Author Archives: Alec

Black Pond

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Brown Cow

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Bannock Chief

This one is out of Ken Sawada’s book; though he does not claim it’s origin, I can’t find it anywhere else. It almost identical to the California Coachman with the addition of a red floss tag rather than tinsel and … Continue reading

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Taps Tip

A simple bucktail from the late H. G. Tapply, editor and author of long time Field and Stream feature “Taps Tips” (as well as book of the same name that collected many of the wonderful tips). As is typical of … Continue reading

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Chuck Caddis

Eric Leiser’s Chuck Caddis is simply one of the best searching as well as representative patterns ever developed. Simple, durable, effective.

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Soft Hackle Cardinelle

One of my favorite flies is the old Paul Kukonen streamer pattern, The Cardinelle. Its a super effective attractor pattern and has earned itself a regular spot in my streamer wallet. Another great pattern is Jack Gartside’s Soft Hackle Streamer. … Continue reading

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White Marabou Muddler

A simple fly that produces… I love October!

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Bibeau Killer & Miss Sharon

Here is a “Bibeau Killer” (top) and a “Miss Sharon” as tied by Bob Bibeau himself. These are pretty early examples given the JC, mono and metal tinsel. I aspire to one day tie bucktails as well as Bob Bibeau, … Continue reading

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Oatman’s Male Dace

A bit of a variation here as I’ve gone with badger dyed olive rather than golden badger over olive. They should fish fine. ┬áSummer is drawing to a close; soon the real start of trout season begins for me here … Continue reading

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Androscoggin

“Androscoggin” is a simple pattern from Fletcher’s catalogues 1947-1955. It may appear in others as well, but that is the period I have. The recipe is as follows: Androscoggin Body: claret floss Rib: silver tinsel Throat: white bucktail Wing: green … Continue reading

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Fry a few!

Here’s a link to a Maine Fish and Game Insider blog post that serves as a good reminder that its OK to fry a few, when the conditions call for it! http://mefishwildlife.wordpress.com/2013/08/03/cr-not-for-all-waters/ So go ahead… fry a few!

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Why Warm Water?

I spend the better part of the season fishing for warmwater gamefish and panfish in Maine, a state known primaily for its cold water fishing, and Cape Cod, a locale lauded for the salt water angling it offers. What on … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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