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 a dun wing rather than white.

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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 Tap Tapply, nothing fancy, but sure to get the job done!

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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. Jack encouraged tiers to experiment with the Soft Hackle, and he suggested different Soft Hackle colors and collar combinations. Though I typically fish the original white and natural mallard collar variant of the Soft Hackle, as I sat down to tie tonight it dawned on me to tie a Soft Hackle Cardinelle. The simple Cerise marabou body and yellow dyed mallard collar look great together and accurately reflect their inspiration. The first of the flies for the 2015 season!

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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, but it hasn’t happened yet! The man had such an eye for materials, technique, proportion; the whole package, and always with an eye towards durability. Note how the metal tinsel is as bright as the day he tied them; the entire bodies are lacquered. I love the trebles aft. In these days of ubiquitous C & R I suppose they are a bother, but for the angler that wants to eat a fish a treble equipped tandem is sure hard to beat!


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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 on Cape Cod; fall is definitely the time to chase the big herring-fed holdovers.

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“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:
Body: claret floss
Rib: silver tinsel
Throat: white bucktail
Wing: green hackle

I’ve not found this pattern anywhere else. The only other lesser known patterns like the “G I Joe” and the “Sneaky Joe” that appear in the catalogues can be found in Stewart and Leeman, though it is worth noting that they were sold in casting sizes by Fletcher.
The catalogue pictured is c.1955.

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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!

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 earth am I thinking? Now to be sure, I do chase trout and fish the salt, but the main emphasis of my efforts on the water revolve around bass and panfish.
I’d like to share 3 reasons I think warm water angling is so wonderful.

Hey Rivers and streams are wonderful, and I’m not implying that still, warm waters are any better than them, but boy, they sure are beautiful. The serenity and simple beauty of a bass pond is hard to beat.

Warm water angling offers a variety of species to fish for that is astonishing. With an 8.5′ 6 wt. fly rod I can adequately and enjoyably land largemouth and smallmouth bass, white and yellow perch, sunfish, pickerel and crappie and often from the same body of water! Not only does this offer great fun on the water, but the variety of flies that can be tied to meet such a abundance of fish is limitless.

Warm water fly fishing is nothing new and it has a tradition and history every bit as rich, fascinating and fun as our cold water heritage. The beautiful flies, classic tackle & watercraft and wonderful books relating to warm water fly fishing are a real delight. It’s an honor to keep the old traditions alive!

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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 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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