Hanging with the guys from Upper St Clair Fly Fishing Club

This past week KG and I spent an evening with our old friends at the Upper St Clair Fly Fishing Club in Pittsburgh’s south hills.  We chatted with them about soft hackles, streamers and some of our favorite blue lines in western Maryland.  For the guys that were there and for those who couldn’t be there, below are the patterns we tied and the quick video we showed.

Partridge and Olive


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A Bug Chucker’s Lounge

My god, life gets in the way, and the weather has sucked.  It has been a long hard winter, streams have been frozen solid in the negative unholy temperatures.  That’s lead to virtually zero fishing…and very few posts on here.  I haven’t even had much time behind the vice…that’s about to change.

About a month ago, the lady and I decided to move out of the city and into the the burbs near my office.  The city is cool, but the commute was god awful.  Now, I’m five minutes from work.  The new place is nice, bigger, two car garage, fire place and a wood stove.  But what’s the best part?  I have claim to the entire finished basement.  13’x 20′ of my own sanctuary for all of my stuff, and things.  Once the offer was accepted I began planning how I wanted to best use the space.  I hate the term man cave, or man room, I wanted a Bug Chucker’s lounge.  A place where the BCI crew could gather, tie flies, tell stories, drink ourselves stupid while the significant others and designated drivers could enjoy the the rest of the house outside of earshot from us.  I have the place about 90% finished and want to share.

The priorities:

Tying Space

tying table 014

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The Kryptonite Leech


The Kryptonite Leech is this months fly and will be the featured at Cabin Fever this Sunday.  This pattern was created by combining several similar patterns together.  I began fishing this pattern when I lived in Alaska and as you see above I had to use the custom-built Pebble Mine sign.  I have used this pattern on all sizes of water and in lakes and ponds.  It works great for Trout and Bass but will catch other species as well.  Tying it in black and white can be just as effective if you like tying/fishing those colors.  The pictures below will show some of the steps and materials used in tying the Kryptonite Leech.

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B.C.I will present Fly Fishing Western Maryland

Bug Chuckers Inc. will be rocking the house at the Tri-County Trout Club on Wednesday, November 14, 2012.  The show will begin at 7:30 and will consist of a B.C.I exclusive presentation, Fly Fishing Western Maryland. Along with our fly tying and informative lectures of the presentation we here at B.C.I are excited to reveal our new video by Wood Knocking Productions, “Adopted Waters”.

The location of the show is at Burrell Lake Park, 201 Delberta Rd., Lower Burrell, PA 15068.  The Tri- County Trout Club website link is listed below and it includes directions as well.


We also will be raffling 2 fly boxes.  The first box will be a Steelhead selection that you see below.  The second box is a Western Maryland fly box.  Both fly boxes are doubled sided and are filled with over 100 flies each.  Don’t want to miss your opportunity to win either one of these.  Also we will be having a silent auction on a 3rd fly box.  All proceeds from the 3rd box will go to the American Red Cross to help with the relief efforts of Hurricane Sandy.

The other side of the steelhead box is packed with great streamer patterns.

The opposite side of this box is also loaded with great flies that consist of midges, nymphs, dries, and everything else you need no matter what time of the year for Western Maryland.  You name it and B.C.I got it in there for you.

Everyone in attendance will receive a B.C.I decal along with hatch charts and maps.  Maps are limited.  This is going to be a great show and look forward to the video.
If you have any questions about the show feel free to contact us here at B.C.I and we hope to see you there.


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August Bug of the Month: Drinking Water Crease Bug

August – The Drinking Water Crease Bug

This is a variation on the classic Crease Fly used by striper and blue fish anglers in the north east.  What I’ve done is scaled it down and simplified it.  Since large mouth and small mouth bass don’t have the teeth that blue fish do, I’ve forgone the epoxy coating.

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