I’ve followed Aaron Jasper and his ascent in the fly fishing world, namely through his tireless pursuit to perfect European nymphing techniques, and written extensively (see article list below) about the short- and long-line nymphing techniques, including Czech nymphing and French nymphing he teaches. Now, after over three years of research, practical testing, and instruction…
Aaron Jasper of Trout Predator Online demonstrates how to tie Al’s Rat, a dead simple yet deadly midge pupa pattern that works pretty darn well even in the thick of a full blown Tricos hatch. Go figure. Tricos Hatch + Midge Pupa = Fish Don’t ask me why, but a midge pupa imitation such as…
Baetis nymphs are a bit like Superman on Kryptonite when it comes time to emerge. Rather than swimming to the surface like a bat-out-of-hell they just float to the surface buoyed by a layer of gas beneath their exoskeleton. Trapped by surface tension they float just below the water surface before popping their wing case…
Todd White ties the Polish Woven Nymph at the GLCFFF fly tying expo in Mason, MI December 6th, 2008. A very unique way of weaving wire together to get a two-tone nymph body in this caddis nymph imitation.
This fly works greats in any of the Czech nymphing, French nymphing or Spanish nymphing multi-fly rigs we have discussed on the site lately.
Todd White can be reached at Nomad Anglers if If you have any questions or need materials for this really neat caddis imitation.
A Vladi Worm of course! Developed by Poland’s Vladi Trzebunia this worm imitation works awesome as an anchor fly when using a multi-fly Czech/Polish nymphing rig. (Click here to watch the fly tying video)
One Strange Fly
Ok, this has to be one of the most interesting flies I’ve every seen. I know fly tiers are a resourceful bunch, picking up road kill, shopping at craft stores, making flies out of pipe cleaners (that’s another story) but condoms as a fly tying material?
Ingenious Fly Pattern
Once you get over the fact that this trout fly pattern is made from a condom you’ll realize it is a pretty clever design and well suited to High Sticking or Euro style nymphing. Here are a few reasons why:
- It is a large fly so you can weight the heck out of it – great for fast water.
- Slim profile and smooth exterior cuts through the water – gets the fly down fast.
- Rides inverted in the water so it doesn’t get hung up.
- Latex construction makes it bounce off rocks which add to the action of the fly.
Looks Like Bait and Fishes Like Bait
This fly just looks like something good to eat. If I were a big fat brown trout and food was getting scarce (like it does in the winter) – I’d eat it! I have not actually fished the Vladi Worm yet, but I know a lot of guys who do and they swear it flat out catches trout like nobody’s business. It is on my list to tie this winter.
Where to Buy the Vladi Worm
Ok, if you are not too keen on explaining to your wife or girlfriend why you are buying so many condoms (more than she can account for) but are interested in trying the Vladi Worm don’t worry. You can get them online at vladiworm.com. The internet will never cease to amaze me.
If you do try or have used the Vladi Worm drop us a line using the comment box below and let’s us know how it worked.
Enjoy tying these and have a great weekend!
p.s. Be sure to check out our Fly Tying Video Gallery for more interesting and fun trout fly tying tutorials.
p.s.s. You might also check out Loren Williams Vladi Worm fly tying tutorial. Loren is a Fly Fishing Team USA member and fly fishing guide extraordinaire who know a thing or two.
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How do you improve one of the most versatile and effect fly fishing nymphs ever created? Just ask Torrey Collins and Aaron Jasper who demonstrates how to tie the Improved Hare’s Ear nymph in this fly tying video tutorial. It’s All in the Fly Dubbing Torrey Collins is a self-proclaimed fly dubbing fanatic and when…
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Tying caddis doesn’t get any easier than this simple Grannom cased caddis imitation by Aaron Jasper of Trout Predator Online.
Caddis Life Cyle
The caddis fly life cycle consists of four stages: egg, larval, pupa and adult. Caddis spend the majority of the life cycle (typically a year) in the larval stage during which caddis form a cocoon-like casing or silk netting to both protect and camouflage themselves from predators – like hungry trout. As a result, the caddis larvae represent a significant year round food source for trout.
Grannom Caddis (Brachycentrus) are present in both Eastern and Western US rivers and prefer riffles and runs with moderate to fast currents, typically attaching their casings to rocks on the stream bottom. Cased larvae, including the Grannom, are prone to behavioral drift (where they periodical let go of their grip on the river bottom and float downstream) and are sometimes knocked loose by the current. As a result, a cased caddis pattern such as this one dead-drifted near the bottom can be highly effective year round.
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For those that prefer to spend more time on the water than at the vise tying fly fishing flies, this fly pattern by Aaron Jasper of Trout Predator Online is for you! This has to be one of the simplest yet effective BWO emerger imitations I have ever seen and you can tie it in…