Archive for May 15th, 2010


Fly Tying: Green Drake Dun (Complicated to Simpler)

Several years ago when I was more motivated to tie more exacting patterns, I spent considerable time on fly patterns. Several things happened from this exacting behavior: I realized such patterns, for me, did not outperform simpler patterns; I hated to lose the complicated patterns; I derived no sense of satisfaction from the effort. Below are some Bunse like Green Drake duns with a deer hair bullet head, parachute, extended tail. They look damn good, but try as I may, I do as well with a Humpy or a Wulff Green Drake. Now, I am not discounting the artistic, more exacting bent of many tiers. As I have said before, my pragmatic, lazy side supersedes my artistic side. The Bunse style is novel and still worth an effort by the talented tier. (see comments section for tying info)

Now, I tied a dozen or so of these flies. And, the moose mane tail has little durability; neither does elk hair. Most have broken or bent as much from storage or casting than catching and releasing a fish. Below, you can see the damage to the tails. Perhaps today’s tail fibetts would be a far better choice?

Tail End Tale (SwittersB)

So, below is my type of fly…a Wulff style…quicker, durable, productive. The hardest part, and it isn’t hard is the hair wing (calf tail) tied in and split to form a V wing. This a great fly for heavier waters. The ribbing could have been a little better.


Emily’s Cheesecake (Light & Easy)

Emily's Cheesecake (How To Cook Like Your Grandmother)

Perfectly Light After All That Meat


Fly Fishing: Redfish~Something I Would Like to Do Someday

Red Fish (Bart Larmouth @

My fishing fantasies tend toward the North (Alaska, B.C., Quebec, Yukon). But, now and then, I will catch a show of guys working a back channel of a marsh for Redfish and I think I could enjoy that, especially with a fly rod. Maybe someday.


Fly Tying: Booby Fly & Floozeyes

I have wanted to experiment with Booby fly patterns but have turned away from the process of cutting foam; not quite having the right materials to make round buoyant eyes; no color options. Not sure who all carries these FLOOZEYES and where they distribute (UK for sure). By the pictures, I assume the eyes are joined by something that will allow tying the eyes to the shank. If anyone has had experience with this product respond, if you would, and let us know on durability, tying ease, options. Put a heavier sinking line on the bottom and allow the Booby fly to rise up off the bottom (controlled by length of leader/tippet) and inch back.


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