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Al Ritt Ritt's Fighting Crayfish - 17:06 -Y

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Al Ritt: Ritt's Fighting Crayfish

Al Ritt has tied several patterns in our fly tying videos. See them here.
From Al:

I grew up in Michigan and have been fly fishing as long as I can remember. After graduating college, I moved to California and gravitated toward fly fishing almost exclusively. I have been tying flies “seriously” since 1983 and have been a tying instructor both independently and for several Colorado fly shops since 2000. In 2005 I also began guiding along Colorado’s front range. Currently I am a member of Whiting Farms Pro Staff and am employed by PEAK Fishing and I have several fly tying patterns commercially available. In addition to guiding, fly tying instruction and demos, my wife Diana and I own and operate our own company geared primarily toward flyfishing education services. More detailed information is available at www.alrittflies.com.

RECIPE:

CW’s Reverse Puff PMD CDC emerger - 10:28 - Y

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From Chris:

With regards to fly tying and fishing, I have done both since I was 9-years-old. Even with my rather limited math skills, I believe that translates to 40 years experience. Although I do fish and tie nymphs, my true passion is for dry fly-fishing, especially of the very small variety. Favorite hatches involve fishing baetis, midges, and tricos. I look upon fly-tying as a continually evolving process with new materials and new twists on old ties and methods emerging all of the time. My philosophy as a fly-tier is that tying is really a way of problem-solving. I spend a great deal of time on streams and lakes with much time being spent simply as an observer of entomology and nature. I try to come up with patterns that fit different situations, try to be innovative in the creation of flies to solve different problems, and I also try to learn from other individuals in order to be a better tier and fisherman.
While I certainly would not consider myself a famous tier or fly fisherman, I have been demonstrating fly-tying at expos (including the tremendous East Idaho Expo), fly club meetings, for community groups, and in shops for about the last eight years. Some of my flies have also been featured in Fly Fish America, and I am currently a member of Whiting's Pro Team. Also, I am currently producing a line of dry fly and emerger patterns that will be marketed by Riverborn Flies in 2010.
Over the years, I have been helped by many people to improve my skills as a tier and fly fisherman, and to those folks I owe a great debt of gratitude. I truly love this sport and as I grow to be a mature member of the fly tying and fishing community, it is one of my goals to pass on a little of the knowledge I have accumulated over the years.


RECIPE:

  • Hook: TMC 2488 sizes 14-18
  • Thread: yellow UTC 70
  • Tail: March Brown colored antron dubbing shuck
  • Body: PMD turkey biot tied with a furled body
  • Thorax: PMD colored Superfine dubbing
  • Wing: CDC puff tied in by the tips of the feather fibers
  • Legs: Whiting medium dun hackle parachuted around the CDC wing

Boots Allen My My Shrimp - 13:15 -Y

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Boots Allen is a third generation guide and outfitter from Western Wyoming. Over the last 18 years, he has had the opportunity to fish and guide at destinations around the world, including Argentina, Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Costa Rica, British Columbia, and the streams of the Rocky Mountain West. He has penned numerous articles for fly fishing magazines such as Fly Tyer, The Fly Fishing and Tying Journal, The Drake, and Sports Afield. Boots has used his creations at the fly tying vise for a variety of game fish including taimen, pike, lenok, sea-run brown trout, steelhead, pacific salmon, snook, roosterfish, redfish, and almost every imaginable species of trout.

Recipe:

  • Hook: Dai-Riki 135, Size 8-12
  • Thread: Clear, fine monochord
  • Eyes: Black dumbbell eyes, size to match hook
  • Antennae: Pearlescent Silli Legs
  • Body: Pearl Diamond Braid
  • Hackle: White
  • Shellback: White or tan Scud Skin
  • Ribbing: Fine black wire

Also see other flies by Boots.

Al Ritt L2HF SlimFlash Damsel - 6:07 -Y

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From Al:

I grew up in Michigan and have fished as long as I can remember. After graduating college, I moved to California and gravitated toward fly fishing almost exclusively. I have been tying “seriously” since 1983 and have been a tying instructor both independently and for several Colorado fly shops since 2000. In 2005 I also began guiding along Colorado’s front range. Currently I am a member of Whiting Farms Pro Staff and am employed by PEAK Fishing and I have several fly patterns commercially available. In addition to guiding, tying instruction and demos, my wife Diana and I own and operate our own company geared primarily toward flyfishing education services. More detailed information is available at www.alrittflies.com.

RECIPE:

  • Hook: Tiemco 3761
  • Thread: UTC 70 Denier
  • Eyes: Black Mono Eyes
  • Tail: Sparse Tail of Marabou fibers with one strand of Mirage Opal Flash on each side
  • Body: A second bundle of marabou fibers equal to the tail, or the butts of the marabou tail fibers
  • Thorax: Extension of Body
  • Head: Extension of Body and Thorax
  • Rib: Mirage Opal Flash
  • Wing Bud: Mixed bundle of Antron and Mirage Opal Flash

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