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Fly Tying the Egg Sucking Ice Tiger

The Egg Sucking Ice Tiger is a great steelhead / salmon fly that can be tied either using a standard saltwater or steelhead hook, or on a leashed shank fly. You’ll need to use a clipped shank or an OPST Steelhead shank to allow the cone to slip onto the shank. In this video, we tied the fly using a clipped saltwater hook and a wire leash. The pattern is more or less an egg sucking leach, but it is tied with a Spirit River UV dyed blue barred rabbit zonker and some icey Superfly marabou. While this fly is tied for steelhead, it would also make a perfect fly to tie on when you are targeting pike, bass and tarpon.

If you don’t have a tube vise to hold the shank, you can just use the regular vise jaws, but just be careful not to put too much pressure on the hook. Another alternative for shanks would be the OPST Shank Chuck Tool.

Egg Sucking Ice Tiger

Shank: 30mm shank or #2-2/0 hook
Bead: 1/4” Fl. Fire Orange cone
Thread: Fire Orange 6/0 (140 d)
Leash: 20lb braided intruder wire
Tail: Two-tone white/blue barred zonker
Collars: Black and dark blue marabou
Flash: Junebug Flashabou 15 strands
Wing: White bucktail
Collar: Silver Dr. Blue schlappen

Orange Popsicle Salmon and Steelhead Fly

The Orange Popsicle is a BC salmon and steelhead fly pattern from tyer Bill Luscombe. The original pattern calls for the use of mallard in the tail and throat, but I think this fly would be well served with a stronger barred feather like teal or gadwall flank. The body is dubbed using tri-lobal STS dubbing which gives the fly a ton of reflective surfaces in the water. If you have seal dubbing at your disposal, it would also work quite well for this fly, but is not legal or easy to obtain in every country. Canadians have access to polar bear hair and seal fur for the time being, but more other countries prohibit these natural materials.

The Orange Popsicle is a nice imitation of the young fry and even egg clusters. In the water, the white of the collar and the wing mask the inner orange and give the streamer the appearance of a food item.

Orange Popsicle Fly Recipe

Hook: Tiemco 7999 #2-8 (salmon/steelhead hooks)
Thread: Fire Orange 6/0 (140 d)
Tail: Mallard flank
Rib: UNI-Mylar silver #12
Body: STS Dubbing hot orange
Wing: White bucktail
Collar: Mallard flank

This pattern comes from A Compendium of Canadian Fly Patterns by Robert H. Jones (Author),‎ Paul C. Marriner (Author) page 82 http://galesendpress.com
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Calcasieu Pig Boat

The original Tom Nixon Calcasieu Pig Boat was tied with 56 rubber legs, but rubber tends to get brittle after a little while. I started tying the fly using silicone bass tabs in place of the rubber and am happy with a number of legs (21 front 21 back). This fly was developed back in the 1960’s and is available in a number of variations (and colors) which include the original, hackle tail, rubber tail, rabbit tail or marabou tail. This is also an excellent pattern for pike and other toothy cold and warm water predators.

The fly is fished deep and slow. It can be tied with extra weight, or a lead shot can be added a few inches up the leader to help the fly get down quick.

The fly was based on the productive and popular conventional bass lure called the Hawaiin Wiggler. The Pig Boat focuses on the highly active rubber legs from the Wiggler.

If you would like me to tie a few for you, you can get in touch through the About Us page.

Calcasieu Pig Boat fly pattern recipe (Tom Nixon)

Hook: Talon DV314 (Bass Stinger)or B10S http://amzn.to/2yCUudF
Thread: Black FWN (210 d)
Tail: White silicone skirt tab (half)
Hackle: Olive grizzly neck
Body: Olive crystal chenille
Collar: Olive silicone skirt tab (half)
Head: Black thread
Eyes: Painted white/black or stick-on

July Fly Giveaway

It’s easy to enter, just go to the video page here, make sure that you are subscribed and leave a comment. I’ll draw a random name from the entries on August 3rd.

Here is the set of flies will be giving away from the YouTube channel. Make sure you’re subscribed so that you’re eligible to win. #giveaway #contest #flytying #flytyer #flyfishing
http://YouTube.com/c/PiscatorFlies

Flies included in the giveaway are as follows;

The Canada
Steelhead Matuka
Bleeding Schlappen Leech
Surgeon General
Ginger Bunny Fly
Articulated Flesh Fly
Marabou Flesh Fly
Red Butt Chironomid
The Usual
Chum Slumber
DDH Leech
Black and Peacock Spider
BH Lightning Bug
Soft Hackle Leech
Black Drake Soft hackle
Alaska Maryann
Richard’s Callibaetis Nymph
Polly’s Pride
Silkworm Chironomid
Shwa Creek Caddis
Flaming Hem. Bugger

Shwa Creek Caddis

The Shwa Creek Caddis is a pattern I’ve adapted over the past couple seasons starting with a simple caddis Pupa pattern. I’ve added a lightly contrasting rib of UNI-Yarn to dull down the bright chartreuse and added ostrich herl (or dyed black peacock) over the bronze olive Diamond Dubbing I had been using. The ostrich adds a bit of movement to the fly. If you would like me to tie a few for you, you can get in touch through the About Us page.

Shwa Creek Caddis fly pattern recipe

Hook: Mustad C49s #10-18
Bead: Black brass or tungsten
Thread: Dark olive 6/0 (140d)
Rib: UNI-Yarn Insect Green
Body: Fl. Chartreuse Laser Dubbing
Thorax: Black ostrich herl
Thorax: Bronze olive Diamond Dubbing

Silkworm Chironomid

I developed the Silkworm Chironomid around 2005 for targeting trout in Alberta’s pothole lakes like Star Lake, Muir Lake, and Phyllis Lake. The body of the chironomid is made from UNI-Glo, a glow in the dark tinsel. While it does glow, this effect fades after a minute or so in the dark, but the light color helps fish key in on a quick snack.

It’s been a successful pattern for trout, perch, sunfish, and crappie. It has also taken a couple smallmouth bass. I’ve sold this fly to clients mostly in the western states and provinces, but I’ve done well using it in Ontario waters as well. I normally use brass beads, but you could use either glass or tungsten to adjust their sink rate.

You can fish this fly on a long leader using a very slow retrieve, or fish it under a strike indicator and let the wind move the fly.

Silkworm Chironomid Fly pattern Recipe

Hook: Mustad C49s #10-18
Bead: White brass or tungsten
Thread: Blue 6/0 (140d)
Rib: Fine copper wire
Body: UNI-Glo
Thorax: 1-2 peacock herls

Hot Butt Sili-Leg Gotcha Saltwater Fly

Gotcha flies are pretty popular, but by changing up a couple elements, you can keep things fresh with the pattern. This version of the fly features silicone legs that provide a ton of action in the water and a hot spot that fish can key in on.

I get asked to tie custom orders of flies all the time and I really enjoy hearing back from clients who have had some success with the flies I tie for them. This pattern has been working well, and reports coming in are quite positive. If you are interested in tying your own, watch the video below, or if you would rather have me tie some, you can order here.

Hot Butt Sili-leg Gotcha Saltwater Fly pattern recipe

Hook: Mustad S71SNP-DT #2-8
Thread: Tan 6/0
Eye: 3.2mm Black nickel bead chain http://etsy.me/2t2CfLz
Tail: micro crystal flash
Butt: STS Tri-lobal dubbing hot orange
Body: Tan Laser Dubbing
Wing: Tan craft fur
Legs: Silicone tab skirt

June Fly Giveaway

Congrats to the May winner Mark L. from the UK who won a set of the flies we tied during May. We will once again be giving away at least one set of the flies and up to 3 sets if we get enough entries into the draw. All you need to do to enter is be subscribed to our Youtube channel. We will be making the draw July 1st, 2017. Click here to subscribe – Piscator Flies on Youtube Good luck to everyone.

Fly Giveaway for the Month of June, 2017 from Piscator Flies

Episode 12 – Veverka’s Mantis Shrimp Saltwater Fly

Episode 12 – The infamous Bob Veverka came up with the design of his Mantis Shrimp saltwater fly pattern in response to recognizing missing elements that weren’t filled by standard bonefish patterns that were on the market. With educated bonefish becoming ever increasingly picky having had seen quite a number of the standard flies, Bob set to work on a better bonefish fly.

The fly design uses a series of separated legs so that they can each be moved independently rather than clumped into one section. The rabbit fur carapace also gives the fly a lot of natural looking movement and can be tied in a contrasting color than the tail, or tied to mimic an egg sac.

There have been some who have issues with the fly riding point down when tied with bead chain eyes. This seems to remedy itself when heavier brass or lead eyes are used. That being said, it is a highly effective saltwater fly and one I consider essential to any angler’s saltwater fly box.

DIY laser Dub – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paQSyTxRyTI

Veverka Mantis Shrimp Saltwater Fly Recipe

Hook: Saltwater #2-6
Thread: Tan 6/0
Eyes: 3.2mm black bead chain
Tail: Tan fox or craft fur
Mouth: Ginger or tan rabbit
Legs: Silicone orange and brown
Body: Tan Laser Dub

Hope to see you on the channel.