10 Frogs a Leaping

Thanks to The Day Tripper Alex for providing this pattern. The frog is actually a pretty good pattern for pike and bass, and if you have never had the pleasure of experiencing a surface take from a bucket mouth or seen the toothy grin of the snot rocket break the surface for a fly, you are in for a treat. Enjoys your holidays and I’m hoping that you got at least a few new toys for the water or the vise.

On the tenth day of Christmas my Ghillie tied for me
10 Frogs a leaping
9 Golden Girls
8 Royal Wulff’s
7 Baron’s Swinging
6 Evil Weevils
5 Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymphs
4 Baby Buggers
3 PEI Flies,
2 Blae and Black
And a soft hackle Partridge and Orange

The Frog by Alex C

Hook: Bass Bug Hook
Weed Guard: Heavy Mono
Tail: Sparse Marabou. Flash
Butt: Spun Deer Body Hair
Legs: Rabbit Strips
Body: Stacked Deer Body Hair
Head: Spun Deer Body Hair
Eyes: Doll Eyes

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9 Golden Girls

Here we go with day 9 and Roderick Haig Brown’s “Dancing” Golden Girl. The Golden Girl is primarily used for steelhead in the winter months, but it has also been used to bring in the occasional rainbow or cutthroat. The original dressing is listed below and the image is of one I tied a couple years back.

On the ninth day of Christmas my Ghillie tied for me
9 Golden Girls
8 Royal Wulff’s
7 Baron’s Swinging
6 Evil Weevils
5 Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymphs
4 Baby Buggers
3 PEI Flies,
2 Blae and Black
And a soft hackle Partridge and Orange

Revision 3

Hook: Number 2/0 to 8.
Tail: A small Indian crow feather.
Body: Flat, gold tinsel.
Throat: Yellow hackle.
Wing: Two large golden pheasant tippet feathers back to back, enclosing orange polar bear fur with a golden pheasant topping overall.

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Far-reaching And Ridiculously Tenacious fly tying System (FARTS)

This just made my day, so I’m sharing it with you. Fly tyers are on a constant quest to find the perfect storage solution for their materials. I think the person who comes up with a really viable commercial solution stands to make a good living from it. Talk to any tyer and they will tell you they need to make changes. Personally, I keep outgrowing my storage and I’m thinking I just need to start tying more to get my current stock down to about the same level as a well stocked fly shop rather than a well stocked wholesaler. Mike over at Tamanawis.co.uk has just overhauled his tying storage. Check out his hilarious post about his new system dubbed Far-reaching And Ridiculously Tenacious fly tying System (FARTS). Worth a read today.

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