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Electric Caddis – John Collins

I’ve been following John’s flies over the past few years and have been loving the patterns he has developed. This is one of my favorite ones. If you would like a sampling of these tied by John, you can alays head over to MyFlies.com for a few. The main thing about the fly is the tubing with the wire threaded through it. That material combination makes an incredible looking body.

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Iso PTN

I’ve been meaning to post this one for a while, but it somehow was lost in the digital clutter. Another great pattern tied up by John Collins from Rise Form Studios.

For this weeks fly Tying Video John Collins brings you another original pattern. J.C.’S Iso PT is a fantastic pattern that has put more than a few PA Trout in my net this year. As the name states, this is a variation of a Pheasant Tail nymph that imitates an Isonychia Nymph. These nymphs are an important food source for Trout on the East Coast. They are active late spring all the way through the summer. Isonychia Nymphs are super fast swimmers so do not be afraid to let these puppies swing, or let them rise up at the end of your drift. Many days a little action on these bad boys is the key to getting the fish to slam your fly. Twist up a dozen a keep them in your box; you will be glad you did.

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JC's Copperhead

John Collins from Rise Form Studio twists up an homage pattern to the late Russel Blessing called the JC’s Copperhead. John uses a couple materials on this pattern that I really like. The first is Finn Raccoon, a material that is going to provide a solid tail, but still allow it to swim in the water like marabou. It also keeps a bit more shape, as it doesn’t collapse quite as much as marabou. The second in the Nymph head bead. I can’t tell you how much these beads have changed my fishing this year. I’ve had great years before, but this year was spectacular on the water. Just having a few patterns tied up with the beads has opened up a few new spots that were difficult to get to using standard beads or shot. One other little note is the use of peacock in the body. I love peacock because it’s a natural material, and like polar bear or jungle cock, there is no substitute that works as well as the real thing.

Anyway, enjoy John’s demo of his Copperhead Woolly Bugger variation.

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