Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Winter storm fishing

   I love to fly fish in the snow. I have no idea why though as i am not a fan of snow or cold weather. So I got out this afternoon in Cato. Which is a snow storm that hit the northeast today.  The snow was very heavy at times and with lots of huge snow clumps falling from trees while i fished. Bombarding the stream.
    I fished the afternoon away, with little results till i switched out my nymphs for an infamous pink worm. Then it was on like donkey kong. I hooked and landed a really nice rainbow, that was a blast on my 2wt. As well as several wild browns. 
  It took awhile but eventually my hands got numb to the point of pain and  I was getting tired of getting beaten by the falling chunks of snow from the trees. It was as if i was getting hit by snow balls.  So with frozen limbs and more than four, I headed on home.


Infamous's first victim






Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Out before the storm

  Well I got out to fly in the late afternoon. Hit my local limestoner. The weather was mild with a slit chill to the air, with the impending cold front approaching.  Thanks to recent rain, the flow was very nice. Which was good since no bugs were active. So I tied on a pair of small nymphs, a high test hares ear and a rubber diamond ducky, both in a size #16.
  Didnt take long to find some wild browns in a nice run. The pair of nymphs caught equally but it seemed the ducky got some more aggressive takes.  The high test hairs ear was tied on a scud hook with a small black tungsten bead. The ducky was beadless with black legs.
 As the sun dipped behind the ridgeline, the breeze got even colder and it just felt like snow was on the way. So with no coat on, I headed on home.





 

Monday, November 24, 2014

New U.V. resin review and general news

U.v resin review coming soon!!! Ive been putting the new competitor to the test. The result are almost compiled. 

  Just got done with international fly tying symposium. Had a great time and it was nice meeting, fellow tiers who watch my videos and follow along with the site here.  Looking forward to possibly be at the January show and even landcaster (unconfirmed as of now).

Got some plans for some new videos and write ups. 

Tight Ties and Lines
Johnny
 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Summer morning on a local stream



Well got out the other morning before the real heat kicked in. Went and hit a local limestone stream that was not effected by the heavy thunderstorms from the night before.  Got on the water around 9, a little later than I intended but it was okay.  It was already well into the mid 80s, so i decided to wet wade.  The water was a nice 61 degrees and felt wonderful.
Picked a stretch that has been good to me threw the years.


 I saw several trout rising all around in the flat. Couldnt see anything flying, hatching, or even in the film.  With past experiences like that, I knew to try something black.  Black is only easy to see in bright glare, next to impossible to see in the shade. Well for me at least.  Also with the water being flat glass, I opted for a soft hackle.





Thursday, July 3, 2014

Small rusty hackle wing spinner video



Materials
Hook- Daiichi 1110 #20
Thread- Uni 8/0
Tail- Light dun rooster hackle
Abdomen- Tying thread
Thorax- Rust or rusty brown dry fly dub
Wing- light dun hackle. 

*** I forgot to mention in the video that I only use neck hackle on these. I find the saddle hackle barbs too large width wise.  Neck hackle is just a lot more supple and that's a great thing for a spinner. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

A great little fly



The hackle wing rusty spinner is a staple in my box.  Tied large to small. Pictured is a size 20. The small sizes with a simple thread body have served me well on many streams.  From the tough limestones to tail waters and everywhere in between. 
 The hackle wing spinner is an old spinner pattern that is hands down one of the most effective and durable ways to tie a spinner.  Quick, easy and few materials make this fly a no brainer.  
  
I'll be instructing how to tie this pattern at our up coming ridge and valley tying night on July 1st at the Musconetcong water shed association blg in asbury nj.   @ 730pm.  Come on out and learn to tie this deadly fly.   Also Utah's fly corners next video in the works is for the #20 rusty hackle wing spinner.  So stay tuned. 

Johnny 


Utah's fly corner studios.



Utah's fly corner studios has returned to film making.  Stay tuned for fly tying videos and tutorials!! And more!!!!! 

Catskill outing

 Well I was up in the Catskills this past weekend.  It was an outing with my T.U. Chapter.  8 of us in total with a few more friends and chapter members meeting up with us to fish.  We stayed at the dream catcher lodge. Which is very modest with pricing and the cabins are very nice.
  Half way up I realized I had forgotten my camera! With my phones cam being scratched to hell I was s.o.l. As far as pics went.  
 The first lights out on Friday was great. Many sulphurs and caddis around. As for the next two nights out well they sucked to say the least.  Tons of tiny sulphurs coming of but not a flash, boil, or any rise forms. 
 We hit the beaver kill for some late morning early afternoon nymphing.  My iso nymph did very well, landing me 2 very beautiful bows that had my Lamson guru screaming.  
 The iso nymph is modified version of the pattern I've tied in the past but similar. I will do a tutorial for the pattern very soon.
 All in all the outing was a blast.  Lots of laughs and great food. With everyone catching trout.  
 As for the nomad,  bitch, and the savage. I have been very pleased with the tech pack set up(bitch creek back pack and the savage creek chest pack) and the fishpond nomad net.
  Great to be back to posting
Johnny 









Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Coming soon..........

The adventures of Johnny Utah, the nomad, the bitch and the savage..........  Stay tuned 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Little black diving caddis tutorial

 Here is a tutorial for the diving the caddis wet fly. I always tie a few small black ones. They work really well on streams with good little black caddis populations.  The fly is effective almost all day long and is best fished down and across with mends to allow the fly to drift naturally or dead, then allow to swim when the mend straightens. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Ready 2 Pop tying video


Materials
Hook- Daiichi 1180 12-18
Thread- Black Uni 8/0
Tail- Teal flank dyed claret
Abdomen- Teal flank dyed claret
Rib- Kreinik Metallics  Blending Filament 032
Thorax- Marabou butt material form the base of a claret teal flank feather, blended with STS claret 
Wing case- Evazote foam black


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Diving caddis video

Materials
Hook- Daiichi Alec Jackson North country spider hook
Thread- Uni 8/0 Tan
Body- Polar dub Tan\
Wing- Mallard flank dyed wood duck
Wing topping- Antron yarn white/clear
Hackle- Hebert miner hen neck hackle  Barred dark ginger

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Attack of the Buzzers!!!!

 Well got out this after noon for some flying on my local limestoner. Not much surface activity upon my arrival. Nor did it pick up any while I fished.  I tied on a dry dropper rig consisting of a paraloop hammer and a rusty blues buzzer for the dropper. Been some time since I fished with buzzers and had forgot just how well they worked.  Wit hin a few drifts, I was into a really nice wild brown.  He wouldnt let me photo him of coarse and he got me in the finger with the dry when he went streaking back into the run.
  I fished up a good section of stream and the fish was good.  Only managed 1 brown on the dry, and all the rest came on the buzzer.  I trashed my last camera while out fishing so I'm a little hesitant to take pictures anymore. But i did get some shots. 
  Saw bwos hatching both size 16 and 24s, as well as some tiny pale duns. For whatever reason I didnt notice any rises for them though.  All in all, it was good time out.






Paraloop Hammer Tying Tutorial



 There is no doubt that an emerger is a deadly a fly and here is one that I have been using with great success as of late. The rear of the body consists of marabou. The bou will sit below the water just like all klink hammer bodies do, and the bou insures it will sink into the film.  Leaving the dubbed portion and paraloop sitting just on top of the film.  
  Its easy to imitate any mayfly species with this style of fly. Just simple change the color of the dubbing and hackle.  The one I tied in the photo is just a general pattern. Not specific to any species but its a good combo that has worked well. Cant go wrong with grey. 

Materials
Hook- Daiichi 1167 10-18
Thread- Uni 8/0 grey(use thread colors to match the dubbed body)
Tail- Medium brown marabou plumes
Nymph body- Medium brown marabou
Rib 1- Mirage Flashabou
Rib-2- Extra small silver wire
Body- Grey superfine dry fly dub(vary the color to match other mayfly species)
Hackle- Dark barred ginger(vary the hackle to match other mayfly species)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Out for a spell

 Well, I got out today with senior fredy and hit the mighty musky. The water is an oddity to all the streams around as it is flowing high.  
 The winning ticket today was wet flies    The stockie bows were all over them and hitting them hard.  The wets I was using I don't have a name for as of yet but I'll be sure to share the patterns in the future.  

Fredy got the only wild of the day and on the infamous pink worm.  Didnt take any picture of the stocked bows. 
  As for bugs, alls I saw the whole time were tan caddis and lots of them.  Be sure to be armed with caddis if you head out in the near future! 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Time goes!

 Wow, cant believe i havnt posted in 4 months! Didnt realize it had been so long! My apoligies to all my subscribers.  I will continue to post, and coming up will be more tutorials and videos! loop wing duns and paraloop hammers to name a few. 
  I have been out lately here and there. The tricos are still hatching on the local limestoners here in New Jersey and Pa. Plan to be on the stream around noon till three.  Dont forget about caddis as they are still present on all the streams.  The bwo hatches have been pretty decent lately.  And trout are still willing to eat terrestrials. 
   Stay tuned! Thank you
Johnny

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Out for dusk


  Well got out to hit the sulphurs at dusk but got word that they came earlier in the day.  Got down to a nice pool and hung out till the trout decided to pop. Or rather bugs got going. .  
  I got a dink first but then I got 2 nice hens. Both trout fought like hell on my 2 wt.  I sure do love nice size wild browns on that rod. 
  There wasn't much of a hatch or spinner fall at lights out and no trout were rising. So with a smile on my face from the 2 hens, I hiked back to the car. 


Friday, May 24, 2013

Rainy day flying

  Got out to fly today with my friend. We hit a local stream where the water was up a little but still low and slightly off color.  We found some trout rising in a tail out of a pool to bwo spinners, but the trout didnt mind taking a skittering caddis I had on my line already.
  The rising stopped, so we went to nymph rigs. The fishing was HOT. Lots of trout hitting the nymphs hard and fighting even harder. The fish were all over a size 16 High test hares ear. I twist up the little h.t.h.e. with a little tungsten bead to get the small fly down in deeper or heavier water areas.
  By early afternoon, the mayflies began to hatch.  Quill gordons and Hendrickson mixed with olives started pouring off  and the trout eagerly fed upon them.  Didnt see any march browns or caddis other than the chimaras hiding under the leaves.  Josh did well with a parachute hendrickson he tied and I did well with a hackle stacker adams emerger.








Thursday, May 23, 2013

The H.O.H. dun and the sulphur hatch.

   Ok, so I belong to a group on a fly fishing website called the fly of the month group. This months fly was any H.O.H. fly. H.O.H. meaning hackle on hook.

 My friend Tom tied up some duns in a variant style, with the trimmed hackle for bodies.  I thought they looked pretty cool. So I decided to twist up a thorax dun.  I figured why not do a favorite dry fly pattern of mine and seeing how the hackle was getting trimmed for the body the v cut hackle just made sense to me.


 The fly consists of only hackle and thread. So there is nothing on it that can absorb water, thus making it a perfect dry fly. The idea that Tom had behind the hackle cut body was for it to give the translucent effects that the naturals have to them.  Sounds reasonable to me, so I twisted one up in sulphur and headed on out to a local freestoner for the sulphur hatch. 






  So with my trusty 2 wt and H.O.H. I made my way to the stream at the last bit of twilight.  I went a favorite pool of mine. It consist of heavy riffle leading into and long tail out.  I can always find some trout sipping and gulping insects near or in the tail out. 
  On the way to the water I was being buzzed by sulphur duns and spinners flying about.  I just hoped the rain would hold out long enough for me to get a trout or two.




The clouds cleared a bit and the moon came out and bathed the pool in moon light. I could see fishy noses poking up from the water every so often. I made my first cast and landed a bit short of the feeding lane. The next was on point and the trout took the H.O.H.. A good fight later I had the hen landed.
   I hooked several fish and one was very large as i couldnt really move the fish with my 2 wt. haha. The fly popped on that fish and I remembered why I didnt use mustad hooks anymore...... I ran out of daiichi 1100 in 14! and had some mustad laying around.

I'm not a great photographer by any means! but I'm no photographer at all in the dark! But you can still make out the fly. The proofs in the pudding as they say.  I will do a tutorial of this technique very soon.  And my daiichi hooks should be on there way! Thank you J.W trout

Spring in full swing


Been a while since I have been online.  Been busy working and of coarse, fishing!  Hit some really great hatches so far this spring on the upper Delaware and the local limestoners.  So far it's been Bwos, Hendrickson, march browns, sister sedges, tan caddis, and sulphurs. 
 Sulphurs are a prolific mayfly species and occur almost every where. Be sure to get out for an evening!   
 Here's a few pics from recent sessions