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Ruffed Grouse – Close-Up

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Yesterday, a Ruffed Grouse flew hard into the window yesterday, and though sad, the death was quick, and we harvest the breast (nice off the barbeque) and features for future fishing flies. It was a beautiful bird and here are some close ups of the feathers.



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2016/10/01 at 20:25

Caddis for Trout

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Caddis 5 DSC_7220

.Caddis DSC_7215

Though my computer was off-line in the fall, I was still tying flies, but not posting them. I did a set of Caddis flies for Spring Trout, to be used under a long leader under the surface.


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2016/01/05 at 21:13

Posted in Fly-Fishing, Fly-Tying, Nymphs, Wet Flies

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Small Fly Fishing Kit

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Fly-Fishing can be a bulky endeavour – rods, waders, boots, and hundreds of flies. So I have been working to reduce-reduce and reduce, so I can take a small kit with me on my travels. So here is my current answer:

  • No Waders and Boots – so I must keep to the shore and the edges of water.
  • Jacket and Hat  – my regular Gore-Tex jacket.
  • Fly-Rods + Reel: 9′ 5pc (9wt and 5wt) – will fit in my regular check in luggage.
  • Fishing Bag, as below.

travel kit fish DWW_4690

Fishpond Bag – with the large back pocket holding:

  • Maui Polarized Sunglasses
  • Waterproof Camera
  • Buff – with sunscreen and hat provides the protection I need from sun and insects
  • Flies – Either tube bunnies or one box dry flies

On the bag’s side – floatant, tippet (2x-6x) and nippers.

On the bag’s front – a rare earth magnet – as previously reported a catch all convenience to hold flies on the stream as I can things around.

travel fish kit DWW_4702

The most open pocket holds:

  • Leaders for Dry Flies – 7.5′ (4x pocket water) and 9′ in (5x flat water).
  • Leaders for Streamers – often stubby dry fly leaders, conditioned
  • Furled Leader – 12′ Leader
  • Seaguar Fluorocarbon Tippet – 3x (streamer) and 5x (nymph)
  • Maxima Chameleon Tippet – 12lb 
  • 3x Glasses and Lens Cleaning Cloth
  • Scissors, Needle with a thread loop
  • Licenses

Streamers and Nymphs on the Foam Patch:

travel fish kit DWW_4710

tracvel kit fish DWW_4692

Moving to the outer edge, the front flap, we have tools used to support me when I need to release a fish:

  • Foreceps
  • Leahterman Multitool Juice S4 that includes pliers, siccors and a knife

fish travel kit DWW_4713

Under the flap are some stream side accessories

  • Insect Repellent
  • Weight – Tin Shot and Mud to treat nymph leaders
  • Floats – either home made or “pin” style
  • note picture shows the rare earth magnet

travel fish kit DWW_4693

And in the one dry fly box, given I do not know what water I will be on, I keep soe generic, but favourite flies that span a wide range  – starting in the top left and going clockwise – in varying colours and sizes:

travel kit fish DWW_4603

Is there anything missing, yeah, but right now the only thing I am wishing to add are:


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2015/09/13 at 00:51

Spiders (flys) for Trout

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Simple spiders on a modern shape hook for swinging through a pool for trout.

Yellow Partridge DWW_3561

Oraneg Grouse DWW_3558

Green Partridge DWW_3559

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2015/07/14 at 05:42

Wet Flies in my Trout Box – Just an Update

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What wet flies for ttout are in my box today?  My wet flies are a mash-up reflecting what I have in material and thinking at the moment.  So here is a run-down.

This is a fly I want to learn to tie better and use more often, as it is so the right tones and reminds me of a Lady Caroline in which I would boldly swing through a pool. It is an UK pattern, which I have forgotten the name of.


At the opposing end is this Iron Blue Dun (Beaver Dubbing) small light fly using Pearsall’s silk thread and used with little tension on the line – nymphying or swinging or both?


This illustrates the differences in thread, with the above with Pearsall’s thread with a rope like quality and below using Danville’s thread and laying it down flat. Ostrich not only provides a constrast, but also supports the hackle.


And when I want weight and flash, then my copper peacock.


And a Hare’s Ear.


When I can I search for Partridge Skins, so as I can get a hackle like this.


Orange is a standard colour for me, and I believe the feather is off a local grouse.


So that is it. Beyond the Muddler and the Sculpzilla, these are my standards when dishing with a two handed spey rod for trout.


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2015/03/14 at 20:15

Orange Wet Fly

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The variations I prefer on the small wet fly (spider) is a full body with complimentary colours then with a heavy hackle. Often, as shown below, I like to use Ostrich re-enforce with a rib.  In the two pictures, I have used Yellow and Orange Ostrich, and then there is Orange Ostrich with Yellow Seal.

Other notes:

  • Using a heavy Hook – Mustad R90
  • Though I usually preferably a flat thread, such as Danville, this was Gordn Griffith’s (use up what I have).
  • Copper Rib
  • Hackle courtesy of a local grouse, shoulder.





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2015/03/08 at 19:44

Wilson’s Spade SBS

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Pulling the from Picasa my SBS and referencing a much earlier overview of this patterns, so I can link to other forums, here is my SBS for Wilson’s Spade.  The  original Spade from Bob Arnold was based on somber colours (peacock and grizzly) and a thinner body (with no wing).  I have added onto the name  ‘Spade’ to describe this style, referring to other similar patterns created by AJ (Kent Helvie’s book – 9781878175854) – some (not all) with the name Spade.

One update ->   One of the Hackle’s I may use is not from Hen, but the wide and webby Rooster Cape hackles from Whiting’s American Hackle.

Materials. Recipes and patterns at https://raspberryfisher.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/the-spades-family/

My blog is based on a standard 700 wide pixel format, but I have maintained the original image size of the photographs (with the exception of the above cover image). The disadvantage the images in the bog has some resolution fuzziness to it, but the advantage, if you wish to look closer in, click on the photograph for a detailed look.

As stated in the original SBS, if I had to make one change, the tag woud be one wrap smaller.


Tools, but not illustrated are my pliers and the vise.


AJ Steelhead Iron 5. Note, I use a sewing ruler to help with sizing the body.


Tie in the tinsel – 3 wraps of thread.


Wind the tinsel back and forward, undo 2 wraps and secure with 3 wraps of thread. As noted, I went one wrap too far back. Though this was intentional at the time, upon review, the  tag is too large. Stop at the point.


Trim the tinsel (tag).


Add Golden Pheasant Crest (not someting I do well). I try to align the GP ends with the barb. I do use the ruler to validate alignment.


Add in the Laragtun Oval Tinsel. I note I have experimented with wire, it does not work as well and often cuts the material.


Tie in 4 Ostrich Herls, by the trimmed tops.


Pull the Ostrich and Tinsel together, tight, and secure with hackle plies (with a rubber pad).


Stroke the fibers lightly (free them), add a Shepards Hook and Spin.


Wind onto the hook like a chenile.




Repeat for the front half. Tie In, Pull tight, secure with  hackle plies, stroke fibers out and add Shepeards Hook.


Twist the Red Ostrich into a Chenile.


Twist the Red Ostrich into a Chenile.


Wind and Secure.



Add in back collar.


Fold and Trim


Prepare for second collar. I do not like crowding the eye.


Wanting things to show through, I removed a side of the front collar.


Wind and secure. Not shown is the finishing note and adding the head varnish (Cellire).


The finished fly.



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2013/04/13 at 04:18

Posted in Fly-Tying, Spey, Wet Flies