Friday, October 17, 2014

Catskill Flotation Test

How do they float?

The question was posed....."How do they float? On their hackle tips? Or in the film?"


Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Few Catskills

A Few Catskills

Tonight was a night for a visit back to the Catskills. Three of my favorite patterns were the object of my attention.  Tying Catskill patterns for me is like indulging in a cross between fine art and a course in history. I'm torn between the nostalgia of the patterns, and the compulsive need to get them "right". They all seem to be patterns that draw you in to tie them, cry to be fished and beg to simply be propped up and looked at.

Honey Dun

Queen Of The Waters

Quill Gordon

See you on the water !

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tying The LTD (Revised)

Long Transitional Dun  (LTD)

The LTD was originally tied about 15 years ago, and has remained the most productive pattern in my box ever since. It was published in FlyTyer Magazine several years ago, as well as in my book Tomorrow's Fish. It is a cross-over pattern, fishing exceptionally well through all stages of the hatch from the emergence on. I tie the LTD to match most all of the hatches I encounter from size #12 down, altering only the thorax, wing and hackle colors to accommodate. I have fished across Pennsylvania, from spring creek to the Big Pine with only success found. It has also been tied and  fished over the years for many others coast-to-coast with the same results. Hope it adds to your box.

LTD Sulfur Recipe

Hook: #14-18 Standard Dry
Thread: Olive Dun Uni-thread
Tail:  Pheasant Tail (5-6 fibers)
Abdomen:  Pheasant tail (Twisted in thread loop)
Wing:  Dun CDC fibers
Thorax: PMD Orvis Spectrablend
Hackle:  Medium Dun Neck Hackle (2 turns, “V” notched)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Tying the Chuck Caddis

Chuck Caddis

The Chuck Caddis is a long-standing pattern, and remains a very effective one coast-to-coast. I first learned this pattern more than 25 years ago, and still tie and fish it faithfully.

Chuck Caddis Recipe

Hook:  #12-8 Standard Dry
Thread:  6/0 Rusty-Brown Uni-thread
Abdomen:  #25 Cinnamon Caddis Hareline
Under-wing:  Wood Duck CDC
Wing:  Woodchuck/Groundhog
Thorax:  #25 Cinnamon Caddis Hareline
Hackle:  Cree

Friday, October 10, 2014

Tying the Appleseed

The Appleseed

The Appleseed is a personal pattern of mine and one that has served my box exceedingly well over the course of the past 8 years or so. During the Apple Caddis hatch this pattern turns those splashy rising fish into fish-in-hand. 

Appleseed Recipe

Hook:  #14 Scud
Thread:  6/0 Olive Uni-thread
Abdomen:  Tan Micro-tubing over Olive Uni-thread
Thorax:  Olive Ice-dub
Wing-case:  Mottled Wild Turkey Tail
Hackle:  Light Furnace Hen Neck