This small caddis nymph pattern was developed by Shea Gunkel and tied in the video by Bob Reece. The Splatte Roller is pretty straight forward as far as the tying goes, but this tiny fly packs a lot of punch for fishing deeper pools on small water runs. You may run into a bit of difficulty when applying the top coat of epoxy to the fly. Just be sure to go slow and try not to get it into the thorax dubbing and legs. If you are tying quite a few, you may want to tie the fly in stages and apply epoxy or UV resin to the abdomen first before tying in the legs and thorax. Either way, the epoxied fly is near bullet-proof and should last quite a number of fish. You can add a little bit of lead wire behind the bead if you find more weight is needed.
Shea Gunkel’s Splatte Roller fly pattern recipe
Hook: Umpqua JB01 #12-18
Bead: Black Tungsten
Thread: 70 denier (8/0) chartreuse (abdomen) black (thorax)
Ribbing: Black small wire (UTC)
Legs: 24 strands Wapsi Fluoro Fiber
Thorax: Peacock Black Ice Dubbing
Youtube Channel: Bob Reece
Youtube Video: Shea Gunkel’s Splatte Roller fly pattern
This Mega Prince nymph fly pattern is a first-rate dark stonefly pattern for freestone river systems. I’ve been following the videos at In The Riffle for years and always appreciate that the flies that they tie are built with durability in mind. Prince Nymphs can be finicky little flies with all the goose biots, but this super-sized version, developed by Dan Delekta, keeps the legs and biots nicely separated with dubbing.
This type of fly would be ideal as the top pattern in a dropper rig, perhaps with a smaller prince nymph tied off the bend 12-18 inches apart. The Mega Prince has a lot of movement built into it with the barred rubber legs and marabou.
Mega Prince Fly Pattern recipe
Hook: #06-10 Tiemco 5262
Bead: Copper Cyclops Bead or Copper Tungsten Bead
Thread: Black Veevus 8/0
Tail: Brown Grizzly Marabou
Legs: Olive/Green Flake Barred Crazy Legs
Body: Peacock Herl
Rib: Copper Brassie Wire
Collar1: Natural India Hen Back
Wings: White Goose Biots
Collar2: Peacock Ice Dub
Youtube Channel: In The Riffle
Youtube Video: Mega Prince fly tying video
Making your own dubbing is something most fly tyers want to try out. It’s not just for economical reasons, but more for the desire to get a blend with certain properties. I use quite a bit of fox hair in the patterns I tie for clients. I will sometime save the underfur to create a custom blend which matches the hair. The underfur on it’s own is dull, but by adding a little bit of UV pearl ice dubbing, some seal or both, I can get a customized mixture with the properties I’m after.
Cheech uses a beard trimmer to quickly get the hair off of a pelt, and mixes the hair with other dubbing in a coffee grinder. There are a few different methods of mixing the dubbing such as the hair dryer method, water jar method, coffee grinder method, compressed air, pet grooming combs, Hareline dubbing mixer and hand mixing. Which one you use depends somewhat on the length of the fibers you plan on combining and the type of fibers.
I usually mix up more than needed, and package the extra into a ziplock bag. Make sure that you keep track of the ratios that you blend together so that if you need to mix up more material in the future, you won’t have to guess.
Specific to this video is the use of the beard trimmer. I have to admit that I’m also struggled getting the hair off the pelt in any quantity, and will be getting a trimmer to use for the tying table. I really love the idea. Cheech also shows how to match the fiber size, an important detail that will ensure you get a nice even blend. Have any other tips on blending dubbing? Let us know in the comments.
Hareline Dubbin’s Custom Dubb Kit
Compressed Air Dubbing Mix
Youtube Channel: Fly Fish Food
Youtube Video: DIY Dubbing