Monday, December 16, 2019

December Meeting Followup

Message From John MacDairmid
 Nine  SOFT members were very generous in donating 9 dozen flies in support of WaterWatch.  These flies were transferred to SOFT boxes and will be entered in the silent auction of the annual WaterWatch Auction next November.  More flies would be appreciated.  Both trout flies and  steelhead flies are bid up at the auction.


Marks Stonefly

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200R size 4 3x long
140 ultra thread
.020 lead wire
.015 lead wire
black goose biots
32 gage gold beading wire
black floss
Awesome Possum black dubbing
Black balloon strip (I noticed that Fred Meyers sells these)
3/16"brass cone head

Slide cone head onto kook and place in vise
Wrap hook shank with thread and return forward. Tie in and wrap 20 wraps of .020 lead back towards hook bend from eye and tie off. Tie in .015 lead wire on sides of the remainder from the .020 lead wire to the beginning of the hook bend and tie off. Squish lead to make body wide and flat. Make a small bump behind the .015 with thread and tie two goose biots in just above the bump-the bump will splay the goose biots. Wrap the lead with thread in a crisscross pattern to keep lead in place and coat with head cement. Tie in gold wire and then tie in black floss both just above the goose biots. Wrap thread  forward toward cone head and whip finish and place thread in thread holder. Wrap black floss forward covering lead and whip finish and place thread in holder. Wrap wire forward to create a segmented body. Tie off wire and then wrap thread back two fifths from the eye. tie in a 1/4"x 1"strip of black balloon material for wing case. Dub a small amount of thread and create another bump to tie in two black goose biots for the first set of rear legs. Using thread only, tie in the two goose biots, one on each side and dub forward to the next section and tie balloon material forward creating the first stage of the wing case and first part of the thorax. Repeat the last step to create the next section of the thorax and second set of legs-middle legs. Repeat again to create the final set of legs-the front legs. Dub dubbing forward under conehead and tie off balloon leaving a flap. Cut the flap to make a v shaped pattern in the wing case and whip finish. the flap should fold back overlaying the front of the wing case. Tie thread around the back neck of the eye above the conehead and tie a goose biot on both sides of the eye to create antennas. Whip finish and apply head cement.

I want to thank everyone for contributing to Keaton's progress in tying and ultimately fly fishing. He has had success in both thanks to your generosity.  At least once a month I will be meeting with him to tie a new pattern. Needless to say, he is loving it !!! The other day his dad sent me a picture of the fly that I taught Keaton to tie that he himself had taken a swing at and the fly was stellar. Keaton would have had to have shone him how to tie it because I didn't. Keaton has an older brother Braden who is in his freshman year in Missoula Montana and I am also teaching him about fly fishing. I will get a chance to teach him to tie when he comes home for Winter break in a couple of days. I visited him in Montana a couple of months ago and found my favorite lake of all time. I have never felt trout that were that strong pound for pound and I fish Diamond Lake and the Williamson River a lot. The fish were really tall (big shoulders) and all were in the 17-22" range with a few that frankly I could not stop, so I don't know how big the were, and never a day with less than 20 fish. Anyway thanks again and tight lines- Mark Swanburg