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Articulated Gartside Leech

Another fly from the vise of Aaron Caldwell with his take on the classic Jack Gartside Leech. The fly is tied with a Waddington shank, a method not often used, with an articulated hook. There is a great tip in this video on avoiding impromptu piercings that should come in handy. I’m thinking that this one may be a great pattern for some local bass and trout. Can’t wait to try a couple.

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Bucanero – Aaron Caldwell

We don’t often feature saltwater flies on the blog, but they are an important part of the fly tyers diet. The good folks at Fish Tales Flyshop in Calgary have been busy adding some quality tutorials to their site. The shop organizes trips to warmer climates and they also have a selection of flies and materials to service that clientele.

This patterns features a Enrico Puglisi dubbing brush to give some bulk to the body. The material is nice to fish with with and I use the unwound version in streamer wings quite often. When it gets wet, it has a nice translucent appearance.

Here is a quote from the site about how the pattern came to be.

This bone fish fly has an interesting history. It is actually a combination of ideas that were introduced to me by two different tiers; David Blair and Terry Johnson. Terry makes a palmered rabbit hair fly with splayed feathers out the back that he calls the 10X10. Named that because on one of Terry’s trips to Cayo Coco it caught 10 good bones by 10 in the morning. David suggested using the Enrico Shrimp brush instead of the palmered rabbit hair to achieve the same type of fly.

Happy tying.

Bucanero - Aaron Caldwell
Bucanero - Aaron Caldwell

Bucanero Recipe – Click here for the tutorial at Fish Tales Flyshop

Hook: Daiichi x point or 2546 #4
Thread: Fluorescent pink or red flat waxed nylon by Danville
Dubbing: Shrimp pink ice dub or Enrico shrimp dub in pink
Claws: 4 hen cape feathers
Body: Enrico shrimp brush in pink.
Eyes: bead chain or x-small lead depending on depth of water to be fished.

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6 Evil Weevils

Not really all that evil, more of a godsend I think. Jeremy Davies developed the Evil Weevil back in the 90’s and it has spawned many variations. Take a look at the fly bins in any of the Calgary fly shops and you will see the success it has achieved. The goose biots give the fly a distinct silhouette in the water and it is a proven killer when used on a hopper dropper set-up.

The SBS was created by Rob O’Reilly and while he has made a few modifications over the original, it is still just as effective. Jeremy has really become a master of tying these flies, and if you get a chance to watch him tie one, do so. He can bang them off in under 2 minutes, it’s no wonder he is able to tie over 30,000 flies a year.

On the sixth day of Christmas my Ghillie tied for me
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

Evil Weevil

Evil Weevil – Click here for the Step-by-Step tutorial 

Hook:Scud hook Tiemco 2487 Mustad C49S #8-14
Bead: Gold
Weight: .020 lead wire
Thread:8/0 olive dun
Tail: Pheasant tail fibers
Rib: Fine gold wire
Back: Thin skin or scud back
Abdomen: Arizona Dubbing or diamond dub, peacock color
Legs: Brown goose biots
Thorax: Arizona Dubbing, peacock color

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