Tag Archives: Trout Flies

Woodchuck Chuckers

It’s groundhog Day woodchuck chuckers and so after a bit of a hiatus, I’m back. I just finished watching my obligatory session of the movie Groundhog Day and now I offer you a selection of flies inspired by the hair of the great hog (rat….)

Click here for 4 woodchuck patterns – http://www.fishingwithflies.com/WoodchuckCaddis.html

The Chuck Caddis
The Chuck Caddis

Hook: Photo shows size 14 Tiemco 100.
Thread: Color and size to suite. Photo shows Danville 6/0.
Body: Dubbing, applied thinly.
Wing: Woodchuck fur guard-hairs.
Hackle/Legs: Dry fly hackle to match the hatch. Photo shows about 12 wraps of cree colored rooster saddle hackle.

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Juiced up Buggs – Don Ordes

Special thanks to Don Ordes for putting together this awesome tutorial on tying up these killer looking bugs. I can’t wait to get a few of these and try them out on a couple local holes. These flies just look too awesome not to catch gobs of trout! You can check out Don’s other creations at http://www.fantasyflies.com

Juice Bug - Don Ordes
Juice Bug - Don Ordes

These steps are just a guide for a simple ‘Juice-bug’ pattern. You can vary anything you want within the recipe, but my keys are clear mono, Ice-dub (cleanly roped with the rope-dub method), and Jelly-rope from Spirit River. Even these can be substituted, but the pattern will change a bit in looks. Once you get the steps mastered, you should be able to tie them in just over one minute each. Set them on a card and cement them (STEP 9) all at once. Then experiment to your heart’s content.

Step 1 – Size 10 shrimp or scud hook in vise, with 2# monofilament thread anchored from front to rear and back to front. Don’t need to cement for this fly.

Step 1 - Don Ordes Juice Bug
Step 1 - Don Ordes Juice Bug

Step 2 – Tie down a 2” long piece of Jelly-rope as shown with tight wraps from front to back, ending with compression wraps that squeeze the J-R. Use you fingers to position the rope top-center as you tie and after you are done with this step.

Step 2 - Don Ordes Juice Bug
Step 2 - Don Ordes Juice Bug

Step 3 – Rope-dub a fine rope of your favorite colors of Ice-Dubbing – no wax or loop needed if you use my rope-dubbing method.

Step 3 - Don Ordes Juice Bug
Step 3 - Don Ordes Juice Bug

Step 4 – Gap-wrap the rope forward, leaving clear J-R between each wrap. Build up the front end with multiple wraps of loosened Ice-Dub.

Step 4 - Don Ordes Juice Bug
Step 4 - Don Ordes Juice Bug

Step 5 – Pick out the Ice-Dub and tie on the bar-bell bead-eyes with just a few hold-down wraps.

Step 5 - Don Ordes Juice Bug
Step 5 - Don Ordes Juice Bug

Step 6 – Pull the J-R back over/between the eyes and tie with 4 or 5 snug wraps.

Step 6 - Don Ordes Juice Bug
Step 6 - Don Ordes Juice Bug

Step 7 – Snugly wrap the mono over the J_R towards the back to anchor it and make the bump-segments. Anchor off at the tail with 5 or 6 tight compression wraps, and whip finish at back end. Try not to wrap too much of the belly hairs as you go- weave through them.

Step 7 - Don Ordes Juice Bug
Step 7 - Don Ordes Juice Bug

Step 8 – Snip the tails where you want them, center the J-R on top, and pick out the belly hairs again for legs.

Step 8 - Don Ordes Juice Bug
Step 8 - Don Ordes Juice Bug

Step 9 – Position the fly as shown and soak with thinned vinyl cement or other thinned flexible cement that will penetrate all the materials and in between the J-R’s. This will allow the highlights of the Ice-Dub or other dubbings you use to penetrate and reflect through the clear J-R back-wrap.

Step 9 - Don Ordes Juice Bug
Step 9 - Don Ordes Juice Bug

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July, 22, 2010 Copyright –all rights reserved. Permission granted to DailyFlytyer.com to re-print article- July 22, 2010 by Don Ordes

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Trout Rock Series – Normand Frechette

Normand Frechette of the Flytying: New and Old blog has put together a killer compilation of Bert Quimby’s Trout rock series. the series includes 6 streamers and Norm has some serious skill behind the vise. The flies are gorgeous. Click here to view all six flies. Be sure to bookmark Norm’s site http://flytyingnewandold.blogspot.com

Trout Rock #1 designed by Bert Quimby
Trout Rock #1 designed by Bert Quimby

Trout Rock #1
Tail: Red hackle fibers
Rib: Silver tinsel
Body: Black floss
Wing: Black over white bucktail
Shoulder: Jungle cock

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