I have started using more and more stages of caddis patterns just wondering if anyone has a good caddis emerger pattern. After being in Montana I have taken to the Krystal Serendipity but as always looking for a better mouse trap. Let me know
Colorado I can't seem to find a picture of the fly. I found it on Blueribbonflies.com I've yet to figure out how to link a web page in here. It's one of Craig Matthews babies. Basically i tie it on a 16 scud hook use crystal flash for the body and an elk wing off the back clip the elk hair at about a 1/4 inch. I just think it's something different the fish havent seen much of. Anyways thanks for the link Bit I use to fish that pattern and got away from it i need to throw it back in the box.
First, let me say Holy cow! Blueribbonflies are awfully proud of their flies! Someone on this forum touts blueflycafe.com where the flies are $0.65 apiece - check it out - I've used them twice this year and the flies seem to be of very good quality.
The crystal serendipity is something I've never used before. I usually fish a large 'stubby' nymph for caddis that works well. I bought a few years ago at the Orvis shop in Salida and can't remember it's name. It's also tied on a scud hook, size 16 is typical, olive (or tan) hares mask dubbing (hairy) with a turkey wing tied in at the tail and brought completely over the top of the body. Gold wire is used for the ribbing and there is a tungsten bead head. There is no tail. Pluck out a few of the hares guard hairs to make it look buggy. It looks something like this except I don't use the peacock herl or the hackle. http://www.blueflycafe.com/products/5/1001
I also use a breadcrust tied wet. I've been experimenting with Fox's Poopah with limited success (can't recommend that pattern yet) and then always, always have copper johns tied on scud hooks - I'm becoming fond of tying them with two wires to emphasize the ribbing (i.e. one black and one olive wire).
Bitafurnfeathers recommendation for the LaFontaine Sparkle Pupa is right on - that's a known producer.
Well I agree 2 bucks a fly is steep. But when you are on vacation and wanting to have success at a river you don't normally fish I will say these guys know their stuff. I actually floated the roaring fork Monday and went into a fly shop. the guy says oh u need to fish prince nymphs size 8 and 10 which you normally trust someone if u are going in there to buy flies. But his bin of 14's and 16's was empty so my buddy bought a couple we didnt catch a thing on that big of a fly and figured this guy was trying to more some slow movers. Blue Ribbon i have never had that happen. Normally the owner says i was here yesterday and this is what i was using and you buy a couple and sure enough thats exactly what is working. Now I tie my own flies so the chance of buying flies only comes when i'm at the rivers edge ready to drop in and just want to make sure i have the right fly. I must say i may have to by my prince nymnphs and copper johns from this blue fly cafe I can't tie a dozen flies cheaper that 61 cents apiece plus i hate tying those 2 flies. Thanks for the link Colorado always good to have a back up source.
I totally agree with your philosophy on picking up a few flies streamside. For one thing you get what's working now (not what worked a year ago) and second, the small fly/tippet/lead purchases helps to keep that shop in business. It's funny how some shops push their stuff that doesn't sell.
You'll like the stuff from Blueflycafe.com and it ships quickly - I have gotten mine within two days. What I like to use blueflycafe for is trying different nymph patterns and small dry flies. Let me know what you think when you get your stuff.
Thats why i like this forum so much seems there are a bunch of guys just like me. Understand that sometimes u dont need another leader but the guy went out of his way to help you so 2 more 5X leaders aren't going to kill you. But I also have gone into shops that are just there to make a quick buck on guys that don't know what they are doing. I went into a shop and the guy was on the phone telling his buddy he could care less about the fly tiers he just wanted to sell rods needless to say he lost a steady customer because i'm one of those guys he could care less about.
Totally agree with your opinion on the forum and fly shops. That guy on the phone lost not only a good customer but all of his friends too. I'm at an age where I appreciate stores that want to make me their customer (interpret that as 'service') rather than one that simply wants to sell me something.