Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Some classic Adirondack wets

It was my pleasure to be included in the Connecticut Fly Fisherman's Association (CFFA) Fly Tyer's round table.  A special thanks to Roger and the club for including me in this year's event!

It was a lot of fun to talk to people, some of whom read this blog.  While at the event, I decided to tie some classic Adirondack wet flies.  Here are a couple of the flies that have roots back to the late 19th century.  Both the Adirondack and the Reuben Wood (reub wood) are included in the color plates in Ray Bergman's classic "Trout".  The Reuben wood is  an imitative pattern said to resemble the white moths often seen on Adirondack waters while the "Adirondack" is more of an "attractor" type of fly.


Reuben Wood (reub wood; rube wood)
Mustad 3399 wet fly hook #10-12
red floss tip
Mallard flank fibers (tail)
white micro chenille (body)
brown hen (throat)
matched mallard flank feather (wing)
red UTC 70DN thread


Adirondack
Mustad 3399 wet fly hook #10-12
Yellow floss tip
Black hackle fibers (tail)
Hare's ear dubbing (body)
orange hackle fibers (throat)
matched mallard quill (dyed white)
black UTC 70DN thread

10 comments:

  1. Mark
    Every time I see any new fly patterns you and Alan display I think would these flies produce on our tailrace here? Both these flies are outstanding. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill - a lot of these classic Adriondack wets were used to fish for brook trout in the mountain ponds. I wonder how they would do in other still waters.

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    1. Thanks Todd - that's an old one for sure, bet it would work up your way for brooks or landlocks

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  3. Beauties for sure. I'd never seen either, very cool to check those out! Thanks for sharing those!

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    1. Will - if you like this style of fly, I would highly recommend you get a copy of Ray Bergman's "trout". They are out of print but you can find good copies of the 2nd edition. Make sure all the color plates are intact as some printing the plates were doubled or blurred.

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  4. Congrats Mark! A well deserved honor and those are some beautiful ties.

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    1. Thanks Kiwi. You should be able to morph then into a Tenkara style fly!

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  5. Awesome ties! I especially like that Adirondack fly. It certainly looks like a producer...have you fished it in streams?

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    1. RI brook trout - thanks, I have not fished it yet but that is the plan. With orange, black, and white it should entice brook trout.

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