This heavily weighted caddis fly will make a good fly pattern to use as a point or anchor fly. The caddis includes a “wingcase” which sets it apart from the usual caddis. The tail is a simple nub of peacock herl, but I love the addition and think it will help attract a few more fish. The double ribbing (standard and reverse wrapped) will really help with the durability of the fly as well. Lance has a ton of subtle tying tips included in the video, so take notes, this will help to improve your own fly tying skills.
Blue Winged Olive Soft Hackle Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Hanak 300 #12
Bead: 3mm tungsten gold
Weight: Lead 0.015 10-15 wraps
Thread: 70D UTC Olive
Tail: 2 peacock herls
Rib: 6x tippet mono & olive crystal flash
Body: Haretron olive dubbing
Thorax: Peacock dubbing
Wingcase: Scud back Summer duck
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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
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Youtube Video: DIY Dubbing
The Bruiser Bugger is the latest creation from Cheech and Curtis of Fly Fish Food. The pattern is fairly straight forward and incorporates elements from some of the hundreds of Woolly Bugger variations that have evolved since it’s inception by Russel Blessing (1935-2009) as a bass fly.
Silicone legs are one of my new favourite materials to tie with and I’ve replaced all of my rubber leg materials with them. Rubber tends to deteriorate in a short time, so if you have a habit of tying in bulk and stocking your box, by the time you get around to fishing with the rubber legged flies, the rubber may be brittle. I’ve had this happen in a few months in the past and more or less stopped using rubber.
And I almost forgot, be sure to mark up the fly so you don’t miss out on that extra 37% catch rate.
Bruiser Bugger by Fly Fish Food fly pattern recipe
Hook: Daiichi 2461 #2
Thread: Veevus GSP 50 denier
Eyes: Hareline Double Pupil Eyes – Large Yellow/White & Black
Tail: Prime Marabou yellow and brown (rootbeer)
Body: Cactus Chenille Rootbeer
Hackle: Hackle Yellow
Legs: Silicon Streamer Legs
Head: Ice Dub Pheasant Tail
Overwing: Bruiser Blend dubbing Canary
You can find materials and check out other variations of the fly on FlyFishFood.com
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