Flies and Fly Tying

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It’s been a while since I’ve tied. But I saw this fly over on Rivertop Rambles’ website under the blog titled “Welcome to Paradise”. It’s called a ‘Bleeding Heart’ and I believe it may either be a creation of one Mr. Bob Stanton, or at the very least, I was inspired by his tie of this fly as pictured there. Bob shared the recipe with and intermediary (thank you Walt!) that passed it along to me. Below are my attempts to tie this great looking fly. Click here if you want to go check out the original picture I was inspired by.


Yes, there’s a hair outta place and the thread head isn’t so neat but… you get the idea. This is a size 12 Orvis hook – a 1639 – Down eye, 1X Fine, 1X Short Shank. The gold tag and rib I used was fine oval gold tinsel. Bead was from JoAnne’s Fabric shop, a 8/0 Czech glass ‘seedbeads’, ruby in color. Dubbing was a mix of Hare’s Ear(HE) Krystal Dub and HE Ice Dub. I laid down 4 or 5 turns of flattened 0.020″ lead under the dubbing. Finally, I used Whiting Brahma Hen for the hackle. I’m sure a grouse or partridge could be used and might be in the original recipe.

Then I had to experiment a little. The olive one didn’t turn out too badly. The March  Brown one,  well it looked better in person. It’ll catch a fish!

I can’t wait to try these out next Spring and Summer!




Found this lady on the door this morning! I used to email pictures of flies I’d find to Greg Hoover when he was at Peen State. I may have only done this once or twice – but he was always helpful and gave me an identification. He’s not at Penn State anymore and thus I do not have the ability to send him this picture to try to positively identify this fly. If anyone can positively identify this fly, please feel free to comment or email SRS at slaterunsportsmen@gmail.com.

I’m thinking it may be a ‘Hex’ of some sort. There is a bit of mud-ish or ‘marly’ sort of water nearby in Pine Creek. I think they like that sort of habitat and so, maybe, just maybe this is a Hex.

Hex-Wannabe or Real Deal-S

No matter what it is  – it’s a ‘bigun’.

The Cedar Run Station shows that it got about eight to nine tenths of rain from the storm/s that passed through late yesterday afternoon. Maybe that stirred things up a bit and these were triggered to hatch.


I’ve been in Slate Run since Tuesday. Here are some pictures of some flies I’ve seen on the side of the camp over the past few days. They no doubt have come from Pine Creek.

I measured the water temperature on the 10th or 11th, quite some distance upstream from the ‘Stretch’, and it was 80 degrees! As I write this I see that the gauge at Cedar Run is at 1.61 feet. A shot of rain could help the creek here for certain.

A friend of mind fished Cedar Run Saturday (yesterday) and did quite nicely. He caught several fish – a few larger than 12 inches. He did report though that he saw no insects on or fish feeding on the surface.

Hopefully people can understand and heed the good sense the 70 Degree Pledge makes during theses times on Pine Creek.

I started tying this fly several years ago without knowing how it would ‘work out’. I’ve been pleasantly surprised as it has been effective. I’ve caught many fish including a nice Brown up Cedar Run several years ago and used it in the Fall catching a few Rainbows and Browns out in Pine. Shortly after I tied the first few off the vice someone said to me that it looked like an ‘ISO’ as in Isonychia Bicolor. But out in Michigan I also fished it when a Brown Drake was ‘in season’ and caught fish with it.

So I’ve always thought of this fly as my ‘Iso – Brown Drake’ …. thing! Thus, for your observation, the Iso-Brown Drake, Mahogany Dun, Slate Drake……. fly!

ISO Like It

The Iso-Brown Drake-Mahogany Dun-Slate Drake Parachute Fly

Standard parachute post dry fly tie. Has a wire rib on it too and a little dubbing in the thorax area. Pheasant tail, tail; Pheasant tail body, Gold wire Ribbing; Deer hair post, 1-Brown and 1 Grizzly hackle, Superfine Rusty Brown dubbing Thorax – Brown thread- Veevus 10/0.

Apologies for posting this too late to maybe have an effect on anyone’s fishing but…..I was in Slate run a week ago for a few days and got to fish some. While I was there I thought I’d tie some and these are the result.

I fished up the runs a little but mostly down on Pine in ‘The Project’. Had decent success with these flies. Both pretty simple to tie. The one on the left zlon trailing shuck, dubbed body, and zlon ’emerging’ wing. On the right, same tailing and body with a CDC wing. Both were effective! Even the variation in the body color didn’t seem to matter.

I did try some with some soft hackle like those shown in the 5-8-2018 post here. I did NOT get much attention to this style of fly when I fished it. Switched over to the flies above and it was like a light switch was turned on! (See Photo Gallery page for what I caught with this fly… 😉 )


Was back to Slate Run last week and had limited success with this fly on Pine. At least a few rose to it and I should have brought a few more to the net but blew my opportunities.

The fly on the left was purchased somewhere. This caught the only Brown Trout Club (BTC) fish of the week for me. Clearly an emerger of some sort. I only had a few of them and tied several of the fly to the right, to try to mimic the original. I really didn’t mimic it too closely did I? It got the attention though – of a few more fish that, for whatever reason, I was not able to bring them to hand or net! It happens!

This is for you Dale! I saw your comment earlier and thought I haven’t posted any ties in a little while.

I am surprised at how pink this looks. The body is Hendrickson Pink but I think it throws a pinkish cast to the rest of the fly. The post is a dun gray zelon along with the tail. The hackle is a nice dun saddle Whiting hackle. But it certainly looks like those components have pink in them. They do not… you’ll just have to take my word for it!

I’ve gotten into the habit of tying off on to the post with my parachutes. This fly is an example of that.Hackle tied off with a 3 turn whip finish (I use a tool – didn’t used to but I do now 90% of the time).

I’ve usually tied a more gray dominant body with a little pinkish-claret’ mixed into the gray for Hendricksons in the past. thought I’d tie with just the Hendrickson Pink for a few flies to have some variety.


Thought I’d tie some simple caddis pupae-looking files today. Body is Senyo’s Laser Dub- Olive. The ‘purple-ish highlights really are apparent looking at it live – not so much in the picture. I left it pretty ‘messed-up’ intentionally. The brown is Borden’s Hare-Tron dark brown – that has a little sparkle to it also. Brown Veevus thread and a couple of olive mallard ‘antenna’ finish off the fly. Really a pretty easy fly to tie.



This is just a black version of the 3-27-2018 post. Although the 3-27 is a size 12 and this is a size 16. These are taken with different setups so at first they don’t look so different size-wise. But look at the size of the clip relative to the hook! Like I said, the one on the left is a size 16 – right a size 12.



These are very similar in composition. The Copper John on the left is what I tied today and the one on the right tied yesterday.

Both size 12 TMC 2488 hooks I think. I think the CJ was the 6th tied today and the right hand nymph was after about  a dozen from the day or so before.


Still playing around with turkey biots. This is just a BWO version of the 3-13-2018 tie –  tied on a size 16 TMC 101 hook. As you can see I am not an expert tyer or experienced with biot bodies.



Started tying a few of these after tying some crayfish – NOT my forte’. The cray’s should be functional though.

Suppose to be a Sulphur with trailing shuck – what do they call it… a ‘Sulphur Sparkle Dun’ I think? This version has a turkey biot body, Z-Lon trailing shuck that is thinned down pretty well, and the just some deer hair for the wing and Superfine for the thorax – thread head/whip finish.

I’ve found these effective on Pine and Slate in the past. Of course you have to ‘be there’ when it happens.



Cleaned up the tying bench/table today and decided to tie up something purple. I ran into someone up near the turn-off going up the mountain. We chatted a bit and shared that purple was a color the Brookies up there seemed to have liked.

It’s like anything though while fishing – it may work one time and then not the next. I have NOT fished a purple fly in Pennsylvania. I have out in Michigan, with a little success – just not in PA. I am looking forward though to giving it  a shot this Spring and Summer.

This is just a simple parachute pattern. A rather generic parachute – Z-Lon trailing shuck(tail) – thread body – purple (I only have 140 denier, about a 6/0 thread – I would like to get some 70 denier or 10/0, 12/0, 14/0 veevus sometime), a bit of purple dubbing for the thorax(probably a bit more nymph-like dubbing but oh well), and Z-lon post – and finally a brown and grizzly hackle tied off on to the post. This was the first fly off the vice today(and only one too). Will try to tie a half dozen tomorrow.

2-24-18 Efforts:

I’m not particularly fond of the hackle I used for the legs of the previous attempts above. I rather like a soft hackle for legs and these, below, are tied with such a feather. Unfortunately I don’t have any in a black color so I used what I had and tried to ‘color’ the feather (after tied) with a black Sharpie.


Tied this Double Bead Black Stone today. Was tying a version of this last night at a local shop with a few guys and they just weren’t turning out well. I think this is a better effort. Still would like to find a really webby black feather for the ‘legs’ yet. Used a somewhat webby hackle and tied it like a hackle – rotated around the hook shank as opposed to tying down a webby grouse sort of hackle on top of the thorax (like on the Golden Stone in the Comments/Discussion page).

This is a TMC 200R hook, size 12.

The first one tied on the left – tied with the feather as is – the middle photo – marked with a sharpie after tied. Yes, I know, the left fly – I split the wing-case accidentally after I had it tied. No self-respecting trout will touch it … right?

The feather used was a chicken feather I got from a neighbor kid years ago. It was her 4H project bird and she wanted to sell it. I bought it and skinned it for later use. I really like the webby-ness of the feathers for this sort of legging of nymphs. I really need to find some in various colors – black, brown, maybe a dark gray.

First Tying Entry:
Below – a Double Bead Golden Stone with damaged antenna. I first saw these at Slate Run Tackle a couple of yeas ago. I think I went over to Kettle Creek and used a black one there and caught a few little Brookies with it there. This was one I tied recently. The damaged goose biot antenna shows up really well when you take such a close-up picture of them and then you stretch the heck outta them (the image that is)…. dang!

4 thoughts on “Flies and Fly Tying

    • Those I put under the 6-12-2018 entry Dale – they worked pretty well last week there on Pine. While I don’t think of them as a ‘Soft Hackle’ – I think they are more ‘Emerger’ style. But they worked well for me last week. I think it might have been on the verge of changing and perhaps not becoming as effective as the last evening I fished it, the fish were much more selective.



    • Hi Dale, I think they might have to email them to me first and then I’d put them up on the site. As I am new to this website running sort of thing, I think that’s how it will work. I don’t think anyone can post directly – until I approved comments. So if there are people that want to post images – send them to slaterunsportsmen@gmail.com – and I’ll get them posted asap! Thanks for the comment Dale!


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