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Spin a Yarn

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

We see recipes for this fly or that, calling out a variety of exotic materials, usually claiming that the ones most difficult to find are the most critically necessary to a wily fish’s eye. This is especially true for trout flies, given that so many other species appear triggered more by color and motion than by the differences between how an Australian Possum and a Fur Seal chose to evolve their fur.

It’s less common to come across synthetic materials said to be simultaneously magical and scarce. One that comes to mind is the so-called “Utah Killer Bug” yarn, Chadwick’s 477, around which has grown a kind of mythologic reverence since the day Frank Sawyer popularized the pattern. Despite the demand for it, this yarn can no longer be found (probably because Chadwick was into sweaters and not trout flies). And so the best substitute is said to be Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift Oyster 290, which anglers in the know claim MIGHT be ALMOST as good, translucency-wise and wet-color-wise, as the revered Chadwick’s. more…

Anchor Wrap

J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Paul Shurtleff, Springville, UT

After spending some time working with and field testing various materials over the years, I would like to stress the importance of what’s called an “Anchor Wrap” in fly tying when working with various materials. I’m not just talking about any materials though, I’m more referring to corded or furled synthetic/semi-synthetic types of materials such as chenilles and braided/variegated types of tying materials commonly used as body materials in numerous fly patterns.

For those that don’t or didn’t know or have never heard of what an “Anchor Wrap” is, it’s a tying procedure/technique made to anchor or seat and tighten down onto the hook these types of materials while wrapping them on. It’s intent is to tighten down as much as possible to prevent those types of materials from becoming loose. More specifically, an “Anchor Wrap” is performed to prevent the core of the material itself from coming loose and becoming exposed. more…

Fly of the Month – Coachman Caddis

Fly of the Month by J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Son Tao, Army Master Sergeant, Infantry Branch.

The Coachman Caddis is a spin on the famous, classic Royal Coachman. It utilizes the color scheme of the Royal Coachman is a great dry fly for cutthroats and brook trout. I initially tied the Coachman Caddis for brook trout in the famous Au Sable River in Michigan but it has proven itself as a great pattern for cutthroats in Colorado and Montana. It’s very easy to tie and the choices of colors is only limited by your imagination. This step by step will cover the classic Coachman color scheme but other colors that work well are purple, green, orange and blue.
Materials Used:
Hook: Hanak H300BL or similar (TMC 2488 is another good choice)
Thread: Semperfli 18/0 Nano Silk or UTC 70 in white or red
Body: Red floss tag and peacock herl thorax