Here is a sweet little San Juan Worm variation. I can do without the banjo’s and what not, but it’s a good video none the less.
A creation from the vise of Jack Gartside, the sparrow is a simple little fly that is useful in helping to fully consume a ringneck pheasant skin. Jack is well known for his guide to using pheasant feathers and if you have a pheasant skin, this is a must read. The fly is said to work effectively for smallmouth bass, steelhead in the great lakes region, trout of all types and pan fish. It’s a hybrid of several tying styles, nymph, soft hackle and streamer but perhaps this is where the strength of the pattern lies.
Hook – Mustad Signature Series CS53 4-14
Thread – Brown 6/0
Tail – Ringneck pheasant “marabou” rump feather.
Body – Dubbed mixture of red fox squirrel body fur and rusty orange Antron.
Hackle – One wrap of well marked ringneck pheasant cape feather
Head – One or two ringneck pheasant filo-plume feathers.
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.
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