Archive for January 16th, 2014

16
Jan
14

Vintage Image: Sassy Girl on the Farm

Tillie Car SwittersB

My dear Aunt Tillie passed away at the age of 95. She left me this old photo from the 1930’s. She is sitting, all sassy, in a family car. What she confided to me was that at 5′ she had to sit atop several pillows to sit in the car. Otherwise, she would not have been able to peer out the window.

Tillie peeking over dash

Here, at 94 yrs. old, she peeked up over the dash as I drove her to the doctor. She was happy to be out and about.

16
Jan
14

The Mirage: diaphanous CDC

“I noticed a…feather resting on the surface…going down with the current. A slight breeze was making it do small movements in the foam and the feather slid lightly on the water so as to make it look like a living thing.” Agostino Roncallo

magie_cdc_1_75mm_webI recently came upon a simple, enticing concept for a fly pattern at Tom Sutcliffe’s The Spirit of Fly Fishing called The Mirage by Agostino Roncallo. A single, delicate, buoyant CDC feather, the tying thread and the hook comprise the dry fly.

Delicate and may sustain some damage after a fish or two, but given the simplicity of the tie and the reputed effectiveness, who cares. Tie a row or two and dance along the surface. A delicate fly for selective and non-selective fish: trout/grayling

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Agostino Roncallo first started tying this simple fly in the 90’s and later wrote about the magic properties of CDC: Cul de Canard

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