Wednesday, January 31, 2007

New Saltwater Fly Pattern - The Hares Ear Shrimp



New Saltwater fly Pattern added to Barracuda Guiding and Cudafly - The Saltwater Hares Ear Shrimp http://www.barracudaguiding.co.uk/saltwatershrimp.htm

History
This is one of the best saltwater shrimp patterns for tropical waters that we at Barracuda Guiding have come across. We have used this pattern extensively around many of the Bahamian islands to great success for species from bonefish to parrot fish. This fly should be tied in a variety of sizes concentrating on size #4 and lower. Its also easy and quick to tie. You can fish this fly on all densities of lines although our preferred method is to fish the shallows with a floating line.

Tying Method

Hook #4 - #8 Stainless Steel
Thread Black
Feelers Natural Hares Mask
Flash Pearl crystal flash
Eyes Gold Dumb Bells
Rib Medium Pearl Tinsel
Body Natural Hares Ear
Procedure
Bed the hook with tying thread finishing just slightly past the beginning of the bend of the hook. ( you may notice that the thread used is black rather than using brown. When the fly is wet the underbody thread colour darkens the body of the fly and therefore lighter spots when combined with the hares ear guard hairs ) Select a natural hares mask and cut some fibres from the cheek of the mask, the longer the better, remove the fluff from the base of these fibres and tie in as the feelers. Select a few strands of pearl crystal flash and tie this in as a topping for the feelers. Tie in the medium pearl tinsel and wind the thread along the shank of the hook until you reach approximately 1/3 along the hook shank. Tie in the Gold Dumb Bells on top of the hook shank making sure that the eyes are at right angles to the hook shank. This will ensure that the fly fished upside down in the water. Return the thread to where you tied in the pearl tinsel and dub the thread with wax. Select your hares ear, using as much guard hairs as possible in the mix and dub this onto the thread. Wrap this around the hook shank ensuring to cover where the Dumb Bells meet the shank of the hook both above and below. Continue until just before the eye of the hook and rib the fly with the pearl medium tinsel. Ties off, whip finish and varnish. As an option you can paint red spots on the Dumb Bells as a hitting spot.
Tight lines and good luck!
Cudafly

Sunday, January 28, 2007

new saltwater fly pattern steve's Ultra shrimp



New Saltwater Pattern added to Barracuda Guiding and Cudafly - steve's Ultra shrimp
http://www.barracudaguiding.co.uk/steves%20ultra%20shrimp.htm

History
We at Barracuda Guiding have always enjoyed fishing the original Ultra shrimp pattern and have had great success both here in the UK and abroad, but felt that it could do with a more life like representation in the water. As most Saltwater species including Bass feed heavily on shrimp, after many months of experimentation this was the final result. When fished the pattern resembles the translucency of the natural and has enough definition to for the fish to easily see the fly in clear water. The fly doesn't sink quickly and hence needs to be fished on a variety of sinking lines in the UK. When fishing the Bahamas the fly fishes best on a floating line.

Tying Method

Hook #4 - #6 stainless steel
Thread White
Feelers Natural Buck Tail
Flash Pearl crystal flash
Eyes Burnt Plastic
Over body Champagne Savage Hair
Under Body White Savage Hair

Procedure
Bed the hook with thread stopping at the bend of the hook. Tie in a pinch of natural deer hair and top with a few strands of pearl crystal flash. Take 2 strips of plastic tubing and hold the ends close to a flame until the ends ball, then place to one side to cool. Once cool tie the eyes in on the top of the hook shank so that the balls are equally spaced. Trim excess. Return the thread until just before the eye of the hook and take some champagne savage hair and tie this as a shell cover. Before you tighten the threads using your thumb spread the savage hair at the tie in point to fan out the hair. Trim excess and tie in firmly. Turn the hook upside down in the vice and repeat the above process with the white savage hair. Form a neat head with the thread and whip finish. Turn the hook now the right way up in the vice and coat the shell back and the thread with permanent marker half way up the shell casing ( the champagne savage hair). Once this is dry coat the top of the fly with 5 minute epoxy.
Tight lines and good luck!
Steve
This new fly pattern has been added to Barracuda Guiding and Cudafly

History
This is another competition favorite that has helped win many still water matches especially at the beginning and the end of the season. The black / green combination has always been an excellent fish catcher. Using peacock herl for the body creates a bronze iridescence that emulates natural insects but couple this with the chartreuse glister dubbing gives the trout a hitting spot. The dubbing also creates vortexes around the fly when pulled through the water creating both movement at the head section and extra movement at the tail. The above fly is tied using international competition rules and hence works best on all sinking lines. However if you fish this fly for pleasure it works better when using a floating line with the inclusion of a gold head and a longer marabou tail.
Tying Method
Hook #14 to #10 Competition Heavy Weight
Thread Black
Tail Black Marabou
Body Peacock Herl
Rib Fine Copper Wire
Head Chartreuse Glister dubbing
Procedure
Bed the hook shank with thread, take a pinch of black marabou and tie this in for the tail and trim excess. Tie in a strip of peacock herl at the thick end of the herl for strength and tie in a length of fine copper wire, trim excess. Return the thread to 1/3 length of the hook shank from the eye. Wrap the hook shank with the peacock herl and tie off. Rib the body with the wire with equal turns and in the opposite direction of the peacock wraps to give extra strength to the body. Tie off and trim excess. Prepare the tying thread with wax and dub the thread with glister. Wrap the dubbed thread on the rest of the hook shank, whip finish and varnish.
Tight lines and good luck!
Cudafly

Monday, January 15, 2007

http://www.barracudaguiding.co.uk/Grizzle%20Marabou%20Damsel.htm




New trout fly pattern added to barracuda guiding and Cudafly.com - The Buzzer Emerger

Learn to tie more trout and saltwater flies at Barracuda Guiding and Cudafly
This is another one of those patterns that is not only easy to tie but fantastic at catching trout. I came across this pattern a few years ago when I was doing allot of competition fishing. In the afternoon on match days the fish tend to become very finicky after seeing so many blobs etc earlier in the day. Even if the fish where avidly feeding on buzzers it did not matter what you put in front of them they would not bite - however this pattern did the trick when all else had failed. You need to fish this fly on a floating line with the slightest of retrieve and ties in the smaller sizes. Don't underestimate this fly and hold on to your rod, when trout hit this fly they hit it hard!
Tying Method
Hook Size #18-14 competition heavy
Thread Black
Body Thread
Thorax Natural Hares ear
Rib Fine pearl tinsel
Procedure
Bed the hook with thread and tie in a length of fine pearl tinsel just after the bend of the hook. Return the thread to the thorax area and apply wax to the thread. Lightly dub the thread with natural hares ear, use guard hairs as this will give the thorax more texture and the fly movement as the fly drops through the water column. Rib the fly with the pearl tinsel and tie off at the eye. Whip finish and apply 2 coats of superglue to the body of the fly. Easy and effective!
Tight lines - steve

http://www.barracudaguiding.co.uk/Grizzle%20Marabou%20Damsel.htm





New Trout Fly Pattern added to Barracuda Guiding and Cudafly.com - The Grizzle Marabou Damsel

History
This is another one of those patterns that is not only easy to tie but fantastic at catching trout. I came across this pattern a few years ago and has always been in my fly box ever since. This fly is certainly one of those patterns that does not catch the angler but certainly catches the fish! When fished through the water the fine fibres of the grizzle marabou pulsate with a truly 'life like' quality and when wet the fly really slims down to imitate the natural damsel pupae. Although the fly does look messy to the eye this is a must to ensure its fly fishing success. If there are damsels in your local water the trout there will just love this fly. This as others here is tied to international fly fishing competition rules but can be just as successful with the inclusion of a weighted bead (gold head) at the eye of the hook. You need to fish this fly on a floating line with the slightest of retrieve and when fishing sinking lines any retrieve will suffice. Always remember to mix retrieves up as wary trout get used to one retrieve only. Don't underestimate this fly and hold on to your rod, when trout hit this fly they hit it hard!
Tying Method
Hook Size #10-14 competition heavy
Thread Olive
Tail & Body Grizzle Marabou
Rib Medium Copper Wire
Thorax Peacock Herl
Procedure
Bed the hook with tying thread and finish at the bend of the hook. Cut a section of copper wire tie in and trim. Select some grizzle marabou as a tail and leave enough marabou for the body, do not trim. Return the thread to the thorax area of the fly and wrap the excess grizzle marabou down the shank of the hook. Tie off and trim. Rib the body with the copper wire, tie this off and trim. Tie a length of peacock herl at the thicker butt end of the herl for strength and wrap this for a thorax. Tie this off, construct a neat head, whip finish and varnish.
Tight lines and good luck!
Steve

http://www.barracudaguiding.co.uk/Glister%20hot%20spot%20hares%20ear.htm


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New pattern added to the Barracuda Guiding Website, the hot spot glister hares ear
History
Nearly all still water venues have populations of both shrimp and hoglouse and some of these populations are huge. At varying times of the year trout will gorge themselves on these invertibrates especially during early and late seasons when fly pupae are dormant. As shrimp and hoglouse are prevalent throughout the year trout will feed on these all year round. This makes it essential to have a good shrimp pattern in your box.
I have always enjoyed still water buzzer fishing during the summer months and continued this type of fishing during the winter using standard shrimp patterns such as gold ribbed hares ear etc. As excellent as these patterns are I felt that more could be done. Late autumn is the spawning time for shrimp when they take on a slightly pink hue. Also bloodworm buried in the silt are always on the trout menu. Therefore the design for this pattern arose. Hares ear is used for the body for the fly which is heavily teased to emulate breathers and legs whilst the glister hotspot does a few things. It gives the fly a hitting spot for the trout, creates movement in the fly when fished and when wet gives that slight pink hue to the fly. The final addition is a micro thickness strip of red holographic tinsel as a back (see picture below). I beleive this gives the impression of bloodworm. Wether this is what the trout see is another thing however the fly catches more trout with the inclusion of the holographic strip.
You can fish this fly on any line, either singuarly or as part of a team. I prefer using a floating line detecting bites by subtle twitches or under a bung fished static. The fly works just as well with the inclusion of a gold head or tungsten bead. With the gold head it makes this fly an excellent grayling pattern when river fishing.
Tying Method
Hook
Size #10-14 Grub
Thread
Brown
Body
Natural Hares ear
Rib
Medium Copper Wire
Hotspot
Red glister dubbing
Over Body
Micro Red Holographic Tinsel
Procedure
Bed the hook with tying thread and finish at the bend of the hook. Cut a section of copper wire tie in and trim. Cut a strip of red holographic tinsel and tie this in at the bend of the hook also. Dub the thread with hares ear including as many of the guard hairs as possible. Wrap this up the shank the the middle of the shank. Dub some red glister dubbing on the thread and create the fly hot spot. Dub some more hares ear and wrap this till just before the eye of the hook. Place the previously tied in holographic tinsel over the back of the fly, tie in and trim. Rib the fly with the copper wire making sure that the holographic back does not slip around the hook. Tie in the rib and trim. Create a neat head, whip finish and varnish.
Tight lines and good luck!
Steve