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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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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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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The Tim

The Tim.

A classic Maine pattern, named, like the Maine pond, for the trapper Tim Sutton.

“For Tim is at rest; his life-chase ended,
He sleeps ‘mid the scenes he loved so well,
By the side of the Tranquil mountain lakelet,
Whose beauty the tourists with rapture tell.
And his memory lies in that sheet of water,
Though his spirit rests in the great beyond,
And will live as long as the wavelets ripple,
For ’tis known to the world by the name Tim Pond.”

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Here’s a new one for the stripers…

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With a body of Kapok and a bucktail back, the PFB will float all day; unless you fish it on a hi-d sinker… Personal flotation Beetle? Boatman? Bug? I’ll let you decide. The PFB. It’s whats for lunch.

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Here’s a sz. 1 Allerton , ready for the Androscoggin smallmouth!

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   John Alden Knight’s “Knighthawk” was considered by it’s originator to be a great “all around attractor” pattern and he fished and tied it for trout, bass, and yes, even salt water game fish in both feather and hairwing versions. In March of 1955 Knight won the fly rod division of the Metropolitan Miami Fishing Tournament after landing a 25 lb. snook on a Knighthawk. It’s a shame the Knighthawk never caught on like the great Mickey Finn bucktail that Knight promoted. I’d be hard pressed to find a snook on Cape Cod, particularly in March, so I guess I’ll just have to wing it with the bass and trout… at least until the stripers show up!

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Muck Worm

In the summer of 1941, Hugh Grey, later fishing editor of Field & Stream, published an article entitled “Streamers for Stripers” in the June issue (vol. 1, No.3) of the short-lived periodical “The American Fly Tyer”. Hugh was an ardent fan of stripers on the long rod, and he shares several patterns of his own design in his article. Perhaps the most interesting, is his “Muck Worm”. Anyone that has fished with bait on the Atlantic coast for stripers knows how effective sea-worms are, and Hugh sought to develop a pattern along such lines. He intended the fly to be both cast and trolled, and advised the addition of an in-line spinner ahead of the fly for the later. An unusual triple #8 hook design, attached by 10 lb. test nylon monofilament, the fly stretches to 6 inches in length. Hugh was really thinking outside the box with this fly, and though esthetically it leaves something to be desired to the tier (I mean, it’s a MUCK WORM after all!) I trust the stripers will find in it, a beauty all it’s own.

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Bass Chaser

This is a pretty unusual fly; a Maine tandem streamer, designed for trolling for bass. Originated by the late Bob Thorne, owner of the Sebago Fly Shop for over 30 years. The treble hook tandem is actually more typical of Bob Bibeau, but I think of it as a Sebago region trademark. Bob Thorne was a really nice guy and I’m so pleased to be able to tie a bass pattern of his creation. I’ll fish it this year in his memory and honor.

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Full House!

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Martinek’s Pickpocket

If there is any pattern that exhibits all the qualities necessary to be called a modern saltwater classic, Mike Martinek’s “Pickpocket” is it. Inspired by classic & traditional freshwater streamer patterns, it brings to the salt a beautiful heritage. This was good fun to tie and I can’t wait to fish it this spring. Thank you Mike Martinek!


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