Tips to Flies:

Pattern: Midge emerger

Pattern:  Caddis Nymph's, 

Pattern:  Green drake Parachute 2/26/19 

Pattern:  New wing Material, BWO 1/16/19

Pattern: Hendrickson Emerger,

Pattern:  Ausable Wulff, 

Pattern: Screaming Banshee:  

Pattern: Snowshoe Sulpher emerger:           

Pattern: Tan Caddis emerger Pattern:   



Photo right, Beaverkill March brown




Snowshoe Sulpher emerger:  All I can say it's buoyant!  It floats like a cork, holds up better than CDC.  You can tie this pattern to match your hatch. 

Hook:  14-18 dry
Thread:  Yellow to cream 8/0
Shuck:  Brown Z-lon
Dubbing:  Pale yellow superfine
Wing:  Cream snowshoe

 Caddis nymph:
Over the last few years in the month's of June & July, I have found the slow water caddis coming off just before dark, a black caddis.  Fish were up and feeding.  What I found was that they were not eating adult caddis, rather they were eating the nymphs prior to adulthood.  I have found fishing these small nymphs #18's on light tippet was a key ingredient I was doing pretty well.  Where my success was fishing these nymphs on the edge of the riffle that met the run and along the banks.  I would cast just up stream near bank let the nymph sink and swing right under the surface. Using light tippet 6X was also a key factor, the trick was not to set the hook, but rather let the fish hook it's self.  By setting the hook on a swinging small nymph you would usually rip the fly out of the mouth.  This scenario works well for me on the East branch of the Delaware, a tough fishery. 

Hook: Nymph/wet #18
thread: Light brown or black
body:  Green caddis Ice dub or fluorescent Chartreuse
Rib:  Silver wire X/small
Head:  Awesome Possum brown or black or Peacock herl 
 Hendrickson CDC Emerger " Female":  Simple tie and effective!  

Thread:  8/0 tan
Hook:  #12 light scud Emerger
Shuck:  Dark brown Z-lon or antron
Body:  Turkey tail fibers,
Rib:    Small copper wire
Thorax:  Hareline Pink, Hendrickson
Wing:  4/5 Medium to dark dun.
Green Drake Parachute:
The 747 of Mayflies here in the Catskills. A short hatch from a week to 10 days, timing is everything, usually about Memorial day weekend.  This bug is easy on the eyes.  The trout gorge themselves on the Drakes till their bellies are plump.  The big boys will give themselves up for Drakes! 

Hook:  8 to 10 2X
Thread:  8/0 yellow
Tail:  Moose hair
Dubbing:  Pale yellow
Post:  Cream z-lon
Wing:  Dyed Olive Grizzly.
Guides Friendly Wing Material:
 Last season at the Edison Flyfishing show, I saw a young tyer tying quick and easy flies.  It was the wing material that caught my eye.  up/dn trout, wings for insects.  As a guide I want quick during the season, seeing this synthetic wing material and how it was used I thought what the heck buy a bag.  I am so pleased I did, it makes Great compara dun wings!  It floats great and is durable.  I can see it on the water no matter the light conditions.  For small flies #18 and down I can cut the material in half for size.  I really like it for blue wing olives!  CDC is great but you need to powder it during use at times, Deer hair is buoyant but eventually you start losing hair, this synthetic material just last.  So if you visit the show this year grab a bag, try it I think you will be surprised.  Bottom photo's showing the material, if you like darker wings use a marker to the color you desire.
 Ausable Wulff, a Fran Betters Fly
-Ausable Wulff,  One of my favorite attractor patterns.  I will fish it alone or as a tandem rig as my indicator fly.  Fran Betters gets the Credit for the Ausable Wulff "Adirondack Wulff" and I am sure millions of Anglers have caught fish on it!  But It was Lee Wulff who designed the Wulff patterns in the 1930's. So here shown is Fran's fly.

Hook: 14- 12 dry fly
Thread: 8/0 Orange
Tail:  Wood chuck or Barred deer- hair
Wing:  White Calf tail
Body:  Australian possum or  Rusty Orange hares ear.
Hackle:  Brown and Grizzly, one being one size bigger than the other.  

Charlie Cravens, Screaming Banshee:
Every once in a while I browse the Web looking for some different patterns.  I came across this pattern last winter and tied a few.  It works, not only as a emerging Caddis but also as a spent Caddis.  You can easily change colors!

Tan Caddis:

Hook:  16-12 scud
Thread:  Tan 8/0
Front tips: Yearling Elk, bleached
Body:  Pearl tinsel
Thorax:  Brown dubbing
Wing:  Bleached Yearling Elk

Now:  It's a two part Elk wing, so tie in the tips just over the eye of hook.  Keeping the hair long divide and cut off half and also trim out short hair.  Now tie the hair back down to the bend of the hook, secure it and leave it.  Next tie in your body and wrap forward. Next add your thorax.  Next add more Elk just like doing a elk wing caddis, place it right in front of the thorax, tie in, cut out butts.  Next divide the Elk hair wing evenly, then Pull up the butts of the hair you left like making a wing case. Tie in and whip finish.  Below are some photo's to help guide you!

Above Photo:  Top of Screaming Banshee.

Below Photo:  Underneath view of Screaming Banshee.

Midges, The smallest of flies, the "no-see-ums" is a very important food to the trout when there is no food and when a midge hatch is prolific.  In the Catskill the East branch of the Delaware is a very good Midge river, this time of the year and over the winter.  I like the Zebra midge for sub-surface fishing using a dropper method I will use a black Zebra midge #20 or smaller off an Iso or a attractor fly.  But fishing it as a dry I like the pattern shown.  It's a emerger and it works!  It works on the willowemoc, Beaverkill, the East branch of the Delaware and the Farmington River.  I like the colors of Black, Olive and Cream.
 A simple tie:  The midge emerger,

Hook: LT, scud, 20-26
Thread:  12/0  color of your choice
Shuck:  Amber
Thorax:  Peacock herl
Hackle:  Grizzly
Body:  Thread, slightly tapered

Tan Caddis Emerger:
I finally found a Tan Caddis emerger that works very well on the West Branch of the Delaware.  Through some time and testing I came up with this pattern.  It also works very well everywhere else.  I basically no longer use a adult pattern, or a Caddis X when the hatch is on.  I like this pattern for it offers a different look, plus with legs, shuck, bubble, and the CDC thorax there is a lot of realism and motion to fool the most educated trout. I like the bleached young elk hair as my indicator, which in turn can represent the wing. This is very similar to my Apple caddis.
Hook: #16 light scud or emerger
Thread: Tan 8/0 uni
Shuck:  Sparkle emerger yarn Amber
Body:  tan caddis fine dubbing
Bubble: White or Tan Zelon, note, I tye in the bubble leaving excess of about an inch over the eye of the hook, before placing the elk in as a wing . I split the excess bubble and bring them along the sides of the body, as if the bubble is coming off and or gives some sort of impression of wings. 
Wing: bleached yearling elk
Legs: Partridge
Thorax:  Trouthunter- CDC dubbing light brown.

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