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Shannon McCormick's Tube-Truder - 15:13

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This week's tier is Shannon McCormick, International Travel Manager for Westbank Anglers in Jackson Hole, WY ( 307.733.6483). Shannon began guiding on the Henry's Fork, Madison & Snake Rivers, as well as the Yellowstone National Park waters in 1994. At the same time, he began fishing for steelhead on the Clearwater and Salmon Rivers in Idaho and the Skeena System in British Columbia. He also fit in quite a few side trips to rivers like the Thompson in BC and the waters of the Olympic Peninsula. In subsequent years, he's organized and completed four exploratory surveys of Alaska and BC steelhead streams, utilizing motherships, jetboats and helicopters. He's guided for Atlantic Salmon on Russia's Ponoi River for one year and made two trips to Argentina's Tierra del Fuego, fishing for sea-run brown trout.

Recipe

  • Begin with a 1 1/2 " aluminum tube
  • From the rear of the fly forward:
  • Target (butt): pink dubbing ball
  • Flash: Crystal flash or Flashabou
  • Hackle (1): stripped Rhea feather
  • Hackle (2): stripped Amherst Pheasant tail
  • Hackle (3): stripped Guinea feather or mallard flank
  • Head: black 6/0 thread

Jay Buchner: Jay Dave's Hopper - 23:59

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In this pattern, US Fly Fishing Team Member Jay Buchner demonstrates just how to tie knots in feathers to create hopper legs.

RECIPE

  • Hook: Mustad 9671, Dai Riki 280
  • Thread: 3/0 mono to match body color
  • Tail: Dyed red Elk
  • Body: Polypropolene Yarn
  • Hackle: Brown or badger
  • UnderWing: deer hair
  • OverWing: Turkey tail sprayed with urethane
  • Legs: Golden pheasant tail fibers knotted
  • Head: Deer Hair Spun in 2 bunches

Jay Buchner was born and raised in eastern Iowa, and spent a great deal of his childhood on family fishing excursions to Michigan and Ontario, Canada. He learned to tie flies at age 8 from his grandfather.

His fishing experience covers the gamut, from bait fishing for catfish in the Maquoketa and Mississippi rivers, to plug fishing and fly fishing for Northern pike and Smallmouth Bass in the lakes of Canada, to fly fishing for trout in the cold waters of Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Czech Republic, and England, Sweden, France, Spain, Slovakia, Portugal, Finland and tigerfishing in the Zambezi river of Africa.

After moving to Jackson, Wyoming, in the late 60's, Jay turned his love of fishing into a career, guiding fisher people in the Jackson Hole area for nearly 35 years and owning and operating both a retail mail order fly fishing catalog and a fly fishing shop in Jackson.

For several years, Jay and Don Veirs, an entomologist from Logan, Utah, have taught Fly Fishing Entomology through the Teton Science School in Kelly, Wyoming. The class includes field work as well as lab work in identifying aquatic trout foods, fly tying demonstrations relating fly patterns to the "real thing," and fishing opportunities which put to practical use the knowledge learned about the insects and their life cycles.

Jay and his wife, Kathy, have one daughter, Chani, who is now 28 years of age. She enjoys her opportunities to go fly fishing with friends or family whenever she can.

The Buchners have been involved with Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly Fishers for many years, attending Conclaves, conventions and the like, demonstrating fly tying and promoting their various business adventures.

Their fly patterns and tying techniques have been featured in such publications as The Second Fly Tyer's Almanac (Boyle & Whitlock), The Book of Fly Patterns (Leiser), Tying Flies with Jack Dennis and Friends (Dennis), Fly Tyer magazine, Fly Fisherman magazine and American Angler magazine.

Articles and photographs by the Buchners have also appeared in numerous fishing and outdoor magazines, such as Fly Fisherman, Fly Tyer, American Angler, Backpacker, Mountain Bike, and the Scientific Anglers Handbooks.

Kieran Frye: KC's Peacock - 3:45

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Kieran Frye has been tying flies since 1981. He is an award winning tyer, including the 1994 Mustad Scandinavian Open held in Oslo, Norway. Many of Kieran's patterns were developed during his days afield in his home state of Pennsylvania.

Recipe:

  • Hook: Mustad Midge Hook
  • Thread: 8/0 Uni Black
  • Body: Blue or Bronze part of the peacock "eye"
  • Thorax: Black Dubbing

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Boots Allen: Double Humpy - 16:22

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This pattern is especially interesting because it was invented by his father.

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 pened 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: Any standard dry fly hook, sizes 6 to 10.
  • Thread: Yellow, orange, green, or red 3/0 flat wax.
  • Tail and Body: Mule deer hair from the neck and facial area.
  • Hackle: Fine grizzly hackle. I typically will use silver or gold label hackle from Whiting Farms.

Also see other flies by Boots.

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