montana Mongoose Check out my books on Blurb