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Favorite Colorado Fly Patterns

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Why These Patterns?


With new patterns appearing all the time, these flies are proven in Colorado. They will cover almost every trout opportunity. The patterns represent new and traditional styles and materials. With a slight variance of color, material or tail, you can create your own special fly.




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Barr Emerger:
Hook
: TMC 106TC in sizes 16-24
Thread: gray 8/0 Uni-Thread
Tail: brown hackle fibers
Abdomen : brown olive synthetic dubbing with Antron mixed in
Thorax: Adams gray Wapsi Superfine
Wingcase & legs: brown hackle fibers
  1. Wrap thread onto hook. Tie in 6 to 8 brown hackle fibers. Clip fiber tips until flush with each other.
  2. Wrap abdomen with brown/olive synthetic dubbing. Use little dubbing at first; increase proportion when nearing thorax. Body will gain a tapered appearance.
  3. Tie in twice as many hackle fibers as above to form wingcase and legs. Wrap fine synthetic dubbing to form thorax.
  4. Fold wingcase over thorax and tie down behind hook eye. Don't clip protruding hackle fibers. Split group in two and fold back along each side. Wrap thread several times to secure fibers. Fibers should protrude like legs. Cut hackle tips like tail to even leg fibers.
  5. Whip finish and apply head cement.



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Black Ant:
Hook
: Mustad 3906, sizes 14-20
Hackle: black Whiting saddle
Thread: black in 8/0 or 6/0
Abdomen: 1/8 inch black closed cell foam strips
Thorax: black thread
  1. Put thread on mid-shank and wind to rear. Tie on foam around the bend. Move thread forward to mid-shank and trim excess foam.
  2. Pull on foam for a smooth body. Pulling foam will decrease width. Wrap foam forward to point of hook, then rearward to bend right above the barb. Then, wrap forward to mid-shank.
  3. Secure foam, trim excess and wind thread back to just behind mid-shank. Finally, wind thread forward to mid-shank.
  4. Select a black hackle with barbs about a gap width in length. Cut some barbs to expose bare shank. Secure to hook (dull side forward). Trim and wind thread forward over the stem.
  5. Wrap hackle three times around shank. Secure and trim excess.
  6. Secure foam in front of hackle. Wind thread forward over foam. Trim excess and wind thread forward to within one eye's width of hook eye.
  7. Wrap foam three times around shank. Secure and trim excess.
  8. Whip finish over front of foam. Cut excess thread.



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Black Beauty:
Hook
: nymph hook in sizes18-26
Head: glass bead, extra small silver
Thread: black, 8/0
Body: fine copper wire
Thorax: black thread
  1. Attach bead at the head
  2. Attach thread to hook. Do not wrap back to tangent point.
  3. Attach rib at thread tie-in point.
  4. Wrap thread back with rib directly under hook shank.
  5. Smoothly wrap thread forward. Use as little thread as possible.
  6. Complete the body with 4-6 turns of copper wire. Tie off the wire; clip excess.
  7. Form thread head and whip finish.



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Blue Winged Olive:
Hook
: TMC 100 in sizes 14-22
Thread:
olive, 6/0 or 8/0
Wing: dark blue dun hen hackle tips
Tail:
dark dun hackle fibers
Body: olive to brown-olive dubbing
Hackle: dark dun
  1. Start the tying thread one head length behind the eye of the hook, wind towards the bend - stopping directly over the barb of the hook.
  2. Select a dun hackle - the hackle barbs should be equal to the length of the hook shank, tie these hackle barbs in as a tail.
  3. Select two hen saddle hackles to use as wings, arrange the hackle tips so they are twice as long as the hook gap length. Tie the hackle tips in so they stand up straight from the hook shank.
  4. Dub the body in a nice taper stopping short of the wings.
  5. Select a blue dun cock hackle (the barbs should equal 1 to 1.5 times the gap length).
  6. Tie in the cock hackle and wind forward, create a nicely bunched hackle collar.
  7. Tie off and trim excess. Whip finish and apply head cement.


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