Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Rhyacophilidae Fishable Realistic Caddis Larva- Smhaen Bobbin Holders, Virtual Nymph Nymph Skin, Deer Creek UV Flex Resin, Daiichi 1160 Klinkhammer Hook

Rhyacophilidae, Fishable Realistic Caddis Larva

The Rhyacophilidae are a family in the insect order of Trichoptera, which are commonly known as caddisflies. Larvae of this family are in the free living behavioral group and most species are predatory. The largest genus is Rhyacophila, with nearly 500 species distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere. One important morphological characteristic is many Rhyacophilidae have a gill structure located on the lateral sides of the abdominal wall.

Select 2 Ostrich barbs.

Secure one Ostrich barb on each side of the hook (these will imitate the gill structure).

Cut the Nymph Skin at an angle and secure ahead of the Ostrich barbs.

Select your waterproof marker (I mostly use Kurecolor or Chartpak markers).

Move the thread bobbin holder to the eye and stretch the Nymph Skin before you mark it.

Palmer the Nymph Skin to behind the eye and secure it in place with the bobbin holder at the eye.

Remove the bobbin holder at the eye.

Secure the Ostrich in place at each segment of the abdomen using the UNI Mono Thread. 

Repeat the process all the way to the rear of the last segment at the front.

Cut the excess Ostrich. 

Prepare 2 of the barbs, one from each side, to create the rear legs.

Using a pair of tweezers, secure one leg in place with the UNI Mono Thread.

Secure the second rear leg in place on the opposite side. 

Repeat the process for the first center leg.

Secure in place.

Repeat for the other center leg.

Prepare and secure the forelegs in place.

Last of the 6 legs.


At this point, remove the excess barb material from the fly.

Choose a brown toned (your choice) marker to mark the head and back plates.

Be careful not to run the marker along the ostrich or it will soak up the color of the marker.

Coat the head with the UV Resin.

Repeat the process with the next few segments. 

Cure for at least 15 seconds.

For added durability, put the UV Resin on a micro brush and mark down the back of the fly.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Orvis Helios 3F and 3D Fly Fishing Rods- Brief Review, Technical Data, Plus Differences from the Helios 2

Ive seen a ton of positive and negative remarks on the NEW Orvis Helios 3 Fly Rods. It happens with every new fly rod and for good reason. Through the years, consumers may have been duped into believing that a new rod is different from the last by overexuberant marketing campaigns. I've fallen victim to it and it has happened, at some point, with every major rod manufacturer. Skeptics will be skeptics but please dont make judgements until you do a touchy feely. The internets is full of armchair critics and it will only get worse as the years go by. Social media is the new nicotine. If you dont like it, then you dont have to. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion(s). My critique of this rod........ OH MY! Its like a laser pointer on 'roids. Great work Shawn Combs and the Orvis design team. You've cracked the nut this time.

Orvis Helios 3 Fly Rods- The H3 offers a fundamental shift from flex profiles to a new frontier in accuracy and purpose driven design. 3F offers mid-range accuracy with finesse; a dry fly angler's dream. 3D is accuracy with power at distance; even with larger flies. The difference is taper and stiffness, but the design foundation of accuracy remains constant throughout the entire series. Many more models will be available by Spring 2018.

No cast ever thrown is identical to any other cast ever thrown. The variables of the caster, rod, and conditions are too great. Helios 3F and 3D were designed to significantly reduce the variables at the point of release focusing the energy of the cast to the intended target. No matter what happens behind you, the energy of the forward cast is crisply released through a tight window created by the most significant reduction in horizontal and vertical tip frequency ever conceived. It is a rifle in a world of muskets and it autocorrects the variables of the cast to the target with incomparable precision. (see figure 1A/1B). This was accomplished with a strategically reinforced blank that is stronger, yet has a remarkably lighter swing weight than the previous Helios rods. This increased hoop strength prevents the blank from "ovalizing" when flexed, (see figure 2A/2B) damping the vibration as the rod unloads and the line is released forward with significantly reduced sine waves (see figure 1A/1B) taking a truer path to the target. This increased strength also makes the Helios 3 stronger and more durable with an 85" deflection distance to breakage as compared to 54" for Helios and 72" for Helios 2. (see figure 3)

“How are these rods different from Helios 2?”
  • The only fly rod designed with the primary purpose of transferring casting energy into accuracy.
  • They are more accurate because of new materials and new construction techniques that greatly reduce oscillations in the rod after the cast is made.
  • They have a lower levered weight so they feel lighter in the hand.
  • They are 17% stronger in tensile strength, 40% stronger in hoop strength, and 77% stronger in impact strength.
  • They have a low-reflection matte finish to prevent spooking fish.
  • They have an exclusive Orvis-designed reel seat made in the same US machine shop as the Mirage reels.
How did they make them so accurate?
  • New graphite fiber is denser and has a quicker recovery rate.
  • Increased hoop strength for improved tracking and quicker recovery rate.
  • Each section of every rod is hand-tuned to maximize energy transfer.
  • New progressive tapers that deliver improved energy transfer while increasing the tip sensitivity and offering reserve power in the butt section.
  • Two new Helios rod families are available:  Helios 3F for accuracy and finesse at short to mid-range distance; Helios 3D for accuracy at distance even in the wind.
Orvis Fly Rods
  • With the exception of two price-point rods, all Orvis fly rods are made from start to finish in the Vermont rod shop.
  • Orvis designs and produces graphite, bamboo, and fiberglass rods all under one roof.
  • The Orvis rod shop employs over 50 craftspeople.
  • Orvis has been making fly rods in Manchester, Vermont since 1856. “Ahead of their time since the beginning.”

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Waxy the Waxworm Step By Step- Smhaen Bobbin Holder, Virtual Nymph Nymph Skin & Japanese Nymph Legs

Waxworms are the larva of wax moths, which belong to the family Pyralidae. In the wild, they live as nest parasites in bee colonies. They eat cocoons, pollen, skin sheds of bees, and beeswax, thus the name. Beekeepers consider waxworms to be pests. They are also being used in the bio-degradation of polyethylene plastic. Many species of fish love to consume them. 

 Wrap .020 lead wire.

 Use a heavy flat thread (Veevus 240) to cover the lead and create the taper.

Use the Japanese Nymph Legs to create the legs.

Secure the first "U shaped" set in place.

Repeat the process with the center set of legs. 

Repeat the process with the forelegs.

Cut one end at an angle for an easy tie in.

Secure the Nymph Skin in place and advance the thread bobbin holder to behind the eye. 

Wind the Nymph Skin forward.  

 Mark the rear end with a waterproof marker.

Rib the body with the mono thread.

Whip finish and remove the second bobbin holder.

Mark to your liking (back and the tips of  each leg)

Use a blender marker to help blend the colors.

Coat the head with the UV resin.

Cure with a UV light for at 12-15 seconds.

Coat the tips of the legs with the UV resin so the color stays.

Coat the entire surface with the UV resin using a micro brush.

Cure the UV resin with the UV light. You can stop here or continue on to the next steps.

Cure the UV resin with the UV light for 12-15 seconds.

Continue this process all the way to the back.

Finished product. Fish love it.