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Riseform TV – New website

Riseform studios has revamped their current website and is now offering content on a more regular basis. Every other week, you can look for new video posted to the site and once a month there will be a new fly tying video. Thanks to Alex at Day Tripper for pointing out the news.

 The first pattern is J.C.’s Electric Caddis Larvae by John Collins one of the site’s resident tyers. The recipe is below and you can click the link to see how to tie the fly.


Electric Caddis

Hook: Dai-Riki 285 curved nymph sizes 10 – 18
Thread: 8/0 Olive Wire: Olive ultra wire
Tubing: Waspi stretch tubing, Clear
Abdomen: Wire Inserted inside of stretch tubing, wound forward
Claspers: Olive antron yarn
Thorax and Legs: Black ostrich herl


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


5 GRHE's

I can’t think of a more fitting fly to represent the gold rings than the Gold Ribbed hare’s Ear Nymph or GRHE for short. I remember years ago when I had just started fishing, I made my way out to a small stocked trout pond and was wailing away, frothing up the water. An older gentleman was fishing just down from me a couple hundred feet. I watched as he reeled in fish after fish, and must have changed my fly 5 or six times with no luck. After an hour or so of nothing, the gentleman walked over and gave me a few pointers on casting, position and offered a particularly well tied GRHE. I thanked him graciously and tied on the nymph. 4 casts later, I got my first hint that there were actually fish in the water I was targeting. Soon after that, I snagged the fly and lost it on a tree during a back cast. Later that night, I took out my tying table and tried to replicate the gifted fly. It was actually pretty simple to tie, and within an hour I had enough tied up to give the pond another shot.

The next day proved to be the ticket. During the day I managed to stay away from the trees and ended up with a few nice grip and grin shots of some stocked rainbows.  

On the fifth day of Christmas my Ghillie tied for me
5 Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymphs
4 Baby Buggers
3 PEI Flies,
2 Blae and Black
And a soft hackle Partridge and Orange

Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph

Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph
Hook: Mustad 3906b 10-18
Thread: Black or Brown
Tail: Guard hair from hare’s mask
Ribbing: Fine gold wire or tinsel
Body: Tan fur from hare’s mask
Wing case: Pheasant tail fibres or mottled dark turkey feathers
Thorax: hare’s mask