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Fly tying videos by Walter Wiese

Fly Tying Vid: Delektable Bug Stonefly Nymph

Fly Tying Vid: Delektable Bug Stonefly Nymph

The Delektable Bug by Dan Delekta of Beartooth Fly Fishing is a large, aggressive stonefly nymph pattern with “a lot going on.” This version has the chenille body and abundant legs of a Pat’s Rubber Legs (aka Girdle Bug aka Turd), but also a marabou tail and a collar hackle. It has risen to become my best or second-best style of stonefly nymph over the past couple seasons, now certainly eclipsing the basic Pat’s. This variant is tied on a jig hook and has a couple small material additions in an experiment to cross over to appealing to fish who like my OTHER favorite stonefly lately, the Bomb Series nymphs, in this case the brown Stone Bomb. Otherwise it’s identical except in color to the basic Bug.

The basic Bug is the least-complicated version of a whole family of Delektable stonefly nymphs including the Braided Stone, the Hurless, the Mega Prince, the Mr. Rubber Legs, and the Stoner. Most are available in standard or flashback variants. These other variants add, subtract, or change a few materials, but otherwise use a similar tying process. For example the Mega Prince has a peacock herl body instead of chenille and adds biot wings, while the Hurless simply has a body of ostrich herl.

In most respects I use “Delektables” of one breed or another in the same situations where I would use other rubberleg stoneflies. I find the chenille-bodied version given here generally more effective when the water is high and/or off-color, as well as for ornery fall-run brown trout, while during the summer when the water is lower and clearer I prefer the similar Mega Prince or Mr. Rubberlegs.

The 2020 Delektable Flies catalog can be viewed here if you’d like to the stock color combinations and tying procedures: https://www.beartoothflyfishing.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Delektable-Fly-Catalog-2020-WebPDF.pdf

Note that I have no business relationship with Delektable or Beartooth. I just use some of the flies.

NOTE ON FISHING DATES MENTIONED IN THIS VIDEO: The streamflow predictions for the Boulder have changed and it is now forecast to remain above 2000cfs through at least June 17, alas. I now expect it to drop into shape around June 20, 2020.

Fly Tying Vid: Clouser Swimming Nymph

Fly Tying Vid: Clouser Swimming Nymph

The Clouser Swimming Nymph is a good fly this month on many waters in our area, especially the private ranch lakes which see their heaviest damselfly hatches in June and are also home to leeches, tadpoles, and in some cases small crayfish, all of which the Clouser Swimming Nymph can match if tied in the right sizes and colors. Tied down to a #14, this is also a good pattern on the grayling lakes in Yellowstone National Park, which will get going for the season in a big way around June 10. Check out the video below to learn how to tie this pattern.

New Fly Tying Video: Gray CDC Emerging Dun

New Fly Tying Video: Gray CDC Emerging Dun

Here’s Walter’s latest fly tying video, the CDC Emerging Dun. This gray version is my most productive fly when guiding in the Lamar Drainage. It’s an excellent imitation of emerging Green Drakes (as well as a variety of smaller gray-olive “drake” mayflies). You can also tie it much smaller to match BWO, or change colors to match whatever insect you are seeing.

The video is below. The recipe is available at Yellowstone Country Fly Fishing.

Fly Tying Video: Jack Gartside’s Soft Hackle Streamer (Chickabou Version)

Fly Tying Video: Jack Gartside’s Soft Hackle Streamer (Chickabou Version)

The Gartside Soft Hackle Streamer is a classic marabou and soft hackle streamer developed by Jack Gartside. This version is made using chickabou feathers, which allows for the pattern to be tied in much smaller sizes.

The same tying procedure used here also works on the large Alaskabou series and similar marabou steelhead and coho salmon flies. Just use large (#2/0 to #2) steelhead hooks, swap the chickabou for much larger marabou plumes, and add more flash.