Fiery Brown and Black Beetle

Another fly from the latest swap.   On a roll!

Fiery Brown and Black Beetle

Materials

Size 14 hook

Black thread (I used 6/0)

Fine gauge copper

Crow feather fibres (I also used deer hair, but the feathers have a much more beetle like texture)

Fiery Brown dubbing – I mixed this batch up in my coffee grinder (permanently nicked from the kitchen) with a mixture of brown super possum and some hot orange nymph lifecycle.   Seals fur is the norm if you can get it.

 

The Tie

  1. Start your thread – I usually leave a bit of a gap at the eye as I tend to crowd it otherwise…   Wind on a little past the bend, and come back halfway.  The idea is to leave a bit of a tag.
  2. Tie in your wire ribbing, don’t forget to leave a bit of a tag.
  3. Tie in half a dozen of so crow feather fibres by the ends - adjust amount as required for larger hooks or according to taste.
  4. Dub on your body – aim for a bit of a bulge in the middle.  Stop when the thread stops (remember, you left a gap for visual cue didn’t you?)
  5. Wind your ribbing wire forward, tie it off and trim/break off the tag.
  6. Carefully pull the crow forward to the eye – you’re trying to keep them parallel to each other.
  7. Tie it off – I usually start a little back from the eye, wind forward to the eye to trap it, then fold the ends back, wind back a couple of turns and then trim what’s left.
  8. Whip finish.

 

Voila!

 

Nymph Fly Swap

Last year just in time for the start of the new season, some of the guys on the Flylife forum held one of their infamous fly swaps.   I’d been in one previously and embarrassed myself a little with a tad too much tardiness, but figured what the hey, let’s try again.   The theme was early season nymphs for the river season opening.   I’ve mentioned previously that I’d created a new pattern called the Harey Maclarey.   Finally got around to taking photos of all them and reckon the otherguys did a stellar job – any shortfalls are my crappy photography.  Now that they’ve been recorded for posterity, into the box they go!

Enjoy!

Blowfly ~ Higa’s SOS

Blowfly ~ Higa's SOS

jas b ~ stick caddis

jas b ~ stick caddis

Stephen Hill ~ hare and copper

Stephen Hill ~ hare and copper

Herry ~ f/b peacock dubbing nymph

Herry ~ f/b peacock dubbing nymph

Flyfisher78 ~ drought breakers

Flyfisher78 ~ drought breaker -2

Flyfisher78 ~ drought breakers -1

crabby ~ woven nymph

crabby ~ some sort of woven nymph

blackfish ~ hairy scary pheasant tail nymph

blackfish ~ hairy scary pheasant tail nymph

jano ~ Daiwl Bachs

jano ~ Daiwl Bach

hingrock ~ UV pheasant tail nymph

hingrock ~ UV pheasant tail nymphs

newfly ~ Double Standard

newfly ~ Double Standards

SkyeWarrior ~ Harey Maclarey

11. SkyeWarrior ~ Harey Mclary

Matt H Gippsland ~ mayfly nymph

Matt H Gippsland ~ mayfly

Derek McKenzie ~ Promiscuious Peacock nymph

Derek McKenzie ~ Promiscuious Peacock nymph

Top view, the whole box.

No Ukes?

Got one of the best presents the week before Christmas – a cute little starter ukulele.  I’d been sniffing around these for a little while after being asked by one of the kids at church if I knew anything about his and nearly restrung  it on the spot as it was “wrong”.  Fortunately I didn’t, and was curious enough to find out more.  String instruments and I haven’t really been associates, and anyone who knows me well knows that I’m a little more familiar with wind instruments.

Have to say that at this point it’s heaps of fun.  I can’t recall the last time I did anything new musically.

Now I just need an aloha shirt.  See you all “Somewhere, over the rainbow”.

Cheers!

Confession Time

One day, I would like to go fishing with this person, see the remarkable country in BC and hopefully learn something :-

http://youtu.be/oIfHHKBTSgI

Yes, she’s easy on the eye.  Ain’t got nothing to do with it.  Believe it or not.  Kath will be there with the camera rolling!

Dream trip right there – BC, onto Montana to fishing around Bozeman and on the Blackfoot river, and then on up in Alberta to see George and maybe play a few tunes at The Slice.   It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.

Here comes bass season

Here in Australia, bass season starts at the beginning of spring, and opens again at the end of autumn (or fall for my American readers :-) )     The Australian bass is technically a catadromous fish, meaning it lives in freshwater, but migrates to the saltwater lower reaches of their home river in order to breed.  Typically the downstream migration starts during autumn, with the bronze battlers heading into the salt for winter to satisfy the itch they can’t scratch back home, and then returning upstream at the beginning of spring.

Sure, not all of them make the trip – they don’t feel the call or they’re in the wrong spot when the trigger gets fired.   I suppose it’s a drop in temperature and an increase in rainfall the get’s the juices going.

In any event, for us bass fishos winter is a time of reflection, maintenance, pondering and reminiscing.  In my case a few flies get tied for the new season to come, and catch up on some bream fishing if we can get organised.   For others, it’s a time to hit the dams where there is no closed season (don’t forget the catadromous bit) and some heated discussion of the fishing regs and how they relate to the closed season, presumably to keep warm.

In any event, anticipation is a wonderful thing.  Usually the long planned, eagerly attempted first trip of the season results in the inevitable doughnut, with the fish really starting to wake up right about now – October.  Come to think of it, had a pretty nice trip last Saturday – one of those trips where everything seems to work, and the standouts on the day were a modified gurgler fly (first and best fish of the session), a buzz bait, and a now released Ecogear CK40 that felt more at home in the scrub than in my tacklebox and so stayed on after I left.

Cest la vie….

On persistence

Our family are relatively new converts to organised sport.  It all started last year when the NSW AFL hosted an introduction to Auskick at Ronan’s school, which culminated in them participating in an Auskick during half time at a GWS Giants game mid-season.  We found it interesting enough that we bought an adult and junior membership to see us out to the end of the season, with Kathy and I tag-teaming  each other for the home games while we encouraged Ronan in his newly chosen sporting endeavour.

What we found was a very young set of players, but despite their inexperience, what we also found was our team.  Somewhat unusually for sports fans, we’re supporting a team that hasn’t yet won a game this season, and we’re well past halfway.

What makes them different though?  I can’t really put my finger on any one trait that says that these are the guys to root for rain, hail or shine, or I suppose from a sporting perspective, win, lose or draw.  We’ve never really understood the fervour of sports enthusiasts, as we’re more inclined to spend time reading or fishing.  As for the blinker vision of AFL supporters…

There are a few obvious things that they do though :-

When they’re down, they get up again.

They take time for the fans (even us)

There are moments during a game where you can see that they’re not afraid to punch above their weight – last week was a classic example where they nearly took down the Collingwood magpies, including a couple of nasty pitch bounces resulting in concussions for Tim Mohr (my personal favourite - go 39!), Will Hoskin-Elliot and Adam Kennedy, who I think was subbed on for Tim when he was knocked out during the first quarter.  Talk about giving your all.  Such heart!

Anyway, despite we’re facing the possibility of finishing a season completely winless, I have just one thing to say.

Let’s go Giants!  Let’s Go!!!