All four of these flies started out on the same premise but they all have something I changed on them. The closest one is the last one I did and the one I like the best. I think these will be a pretty good hopper pattern.
Here is the original inspiration for the final product in the previous picture. A hopper pattern called Hopper Juan from another blogger. Here is a link to a tutorial on tying it. Mine don't look as good as his but I really like the pattern, now I need to get out and fish it.
Finally here is my first stab at an articulated streamer. I wanted to get in a little practice as I plan on tying up a few articulated streamers to target big browns on the South Fork of the Snake. This fly is basically just a bunch of maribou wrapped around a couple hooks and a malard flank feather wrapped around at the collar with a bead head. Oh and I threw in a couple rubber legs at the head of the trailing hook. Pretty simple and we will see how it behaves in the water.
Experimenting is fun, now I just need to get down to the lab, aka river, and try them out.
Although much of their articles and tutorials are geared towards our local waters the advice can easily be applied to waters all over the west and most likely beyond. In an Internet world loaded with information it can be tough to sift through the good and the bad so it is nice to find a place with information you can trust and that is useful. It is especially nice that, for me, the resource has a local base. First hand knowledge from those who truly fish the waters they talk about is priceless.
Now it's back to tying some flies and waiting for the catch of the year to arrive!