Fly Tying Jam

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Fly Tying Jam 2018-02-15T10:57:27+00:00

Jim Holmes – Master Fly Tyer

Granite Bay Flycasters Monthly Fly-tying Jam is usually held at the GBF Clubhouse (Folsom Lake Activity Center) at 6:30 pm on the third Tuesday of each month.

Each month Jim Holmes, with an assist from John Peterson, will be tying seasonal patterns and others that will work for the upcoming GBF fishout.

As always, the Fly Tying Jam is a FREE monthly event. All you need to do is bring a vise, tools and your own materials, plus lots of enthusiasm!  Heck, you can even come and just watch and ask questions if you want.

Free use of the Club’s fly tying vises and tools are also available.  If you think you want to learn to tie flies, but don’t want to spend a lot of money to find out, click here for more information on loaner tying gear and rods/reels too.

Questions about the Fly Tying Jam? Contact Jim Holmes at (916) 967-6709

A Few Informative links on fly tying:

About different types of Dubbing.

About feathers. And here too.

Tying better wing cases, by Skip Morris.

Tying Jam for Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018


(We have done both of these flies in the last year but we are putting them together)

Hook: 90degree jig hook – Mustad 32833 BLN or similar Size 10
Thread: UTC 70 or 6/0 Olive or black
Tail: Olive marabou + 4 strands of pearl UV Flashabou
Body: Arizona Simi seal – Olive
Head: Hot orange UV ice dub
Balancing bead: 7/64 or 1/8 Gold tungsten and straight pin
Alternate: same size Cyclops with orange bead lined with gold or silver

Note: This fly can be tied in black, brown, white etc…a very versatile fly!!!!!

The next two flies are from Jon Baiocchi. They are “guide flies” easy to tie and if you are fishing the Yuba and Truckee you should have some in your box!


Hook: TMC 5212 or 2312 size 10 for females, size 12 for males
Thread: 6/0 Camel
Body: Acrylic or antron yarn yellow olive (Cascade #43 early in season, #51 later on)
Overwing: Larva lace foam black
Indicator: Poly floating white
Head: Moose body hair
Dubbing: chopped up body material
Legs: Brown rubber legs


Hook: TMC 101 or similar (101 is barbless 100)
Thread: 6/0 Camel
Tail(schuck): same as body
Rib: Tan 8/0 tying thread
Body: Pulgusi winging material march brown or similar
Wing: same material

This is like a comparadun but tied with different materials, the same fly we tied in November.

If you have any questions, give me a text or call!

Tying Jam for Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

See Booby Fly examples here.


1. Use your tube fly mandrel supplied by John P. during our tying tube flies last year. You were at that jam, right?

2. Trim a small section and round the corners.

3. Insert on the mandrel and tie in the middle and whip finish. Do NOT use glue or head cement yet on eyes.


Hook: TMC 2457 size 6 – 10 We will be using 8.
Thread: White flat waxed nylon or 6/0 white
Tail: Marabou white
Body: Chartreuse chenille large
Eyes: White foam booby eyes

Note: You can use any colors such as black and purple, etc. on this basic fly.


Hook: Daiichi 1150, 1120, or 1530 or similar
Thread: UTC 140 Hot orange or Flat waxed nylon hot orange or similar
Tail: Marabou hot orange
Body: Hot orange crystal chenille
Wing: Hot Orange marabou with a few stands of holographic gold
Eyes: Orange of white booby eyes


Hook: C49S Mustad size 8 or similar
Thread: UTC140 Florescent Orange
Tail: UV 2 Marabou – Lemon Yellow, or just Lemon Yellow
Body: (if possible) Gel core Fritz Fl. sunburst Peach or Hot Orange
Eyes: Med white Booby Eyes


Hook: TMC 2457 size 8 or similar
Thread: Olive 6/0
Eyes: Green Booby
Tail: Yellow-olive marabou
Rib: Green braid or wire
Body: lemon yellow dubbing
Thorax: green sparkle dubbing
Head: Chartreuse sparkle dun

Tying Jam for Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017


Hook: TMC 2302 or similar 8 – 12
Thread: Brown 6/0
Eyes: small black bead chain
Tail/Shellback: Squirrel Tail (Deer hair would probably work)
Body: Ostrich or peacock herl or dubbing
Hackle: Burnt Orange saddle hackle


(Another damsel but this looks pretty good)

Hook: TMC 2302 8 – 10 or similar
Thread: Black 6/0
Eyes: Bead Chain painted green
Tail: Olive Ostrich Herl
Rib: Copper wire
Body: Olive ostrich herl
Shellback: Mottled brown medallion sheeting sub thin skin or similar
Legs: Olive saddle
Thorax: Olive dubbing


Hook: 3906-B, 3761 or similar
Thread: Black 6/0 or 8/0
Tail: Red Saddle hackle or red rabbit
Underbody: Uniyarn dark
Body: Small black and yellow chenille
Collar: Black and yellow UV polar chenille

Bonus Fly


Hook: TMC 900 or TMC 100 or similar 10-24 We will do 14
Thread: Olive 8/0
Body: Olive brown superfine or other fine dubbing
Tail: Ginger Z-lon or Antron
Hackle: Dry fly DUN
Wingpost: White and black calftail Substitute: Black and White turkey flats

Tying Jam for Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017


Hook: TMC 5262 or TMC 2302 6 – 10 (We will use an 8 for sample)
Thread: Black or Olive 6/0
Tail: Yellow and dark olive marabou tips
Body: Blue or pearl ice dubbing
Collar: Yellow and olive UV Polar Chenille
Hackle: Dark olive marabou

As requested by Eric Palmer:
COMPARADUN…..A fly of the 70’s!

Hook: TMC 100 12 – 22
Thread: Gray 6/0
Tail: Dun micro-fibbets
Body: Gray superfine dubbing (This is for callibaetis. Other colors can be used.)
Wing: Nat comparadun deer hair or dyed gray
No hackle

RS2 – 2B

Hook: TMC 100 16 – 24 We will use 16 or 14 for a sample.
Thread: Gray 8/0
Tail: Microfibbets
Abdomen: Gray Superfine dubbing
Wing: Brite white Antron
Thorax: Gray Superfine dubbing

Bonus Fly:

Successful nymph pattern for Frenchman….courtesy of Gene Goss


Hook: TFS 3761 or similar
Thread: Orange
Tail: Orange Marabou short
Shellback: clear plastic
Body hackle: Orange
Body: Orange Antron or similar

Please note that we also talk about the flies and where they could be used, NOW.
See ‘ya at the meeting.

Tying Jam for Tuesday, Sept 19, 2017


Hook: TMC 5262 sizes 14 – 6 We will use 12 for the sample. Or similar.
Thread: Black 6/0
Tail: Hare’s ear mask Guard Hairs
Rib: Fine gold oval tinsel
*Abdomen: Red fox squirrel body fur blended with orange Antron
*Thorax: Red fox squirrel body fur blended with charcoal and brown
Legs: Mottled brown hen or partridge

*At the fly shops, there is “Squirrel” which I think is the same stuff in a variety of colors. I am using burnt orange one of my favorites and some brown mixed with black for the thorax. We’ll talk!!!!!


Hook: TMC 3761 8 – 16 or similar. We will use 12.
Bead: Gold to fit
Weight: optional
Thread: Black 6/0
Tail: Aussie Possum or rabbit mask natural
Rib: Copper wire (brassie size) and pearl flash-a-bou
Body: Awesome Possum Natural
Hackle: CDC dun or brown partridge or brown hen
Collar: Black dubbing


Back part of fly:

Shank: Old straight eye hook or a wiggle shank. This is the time to use up some old hooks!
Thread: Red 8/0
Tail: Red Goose Biot
Body: Red wire (Brassie size)

Front part:

Hook: TMC 2457 14 – 16 or similar
Bead: red
Thread: Red 8/0
Casing: Pearl flashabou with black medallion or thin skin
Body : Red peacock herl
Legs: India hen black
Wing Case: Loon UV Fly Finish or similar Bring your Black light!

Joining material:

6 lb (3x) tippet material
17 lb leader material
flat nosed pliers

Tying Jam for Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017

Dark Lord (Part of Bill’s LBB series)

Hook: TMC 3761 (1x long, 1x strong) or similar 10 – 18 We will be using 12
Bead: To fit size of hook
Thread: 6/0 Black
Thread: Dark Brown Biot
Body: Antron Sparkle Black
Rib: Gold flat
Legs: Black Hen
Wings: Ginger biots

Prince Nymph

Hook: TMC 5263 8 – 20 We will be using 12
Bead: To Bead or not to bead…….
Tail: Dark Brown Biot
Rib: Flat gold
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle: Brown hen
wings: White Biots

Note: it seems like these two flies are alike…I would call them similar and Bill used to claim that his DArk Lord was a much better producer.

Biot Midge

Hook: TMC 100 or any dry hook 18 – 26 20 is probably the most used
Thread: 8/0 to match biot
Abdomen: Goose or turkey Biot in black, gray, olive, red
Thorax: Superfine to match color of biot
Gills: white or dun CDC puffs or similar

We will tie this fly in a variety of ways!

See you at the next meeting and at the jam!

Tying Jam for Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mike Gervais will also be tying there with his special flies…the wasp…they are fun flies!

The “regular” jam session held the third Tuesday of most months will be reviewing hair spinning with two of what I feel are the best streamer flies that you can have. They will work in river and streams as well as lakes…give them a try!!! Those of you who are fishing on the Truckee will find these flies are guide flies!!!

All you need to bring to tie is your equipment but you will also need a hair packer and a hair stacker and a razor blade will be helpful when trimming your flies. If you don’t have all the materials, we usually have plenty of extra. All levels are welcome but these flies will be a little more challenging. These flies are constructed with hair spinning “lite” but we can do more like the Goddard Caddis in another session.
Any questions, give me a shout!!!

MUDDLER MINNOW (More or less the original version)

Hook: 3x long streamer hook (2 – 10) like a TMC 5263 or similar
Thread: 3/0 or 6/0 brown waxed
Tail: Mottled turkey (Note…these feathers come in matched sets!)
Body: Flat gold tinsel (Mylar works well)
Rib: Medium copper wire
Underwing: Grey squirrel tail
Collar/head: spun and trimmed deer hair


Hook: 3x streamer hook TMC 5263 or similar
Thread: 3/0 black or brown
Rib: fine gold or silver or copper wire
Body: Dubbing to match wing such as olive or tan or black and orange
Wing: Hen or rooster webby to match body
Head: spun and trimmed deer hair. (Note, you can use dyed hair to match the body!)

Hope to see you there!!!
Jim Holmes

Tying Jam for Tuesday, May 16, 2017

PUMPKIN HEAD LEECH ( be sure you have your dubbing tool with you!)

Hook: TMC 5262 or TMC 5263 or similar 12 – 6  We will be sampling on 8. (2x long, 2x strong)
Thread: 6/0 Black or to match body
Tail: same as body
Body: Canadian Brown or Canadian Black or Canadian Olive Simi Seal or similar
Head: UV Hot Orange Ice dub or other Ice Dub


Hook: TMC 100 or similar (I like the TMC 900)
Thread: Black 8/0
Tag: Orange Hi Vis Tinsel or similar
Rib: Hi Vis green floss
Head: Orange 2mm foam
Body: Olive green antron or similar
Underwing: CDC Dun or green
Overwing: Stacked Natural deer hair
Throax: Green dubbing

Note: This fly is similar to the Elk Hair Caddis but floats much better!

STONEDADDY  (From Doug Ouellette)

Hook: TMC 5262 or similar (I am tying on the 8)
Thread: 3/0 Danville Brown
Bead: 5/32 for 8 or 6, 1/8 for 10
Tail and claws: Stripped Goose Biots Gold
Rib: Red Ultra wire – Brassie or medium
Overcase: Tin Skin Mottled golden oak
Body: Vinyl Rib Flat Medium Orange
Thorax: 1/2  Blend SLF Prism Amber 1/2 Wapsi Rabbit Ginger

If you are guided by Doug on the Truckee, you will be using this fly!!!!

Any Questions, give me a shout!