Friday, October 24, 2014

Tying the Kettle Drake

The Kettle Drake

The Kettle Drake was originally tied to fish over the Brown Drake hatch of kettle Creek Pennsylvania. It has since proven itself on most of the North-Central waters and several southern spring creeks of Pennsylvania where the Brown Drake hatch is prevalent.

Kettle Drake Recipe

Hook:  #12 Orvis Bead-head
Thread:  Brown 6/0 Uni-thread
Tail: 3 Moose Body Hair fibers
Abdomen:  Mahogany Turkey Biot (coated with Bug Bond)
Thorax:  Olive-Brown Orvis Spectrablend
Wing: Medium Dun CDC

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tying the May Haystack

The May Haystack

I tie this version of the Haystack to match the March Brown & Grey Fox hatches. This pattern has truly become my all-around pattern for both of these hatches, and is my go-to pattern for May.

 As featured in my book "Tomorrow's Fish"


Hook: Standard Dry #14
Thread: Brown 6/0 Uni-thread
Wing: Coastal Deer hair (heavily barred natural)
Tail: Coastal Deer hair (heavily barred natural)
Body: Hareline #2 (March Brown)

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)