Join In at Favorite Flies
Sooty as a ‘sweep, Harry Pennell’s “The Sweep” is an English chub fly introduced in the Fishing Gazette in 1877. It later appeared with it’s simple pattern recipe in it’s originator’s book “Fishing: Pike And Other Coarse Fish; London: 1885. Pennell’s namesake iron, the Pennell Sneck, supports this simple hackle fly of black and white ostrich herl. Though Harry preferred the turn-down eye, my stock of Sneck hooks is limited to T.U.E., so it will have to suffice…
Pennell was a great advocate for the sporting qualities of chub, and I share his enthusiasm for their North American equivalent. Harry suggests ox brains as an excellent bait for chub; I think I’ll stick to “The Sweep”!
“Bob Wilson” on a sz. 8 Sawada Limerick wet fly hook. I like the look of these hooks and they are sharp! An excellent fishing hook with a nice black finish.
A streamer fly conversion of the classic bass fly “Ferguson”…
Black Pond, sz. 1, on a Mustad 3890 with a painted ring-eye. Rust-Oleum Protective Enamel, gloss white. I saw this “trick” in a Japanese book some years ago. Just for fun!
I have opened up a new Etsy Shop where I will be offering vintage Fly Tying Equipment, flies and other goodies. I’ve just begun adding stock, but more will be coming daily. I hope you’ll visit and feel free to contact me if there is any particular item you are looking for. Thanks! Here’s a link to the shop:
This past week I fished my Fan Wing Damsel on a small New Hampshire River during low-water conditions and had a great time with wee smallies. 9′ 4X tippet, sz. 10 FWD’s and my cane 5 weight made for a memorable outing. Oh… and I still have some love for chub too!
An American bass fly from author Frank Forester (Henry W. Herbert) c. 1849. Another for the wallet in ’15!
I just keep scratching that red & yellow itch…
In error, I actually tied this fly with a silver body… My friend Bob Petti fixed the color in photoshop! Amazing! A wee bit of Madison Avenue here at Favorite Flies!
No; it’s not a fly; it’s a “Fly & Spinner Combination” a traditional long rod offering that is saddled with one of the most unimaginative names in our canon. I much prefer the name that J. Edson Leonard gave them; “Full House”. That’s precisely what it is. When you tie a Full House to your leader, the smallies just lay their hand down. “I’m Out”
Yes there are some among our ranks that turn a blind eye and an pinched nose to the Full House. But alongside Leonard, we’ve got Henshall, McClane and Kreh on our team, so if you want to argue the point I would direct you to them and remind you; if there is one thing that the Full House hollers, it is “I will not be denied!” And dear friend I assure you, when a four pound smallmouth takes the trap on an eight and a half foot glass six weight in the relentless currents of a northern river, you will NOT utter “That ain’t right…” When the friend in the bow seat that you haven’t fished with in too-many years is coming up short on your home-waters, you’ll be glad you can offer him one and say “try this…” And the smiles and laughter when he hooks up will make all that silly prejudice melt away like the snow…