View Full Version : Tying Challenge: Week 1

David Knapp
06-17-2012, 10:30 PM
To kick things off I would like to see everyone's favorite (at least that you are willing to post) Little Yellow Stonefly dry fly pattern(s). For this week I'm leaving pattern choice up to you. Next week we will have a specific pattern. If you are fishing or planning on fishing in the mountains this summer you better have some Little Yellow Stonefly patterns close at hand, especially in the evenings.

Remember, this is a great opportunity to learn as well as gain feedback on your creations. This should help all of us who participate become better tiers and maybe we'll even catch more fish because of it. I hope lots of people will jump in and participate.

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week!

06-19-2012, 07:32 PM
Well I thought there would be some lookers by now but I guess everyone is busy.Here is something to get the ball rolling.Size 16 with and without legs...................



David Knapp
06-19-2012, 10:37 PM
Beautiful flies there! Do you mind sharing what the body is? Looks segmented...did you just get that with thread or something else?

Hoping to get something tied tonight although may end up being tomorrow...

06-20-2012, 07:12 AM
Thank you.... the body is yellow bucktail twisted as you wrap.

06-20-2012, 08:25 AM
There's olesmoke's "mulligan" for ya! Great lookin fly.
I've been remodeling a bathroom every night till about midnight, but i'll try to put up some pictures soon.

06-20-2012, 09:34 PM

I'm going to post a poor picture of an ugly fly just so more folks will post after olesmoke (nice flies). This yellow parachute is an odd Yellow Sally pattern, but when the Yellows are flying the trout tear these things up.

06-20-2012, 09:51 PM
"when the yellows are flying the trout tears these things up"

nice fly and that's all that matters...... right? We can leave all the pretty bugs and pictures in the books and pitch what works to the painted fish.Thanks for sharing an idea. Be safe

06-20-2012, 10:05 PM
Old pattern I did for the Little River Journal a couple years ago. Caught a few small ones on it:biggrin: I have a couple others that I've been working on, but I'm always hesitant to show them until I'm sure they will produce with some regularity.

Hook: sz 14 TMC200
Thread: 8/0 yellow Uni
Egg sack: red superfine
Body: yellow superfine
Wing: yellow CDC (2 or 3 feathers)
Hackle: Grizzly dyed yellow

06-20-2012, 10:36 PM
Those flies make me want to go fish a freestone creek! Peewee, your fly had me trying to figure out what I could trade for one of them, but anything I can tie you can tie better! Steve, I was going to offer you 4 turkey tails for a couple of 'em, but that won't work because I've promised them to you anyway! How about you show me how to tie one at the Pechman Center? All 3 will catch the heck out of fish.

David Knapp
06-21-2012, 11:05 AM
A slight variation on a pattern I have enjoyed fishing for years but have got away from the last couple of years. I need to start tying and fishing it more again because its an easy tie and flat out catches fish.

Hook: #16 TMC 100
Thread: 8/0 Yellow
Body: Yellow Poly Yarn
Wing: Yellow Poly Yarn
Hackle: Medium Dun, trimmed flat on the bottom


David Knapp
06-23-2012, 09:52 AM
We have some nice flies here but I would like to see some more participation! Come on people, use this as an opportunity to improve your skills or share great patterns... Show us what you've got!

06-23-2012, 01:01 PM
Having a little difficulty using macro on my camera. Silver Creek has tried to talk me thru it in the past, but issues remain. Would welcome input.


06-23-2012, 03:35 PM
If its ok we seem to have a few floaters so here is something that goes down where the painted fish lives:smile:. The body is off in color but you get the idea........so take it and improve it.A few .015 lead wraps under the thorax will help to get it down.Be safe


06-23-2012, 06:41 PM
Some fish do fall for flies as crappy as this.


David Knapp
06-24-2012, 02:11 PM
Stonefly, trying to tell what the body is on your fly. Is that foam or something else? Either way it looks like it will catch some fish for sure!

Olesmoke, I like the nymph pattern. Looks like a straightforward tie and will definitely interest the fish...

06-24-2012, 07:22 PM
Stonefly, trying to tell what the body is on your fly. Is that foam or something else? ..

The egg sac is foam, and the body is golden yellow poly yarn. I hadn't tried poly as a body until I saw yours. Would think it should float ok even though it's pretty tightly wrapped. The wing is light yellow poly. Hook is #16 C53S.