Tying a caddis larvae

named as a Czech Nymph by Hackles & Wings, what i’m seeing in this lovely bug is an all-purpous, any time, anywhere caddis larvae imitation that’s bound to be the ticket whichever method you choose whether that be tightline, cast up-across or downstream, on a dropper beneath a dry or indicator. as always, match colour and sizes to match your local bugs and include or delete the dubbing hotspot, specially if you’re targeting trout.
i seriously doubt the darkened head would ruin a hungry fish’s appetite so, in a pinch you can pull out dubbing from the rest of the body while on the water and have a gammarus/freshwater shrimp ready to go !

here’s the materials list-

Thread: Uni 8/0 Tan
Hook: Tiemco 2487 size 10 (ditch that and use a nice, similarly shaped barbless hook instead !)
Adhesive Lead Foil
Body: Rabbit Dubbing, light green and SLF
Hot Spot: Orange SLF
Thorax: Natural Hares Mask
Back: Body Stretch, transparent
Ribbing: Uni-french, gold and Nylon Thread 0.15mm

and here’s how to tie this little slim & trim quick-sinking beauty. enjoy !

Stone Balancing Michael Grab

rock magic

performed by Michael Grab, no words could do this magic justice.

Stone Balancing Michael Grab “I am constantly in awe at the stillness, let alone possibility, of such precarious formations, amidst sometimes very turbulent conditions. Balance requires a minimum of three contact points. Luckily, every rock is covered in a variety of tiny to large indentations that can act as a natural tripod for the rock to stand upright, or in most orientations you can think of with other rocks. By paying close attention to the vibrations of the rocks, you will start to feel even the smallest “clicks” as the notches of the rocks are moving over one another. In the finest “point-balances”, these clicks can be felt on a scale smaller than millimeters, and in rare cases can even go undetected, in which case intuition and experience become quite useful. Some point-balances will give the illusion of weightlessness as the rocks look to be barely touching. But if you look very close, you may be able to see the tiny notches in which the rocks rest.”

be sure to click the top image to access Michael’s site for more magic. enjoy !

Tying the Blood knot

once again Tim Flagler treats us to another great tutorial and the fly fishing world’s a better place for having people like him around.

blood knot

most anglers are familiar with the all-time classic leader-to-tippet joining Blood knot but some aren’t and some can struggle to get it just right so this one’s for them. on a personal note and to attest to its efficiency, i’ve been using this mono joining knot quasi-exclusively for about forty-five years and can’t remember ever having any kind of problem with it.
follow Tim’s guiding and i’m sure you’ll have the same results. enjoy !

click the top image for a wide selection of knot tutorials previously posted on TLC

Ranunculaceae ftlow m.fauvet 23:5:15

Ranunculaceae

ranunculus | rəˈnəNGkyələs |
noun (pl. ranunculuses or ranunculi |-ˌlē, -ˌlī| )
a temperate plant of a genus that includes the buttercups and water crowfoots, typically having yellow or white bowl-shaped flowers and lobed or toothed leaves.
[Genus Ranunculus, family Ranunculaceae: many species, including several garden ornamentals.]
ORIGIN modern Latin, from Latin, literally ‘little frog,’ diminutive of rana . (i really like this last bit !)

it’s also a really nice daydreamy thing to look at that can easily distract from why i went to the river in the first place but, come to think of it, for the life of me i can’t remember what that reason was.

Ranunculaceae ftlow m.fauvet 23:5:15

BEWARE THE BACK CAST- or, More on Jean Dujardin

for the third time now, Pete Tyjas at Eat Sleep Fish asked me to send a little something to be included in issue 41 that came out last week.  this breaks the ‘more than twice’ barrier, meaning that ESF is kinda turning into a home away from home and i couldn’t feel more honoured because it’s a really nice place to be and i’m very grateful towards Pete for inviting me in.
so far my contributions have been fly casting related: the first was Poetry Grace Fluidity and the state of Relaxed Butt, the second on How to Loose your Fly in Trees and now this one about this goofy french movie actor.
here’s a preview-

“Fishing in tight spaces is always a tricky situation because casting and therefore fishing successfully involves thinking and more precisely, thinking before acting. What I’ve noticed in life so far, is that thinking after the fact usually doesn’t do much good because contrary to popular belief, most people don’t really learn from their mistakes.

Lefty’s still saying that God won’t let you cast this way or that, we still burn our tongues biting into a hot pizza and rap is still a popular music form…

When encumbered by trees and brush, cliffs, girlfriends/boyfriends and livestock, to get the fly out to the fish in an inciting manner the successful angler needs to look around and be aware of all those dumb things that nature surounds us with and puts between us and our slimy friends before going about it or they’ll just have to risk being as silly as the guy below.”

for more silliness briefly interspersed with hopefully-helpful mind-set casting/fishing tips click on the frenchman above and while you’re there, be sure to check out the whole edition for a more than fine as-always selection of great fly fishing related articles from around the globe. enjoy !