Category Archives: The Art of Fly Tying

Designing Effective Flies

Jack Fields, Guest Blogger and avid fly tyer

Designing effective flies, where does one start with this exactly? Creating something that will convince another living thing that our creations are good to eat, and that, it is food.

Books? They’re great for research. Experienced friends? Yes! There you go! Hatch charts? Great source for what’s happening on your local stream or one you plan to visit and this gets us the closest to our beginning, the stream.

The stream you fish the most is where we’ll make our start. A little entomology 101, what’s under those rocks and in the drift? No better way to start designing effective flies than to have a look at what’s in the trouts kitchen. You can do this by simply wading in and start turning over stones, or you can use a seine net like the one pictured. The trays shown are containers from take out that I use to view the insects that I’ve collected. more…

Research

Guest Blogger: Clay Cunningham, Cody WY, Former National Park Superintendent

There is a fine article in the Spring issue, 2017, of Fly Tyer magazine by Ed Van Put, entitled The Legend of Dan Cahill. Dan Cahill, it is alleged in stories, created the Cahill fly. But, the author’s extensive research, and he did an admirable job of research, could not find any contribution or source that confirmed Dan Cahill was a real person, or that he originated the pattern for the Cahill fly at all. Nevertheless, someone created the famous Cahill fly, but it appears the originator is absent in written historical references other than stories which the author could not find written references for corroboration. Quite possibly it was one of the famous Catskill fly tiers who was experimenting with derivations of Theodore Gordon’s famous contribution, the Quill Gordon. I guess we will never know. I readily admit I tied a lot of light and dark Cahill flies as a young beginning fly tier in Pennsylvania from 1948 through the 1950s. All those flies were as described in an old pattern book which I passed on to another beginning fly tier in 1994 along with my Herter’s $3.95 fly tying vise that I had been using for the previous forty-six years and it was still entirely functional. more…

Fly of the Month – June 2017 – Indicator BWO

Fly Tyer: Tim Morales, J Stockard customer & avid fly tyer

The Indicator BWO is essentially a standard parachute dry fly. The important difference is that the post is fluorescent making it much easier to see. This fly can also be used as an indicator on a nymphing rig, giving the angler the ability to fish both the adult stage and ascending nymphal stage at the same time.

Materials:
Hook:  Tiemco TMC101 #16
Tail:  Hackle Fibers (Dun)
Abdomen: Turkey Biot (BWO)
Thorax: Fly-Rite extra fine poly dubbing (BWO) or Wapsi Antron Dubbing (Light Olive)
Wing: Whiting Farms Dry Fly Hackle (Dun)
Post:  CCT body fur (Fluo Fire Orange) or McFlylon more…