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Cahill Frenchie

Tim Cammisa of “Trout and Feather” has been fly fishing and tying for over 30 years.  View his YouTube videos and more information at:

The Cahill Frenchie is a pattern that attempts to bridge the gap between jig nymphs and emergers, if such a place exists! At first glance, the inclusion of pale yellow dubbing may appear to be a hot spot or trigger, but there’s more than meets the eye. Even better, this pattern can be varied to “match” various mayflies in the waters you fish. Before we get there, let’s briefly investigate the fly’s design, a variation of the ever popular Pheasant Tail.

As tiers push boundaries with Frank Sawyer’s classic PT Nymph, fish have responded. Hot spots in the form of thread and synthetic dubbing is typically found in the thorax, and a more resilient fiber, known as Coq de Leon, is a favorite for the tail. The name “Frenchie” tends to include flies tied in this style, deriving from their popularity in Europe, especially in competitive fly fishing settings. The one common bond: Pheasant Tail, which resembles many nymphs found in our waterways.

Investigating the pattern, I wanted to continue the effective contrast, a point constantly driven home to me by Fly Fishing Team USA member, Josh Miller. However, instead of a hi-vis thorax, I thought about the mayfly life cycle, as a nymph emerges to a dun, or adult. During this transition, the adult sheds its nymphal skin, and many times fish key on this emergence, as it’s a sign of vulnerability. The emergence takes place closer to the surface, so why the effectiveness of the pattern? more…

Fly of the Month – Full Dressed Feather GameChanger

J. Stockard Jr Pro Tyer: Braden Miller, Follow Braden on Instagram @millertimeflies

Norvise started a March Madness Tournament to give the Norvise Tiers group and Facebook followers something else to focus on instead of the Coronavirus and everything it brought with it.  I was grateful I won my bracket in round one, Nymphs, with my Mayfly Nymph Changer I tied with Flymen Fish Company’s new Fish Skull Chocklett’s Articulated Micro-Spines.  When Norvise announced round two of the competition was Streamers I was a little worried because my bracket competitor was a friend of mine and a fellow Norvise Ambassador, Ed Hayes.  Ed ties gamechangers extremely well and he has been tying a lot of them during the stay at home order.  I knew I had to bring my best up against Ed.  Luckily, my mentor and friend Blane Chocklett posted a Full Dressed GameChanger he recently tied.  I have never tied a game changer like this before and knew it was going to be tough.  It took me about an hour and forty-five minutes to tie this fly and lots of Pheasant feathers.  I was very happy with how the fly turned out and entered it as my round two entry.  My Full Dressed Feather GameChanger went over well in round two of the Norvise March Madness Tournament and I was lucky to make it to round three. more…

Blob Flies

Guest Blogger: Mary S. Kuss, Life-long avid angler, licensed PA fishing guide, founder of the Delaware Valley Women’s Fly Fishing Association

These rather bizarre fly patterns come to us from the reservoir trout fisheries in the U. K. An Internet search of “Blob Fly” will reveal an array of information on tying these patterns, the materials used, how to fish them, and also a lot of controversy—which is not unexpected. Anglers tend to be very opinionated about this type of pattern. Some love them simply because they work so well. Others try hard to find something in nature that Blobs might “imitate.” A few are outraged that anyone would fish with such things and would like to see them outlawed.

Those in the imitation camp like to say Blob Flies resemble a clump of Daphnia, a tiny crustacean that lives in many lakes. In my opinion that’s a bit of a stretch. I think Blobs function as a pure behavioral trigger, much like their cousins the Green Weenie and the Mop Fly. The Blob works because it makes a fish curious enough to mouth it. I have no problem with that. Frankly, I believe that’s why most artificial flies catch fish most of the time.

From what I’ve seen so far, there are three basic versions of this fly. The standard Blob consists of nothing more than a layer of “Jelly Fritz” on a hook. The F. A. B. (Foam-Assed Blob) adds a short bit of foam cylinder at the rear end. You can tie a Blob with a Marabou tail–a weird sort of Woolly Bugger I suppose. Numerous other uses await discovery. This is a material that cries out for experimentation. more…