Doctor Oatman

A sz. 1 spoonwing variant of a classic streamer pattern, the Dr. Oatman bass fly. This pattern seems particularly appropriate for bass, don’t you think? All of my spoonwings are tied in the reverse style; it is the only method that makes for a durable fishing fly.

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Duck numbers up!

Ducks Unlimited has released the USFWS Duck Breeding Population Survey and the numbers are encouraging. Fly tying and duck hunting are a fun compliment to each other and I (and my AWS Belle!) look forward to the season with great anticipation. With the hand wringing over the precipitous fall in numbers of striped bass, its nice to have some positive reports to share.

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Freshwater Flatwing

The flatwing streamers of Ken Abrames have become a real saltwater / striped bass classic design. I decided to tie one up on a sz. 1 black hook for use in freshwater while fishing for black bass. Fishing last week in Maine I had great time and caught both largemouth and smallmouth with the fly before a pickerel took it… What action in the water! It’s 8″-9″ length really presents a mouthful, yet its light weight enables easy casting with a 6 weight, which is my preferred bass rod. Two thumbs up for freshwater flatwings. I intend to tie some more!

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Topwater Tangle

A Yellow and White Topwater Bug brought this fit and healthy buck bass to the net. The bass are just off their beds in Maine and on a feeding tear. What a time to be on the water!

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Punkin’ Chunk

A wonderful way to welcome the summer season!

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Trueblood’s Otter Nymph

Earlier this season Ray Bondorew shared Ted Trueblood’s Otter Nymph at his blog. Remembering to listen when Ray speaks, I tied up a few for my trout vest. Out on the pond just after sunrise this morning I tied on a #14 and had some fine fishing. As always, thank you Ray!

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Smallmouth in the wind

Another nice morning!

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Cape Cod Morning

A nice morning rainbow…

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Bandit

Time has come to start tossing Bandits again. This has proven to be a great pattern for me. Simple to tie and the deceiver style construction makes it non-fouling. I intend to fish it on the Andro this year. Smallmouth bass love it!

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Ray’s Coachman

Just another variant on the Royal Coachman… I got some peacock herl dyed red and a nice little variant neck from my friend Ray Cote at Cote’s Fly Shop… some old black t.u.e. irons and Ray’s Coachman it is!

 

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Reverse Spoon Wing Black Gnat Yellow

The Black Gnat Yellow; I’ve tied it here as a reverse spoon wing; a flash of yellow in the hackle by blending the standard black with a badger dyed yellow. This will be a fun one to fish!

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Alewife

Here’s a simple tandem pattern I tied up for a fellow I go to church with that wants to troll for some big browns in the kettle hole ponds here on the Cape that have a herring run. This pattern, “Alewife”, came out of Don Wilson’s Tandem Streamers book. The mallard cheek reminds me of a McNally Smelt.. Hope everybody is ready for spring!

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Vintage Vises

Please visit the Vintage Vises page, linked in the header above, for a look at vintage and classic American fly tying vises and equipment. I’m looking forward to sharing my enthusiasm for old vises with you.

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Cardellow

This is a pattern by my friend Ray Bondorew (author of “Stripers and Streamers”). When Ray recommends a fly, I listen! Inspired by Bill Chiba’s “Cardinelle” pattern, Ray reports that the Cardellow has been an effective fly for brookies, rainbows and smallmouth bass. Ray says “…keep the pink topping a tad shorter than the yellow so when viewed from above the pink appears to have a yellow tip.” The body is gold tinsel, or, as I have used here, gold Bodi-Braid. This is a simple fly that looks great. I look forward to fishing it in ’14. If you want to hear more from Ray, you can visit his blog at raysfly.wordpress.com

 

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Knight’s Delaware

Knight’s Delaware.
Another pattern from John Alden Knight; this one specifically for smallmouth. Isn’t it obvious the man knew a little something about bass?

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