Monday, March 20, 2017

The partridge and orange

I had a request by one of the regular followers here to put up a video for tying the partridge and orange.  This classic north country spider was described by T. E Pritt's Yorkshire Trout flies (1895) but was probably known long before that.  All that history means that this fly has been tied many different ways over the years with lots of opinions around the silk used, the hook and it's finish, and the length of the body relative to the hook and yet it remains a very simple and effective fly even today. Rather than being a direct imitation of a specific insect, as in the English tradition of the time, this fly sits squarely in the Scottish tradition of impressionistic flies that highlight movement by the use of the softer partridge hackle.

 I've had the most success fishing a partridge and orange when tan-bodied caddis are on the water.  I also tied the partridge and green for when the green-bodied caddis hatch in late spring. There are a couple of things to keep in mind when working with Pearsall's silk.  The silk comes in tiny spools so you will need a very small bobbin to hold the silk.  The silk also doesn't react well with head cement so you will need some bee's wax or cobbler's wax to fishing off the head.  This fly is best tied sparse in my opinion.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thanks to the Connecticut Fly Fisherman's Association

I wanted to thank all the folks at the CFFA for hosting me last night at their monthly meeting. It was a real pleasure to talk with so many about the Adirondacks, it's uniqueness and it's history of abuse and recovery.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Early dark stonefly dry fly

Hello everyone!  Here is a very simple dry fly pattern for the early dark stoneflies we are seeing around this time of year.  This fly has been very effective in the winter months on the small streams I've fished.  This a very straightforward fly to tie that uses peacock herl, gold wire and costal deer hair and that's it, nice and simple.

Just a reminder that if you are in the Hartford CT area, I will be presenting "A Fly Fisherman's guide to the Adirondacks at the Connecticut Fly Fisherman's Association's March meeting (this Wednesday).  The presentation will include some info and resources about fishing in the Adirondacks but also some of the unique history and geology of the Adirondacks with lots of pictures that you've seen here on the blog.  The meeting is open to the public so if you are in the area, I'd love to meet you and say hello!

March 8, 2017; 7-9PM
Veterans Memorial Clubhouse
100 Sunset Ridge
East Harford, CT