Sunday, September 1, 2013

Flies Tied From This Month's Fly Tyer Magazine

This is a fly I found in Fly Tyer Magazine. I always enjoy picking up a copy of Fly Tyer and reading it while drinking some tea at the local Barnes & Noble. I enjoy reading this particular publication because often they exploit a certain category of flies that may often be overlooked and apply these techniques to more traditional patterns. I know I talk about this often but as a fly tier, I cannot stress enough the importance of altering flies to make them stand out, and some of the techniques in this magazine allow you to do just that. This fly is known as the Fan Winged Cow Dun. This is a variant that essentially uses the wide soft-hackle feathers to create a wing shadow on the water in an effort to imitate a mayfly's wings. Try it out, I know it will be in my fly box this season and more then anything I really want to create a pattern like this to imitate a sulfur dun.

This stonefly pattern originates from the Catskill region of Southern New York. This is another one of the flies that I plan on using this upcoming season. I rarely even use stonefly patterns when I am fishing in NC due to the fact that we don't have as many stonefly hatches in NC during trout season. We are in caddis country for the most part. Now if you fish the rivers on the TN/NC border it is a whole different story but for most of the rivers and steams in the Grandfather Mountain area then stonefly patterns aren't something you need to worry about. For the most part, stonefly patterns that you pick up in fly shops tend to be way to big. I have seen stoneflies as large as a size 6 in fly shops. I have seen people catch trout on them too, but the larger smart trout know that a large pattern like that isn't natural. This pattern that I am tying can act as a stonefly, or it can act as an attractor that can imitate many mayfly or small stonefly species. Give it a try and let me know what you think...

his is by far the weirdest nymph pattern I have ever tied.... I am just trying to mix things up a bit to be perfectly honest. I have a bunch of new fly tying books on the way and I am just hungry for some new patterns. These patterns are in Fly Tyer Magazine for a reason and that js the fact that the have caught fish somewhere, so why not tie them and see if they work on your local stream. What do you have to lose? a hook and a little bit of supplies? Who knows? There is always the possibility that it could cause trout to go nuts. Take it easy Tight Lines……..

1 comment:

  1. Pink Squirrel was invented by a dude in the Driftless area of WI! Stuff of local legend there. "Kinda looks like everything, looks like nothing, and it catches fish."