Purple Heron – Charlie Dickson

•June 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The Heron is a classic Spey, and timeless in its appearance. Syd Glasso was a master at tying these flies and I consider myself lucky to have seen a few in the flesh. Charlie has done an awesome job of recreating this classic. You can check out this video (CLICK HERE) for a video of the Orange Heron. the flies show two different variations, but it is hard to choose between which I prefer. I guess that I could give the edge to Charlie’s fly. Great tutorial Charlie, I hope to see more in the future. To see the entire tutorial, click here.

Purple Heron - Charlie Dickson

Purple Heron - Charlie Dickson

Hook: Up-eye Salmon Hook
Tag: Oval Silver Tinsel
Rib: Flat Silver Tinsel and Oval Silver Tinsel
Body: Rear Half: Purple Floss, Front Half: Purple Dubbing
Body Hackle: Dyed Purple Blue Eared Pheasant; or, Dyed Purple Ring-neck Pheasant Rump Hackle
Throat: Teal Flank
Wing: Four white hackle tips
Head: Black Thread

Rainy’s Gold Bead-Back Scud

•June 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Cassie Sulzby demonstrates tying Rainy’s Gold Bead-Back Scud, as simple scud pattern for targeting trout. I’ve tied thousands of scuds, but I have never seen one done quite like this. Take a look at Cassie’s technique for creating the dubbing legs on this scud. I like it, but i would try a stiffer dubbing like seal here, and perhaps add a bit into the body. This fly in yellow, tan, olive and browns is gonna be killer in the ponds. Thanks for sharing the technique!

Uncle Larry’s Bluegill

•June 11, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I haven’t give the pike and bass much attention, so here is a crazy little minnow to chuck at some toothy snot rockets and bronze backs. When this gets wet, watch out, it’s gonna look real snazzy.

Maligne Laker – Alan Grombacher

•June 10, 2010 • 1 Comment

This is a follow-up on a request from a reader. On a side note, Al was in a bad accident a few days ago, but is doing well. He is a bit bruised up, and like this streamer, it works better after it’s been knocked around a bit. Get well soon Al.

Maligne Laker

Maligne Laker

Hook: Mustad 36808 or 3907 streamer hook (A/B/C)
Thread: White
Rib: Oval silver Mylar tinsel
Body: Flat silver mylar
Belly: Red bucktail
Throat: red grizzly hackle fibers
Wing: Olive grizzly flanked by Red grizzly hackle
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black thread

Carrie Stevens – General MacArthur No 6

•June 10, 2010 • 1 Comment

It’s been a couple months since I’ve seen the last Stevens fly, and so I was happy to see another one posted up on eBay. The seller has a letter of authenticity from Paul Schmookler and was purchased in 2006. Paul was the publisher of The Art of Angling Journal as well as the 2 volume set of Rare and Unusual Fly Tying Materials.

This is one of my top 5 Carrie flies and while I will be watching and bidding, I am almost positive it will go beyond my reach.

Hook: 6xl or longer streamer hook
Thread: 6/0 or 8/0 white (switch to finish head)
Tail: Red hackle fibers under white under blue
Body: Flat silver tinsel
Throat: Red hackle fibers under white under blue
Wing: Two white saddle hackles, flanked by light blue saddle hackles, flanked by grizzly saddle hackles
Cheeks: Jungle cock nail
Head: Blue, then white, then red at the eye

Ebay Finds

•June 9, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Just a quite note about a few auctions that you may be interested in. The user famoustyers1942 has caught my eye a few times in the past and so I have been keeping watch, hoping for a few flies to come up for auction that I want to add to my collection. His collectible flies on ebay include ties from Harry Darbee, Dick Talleur, Al Troth, Bob Veverka, Lefty and many more. Below are a few of the key auctions. The end soon, so be sure to act quickly. Happy Bidding, auctions start ending on June 10th.

Davie McPhail – Intruder

•June 9, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Again, I love Davie’s flies and this is a great interpretation of a North American steelhead staple. The finished fly looks killer, but it has a definite UK look to it. I’m not sure how to explain that, but in my mind it is there. lol Enjoy this one, then check out Charlie Piette’s version from a couple years back. Enjoy!